The Best Unlicensed/Unofficial Baseball T-Shirts on the Internet

If you look hard enough online (as in… google “T-Shirts”), you can find sites that sell unlicensed and unofficial t-shirts. These T-shirts feature designs created by fans and basically only are allowed to exist because they are fairly small-scale operations- the equivalent of those random guys outside of a stadium- and no company is willing to sue them to oblivion because of the bad PR that would result from going after people who in essence are their biggest fans would be… bad. In addition, a lot (but certainly nowhere near all) of the t-shirts don’t technically break any laws and don’t actually use anything trademarked or copyrighted.

So, what type of stuff are we talking about? (go below the jump to see the rest of this)

Sandlot Swag

The Sandlot, of course, is the greatest baseball movie of the 1990s, a true classic. And yet to the best of my knowledge the amount of merchandising around about it is minimal. Thankfully, the internet has decided to fix that. Over at the Neatoshop, for example, Beware 1984 has a awesome shirt that reminds us that while heroes get remembered, legends never die:

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 11.23.25 PMAt Teepublic, Trevorduntposterdesign has this classy baseball card shirt:

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 11.34.58 PMBut of course, no Sandlot wardrobe is complete without

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 11.44.33 PMPresented Without Further Comment… this shirt:


A Ton Of Mets Stuff

Perhaps it is because of the the Mets quirky younger-brother status. Maybe the good year they are having has something to do with it. Either way, there are a ton of unofficial Mets T-shirts for sale online. Oh, there are some neat but not exactly amazing word-cloud shirts, and this tribute to Game Six of the 1986 World Series, but what about shirts that take advantage of Mets’ fans love of giving their players superhero nicknames?

fig,white,mens,ffffff.u2Yes, that’s a T-shirt featuring a cartoon Noah Syndergaard dressed as his superheroic nickname, Thor, god of Thunder. It was created by somebody called “Loudegg”, who also has a shirt featuring not only “Thor Syndergaard” but also Jacob deGrom as the Terminator and Matt Harvey as the Dark Knight, Batman. He also has this delightful t-shirt that pays tribute to the most beloved hitter in baseball…. Bartolo Colon:

fig,silver,mens,ffffff.u2In addition, elsewhere you can get a Captain America shield T-Shirt paying tribute to David Wright.

Also, it should be noted that Mets fans love their SNY broadcast team so much they have TWO t-shirts paying tribute to them. There’s this shirt from “Kellyoconnell” (which also comes in a non-color version)…

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 4.49.37 PMand there is this weird bobblehead shirt created by “Foxygrampa”….

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 4.53.53 PMFinally for Mets fans who love themselves some classic Nintendo, there’s this T-shirt for the New York… Metroids:

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 5.10.59 PMAlso a lot of Giants stuff

Success mixed with a fanbase that no doubt features plenty of artists and graphics people means there is plenty of San Francisco Giants stuff too, like this adorable t-shirt of cartoon Buster Posey and cartoon Madison Bumgarner celebrating a title, done by Nat Lee:

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 5.23.18 PMD’awwww….

There’s also a t-shirt for the many deadheads who are also Giants fans, one honoring Matt Cain’s perfect game, a shirt that gives the average Giant fan’s opinion of Los Angeles, and, of course, a shirt from “Jaymancreative” that celebrates the sure sign that a San Francisco Giant has done something awesome: a Buster hug.

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 11.01.42 PMI have gotta get me one of these shirts by the next WBC:

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 12.25.58 AMThe Shirt for the Muppet-Loving Cardinals Fan: 

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 12.28.44 AMWACHA WACHA!

The Secret Weapon Forever:


Other Team-Specific Stuff (click the picture to go to the site offering it):

fig,asphalt,mens,fffffffig,red,mens,ffffff.u4Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 3.53.59 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-04 at 3.56.46 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-04 at 4.04.44 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-04 at 4.17.28 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-04 at 4.25.22 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-04 at 4.28.20 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-04 at 4.35.17 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-04 at 4.37.56 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-04 at 4.54.43 PMMLB Logo Variations:

The MLB logo is notable for being the only logo of the Big Four sports to have had another member of the Big Four admittedly ape it. So perhaps it’s not surprising that plenty of artists and T-shirt makers have decided to also imitate it.

Like, have you ever wanted to wear a MLB-logo t-shirt with Charlie Brown on it? I have, which I why if there are any family members or friends of mine reading this, please go here and purchase this for me immediately:

636x460shirt_guys_01But are Nintendo games more your thing? Well, good news, there are plenty of MLB-style shirts paying tribute to Mario, Earthbound and RBI Baseball (click the pictures below to go to the stores that have them).

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 5.19.45 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-04 at 5.24.22 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-04 at 5.25.00 PMOr what about other stuff that isn’t even pretending to be baseball related but still looks good when it’s in MLB Logo form?

Y’know, like Doctor Who:

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 5.32.46 PMOr Star Wars:

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 5.34.27 PM

Or basically anything on this guy’s shop, including this Bruce Springsteen t-shirt that is the required t-shirt of sportswriters everywhere:

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 5.49.21 PMThe Completely Fictional Teams:

What are baseball fans of non-baseball-related things supposed to do if they want to combine their love of baseball with their love of the other thing? Presumably pick out shirts that show fictional baseball teams from those worlds, like…

This shirt that pays tribute to the classic video game Bioshock:

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 7.03.38 PM

Would you kindly swing for the fences?

Or this shirt for fans of Fallout 3:

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 7.08.20 PMFor fans of the first generation of Pokemon there’s this shirt:

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 7.09.38 PMFor the Trekkies among you, there’s a shirt for the Starfleet Academy Captains:

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 7.12.54 PMAnd of course, when it comes to superheroes, some people have made sports t-shirts for some of those teams that have shown up in Bizarre Baseball Culture.

Like the Metropolis Meteors:

fig,white,mens,ffffffOr the Gotham Knights (there are several Gotham Knights shirts out there, but I like this one the best):

fig,black,mens,ffffff.u2And, of course, plenty of Springfield Isotopes.

So that’s it…

Wait, are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING?!!?!

fig,royal_blue,mens,ffffff.u1THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!


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