Memphis Redbirds

Organ donor night

The Reading Fightin Phils

A tribute to its legendary hot dog vendor.

Toledo Mud Hens

Chewbacca

Fresno Grizzles

Price is Right theme

Fort Wayne TinCaps

Argyle

Fort Wayne TinCaps

Social media uniform with 6k of team’s twitter followers

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Tribute to a couple married at the ballpark that night

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Santa

Los Vegas Wranglers

Santa

Quad City Mallards

Western night

Tulsa Oilers

Batman

Kingston Frontenacs

Tribute to legendary hockey commentator Don Cherry

Uniformly Outrageous

To see major design risks, check out these minor league teams.

While scouring the sports world for the latest in team uniforms, we couldn’t help but admire the sartorial lengths to which minor league teams will go to draw a crowd. Without big-name athletes, they’ll outfit their athletes in just about anything to get noticed.

Teams will trot out players in Chewbacca-inspired jerseys for Star Wars Night or looking like athletic Santa Clauses for a Christmas in July promotion. They’ll create faux-tuxedo uniforms for a game at which a local couple is getting hitched on the baseball diamond.

Here are the craziest minor league uniforms we found. Hideous? Brilliantly hideous? Just brilliant? Tough call.

This much is clear: These are the sort of creative risks (or marketing gimmicks) that big league teams don’t dare take. Consider the NFL’s new redesigns. Although more and more teams are eager to try a new look and generate some excitement, particularly struggling franchises like the Jacksonville Jaguars, executives don’t want to go too far and alien fans. Nike, which is now outfitting the NFL, looks to incorporate design elements that grow out of a team’s identify and local roots. The Chewbacca look? Sorry, that comes from a galaxy far, far away.

[Image: Flickr user Terren in Virginia]

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