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Johnny Griswold

What is it about 70's and 80's uniforms in sports that was just so great? Do you think we'll look back on the 90's/00's uniforms twenty years from now and say, "Wow, such great uniforms!"?

Jim Ransdell

Johhny-it probably has a lot to do with the time we grew up, but there is something to be said about the classic simplicity of the uniforms and logos of that time period. When the sports licensed product business took off in the early 1990's everything got a bit out of control.

marc

agreed!

marc

nice work, btw, jim. i like the mash-up you created. i wonder what the rainbow look would be like with variations on todays colors? black jersey with varying shades of brick as the stripes? could be ugly as hell or an awesome classic!

i was a huge fan of the rainbow-look as a kid. i don't know when it was, but i was flying somewhere as a kid and while waiting in the airport, i was drawn to an issue of the sporting news (i think) featuring a great action shot of j.r. richard on the cover. i instantly became a fan of the astros unis and mr. richard. his was a sad story indeed, tho i hear he is now a minister and works to establish baseball programs for kids.

Carol Cunningham

"Next, you need to bring back the classic Astros font..."

But what is that font? Anyone know?

DJ

Wow way to let a uniform crush the love you had for your favorite team growing up. Part of the beuty of baseball is falling in love with it as a youngster. The ugly side is the people who bandwagon based on arbirary factors such as their uniforms and have the gall to let their opinions overule common sense or logic

As a fan of the old Astros looks (currently rocking the Orange 'H'-Star cap) I was looking foward to reading you artice. But your clearly jaded means of selecting a favorite team and exclusion of your (and many fans) "favorite" part goes to show your like a kitten. Whatever catches your eye for the moment just makes everything else go away.

Jim Ransdell

DJ-
I still pull for the Astros today. The point I was making was that their early uniform styles made a Cincinnati kid, in the era of the Big Red Machine, adopt a team from Houston as his favorite. My preferences have always been driven a bit by uniforms and graphics, thus the blog subject.

As life passes by, your interests change. I'm still a fan of the Astros and just wanted to explore what it might be like to bring back that look I was so fond of in the past. The Astros are still the Astros, I just don't dig their last two looks as much as I did the old ones.

If you read my column on favorite teams (http://www.sportsdesignblog.com/2009/07/favorite-sports-teams.html) from a few days ago, you'll see that I still list the Astros on top and am as loyal a fan as there can be to the teams I pull for.

This was just meant to be an exercise in nostalgic fun, nothing more.

CaptainKirk

I'm four months late to this post, but I'd like to add my two cents to this subject. I just saw the twins move back to their '61 jerseys to be worn in their new park. They are an awesome traditional look.

I've been a 'Stros fan forever. I remember the switch to the rainbow jerseys. They were laughably, embarassingly horrific back then, and I knew as a child they would be a joke years later as they are now.


I want to see the Astros return to their original colors (orange & blue). I want them to return to the original caps as you have on your blog. I'd like to see the original shooting star jerseys worn at home in a dominant blue scheme (and caps). On the road I'd like to see them wear the early 70s gray "houston" print jerseys in orange and trimmed with blue. I'd like to see the orange star "H" caps. No dark jerseys at home or road. Just the traditional white & gray looks like the Yankees, Tigers, and Dodgers do.

I have resented Drayton for TWICE changing the color scheme of my fav team and making the franchising a bigger joke than they already were when it came to the subject of unis.

201050

I'd LOVE to see a move back to the earlier uniforms. We're the Astros - not the Conductors. This weird half space-half choo-choo train theme is just wrong.

Houston is Mission Control for manned space flight. The location of the park on a long-unused train station isn't reason enough to contaminate the team's identity with it.

Uncle D - give the team it's proper identity & appearance back.

Jesse C.

I like it. As a Astros fan born and bred, I totally agree. Go BACK to your roots...
We will get a new owner, and who know what they will do with it?!?

generic

i was a huge fan of the rainbow-look as a kid. i don't know when it was, but i was flying somewhere as a kid and while waiting in the airport, i was drawn to an issue of the sporting news (i think) featuring a great action shot of j.r. richard on the cover. i instantly became a fan of the astros unis and mr. richard. his was a sad story indeed, tho i hear he is now a minister and works to establish baseball programs for kids.

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