The Old Switcheroo

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By Phil Hecken (back with battery-mate Paul Soto)

You may recall a short while ago, I was joined by Paul Soto, UW Graphics Guru, who created some amazing “Fauxback” baseball uniforms. With several teams wearing no city identifier on them, either home or away (like St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Milwaukee, the Angels), and others, like the Rangers now only wearing the city name on their home and roads, we bantered about several more ideas for uniform concepts for major league teams, and I asked Paul if he could create some new uniforms where the “home” and “away” jersey’s are ‘reversed,’ just to see what they might look like. Paul obliged. I have to say, after seeing his efforts, some of the uniforms you are about to see could certainly be explored as possible new uniforms, while others are simply just very interesting. Still others would most likely not work, but are still interesting possibilities, especially for teams who absolutely, positively, have to wear an alternate. Paul adds, “For some reason city names on some of the home jerseys, visually, look better. Perhaps it’s the long script that fully covers the chest on the jersey which leaves little negative space. The best examples being the Kansas City, Detroit, New York (Mets), Los Angeles (Dodgers), Houston and Florida.” With that, I’m pleased to present Paul’s “reversed” MLB uniforms. Love to hear your thoughts.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Paul “kinda likes the ‘Los Angeles’ script. But no matter what I do with it the script looks off center.” Since the Angels are a team with no city name on their jersey, reversing the “home” and “away” scripts doesn’t work. That’s most likely why the Angels home and roads both say “Angels.” Well, there’s that and the fact that they don’t really play in Los Angeles. Since this is one of a few teams who don’t have an “away wordmark” on their jersey, this isn’t so much of a ‘reversal’ jersey as it is a ‘concept’ one.

Atlanta Braves Home and Away: Paul thinks it “Looks great no matter what jersey it’s on.” I agree, this is a sharp uniform to begin with, and I think either one of them could be ‘reversed’ and look just fine.

Milwaukee Brewers: Ah. The jersey that started it all (in its away form — see the “fauxback” link for the full story). Paul states, “First they need to get ‘Milwaukee’ on the road jersey…Looks marvelous.” While I totally agree this city name script would look great (and SHOULD be mandatory) on the Brewers road uni, I happen to think the home “Brewers” should stay on the home jersey. Still, an interesting thought. (Another of the ‘concept’ jerseys, rather than a reversal of the “home and away” wordmarks.)

St. Louis Cardinals: Again, a team who doesn’t display their city name on their road jersey, this concept from Paul might be a tough sell, since that “Cardinals” with the “bird on bat” is one of the more iconic logos in baseball. However, Paul believes the Cards are “Another team that needs to get the city name on road jersey. Gorgeous script!”

Chicago Cubs Home and Away: Paul feels this ‘reversal’ is kind of “Meh…I think the original road uniform does need a re-tooling. I dislike the road script more and more everytime I look at it. The primary logo on the road jersey just doesn’t look right.” After having seen Paul’s thoughts for a new road jersey (and not this flipped one), I agree that the reversal of either wordmark doesn’t work. This is one that should probably be left alone.

Arizona Diamondbacks Home and Away: OK. Paul and I disagree on this one. Paul states, “I really really like the typeface the Diamondbacks used when they re-designed their uniforms. The road script looks great on both road and home jerseys. Now, the shortened ‘D-Backs’ script doesn’t bother me at all. I just wished they used it on an alternate instead of their home jersey. ‘Diamondbacks‘ fully spelled out just looks too minor league-ish no matter how it’s angled.” I can’t stand the new D-Backs uniforms (not that their first sets were any prize), so this ‘reversal’ doesn’t really do much for me either way. I like how Paul created the two “alternate concept home” jerseys for the Arizona squad though. Interesting to see how the word “Diamondbacks” would look spelled out. The answer: “Not Good.”

Los Angeles Dodgers Home and Away: Wow. Even though the current Dodgers uni set is a classic, BOTH of these ‘reversals’ still look sharp. I really like the away jersey with the “Dodgers” on it. Paul agrees, “FANTASTIC! Road and Home…next!”

San Francisco Giants Home and Away: I think the “Giants” on the away jersey looks top notch. Not so much the “San Francisco” on the home. Paul somewhat disagrees, stating “I like them both. ‘San Fran’ on home jersey looks sharp.”

Cleveland Indians Home and Away: Paul says, “I adjusted the “C’ in Cleveland on this one. Just a minor tweak here, I capitalized it and look how much better it looks.” This is one of those reversals that doesn’t do much for me, either way. I wish they’d wear those sweet cream alternates full time, but that is an argument for another day. As far as their current unis, I’d probably say ‘leave well enough alone’ but one could certainly like the looks of the reversals.

Seattle Mariners Home and Away: Paul states, “Classy uniforms…the flip flop here looks clean.” I’d have to agree. I wouldn’t mind seeing either or both of these used at some point in the future.

Florida Marlins Home and Away: Now here’s an interesting one. I wonder how long the Marlins will even say “Florida” on either jersey — will they go to “Miami” or “Portland” in the near future? The switch to me looks better on the road jersey, since I’m just not a fan of that particular pinstripe number. Paul likes both: “Sharp! I always loved the tail on their home and road script.”

New York Mets Home and Road: Ah…my Mets. I have to say, this is truly an interesting flip. I have always liked the “Mets” on the away jersey (a look they have previously used), but seeing the “New York” on the home might take some getting used to. I do love that “old Giants font” though. Paul somewhat disagrees, “I don’t care too much for the ‘Mets’ wordmark on the road jersey. Feels like it gets lost in the grey. ‘New York’ on home jersey just pops!” (As an aside, Paul has come up with some sweet new alternates for the Mets, but we’ll get to those another day.)

Washington Nationals Home and Road: Night and day. They really need to ditch the current font that remains on the homes, and the “new” home concept is, in a word, awesome. The away is, in a word, horrible. Paul concers, “I actually like this (new home) better than what they currently have!”

