The Bay Area is home to some of the best uniforms in sports. In just about every case, classic uniforms are best and the Giants, A’s, Niners and (gulp) Raiders all currently sport aesthetically simple yet tradition-rich uniforms. Plus, the Warriors “The City” jerseys get our vote as the best uniform in the history of the NBA, if not all of sports.
With that said, we’ve been witness to some visual pollution over the years and there are still a good deal of atrocities roaming the playing fields (and rinks) of our fair cities. So without any further ado, we present our first draft of … The Ugliest Bay Area Uniforms.
10. Cal Bears football: Solid color pants rarely work, especially when the accompanying jersey is bright yellow with navy claw marks sneaking up into the arm pit areas. But the good news is that there are worse uni’s in the Pac-10.
9. The 1970 California Golden Seals: A’s owner Charlie Finley bought the struggling NHL team and outfitted them in the Athletics’ trademark yellow and green. But the team sucked, lost money and became the Cleveland Barons.
8. Golden State Warriors alternate jersey: We hate them. Orange (along with teal) is a color that is guaranteed to look terrible on a team that has never worn it before. Baron’s Beard agrees. Plus, they make Andris Biedrins look much too tan.
7. Circa 1975 Giants caps: For some reason, the colored visor just doesn’t look right on baseball caps. And even though the curved “SF” is just fine and dandy, we much prefer the spiked version.
6. St. Mary’s Women’s Lacrosse: Sorry, just had to point out the use of goggles. If you look on the webpage, you’ll see the majority of the team employs the same scary eye protection.
5. 1944 San Francisco Seals: The Seals’ more familiar jerseys are San Francisco classics (you’ll probably recognize the 1933 version and the 1938 version). Now, we’re not sure if it was because of the war or what, but the uniforms really dropped off in terms of creativity once the ’40s came around. Yeesh, get some flair on that thing.
4. San Jose Earthquakes: Apparently, there’s a soccer team in the Bay Area and their fans include Creepy Steroid Smurf.
3. 2002 San Francisco Giants alternate jersey: In 2002, the Giants thought they’d hop on the “alternate jersey” bandwagon, occasionally trotting out black jerseys for road games. They looked terribly inappropriate and we’re fairly certain the Giants lost every time they donned the jerseys of death. On the other hand, they did go to the World Series that year.
2. San Francisco Spiders: Who can forget the glory that was the San Francisco Spiders? Even with one of the worst logos in the history of history, the Spiders managed to make their uniforms worse with the fuchsia, amethyst, magenta and fading black.
1. 1999 San Francisco Giants “Turn Ahead The Clock Day”: On the eve of the millennium, major league baseball punished its fans by unveiling some of the worst outfits in history. They were so bad that even Sportscenter called them out. The quasi-sleeveless, V-neck jerseys had a giant (no pun intended) “SF” randomly positioned on the torso. Our eyes were never the same.