‘So once you do know what the question actually is, you’ll know what the answer means’

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I’ve got a short ESPN column today — here’s the link.

Meanwhile, here’s a quick quiz: When Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 was retired on an MLB-wide basis 10 years ago, which players were exempt because they were already wearing 42 at the time the new protocol was announced?

That question (which I’ll answer in a sec, but go ahead and see how many of the 42ers you can come with without googling) is apropos for today, because for the first time in a decade, No. 42 will once again be issued by MLB equipment managers. The commissioner’s office announced late yesterday afternoon that one player from each team will be allowed to wear the number on April 15th, the anniversary of Robinson’s 1947 debut.

The move originated with Ken Griffey, who wore 42 for one game back in his Mariners days (and who somehow managed not to pull a hamstring while calling the MLB offices to propose the idea), and was approved by Bud Selig (who’s finally put his imprimatur on something that passes the “Is it good or is it stupid?” test). Kudos to both of them. So far at least three players have said they’ll wear the number — Torii Hunter, Mike Cameron, and Barry Bonds — along with Mets skipper Willie Randolph (as noted toward the end of this page).

It seems pretty safe to assume that every team will have a designated 42er — imagine the stink if a team chose to opt out. But the Dodgers have gotten permission to go a bit further: The entire team will wear 42 (good thing they put the names back on the jerseys this year). It’s not yet clear whether the Yankees will be allowed to have an additional 42er, since Mariano Rivera already wears that number.

Rivera, of course, is the most obvious name among the grandfathered 42ers from 1997, and the only one who’s still active. The others, in roughly descending order of prominence:

• Mo Vaughn, who wore 42 specifically in honor of Robinson, was still with the Red Sox in 1997. He later took the number with him to the Angels and Mets. (He also has “42″ sewn into the cuffs of his dress shirts, but I can’t find a photo that shows it.)

• Jose Lima was with the Astros in 1997. He kept wearing 42 with the Tigers but wore a succession of other numbers as he moved to the Royals, Dodgers, Royals again, and Mets. (He actually requested 42 from the Mets during spring training last year, and wore it for one day, but the MLB office put the kibosh on that, ruling that he’d given up his claim on 42 when he’d worn other numbers with the Dodgers and Royals.)

• Butch Huskey was another player who wore 42 as a conscious Robinson tribute. Along with Vaughn, he shares the record for having worn 42 for the most teams over the past decade. He was with the Mets in ’97 and continued wearing 42 with the Mariners. He then wore 44 with the Red Sox but went back to 42 upon joining the Twins (which would seem to refute the reasoning MLB used in the Lima situation). Huskey asked for 42 when he joined the Rockies but was told no, because team owner Jerry McMorris wanted to keep the number completely out of circulation. Huskey was later in spring training with the Indians, where he was assigned No. 35, although he didn’t make the club.

• Scott Karl was with the Brewers in 1997. Like Huskey, he had to give up the number when he was traded to the Rockies.

• A few 42ers you’ve probably forgotten: Tom Goodwin, Lenny Webster, Mike Jackson, Dennis Cook (sorry for the tiny photo, but that’s a shot from April 20th, 1997, five days after Robinson’s number had been retired), Jason Schmidt (odd photo cropping, I know, but you can see all the necessary elements), Buddy Groom (sorry, no photo, but he wore 42 for the A’s that year), and Kirk Rueter (no photo, Giants).

And there’s Marc Sagmoen, who according to this page was wearing forty-deuce back in 1997 (but that page is hardly authoritative, since it doesn’t list several of the other 1997 42ers). Now, Sagmoen’s entire career consisted of 45 plate appearances during that 1997 season, and the only photo I’ve been able to find (not reproducible here, alas) shows him wearing 30something. That jibes with the account given in this book, which lists him as having worn No. 37.

But over on the Chris Creamer boards, where there’s an ongoing thread regarding the one-day lifting of the 42 retirement, somone just posted this: “I remember that the last guy to wear 42 for the Rangers was a white guy who had just been called up from the minors a day or two before the number was retired. He felt he wasn’t worthy of continuing to wear the number and switched to 37 or something in that area.” That appears to be confirmed by the third question on this Q&A page. So while Sagmoen apparently wore No. 42 for a day or two prior to the number being retired, it’s not clear if he wore it, even for a day, after it was retired. Anyone know more about this?

Uni Watch News Ticker: Remember Elena Elms, who sent me those awesome stirrup-frosted cookies back around Christmastime? She whipped up some more baseball-themed baked goods for her office this week, in dual celebration of Opening Day and Easter. “This is my first year for the shortbread baseball cookies (in the cap cups), and the Marshmallow Peeps in baseball helmets,” she writes. “If you look closely, you’ll see the retro baseball print and the baseball-shaped buttons on my dress.” … Tom Konecny notes that the Bowling Green Athletics home page is currently showing a new football helmet design (here’s the old/current one), although no official announcement regarding a new design has been made. … The WNBA’s Washington Mystics unveiled their new uniforms yesterday, and Stewart Small got plenty of photos (additional views here and here). Additional info here (courtesy of Neil Shaffer). … This should be fun (with thanks to Gypone Bubeck). … “Saw a very interesting facemask while watching the Champions League match between Roma and Manchester United,” writes Daniel Herr. “It was worn by one of the Roma players, Cristian Chivu. Here’s a pic from a match against Milan, when he was wearing the same contraption. Never seen anything like it before.” … Speaking of alternate uni components upstaging the primaries, the Blue Jays have now worn their alternate caps for both of their games, while their regular cap has yet to make its season debut. … Wow (details here). … Mike Comeau reports that umpire Jim Wolf wore a knit cap last night. … Another game, another night for Shawn Green’s superscript “Y.”Jeremy Brahm reports that Oregon State has a new identity system. Additional info and graphics are available in this superb PDF file. … Kenny Rogers, true to form, was wearing last year’s BP cap while hanging out in the dugout yesterday (good catch by Bryan Redemske, who also notes that many of the Tigers were foolishly wearing Cool Base jerseys in yesterday’s cold weather, but not Nate Robertson). … Reprinted from last night’s comments: The Lakers, who usually wear black shoes on the road, decided to wear white last night (additional views here, here, and here). … Forty-two bonus points to anyone who gets the reference in today’s headline.

 

186 comments to ‘So once you do know what the question actually is, you’ll know what the answer means’

  • zeus83 | April 5, 2007 at 7:57 am |

    Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy. deep thought

  • Matt Parker | April 5, 2007 at 8:05 am |

    Damn, zeus83, you beat me to it.

    Paul, it seems you’ve been getting quite a few ESPN columns lately. Congratulations. The more Uni Watch the better.

  • Frank Mercogliano | April 5, 2007 at 8:05 am |

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which had many levels, including Level 42, which eventually became the name of an 80s band that had a hit with “There’s Something About You”.

    Frank

  • Sameer | April 5, 2007 at 8:05 am |

    I think that it’s really stupid that the commish is letting Barry Bonds wear number 42. Barry is a liar and a cheater and he shouldn’t be wearing the number of the most important man in baseball history

  • Ben | April 5, 2007 at 8:06 am |

    Paul,
    Awesome post today, but Butch Huskey didn’t wear #42 with the Red Sox, he wore #44 in 1999.

    Here’s a Red Sox by the numbers site that has the proof.

  • Rich | April 5, 2007 at 8:12 am |

    All the Dodgers wearing 42? Neat. Too bad I won’t be able to stay up late and see it…
    And those Mystics unis, I thought women didn’t like horizontal stripes, ’cause it makes them look wide! :P

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2007 at 8:18 am |

    [quote comment="66743"]Paul,
    Awesome post today, but Butch Huskey didn’t wear #42 with the Red Sox, he wore #44 in 1999.

    Here’s a Red Sox by the numbers site that has the proof.[/quote]

    I stand corrected and will fix the text right now. Thanks!

  • Greg | April 5, 2007 at 8:20 am |

    Despite the switch to Coolflo helmets, Bronson Arroyo was still rockin’ the double flaps at last night’s game.

    Also, it was around 20 degrees at gametime. Most of the Reds were wearing long sleeves with the new unis. No black and no Nike dots were anywhere in sight. Beautiful.

  • Ben Wideman | April 5, 2007 at 8:23 am |

    So it looks like Royce Clayton is not a reader of the blog, otherwise he would have known that the sticker eye black doesn’t actually work. Odd that he would be wearing it anyway on a cold and cloudy day.

    Has anyone else ever seen an MLB player with his team logo on the eye black?

  • Chris | April 5, 2007 at 8:32 am |

    Kirk Rueter also wore #42 with the Giants in 1997 before switching to #46.

  • Tim F. | April 5, 2007 at 8:33 am |

    Check out the (historically accurate??) throwback from my hometown.

  • Pat(Milwaukee) | April 5, 2007 at 8:39 am |

    Paul, I know the WNBA is pretty much on the fringes of professional sports, but you should give us at least a cursory criticism of the new Mystics jersey. They are a bit out there but I think I kinda like them.

  • MH | April 5, 2007 at 8:40 am |

    Forget unis–I’m trying to figure out how I can get Ms. Elms to send me some of her awesome home-baked cookies.

