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Maybe the White Sox should wear white socks, and white caps, more often

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Chris Sale is gone, but his vision lives on in the form of an acceptable White Sox throwback jersey for the modern athlete.

The White Sox sported 1917 uniforms on Saturday night, but those of you who have followed the Sox Century series know that they weren’t authentic. While they were modeled after the 1917 uniforms, they weren’t baggy and flannel, nor did they have three-quarter sleeves.

Then again, the real uniforms from 1917 didn’t have numbers on them, so they may as well embrace some other 2017 conventions and take a shape that players want to wear. Based on the pregame comments from Yolmer Sanchez and James Shields, the players wanted to wear them.

Sale, of course, objected to wearing the untucked 1977 throwbacks on account of them being uncomfortable. His perspective was understandable, given that the billowy uniforms came closest to looking acceptable on only the biggest, broadest players, so a pitcher with long, skinny limbs might have ended up delivering a pitch out of the neckhole. His blind rage with sharp objects was over the top, though, and the Sox supposedly tailored them to look more like the original cuts, but we’ll never know.

Here, the 1917 uniforms were basically regular uniforms with a few exceptions: No names on the back of jerseys, a closed collar, and high socks for everybody.

As a result, everybody looked good ...

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... even when they didn’t.

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Back when the Sox wore the South Side Hit Men apparel, it seemed most useful to consider the uniform on an item-to-item basis to see what ideas were worth developing. Here, I’m only compelled to consider it as a whole. The cap seems too plain to be worn on its own -- and too hipster or steampunk to try now — but the effect of the head-to-ankle white created a look as crisp as the White Sox aren’t.

And if I were a large guy without foot speed, I’d make sure to wear high socks, because because they make even Matt Davidson and Jose Abreu look spry.

There’s a chance I’d get tired of this, because it’s novel to see the White Sox wearing white without pinstripes and with colors for a night game, and novelty can wear off. As it stands, the combination pops under the lights, and it’s something we don’t see enough, because once they started wearing the 1983 uniforms, they stopped being good enough for Sunday Night Baseball.