Bad weather, travel, and work conspired to keep me off the softball field for nearly a month, but yesterday I finally made my second appearance of the season. As you may dimly recall, I’m wearing a different set of stirrups each time I play this year (details here), so here’s the latest installment of that project:
This week’s design: orange with black and white stripes, medium-cut.
Ideal for feeling like a member of: the Baltimore Orioles, 1966-71.
How they looked: Every time I looked down, I had to pinch myself.
How I felt: Like Brooks Freakin’ Robinson, baby.
How I played: 1-for-3 at the plate (BB, 1B, F9, F8), 2 runs scored, 1 RBI. Had some fun on the basepaths (a nifty hook slide got me the call on a bang-bang play at third). Uneventful day in the field.
It’s interesting to note the differing approaches used by teams that wore this stirrup design template over the years. The Orioles and Red Sox put the key team color (orange and red, respectively) on the bottom. But the Pirates put gold on top.
Still Working on That Anniversary Sleeve Patch: As briefly noted last Friday, the site’s second birthday passed over the weekend. And as promised, I’ve got a few announcements to mark the occasion.
• First, Brooklyn-based intern Nina Dubin has designed a new Uni Watch T-shirt. As you can see, it’s a guide to vertical arching (here’s a bigger view of the logo), and there’s a tagline on the back. This shirt is available to all — get yours here.
• Second, we’ve finally gotten around to designing the special seal for charter members who choose to order new membership cards. The seal looks like this, and it will appear on the front of the card like so (yes, it’s a new color set, but we wanted the seal to stand out). As I’ve explained previously, there’s no need to order a new card if you already like the one you have — all memberships are of the lifetime variety, and all charter members (i.e., members who joined during the first two months of the program) are already listed in boldface on the membership roster. But if you’re a charter member and want a new design for the back of your card, your new card will include the seal on the front. If you’re happy with the back design but just want a new card that includes the seal on the front, we can do that for you too. Either way, a new card costs $15. Full membership program details, as always, are available here.
• Third — well, the third announcement isn’t quite ready to be announced yet. Tomorrow, I hope. But let’s just say I think you’ll like it a whole lot.
Father’s Day Raffle: Last month I wrote about reader Joe Hilseberg‘s new business venture, the Jersey NameFrame, which basically a framed jersey-style name/number treatment, complete with professional-quality stitching. Now Joe has generously offered to provide a free two-color NameFrame to one
lazy-ass reader who can’t come up with a good Father’s Day present lucky winner.
To enter, send a blank e-mail with your name in the subject line to uniraffle at earthlink dot net (please note that this is not the regular Uni Watch e-mail address) by this Friday at 10pm eastern. Nobody will be reading these e-mails, so don’t bother putting anything in the body of the message. Only one e-mail per person, but membership program enrollees will automatically get three bonus entries. I’ll announce the winner next Monday.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I stumbled across this on eBay over the weekend, and I heartily recommend it to anyone reading this. Got my own copy back in ’73 and still love the magnificent illustrations. A Uni Watch reader really ought to get this. … Lots of other cool stuff currently up on eBay, starting with this really nice vintage baseball uni. … And here’s another. … And check out this early Nebraska jersey. … Great labels and tagging on this old football kit. … Here’s a cool 1963 Spalding ad. … Never seen these patches before. … Amazing 1960s Oral Roberts practice jacket here. … Spectacular 1930s varsity sweater here, and a 1960s cheerleading sweater here. … And this really speaks for itself. … I’m pretty sure that this was originally a black-and-white photo that was hand-tinted. Still, odd that they chose to make the uni number blue instead of red, and the underbill blue instead of green (with thanks to Mike Engle). … Response to Saturday’s post was so inspiring that we have something really special planned for this weekend: Bryan will personally steal a four-year-old kid’s candy, push him into a puddle of mud, and laugh uproariously. … Topher Davis reports that the College of St. Scholastica, a Division III school in Duluth, Minnesota, is adding football as a sport this fall and has unveiled its new uniforms. “Looks like there was some LSU influence, or just plain old lack of creativity,” says Topher. … If you really love your team, put their logo onyour prosthetic leg (with thanks to Mark Kaplowitz). … Ben Rothfield wrote to Adidas to find out what kind of sneakers NBA refs wear. Here’s what he heard back: “Actually, Adidas doesn’t have a contract with the NBA’s officials association, so they are