Ranking the best Minor League Baseball themed jerseys

From Ugly Sweater Night in Round Rock, Texas to Saved by the Bell Night in Brooklyn, minor league baseball theme nights exploded in 2015. And with every theme night comes a unique jersey. We ranked our top 25 themed jerseys of the 2015 season, starting with a tribute to The Boss in Lakewood, N.J.

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25Lakewood BlueClaws
Bruce Springsteen Appreciation Night, July 25

These jerseys are pretty boss. In fact, the BlueClaws even changed their name to the “BruceClaws” for the game, and the game solely featured Springsteen songs and had several Springsteen-themed promotions. These jerseys were born to run.

24
24Brooklyn Cyclones
Saved by the Bell Night, June 24

The 90s make quite the comeback in jerseys that Zack Morris and A.C. Slater would have been proud to wear.

23
23Birmingham Barons
Breast Cancer Awareness Night, August 1

Real men wear pink. And even realer men support an important cause like breast cancer awareness.

22
22Louisville Bats
Star Trek Night, August 1

The Bats boldly went where no team has gone before in these Star Trek jerseys. While they’re not quite good enough to be out of the galaxy, they are pretty out of this world.

21
21Sacramento River Cats
Independence Day Celebration Night, July 3

These hats are truly stellar. In fact, all baseball teams should adopt this style of hat for every game. The rest of the uniform is patriotic but really nothing special. But those hats get a major stamp of approval.

20
20Delmarva Shorebirds
Christmas in July, July 18

This uniform really is quite jolly. It’s lacking a bit of flash, and the players hardly have Kris Kringle’s belly, but it captures most of the key ingredients to a Santa costume.

19
19Fresno Grizzlies
Taco Truck Throwdown/Tecate Thursday, August 6

If you are what you eat, then the Grizzlies players must eat a lot of tacos, since they took the field under the moniker, the “Tacos.” A truly delicious presentation from top to bottom.

18
18Battle Creek Bombers
Christmas in July, July 24

Christmas is coming a couple seasons early this year, and there could be a special present under the palm tree. Everyone’s favorite elf, Buddy, gets his own themed jersey for this bit of summer fun.

17
17San Antonio Missions
Star Wars Night, August 8

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for, but this R2-D2 jersey is pretty cool, nonetheless.

16
16Aberdeen IronBirds
Autism Awareness Night, June 28

Everyone has, at one point, wanted to be a superhero, and the IronBirds indulged in that fantasy in this very Cam Newton-esque design. Although there’s a lot going on here, there’s no real Kryptonite to derail the Super-coolness of the jersey.

15
15Frisco RoughRiders
Full House Night, June 12

We’re betting there was a full house at the ballpark when the Roughriders wore these jerseys for Full House night. Here’s betting it had Michelle’s stamp of approval—"you got it, dude."

14
14Altoona Curve
A Night in the Neighborhood with Daniel Tiger, July 5

The soft-spoken Mister Rogers certainly wasn’t quiet with his fashion choices—just look at his famous bright red sweater—and the Pennsylvania minor league team is making its own statement with its replica jerseys. Bonus points to the tie for classing up the peanut- and beer-filled ballpark.

13
13Lowell Spinners
Jimmy Buffett Parrot Head Night, August 6

The Boston Red Sox Class-A affiliate Lowell Spinners wore these tropical jerseys on Thursday, a nod to Jimmy Buffett’s fans, who are known as “Parrotheads.” The first 1,000 fans through the gate on the night of the promotion will receive a replica jersey.

12
12Staten Island Yankees
Game of Thrones Night, August 8

Winter came and went in Westeros. The New York Yankees’ Single-A affiliate wore Direwolve jerseys on Saturday, a nod to the great and noble Stark family. If anything, these jerseys bode well for the Yankees’ quest for the Iron Throne this October.

11
11Richmond Fly Squirrels
Shark Week, June 13

The San Francisco Giants’ Double-A affiliate wore Jaws-themed jerseys in honor of everyone’s favorite Shark Week. The hilarity of a ferocious, cartoon shark just underneath the word “Squirrels” in bold letters is just too perfect.

10
10Jackson Generals
Star Wars Night, May 2

Two of the most iconic characters from Star Wars, Ar2d2 and C-3PO, were featured on the Generals’ chests in early May. The chances the Seattle Mariners’ Double-A affiliate’s uniforms were awesome: 1 to 1.

9
9Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Christmas in July, July 26

After ugly Christmas sweaters, dressing like Santa is probably the next-best thing. The Chicago Cubs’ Single-A affiliate rocked these Christmas-themed jerseys, replicating Santa’s outfit and complete with Christmas-tree lights wrapping around the torso.

8
8Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Hump Day, July 1

GEICO’s Hump Day commercial has cemented its legacy in pop culture. The Philadelphia Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate paid homage to the commercial, will help from the insurance company, of course. Proceeds benefited IronPigs charities and the Lehigh Valley Zoo.

7
7Brooklyn Cyclones
Seinfeld Night, July 5

The New York Mets’ Single-A affiliate wore Cosmo Technicolor jerseys inspired by the "Wig Master" episode from the television classic Seinfeld. The first 2,500 fans in attendance also received a Keith Hernandez "Magic Loogie" Bobblehead.

6
6Tennessee Smokies
Smoky Mountain Service Dog, Aug 30

At the end of the month, the Chicago Cubs’ Double-A affiliate will wear jerseys featuring adorable dogs to honor and benefit the Smoky Mountain Service Dog organization. Two double amputee veterans and their service dogs will throw first pitches.

5
5Round Rock Express
Ugly Christmas Sweater, July 24

Ugly Christmas sweaters have become all the rage during holiday seasons of late. The Texas Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate celebrated Christmas in July, rocking these truly ugly-designed jerseys. Fortunately for the Express, when it comes to Christmas sweaters, ugly is the new beautiful.

4
4Norfolk Tides
Spongebob, August 7

Who lives in a pineapple under the seas? The Norfolk Tides traded their bats in for jellyfishing nets last Friday. The Baltimore Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate partnered with Nickelodeon to feature one of the channel’s most loveable characters, in all his buck-toothed glory, on their chests.

3
3Altoona Curve
Star Wars, May 30

Jabba the Hutt is certainly an intimidating figure. What better way to strike fear in an opposing pitcher by boasting the evil Star Wars character on your chest? The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Double-A affiliate got creative in late May, wearing this truly interesting unis against the Binghamton Mets.

2
2Gary SouthShore Railcats
Back to the Future, June 13

Three-time American Association of Independent Professional Baseball champions, the Railcats paid homage to one of America’s greatest movie trilogies in June. The club wore Back to the Future-themed jerseys to celebrate the series’ 30th anniversary, complete with an awesome font style.

1
1Jackson Generals
Wizard of Oz, May 15

This isn’t Kansas anymore, Toto. The Seattle Mariners’ Double-A affiliate, located in Jackson, Tennessee, donned these incredible jerseys early in the season. Sure, the blue, checkered overalls are a nice touch. But those long, glossy pigtails are truly incredible.

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