San Diego Padres Home and Road: Um. OK. These would NOT be good flipped. Period. Paul’s take: “Road wordmark looks great on home but the home wordmark on road appears out of place.”

Philadelphia Phillies: Another team who doesn’t use a different jersey from home and away. Now we know why. Paul agrees, “…now I see why they don’t spell out ‘Philadelphia.'” Interestingly enough, this full spelling of Philadelphia was considered at one time. Might look better on the road grays, but for now, “Phillies” is just fine.

Pittsburgh Pirates Home and Away: Well now, this one looks really good, both ways. I could certainly see (and accept) a future flip for either the home or the away. Paul agrees, and feels the “Road script is dashing on the home jersey!”

Texas Rangers. Not applicable. They have a city name on both their home and roads.

Tampa Bay Rays: Another team that doesn’t put their city name on their away jersey, so this is more of a concept. And it works, and it would look great on the away. Paul notes, “The original road jersey concept I did with the city name didn’t feature a tail on the ‘A’. Home jersey does feature the tail on the ‘R’ and I wanted to see how it looked if the road and home wordmarked were tied in together. I think it looks best without the tail though.”

Cincinnati Reds Home and Away: Here’s one where I love one half of the flip (the roadie) and don’t like the other half (the home). Not too fond of the drop shadow “Cincinnati” spelled out on the home (although this is exactly what happens with the “New York” Mets flip), so maybe it would grow on me over time. 50% win and 50% fail in my book. Paul is kinder, “I really like the flip flop on these! The colors and the logo/number balance just work for me.”

Boston Red Sox Home and Away: Another very interesting reversal. The “Boston” on the home looks great. The “Red Sox” on the away, not so much. Paul thinks, “Both work really well! Especially the home wordmark on the road.”

Colorado Rockies Home and Away: Paul and I disagree on this one, as I like the use of “Colorado” on the home. Not so fond on the away, however. Paul sums up this switch with one word: “Nahhh.”

Kansas City Royals Home and Away: Yet another interesting switcheroo. The “Kansas City” at home has possibilities, as well as the “Royals” on the road uni. Definitely a concept worth pursuing. Paul is even more effusive in his praise, “I LOVE “Kansas City” on the home jersey. Sans the outline it looks great!”

Detroit Tigers Home and Away: Such an iconic uniform. It’s not easy seeing the classic Olde English “D” on the away jersey, yet it somehow works…but somehow it doesn’t. I’m not a fan of the “Detroit” on the homes however. Paul sees it differently, “‘Detroit’ looks fantastic on both road and home jerseys. The old english ‘D’ looks best on home.” Different strokes, different folks.

Minnesota Twins Home and Road: This is one uniform which I do NOT like with pinstripes, especially on the road. That being said, I much prefer the “Twins” on the away to the “Minnesota” on the home. Ditch the pins on the road, and that’s a sharp look. Paul states, “City name on home looks good here…wish I could say the same about the team name on road jersey. Maybe it’s the grey pinstripe uniforms.” At least we agree on the road pins. Blecch.

Chicago White Sox Home and Away: OK, now here’s one where I am a big fan of the “Chicago” being on the home, but not the “Sox” on the away. To me, it just doesn’t look right. This one would probably be best left alone, but I wouldn’t be averse to one day putting “Chicago” in script on the homes. Paul agrees with me, “The road script looks sharp on the home jersey. Home layout on the road jersey looks kinda mundane too me.”

New York Yankees Home and Away: How do you even think about tweaking the most iconic uniform in all of sports? You don’t, but still, it’s interesting to see how it would look if the Yanks pulled a flip. Can’t say I’m a fan of either look. Paul feels differently, “‘New York’ on the pinstripes looks so cool.”

Well, that’s the old switcheroo. Definitely a few unis in that bunch that look great, and would certainly be worth considering for a possible alternate, or future uniform. Some should just be left well alone. Other teams just need a new uniform, period. Tweaking the home and roads doesn’t help an already bad uni. What’s the saying, “you can’t polish a turd?” Lets hear how you feel about the concepts. And another three cheers for Paul on a fantastic graphics job!

