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17. When slugger Ted Kluszewski played for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1950s, how did he famously alter his uniform?

The muscular Kluszewski, or “Big Klu” as the strapping 240-pounder came to be known, found that the sleeves of Cincinnati’s jerseys fit too tightly on his muscular shoulders and biceps, so he cut them off at the armpit. He said the team didn’t like his sleeveless look, but he added “it was either that or change my swing – and I wasn't about to change my swing.”

The muscular Kluszewski, or “Big Klu” as the strapping 240-pounder came to be known, found that the sleeves of Cincinnati’s jerseys fit too tightly on his muscular shoulders and biceps, so he cut them off at the armpit. He said the team didn’t like his sleeveless look, but he added “it was either that or change my swing – and I wasn't about to change my swing.”

The muscular Kluszewski, or “Big Klu” as the strapping 240-pounder came to be known, found that the sleeves of Cincinnati’s jerseys fit too tightly on his muscular shoulders and biceps, so he cut them off at the armpit. He said the team didn’t like his sleeveless look, but he added “it was either that or change my swing – and I wasn't about to change my swing.”

The muscular Kluszewski, or “Big Klu” as the strapping 240-pounder came to be known, found that the sleeves of Cincinnati’s jerseys fit too tightly on his muscular shoulders and biceps, so he cut them off at the armpit. He said the team didn’t like his sleeveless look, but he added “it was either that or change my swing – and I wasn't about to change my swing.”

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He cut off the sleeves at the shoulder.

 

He put holes in it for air circulation.

 

He wrote his signature in large letters on the back.

 

He wore high-top sneakers instead of baseball cleats.

 
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