Louisville Cardinals baseball uniforms inspired by Houston Astros

  • David Whitlock

Not many people look back at the 1970s and 1980s Houston Astros “rainbow stripe” uniforms and think “wow, that look is sharp, we need to be more like those!”  But at least one college team has.  The Louisville Cardinals burst into the Nashville, Tennessee, Superregional  against Vanderbilt with a “shades of red” style uniform that hearkened back to the Nolan Ryan, Jose Cruz, J.R. Richard, Astrodome era Astros duds that have been legendary in terms of criticism among those who dissect baseball’s sartorial splendor.  Here is the Louisville version (credit: Adidas via GoCards.com):

Louisville is making a College World Series statement on the field and with their uniforms (Credit: GoCards.com/Adidas)

Louisville is making a College World Series statement on the field and with their uniforms
(Credit: GoCards.com/Adidas)

 

J.R. Richard and Nolan Ryan were more intimidating with their arm than their duds

J.R. Richard and Nolan Ryan were more intimidating with their 100 MPH fastballs than their duds

The team is playing extremely well in the duds, having upset the Number 2 national seed Vanderbilt Commodores in two straight games to advance to the College World Series.  Omaha is going to go “Retro Astros” next week when the College World Series kicks off!  The Louisville athletic program is having a banner year, as reigning Sugar Bowl champions, and NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament champions.  Success in the College World Series would be a huge cap on their banner year.

– David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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