Oh…one more thing — how could we tweak the Yankees just a bit more? How about we take away their stripes? Yeah, now that’s the ticket.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Reader Fab Panelli saw this on the NASCAR site — apparently you can now buy NASCAR apparel for St. Patrick’s Day. He asks, “Is this going too far?” … Uni Watch Charter Member Michael Romero saw this interesting take from a graphic designer on the Yankees ridiculously (and we mean ridiculously) huge smack on the back of the cap patch … Chris Andringa sends along this link to the start of a 51-picture gallery by the Des Moines (Iowa) Register, featuring girls state tournament basketball dating back to the 1940s. Lots of satin, stripes, untucked jerseys (by design), vertical (and diagonal!) team names, etc. … Nick Church reports on this blog entry from the Redskins concerning how the Haynesworth jersey was assembled prior to the press conference. Nick remarks, “Too bad it wasn’t tackle twill stitching.” … Longtime reader Pat Tiffin sends along “these ugly game worn jerseys for charity.” … Brinke Guthrie found this photo of President Barack Obama with some new Chicago Bulls swag. Brinke also noticed a certain “10 years” at a stadium kinda thingy and wonders if they’ll be “wearing that thing” — he adds, “Who cares about 10 years at a stadium anyway?” … Here’s a very interesting use of helmets by the U.S. Army, sent to UW by Jake Elwell — did this use predate or postdate the use of such helmets by the NFL or college teams, anyone? … Matt O’Bryant sends along this interesting bit on how Inmates Now Wear Pink in KY County Thanks to Cincinnati Bengals. … During Friday night’s game versus the Canadiens, the Flyers’ Antero Niittymaki temporarily switched to his plain white backup mask after his main one was damaged by a shot. Billy Ramirez, who sent that in, thinks “The backup mask looks quite nice with the throwback jerseys.” … Cork Gaines noticed that Dioner Navarro of the Rays went double-flapped the other day … UW stalwart James Huening found several interesting bits: the first one remarks that the NCAA is moving away from placing temporary vinyl stickers on existing courts by having specially made floors with NCAA logos painted on them installed at nine of the 13 venues for this year’s tournament — up from last year’s five. James also found a somewhat related story, wherein teams who won the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament have been buying the floors from the host venue, all for a mere $100K. In addition, James notes that on Friday Night, the Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews scored a hat trick — and it was Hard Hat Night — so there was lots of headgear on the ice (There are about a half-dozen better photos in this gallery, but it’s a pain in the ass to navigate. They’re about halfway through and there are about 75 photos in there.) … Uni Watch founder Paul Lukas noticed this photo of Dontrelle Willis, and remarks, “That’s a lot of unbuttoned buttons,” on D-Train … Does Oregon baseball have a bright side? Reader Matt Takimoto points out that “If you check out the video on the front page of addictedtoquack.com you’ll see the Oregon baseball team in action at their home opener, and you’ll see a multitude of high pants and stirrups.” Mark says, “Yeah the uni’s look silly, and the stirrups are low, but its still nice to see.” … Tim Lewis checks in with a couple goodies as well: Dan Loney of BigSoccer.com has 5 posts on his blog over the past couple of weeks relating to uniforms the US Men’s National Team have worn. There are some classic old photos in there. (Interestingly enough, reader Dave Walker also sent along that very same link under separate cover. Dave writes that “Dan, by the way, is probably the best soccer blogger in the country.”) Tim also notes that FootballShirtCulture.com has posted an article stating the men in the UK find a girl wearing a soccer jersey to bed sexier than lingerie or being naked. “The article doesn’t say how the research was conducted, but it’s funny nonetheless.” … Jeremy Brahm was busy over the weekend collecting stuff of interest for the ticker. He begins with this piece on how Chelsea FC in the Premier League just got a new coach, Guus Hiddink. He has now installed a rule that the players must wear Armani suits. Also from Jeremy, here is the logo for the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, the Mascot, a sparrow, with no name yet, and points out that Harbin, China is hosting the Winter games right now … Jeremy further points out the logo for the 2011 World University Games in Shenzen, China (Logo on the left, mascot “UU” middle and slogan right) … Chris Hilf notes that there’s all KINDS of stuff about the Pirates wearing their pants high in the minors … Reader Steve H. comments, “The company I work for had their annual Christmas party this past year (Dec 08) at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WVa. Down the hallway leading toward the movie theater, there was a collection of old photos of past presidents and celebrities who had visited the resort. I’ve attached a photo of Lou Gehrig from 1932 (here’s a closeup of the description) I thought you might enjoy…classic!” … Richard Stover wants us to check out this guy’s eBay store. Plenty of unique logo items … Scott Vandeloo sends along this amazing Toronto Maple Leaf website on the “off chance we hadn’t seen it.” … Jeff Landset asks, “Does this look embossed to you (the number on the shorts)?” Jeff wonders if they were sewn in there … Finally, Brett Crane “attended the funeral services [Saturday] for Jazz Owner Larry H. Miller. I know that you had mentioned that you enjoyed the patch that the Jazz put on their jerseys, so I thought you might like this picture of the floral arrangements from [Saturday]. Also, I can’t find a picture of it, but all the Jazz coaches were wearing a lapel pin in the same shape as the jersey patch. My, how I’d like to get one of those.”

 

121 comments to The Old Switcheroo

  • Mike | March 2, 2009 at 7:13 am |

    The Army has been using football helmets for all sorts of things. Tankers wore the leather football helmets, with a few modifications, in their tanks for years starting in WW2. Paratroopers wore helmets like you showed for a long time.

  • JTH | March 2, 2009 at 7:26 am |

    Wow. Lots of strange-looking stuff in today’s post (I mean that in a good way). Strangest of all? Is this the first time Paul’s ever been mentioned in the ticker?

  • Ricko | March 2, 2009 at 7:32 am |

    Yesterday, because of the spring training theme, I thought I’d address a few things for anyone prepping for softball season. But there wasn’t much traffic, so here it is again…

    Looking for wristbands in hard-to-find colors? Check tennis shops. They have more colors than typical sporting goods stores. If they have a logo you don’t like, just turn ‘em inside out. Also, some of the teen accessory stores have weird color wristbands…as well as unusual color combinations in striped skater socks, both crewlength and kneehigh.

    If you ever get crazy (or adventurous) and want to dye shoes, here’s what works. Find the color you want in spray-on shoe coloring at a shoe repair shop. Then stop at hardware store for a small can of acetone and some ultra fine steel wool. With acetone on the steel wool, gently scrub the shoes. The acetone evaporates quickly, and the steel wool leaves almost microsopic abrasions in the finish that allow the spray to adhere much, much better (a shoe repair shop guy told me about that; works great). Mask the shoes with tape, of course. Don’t overdo first coat or you’ll have big globs on the shoes. Dries quickly, so be just a little patient and give them a few coats.

    If you want to (or need to after spraying) detail certain areas use fabric paint from Michaels or art supplies store or some such. Can use acrylic paint for areas that needn’t be flexible (the side logos, for example). Careful, though, because even a thin coat dries as hard as a carp. Voice of experience, LOL. I’ve had the toes or eyelet plackets of shoes get so stiff they were rendered unwearable.

    And finally, even though I’ve mentioned it here before, the best way to get grass/dirt/blood stains out of a uniform is with a bar of Fels Naptha soap. Ask for it at a supermarket. Wet the spot, rub the stain with the bar in a circular motion until it forms plenty of “ paste”. Then wash normally with regular detergent on the warmest setting the garment can stand. Amazing how well it works.

    Trying to get a glove softened up or broken in? There’s a glove softener on the market made with lanolin (I used to find it at K-Mart). You lather up the glove and put on a cookie sheet in a pre-heated oven for a few minutes (read the instructions, lol). Never stays as soft as when it first comes out of the oven, though, so do it a few times, or regularly. Combine that with using a weighted ball to play catch with someone who throws hard (a mid-weight fast pitch training ball works great; you find one online, it’s the yellow one, will strengthen the heck out of your arm, too). That’ll loosen up a glove in a BIG hurry. Just catch it where you want the pocket to be. I had a Wilson 1b mitt I spent about three years trying to loosen up enough to trust in a game. A few treatments with that stuff and some catch with a heavy ball and that baby finally was ready to use.