  • Kenny | April 5, 2007 at 8:51 am |

    Hey Paul, it’s MIKE Cameron, not Mark…just a FYI

  • JJ | April 5, 2007 at 8:52 am |

    check out the alleged doctoring of the ball by F-ROD by touching his cap, courtesy of Deadspin ans zumsteg – notice the images toward the bottom concerning the white substance in the front of his bill – maybe more prominent due to the black bottom???
    http://www.zumsteg.n...

    Sorry but some reason my browser won’t allow scripted windows right now and wanted to get this out….

  • Ryan | April 5, 2007 at 8:53 am |

    Don’t forget your towel, Paul.

  • Mark in Shiga | April 5, 2007 at 8:55 am |

    I’ve never been a fan of names on jerseys, but had the Dodgers kept their number-only style this year, the “every player wearing 42″ game would end up being a nightmare for jersey collectors!

    “You want how much for it? Didn’t that jersey come from one of the batting practice pitchers?”
    “This is Jeff Kent’s 42, I swear! And this one with the grass stain on the number is Furcal’s, but that other one with the dirt spot six millimeters above it, that’s the batboy’s.”

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2007 at 9:04 am |

    [quote comment="66760"]Hey Paul, it’s MIKE Cameron, not Mark…just a FYI[/quote]

    Brain-lock on my part. Thanks for the correction.

  • Rene | April 5, 2007 at 9:04 am |

    barry bonds wearing #42 is a disgrace to jackie robinson. barry is a cheater, and a fraud; unworthy of wearing the same number as a class man like jackie. Jackie did not break the color barrier for players like bonds to go and disgrace the game, he broke it for players like Aaron, Mays, Morgan, Griffey, Hunter, players with dignity and honor. give 42 to Zito or something but not bonds, and knowing him, he’ll juice a little extra to bomb one and be a highlight for the day, cause with barry its all about HIM and not the game, the culture or the struggles of those before him

  • Phil Primato | April 5, 2007 at 9:08 am |

    Im shocked there was no mention to the outstanding uni performance in last nights College of Charleston-Citadel baseball game. Fantastic display of uniforms. Even the umpires got into the act. I looked for a link but havent found any today. The game was on CSS last night if anyone has a pic feel free to add it.

  • Shaftman | April 5, 2007 at 9:13 am |

    Another game, another night for Shawn Green’s superscript “Y.” …

    Could be worse Paul…he could have on a black uni top. I’ll take bad lettering over black any day.

  • Barney Fife | April 5, 2007 at 9:22 am |

    I think your recollection on Marc Sagmoen is correct. I may be the only UniWatch reader who knows who he is.

    Sagmoen was a great kid, and was my son’s favorite player on the AAA Oklahoma Redhawks in the mid 90′s, and we were pretty excited when he got called up…albeit for just a cup of coffee, as it turned out. He did, in fact, voluntarily give up #42 when MLB retired the number.

    I think you’ll find 1 HR on Sagmoen’s career stats. It was a nifty inside-the-park job.

    On a Uni note: We used to go to the Redhawks games very early, and my son (now a West point cadet) got to know a few of the players. He accumulated quite a collection of broken bats, balls, batting gloves, and other cool things from the guys. That’s what’s great about AAA baseball. The players aren’t full of themselves yet. Anyway, during a Redhawks clinic for young players one summer, Sagmoen gave my son his old, smelly, sweat-stained, game-worn wool Redhawks cap, which the lad proudly wore for years. The cap resides in his closet here at home today, I’m sure…

  • BCrisp | April 5, 2007 at 9:26 am |

    Are there any MLB teams that don’t have black players? Will they have someone wearing 42? Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42? As an example: until the Carlos Lee signing the Astros did not have a black player on the team.

  • Joey Guns | April 5, 2007 at 9:39 am |

    Anyone else notice Jim Edmonds was donning his “windbreaker under the jersey” look last night? That’s at least the third time that he’s done that, including last year’s MLB playoffs.

  • Mark in Shiga | April 5, 2007 at 9:47 am |

    [quote comment="66772"]Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42? [/quote]

    If all players of all races are not permitted to have a chance to honor Robinson on his day, then our society has not progressed nearly as far as we would like to think it has.

  • Kim | April 5, 2007 at 9:49 am |

    Congrats to OSU for being the anti-Oregon. Nice clean look. Way better than the Ducks.

  • J at The Dundies | April 5, 2007 at 9:54 am |

    Paul, every WNBA team revealed new jerseys yesterday. They all have really weird side panels. Damn templates.
    Most of the new jerseys can be found hidden within pictures of girls holding the WNBA’s new ball (just like the NBA’s “new ball” but with the one of the WNBA’s old ball colors on each panel; I actually think it looks quite nice.) in the gallery here.

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2007 at 9:54 am |

    Griffey, incidentally, has worn 42 on at least one other occasion — look here.

  • Jon | April 5, 2007 at 9:57 am |

    [quote comment="66774"]Anyone else notice Jim Edmonds was donning his “windbreaker under the jersey” look last night? That’s at least the third time that he’s done that, including last year’s MLB playoffs.[/quote]

    I was at the game, in the bleachers, and the first thing I looked for was Jimmy’s windbreaker. Other outfielders Preston Wilson and Chris Duncan were both wearing long sleeves, minus the Nike virus dots.

  • LES | April 5, 2007 at 10:01 am |

    hi

    Im a white guy from Northern Ireland as well as a Mets fan ,and on every April 15th I wear my Dodgers jersey and Brooklyn cap as a tribute to one of my heros, Jackie Robinson has been an insperation to my life as he has to many others regardless of race, weather its race or some other aspect of life Jackie Robinson is an insperation to all human kind.

    Les

  • graham | April 5, 2007 at 10:01 am |

    I was looking in the program at a Rockets game, and I saw that Rick Barry had a different home number than road number when he played for them. I think they were like 2 and 5 or something like that. Anyone know the story here?

  • Fred Provencher | April 5, 2007 at 10:03 am |

    I was going to say what others have already noted, that the reference is from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. The answer is 42. Now if we just knew the question. Perhaps it will be “who made that play for the Dodgers on April 15?”

  • Wade | April 5, 2007 at 10:03 am |

    Does anybody else seem the similarities between Oregon State’s new type face and UConn’s?

  • Heaps | April 5, 2007 at 10:05 am |

    I was about to mention Jim Edmonds’ windbreaker, but Joey Guns Beat me to it… I guess Shawn Green doesn’t want to mess with the superscript “Y” because the Mets are playing so well!
    What a way to spoil the Cardinals’ championship ceremony.. they just murdered ‘em, in cold weather, in front of Musial, Brock &c.

  • Wade | April 5, 2007 at 10:07 am |

    Try this link for UConn.

  • cdm | April 5, 2007 at 10:07 am |

    Just to chime in for a chance at the bonus points…

    42 was specifically the “Answer” to the question of Life, the Universe and Everything. This answer made no sense so the Earth was created as a massive super-computer to determine the question. It was destroyed by the Vogon fleet just before it could reveal this Question.

    I want to say that I read somewhere that the 42 was an allusion to Jackie Robinson. 42 was also the apartment number of Fox Mulder in the X-Files as well as cropping up in a number of other places.

  • dennis | April 5, 2007 at 10:09 am |

    Yes Rick Barry used two numbers on the Rockets. Moses Maloned had his 24 so his used 2 and 4. One was home the other on the road. I forget which was which.

  • Mark Mihalik | April 5, 2007 at 10:09 am |

    Not sure if this has been mentioned already… but Frank Thomas is once again wearing Nike basketball shoes (the Nike Shox Team Ups) with cleats added on the bottom.

  • DA STUBZ | April 5, 2007 at 10:10 am |

    I thought the point of retiring his number was to honor him. But now, wearing his number also honors him? Sounds a bit contradictory to me.

  • Perry | April 5, 2007 at 10:10 am |

    [quote comment="66781"]I was looking in the program at a Rockets game, and I saw that Rick Barry had a different home number than road number when he played for them. I think they were like 2 and 5 or something like that. Anyone know the story here?[/quote]

    He’d worn 24 before, but somebody else had it when he joined the Rockets. So he wore 2 at home and 4 on the road.

    When I was in high school in the early 70s the whole basketball team at my school had different home/road numbers. The home numbers were even, road odd. So if you were number 10 at home you were 11 on the road, etc. Don’t know the reason for that.

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2007 at 10:15 am |

    Today’s ESPN column is up.

  • T-Bone | April 5, 2007 at 10:18 am |

    Best line from Hitchhikers……..

    Trillion: Marvin…you saved our lives

    Marvin: I know. Wretched isn’t it?

  • Matt B | April 5, 2007 at 10:23 am |

    Maybe in a couple months, all the AL teams can wear 14?

  • Steve Flack | April 5, 2007 at 10:29 am |

    [quote comment="66772"]Are there any MLB teams that don’t have black players? Will they have someone wearing 42? Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42? As an example: until the Carlos Lee signing the Astros did not have a black player on the team.[/quote]

    Luckily, the Yankees already have someone wearing 42, because the Yankees only have one player of African-American descent on their team: Derek Jeter.

    -Steve!

