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Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century: The Official Major League Baseball Guide Paperback – December 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc (December 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806984910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806984919
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,665,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA-- A brilliant array of major league baseball uniforms from 1900-1991 crowds the pages of this unique sports history. With its high proportion of full-color photographs, it's an invaluable resource for long-standing veterans of the game as well as recently converted devotees. The evolution of uniforms is fascinating to peruse.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Okkonen, a baseball historian and illustrator, has compiled the first complete record of 20th-century major league baseball uniforms. He provides a brief historical overview of major trends in uniform design, as well as an essay on each major league team which links uniform changes to team history. The bulk of the book is a year-by-year pictorial register covering the years 1900 to 1991. The text is clear and lively, but the graphics are so small it is difficult to discern color variations and patterns. The work's historical value would be greatly increased if descriptions of the uniforms were provided. Indexing is minimal. This is essential for collections specializing in baseball history, and useful for public libraries or where demand warrants.
- Terry Madden, Boise State Univ. Lib., Id.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 1997
Format: Paperback
Marc Okkonen has done something no one else has done-he has researched and drawn examples of every Major League Baseball uniform worn in the 20th Century. Are you interested in the uniforms of the 1909 Cleveland Naps (now called the Indians)? Or how 'bout the 1969 Seattle Pilots (they became the Milwaukee Brewers the very next year!)? Well, Marc has created a book that will quench your thirst for knowledge! The book has two sections-the first shows each team's changes through the years; the second shows all the uniforms year-by-year. The book also contains interesting facts, such as what old American League team was called the "White Elephants" and why!

If you really love baseball (and you should!!!:-)), then you gotta' read Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
I purchased the original hardcover edition of this fantastic book in 1991 and the subsequent updated softcover edition in 1993 and found that not only had Mr. Okkonen added the uniform additions from the previous two years but also updated and corrected the earlier edition. Such attention to detail obviously makes this book a must-have for any true baseball fan. The explanations of color usage, choices and changes from 1900 to 1993 are insightful and amazing. Each team's uniforms and historical evolutions are also a great feature. I would love to see an updated 2000 edition. The fact that the first two editions are so hard to come by emphasizes the popularity of the books. So how about it, Marc? An update shouldn't be so difficult; just seven more years. Batting practice jerseys and caps need not be included, just home, away and alternate uniforms to keep all of us who love the grand old game in the know.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Clay Woody on February 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When I discovered BASEBALL UNIFORMS OF THE 20TH CENTURY, I was overjoyed. It is a true missing link of baseball information. Of all the pictures of ball players I poured over through the years, players who graced the diamonds during the first 50 years of this century, the one thing I could never discern was the COLOR of their uniforms. However hard you studied the permeations of gray and black in the photographs, you could not accurately guess the colors. Similarly, it was difficult to detect the exact year each major league uniform changed. This book solved those mysteries for me. I place it among my most valuable baseball books, a collection which encompasses maybe 80 books. I would love to see a similar book done on baseball uniforms of the 1870s-1890s, as well as a book on football uniforms of the 20th Century. Kudos to the author and publisher!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
Marc has done such a wonderful job of presenting his painstaking research that the world clamors for an updated version. A must for anyone interested in the history of baseball, particularly those who like to look at the old black & white photos of the early days and want to know what the uniforms looked like in color. If I could add to the suggestions of those who have reviewed the book before me, I would like to see detail on the backs of the uniforms as well. Not just styles of the numbering and lettering for names on the modern uniforms, but for the detailed artwork on the backs of some jerseys in the days before numbers. I would also like to see greater detail focused on the caps. Mainly, I would like to see a new version of the book that updates us on all the changes since 1993.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James R. Battenfield on December 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have been collecting MLB replica/current baseball caps since the late sixties. I guess that makes me a fanatic. I received a postcard from Marc Okkonen a few years ago, and thought his 1991 volume was without sequel. Now I have heard that there is a 1993 revision of this fine book, with corrections. (Baseball lovers need this). I started getting serious about tracing the history of team caps in 1995, so I have a bit of a gap that a "new" Okkonen could help me fill. I have found a few errors in the book; in fact the author said there were some. Where can anyone go to improve and update Okkonen? Until further notice, he is my constant reference for cap styles, a monumental piece of research, which I use "for the love of the game."
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "bazylewskyj" on June 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century is THE definitive reference on baseball uniforms. Nowhere will you find a more complete list illustrating every major league uniform used every single year. Do you know when the Astros introduced their "rainbow" uniforms? What year did the White Sox sport Bermuda shorts? Did you know that the New York Giants once wore plaid uniforms? It's all in this book. I find it odd that this book was written to represent the uniforms of the 20th century seven years before the century's end. This book is crying out for a second edition. There have already been dozens of uniform changes since 1993. Marc Okkonen, I'm beggin' ya. PLEASE!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By piano254@aol.com on March 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I thought this was an excellent book. I have a copy that I've had for four years now, but it looks more like it's 40 years old, what with all the dog ears, and such. I've gotten so much use out of it. I work at a bookstore, and have been on the lookout for an updated book, but this author doesn't seem to be writing ANYTHING, anymore. I wish he'd realize the potential and release a new version, including all the vast changes have been present since 1993.
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