    Blousing pants? These will help if the elastic in the pants starts to give out.
    http://www.uniwatchb...

    (If you live long enough, you learn lots of tricks).

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | March 2, 2009 at 7:35 am |

    Ooops, wrong link. LOL
    http://www.rangerjoe...

  • EMP | March 2, 2009 at 7:35 am |

    Louisville in Their 1960’s Throwback

    http://uoflsports.cs...;

  • Adam | March 2, 2009 at 8:06 am |

    Um, the HOME Yankees Switcheroos look like something you would find at a Flea Market (Flea Pit)…you know something one of the vendors made with a sewing machine…

    I think some of these looked ok, like the Brewers…but cards were STL on the uni? OY

  • Bryant | March 2, 2009 at 8:19 am |

    The Angels should wear those Fauxbacks and Latin Appreciation Day. It would fit right in with “Los Lakers”, as their jerseys would literally read “The Angels”.

  • Scott | March 2, 2009 at 8:52 am |

    Didn’t see the Houston switcheroos that were mentioned in the opening paragraph.

  • Jacob from ANnapolis | March 2, 2009 at 8:59 am |

    Whenever the Marlins get their new stadium, their name will change from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins. It’s part of the stadium agreement. Cities should really hardball teams before taxpayers have to pony up $300 million….

  • LI Phil | March 2, 2009 at 9:00 am |

    [quote comment=”316737″]Didn’t see the Houston switcheroos that were mentioned in the opening paragraph.[/quote]

    oops…my bad

    home and road

    this is another team that’s been through a boatload of uniform iterations, and has like what, 4 alts? i don’t think the switcheroo looks bad, but really, do they need another possible uni choice?

  • Elena | March 2, 2009 at 9:03 am |

    Fun idea to do the switches and come up with designs for teams that don’t use their city name. But why mess with perfection–NO to ever having “St Louis” on the Cardinals unis.

  • Kevin G. | March 2, 2009 at 9:05 am |

    I don’t have a screen grab of this, but they were showing highlights of Norm Van Lier’s career over the weekend. They had an early 1970’s shot of him playing the Bucks, and on Kareem’s jersey, the NOB was only “Jabbar”. I had never seen anything other than “Adbul-Jabbar” before, so I though it was interesting.

  • Brad | March 2, 2009 at 9:05 am |

    Lou Gehrig was tough. His golf “uniform” didn’t look nearly heavy enough for golfing in West Virginia in the middle of December.

  • jesse | March 2, 2009 at 9:36 am |

    Really nice work on the switcharoos,very well done. The Nats need to ditch the Fuddrucker font all together and go with the revised road font.

  • bigo | March 2, 2009 at 9:37 am |

    Was a baltimore switcheroos made? I think that ‘Balitmore’ would look good on the white.

  • Joe Hilseberg | March 2, 2009 at 9:40 am |

    [quote comment=”316745″]Was a baltimore switcheroos made? I think that ‘Balitmore’ would look good on the white.[/quote]

    I’m on it!!!!

    And also to not that not only does UMD have it’s final 4 court, that have displayed Cole Field House’s court as well

    http://photos-e.ak.f...

  • LI Phil | March 2, 2009 at 9:47 am |

    [quote comment=”316745″]Was a baltimore switcheroos made? I think that ‘Balitmore’ would look good on the white.[/quote]

    looking thru my files, i can’t seem to find a baltimore switcheroo from paulie…if he checks in, maybe he can post one — i agree that “baltimore” might look sharp on the home whites

    i did note also, that toronto home and road were also left off

    /apologies

  • Tony In Erie | March 2, 2009 at 9:55 am |

    Cool post…definitely an interesting read.

    I’m not really trying to start a bunch of crap, but recently, Mr. Lukas has been riffing on the fact that Texas has basically rubbed everything “Rangers” off their uniform.

    An article like this seems like you guys are sending mixed signals…

  • Mike Engle | March 2, 2009 at 9:58 am |

    It’s one thing to forget your name. It’s another (much less egregious) thing to reverse the norm by doing the city name on home, and the nickname on road.
    Some of the jerseys don’t look bad, but in my opinion, they are all backwards for the same reason. Hopefully, nobody important (i.e.: with decision making power on this subject) sees this entry and gets “inspired.”

  • War Damn Eagle | March 2, 2009 at 10:08 am |

    The Braves have worn their team name on the road jerseys before. I love the Atlanta script, however.

    Tim Hudson in throwback game last year vs. Cubs:
    http://cache.daylife...

    Hank Aaron in the 60’s:
    http://www.thesportg...

    Milwaukee road uni from 50’s:
    http://library.uww.e...

  • Matt Brosseau | March 2, 2009 at 10:14 am |

    Ah, nothing like scoring a hat trick on a headgear promotional night. Great timing for young Mr. Toews.

    I’ll never forget the Islanders-Thrashers game in 2003 when Jason Blake got the hat trick and all the fans threw the boxer shorts the Isles gave away as the promotional item…I threw my ratty old Isles hat but there were hundreds of pairs of underwear on the ice, the players got a kick out of it. “I never saw underwear in my whole career” – Dave Scatchard

  • LI Phil | March 2, 2009 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment=”316748″]Cool post…definitely an interesting read.

    I’m not really trying to start a bunch of crap, but recently, Mr. Lukas has been riffing on the fact that Texas has basically rubbed everything “Rangers” off their uniform.

