Saturday’s get-together at Sheep Station was the best Uni Watch gathering ever, with more than 30 people in attendance. Here’s a quick rundown:
• Bench coach Phil Hecken had the balls to wear a cubist Coyotes jersey and was on the receiving end of lots of well-deserved praise for his weekend work. Thanks for being such a great right-hand man, buddy.
• I don’t think I’ve ever run a photo of Uni Watch webmaster John Ekdahl before (maybe because Saturday marked only the third time he and I have been in the same room). Here he is with his lovely fiancée, Amy. John’s been working hard on some major upgrades to the site, by the way — more news on that front next month.
• Uni Watch design director Scott M.X. Turner wore a characteristically gorgeous vintage flannel jersey, which was probably my favorite garment of the entire event.
• Here‘s Uni Watch librarian Carrie Klein and Uni Watch First Lady Kirsten Hively (aka Collateral Gammage), enjoying the late-afternoon sunlight.
• I was genuinely thrilled to have MLB logo designer Jerry Dior in attendance. We’ve been communicating for several months now, but this was my first chance to meet him in person, and it was no surprise to find that he’s a complete gentleman.
• In an odd coincidence, Scott Huston (wearing an awesome Cedar Rapids Reds jersey) actually worked with Jerry for two days several years ago. “He said he’d designed the MLB logo, so the next day I was going to have him autograph a ball for me,” said Scott. “But when I came in that day, he was gone — they said he’d retired!” Scott made the most of this second chance by bringing ball along to the party, which Jerry was happy to sign.
• Matt Powers has been so inspired by our recent DIY posts that he stayed up until 3am the night before the party making this Princeton hoodie sweatshirt, complete with NOB and vintage-style helmet striping. He promises to provide step-by-step photos of his next DIY project.
• Here’s Ed Hahn, looking sharp in a 1936 Tokyo Giants reproduction (with kanji on the back). Underneath, he had a Brownie T-shirt, plus he brought along a Cleveland Crusaders tee. (Ed also took a bunch of photos, including the one at the top of this page; you can see more of his shots here.)
• I loved Ryan Swift‘s 2002 Rochester Red Wings jersey. Beautiful script.
• You know that raffle ticket image I always use? That was designed and submitted about two years ago by reader Ben Thoma, who I was happy to meet. He was wearing a shirt from his U. of Delaware club team, the Ligatures. (If you don’t know what a ligature is, look here, and then look at Ben’s shirt again.)
• Geekiest Shirt of the Day award goes to Jay Braiman, who wore a Klingon hockey jersey.
• Here’s Marc Rivlin, wearing a Mets logo I hadn’t seen before.
• Some beer spilled on my notes, so I’m not positive I’m getting this person‘s last name right, but I think she’s Jordyn Lextor (Jordyn, if I’m getting that wrong, please let me know and I’ll correct it). She wore a really cool Turkish soccer jersey, featuring some excellent patches.
• Jordyn came with her buddy Alex Gelman, who wore a 1967 Franklin & Marhsall club soccer shirt with a great Johnny collar and a cool number font. They made a super-cute couple (although I think they later said they’re not actually a couple, but whatever).
• If you’re gonna wear a plain Penn State jersey, it’s nice to dress it up a bit with an Orange Bowl patch. That’s Chris Burket.
• I really liked how Morgan Doninger‘s Cornwall Aces jersey had a fleur de lis on one shoulder and a flower on the other (to represent Cornwall’s French- and English-speaking populations, he explained).
• Steve Blum wore a killer No Mas tee and a 1917 Phillies cap. “This cap is like camouflage,” he said. “I can wear it in New York or Boston without people giving me shit.”
• This is John Boras, who wore a classic John Riggins jersey.
• John brought along several of his buddies, including Hobie Price, Marc Levinson (that’s a Dan Marino Pitt jersey), and Rob Lapidus (who laughed when I noted that his drink of choice didn’t match his jersey).
