There are some athletes who have legendary careers with one particular team. And sometimes it’s hard to believe that the face of a franchise for so long actually played for another team at some point (usually towards the end of their career). Sometimes players just have to cut ties and move on, and vice versa. Most recently I would say the best example is Peyton Manning. Yes, he has a great career going on in Denver but he’ll always be remembered as a Colt. Maybe Ichiro springs to mind? Anything sans Mariners looks funky
Anyway, it’s just weird seeing these guys in any uniforms other than their “true” uniforms. Below you’ll find 10 examples that really shot out to me. There are tons more but these guys really were faces of their franchises and seeing them in their final seasons in odd jerseys almost makes you think “say it ain’t so.”
Babe Ruth – Boston Braves
Yeah it’s Boston but come on. It’s just weird seeing Ruth in anything but a Yankees uniform.
Jerry Rice – Seattle Seahawks
Seeing Rice in that uniform was just plain sad. Yeah he had a couple decent games but come on man. He should have gone out a 49er. He was solid on the Raiders though.
Steve Carlton – Minnesota Twins
I never even knew Carlton was on any team but the Phils. This guy was a Philly through and through.
Willie Mays – NY Mets
These were the sad Willie Mays years.
Emmitt Smith – Cardinals
I’d like to forget this ever happened and I hope Cowboy fans do.
Joe Namath – Rams
Say it ain’t so Joe.
OJ – 49ers
Well at least he didn’t kill anyone on the team
Hakeem Olajuwon on the Raptors
He’ll always be a Rocket.
Robert Parish – Chicago Bulls
Man he must have smoked buckets of weed on that team. Plus his face in this picture is Uncoached.
Dave Winfield – Cleveland Indians
He was my favorite player of all time so this just seemed completely odd to me. I kind of liked him on Toronto though.