True confession: When they gave me a jersey to wear for throwing out the first pitch in Camden last Thursday (details of which, in case you missed them, are here), I initially got the buttons misaligned while buttoning the jersey. Fortunately, the clubbie who’d given me the jersey quickly pointed out my mistake, and then he even reached in and fixed the buttons for me.
Too bad none of Adam Eaton’s teammates did that for him during yesterday’s Phillies/Braves game. Eaton started the game fine, working with his top button open during the 1st and 2nd innings — no problem there. But he must have changed jerseys or gone to the bathroom or something like that during the top of the 3rd, because he came out for the bottom of the inning with his top button stuck into his second buttonhole, which looked dorky-and-a-half. Even worse, his button mismanagement continued into the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings (a span that also included plate appearances in the 4th and 6th, after which he was mercifully removed from the game.
That game featured a few other oddities. Mike Rich notes that Bobby Cox was wearing the wrong cap. And here’s something I’ve never seen before: Jeff Francoeur had a lock of hair sticking out through one of his Cool Flo helmet vents. Maybe that kinda evened things out in the game’s dork-o-rama sweepstakes.
Uni Watch News Ticker: This new book is nothing special, but it does have a uni-related title. … The Orioles added a memorial armband yesterday for Jim McKay, who got his broadcasting start in Baltimore. … Was James Worthy wearing mismatched uni elements in this photo, or was it just the lighting, or sweat, or what? (With thanks to Matt Fitzgerald.) … Scott Player is going to have to change his single-bar facemask (with thanks to Jeff Israel, who also pointed out Croatia’s checkboard-patterned socks). … Bobby Cox isn’t the only one with cap problems: Luis Ayala wore the wrong cap on Saturday (with thanks to Kevin Reiss). … You’ve probably seen the famous Dolphins/Jets “fake spike” play at some point. What you might not have noticed is that every player on the field was wearing the NFL’s 75th-anniversary patch — except for Dan Marino. See for yourself here (great catch by Frank Fleming). … Interesting note from Thomas Foote, who writes: “Basketball-reference.com recently added a uniform number feature that purports to list every player who ever wore every number in any season. Additionally, on the top of each player’s personal page, there’s a bunch of boxes — one for each uni number worn during the player’s career, styled in the team’s colors. Check out Chucky Brown’s page: 14 teams, 2 uni numbers. Sharp contrast with Tony Massenburg, who wore seven different numbers with 14 teams. On thing I found in my quick personal perusal is that three NBA players have worn 03, and one each have worn 07 and 09. All these players played for the Rochester Royals in the 1950s. Intrigued, I searched for pictures of the Royals from that era and found this. The 07 seems to be Paul Noel, the only player ever listed as having worn that number.” … USA Rugby has a new kit — look here and here (with thanks to Joe Alvernaz). … “Talking to A’s equipment manager Steve Vucinich before the season, he said that the A’s would be wearing the home whites and new black alternates at home and the road grays and the green alternates on the road,” says Brandon Davis. “But they wore green at home on Wednesday, as part of their Go Green promotion, promoting the environment and encouraging fans to wear green. Starting pitcher Justin Duchscherer wanted to wear the blacks, but the team wouldn’t let him choose that day. Also, note that when the A’s do wear the new black jerseys, they pair it with the gold-brimmed home batting helmet (and even switch to black socks), but the old black jerseys from previous seasons had been worn at home with the solid-green road batting helmet. … “I was watching America’s Ballroom Challenge and noticed the winners of the American Rhythm section — Jose Decamps and Johanna Zacharewicz — actually had sponsorships on their costumes!” writes Karen Hibbitt (who adds that she’s “embarrassed” to have been watching the show). “The sponsorship patch is subtle and small, but you can definitely see it on his arm.” … Biggest jockey ever. … Speaking of jockeys, the Belmont jocks were once again wearing the Eight Belles memorial patch on their boots. No Hooters logo for Big Brown after all, though — that sponsorship ended up getting nixed by the powers that be. … What happens to the uniforms used in movies? In the case of the film Cobb, they end up on eBay (nice find by Jonathan Martin) . … And speaking of eBay, here’s a real prize. … The NOB on Mark Grudzielanek’s powder blue jersey looks even more extended than usual (with thanks to Matt Shevin). … The Padres, who frequently wear camouflage uniforms, turned the tables the other day by having a Naval officer wear a Padres uniform to catch the first pitch, which was thrown by his son. Details here (with thanks to Matt Eichwedel). … Awesome score by Jeff Barak, who found this amazing 1915 photo of Washington Senators manager Clark Griffith. Dig that overcoat!! … Jeff also pointed me toward a thread that included this shot of the 1932 Alabama/George Washington game. Note the interesting ref’s uniform. … The St. Paul Saints celebrated Prince’s birthday by wearing purple jerseys with symbols instead of numbers on their backs, and Minna H. provided a bunch of screen grabs (additional images here and here). “SuperFan, who does a push-up for each run the Saints score, was wearing a purple headband, purple wristbands, and purple-striped tube socks,” says Minna. “Also there was an interesting discussion about how the opposing pitcher couldn’t keep his jersey tucked in.” … Note to designers: There’s a new font out there called Metroscript, which, as you can see, is being touted as sports-appropriate. … Good treatment of French Open aesthetics here (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Susan Freeman‘s father attended the Dallas Stars warehouse sale and came away with some nameplate (here’s a closer view), pucks, and sticks. … I’ll be doing another reading at KGB next month. The date will be July 22nd, the theme will be “Design and Sports,” and I believe one of the other readers will be the very wonderful Michael Beirut, who’s a partner at Pentagram and has done some identity/logo work for the Jets. Further details as the date draws nearer.