Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century: A Review

Cover of Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century

I haven’t done a book review in a while. It’s time to change that.

Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century is, as the title suggests, a compendium of major league uniforms in the 20th Century. Written by Marc Okkonen, the book was published in 1991, so the title is a bit deceiving. It covers uniforms from 1901 through 1991, but has to ignore the subsequent changes in uniforms from 1992 through 2000. Having said that, the book is good at what it does.

After a short section on uniforms in general, there are more short sections. These provide quick looks at both current and former teams’ (like the Washington Senators) uniforms. You get a handful of pictures noting significant changes, such as when the two birds first show up on a bat for the Cardinals or when the Yankees go to the interlocking NY for their logo. Then the heart of the book is a pictorial depiction of each team uniform yearly starting in 1901. The teams are alphabetical by league (the American League first) and you can see how uniforms contrast among teams in a given year or can trace the evolution of a particular look (like the interlocking NY) through time. Both home and road uniforms are shown, as are any special uniforms used (like a “World Champions” logo for the Giants in 1906).

If you’re interested in team uniforms or uniform history this book is worth the cost ($19.99 at Amazon for the hardbound version). For trivia fans it can provide interesting information. The book is readily available on-line.

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