    An article like this seems like you guys are sending mixed signals…[/quote]

    im not quite sure what you are saying, tony

    to keep with the “spirit” of the “switcheroo”, i suppose paulie could have created jerseys that said “rangers” on both the homes and aways, but since they’ve removed their team name, it wouldn’t really be a flip

    kind of bizarre they got rid of the team name on everything (usually it works the opposite way); im not a fan of RANGERS being removed from every uni at all; i think mr. lukas and i are on the same page in that regard

    if you’re point is that we’re advocating removing the team (or city) name from any of the unis,or even suggesting ‘flipping’ them, au contraire; i just asked paulie to do some mock ups of WHAT a switcheroo might look like — and honestly, i think a few of the teams might look good in a ‘flipped’ uni — and i think we saw how some cities (Philadelphia) prolly wouldn’t look good with the city name on their jersey, despite the protocol

    really, just wanted to create some “new” unis to see what they’d look like, and let the chips fall where they may

  • Tony In Erie | March 2, 2009 at 10:24 am |

    Okay…yeah I was confused. Thanks for clearing that up.

    I always get worried when nobody else mentions something I notice…makes me think I’m out of my mind.

    The Pittsburgh one would look real nice if it was script and the colors were red, white, and blue…but I think I’ve mentioned that before :o)

  • Adrian B | March 2, 2009 at 10:26 am |

    I believe that the extras from HBO’s Band of Brothers said that the first paratroopers used old West Point Football Helmets.

  • Tony In Erie | March 2, 2009 at 10:30 am |

    What’s the saying, “you can’t polish a turd?”

    Hey Phil, Adam and Jamie already proved its possible

    **Caution. MIGHT be NSFW due to a bad tag**

  • CoachKing | March 2, 2009 at 10:34 am |

    The wallpaper for the Mariners site also has a 10 year stadium logo, much like the Houston one. Haven’t seen anywhere that it will be a patch on the jersey.

  • Lomion | March 2, 2009 at 10:38 am |

    I love the pink prison jumpsuits story. Not only is it reasonable, it also might serve as a deterant for people who don’t wanna have to wear pink! I know that if we wear worried about Paul becoming a dangerous criminal, all we would have to do is change his local prison’s uniforms to purple, and that would straighten him right out!

  • The Ol Goaler | March 2, 2009 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment=”316741″]Fun idea to do the switches and come up with designs for teams that don’t use their city name. But why mess with perfection–NO to ever having “St Louis” on the Cardinals unis.[/quote]
    The Cardinals did use a “St. Louis” wordmark in 1931 and 1932, before returning to “Cardinals”… but I think just about every baseball fan knows where the Cards come from!

  • chance | March 2, 2009 at 10:55 am |

    [quote] FootballShirtCulture.com has posted an article stating the men in the UK find a girl wearing a soccer jersey to bed sexier than lingerie or being naked[/quote]
    This is something that English soccer teams have long exploited – you can buy topless photos of rather buxom girls (they are English, after all) stripping out of Premier League shirts. Fully licensed and all.

    Just imagine the NFL or MLB selling those.

    But maybe this is something we share with the Brits, considering how many people have commissioned drawings of their partners from Rob Ullman….

  • GC | March 2, 2009 at 10:59 am |

    Chris Hilf notes that there’s all KINDS of stuff about the Pirates wearing their pants high in the minors

    This reminds me that I took note of the same thing at Frederick Keys games. All of the farmhands wore their pants high. What made me notice were the exceptions – the first base coach (Alex Arias at the time? Former player, whoever it was) and a player down on a rehab assignment were the only Keys with their pants down to their shoes.

  • chance | March 2, 2009 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment=”316757″]I love the pink prison jumpsuits story. Not only is it reasonable, it also might serve as a deterant for people who don’t wanna have to wear pink! I know that if we wear worried about Paul becoming a dangerous criminal, all we would have to do is change his local prison’s uniforms to purple, and that would straighten him right out![/quote]
    There does seem to be a flaw in the logic, though – in order for an escaped prisoner to blend in with the crowd of Bengals fans in his orange jumpsuit, it presumes that there is a crowd of Bengals fans in the first place…. ;)

  • Phil | March 2, 2009 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”316761″][quote comment=”316757″]I love the pink prison jumpsuits story. Not only is it reasonable, it also might serve as a deterant for people who don’t wanna have to wear pink! I know that if we wear worried about Paul becoming a dangerous criminal, all we would have to do is change his local prison’s uniforms to purple, and that would straighten him right out![/quote]
    There does seem to be a flaw in the logic, though – in order for an escaped prisoner to blend in with the crowd of Bengals fans in his orange jumpsuit, it presumes that there is a crowd of Bengals fans in the first place…. ;)[/quote]
    Or is the problem with Bengal players that are trying to blend in with prisoners? That was too easy, I couldn’t resist.

  • Marcus Hall - Baltimore road unis should be buff | March 2, 2009 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”316747″][quote comment=”316745″]Was a baltimore switcheroos made? I think that ‘Balitmore’ would look good on the white.[/quote]

    looking thru my files, i can’t seem to find a baltimore switcheroo from paulie…if he checks in, maybe he can post one — i agree that “baltimore” might look sharp on the home whites

    i did note also, that toronto home and road were also left off

    /apologies[/quote]

    i was starting to feel a lil slighted :-)
    btw, can you make the road color buff as a bonus??

  • Jere | March 2, 2009 at 11:17 am |

    “The “Boston” on the home looks great.”

    The problem with this is: The Red Sox have 6 letters in both their city and nickname, but since “Red Sox” is two words, it’s very easy to separate them and avoid having the letters make contact with the piping of the home uniform. Put “Boston” on there though, and you either have to make it two separate three-letter words, or have the S and the T awkwardly laying on top of the piping. The team has had enough trouble figuring out how to set “Boston” on the road uni, which has never had piping.

    This was a fun post!

  • dhrsko2 | March 2, 2009 at 11:24 am |

    Todays post just reaffirmed for me that city name at home (especially Boston, Yankees, Detroit, other classics) looks really minor/little leage, or like generic jerseys in a video game without and official team license, or maybe like some knock off jersey that some sucker got baited into paying $50 for that you can spot from a mile away. It just seems like team name on road (TNOR?) works better.

