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Stripes and Logos and Throwbacks, Oh My!

Stripes and Logos and Throwbacks, Oh My!


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Let’s face it, we live in a digital world. We are constantly surrounded by phone, computer, and tablet screens lighting up with notifications and messages and the like. 

One of the first things that attracted me to writing for The Turf was that it was started by a bunch of artists who love to talk about sports.

My initial thought was … I have found my tribe.

So when I opened up Instagram today I saw current (and former) performer friends of mine were posting old headshots for Throwback Thursday.

And then I thought who doesn’t like a good throwback? 

So, in no particular order, I thought we could explore some of the good, the bad, and (sometimes downright ugly) Throwback uniforms around sports…

Pittsburgh Steelers

Or as they are affectionately known…the bumblebee look. Worn by the Steelers during the 1930’s this is what I qualify as a “special” look. But it’s certainly one of a kind and you definitely won’t miss them from a mile away. 

San Diego Padres

Up until the 90’s the Padres rocked the unenviable combination of brown and yellow as their team colors. Between the color combo and the and the tucked in t-shirt jersey trend of the 70’s and 80’s this was quite a memorable one.

Philadelphia Phillies

On the subject of color combo’s who could forget when the Phillie’s rocked their all powder blue leisure suits?

Toronto Raptors, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz

I had to group these guys together because honestly the 90’s were a golden era for vibrant colors and bold logos in the NBA. Stripes were apparently a huge trend too. Most of these looked like they came straight out of a ‘90s cartoon and being an ’80s/90s kid I can’t be all that mad at it.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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Speaking of cartoonish 90’s looks coupled with stripes nobody in baseball did it quite like Randy Johnson and the D’backs. Much respect to their nod to adding in the tradition of pinstripes. Add in the cut-off sleeves with the accent color t-shirt underneath and this look is quintessentially how I picture Arizona.

Houston Astros

This looks like some sort of graphic from an Atari game and honestly I kind of love it. But then again I’m a sucker for the combination of orange, blue, yellow, and white.

Denver Nuggets and Brooklyn Nets

Had to give a shout out to these 2 if for no other reason than the incredible contribution to the world that was the short shorts most NBA teams wore up until the “baggy everything” trend took over in the ‘90s.

Green Bay Packers

Simple and classic this look harkens back to when the NFL had just begun. Although they look more like a retro version of a Notre Dame uniform than the usual green and yellow cheesehead look of today.

Hartford Whalers

I mean come on, I had to take advantage of throwing Gordie in when I got a chance

I have to be honest the NHL gave me the hardest challenge, either because most of the teams have had a variation of the same logo for the majority of their existences, or they are newer franchises who managed to get it right on their first try. So for this one, I chose to go with a team that no longer exists. (I know that yes, they technically do, but this made for a major brand change in their move) The mix of regional accuracy in terms of their logo plus the bold color and classic stripes makes for a striking look.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Honestly, this one is pretty self-explanatory. Creamsicle anyone?

Overall I have to say that while the NBA and MLB have their fair share of what I would deem “classic” looks (I’m looking at you Yankees, Giants, Cubs, Tigers, Bulls, Lakers, Celtics etc) they definitely take the cake for special and unique looks. The NFL comes in hot on their tails thanks to a few franchises while the NHL brings up the rear by getting it right in terms of long-lasting style. 

Of course, I also have to give credit where credit is due and thank the ’70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s for all of the incredible fashion choices they gave all of us. I mean I’m not living in fear of the incredible blackmail opportunities that I’ve given my future children, are you?

Oh yeah, and as a reference point, I thought I should throw in some of those old headshot throwbacks I referenced earlier (at least pertaining to myself).

I’m learning to laugh at my former serious self. Also, all of these are about 10 years old or more.

What’s your favorite throwback look?

A native of suburban Detroit it took moving to NYC for Katie to fully realize her love of all things Michigan and Detroit sports. Feel free to engage her in her love of the coolest city and prettiest state in the country and why she will always root for Ohio State to lose every sporting event ever.

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