Alright, after dissecting the horrid array of Philly sports attire, we can move on to the second installment, which is obviously, the 10 best uniforms in Philly sports history. Some of these were easy, some were tough, but I’m sure there will be opinions about all. Here we go…
Ten Best Uniforms In Philadelphia Sports History
1. Philadelphia Flyers, 1967-Present
The Flyers are the easy choice for #1. They are the only Philly team that got it right from the start, and then kept it relatively the same throughout the history of the franchise. The Flyers uniform features both a unique and cool logo (its a “p” with wings AND a puck with wings) and a unique color scheme. The main feature of uni, the logo in the middle, has never changed (save for the 3rd uniforms that we covered in the “worst” list), making this the only true classic uniform currently worn by any of our 4 franchises. I could have chosen any of the slightly different versions of this jersey the team has worn, and would like to hear which you guys think is the best. This is my favorite of the old ones.
2. Philadelphia Sixers, 1978-1991
The jersey that started it all. Brand sporting this uniform is his post-signing photo shoot got me entirely too pumped up. In 1991, the Sixers made arguably the worst decision in team history by switching these uniforms for the ones that were #1 on my worst list. The basketball gods punished them with horrible, horrible teams. None of the important, older franchises in the NBA have changed their look except the Sixers. What would happen if the Celtics changed their jerseys? The Lakers? The Knicks? People should feel the same way about the Sixers. This uniform has a great red, white and blue color scheme, and belongs on the court every night.
3. Philadelphia Phillies, 1925-1937
The Phillies lost their chance to have a truly classic jersey along the lines of the Yankees and Tigers in 1937, when like the Sixers, they went away from roots to another jersey, this one #2, on my worst list. In a perfect world, the Phillies would have kept these jerseys until now, making only slight changes. The jersey the Phillies should be wearing today would be like the one above, with pinstripes, in a dull red (see #8 for what color I mean) and no name, just a number on the back. Too bad, another opportunity lost by the Phils. Another look at the jersey here, and please note that in my perfect Phillies jersey I would change the hat to a solid red.
4. Philadelphia Eagles, 1985-1995
These green jerseys are just great to look at. For some reason, I really think that the black outline around the lettering and the eagle on the shoulder make this uniform. I’ve always been a fan of the wing-helmet and the green and gray was a very unique color scheme.
5. Villanova Wildcats, 2006
This Nova jersey accomplishes something that is very seldom seen in sports these days, simple AND stylish. Love the number, the simplicity of “Villanova,” the “V” above it and the trim. I think in terms of logos, not uniforms, the current Villanova “V” has to rate up there right behind the Flyers. Unfortunately, college bball uniforms change almost every year now.
6. Philadelphia Phillies, 1970-1992
The powder blues! Let the debate begin. I don’t think that these were in place the whole time the Phillies went with the maroon look, but I couldn’t find exactly when they were. What I’ve seen in the comments field here is that older guys who were around when the change was made do not like this uniform, and younger guys who came after the uniform was gone love it. I’ve always loved this uniform. Many of the classic uniforms in sports use powder blue (UNC, Chargers). I was never a huge fan of the “P” logo used here, but the powder blue/maroon combo is one of the most unique you will ever find.
7. Philadelphia Sixers, 1966-1970
If someone can find a better picture of this jersey, please let me know. Once again, I really like this color scheme, but I’ve always loved the Sixers jerseys that say “PHILA” on them, including their new one. I have no idea why they did it. My guess is they couldn’t fit “Philadelphia” on the jersey back in the day, but I really don’t know. Either way, a great look.
8. Philadelphia Phillies, 1950-1970
Just dull down the red a little bit, thin out the letters and the “P” on the hat, and all of a sudden you’ve turned the current Phillies jersey into the much better version they wore for 2 decades. It’s amazing how a slight change in red makes you think of a burnt red clay color instead of a licorice whip or Minnie Mouse’s bow. In 1993, when the Phillies went back to this look, they should only have changed the way the uniforms fit the players. A better look at the front of the jersey here (I wanted to use one with the pinstripes).
9. Philadelphia Eagles, 1996-Present
Yes, I liked the old jerseys a little better, but the Eagles did a great job of updating their look in 1996. They created a color of green that is now immediately associated with the Philadelphia Eagles. The helmet is one of the best in the NFL, and is better than the older ones without being too flashy. I might change the font they used for the numbers, but considering how our other franchises have modernized their uniforms, this one is a slam dunk.
10. St. Josephs Hawks, 2004
St. Joes has a different look here with the number in between the name of the school, but I like it. Also like the updated version of the hawk above “saint.” Doesn’t hurt that a lot of good memories come back with the sight of this jersey.
Alright, that’s my top-10. What did I miss? As always, I’ll add to this list if you guys mention some that I think should be on there.
My next best of Philly is a big one, the top-20 individual seasons in Phillies history (limit 1 per player). Chime in with any ideas, I pretty much have the 20 set, but some could be bumped off.
Keep up with the Best and Worst of Philadelphia Sports series.