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Saturday, April 6, 2013
'Ugly' never looked so good for S-O-X

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO – Although they will represent the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox team on Sunday, the current squad feels like it will look pretty sharp.

The White Sox will turn back the clock to the 1980s each home Sunday, wearing the pullover jersey with red-and-navy accents and the block-lettered S-O-X across the front. The pants will have each player's number on one leg.

Last season, the White Sox wore the white-and-red pinstripe uniform from 1972 for every Sunday home game.

“I think everybody is excited to wear them,” said Paul Konerko, who has worn the jersey in the past on a throwback day. “I think everybody likes them better that the ones last year for some reason. It’ll be cool. I think the ’83 team, you still see those uniforms a lot, fans wear them. I’m sure fans will get a kick out of them and hopefully we can win games like they did in ’83 because they won the division.”

The White Sox will actually have two looks to the uniform. They will wear the predominately white ones during games, but during batting practice, the jersey top will be predominately navy with red accents and white lettering and numbering.

“If it’s cold, I’m going to be covering it up,” manager Robin Ventura said. “Guys, they like that stuff, wearing a uniform like that. Harold (Baines) will probably feel the most comfortable. He’s going to wear his old one.”

Sadly, Ventura was kidding. Baines won't be going into the attic for his old uniform.

Baines, the club’s assistant hitting coach, was in his fourth full season in 1983 when the White Sox won the American League West. He batted .280 with 20 home runs and 99 RBIs that year to finish 10th in the AL MVP voting.