Avert your eyes!

Chris Mehring, the excellent announcer of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, has been blogging during the interminable interregnum before baseball resumes.

(That is, if baseball is actually played in Wisconsin this year. Given the 345-foot frost depth and the depth of snow, I have my doubts.)

I have followed the Timber Rattlers since we moved to Appleton in 1984. But apparently I wasn’t paying enough attention, because I managed to miss their interesting, to put it one way, throwback and special uniforms over the years.

Mehring’s favorite apparently is a throwback to the 1970s of the Milwaukee Brewers …

… which is a bit ironic for a couple of reasons. The first-season Brewers uniforms were the only-season Pilots uniforms. That’s because the bankruptcy sale to Bud Selig took place during 1970 spring training. So the franchise arrived in Arizona as the Pilots and left as the Brewers. Something similar happened to the 1953 Boston-turned-Milwaukee Braves, but all that was required there was to change the hats from a B to an M. With the Brewers, the franchise literally took the PILOTS and SEATTLE lettering off and stitched BREWERS in their place.

This look replaced the Pilots-turned-Brewers uniforms. The other irony is that the Brewers were quite bad in this uniform. The 1978 pinstripe uniforms with the ball-in-glove logo coincided with a team that started to play like a baseball team, with the arrival of general manager Harry Dalton and manager George Bamberger.

Since changing from the Appleton Foxes to the Timber Rattlers in 1995 and moving from ancient Goodland Field to Fox Cities Stadium, the Timber Rattlers also have honored their current and hopefully permanent parent club …

… plus Appleton baseball teams of the past …

… the “Star Wars” movies …

… the nation on Independence Day …

… the military …

… hunting (yes, that’s camouflage and blaze orange) …

… and mothers:

(That look is a takeoff on the 1975–86 Houston Astros, whose uniforms with multiple shades of orange …

… were called the “Tequila Sunrise” uniforms by some and “rainbow guts” by others.

Given the Timber Rattlers’ colors (dark red and black), it’s surprising they haven’t chosen special rainbow-guts unis of their own, given that last year Louisville …

… and Mississippi State did:

Or perhaps they could emulate the worst uniform in baseball history, possibly the worst in all of sports history:

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