History Of Baseball Uniforms

When you enter the field, you will recognize instantly the baseball uniform of the players. Baseball uniforms are like light bulb that will illuminate right away and inform you who belongs to your team and who are the ones who belong in the rival team.

Uniforms is also worn to remind the spectators that they are there to watch and enjoy the game while the players will bravely fight in the field as it stands for the symbol emblem to their baseball uniform

Baseball players do acknowledge that they are please and proud to see that other fans wear their jerseys. Accordingly, this is one effective way to which fans expresses their support.

Actually, seeing your favorite player wearing their uniforms is a great feeling already. And for fans who wore a baseball jersey, the feeling of being united with other fans will bring more excitement as each share the pride with the whole team and other supporters.

But amidst for the identity and excitement of baseball game, have you wondered how baseball uniforms started?

Let’s travel down the lane to know the history of uniforms.

Knickerbockers Baseball Club used the first recorded baseball uniform in 1849. The

Knickerbockers Baseball Club was characterized with white flannel shirt, wool pants and straw hat. It is common knowledge that this type of baseball uniform is very outdated and outmoded in comparison to today’s uniforms.

Baseball uniforms are now made with synthetic materials and these materials are really produced with good quality.

Meanwhile, in 1868, another baseball team, this time the Cincinnati Red Stockings had introduced another uniform. This type of baseball uniform is more promising as it had given players the enough movement.

In 1880 up to 1890, colors and designs of uniforms were change and altered and replaced a lot.

In 1882, player’s uniform became multi colored depending on the player’s position. The use of stockings was the only one used to identify a teammate.

It was in 1888 – 1889, that the three major teams, Detroit and Washington from National League and Brooklyn, member team of American Association had decided to launch stripes on their uniforms.

The stripes design during this time became a short lived but since then, the team Brooklyn became known for being trendsetter in uniforms.

Brooklyn had brought back the striped uniform in 1907, 1916 and 1917, respectively. They are not also afraid in trying other materials for the uniform; they tried a satin material for their uniform.

They were also the first team in baseball history to put numbers on front panels of baseball jersey in 1952.

The evolution of baseball uniform did not stop there; a long process was involved before each team had developed the best baseball uniform for their players today.

So before you sell uniforms that you think you don’t need, you have to remember that baseball uniform may have endure careful planning and long process before how it became the baseball uniform you see it today.

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Fantasy Hockey – NHL Players on the Decline

If you’ve been playing fantasy hockey for a number of years, you inevitably start to get attached to certain players.  You have it stuck in your head that the player is a star and has to be drafted.  If you’re interested in winning, you sometimes have to forget the past and acknowledge when the dog just can’t run like he used to.  The trends indicate that these boys are on the way down, if not out of relevance altogether. You have to know when a star player has maxed out his potential and has started down the slope to retirement or obscurity.

Offense

Jason Blake – Blake surprised many by rebounding back to 63 points last season. That’s barely worth a look, and he’ll be pushing it to get any where near that next season. Look elsewhere for your offensive needs.

Jamie Langenbrunner – Langenbrunner had a brilliant season in 2008 that he will never match again. If you draft Langenbrunner, you’re a silly, silly girl. 

Mike Modano – Modano has absolutely no value as a fantasy option. If you draft Modano, you should be playing fantasy baseball or knitting. 

Teemu Selanne  – Selanne’s glory days are clearly behind him now. He’s no longer able to crack the #1 power play unit in Anaheim, and will be hard-pressed to get back to 30 goals again in his career. 

Mats Sundin – It’s questionable still whether or not Sundin will be playing next season, and where. If he does, he’s still no longer the consistent point producer he once was. Take a chance on him very late in the draft, but don’t think you’re getting a bargain here. 

Defense

Rob Blake – Don’t let his awe-inspiring performance last season sucker you into thinking it’s going to happen again. Blake has had an amazing career, but it’s going to start to wind down in 2009. Bank on Blake falling down to about 30 points this season. 

Ed Jovanovski – Jovanavski has finally managed to put together 2 straight 80 games seasons. Too bad it took him this long. He’s undoubtedly on the downside of his confusing career and is barely worth consideration this season. 

Tomas Kaberle – Kaberle’s numbers have fallen for the past 4 seasons to the point where he’s falling off the map. If Burke can trade him for value this summer, he should take the money and run. Expect him to be in the 30 point range again this season. 

Nicklas Lidstrom – No doubt he’s still one of the best in the business; however, he’s no longer the #1 choice, as he had been for the last decade. Expect a small dip in production this season, down to the 40-50 point range. 

Goalies

Peter Budaj – Budaj peeked in his 2nd season and has slidden steadily over the last 2. He’ll be lucky to be in the NHL next season. If he is, he’ll be starting for Colorado, so he may be worthy of a deep bench spot. 

Jean-Sebastien Giguere – Giggy lost his job in Anaheim and is suddenly wildly overpaid as a backup.  This will make it very difficult for the Ducks to trade him, and thus, makes Giggy’s fantasy value worth next to nothing.  That is, unless Hiller gets hurt.

Dwayne Roloson – Roloson finished the season with an impressive run, earning MVP honors for the Oilers. However, he’s no Spring chicken and the Islanders aren’t threatening to dominate the Eastern Conference any time soon. Not to mention, adding Biron to the mix… All told, it’s time to thank Dwayne for a good run and pass on him at the draft.

Jose Theodore – The Phoenix has risen for the last time. Despite his comeback in 08, and a half-decent showing in Washington last season, it’s just about the end of the line for Theodore. You’re better off drafting Andy Moog in hopes that he comes out of retirement. 

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