Brian Wilson's Orange Shoes, and Baseball's Worst Fashion Faux-Pas -- Ever
|Brian -- you shouldn't have!|
Wilson was dinged $1,000 for his sartorial transgression. In the world of anal enforcement of professional athletes' adherence to uniformity, that's a drop in the bucket: Had Wilson been a football player donning inappropriate footwear during the Super Bowl, he'd have been out $100,000. But Wilson's escapade did remind us of some of baseball's worst fashion tragedies:
|Avert thine eyes!|
In 1934, St. Louis Cardinals pitchers Dizzy and Paul Dean went "on strike" protesting Paul's paltry $3,000 salary. Dizzy shredded his home uniform in anger -- and, when photographers complained that they missed the action, he shredded his road uniform, too.
In 1938, temperamental Cleveland pitcher Johnny Allen is told to cut off part of his dangling sleeve, which the umpire found distracting. Allen instead has a tantrum, and walks out of the game. He is fined $250 by the team -- and his ratty shirt is now preserved in the Hall of Fame, so future generations can ponder his odd behavior and Bill Belichick-like sartorial sense.
In 1948, Adonis-like Cincinnati Red Ted Kluszewski cuts the constricting sleeves off of his uniform. The resultant look was unsettling in the Midwest of the 1940s and '50s. But in the present-day Castro district it would have gone over swimmingly.
In 1959, Chicago White Sox outfielder Al Smith is famously doused with beer by his home fans during a World Series game; the moment is immortalized in one of the greatest photographs of all-time.
In 1975 ... Houston, we have a problem.