  • David T | April 5, 2007 at 10:32 am |

    [quote comment="66772"]Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42?[/quote]

    Jackie Robinson was the most important athlete of the 20th century, and probably ever. It would absolutely be appropriate for a white player to wear 42. Same goes for a Latino player, an Asian player or any other player as long as he appreciates history and understands what Robinson meant (and continues to mean) not only to baseball, but to the country and, as our Northern Ireland poster confirms, to the world.

  • Matt B | April 5, 2007 at 10:45 am |

    I don’t know how the hell I remembered this article, but today’s piece brought back memories. In 1975 Tom Weiskopf couldn’t hold off Nicklaus and lost the Masters.

    Apparently, it was the uni gods’ doing: purple slacks do not go well with green jackets.

  • BCrisp | April 5, 2007 at 10:47 am |

    [quote comment="66800"][quote comment="66772"]Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42?[/quote]

    Jackie Robinson was the most important athlete of the 20th century, and probably ever. It would absolutely be appropriate for a white player to wear 42. Same goes for a Latino player, an Asian player or any other player as long as he appreciates history and understands what Robinson meant (and continues to mean) not only to baseball, but to the country and, as our Northern Ireland poster confirms, to the world.[/quote]
    This was my opinion too, I was just trying to gauge everyone else’s feelings on this.

  • todd krevanchi | April 5, 2007 at 10:48 am |

    they should only be able to wear the number 42 if their pants are appropriately tailored to reflect the era…

    i have half a mind to head to lids and get me a brooklyn dodgers hat tonight!

  • bj in gainesville | April 5, 2007 at 10:51 am |

    re: the Lakers wearing white shoes…

    They were playing the Clippers, which is technically a “road” game, but not really. I imagine the white shoes sit in their lockers, and they wore those, rather than digging out their road shoes.

  • Alex | April 5, 2007 at 10:52 am |

    42 was also the number Teen Wolf wore.

    Was this also because he was the first wolf to play high school basketball?

  • Broker75 | April 5, 2007 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment="66742"]I think that it’s really stupid that the commish is letting Barry Bonds wear number 42. Barry is a liar and a cheater
    Allegedly.
    and he shouldn’t be wearing the number of the most important man in baseball history[/quote]
    most important? c,mon. an important person yes.

  • Mr. Met | April 5, 2007 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment="66775"][quote comment="66772"]Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42? [/quote]

    If all players of all races are not permitted to have a chance to honor Robinson on his day, then our society has not progressed nearly as far as we would like to think it has.[/quote]
    Agreed. But I still find it odd that a team that has a black player or players on it would put the number on a white player.

    Yes, our society has progressed, but let’s not forget that it was the black players who suffered all those years. If you were going to make a movie like Gangs of New York, about the plight of Irish immigrants, are you going to cast black actors as the leads because they want to honor the Irish immigrants? I know there are white players and white people who admire Jackie Robinson for what he did, but the fact is that he was a black player who advanced the causes of black people everywhere. And in that respect, if you have a black player or players on a team, why would you have a white player wear Jackie’s number?

    That being said, I do agree that it would be a disgrace for Barry Bonds, of all people, to wear a number that represents one of the true pioneers of this sport and one who suffered so much because of the color of his skin. All Barry and Jackie have in common is the color of their skin; Barry will never, ever be half the man Jackie Robinson was.

  • junkland | April 5, 2007 at 10:59 am |

    When Selig announced that 42 would be retired, Dennis Cook switched from 42 to 27 because he thought it would be awkward to keep the number.

  • Mark | April 5, 2007 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment="66798"][quote comment="66772"]Are there any MLB teams that don’t have black players? Will they have someone wearing 42? Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42? As an example: until the Carlos Lee signing the Astros did not have a black player on the team.[/quote]

    Luckily, the Yankees already have someone wearing 42, because the Yankees only have one player of African-American descent on their team: Derek Jeter.

    -Steve![/quote]

    Remember, Derek’s only 50% African American.

    “Derek Jeter was born in Pequannock, New Jersey, to an African-American father, Charles, and a Irish-American mother, Dorothy Jeter.”

  • Alex | April 5, 2007 at 11:08 am |

    Here’s a pic of another great 42,

    http://emmanuel.deni...

  • Ryan Real | April 5, 2007 at 11:08 am |

    As a student at Ohio University, I feel I must comment regarding the ESPN column. We actually do have a nine-hole course (with pro shop, driving range, etc.) on campus. So I’ll say we’re more golf-oriented than Kenya, but maybe not as much as the California Dept. of Transportation (if you count potholes as playable).

  • Ditchfarmer | April 5, 2007 at 11:11 am |

    When I was in high school, every team wore even numbers at home and odd on the road. The theory was that the ref could call a foul on number 11 and everyone would know which team. Also, many times the old scoreboards would show 11-3, number 11 has 3 fouls.

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2007 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment="66810"]When Selig announced that 42 would be retired, Dennis Cook switched from 42 to 27 because he thought it would be awkward to keep the number.[/quote]

    He didn’t switch right away, though. The photo to which I link in today’s text is from April 20th, 1997 (not August, as I originally wrote — I’ve fixed the error), five days after Selig set down the rule.

  • Hal | April 5, 2007 at 11:12 am |

    [quote comment="66766"]barry bonds wearing #42 is a disgrace to jackie robinson. barry is a cheater, and a fraud; unworthy of wearing the same number as a class man like jackie. Jackie did not break the color barrier for players like bonds to go and disgrace the game, he broke it for players like Aaron, Mays, Morgan, Griffey, Hunter, players with dignity and honor. give 42 to Zito or something but not bonds, and knowing him, he’ll juice a little extra to bomb one and be a highlight for the day, cause with barry its all about HIM and not the game, the culture or the struggles of those before him[/quote]

    Despite what you think of Bonds, he has always shown great awareness of baseball’s history and the significance of the past. In the wake of all the steroid witch-hunting, people forget that this was something that he brought up in almost every interview.

  • Mark in Cincy | April 5, 2007 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment="66805"]they should only be able to wear the number 42 if their pants are appropriately tailored to reflect the era…

    i have half a mind to head to lids and get me a brooklyn dodgers hat tonight![/quote]
    notice in the picture that Paul posted of Junior, he specifically wore his pants high that night in honor of Robinson (it was in a blurb on a local sports blog). Let’s hope he does it again, but with stirrups this time.

  • Mark in Shiga | April 5, 2007 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment="66809"][quote comment="66775"][quote comment="66772"]Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42? [/quote]

    If all players of all races are not permitted to have a chance to honor Robinson on his day, then our society has not progressed nearly as far as we would like to think it has.[/quote]
    Agreed. But I still find it odd that a team that has a black player or players on it would put the number on a white player.

    Yes, our society has progressed, but let’s not forget that it was the black players who suffered all those years. If you were going to make a movie like Gangs of New York, about the plight of Irish immigrants, are you going to cast black actors as the leads because they want to honor the Irish immigrants? I know there are white players and white people who admire Jackie Robinson for what he did, but the fact is that he was a black player who advanced the causes of black people everywhere. And in that respect, if you have a black player or players on a team, why would you have a white player wear Jackie’s number?
    [/quote]

    Mr. Met, I think your analogy is a little off. Casting actors of the wrong race in a movie meant to be as close to reality as possible is a very different thing from allowing players to wear a jersey number. They’re trying to honor him, not to protray him or to be him. Robinson’s entry into the majors was the biggest step in baseball’s progress toward a color-blind game, and it is color-blindness that should rule the day when deciding who can honor whom.

    (And I agree that Barry Bonds will have some pretty big shoes to fill if he wants to be the Giants’ Robinson representative!)

  • Jason | April 5, 2007 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment="66748"]Despite the switch to Coolflo helmets, Bronson Arroyo was still rockin’ the double flaps at last night’s game.

    Also, it was around 20 degrees at gametime. Most of the Reds were wearing long sleeves with the new unis. No black and no Nike dots were anywhere in sight. Beautiful.[/quote]

    Bronson’s new Coolflo

    Brandon Phillips still sporting the dots

  • Bob A | April 5, 2007 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment="66804"][quote comment="66800"][quote comment="66772"]Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42?[/quote]

    Jackie Robinson was the most important athlete of the 20th century, and probably ever. It would absolutely be appropriate for a white player to wear 42. Same goes for a Latino player, an Asian player or any other player as long as he appreciates history and understands what Robinson meant (and continues to mean) not only to baseball, but to the country and, as our Northern Ireland poster confirms, to the world.[/quote]
    This was my opinion too, I was just trying to gauge everyone else’s feelings on this.[/quote]

    I usually steer clear of any cultural/political type of discussion but I wanted to comment on this, particularly since the astros were referenced in a previous comment. The issue of the Astros ‘racial makeup’ has been discussed around the city for several years. I know it is a sensitive issue to the team (and community). But having said that I would think that the team would take a long look at having Craig Biggio wear the ’42′ on Jackie Robinson day. Biggio is a stand up guy, born not far from Brooklyn, a winner of the Branch Rickey Award for community service and has played in a manner that I think Jackie Robinson would approve of.

  • Chris | April 5, 2007 at 11:25 am |

    That Paul Lukas is a hoopy frood. He really knows where his towel is.

