The Staten Island Yankees are flipping the script, or the pinstripes rather, in 2016.
With a few teams in the New York Yankees system donning the iconic vertical pinstripes, the Baby Bombers are going for a unique look this season with horizontal pinstripes. The horizontal pinstripes will help the Staten Island Yankees standout in the fashion world of baseball uniforms and give the team an on-field identity of its own.
While many considered the theory outdated, two British psychologists retested the Helmholtz illusion in 2009 using three-dimensional female models, confirming what some in the fashion world unpopularly believed for almost a century: horizontal stripes make you appear thinner.
The Staten Island Yankees will hit the field in this fresh new look for the first time on Saturday, June 18, as they take on cross-bridge rival the Brooklyn Cyclones.