Why Do Baseball Coaches Wear Uniforms and Where Did the Tradition Come From?

In the 1800s, baseball managers looked after travel and logistics, while a uniformed playing captain guided the team on the field.

Captains who had retired from playing kept their uniforms on in case they were needed as a player.

Eventually the manager’s job expanded to include coaching.

But tradition and a 1957 rule insisted that no one without a uniform could enter the playing area, including base coaches and the managers.

During the early twentieth century, the legendary Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics while wearing a suit and tie and never left the dugout.

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