  • Kenny | April 5, 2007 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment="66772"]Are there any MLB teams that don’t have black players? Will they have someone wearing 42? Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42? As an example: until the Carlos Lee signing the Astros did not have a black player on the team.[/quote]

    Carlos Lee is from Panama…so I’m not sure they have a black player…but what does it matter, he opened doors for all non-white players…there was a graphic during the Civil Rights game and there is only like 4-5% or maybe 8% of ballplayers who are considered black

  • Ian K | April 5, 2007 at 11:27 am |

    [quote comment="66811"][quote comment="66798"][quote comment="66772"]Are there any MLB teams that don’t have black players? Will they have someone wearing 42? Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42? As an example: until the Carlos Lee signing the Astros did not have a black player on the team.[/quote]

    Luckily, the Yankees already have someone wearing 42, because the Yankees only have one player of African-American descent on their team: Derek Jeter.

    -Steve![/quote]

    Remember, Derek’s only 50% African American.

    “Derek Jeter was born in Pequannock, New Jersey, to an African-American father, Charles, and a Irish-American mother, Dorothy Jeter.”[/quote]

    I don’t see what that would matter, still counts as heritage to me. I’d say a good majority of ballplayers (and Americans) are the product of different backgrounds, ethnicities, etc.

    [quote comment="66786"]I want to say that I read somewhere that the 42 was an allusion to Jackie Robinson. 42 was also the apartment number of Fox Mulder in the X-Files as well as cropping up in a number of other places.[/quote]

    It’s one of the numbers on LOST! All of which, for the non-Lost fans, are retired Yankee numbers.
    4 8 15 16 23 42

  • Matt from the 'Ville | April 5, 2007 at 11:27 am |

    Paul and fellow readers,

    Although yes the Green Jacket is not the best looking it certainlly is not the worse.

  • Nick Maibroda | April 5, 2007 at 11:28 am |

    [quote comment="66754"]Check out the (historically accurate??) throwback from my hometown.[/quote]
    Great photo, but did anyone else notice the kid in the back? He looks like he is wearing some old school doctor headgear. (I have no idea what they are called)

  • BCrisp | April 5, 2007 at 11:32 am |

    This may have been answered before, but when a player repeats as a Masters Champion who puts the jacket on him the second time? Examples: Tiger in ’01 & ’02. Nick Faldo in ’89 & ’90. Nicklaus in ’64 & ’65.

  • Mr. Met | April 5, 2007 at 11:32 am |

    [quote comment="66816"][quote comment="66766"]barry bonds wearing #42 is a disgrace to jackie robinson. barry is a cheater, and a fraud; unworthy of wearing the same number as a class man like jackie. Jackie did not break the color barrier for players like bonds to go and disgrace the game, he broke it for players like Aaron, Mays, Morgan, Griffey, Hunter, players with dignity and honor. give 42 to Zito or something but not bonds, and knowing him, he’ll juice a little extra to bomb one and be a highlight for the day, cause with barry its all about HIM and not the game, the culture or the struggles of those before him[/quote]

    Despite what you think of Bonds, he has always shown great awareness of baseball’s history and the significance of the past. In the wake of all the steroid witch-hunting, people forget that this was something that he brought up in almost every interview.[/quote]
    I will give this to Barry: He treats everyone, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, man, woman or child, with utter disdain. I guess that counts for something……

  • sleepyfloyd | April 5, 2007 at 11:35 am |

    Add Buddy Groom to the list of players who gave up 42 shortly after it was retired for the reason of not feeling “worthy.”

    I’m pretty sure he switched to 37.

  • Chad G | April 5, 2007 at 11:36 am |

    [quote comment="66828"]This may have been answered before, but when a player repeats as a Masters Champion who puts the jacket on him the second time? Examples: Tiger in ’01 & ’02. Nick Faldo in ’89 & ’90. Nicklaus in ’64 & ’65.[/quote]

    I was thinking the same thing actually…

    Could be the chairman, formerly that Hootie Johnson guy. Currently William Porter Payne

  • todd krevanchi | April 5, 2007 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment="66818"][quote comment="66805"]they should only be able to wear the number 42 if their pants are appropriately tailored to reflect the era…

    i have half a mind to head to lids and get me a brooklyn dodgers hat tonight![/quote]
    notice in the picture that Paul posted of Junior, he specifically wore his pants high that night in honor of Robinson (it was in a blurb on a local sports blog). Let’s hope he does it again, but with stirrups this time.[/quote]

    yes he wore his pants high, but they werent tailored to reflect the era, ie juan pierre vs. soriano, duque, etc.

  • Matt B | April 5, 2007 at 11:39 am |

    This may have been answered before, but when a player repeats as a Masters Champion who puts the jacket on him the second time? Examples: Tiger in ‘01 & ‘02. Nick Faldo in ‘89 & ‘90. Nicklaus in ‘64 & ‘65.
    2002: the chairman

    Can’t find images for 1990 though.

  • James P. | April 5, 2007 at 11:42 am |

    Back during the 2005 World Series, the Astros were talked about in a negative light because of their lack of an African-American on the roster. I think even Jessie Jackson comented on this. When the Astros signed Preston Wilson, it was said that having one African-American on the roster wasn’t enough, and he even said he was the token Black there and never felt like he was welcome.

    I remember that ALL athletes with dark skin was considered “Black” till the the Hispanic players started to be called Hispanic.

    All that said, I think that 42 should be able to be worn by not just the African-American players, but anyone who represents what is good about the game. It shouldn’t matter if they are Hispanic, Asian, Native American, White, or African-American…but if it is only for the African-American players, Cecil Cooper (bench coach) can represent the Astros and change to 42 for the night. By the way, Coop was bench coach during the 2005 season and was overlooked when the “Astros have no Black players” crap was being said…and when Wilson was on roster and didn’t feel welcome…

  • Fursty | April 5, 2007 at 11:44 am |

    On Frank Thomas’s shoes: I know that Nike baseball players can get any hoops shoe made into cleats. Eric Chavez has been doing it for years.

  • todd krevanchi | April 5, 2007 at 11:46 am |

    [quote comment="66806"]re: the Lakers wearing white shoes…

    They were playing the Clippers, which is technically a “road” game, but not really. I imagine the white shoes sit in their lockers, and they wore those, rather than digging out their road shoes.[/quote]

    im curious if there will be any fine levied against the lakers as an organization. i always was under the impression that prior to the season, nba teams had to submit to league offices their uniform specs. originally it was just white at home, color on the road, and any dates when a 3rd or throwback would be worn. then when black shoes became chic, they as well had to be incorporated into those specs… ie, celtics- white at home, white shoes, green on the road, black shoes, et al. the same held for playoff teams who switch to black shoes (bulls) or a different color sock (nets-red, pacers-yellow). can anyone confirm this?

  • Mike from Queens | April 5, 2007 at 11:46 am |

    [quote comment="66772"]Are there any MLB teams that don’t have black players? Will they have someone wearing 42? Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42? As an example: until the Carlos Lee signing the Astros did not have a black player on the team.[/quote]

    Carlos Lee is black? Isn’t he from Panama or something? That would make him “Latino.” Right? Same thing with Salomon Torres. He’s the man with the darkest skin on the Pirates, but he’s from the Dominican Republic. Is he Latino or black? “Black” is not necessarily skin color; it’s African descent. And without knowing the family trees of these people, or using one of those ridiculous 1/16th rules from the days of Pudd’nhead Wilson, a study of who’s black and who’s not would be as divisive a powderkeg as I’ve seen in a while.

  • Metsfan AZ | April 5, 2007 at 11:55 am |

    [quote comment="66825"]Paul and fellow readers,

    Although yes the Green Jacket is not the best looking it certainlly is not the worse.[/quote]
    worser

  • Chad G | April 5, 2007 at 11:58 am |

    [quote comment="66842"][quote comment="66772"]Are there any MLB teams that don’t have black players? Will they have someone wearing 42? Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42? As an example: until the Carlos Lee signing the Astros did not have a black player on the team.[/quote]

    Carlos Lee is black? Isn’t he from Panama or something? That would make him “Latino.” Right? Same thing with Salomon Torres. He’s the man with the darkest skin on the Pirates, but he’s from the Dominican Republic. Is he Latino or black? “Black” is not necessarily skin color; it’s African descent. And without knowing the family trees of these people, or using one of those ridiculous 1/16th rules from the days of Pudd’nhead Wilson, a study of who’s black and who’s not would be as divisive a powderkeg as I’ve seen in a while.[/quote]

    Yeah, this is starting to get ridiculous…
    In college I knew a white African-American. He was born in Kenya, his parents were missionarys.
    A person can still be of African disent even if they are from a Latin American country. Personally I would consider Jose Reyes black and Alber Pujols Latino, even though they are both dominican. However this isn’t my call and I feel like I’m kinda being innapropriate saying that. I guess it is really up to the player and what they consider themselves.

  • todd krevanchi | April 5, 2007 at 11:58 am |

    [quote comment="66756"]Paul, I know the WNBA is pretty much on the fringes of professional sports, but you should give us at least a cursory criticism of the new Mystics jersey. They are a bit out there but I think I kinda like them.[/quote]

    on the fringes? if you get paid to play any sport, doesnt that officially make it a pro sport, no questions asked?

