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A few weeks ago I posited the question: What is the best Cardinals uniform ever?

Well friends, there is only one way to find out: Battle Royale.

So, to determine the best Cardinals uniform ever, I have, with your gracious assistance, created a bracket where each uniform will duke it out until we have a winner.

(Many of you have asked about the alternate jersey the Cardinals debuted in 2013. Don't worry, folks. I have a plan. Trust the system.)

Here is the bracket, updated to reflect the winner of last week’s matchup:

This week, the voting continues with...

If you recognize the 1927 uniform, you probably were watching the Cardinals game on Saturday, August 27 against the Oakland A’s. The Cardinals wore these throwbacks during that game and looked super fly. The first thing that stands out about these particular uniforms is the "World Champions" stitched around the team’s newest logo, a single cardinal perched on a bat. It was typical of the time for reigning world champions to have it proudly displayed on their uniform, replacing the team name. The Cardinals were the first team to incorporate it into their actual logo. The uniform also features the iconic "St. L" on the sleeve along with some classic pinstripes. The results speak for themselves modeled by the lovely Pete Alexander above (and on Seung Hwan Oh wearing the throwbacks in the photo below).

Notable achievements:

  • During this offseason The Cardinals shocked baseball by trading Rogers Hornsby, long-time star, player-manager, and Cardinals shareholder, to the Giants for Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring
  • Frisch led the team in bWAR that season with 9.2
  • Hornsby led the Giants with 10.1
  • The Cardinals finished the season at 92-61, second in the National League

1956 was a change from the usual course with the removal of the famous Birds on the Bat that had graced the uniform for a majority of the time since 1922. The team instead opted for "Cardinals" written in a script font similar to that which is used today underlined with a swoosh. A patch had also been placed on the sleeve, though it is difficult to see in the photo of Ken Boyer above.

Notable achievements:

  • Fans apparently flipped out when the Birds on the Bat were removed and the following year the iconic logo returned to the uniform
  • This team went 76-78 and finished fourth in the National League
  • Ken Boyer led the 1956 Cardinals with 6.4 bWAR followed by Stan Musial at 5.5

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