Ever wish you could play ball in a vintage uniform? A bunch of college and high school players will get to do that today at the Oldtime Baseball Game, an annual event event staged to benefit charity, with the players dressing in period garb.
There seems to be a bit of confusion regarding the unis’ authenticity. This article refers to one player wearing “[Robin] Roberts’ woolens,” implying that the guy is wearing an authentic uni that Roberts actually wore. The article then adds: “The keeper of the flame, or uniform at least, is 70-year-old Dave Leibovitz, who owns Royal White Laundry in Somerville. … [He] keeps a sharp eye on all the duds, delicately placing each uniform in its rightful storage spot.” Again, this suggests that the unis are vintage authentics. But they’re actually throwback repros, as you can tell from all the bogus patches. The good news is that they’re clearly made from natural fibers (unlike the wretched polyester used in MLB throwback games), so they drape right. You can see additional photos from past games here and here.
One amusing detail: Kids today are so stirrup-clueless that some of them have worn sanitaries that are dangerously low.
Pin-Up Follow-Up: Yesterday’s entry on World Series press pins prompted an interesting response from graphic designer and longtime Uni Watch correspondent Ross Yoshida, who used to work for the Dodgers. He writes:
Cool feature on press pins. I didn’t know much about them myself until 2004, when I was asked to design one for the Dodgers. Unfortunately, the Dodgers were eliminated in the Division Series by the Cards that year, so I think only a few production samples exist. One of the directives I was given was to make the design non-year-specific, in case a large run was produced and the team failed to make the Series. Because of this, there is still a slim chance that the design could resurface if and when the Dodgers make it to the World Series again.
Underbill Update: Got a really interesting note yesterday from Everett Duke. Check it out: “One of my professors made note of how popular it is to write on the underbrims of hats these days. He instituted a rule that on test days, we could wear no hats or must turn them backwards, since they could be used to aid in cheating.” How long can it be before Prof Daddy-O bans inside-out pocket flappage too?
Meanwhile, back on the diamond, reader Karl Anderson checks in with the following: “Matt Garza, the Twins’ new call-up from the minor leagues, has something written under the bill of his cap. Before each start he stands behind the mound and reads something on his bill. No pictures yet.”
War on Purple Gains Ground: As you probably know by now, the Raptors will have new, purple-free unis this season. This came up in an interview that a blogger named Lil Dice recently conducted with newly acquired Raptor Kris Humphries. Here’s the key portion of the interview:
Lil Dice [pointing to Humphries’ Raptors T-shirt]: You excited to be playing with the Raptors?
Kris Humphries: Yes.
LD: Have you seen the new uniforms?
KH: They have new uniforms?
LD: Yep. They look pretty sharp and much cooler than the Wolves uniforms [Humphries is from Minnesota].
KH: Do they still have purple in them?
LD: It doesn’t look like it.
KH [in a tone of exasperation and with some hand gesturing]: You can’t do anything with purple…
This Humphries fella, he sounds like a smart guy.
(Special purple-free thanks to Anfernee Lam for the tip on this one.)
“Now pinch-hitting…”: By the time most of you read this, I’ll be on my way to Wisconsin (remember, Uni Watch meet-and-greet tonight, 7pm, at the completely wonderful Art Altenburg’s Concertina Bar), and I’m going to be busy with other stuff on Friday. So tomorrow’s entry will be handled by longtime Uni Watch contributor Todd Krevanchi, co-founder and administrator of the NikeTalk message board, and a swell guy besides. Everyone treat him nice, OK? OK.