    [quote comment="66790"]
    When I was in high school in the early 70s the whole basketball team at my school had different home/road numbers. The home numbers were even, road odd. So if you were number 10 at home you were 11 on the road, etc. Don’t know the reason for that.[/quote]

    this phenomenon was actually seen on a world stage at the college level when georgetown played houston in the 1984 national final. houston was on the even at home, odd on the road program.
    houston semi final
    http://64.194.251.36...
    houston championship
    http://64.194.251.36...

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2007 at 12:00 pm |

    [quote comment="66828"]This may have been answered before, but when a player repeats as a Masters Champion who puts the jacket on him the second time?[/quote]

    The Augusta National prexy.

  • Ian | April 5, 2007 at 12:11 pm |

    I know that the Yankees do not have #42 in Monument Park. Are their any other teams that don’t have a banner or similar for him among their retired numbers? Or is it just the Yankees refusing to honor Robinson because he was a Dodger.

    If and when the Yankees retire #42 for Rivera, will they also finally officially retire it for Jackie Robinson?

  • diz | April 5, 2007 at 12:13 pm |

    [quote comment="66846"][quote comment="66842"][quote comment="66772"]Are there any MLB teams that don’t have black players? Will they have someone wearing 42? Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42? As an example: until the Carlos Lee signing the Astros did not have a black player on the team.[/quote]

    Carlos Lee is black? Isn’t he from Panama or something? That would make him “Latino.” Right? Same thing with Salomon Torres. He’s the man with the darkest skin on the Pirates, but he’s from the Dominican Republic. Is he Latino or black? “Black” is not necessarily skin color; it’s African descent. And without knowing the family trees of these people, or using one of those ridiculous 1/16th rules from the days of Pudd’nhead Wilson, a study of who’s black and who’s not would be as divisive a powderkeg as I’ve seen in a while.[/quote]

    Yeah, this is starting to get ridiculous…
    In college I knew a white African-American. He was born in Kenya, his parents were missionarys.
    A person can still be of African disent even if they are from a Latin American country. Personally I would consider Jose Reyes black and Alber Pujols Latino, even though they are both dominican. However this isn’t my call and I feel like I’m kinda being innapropriate saying that. I guess it is really up to the player and what they consider themselves.[/quote]

    this is why i normally tend to just use their names. saves a load of trouble and people getting wrong ideas.

  • Riley | April 5, 2007 at 12:18 pm |

    “Jim Wolf wore a knit cap last night”

    Nope. He wore a toque.

  • Michael | April 5, 2007 at 12:21 pm |

    Looks like we can add Coco Crisp to the list of players wearing 42 on April 15 according to WBZ’s Dan Roche!

  • Andrew | April 5, 2007 at 12:23 pm |

    Paul great job as always on the blog and on ESPN. Now I’m gonna need some help (again) from my fellow uni-watchers. I was the one who asked about the Oakland A’s old Spring Traing Cap (should be at my apartment when I get home from work today). But now a more daunting task, I have always wanted to own a fitted green Mastrs hat, the one that the caddies wear. And since I dont think I’m ever gonna play in the Masters(handicap 18) or caddy in one does anyone know where I can find one? I would be much obliged.

  • todd krevanchi | April 5, 2007 at 12:29 pm |

    [quote comment="66854"]Paul great job as always on the blog and on ESPN. Now I’m gonna need some help (again) from my fellow uni-watchers. I was the one who asked about the Oakland A’s old Spring Traing Cap (should be at my apartment when I get home from work today). But now a more daunting task, I have always wanted to own a fitted green Mastrs hat, the one that the caddies wear. And since I dont think I’m ever gonna play in the Masters(handicap 18) or caddy in one does anyone know where I can find one? I would be much obliged.[/quote]

    there are tons of them on ebay…
    be prepared to pay though…

  • Joey Guns | April 5, 2007 at 12:35 pm |

    I hope Ichiro wears #42 on April 15th also. He’s been a great addition to major league baseball. You never hear about him getting into trouble or doing anything stupid.

  • Sir Jock Strap | April 5, 2007 at 12:41 pm |

    [quote comment="66845"][quote comment="66825"]Paul and fellow readers,

    Although yes the Green Jacket is not the best looking it certainlly is not the worse.[/quote]
    worser[/quote]

    Worst

    http://www.oldschool...

  • Brooks | April 5, 2007 at 12:44 pm |
  • Broker75 | April 5, 2007 at 12:48 pm |

    regarding the Masters jacket, do they have a few sized and made up for a just in case winner?

  • Mike | April 5, 2007 at 12:49 pm |

    [quote comment="66863"]Masters fitted hat[/quote]

    You get a bowl of soup with that hat?

  • Minna H. | April 5, 2007 at 12:50 pm |

    I think that color-blindness is not an attainable goal, nor should it be. I would rather celebrate our differences (as well as our similarities) rather than pretend they don’t exist. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier so people of color, specifically African-American men could play in the MLB. Therefore, I think it most appropriate for an African-American to wear 42–if one is not available or does not want to, then anything goes.

    I saw a guy wearing a Wild!, uh, can’t really say jersey as it was just a red shirt with the logo sewn on. It looked horrid. I wanted to bop him on the head and tell him to spend a couple bucks for the real thing.

  • Kim | April 5, 2007 at 12:50 pm |

    [quote comment="66856"][quote comment="66854"]Paul great job as always on the blog and on ESPN. Now I’m gonna need some help (again) from my fellow uni-watchers. I was the one who asked about the Oakland A’s old Spring Traing Cap (should be at my apartment when I get home from work today). But now a more daunting task, I have always wanted to own a fitted green Mastrs hat, the one that the caddies wear. And since I dont think I’m ever gonna play in the Masters(handicap 18) or caddy in one does anyone know where I can find one? I would be much obliged.[/quote]

    there are tons of them on ebay…
    be prepared to pay though…[/quote]

    They’re also available at normal internet retailers. Or you could always just go to the Masters and buy one, or give someone some money to pick one up for you. I’ve gotten a couple that way.

  • Andrew | April 5, 2007 at 12:51 pm |

    I was watching the Bulls last night and their uniforms were shiney. I have been to several games and watched many on TV and have not noticed this before. Was this something new?

  • UTkash10 | April 5, 2007 at 12:55 pm |

    Derrek Lee and Jacque Jones want to wear 42 for the Cubs…just reported during the game.

  • Mike | April 5, 2007 at 12:56 pm |

    http://news.yahoo.co...

    Someone got a new football jersey the other day….

  • Tim F. | April 5, 2007 at 12:58 pm |

    [quote comment="66862"][quote comment="66845"][quote comment="66825"]Paul and fellow readers,

    Although yes the Green Jacket is not the best looking it certainlly is not the worse.[/quote]
    worser[/quote]

    Worst

    http://www.oldschool...

    Even more worse

    Props to anyone who can name this blazer-bound sportscaster.

  • Broker75 | April 5, 2007 at 12:58 pm |

    The other night Martin Biron wore his Buffalo Sabres goalie pads versus the Maple Leafs

  • Philly Bill | April 5, 2007 at 1:04 pm |

    [quote comment="66874"]The other night Martin Biron wore his Buffalo Sabres goalie pads versus the Maple Leafs[/quote]

    He’s worn them every game since he was traded. It takes a while to break in new ones.

  • Nick | April 5, 2007 at 1:05 pm |

    Quick write up in todays San Diego Union Trib: Mike Cameron will be wearing “baggy pants” along with the 42 jersey for the Padres on April 15.

  • Philly Bill | April 5, 2007 at 1:08 pm |

    [quote comment="66867"][quote comment="66863"]Masters fitted hat[/quote]

    You get a bowl of soup with that hat?[/quote]

    Oh, it looks good on you, though!”

    Props to whomever dropped the Teen Wolf reference up there. A true inter-species pioneer of sports.

  • todd krevanchi | April 5, 2007 at 1:09 pm |

    [quote comment="66873"][quote comment="66862"][quote comment="66845"][quote comment="66825"]Paul and fellow readers,

    Although yes the Green Jacket is not the best looking it certainlly is not the worse.[/quote]
    worser[/quote]

    Worst

    http://www.oldschool...

    Even more worse

    Props to anyone who can name this blazer-bound sportscaster.[/quote]

    with the current topic of awful sport coats, we would be remiss to recognize its king, the late cbs broadcaster heywood hale broun, and its prince, turner sports broadcaster craig sager.

  • patrick | April 5, 2007 at 1:11 pm |

    [quote comment="66842"][quote comment="66772"]Are there any MLB teams that don’t have black players? Will they have someone wearing 42? Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42? As an example: until the Carlos Lee signing the Astros did not have a black player on the team.[/quote]

    Carlos Lee is black? Isn’t he from Panama or something? That would make him “Latino.” Right? Same thing with Salomon Torres. He’s the man with the darkest skin on the Pirates, but he’s from the Dominican Republic. Is he Latino or black? “Black” is not necessarily skin color; it’s African descent. And without knowing the family trees of these people, or using one of those ridiculous 1/16th rules from the days of Pudd’nhead Wilson, a study of who’s black and who’s not would be as divisive a powderkeg as I’ve seen in a while.[/quote]

    Matt, unfortunately I think you have this a little backwards. “Black” has nothing to do with ethnicity (being african) and everything to do with skin color. For instance, you can be from dominican and still be “black”. This is why “african american” is not always correct. Someone could be black but consider themselves french, canadian etc etc. Ethnicity and race are two completely different things. Black is also a societal creation, which is why Carlos Lee and Salomon Torres are called black, and latino as well. I was a sociology major and discussed all these things in class. It gets confusing but think of it this way: Your ethnicity is where you come from, race is what color you are, regardless of ethnicity.

