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This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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  • #16
    The clown picture probably is closer to the Dodgers and Mariners colors.
    "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

    "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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    • #17
      Bring back the underlined cursive script!

      Quit trying to be baseball's answer to the Raiders. Love color. Wear color. Quit trying to formalize things. Embrace fun and good times. Feel good about the game. Baseball parks are supposed to be fun places. Color adds to the ambience. Color looks better in person, it looks better on television. We know this, don't deny this. The days of being drab are over. Introduce an updated version of these unis. Add some horizontal red and blue stripes to the bottom of the sleeves and red and blue stripes to the pants. Color is needed. Color is wanted. Don't settle for looking like a poor man's Yankees. Create your own identity. Cater to the funner demographic. Conservative looks are boring looks.

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      • #18
        I'll admit the Whitesox have put out some pretty ugly uniforms but a Mariners fan is one of the last guys who should be making fun of the any teams uniforms.

        The Sox probably sell more retro uniforms than most teams too.
        "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

        "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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        • #19
          Originally posted by chicagowhitesox1173 View Post
          I'll admit the Whitesox have put out some pretty ugly uniforms but a Mariners fan is one of the last guys who should be making fun of the any teams uniforms.

          The Sox probably sell more retro uniforms than most teams too.
          The Sox have had a LOT of uniforms over the years. Most of them awesome. The current set is one of the best in MLB, although I wouldn't mind replacing the silver with red. I always loved these babies

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          • #20
            Originally posted by jnakamura View Post
            The Sox have had a LOT of uniforms over the years. Most of them awesome. The current set is one of the best in MLB, although I wouldn't mind replacing the silver with red. I always loved these babies

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            I was going through some of the Sox uniforms uniforms throughout the years and i thought the same thing.
            "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

            "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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            • #21
              Originally posted by chicagowhitesox1173 View Post
              I'll admit the Whitesox have put out some pretty ugly uniforms but a Mariners fan is one of the last guys who should be making fun of the any teams uniforms.

              The Sox probably sell more retro uniforms than most teams too.
              I didn't make fun of the White Sox uniforms. You either confused me with someone else or didn't comprehend my posts. I didn't post the stupid picture of a clown. I just believe it's time for a change on the South Side. Introduce color. You may disagree, but I actually like that old White Sox starter jacket. The White need to bring back the blue and red motif. The current black and white is stale, conservative, stuffy and formal. Color is good. Color is right. Color is the answer.
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              • #22
                Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
                I didn't make fun of the White Sox uniforms. You either confused me with someone else or didn't comprehend my posts. I didn't post the stupid picture of a clown. I just believe it's time for a change on the South Side. Introduce color. You may disagree, but I actually like that old White Sox starter jacket. The White need to bring back the blue and red motif. The current black and white is stale, conservative, stuffy and formal. Color is good. Color is right. Color is the answer.
                I probably didn't comprehend your post, I suppose when you said the Whitesox are stealing from the Oakland Raiders and are a poor mans Yankees I looked at that as taking a shot at the Whitesox uniforms. Again some are pretty ugly but the only really bad years were from 1976-1989 and I liked the 1976-1981 uniforms minus the shorts.

                I didn't think you were serious when talking about the jacket since it came from one of the uglier type uniforms. The jacket does look pretty good though.
                "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

                "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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                • #23
                  I didn't say they were "stealing" from the Raiders, I said being baseball's answer to the Raiders. Retire the conservative pinstripes and introduce blue and red as the new colors with uniforms with an underlined cursive script. It works for the Royals and Dodgers, but the addition of the blue and red colors would set the Sox apart, in a good way.
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post

                    Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
                    Retire the conservative pinstripes and introduce blue and red as the new colors with uniforms with an underlined cursive script.
                    Actually, those script uniforms are probably the White Sox most conservative (and dull) uniforms they've ever worn.

                    What is "conservative" about pins anyway? There are only 6 of 30 teams that wear pins and the Sox wear them as well as any team ever has.
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                    • #25
                      I think adding the red as a trim would look nice to the current uniforms.
                      "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

                      "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by jnakamura View Post
                        Actually, those script uniforms are probably the White Sox most conservative (and dull) uniforms they've ever worn.

                        What is "conservative" about pins anyway? There are only 6 of 30 teams that wear pins and the Sox wear them as well as any team ever has.
                        Pinstripes in and of itself aren't conservative, the black and white motif is. I like color, I need color. If you want the White Sox to keep pinstripes, I suggest adding an underlined cursive script for the letters. Blue letters and red trim. Like the Brewers '93 home jerseys, only with blue and red as the color scheme. I prefer to retire the pinstripes however. As for the cap, I'd combine the look of these two.
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                        • #27
                          To coincide with the new blue and red scheme, one of the greatest logos in the history of humanity will need to return! You love it. I love it. Don't deny yourself and soak in the greatness.
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                          • #28
                            http://www.suntimes.com/news/roeper/...-weigh-in.html

                            I was reminded of this topic by the "18 teams considered for contraction in 2001-02" thread on the History of the Game board.

                            (If the link doesn't work just google "Roeper" and "White Sox Attendance")

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