This year’s Society for American Baseball Research annual convention took place in Seattle. I didn’t attend, but as a SABR member I received a copy of the publication that was whipped up for the event: Rain Check: Baseball in the Pacific Northwest, which features some dynamite photos from David Eskenazi’s collection.
Since the northwest didn’t get a big-league team until the 1969 Seattle Pilots — and then was MLB-less again from 1970 through 1976, until the Mariners were brought into existence — the region’s baseball history is all about the minor leagues. So the book is full of photos of gorgeous minor league unis most of us have never seen before. Check out, for example, this shot from the 1913 Northwest League All-Star Game.
Lots of great details, too. Look at this cap, these sleeve patches, the verical striping on these socks (never seen anything like that on a baseball uni), and these incredible belts (not to mention the lace-up plackets and the chest pockets)! And it’s not all ancient history, either — here‘s a good Seattle Pilots shot I’d never seen before.
Although not strictly uni-related, there are also amazing scorecard cover designs. If you like the Tigers’ swinging kitten logo, compare this version. And check out this truly astonishing program design that was created in 1968 to commemorate Seattle’s impending graduation from minor- to major-league status.
All in all, a fine book. If you want a copy, it’s available from Amazon via the link at the top of the page.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Yet another high-socks Pedro Martinez sighting on Wednesday night, but still no sign of that cancelled check, alas. … The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will have a new alternate jersey this season (one of many they’ve had over the years). … Good analysis by Dave Sterling, who notes: “Since the Browns have had their share of problems at center this year (Bentley hurt, Hallen AWOL), they traded for former atriot Ross Tucker. Ryan Tucker plays right tackle — since they have the same last name and the same first initial, they will both have their whole name on their jerseys, correct?” That is indeed how it should work, although a lot of teams seem to color outside the lines a bit regarding that rule. … Underbill update: A trusted source with the Astros says the team will be switching to black underbills next season. And it looks like Roy Oswalt doesn’t feel like waiting that long. … Good minor league update from Mackay Smith, who writes: “Boston’s single-A affiliate, the Greenville Drive, who normally dress like this are celebrating the 175th anniversary of their hometown by wearing these nifty green ensembles. The G patch on the sleeve is Greenville’s logo.” … Shinjo’s wristbands du jour: argyle (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … As noted in the first item in this article, colored visors have been banned in the NCAA this season (kudos to Marc Beck). … If you go to this link, you’ll see a fantastic video of Oilers co-owner Todd McFarlane explaining how he helped design the team’s alternate jersey (great find by Chris Dralla). … Break out the sunglasses (or maybe the LSD) before viewing the single-A Everett AquaSox’s tie-dyed jerseys. “They wear them every year for a home series,” says Andy Head. “They call it Frogstock.” … Soccer news, courtesy of Jeremy Brahm: Real Madrid is wearing this patch (here it is on David Beckham). According to this article about the team’s new uniforms, “The most innovative detail is the incorporation of the Best Club XX Century logotype. Real Madrid is the only world Club allowed to carry this logo; additionally, the shirt is no longer exclusively white, featuring new colours. To fight the forgery and fakes markets, the Club has introduced an authenticity tag, which only the official Adidas shirts will feature.” … Major logo dispute brewing in Quebec. … Rob Klingenberger reports that he recently attended a minor league game in which the Indianapolis Indians had serious problems keeping their jerseys tucked in. “One of their pitchers had his shirt come untucked in the back. Looked like he was wearing a diaper. I was just about to take a picture when someone in the crowd screamed, ‘HEY, UMP! MAKE THE PITCHER TUCK HIS SHIRT IN!’ The pitcher obliged. The fan must have been a Uni Watch guy.” … Check out the cool throwbacks being worn by the Madison Mallards (with thanks to Patrick Ryan for the tip). … Looks like there’s something weird going on with Rudy Carpenter’s helmet logo. … According to yesterday’s USA Today, Blue Jays reliever Jay Witasick “forgot his shoes before [Wednesday’s] game, forcing him to wear teammate Justin Duchscherer’s cleats — which were a size too small, causing his feet to go numb.” Witasick allowed two hits, two runs, and two walks in his one inning of numb-footed (and numb-skulled) work.