  • Broker75 | April 5, 2007 at 1:11 pm |

    [quote comment="66877"][quote comment="66874"]The other night Martin Biron wore his Buffalo Sabres goalie pads versus the Maple Leafs[/quote]

    He’s worn them every game since he was traded. It takes a while to break in new ones.[/quote]
    he can start very soon..cause the Flyers ain’t making the playoffs, neither are the Bruins, Capitals, Blackhawks, Blues, these are teams that are the structure of the NHL, they should compete every year!

  • todd krevanchi | April 5, 2007 at 1:11 pm |

    [quote comment="66881"][quote comment="66867"][quote comment="66863"]Masters fitted hat[/quote]

    You get a bowl of soup with that hat?[/quote]

    Oh, it looks good on you, though!”

    Props to whomever dropped the Teen Wolf reference up there. A true inter-species pioneer of sports.[/quote]

    that and the stock adidas “gym uniform used as a team uniform” with stock numerals. of course all of the teams in that movie used the same template.

  • Brian from Ohio | April 5, 2007 at 1:20 pm |

    [quote comment="66873"]Props to anyone who can name this blazer-bound sportscaster.[/quote]

    That’s Jimmy Crum.

  • Andy | April 5, 2007 at 1:21 pm |

    Why did Jackie Robinson wear #42?

  • WVU Tom | April 5, 2007 at 1:27 pm |

    [quote comment="66883"][quote comment="66842"][quote comment="66772"]Are there any MLB teams that don’t have black players? Will they have someone wearing 42? Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42? As an example: until the Carlos Lee signing the Astros did not have a black player on the team.[/quote]

    Carlos Lee is black? Isn’t he from Panama or something? That would make him “Latino.” Right? Same thing with Salomon Torres. He’s the man with the darkest skin on the Pirates, but he’s from the Dominican Republic. Is he Latino or black? “Black” is not necessarily skin color; it’s African descent. And without knowing the family trees of these people, or using one of those ridiculous 1/16th rules from the days of Pudd’nhead Wilson, a study of who’s black and who’s not would be as divisive a powderkeg as I’ve seen in a while.[/quote]

    Matt, unfortunately I think you have this a little backwards. “Black” has nothing to do with ethnicity (being african) and everything to do with skin color. For instance, you can be from dominican and still be “black”. This is why “african american” is not always correct. Someone could be black but consider themselves french, canadian etc etc. Ethnicity and race are two completely different things. Black is also a societal creation, which is why Carlos Lee and Salomon Torres are called black, and latino as well. I was a sociology major and discussed all these things in class. It gets confusing but think of it this way: Your ethnicity is where you come from, race is what color you are, regardless of ethnicity.[/quote]

    True–too often the ethnic designation “african-american” is confused with a race designation.

    I recall about a year watching the news and the reporter, while trying to be politically correct, referred to two subjects involved in the news story as “african-american”. The problem?…the gentlemen may have in fact been of african descent, but the story was out of England, so neither man was actually american. Works both ways I suppose.

  • Tim F. | April 5, 2007 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote comment="66886"][quote comment="66873"]Props to anyone who can name this blazer-bound sportscaster.[/quote]

    That’s Jimmy Crum.[/quote]

    Bingo. One of my prized possessions is a photo of Jimmy in his trademark green jacket holding me as a youngster with a smaller version of said jacket.

  • Kim | April 5, 2007 at 1:36 pm |

    [quote comment="66877"][quote comment="66874"]The other night Martin Biron wore his Buffalo Sabres goalie pads versus the Maple Leafs[/quote]

    He’s worn them every game since he was traded. It takes a while to break in new ones.[/quote]

    He got some new ones a few weeks ago, he’s wearing them in the team photo.

    But he didn’t like them, because the black made them look small. So they were returned, I doubt he’ll be wearing black and orange pads before next year.

    At least he has a new mask, though.

  • Anthony Memme | April 5, 2007 at 1:36 pm |

    Daisuke Matsuzaka, playing in his first MLB regular season game, decided to take the mound with an orange bracelet. Dice K was told that this wasn’t allowed so he took it off and put it in his back pocket for safekeeping until the end of the inning.

  • Sage Confucius | April 5, 2007 at 1:40 pm |

    [quote comment="66777"]Paul, every WNBA team revealed new jerseys yesterday. They all have really weird side panels. Damn templates.
    Most of the new jerseys can be found hidden within pictures of girls holding the WNBA’s new ball (just like the NBA’s “new ball” but with the one of the WNBA’s old ball colors on each panel; I actually think it looks quite nice.) in the gallery here.[/quote]

    The Comets jersey looks like some kind of sleepwear. Why not just put the Victoria’s Secret Angels out there. The game would suck, but the seats would be full of men gawking at the girls.

  • Tom | April 5, 2007 at 1:48 pm |

    CINCINNATI — Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee knows he wouldn’t be playing Major League Baseball if not for Jackie Robinson. On April 15, he’ll be able to show his appreciation and wear Robinson’s No. 42.

    Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig extended an invitation to all clubs to allow any of its members to wear No. 42 after Cincinnati’s Ken Griffey Jr. received permission to do so on the 60th anniversary of Robinson’s entry into the game.

    On April 15, 1997, the 50th anniversary of Robinson’s entry into Major League Baseball, Selig had announced that Robinson’s No. 42 would be retired throughout baseball and never again issued to on-field personnel.

  • Chris | April 5, 2007 at 1:48 pm |

    The Gold Jacket from Happy Gilmore = worse than pretty much all of the “Worse” replies above, with the possible exception of the Jimmy Crum pic.

  • Tom | April 5, 2007 at 1:51 pm |

    Commissioner Bud Selig extended an invitation to all clubs to allow any of its members to wear No. 42 after Cincinnati’s Ken Griffey Jr. received permission to do so on the 60th anniversary of Robinson’s entry into the game.

    It appears any MLB player will have the option to wear the number 42 on 4/15…

  • J. Deaton | April 5, 2007 at 2:02 pm |

    [quote comment="66748"]Despite the switch to Coolflo helmets, Bronson Arroyo was still rockin’ the double flaps at last night’s game.

    Also, it was around 20 degrees at gametime. Most of the Reds were wearing long sleeves with the new unis. No black and no Nike dots were anywhere in sight. Beautiful.[/quote]

    He was also wearing a 5950 cap with the grey underbill.

  • Nat gal | April 5, 2007 at 2:06 pm |

    I may have found the answer why there is no hope for the Nationals this year!
    BAD MATH

  • Marc D | April 5, 2007 at 2:07 pm |

    [quote comment="66772"]Are there any MLB teams that don’t have black players? Will they have someone wearing 42? Would it be appropriate to have some white guy wear 42? As an example: until the Carlos Lee signing the Astros did not have a black player on the team.[/quote]

    And with Carlos Lee, they still don’t – he might be black, but he’s not African American, hes from Panama

  • Broker75 | April 5, 2007 at 2:09 pm |

    what in the world is Messier wearing??

  • DenverGregg | April 5, 2007 at 2:15 pm |

    So now Stan Kroenke (owner of the Rapids and Avalanche, part owner of the Crush and major real estate developer) has bought himself about 1/10th of THE Arsenal. The Colorado Arsenal rumors will heat up again.

  • DenverGregg | April 5, 2007 at 2:16 pm |

    [quote comment="66904"]what in the world is Messier wearing??[/quote]
    I think it’s his old Oilers jersey without the crest on it. Must be a licensing issue.

  • Broker75 | April 5, 2007 at 2:18 pm |

    [quote comment="66907"][quote comment="66904"]what in the world is Messier wearing??[/quote]
    I think it’s his old Oilers jersey without the crest on it. Must be a licensing issue.[/quote]
    check that, a HUGE licensing issue!

  • cup crazy | April 5, 2007 at 2:20 pm |

    i wonder if Paul will be doing a piece on the Stanley Cup

  • Ben | April 5, 2007 at 2:23 pm |

    Daisuke Matsuzaka, dba Dice-K, is sporting a compression shirt with some odd looking sleeves, the best images so far are here and here.
    Note the odd padding or pattern on the elbows.

  • John Zajac | April 5, 2007 at 2:26 pm |

    [quote comment="66786"]I want to say that I read somewhere that the 42 was an allusion to Jackie Robinson. 42 was also the apartment number of Fox Mulder in the X-Files as well as cropping up in a number of other places.[/quote]

    It’s one of the numbers on LOST! All of which, for the non-Lost fans, are retired Yankee numbers.
    4 8 15 16 23 42[/quote]

    Hey Ian K, I think the producers of that show are Yankees fans.. Partly because of the numbers, also the show first aired just before the playoffs in 2004. The baby that was born was named Aaron, the first major death was Boone, but them together and you have a fairly significant name from the previous year’s playoffs. Also, the baby was always wrapped in navy and white blankets, and they would use the line “maybe when the red sox win the world series” to describe very unlikely things that never had a chance of happening (keep in mind, these were filmed before the 04 playoffs had completed). Just my observation though.

