New ESPN column today — here’s the link.
Meanwhile: The Padres will be wearing 1972 throwbacks tonight. But one member of the organization has already been wearing the old design: Uni Watch reader Will DeFord, who happens to work in the Padres’ Guest Services department. The team needed someone to model the throwback duds for the local media, so Will, as he put it, “jumped at the chance to wear one of the brightest uniforms I’ve ever seen.” He ended up wearing the uni for several local TV news segments, one of which has been archived here.
Will also took a bunch of photos of the uniform. Here’s his report:
The tag on the pants incorrectly identifies the design as being from 1971 [that year's uniform looked like this]. The only other problem I had was with the stirrups, which barely show any of the yellow sanitary underneath. Let’s hope that at least Jose Cruz, Jr. will get it right and wear them nice and high.
The rest of the uni is pretty straightforward, except for the cap. As far as I can tell, the cap is actually from ’72-’73 — I believe it was borrowed from someone here in the office, but I’m not sure who. It features an early attempt at the flex-fit style, similar to today’s BP caps. It has a felt-like texture and a cloth-backed leather sweatband [and a pretty cool tag -- PL]. I would assume the hats the players will wear will be New Era replicas that won’t even begin to do it justice.
Pretty great stuff. One note about those yellow sanitaries, however: According to the Dressed to the Nines database, the Padres wore yellow sannies at home and on the road in 1972 and then switched to white sannies on the road in ’73. But take a look at that photo of Nate Colbert at the top of this page — he’s wearing white sannies, and the numbers written on his bat refer to the record-setting doubleheader performance that defined his career (5 HR and 13 RBI in one day!), which took place on August 1st, 1972. The photo was presumably taken a day or two after the doubleheader, and the solid-brown cap also indicates that the photo was taken in 1972, which means the Padres didn’t always wear yellow sannies that year after all — yet another useful reminder that we shouldn’t always take these database templates as gospel.
Also: If you look at database illustrations — or, more tellingly, the Colbert photo — you’ll see that the Padres wore a striped elastic waistband in 1972, not belted pants like the throwbacks are apparently using. Tsk-tsk.
Uni Watch News Ticker: More hosiery histrionics: Port St. Joe High School in Florida. There’s even an article about the socks here (as generously forwarded by Mike Edgerley). … Faaaaascinating communiqué from Mike Orr, who writes: “The JV basketball team at my high school — Jordan High in Durham, North Carolina — had a really huge space between their uniform numbers. Check out how wide the space is, especially on No. 54 in the middle. Also, take a look at the guy on the far right on the top row — look how huge the Falcon logo is on the shorts. Obviously, JV usually gets the shite unis, but this probably also means they were at one time the varsity unis.” … Speaking of uni numbers, check out the football-style numbers worn by the old Pittsburgh Hornets (additional pics on this page, with thanks to Michael Roecklein). … Brandon Williams of the 49ers is changing his uniform number (good spot by Pete Bonavita). … Yesterday’s ticker item about Sammy Sosa’s sleeves prompted this report from an inside source with the Rangers: “Sammy did in fact remove the elastic from all of his jerseys. He decided to do so a week or two into the season. As always, we have no idea why. Oh, and take a close look at the shoes he now wears at home. He likes to wear an old model of Easton shoe, but the only ones he has left have a lot of gray on them. So we took a blue paint marker and painted them.” … “South Dakota State University is deciding on a new logo for the Jackrabbits mascot,” writes Dominic J. Litten. “The three choices (and an explanation) are available here. Students, alumni, and staff are being encouraged to voice their opinions, with the final choice to be made next year.” … According to a small item buried within this article, the famous No. 1/8 jersey worn by Eddie Gaedel was borrowed from current Cardinals owner Bill Dewitt Jr., who was a wee tyke a the time (great catch by David Chisholm). … All members of the Indians will wear No. 14 on August 10th. … Amidst all the other Mother’s Day maneuvers, the Arena League will be using a pink-accented football. … Kudos to our friends at CollegeJersey.com, who redesigned their banner ad at the top of the page to match the Uni Watch color scheme.
Outward Bound: Okay, gotta pack, leave a note for the cat-sitter, and then I’m off to the airport. Looking forward to meeting lots of you in Minneapolis and Chicago tonight and tomorrow. And if anyone has any bright ideas about showing up wearing purple, expect to have a drink “accidentally” spilled in your direction.