OK, now you’ve got to tell us the less polite ones!
“We hope that Mr. Young did not select the uniforms for the Baltimore Club. If he did his taste in costuming is not equal to Daly’s of the Grand Opera House in New York–for it was notable as the ugliest, perhaps, ever seen on a ball field. In addition to pants which resembled in color the subdued yellow of chamois skin, was a shirt which had for a breast pocket what purported to be the arms of Lord Calvert, and which looked like a soiled spot when the men were in the field. The tout ensemble was not pleasing; and, while in Baltimore they were soothed with such pet names as the “Canaries,” the “Calverts” and the “Lord Baltimores,” outside they were cognomened the “Mustard Trowsers,‘ the “Yellow Legs” and the “Dandelions.” However, as they seemed to repent the error of their costumes as the season advanced, and made some alterations in the same, we will be hereafter dumb.” (Philadelphia Sunday Dispatch, December 1, 1872)
“Their [the Lord Baltimore Club’s] appearance was, to say the least, stunning. We had heard a great deal about their brilliant uniform, but in point of ugliness it triple discounts the original dress of the Chicago White Stockings, who had held the palm up to this time in that regard. Their trousers are terrible, looking as though they had been bathed in mustard water, while the “escutcheon” so often alluded to bore an agreeable resemblance at a distance to a slab of pepper and salt. Frank Moran inquired, after the style of his model Hamlet, “Why com’st thou in so questionable a shape?” while “Stonewall” gravely whistled “Who are these in bright array?’ The number of poor jokes and puns uttered in regard to the same would furnish a burlesque with abundant material.” (Philadelphia Sunday Dispatch May 5, 1872)
Here is a decidedly tepid defense of the uniforms from a hometown paper:
“The dress of the Baltimore nine is not critically beautiful. It is, however, unique in its design, and its close affiliation with the coat of arms of Lord Baltimore gives it an attraction in the eyes of Marylanders which a uniform of brighter and prettier colors would fail to produce.” (Baltimore American May 13, 1872)