  • Kim | April 5, 2007 at 2:28 pm |

    Congrats to OSU for being the anti-Oregon. Nice clean look. Way better than the Ducks.[quote comment="66907"][quote comment="66904"]what in the world is Messier wearing??[/quote]
    I think it’s his old Oilers jersey without the crest on it. Must be a licensing issue.[/quote]

    Looks more like an Oilers-like jersey. The orange sleeve bits around the wrist look awkward.

  • Kerry | April 5, 2007 at 2:34 pm |

    [quote comment="66783"]Does anybody else seem the similarities between Oregon State’s new type face and UConn’s?[/quote]
    Yes. I thought about that as SOON as I saw the new Oregon State typeface.

  • Joe | April 5, 2007 at 2:40 pm |

    [quote comment="66834"][quote comment="66828"]This may have been answered before, but when a player repeats as a Masters Champion who puts the jacket on him the second time? Examples: Tiger in ’01 & ’02. Nick Faldo in ’89 & ’90. Nicklaus in ’64 & ’65.[/quote]

    I was thinking the same thing actually…

    Could be the chairman, formerly that Hootie Johnson guy. Currently William Porter Payne[/quote]

    Id say the chair, I remember Hootie putting it on Tiger one time and looking like he wanted to throw up, it was priceless.

  • todd krevanchi | April 5, 2007 at 2:50 pm |

    very similar typography used in cleveland for the womens final 4
    http://64.194.251.36...

    and in phoenix, where the mercury play…
    http://www.uconnhusk...

  • Bill | April 5, 2007 at 2:51 pm |

    As one who enjoys stuffing little baseball trivia tidbits away for later use, my recollection of the Marc Sagmoen’s wearing of #42 pretty much matches what you’ve seen.

    Sagmoen made his debut on the same evening MLB retired Jackie’s number, April 15, 1997:

    http://retrosheet.or...

    He was issued #42, I guess because the Rangers staff was unaware of what MLB had planned to do. He wore #42 that night, and switched to #37 the next day after finding out about what MLB did. I clearly remember ESPN at the time mentioning both his being the last new player who would be issued #42, as well as a follow-up the next evening of his number switching.

  • Joe | April 5, 2007 at 2:53 pm |

    [quote comment="66807"]42 was also the number Teen Wolf wore.

    Was this also because he was the first wolf to play high school basketball?[/quote]

    SWEET! haha

  • chino | April 5, 2007 at 2:58 pm |

    SWEET! haha[/quote]
    i can smell the B-O from all the way over here.

  • BA | April 5, 2007 at 3:04 pm |

    Check out the huge Adidas logo on the backdrop of the WNBA draft stage.

    I was pretty surprised that they bumped a daytime MLB game onto ESPN 2 for the WNBA draft.

  • Bob A | April 5, 2007 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote comment="66847"][quote comment="66756"]Paul, I know the WNBA is pretty much on the fringes of professional sports, but you should give us at least a cursory criticism of the new Mystics jersey. They are a bit out there but I think I kinda like them.[/quote]

    on the fringes? if you get paid to play any sport, doesnt that officially make it a pro sport, no questions asked?

    [quote comment="66790"]
    When I was in high school in the early 70s the whole basketball team at my school had different home/road numbers. The home numbers were even, road odd. So if you were number 10 at home you were 11 on the road, etc. Don’t know the reason for that.[/quote]

    this phenomenon was actually seen on a world stage at the college level when georgetown played houston in the 1984 national final. houston was on the even at home, odd on the road program.
    houston semi final
    http://64.194.251.36...
    houston championship
    http://64.194.251.36...

    University of Houston had done that for as long as I was following them, at least as far back as Elvin Hayes’ days. He was 44/45. They only retired the 44 though.

  • Paulio | April 5, 2007 at 3:31 pm |

    I’m hoping to be the 42nd person to mention that the title is from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

  • FriarBolt | April 5, 2007 at 3:32 pm |

    [quote comment="66878"]Quick write up in todays San Diego Union Trib: Mike Cameron will be wearing “baggy pants” along with the 42 jersey for the Padres on April 15.[/quote]
    Looks like Mike Cameron will be doing more than just wearing baggy pants according to the Padres website:“I’m even going to chop my pants off and make them big and baggy,” Cameron beamed …I was watching some old tapes to see what I can do. … Maybe wear my hat in my back pocket.”
    Another reason (along with Jose Cruz’ uni perfection) the Padres just might win it this year!

  • Perry | April 5, 2007 at 3:42 pm |

    [quote comment="66873"][quote comment="66862"][quote comment="66845"][quote comment="66825"]Paul and fellow readers,

    Although yes the Green Jacket is not the best looking it certainlly is not the worse.[/quote]
    worser[/quote]

    Worst

    http://www.oldschool...

    Even more worse

    Props to anyone who can name this blazer-bound sportscaster.[/quote]

    I grew up in the 60s near Columbus OH. It sure looks like Jimmy Crum, who was Channel 4′s sports guy and Ohio State basketball’s TV announcer. Haven’t seen him in 35 years so I could be wrong. Howwwwwww about that? (His catch phrase.)

  • budwvu | April 5, 2007 at 3:46 pm |

    [quote comment="66783"]Does anybody else seem the similarities between Oregon State’s new type face and UConn’s?[/quote]

    that was the first thing i thought of when i saw the new font. it’s the straight verticle lines and arched horizontal lines. i cant think of anyone else that uses a typeface like that.

  • Metsfan AZ | April 5, 2007 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote comment="66922"]Check out the huge Adidas logo on the backdrop of the WNBA draft stage.

    I was pretty surprised that they bumped a daytime MLB game onto ESPN 2 for the WNBA draft.[/quote]
    Interesting contrast between men and women. We have all these months of anticiapation and will he declare or won’t he for the men and women are getting drafted with a net hanging around their necks. Wouldn’t a workout be beneficial to drafting women too?

  • BP | April 5, 2007 at 4:04 pm |

    Speaking of sportscasters and their heavy long-sleeved apparel, did anyone else see Keith Hernandez’s mink coat during the Mets game last night?

  • junkland | April 5, 2007 at 4:05 pm |

    Anybody know what other numbers Jackie Robinson wore? I did a quick Google perusal and saw that he wore #28 for football at UCLA.

    It’d be interesting to know what he wore in the minors, Negro League, college, etc.

  • Metsfan AZ | April 5, 2007 at 4:15 pm |

    Just saw a headline that Huggins is leaving K-state for WVU. Be the first on your block to have your black extra baggy shorts!!

  • mg12 | April 5, 2007 at 4:21 pm |

    Yeah, I think that Bob Huggins was as embarrassed of the K-State uniforms as everyone on this board.

    It begs the question, will he be taking this baggy short, street-ball look to WVU? They have some pretty classy uniforms, it would be a shame to see that change.

  • Ben | April 5, 2007 at 4:25 pm |

    Here’s a better view of Dice-K’s strange looking undershirt.

  • Chad G | April 5, 2007 at 4:33 pm |

    [quote comment="66940"]Here’s a better view of Dice-K’s strange looking undershirt.[/quote]

    I’m more interested in that Nike glove…Last year there was a Nike Japan baseball website that had all types of gloves in all different colors. But I can’t find the site anymore, I wanted to see if I could find that glove.

  • Mark Mihalik | April 5, 2007 at 4:39 pm |

    [quote comment="66941"][quote comment="66940"]Here’s a better view of Dice-K’s strange looking undershirt.[/quote]

    I’m more interested in that Nike glove…Last year there was a Nike Japan baseball website that had all types of gloves in all different colors. But I can’t find the site anymore, I wanted to see if I could find that glove.[/quote]

    http://nike.jp/baseb...

  • Tom | April 5, 2007 at 4:45 pm |

    Whoa…how many Silver Stars can one jersey hold?

    Wow. The WNBA new unis are a trainwreck…ouch.

    http://www.nba.com/m...

    Count the stars!!!

  • Chad G | April 5, 2007 at 4:49 pm |

    [quote comment="66942"][quote comment="66941"][quote comment="66940"]Here’s a better view of Dice-K’s strange looking undershirt.[/quote]

    I’m more interested in that Nike glove…Last year there was a Nike Japan baseball website that had all types of gloves in all different colors. But I can’t find the site anymore, I wanted to see if I could find that glove.[/quote]

    http://nike.jp/baseb...

    Thanks Mark!

    Through my searching I found a small bit of info on his glove here

    It says: “Nike will introduce a Matsuzaka signature fielding glove, the M18, at select retailers throughout Japan beginning in July.”

  • =bg= | April 5, 2007 at 4:50 pm |

    Z-man told to ditch the glove
    http://www.sfgate.co...

  • Tom | April 5, 2007 at 4:51 pm |

    And because we’re offering the most rigtheous of props for the #42…here’s another 42 that just split fingered his way into the Hall of Fame last summer…

    http://i.a.cnn.net/s...

    http://i3.photobucke...

    Good ole’ #42… Bruce Sutter…

  • Dominic Valenti | April 5, 2007 at 4:55 pm |
  • Chad G | April 5, 2007 at 5:02 pm |

    Yes!

