The Five Best Detroit Sports Uniforms

We've seen some underrated threads in this city. 

Evan Jankens
April 22, 2020 - 12:37 pm
Mickey Tettleton

Getty Images

Categories: 

I am a uniform junky. I collect them, I wear them and I probably spend too much on them. 

And what I like might surprise you. 

With the L.A. Chargers releasing their new uniforms on Wednesday, I wanted to lay out my five favorite uniforms that a professional sports team in Detroit has worn in my lifetime -- from 1983 to the present. 

We all love the traditional threads worn by the Tigers and Red Wings, of course. But there are others uniforms, in my opinion, that don't get the appreciation they deserve. 

Without further ado...

5. Pistons, White and Teal (1996-2001)

When these uniforms were released, I wanted nothing more than a white Grant Hill version. They were both clean and different, and I still think the Pistons should bring these back like the Grand Rapids Drive did.

Grant Hill
Jonathan Daniel 008P/Allsport

4. Lions, Black and Blue (2005-2007)

I never understood why the Lions didn't get more love for this uniform. Maybe it was the link to the Joey Harrington era. Anyway, if the Lions brought these back, I bet they'd see a big increase in jersey sales. 

Detroit Lions uniforms
(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

3. Pistons, Red and Blue (1995)

Back when the Pistons were still rocking their 'Bad Boys' look, they threw a wrinkle into things for the 1995-96 season. The red was eye-catching and fresh, and I loved it. The team did bring back the red from 2006-09.

Grant Hill (red uniform)
Jonathan Daniel/Allsport

2. Red Wings, 2009 Winter Classic

The Wings have played in four outdoor games, and they looked the best in their first. The 'D' in the center of the chest sold me. Call me crazy, but I like these even more than the team's traditional uniforms.

Kirk Maltby
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

1. Tigers, 1994 Road Uniform

The minute the Tigers made this switch, I was in love. The 'Detroit' script across the chest with the stripes down the sleeve made for the team's best look, in my opinion. Who didn't love Mickey Tettleton and Travis Fryman in these threads?

Mickey Tettleton
Getty Images

Travis Fryman
Holly Stein /Allsport