Yesterday, San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson -- a man with about three pounds worth of tattoo ink coursing through his veins and a haircut befitting a Blink-182 roadie
-- came under fire from the league office. The objection: Wilson's traffic cone-orange shoes. Wilson was dinged $1,000 for his sartorial transgression
. In the world of anal enforcement of professional athletes' adherence to uniformity, that's a drop in the bucket: Had Wilson been a football player donning inappropriate footwear during the Super Bowl, he'd have been out $100,000
. But Wilson's escapade did remind us of some of baseball's worst fashion tragedies:
, the Chicago White Sox -- who would go on to famously throw the World Series vs. Cincinnati -- were so badly compensated by owner Charlie Comiskey that they were responsible for washing their own uniforms
, St. Louis Cardinals pitchers Dizzy and Paul Dean went "on strike" protesting Paul's paltry $3,000 salary. Dizzy shredded his home uniform in anger
-- and, when photographers complained that they missed the action, he shredded his road uniform, too.
, temperamental Cleveland pitcher Johnny Allen is told to cut off part of his dangling sleeve
, which the umpire found distracting. Allen instead has a tantrum, and walks out of the game. He is fined $250 by the team -- and his ratty shirt is now preserved in the Hall of Fame, so future generations can ponder his odd behavior and Bill Belichick-like sartorial sense
. In 1948
, Adonis-like Cincinnati Red Ted Kluszewski cuts the constricting sleeves off of his uniform. The resultant look
was unsettling in the Midwest of the 1940s and '50s. But in the present-day Castro district it would have gone over swimmingly
. In 1959
, Chicago White Sox outfielder Al Smith is famously doused with beer by his home fans during a World Series game; the moment is immortalized in one of the greatest photographs of all-time
. In 1975
... Houston, we have a problem.