  • chance | March 2, 2009 at 11:24 am |

    [quote comment=”316764″]”The “Boston” on the home looks great.”

    The problem with this is: The Red Sox have 6 letters in both their city and nickname, but since “Red Sox” is two words, it’s very easy to separate them and avoid having the letters make contact with the piping of the home uniform. Put “Boston” on there though, and you either have to make it two separate three-letter words, or have the S and the T awkwardly laying on top of the piping. The team has had enough trouble figuring out how to set “Boston” on the road uni, which has never had piping.

    This was a fun post![/quote]
    Good point – although I don’t usually like it when a single letter spans the placket, in Boston’s case it looks so much better on the style guide with the span than on the actual jerseys where they have to move the city name off-center to keep the letters from spanning.

  • chance | March 2, 2009 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment=”316768″][quote comment=”316764″]”The “Boston” on the home looks great.”

    The problem with this is: The Red Sox have 6 letters in both their city and nickname, but since “Red Sox” is two words, it’s very easy to separate them and avoid having the letters make contact with the piping of the home uniform. Put “Boston” on there though, and you either have to make it two separate three-letter words, or have the S and the T awkwardly laying on top of the piping. The team has had enough trouble figuring out how to set “Boston” on the road uni, which has never had piping.

    This was a fun post![/quote]
    Good point – although I don’t usually like it when a single letter spans the placket, in Boston’s case it looks so much better on the style guide with the span than on the actual jerseys where they have to move the city name off-center to keep the letters from spanning.[/quote]
    Aargh – I ran the two links together. Should look like this:

    in Boston’s case it looks so much better on the style guide with the span than on the actual jerseys

  • marc | March 2, 2009 at 11:42 am |

    is it just me or do the phillies home switcheroo look like pajama tops?

  • Jeff Mayer | March 2, 2009 at 11:45 am |

    Tyler Hamilton’s US championship kit v2.1 with Rock Racing.

  • Skycat | March 2, 2009 at 11:48 am |

    Of course, the interlocking NY on the Yanks’ home uni is iconic and should not be tampered with, but I also think it looks great on the road mockup and would be an improvement over the rather generic looking NEW YORK.

  • JTH | March 2, 2009 at 11:50 am |

    I think when the logo doesn’t go all the way across the front of the jersey, you need either pinstripes or placket piping to make it work.

    Since I’m not a fan of pinstripes on gray jerseys, here are some tweaks that I think would improve a few of these road jersey mock-ups.

    Cubs: change the number on the back to blue and add some placket/sleeve/pants piping (blue’s the obvious choice, but red might be worthy of consideration). Remove the logo from the pants. Go with the solid blue cap.

    Reds: Again, placket piping is needed. Replace the sleeve/pants stripes with piping. Also, the solid red cap would be an improvement — or flip the colors: black crown, red brim.

    Tigers: Actually, there’s really nothing wrong with this at all. I like it. Switching the color of the piping from blue to orange might be interesting, though.

    White Sox:Add placket piping and replace the sleeve/pants stripes with piping.

    Yankees (home sans pinstripes): Add placket/sleeve/pants piping.

    Also, I’m a big fan of this one.

  • chance | March 2, 2009 at 11:54 am |

    The Colorado Rapids have unveiled their new shirts.

    Not a huge change, except they removed the wordmark from across the chest. A huge, huge upgrade there.

    Perhaps they’re looking for a kit sponsor now?

  • Flip | March 2, 2009 at 12:11 pm |

    Interesting post. It’d be neat if the teams would try the concept for a specialty fundraising event. I’m with Paul, I’d love to see these http://farm4.static.....

    That said, they’re called uniforms for a reason, and we’re losing the uniformity of uniforms. For me, home whites, road grays and no alts works just fine (some of those alts could work as BP jerseys if MLB insists.) The throw-back gimmicks and alts on top of alts is getting out of hand.

    The notion that college BB teams are introducing new uniforms just before tournament time is ridiculous. New unis should be unveiled at the beginning of the year.

  • mike 2 | March 2, 2009 at 12:19 pm |

    There’s some nice looking uniforms there. Both San Francisco jerseys and the Detroit home jersey are pretty sharp.

    Now keep your eyes open for these jerseys to start showing up on fan sites and other blogs under the title “New xxxxx jerseys leaked”.

  • mtjaws | March 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”316738″]Whenever the Marlins get their new stadium, their name will change from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins. It’s part of the stadium agreement. Cities should really hardball teams before taxpayers have to pony up $300 million….[/quote]

    I have absolutely hated this idea since it was first made known. Sure Miami is putting up the money, but the team should have resisted giving up the Florida name. The M and Miami on the unis will look terrible, IMO.

    But, the city and county are voting yet again this week, and who knows if they’ll reject the plan. Personally, the Orange Bowl site is another 30 miles too far south for me, so I’m hoping they stay north of Dade County. But no other town is offering any money, especially in this economy. And the team’s owner barely has enough money to chip in. He’s a millionaire in a billionaire’s game.

  • Joe Hilseberg | March 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”316747″][quote comment=”316745″]Was a baltimore switcheroos made? I think that ‘Balitmore’ would look good on the white.[/quote]

    looking thru my files, i can’t seem to find a baltimore switcheroo from paulie…if he checks in, maybe he can post one — i agree that “baltimore” might look sharp on the home whites

    i did note also, that toronto home and road were also left off

    /apologies[/quote]

    As promised – Baltimore Uni-Flips

    http://www.jerseynam...

    And as a bonus I made a home version that would be my “dream” version if I could alter the current jersey

    http://www.jerseynam...

  • JTH | March 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm |

    I forgot about the Yankees’ road jersey: same formula — get rid of the sleeve stripes and add placket/sleeve/pants piping.

  • mtjaws | March 2, 2009 at 12:28 pm |

    Oh, and as for these uniform mockups, I really like the Braves, Royals, Brewers, White Sox, and Reds. The Angels and Rays could improve too.