    I think I found it, athough in a different color and with a different “M” mark on the pocket. The construction looks the same though

  • Ryan B. | April 5, 2007 at 5:13 pm |

    Speaking of the WNBA, the Seattle Storm homepage has a picture of Purdue’s Katie Geralds, their first round draft pick, holding what appears to be one of the new Storm jerseys.

    Looks like their new jerseys will have the numbers above the names.

  • Swift | April 5, 2007 at 5:15 pm |

    [quote comment="66777"]Paul, every WNBA team revealed new jerseys yesterday. They all have really weird side panels. Damn templates.
    Most of the new jerseys can be found hidden within pictures of girls holding the WNBA’s new ball (just like the NBA’s “new ball” but with the one of the WNBA’s old ball colors on each panel; I actually think it looks quite nice.) in the gallery here.[/quote]

    Wow. Conn, Phenoix, and San Antonio now have some of the most god awful jerseys in sports. I wish the WNBA would get over the “we are so femme” thing. I don’t really think the fans care if some of the ladies are a little dykey. Its about the basketball.

  • Tom | April 5, 2007 at 5:16 pm |

    And because we’re offering the most rigtheous of props for the #42…here’s another 42 that just split fingered his way into the Hall of Fame last summer…

    http://i.a.cnn.net/s

    http://i3.photobucke

    Good ole’ #42… Bruce Sutter…

    And a great trivia answer, Jackie Robinson and Bruce Sutter the only inductees in the Baseball Hall of Fame to wear #42!

  • Ryan B. | April 5, 2007 at 5:23 pm |

    [quote comment="66954"]Speaking of the WNBA, the Seattle Storm homepage has a picture of Purdue’s Katie Geralds, their first round draft pick, holding what appears to be one of the new Storm jerseys.

    Looks like their new jerseys will have the numbers above the names.[/quote]

    Ditto for the San Antonio Silver Stars.

  • Ryan B. | April 5, 2007 at 5:24 pm |

    Just closing someone else’s italics.

  • schuby | April 5, 2007 at 5:34 pm |

    ESPN.com still doesn’t have the right color and font for the Diamondbacks on their scoreboard.

  • Tom | April 5, 2007 at 5:41 pm |

    If you can’t say something nice about the WNBA new unis…then I’m not going to say anything at all…

    Ok, I tried…

    Why make very tall athletic women look FAT????????

    The side panels on the new WNBA uniforms are truly the most unflattering designs seen in years…

    Brutally brutal… another reason NOT to watch the WNBA…my goodness.

  • alex | April 5, 2007 at 5:55 pm |

    I think “42″ could very well have significance for jose Lima besides his jersey number, although I may be erring on the conservative side. :>

  • Chuck Ryals | April 5, 2007 at 6:12 pm |

    lettering on Arizonas away jerseys are TOO BIG. San Fransisco and Bostons away jerseys have the lettering size down pat IMHO…………..

  • Elliott | April 5, 2007 at 6:22 pm |

    Cavs wearing bright orange throwbacks, look like popsicles. Hopefully for the Bulls these jerseys cause 40 or less points.

    GO HEAT!!!

  • My Name is Not Earl | April 5, 2007 at 6:53 pm |

    [quote comment="66976"]I think “42″ could very well have significance for jose Lima besides his jersey number, although I may be erring on the conservative side. :>[/quote]

    The size of his wife’s bosoms? I seem to remember an old picture of Lima and his family on the field at Dodger Stadium while he was singning the national anthem . . . on the MLB website, the wife was mysteriously cropped out of the photo.

  • Luca | April 5, 2007 at 7:04 pm |

    The Nationals annoucers just mentioned Dmitri Young would be wearing #42 in memory of Jackie Robinson.

  • ToasterPoodle | April 5, 2007 at 7:08 pm |

    [quote comment="66867"][quote comment="66863"]Masters fitted hat[/quote]

    You get a bowl of soup with that hat?[/quote]

    It looks good on you though

  • ToasterPoodle | April 5, 2007 at 7:10 pm |

    [quote comment="66873"][quote comment="66862"][quote comment="66845"][quote comment="66825"]Paul and fellow readers,

    Although yes the Green Jacket is not the best looking it certainlly is not the worse.[/quote]
    worser[/quote]

    Worst

    http://www.oldschool...

    Even more worse

    Props to anyone who can name this blazer-bound sportscaster.[/quote]
    That’s Jimmy Crum, baby.
    He worked at the NBC affiliate in Columbus, OH for about 100 years. The hacky/tacky sportscoat was his ‘trademark’

  • ToasterPoodle | April 5, 2007 at 7:13 pm |

    [quote comment="66922"]Check out the huge Adidas logo on the backdrop of the WNBA draft stage.

    I was pretty surprised that they bumped a daytime MLB game onto ESPN 2 for the WNBA draft.[/quote]

    Holy crap, does the WNBA have the worst uni’s or what?

  • Denis | April 5, 2007 at 7:17 pm |

    College Hockey Frozen Four News:
    I believe this is the first time ever that the Frozen Four teams have worn a uni patch.
    http://www.uscho.com...
    MSU’s looks weird because of the Spartans lettering and then the captains letters.
    Also, North Dakota is wearing their Nike Swift uniforms

  • Denis | April 5, 2007 at 7:25 pm |

    More Frozen Four
    The boards are covered by this gigantic sticker that is half blue and half light blue. It looks weird.

    http://www.uscho.com...

  • nastykjn | April 5, 2007 at 7:43 pm |

    I haven’t had time to follow along today so don’t skewer me if y’all touched on this but ESPN’s Page 2 had this pic up of a new piece at Madame Tussaud’s. I knew Paul would love it since they decided to go with the black.

  • dan | April 5, 2007 at 8:14 pm |

    Selig said that any person on any team can wear 42 and encourages everyoen to do it. SO I don’t think #42 is limited to one person on each team

  • John | April 5, 2007 at 8:20 pm |

    [quote comment="66993"]More Frozen Four
    The boards are covered by this gigantic sticker that is half blue and half light blue. It looks weird.

    http://www.uscho.com...

    Actually thy have worn patches before. I hate MSU but love those jerseys i think they are new. I have a theory about shinny jerseys and that the team with shinnier jserseys win more but MSU skrewed it up.

  • DCM | April 5, 2007 at 8:28 pm |

    Even worse than all those other blazers goes to the winner of next week’s PGA tourney at Hilton Head SC…a plaid blazer (sorry, no pic).

    Will any of the wearers of 42 crop thier jersey sleeves short like Deion Sanders did while playing for the Reds? What is interesting is that in many Jackie Robinson Dodger photos, his sleeves aren’t short…they’re pretty long.

  • George Steinbrenner | April 5, 2007 at 8:45 pm |

    Anyone see the mask that BJ Upton is wearing vs. the Yankees tonight? He looks like he’d going to rob a bank right after the game!

  • Ben Thoma | April 5, 2007 at 10:43 pm |

    Why are the Washington Mystics using a projection of ESPN’s report on Eddie Robinsons’ death as a spot light?

  • Chris M | April 5, 2007 at 10:54 pm |

    Since the astros have no black players who will wear 42??

  • Steve | April 5, 2007 at 11:02 pm |

    [quote comment="66985"][quote comment="66976"]I think “42″ could very well have significance for jose Lima besides his jersey number, although I may be erring on the conservative side. :>[/quote]

    The size of his wife’s bosoms? I seem to remember an old picture of Lima and his family on the field at Dodger Stadium while he was singning the national anthem . . . on the MLB website, the wife was mysteriously cropped out of the photo.[/quote]

    Sweet googly moogly

    http://images.amazin...

  • Kevin Grimstad | April 5, 2007 at 11:24 pm |

    Making a reference to a Douglas Adams’ work. I guess this is bridging Uni Watch is bridging the gap between my love of sports and Doctor Who.

  • gak | April 6, 2007 at 12:51 am |

    Dale Hawerchuk was inducted into the Coyotes’ ring of honor before last night’s game against the Kings. Check out the old Winnipeg Jets jersey, then compare with the newish version. I miss that team, and those jerseys with the numbers on the sleeves. That 2nd photo makes it look like Dale’s in a housecoat, though.

  • gak | April 6, 2007 at 12:55 am |

    Oops, I meant the “newish version” of the Phoenix Coyotes jersey, which is what the Jets became when they moved …10 years ago now?? Yikes.

  • Scott | April 6, 2007 at 1:52 am |

    If MLB declined non-african american’s the right to wear 42 on April 15, wouldn’t it totally ruin the boundary that Jackie Robinson broke? Telling the teams that only a certain race could wear the jersey would be almost be reverse segregation.

  • BA | April 6, 2007 at 2:30 am |

    [quote comment="67043"]If MLB declined non-african american’s the right to wear 42 on April 15, wouldn’t it totally ruin the boundary that Jackie Robinson broke? Telling the teams that only a certain race could wear the jersey would be almost be reverse segregation.[/quote]

    Wouldn’t the definition of “reverse segregation” be integration?

    Allowing a single race to participate in the Jackie Robinson tribute would be just plain segregation.

  • Christopher | April 6, 2007 at 8:14 am |

    [quote comment="67019"]Since the astros have no black players who will wear 42??[/quote]

    A. They have Carlos Lee.

    B. I don’t think it would be a problem for a non-black player to wear #42, would it?