By Dan Jenkins
There has been no lack of memorable, eye-catching uniforms in Detroit over the years, for better or worse.
Some of the worst that stick out were the Lions Black alternate uniforms, seen as a money-grab and just an attempt to sell jerseys. The Lions have since minimized the use of black on their jerseys to just a couple of strips on the sleeves.
Another that comes to mind is the Pistons’ Maroon and Teal atrocities from the ’90s. Whether it was Jerry Stackhouse or Grant Hill, those throwbacks looked bad on everyone.
But, here we like to look at things on the positive side, so here’s the list of some of the best uniforms our teams from the Motor City have ever donned.
5. Detroit Titans Road uniforms
Shocking! I bet you didn’t think Motown’s University would get a spot on this list. The Titans succeed with the basic white lettering on all-red uniforms because of its simplicity. Plus, you can’t miss a player wearing that color.
4. Detroit Tigers Road uniforms (1972-1993)
These are classics. I don’t know what it is about them — maybe just because they bring us back to the heyday of 1984 when the entire city had Tigers fever. The uniforms also successful used the orange bands on the sleeves, which would be nice to see the team bring back in some way. I also favor the block lettering to the script writing that the team is sporting today.
3. Detroit Red Wings Winter Classic uniforms (2008-09)
There’s something about alternate uniforms that people just love. Maybe because it is just different from what they’re used to and it gives the organizations a chance to be creative (except the Lions). These Winter Classic jerseys brought back a Detroit Cougars look from the 1930s in a great way. The sleek old English D was a refreshing change from the winged-wheel.
2. Detroit Pistons Home uniforms (1978-1981)
Love them, or hate them — these uniforms are amazing. The piping on the shoulders, the placement of the off-set number and the use of the bright colors is awesome. The lightning bolts helps set these beauties apart from the rest of the Pistons jerseys throughout history. These were sort of lost to history until the team brought them back as alternates during the 2004-05 campaign.
1. Detroit Tigers Home uniforms (1934-Present)
Many consider these to be the best uniforms in baseball, and maybe even in all of sports. These have withstood the test of time for 80 years and don’t look to be going anywhere. The use of two different styles of the old English D — one on the hat and one on the chest — give this uniform a cohesive look. The piping on the chest gives the uni character, while keeping it simple.
What do you think? I’m sure you have your own lists of favorite jerseys. Let us know in the comments.