On Friday night in Pittsburgh, the Pirates held their annual “Negro Leagues Heritage Game” against the visiting Chicago Cubs, which featured both teams wearing some incredible throwback uniforms.
The Cubs decided to wear the jerseys of the Leland Giants, who, back in 1909, became the first team of African-Americans ever to play against the Chicago squad. The Pirates, meanwhile, wore the uniforms of the Homestead Grays.
The Cubs eventually won the game and the uniforms were roundly praised for looking incredible, but the unique looks did cause a problem in the bottom of the first inning.
As you can see in the video below, the Cubs’ uniforms featured long white sleeves under the gray tops. Unfortunately for Chicago starter Eddie Butler, pitchers are not allowed to wear long white sleeves on the mound, as it makes it harder for the batter to see the white baseball coming out of his hand.
Therefore, the umpire called for a trainer to come out with some scissors to do some makeshift alterations to Butler’s uniform before the inning could begin:
Low-hanging fruit. 🤐 pic.twitter.com/QtuWnY2Lch
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 16, 2017