Chicago Cubs: Arrieta seemingly got to wear all the cool jerseys
1968 was a pretty unremarkable season for the Cubs as they finished 84-78 in third place in the National League. What was remarkable, though, was their jerseys. One of the sharpest uniforms you’ll ever see the Cubs sport, the team’s 1968 road jerseys ooze power and confidence. Or maybe it was just the way Jake Arrieta wore it. Or, better yet, the way “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks before him.
The ’68 road jersey is a pretty simple jersey, but starkly different from the version the Cubs would wear just a year later. Gray, but seemingly a bit darker than the ’69 heather version, the ’68 option included red and blue piping down the pants, as well as that same red and blue trim piping adorning the neck and sleeves.
The “CHICAGO” block lettering across the chest features the exact same color scheme and makes the letters stand out. There were no numbers on the front, but the back number has the same color combination.
They featured two pretty cool patches as well- the classic cubbie bear design on the left sleeve and a sesquicentennial patch for the state of Illinois (founded in 1818) on the right. This 1968 jersey was worn in 2014 but hasn’t made much of an appearance since.
This jersey would be a neat everyday appearance, but would serve the Cubs much better as a once a year deal as they’re bold and would stick out to fans and players alike.