    These images are all well done, and I’d enjoy seeing real demo versions of them.

  • LI Phil | March 2, 2009 at 12:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”316778″][quote comment=”316747″][quote comment=”316745″]Was a baltimore switcheroos made? I think that ‘Balitmore’ would look good on the white.[/quote]

    looking thru my files, i can’t seem to find a baltimore switcheroo from paulie…if he checks in, maybe he can post one — i agree that “baltimore” might look sharp on the home whites

    i did note also, that toronto home and road were also left off

    /apologies[/quote]

    As promised – Baltimore Uni-Flips

    http://www.jerseynam...

    And as a bonus I made a home version that would be my “dream” version if I could alter the current jersey

    http://www.jerseynam...

    nice joe!

    what are those orange things with the “O`s” logo on them, below the pants hem? i like them ;)

  • chance | March 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”316772″]Of course, the interlocking NY on the Yanks’ home uni is iconic and should not be tampered with, but I also think it looks great on the road mockup and would be an improvement over the rather generic looking NEW YORK.[/quote]
    They almost did that in the 1970s, only the proposed uniforms were navy blue with white pinstripes, a direct inversion of the homes.

  • K in PA | March 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”316760″]Chris Hilf notes that there’s all KINDS of stuff about the Pirates wearing their pants high in the minors

    This reminds me that I took note of the same thing at Frederick Keys games. All of the farmhands wore their pants high. What made me notice were the exceptions – the first base coach (Alex Arias at the time? Former player, whoever it was) and a player down on a rehab assignment were the only Keys with their pants down to their shoes.[/quote]
    Lots of teams require their minor leaguers to wear their pants up, usually with stirrups. The Reds and Tigers come to mind immediately, but I know there are several others.

  • Nick | March 2, 2009 at 12:41 pm |

    You also forgot Oakland
    Although I don’t see that being too drastic of a change

  • bigo | March 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”316781″][quote comment=”316778″][quote comment=”316747″][quote comment=”316745″]Was a baltimore switcheroos made? I think that ‘Balitmore’ would look good on the white.[/quote]

    looking thru my files, i can’t seem to find a baltimore switcheroo from paulie…if he checks in, maybe he can post one — i agree that “baltimore” might look sharp on the home whites

    i did note also, that toronto home and road were also left off

    /apologies[/quote]

    As promised – Baltimore Uni-Flips

    http://www.jerseynam...

    And as a bonus I made a home version that would be my “dream” version if I could alter the current jersey

    http://www.jerseynam...

    nice joe!

    what are those orange things with the “O`s” logo on them, below the pants hem? i like them ;)[/quote]

    Very Nice, Joe. I like your personal touch. I would make a minor change though. I liked the black number outlined in orange on the front, from the late 90’s.

  • LI Phil | March 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”316784″]You also forgot Oakland
    Although I don’t see that being too drastic of a change[/quote]

    oakland home & road

  • ChrismM70 | March 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm |

    Interesting Switcheroo uniform ideas.

    Actually, the KC Royals DID wear a road uni that looked almost exactly like the one shown:

    http://www.sportsleg...

    The gray color was pretty light, but they went many years without the words “Kansas City” on their road unis. This actually started back in the powder blue days…

    http://www.tristarpr...

  • Johnny O | March 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm |

    This is easily one of my favorite posts ever. Great job, Paul! The Milwaukee, St. Louis, Chicago (NL), and Atlanta “switcharoos” are my favorite.

    Why don’t team uniform designers seek advice from “uniform experts”? They should have Paul’s number on speed dial. It would just make the world look a little better.

  • ChrismM70 | March 2, 2009 at 1:07 pm |

    The other link didn’t work…

    Royals powder blue “Kansas City” Uni.

    http://www.bronxbant...

  • Bob A | March 2, 2009 at 1:10 pm |

    The best and the most hideous unis in college baseball were on display at the Houston College Classic over the weekend. Click thru this gallery and check out the Rice Owl’s classic unis and then keep going until you hit Houston’s grey Nike monstrosities. My Coogs change their style every year and these are a new low.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | March 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm |

    Dag-nammit! Here goes Toronto…

    Home

    http://i667.photobuc...

    Road

    http://i667.photobuc...

    I like the “Toronto” wordmark. I PERSONALLY like the number typeface the Blue Jays use on their homes. I’m sure I’m in a minority when I say that. Their NOB typeface…I wish I could say nice things about it.

    As for the Road jersey..The “Jays” wordmark works, but the typeface used on the back is just so horrid!

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | March 2, 2009 at 1:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”316774″]The Colorado Rapids have unveiled their new shirts.

    Not a huge change, except they removed the wordmark from across the chest. A huge, huge upgrade there.

    Perhaps they’re looking for a kit sponsor now?[/quote]

    I really like their colors! The third jersey isn’t too bad either.

  • Joe Barrie | March 2, 2009 at 1:30 pm |

    Nice story. Changes emphasize advantage of black, which should be used instead of white on the Reds’ logo, instread of yellow on the Cardinals’ bats, and instead of red on the Braves’ hatchet handle.

    The Yankees ought to go back to the pre-Steinbrenner road jerseys.

  • Kraw | March 2, 2009 at 1:34 pm |

    If you like the city name concepts, check this out:

    http://thespungo.eam...

  • CMP | March 2, 2009 at 1:44 pm |

    Actually, to me it looks like just one un-buttoned button on Dontrelle Willis. The Tigers jerseys definitely use pro-style buttons, so it looks like the top one or top two buttons are fastened, and the third button, immediately below the pro-style gap, is undone. Kinda makes for an extra large Pedro Porthole. The “Dontrelle Donut?”

  • David | March 2, 2009 at 1:44 pm |

    Maybe the reason the Dodgers on the road jersey seems pleasing is because they already did that for a fairly long period of their history.

    Dressed to the nines

    Yes, they have retro button plackets that they didn’t have in th e70’s, but the wordmark was used on the road jerseys for quite a while.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | March 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm |

    Here go the Astros…sorry for somehow missing these in the initial run.