• I’m sorry I didn’t get this guy‘s name before he left. Fortunately, his excellent Macon Whoopee jersey speaks for itself. Update: Turns out it’s Pete(r) Bonavita.
• As for me, I was a pretty happy fella.
Finally, there’s this: There was a middle-aged couple sitting at one of the tables. The woman — I think her name was Fern Devlin — noticed all the people in jerseys and said to somebody (I believe Alex Gelman), “What is this, a Uni Watch party?” Turns out she reads the site but hadn’t been keeping up with it lately, so she was unaware of the party and just happened to be on hand for the proceedings. Uni-kismet!
Uni Watch News Ticker: Just what the world needs: a Steelers-themed bar mitzvah (with thanks to Mike Edgerley). … Extremely amusing eBay item here. … Westminster Salmonbellies strike again! Not sure what year that’s from, but it sure is purdy (with thanks to Mike Hersh). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: I’ve previously run photos of Charlie Hayes wearing this mask and this mask. But now Glenn Chavez has provided a photo of the actual hardware, which was displayed at the Rockies’ recent fan-fest event. … Party follow-up from Alan Tompas, who writes: “A few of the guys at the party and I had a debate over whether the Mets ever wore an interlocking-NY jersey logo. I took this picture at the Vet back on July 4, 1983. It’s a batting practice jersey.” Bill Henderson’s compendium provides some info on this design, and also lists as this and this. I like that last one a lot. … Oral Roberts is gonna keep wearing their gold hoops uniforms until they lose (thanks, Phil). … Leicester City, a UK soccer team, will go sponsor-free as part of their 125th-anniversary celebrations (with thanks to Peter Schinkai). … Erkki Corpuz notes that the UCLA gymnastics team wore pink warm-up tees and pink-trimmed leotards on Sunday, and Cal wore pink leotards. … Also from Erkki: The UCLA swim team still uses the school’s old script. … Here’s a new one: denim-trimmed baseball gloves (with thanks to KJ Kearney). … Check out the two jerseys in this shot. Those are the uniforms for the upcoming NBA Rookies/Sophomores game, which will be played as part of the All-Star festivities. Man, is the one on the left an example of rookie hazing or what? Further details here (with thanks to Jordan Alpert). … Anyone ever seen these before? They’re part of this catalog. … Speaking of vintage catalogs, I love the cover design on this one. … Larry Bodnovich sent along a bunch of old color-on-color college football shots, including Pitt vs. Oklahoma, Ohio State vs. Cal (here’s an additional shot), and Princeton vs. Columbia, plus he also contributed a shot from the first-ever USC/Minnesota game in 1953. … Bizarre scene in the Caribbean World Series, as the Gigantes del Cibao went N#OB — that’s no number on back (and yes, those appear to be some odd shenanigans going on there). They had numbers on the front, however (very interesting find by Morris Levin). … I’m pretty sure I’ve linked to this before, but if you scroll down about toward the bottom of this page, you’ll get Brooks Robinson’s explanation for why he wore the short helmet brim (with thanks to Ben Traxel). … Paul Barrett and Doug McConnell sent along team portraits from the 1991 Carolina League All-Star Game — Northern Division (the teams are Prince William Cannons [NYY], the Lynchburg Red Sox [BOS], the Salem Buccaneers [PIT], and the Frederick Keys [BAL]) and Southern Division (Kinston Indians [CLE], Winston-Salem Spirits [CHC], Durham Bulls [ATL], and Peninsula Pilots [SEA]). … What do you do if your team goes 0-16? The answer comes from Jacob Brooks, who writes: “I heard on the radio Monday that the Detroit Lions are going to have (or are working on) a new logo for next year. Something more ferocious.” That sounds, uh, wonderful. … I really wish they wouldn’t do this. … Remember my recent post about Sidney Crosby’s lace bite? According to this story, Peter Taglianetti had the same problem and solved with plastic baggie filled with peanut butter (strange-but-true contribution from Matthew Sampson). … Interview with Todd Radom here.