No Major League Baseball teams use the image of a baseball on their uniforms. According to official Major League Baseball (MLB) rules, no team is allowed to have any design on their uniforms that is a baseball or even that is the shape of a baseball. This rule is intended to prevent any confusion amongst the teams in misidentifying their own teammates. There have been instances of MLB teams using baseball imagery as part of their logo, including the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, and the San Francisco Giants. These logos are considered acceptable because the baseball imagery is heavily incorporated into another team element design and is easily recognizable to the particular team.
More about MLB uniforms:
- In 1976, the Chicago White Sox uniforms included shorts, which only lasted for three games before returning to pants.
- Cincinnati Reds player Ted Kluszewski is credited with developing the sleeveless baseball jersey after he ripped off his sleeves in 1947 because they were too tight on his biceps and inhibited his swing.
- The New York Yankees are the only MLB team to not have players’ last names displayed on the backs of their jerseys.