This is the first installment of our ongoing series of the Best and Worst in Philadelphia Sports History.
My idea for the first segment, uniforms, came immediately after Elton Brand’s press conference, when instead of the current Sixers jersey, he raised an updated version of the old red, white and blue version. I freaked out.
I couldn’t tell if I was more excited for the Brand signing, or the fact that the Sixers finally returned to their classic roots (note: They haven’t).
How many of these would I buy? Which player(s) would be most appropriate? Would they make Shavlik Randolph jersey’s even though he was released? I talked to several other people, and some of them were equally excited about the possibility of a new jersey and others simply nodded disinterestedly and said “mm hmm, that’s nice.”
Regardless, I’ve done my best to bring together my favorite and least favorite Philly jerseys (it’s really hard to find pictures of old jerseys on the internet). It’s also tough with only 4 teams, so I included the Big-5 squads as well.
Alright, I’m done whining. I’m going to start with the worst jerseys and will do the best later in the week. Here goes.
Ten Worst Uniforms In Philadelphia Sports History
Certainly the man wearing the jersey doesn’t help the look of it, but this uniform was the first of many attempts the Sixers made to “modernize” a Sixers uniform that didn’t need change in the first place. Nothing strikes fear into a opponent quite like an array of shooting stars that look like Rainbow Brite should be on the other end. The saddest part of the whole thing? I owned a Shawn Bradley jersey in that style. Paid money for it. I will list all the jerseys I have ever owned in the comments section, and you might not find that fact all that strange.
2. Philadelphia Phillies, 1938-1942
This recent Terry Muholland picture was the largest I could find with this uniform, and that’s probably a good thing. The “P” on the jersey and hat is so boring you’d think that they would have just put a plain rectangle on the jersey if it were allowed. They also went for the rare bright yellow and royal blue combination. This uniform looks like something I drew when I was little and could only draw straight lines and had access to about 4 crayons.
3. Philadelphia Eagles, 1933, 2007
It’s a cool idea that the original Eagles squad had uniforms that matched the colors of our city flag, but the result was just not a good thing. I believe that these uniforms were only worn for one year but were brought back last year for the team’s 75th anniversary. I actually really like the design on the helmet, very simple, and reminiscent of the Princeton/Michigan/Delaware helmet, but you can’t take a grown man seriously when you have to squint to look at his uniform.
4. Villanova Wildcats, 1995
I’m pretty sure this is the same font they use for Pokemon. This Nova jersey was yet another example of the horrendous trend in the 90′s of teams going away from their classic uniforms to try to create new, edgy unis. Unfortunately, these Wildcats only found new, edgy ways to disappoint their fans.
5. Philadelphia Eagles, 1970-1973
The famous Eagles white helmets. It wasn’t the white helmets as much as it was how stupid they looked with the green jerseys. With white jerseys and green pants, they might have been able to pull it off. Maybe not.
6. Philadelphia Phillies, 1993-Present
Sorry guys, but I HATE these jerseys. It’s bright red, it’s cartoon lettering and the color scheme is shared by 3 other teams (Reds, Nats, Angels). We are one of the oldest franchises in all of sports, we should have a classy, classic jersey that is unique to the team (think Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers, Dodgers). We’ve changed uniforms so many times we’ve really already ruined our chances, but I do know exactly what I want our uniform to look like, and I’ll reveal it in the “best” category.
7. Philadelphia 76ers, 1971-1976
Disco, baby! I could leave it at that, but I have to think someone was on serious drugs if the thought that the final letter on this uniform looked like an “S.” Seriously, look at the “S” I just typed and then look at the “S” on this jersey. It looks like it got hit by a car. Also, the “e” is Pacman, and is about to eat the “r.”
8. Philadelphia Flyers, 2005-2006
The Flyers are the one Philly team that took a good logo, stuck with it, and made it classic. However, as hockey teams went a little crazy trying to one up each other with strange alternate uniforms, the Flyers gave in a created this uniform that made the classic logo look like it was an ad for a Terminator film. I know a lot of people liked this look, but I was never a fan.
9. Villanova Wildcats, 2007
With this uniform, I almost got the sense that Nike (Nova doesn’t have much say over what they wear) was trying to expand what they’ve done with the Oregon Ducks and make “ugly” uniforms cool. Why the different colors along the shoulders? Why go back to the stupid “am I wearing a jersey or a cut-off t-shirt” look. Hopefully they get this fixed up for the next couple sweet sixteen appearances.
10. Penn Quakers, Not Sure
I remember these shorts because they always reminded me of Fruit Stripe Gum. For the #10 spot, I also considered Temple Football uniforms with the Owl, not the “T”, on the helmet, the Sixers blue uniforms with their current logo and the Phillies black and gray uniforms from 1942-1948.
10a. Philadelphia Phillies, Late 70′s
Is that Don Carmen? I can’t tell, might have been too early for him. Anyway, I’ll let our reader, Drolz, take it from here:
Once upon a time, we booed Santa Claus. He felt so bad he couldn’t bring cheer to our honorable town that he later decided to make amends. As a gesture of goodwill, he sent his pajamas to the 1979 Phillies.
Alright guys, have at it. What do you disagree with? What unis did I miss? I’ll continue to add any good ones you guys can find.