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The Five Ugliest MLB Jerseys of All Time

Noah is an MLB fanatic and amateur MLB historian who loves to watch every Mariners game he can.

Which MLB teams had the most visually offensive uniforms?

Which MLB teams had the most visually offensive uniforms?

There is no sports memorabilia that is more sought after than jerseys. Sports collectors and fanatics are always searching for the best looking and rarest jerseys on the market. From game-worn jerseys to limited edition ones, these items can sell in the hundreds to thousands of dollars.

If you were to visit a sports auction website, there is no doubt you would see many MLB jerseys going for major cash. The coolest looking jerseys or ones that belonged to a famous player are often the ones that fans go crazy for.

However, there are a fair share of jerseys that are too ugly for even the biggest collectors to own. We will be reviewing some of the ugliest MLB jerseys in league history.

Astros star pitcher Nolan Ryan.

Astros star pitcher Nolan Ryan.

1. 1975-1986 Houston Astros

In 1975, the Astros brought out this new rainbow color design for their jerseys. The Astros were attempting to revamp and revolutionize their team design. Unfortunately, they missed the mark.

The weird red, yellow, and orange rainbow looks ugly with the white section. And the black collar just gives the jersey a feeling of duality. It's like they took the upper half of one jersey and stitched it together with the bottom half of another. The placement of the star and team name only worsens the look. It can also be said that it looks like the sun threw up on the torso of the players.

The jersey did not go over too well with Astro fans. MLB fans in general disliked the design. The modern-day Astros have worn this uniform for throwback games, and some fans do like the design. But for the most part, these jerseys will be remembered as being quite ugly.

White Sox's pitcher Tom Seaver.

White Sox's pitcher Tom Seaver.

2. 1982-1986 Chicago White Sox

These uniforms are quite well known by many fans. Introduced in 1982, these jerseys were an attempt modernize the team. All these uniforms did was make the team and players foolish.

The weird color scheme and placement of the colors was just plain ugly. Just having the word "sox" across the jersey was not the best way to represent the team. Keep in mind that there are two teams with "Sox" in their name. The most horrendous part was the number on the pants leg. It was an awful attempt to try something new, and it was just plain terrible. These uniforms had a lot going wrong with them.

These jerseys have been brought back by the modern White Sox on occasion, and they have maintained their recognition. However, the mistake of making these jerseys should not be repeated by any team.

Third baseman Abraham Nunez.

Third baseman Abraham Nunez.

3. 1999 Pittsburgh Pirates

In a night called "Turn Ahead the Clock," the Pirates pulled these jerseys out. The goal was to showcase futuristic uniforms. Unfortunately, these outfits gave off nothing but bad vibes for what the future would hold.

For starters, these jerseys were basically tank tops. Baseball jerseys aren't supposed to have super long sleeves, but these sleeves were shorter than was was acceptable. Then there was the awful red color. It is super ugly, and it doesn't match the color of the Pirates logo. It seems like they just chose the color red out of a hat. The logo isn't even centered on the front, and the pants are striped. These jerseys certainly don't scream futuristic.

It was no surprise that these jerseys lasted for only one game. They have so many problems that any player should be scared of having to wear this uniform.

Marlin's pitcher Charlie Hough.

Marlin's pitcher Charlie Hough.

4. 1993 Florida Marlins

The inaugural season for the Marlins brought out these bright jerseys. It was no surprise that the team got rid of these uniforms the following season.

These turquoise jerseys were super bright and burned the eyes of anyone who looked at them. The white pants helped contain the ugliness of the jerseys, but they didn't quite alleviate the problem. The bright turquoise hat made the outfit worse. All together, this jersey is way too loud and bright for a baseball game.

White Sox pitcher Goose Gossage.

White Sox pitcher Goose Gossage.

5. 1976 Chicago White Sox

The White Sox make a second appearance on the list with the famous shorts worn in the 1976 season. This uniform has been considered by many fans to be one of the worst in MLB history.

The biggest problem is that the players are wearing shorts. Although it can get very hot during baseball games, shorts are definitely not a good alternative. How is someone supposed to slide without getting hurt? The high socks and collared jersey only adds to the ridiculousness. No team will look intimidating with these uniforms. When you are dressed like a boy scout group, it is tough to scare your opponent.

This famous jersey blunder only lasted one game, so at least the fans didn't have to see these things again. If there is anything these jerseys taught future baseball teams, it is that shorts should never be worn to play baseball. Just wear pants and play through the heat.