I have a book review up on the left side of today’s Page 2 index page — look here.
Meanwhile: As most of you probably know, the Reds used an odd format for their road jerseys in the mid-1990s: Instead of putting the uni number on the left, as most teams do, they put it on the right, which always looked kinda weird. They started using this design in 1993 and maintained it through 1998, as you can see here.
But reader Louis Griffel has noticed something interesting: If you look through the pictorial record, you’ll find that there were some Reds who had their numbers on the “normal” side. He came up with several examples, and I then went and found some more (additional examples here and here). I even found one shot that shows one player with the number on the left and one with the number on the right, as seen here.
Pretty amazing to see such an obvious mistake repeated so many times. I guess the team’s stitcher just couldn’t get used to the “wrong”-side format.
Incidentally, as you may have noticed in some of those pics, the ’97 Reds had a lot of uni-related quirks, beginning with their really short sleeves. That’s because Deion Sanders cut his sleeves short (supposedly to honor Jackie Robinson, although Jackie never really wore his as short as Deion did), which drew a rebuke from the league prexy, who said everyone on the team had to wear uniform-length sleeves. So the rest of the team went super-short-sleeved as a gesture of solidarity to Sanders. This had the effect of pushing the road jersey’s two sleeve patches (team logo on the left, Jackie Robinson 50th-anniversary logo on the right) up onto the shoulder area. And since the Reds’ home jersey during this period was a vest, the Jackie Robinson patch appeared on their chest that season. Can you imagine if this web site had existed back then? We would’ve had a field day with that team.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Great socks on this sprinter from James Logan High in Union City, California (as spotted by Tim Erney). … And speaking of socks, check out the Highland Park girls’ golf team at the Texas State Tournament, plus they also wore temporary “HP” facial tattoos (with big thanks to Nolan Brett). … Still more sock sensations: Sporting Lisbon (additional views here, here, and here, courtesy of Thomas Galvin). … Latest example of illustrators instinctively including stirrups when depicting a baseball uniform: yesterday’s Page 2 comic. … Some of you scoffed when I took Rudy Giuliani to task for wearing so much Yankees gear. But now his campaign may be in hot water because it turns out that he accepted four World Series rings from the Bombers and then paid for them long after the fact at way below market rate, which may be an ethical or even legal violation. Full details here. … The Players Championship logo is changing from this to this (with thanks to Sam Mitchell). … Bryan Redemske notes that the elastic in Sammy Sosa’s sleeve cuffs appears to be much looser this season. In some shots, in fact, it looks like he may have ditched it altogether (draw your own conclusions here, here, here, here, and here). … Jeff Knepper notes that Jered Weaver has the initials “EHH” embroidered onto the back of his glove. “According to Wikipedia (for what it’s worth), he also writes these initials on the back of the mound,” Knepper writes. “It’s in honor of his deceased grandparents, Ed and Helen Hamlin.”