How Baseball Team Started to Use Baseball uniforms

Published February 7, 2023
If you have ever wondered how baseball uniforms started, it all began in 1849 when the New York Knickerbockers baseball club took the field wearing white flannel shirts, blue wool pants and straw hats.

It took almost another 50 years before it became a standard in the game.  By 1900, all MLB teams had adopted using uniforms for their teams.  By the early 1900’s, teams started to utilize both home and away uniform sets, and in 1916 the Cleveland Indians became the first team in major league baseball to have numbers put on their uniforms.  It would be another 41 years before player names were added to the back of the uniform.  The Chicago White Sox were the first team to do so when they put player names on the back of their road uniforms in 1960.  Within a few years, the practice of having players' last names became almost universal, with the exception of the New York Yankees.  To this day, the Yankees only have player names on their jerseys on players' weekend, a yearly event where alternative uniforms are used.  Today’s modern jerseys still resemble some of the styles of past eras, but with new and improved fabric innovations that make the fabric lighter weight, breathable, and moisture-wicking.  

Young players that join organizations such as the American Legion, Little League, Babe Ruth, and Pony Baseball find a great place to develop a passion and love for the game while being exposed to all the values that youth sports help develop and foster.  Youth players of all age ranges get the opportunity to put on a jersey and cap and take the field with their teammates in gear that can be as simple as a screen-printed t-shirt all the way to full custom baseball uniforms built just for them.

For years, teams and leagues relied on the local neighborhood sporting goods stores to print a logo on the front and heat press numbers on the back.  That way of decorating jerseys is still used today, but is a shrinking market, with technology changes and the ever-growing market of dye sublimated uniforms.  Jerseys are available in crew, V-neck, 2-button and full-button styles, with fabric that is performance-based and comparable to professional uniforms.  Also gone are the days when only the large companies like Nike, Adidas, Reebok, and Under Armour were the only place to go for high-quality made-to order uniforms.  

If your team, organization, or league is looking for a company that competes with the big guys but offers you more affordable value, you need to check out Affordable Uniforms Online and their private brand of uniforms they build under their label Maxxim Sports.  With over a decade of experience building full custom baseball uniforms, the Maxxim Sport brand is one of the fastest growing in youth baseball uniforms.  The jerseys are designed in multiple types of fabric and weights, and built to order just for you.  With options to include real stitch tackle and pro weight fabric, your uniform will be a high-quality performance jersey that you’ll be proud to wear.  Full custom uniforms can be built and ready to ship in 2.5 to 3 weeks, which gives most teams the ability to move away from screen-printing and heat press, and into something that is truly high quality and unique to your team.  

Great quality jerseys can be matched up with fully custom-made pants that are a great choice for travel ball and all-star teams.  Pant options include open bottom, elastic cuff, and knickers.  Young players will feel empowered when they put on a great looking uniform, while parents and organizations will benefit from uniforms that are not only better quality, but a better price point and value.  

Last but not least, getting a great looking cap to tie into your uniform has never been easier.  The modern era cap that everyone uses, originated in the 1860s and was first worn by the Brooklyn Excelsiors. The peak of the cap has increased over the years, but the style has essentially remained the same.   Affordable Uniforms Online offers great choices; with licensed MLB and MiLB caps from OC Sports as well as custom-decorated caps with your teams’ logo, player number and other decoration. For more information about caps and uniforms, check out Affordable Uniforms Online and Maxxim Sports at, where you can expect more value and pay less for it.

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