free to wear whatever sneaker they want, as long as it’s all black. However, many choose to wear the Superstar 2’s, in all black. Another popular choice is the Falcon.” … There’s something really sad about the sight of a portly Ted Williams being fitted for one of those elastic waistbands. That shot was taken during spring training of 1978, when the Splendid Not-Very-Splinter was a hitting instructor (courtesy of Jared Wheeler). … When I attended last Thurday’s Mets game, the gal sitting next to me had Mets-themed socks. … If you click ahead to Page 6 of this e-magazine, you’ll find this. I’m assuming those are prototypes, but if anyone knows more, please speak up (nice find by Rich Canulli). … Speaking of NHL prototypes, I knew the Capitals had flirted with a new design several years back. But I hadn’t seen a large version of the prototype logo until this morning, when someone on the Chris Creamer boards posted this. … Weekend NBA observations from Brett Crane, who notes that Trevor Ariza was wearing earplugs and Joe Smith had his uni number on his teeth. … Some uni-related Olympic fencing info is available here. “Highlight from the article include information that the Chinese shoes and socks will have a consistent stripe (which will no doubt misalign),” writes CJ Fleck. “Also: The U.S. will have a red-soled shoe, and Nike is reluctant to sell a product directly to people who would buy it. They’re hesitant to sell it to fencing outfitters — I have no idea why.” … There’s a slew of really tremendous — like REALLY tremendous — old MLB photos here. Among the many highlights: Al Kaline sporting a huge-ass helmet decal, and an unusually good view of the Pirates’ old helmet flocking. Essential stuff (big thanks to Bob Andrews). … Speaking of old photos, Claude Jacques was at a yard sale and discovered a bunch of old pics, including shots of Stan Musial, Roy Campanella (from his days with the Baltimore Elite Giants), and, I think, the Dean brothers. Is this Ty Cobb? And who’s this? … Rhode Island is flipping the colors on its football helmet, going from a blue horns on a white shell to vicey-versey. “Sadly, since the only change is inverting the colors, I fear this won’t be nearly enough to change our reputation as one of the worst uniforms in both college football and sports in general,” writes Dan Burnham. … This just in: Bryan will also give the four-year-old kid a wedgie. … The windbreaker-under-the-jersey thing sure looks weird when the jersey is a vest. Plus it might’ve helped if the windbreaker had been red. … Similarly, it might’ve helped if this windbreaker had been green. … Too much information. … Ditto. … The always excellent Fleer Sticker Project site has a good post about the images used for those old NFL posters, plus the surprising news that the Pats were briefly officially known as the Bay State Patriots. Full details here. … Two notes from Jeremy Brahm regarding the women’s volleyball Olympic qualifying tournament in Tokyo: The Polish team’s jerseys are so sheer that you can see an internal tag through the material, and the Romanian captain’s uni-number underscore is slightly off-center. … Came across this great patch in a vintage clothing shop the other day. … Cardinals farmhand Cory Rauschenberger, who could have tied Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the longest surname in MLB history if he’d made it to the show, has retired. … One of my softball buddies yesterday was wearing a T-shirt featuring racing silk designs (here’s the back view). … Not sports-related, but there’s some really fascinating logo-related info here (thanks, Scott). … Anyone know why the Rays wore their BP jerseys in yesterday’s game against the Cards? … Interesting Penguins/Flyers note from Steven Wojtowicz, who writes: “Not only did Sidney Crosby not touch the Prince Of Wales trophy after the game, which is common, none of the Penguins players put on the Eastern Conference Champion hats while they were on the ice. I don’t recall ever seeing this done in any sport before.” … Christmas in May. … The Lakeland Flying Tigers, Detroit’s Class A affiliate in the Florida State League, are honoring Dick Rossi, one of the original World War II Flying Tigers, with a sleeve insignia worn on special uniforms worn each Thursday home game. Details here (with thanks to Wayne Koehler). … Good story here about a guy who specializes in cleaning hockey gear. … Derek Hinson attended one of those old-timey base ball games over the weekend (organized by these guys) and got a bunch of photos. The action shots are nice, natch (additional pics here, here, and here), but I also really like the striped bats and unusually stitched balls. And if you ever doubted the value of hosiery in determining two teams’ respective visual identities, look at the left portion of this shot. … As promised, WNBA teams wore McDonald’s patches for their season-opening games over the weekend (thanks, Vince). … Okay, but only because you demanded it: Bryan will finish things off on Saturday by kicking the kid’s dog and adding, “And your mother’s fat!” for good measure.