Jack’s Top 10 Phillies’ Uniforms
Hey guys I am back again with the last edition of the top 10 uniform rankings in Philly sports. Last time I did the 76ers you can check it out here, and my rankings of Eagles and Flyers also. Phillies are a bit different from the other teams that have had the same style mainly over the last 25 years but have had some cool alternates recently.
This has been fun putting these rankings together and if you guys have any suggestions for articles please do reach out to me on Twitter @JackPConnell and I’ll try to do them! So with that out of the way lets get into the top 10 Phillies uniforms of all-time!.
The first one on my list is the oldest jersey out of any of the top 10’s and it is the home look from the early 20th century. This look is very plain and does not really have anything going for it except the P. The logo on this jersey is beautiful and is perfect for the period that it was made in. Having almost a gothic look to it the P is perfect and is really what puts this in at the #10 spot for sure. This was the look for the Phils for 7 years before they moved on but I’m glad it is remembered through Mitchell and Ness and modern photographs of the look.
9: 1938 Home
This is yet another very old style but a very stark contrast to the other Phillies looks in history as the main uniform. The Phillies decided to switch things completely up and went with a yellow and blue color scheme, completely ditching red. This look still has that Phillies script but in yellow, and if it wasn’t for the Phillies it is a damn good jersey. The reason this is ranked so low is because it just does not fit in with Phillies’ history but I have to give it props for being such a good looking jersey. Also with it is a blue hat with a yellow block P on it that looks like Pittsburgh almost. This is one that is very confusing to Philadelphia fans if they ever see it because the Phillies are known for their red and white color scheme, not blue and yellow.
Continuing on the path of weird but good designed Phillies jerseys is this look. Fun fact about this jersey, Philadelphia was trying to change their name to the Blue Jays which is why there is a Blue Jay on the sleeve. This again stayed away from the normal look of Phillies jerseys, sporting a grey and navy blue color scheme. The iconic Phillies script remained but was a much simpler color tone than the previous yellow and blue. Again if this was not out of the regular style of the Phillies it would be much higher but it does not have the iconic colors. The Blue Jay is a cool story and adds some intrigue to the design and will forever be a part of Phillies history. The cap is just a plain blue with a block P and is nothing to write home about.
7: 1950 Home
This was the main inspiration for the current look for the Phils and it is an incredible look. The introduction to pinstripes to the Phillies was a needed addition and adds so much to the design. The cursive script returns once again and looks perfect in red. The hat is in my opinion the best part of this uniform. Adding an italic cursive look to the P finally gives it some character and helped turn it into the logo we know today. This is forever known with the days of Robin Roberts and Richie Ashburn and is one of my personal top jerseys on my list to buy. I would love to see this be a throwback for the Phils shortly and hope it comes to fruition.
6: 1979 Saturday Reds
I told you guys I am a sucker for wacky jerseys and I think this one did not get its due diligence when it was released. Luckily they brought it back in 2019 and shocker, it looked great. This look is known for being only worn once and then thrown out because of the player’s hatred for it. The all maroon look I think was ahead of its time and was shown to not be appreciated at all. I feel the 80’s P in white works perfectly on the red and pops out great. The white stripe all the way up the pants and jersey is a great touch also that adds some contrast. I am glad this finally got a second chance after 40 years and hopefully we will see it again one day with Nike.
5: Current Cream
These top 5 were really hard to put into order because they are all so great. The cream alternates were introduced in the mid-2000s and have stuck since. The red lettering and numbers with the royal blue outlining is great and really is the highlight of this jersey. The cap is also beautiful, with the red brim and logo with a blue base it is a nice contrast from the main look. I think this look helped inspire the 76ers recent string of cream uniforms and they both work very well. I hope this can stay in the rotation long term with Nike taking over and likely wanting to make their own design changes soon. This will forever remind me of sunny afternoons in July and it is a great look.
4: 1986 St. Patrick’s Day
Like I said above, I love weird designs if they work and this one does. Worn once on St. Patrick’s Day and it is amazing. It looks like one of those Eagles/Phillies mashups in real life and it works. The kelly green hat and jersey with green pinstripe pants are so well done and it is a shame this was a spring training jersey and not something that would have seen the masses. There is a Mitchell and Ness one out there that is not actually real and was never worn. The white logo and numbers work really well on this design and helped start the idea of wearing green during this time in Spring Training and while I doubt a return is happening an appearance in Spring Training in the future would be amazing.
3: 80’s Pinstripe
This is one half of the best set in Phillies history. The 80’s look is one of the best designs in baseball history. The P personifies Philadelphia sports in the 1980s and the maroon works perfectly with the design. The hat is simple with the logo and a maroon color to it but it is great the way it is. The thick side stripes also are great for this and it is all around beautifully done. When this was brought back a few years ago it still looked fantastic and has stood up to the test of time and hopefully we can see them again soon.
2: Current Home
The current pinstripes jersey is one of the best looks currently in the MLB and has been a staple for the Phillies since the early ’90s. A newer version of the 50’s classics, this is a timeless look that will likely be around for a bit longer as it was brought in under the new Nike template. The font is perfect and works well with the overall style and the hat is great with the iconic P on top. There is really no way to improve this look and is such a timeless look that it could likely not even be outdated ever. Like I said in other articles Philly is having one of the best uniform eras ever and this is a major contribution to that.
1: 80’s Powder Blue
I don’t think there is arguing that this is the best Phillies look ever. Forever associated with the 1980 World Series and the decade, this is beautiful beyond words. The light blue works so well with the contrasting maroon and is the first and only appearance of this color. The stripes on the shoulders help the blue stand out more and this jersey could not be any better. You could argue this being a top 5 jersey in baseball history and I don’t think you will have much of a fight against that. In 2019 it was brought back as an alternate and Bryce Harper looked amazing in it and I think many fans want this to be a permanent staple for Phillies baseball in the future.
That wraps up the top 10 uniforms for all Philly sports. For all of those who checked out each one I hope you enjoyed my jersey takes and I am excited to bring more exciting content to The Liberty Line shortly!
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