ndependence Day is upon us and that means that Major League Baseball will be rolling out patriotic uniforms for all 30 teams. These designs, which will be worn July 2-4, will feature stars and stripes-decorated caps with red, white and blue team logos. There also will be matching jerseys and socks with a stars and stripes pattern to complete the ensemble.
The Toronto Blue Jays also got into the act, as they wore their red alternate jerseys with red Maple Leaf caps on Sunday (July 1), which was Canada Day.
Similar to the special uniforms that were worn on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and over Memorial Day weekend, MLB will donate its licensed uniform royalties to specific charities connected to each holiday. For Independence Day the money will go to MLB Charities, which provides support to programs for service men and women, veterans and military families.
Even though every team will be dressed similarly, there are still some that wear it better than others. Here are the 10 that stand out among the rest.
Note: Teams are listed in alphabetical order.
-- Compiled by Gabe Salgado, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.
Boston Red Sox
Boston is another city with significant ties to American history. And while the Red Sox won’t be at home, they will be in Washington, D.C. to play the Washington Nationals, where they should fit right in. The Red Sox’ gray jerseys will feature “Boston” in a stars and stripes pattern. Their caps will be even more distinctive, as the usual red “B” will look more like “Old Glory.”
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox are another team that will wear road grays, but in their case the style of script used on the front of their jersey and cap will be to their advantage. The typical white Old English lettering gets a U.S. flag-inspired upgrade. In fact, the combination of the gray jerseys with the stars and stripes pattern will look more like an inspired throwback rather than a special uniform. To the untrained eye, these could be somewhat mistaken for the road jerseys the team wore from 1987-90.
The Rockies just did a simple adjustment by switching their white home jerseys from their original colors (black, white, purple), to those of the American flag. The stars and stripes design within the lettering also is a nice touch.
For the Tigers, this look is a complete change from their usual black and Bengal tiger orange motif. The names and numbers on their gray jerseys will be red with white stars. And the cap will be replaced with red and the Tigers’ iconic pointed Old English “D” dressed in the U.S. flag. A nice patriotic touch if I do say so myself.
The Independence Day motif gives the Marlins a chance to tone down their typical home look -- teal green, neon orange and black – and switch the tried and true red, white an blue. The addition of a U.S. flag design within the numbers and letters on the jersey and also applied to the cap help tie it all together.
This uniform is one of the most popular in all of North American sports. I’ve had an A’s hat for more than 20 years myself. For Independence Day, Oakland will temporarily ditch its home green and yellow lettering and numbering for red with a little touch of white and blue. The same goes for the hats, which will go from green to red with the trademark “A’s” logo rocking the American flag. Even on America’s birthday the Athletics are still fashionable.
The City of Brotherly Love, home of the Liberty Bell and where our Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. So you know that the Phillies are going to stand out with this look. Besides owning the patriotic vibe, the Phillies splash some “Americana” in for good measure
The Pirates will be on the road, but their gray jerseys will have one noticeable difference. Instead of black and gold lettering and numbering on the jersey, this will be red outlined in blue with white stars within. They’ll also apply this style to their hat, which will help the “P” stand out even more.
Many residents of Texas consider themselves to be patriotic, and the home uniforms that the Rangers will wear this year are a reflection of that. The Rangers will don their white jerseys and all-red hats with elements of our nation’s flag added in. It makes for a simple but efficient design.
Fittingly, the Nationals will be at home for the 4th of July. With the U.S. Capitol just a mile away from Nationals Park, what better team to sport the stars and stripes on Independence Day?