    Home

    http://i667.photobuc...

    Road

    http://i667.photobuc...

    Both look smooth to me…especially “Houston” on the home jersey.

  • War Damn Eagle | March 2, 2009 at 2:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”316793″]Nice story. Changes emphasize advantage of black, which should be used instead of white on the Reds’ logo, instread of yellow on the Cardinals’ bats, and instead of red on the Braves’ hatchet handle.

    The Yankees ought to go back to the pre-Steinbrenner road jerseys.[/quote]

    I think the Braves’ tomahawk was originally navy, not black.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | March 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”316795″]Actually, to me it looks like just one un-buttoned button on Dontrelle Willis. The Tigers jerseys definitely use pro-style buttons, so it looks like the top one or top two buttons are fastened, and the third button, immediately below the pro-style gap, is undone. Kinda makes for an extra large Pedro Porthole. The “Dontrelle Donut?”[/quote]

    The third button under the gap is definitely undone. Upon further examination…the fifth button right above the belt appears unfastened as well.

  • Flip | March 2, 2009 at 2:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”316789″]The other link didn’t work…

    Royals powder blue “Kansas City” Uni.

    http://www.bronxbant...

    That was one sweet uniform. Too bad it wouldn’t work today. Players go for the baggy look, sans stirrups.

  • Flip | March 2, 2009 at 2:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”316749″]It’s one thing to forget your name. It’s another (much less egregious) thing to reverse the norm by doing the city name on home, and the nickname on road.
    Some of the jerseys don’t look bad, but in my opinion, they are all backwards for the same reason. Hopefully, nobody important (i.e.: with decision making power on this subject) sees this entry and gets “inspired.”[/quote]

    Fun exercise, but I have to second this motion.

  • chance | March 2, 2009 at 2:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”316793″]The Yankees ought to go back to the pre-Steinbrenner road jerseys.[/quote]

    This cannot be repeated often enough.

  • chance | March 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”316798″][quote comment=”316793″]Nice story. Changes emphasize advantage of black, which should be used instead of white on the Reds’ logo, instread of yellow on the Cardinals’ bats, and instead of red on the Braves’ hatchet handle.

    The Yankees ought to go back to the pre-Steinbrenner road jerseys.[/quote]

    I think the Braves’ tomahawk was originally navy, not black.[/quote]

    I used to own a 1957 game-worn Braves jersey, and can confirm that it was black.

  • Steve | March 2, 2009 at 2:19 pm |

    Texas isn’t a city, try again

  • LI Phil | March 2, 2009 at 2:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”316802″][quote comment=”316793″]The Yankees ought to go back to the pre-Steinbrenner road jerseys.[/quote]

    This cannot be repeated often enough.[/quote]

    so…you wouldn’t want them to go to something like this then?

    ;)

  • chance | March 2, 2009 at 2:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”316805″][quote comment=”316802″][quote comment=”316793″]The Yankees ought to go back to the pre-Steinbrenner road jerseys.[/quote]

    This cannot be repeated often enough.[/quote]

    so…you wouldn’t want them to go to something like this then?

    ;)[/quote]

    Um, no.

    I don’t even like it on the Baby Bombers.

  • Nick | March 2, 2009 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”316786″][quote comment=”316784″]You also forgot Oakland
    Although I don’t see that being too drastic of a change[/quote]

    oakland home & road[/quote]

    I stand corrected, I think they look REALLY sharp
    I wonder if PL would agree?

  • Mike Edgerly | March 2, 2009 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”316776″]There’s some nice looking uniforms there. Both San Francisco jerseys and the Detroit home jersey are pretty sharp.

    Now keep your eyes open for these jerseys to start showing up on fan sites and other blogs under the title “New xxxxx jerseys leaked”.[/quote]

  • Mike Edgerly | March 2, 2009 at 2:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”316776″]There’s some nice looking uniforms there. Both San Francisco jerseys and the Detroit home jersey are pretty sharp.

    Now keep your eyes open for these jerseys to start showing up on fan sites and other blogs under the title “New xxxxx jerseys leaked”.[/quote]
    Those Detroit Home “Switcheroos” remind me of these one year anomalies from 1960.

    http://exhibits.base...

  • Ry Co 40 | March 2, 2009 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”316803″][quote comment=”316798″][quote comment=”316793″]Nice story. Changes emphasize advantage of black, which should be used instead of white on the Reds’ logo, instread of yellow on the Cardinals’ bats, and instead of red on the Braves’ hatchet handle.

    The Yankees ought to go back to the pre-Steinbrenner road jerseys.[/quote]

    I think the Braves’ tomahawk was originally navy, not black.[/quote]

    I used to own a 1957 game-worn Braves jersey, and can confirm that it was black.[/quote]

    used to own?!?! what happened to that gem?!?! i would love to see that!

  • chance | March 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”316810″][quote comment=”316803″][quote comment=”316798″][quote comment=”316793″]Nice story. Changes emphasize advantage of black, which should be used instead of white on the Reds’ logo, instread of yellow on the Cardinals’ bats, and instead of red on the Braves’ hatchet handle.

    The Yankees ought to go back to the pre-Steinbrenner road jerseys.[/quote]

    I think the Braves’ tomahawk was originally navy, not black.[/quote]

    I used to own a 1957 game-worn Braves jersey, and can confirm that it was black.[/quote]

    used to own?!?! what happened to that gem?!?! i would love to see that![/quote]
    Bought it in the early 1990s at auction, sold it about five years ago the same way.

    It was gorgeous.

  • Ry Co 40 | March 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm |

    gret post today phil and paul s! love the ideas & artwork!!!

  • Ry Co 40 | March 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”316811″][quote comment=”316810″][quote comment=”316803″][quote comment=”316798″][quote comment=”316793″]Nice story. Changes emphasize advantage of black, which should be used instead of white on the Reds’ logo, instread of yellow on the Cardinals’ bats, and instead of red on the Braves’ hatchet handle.

    The Yankees ought to go back to the pre-Steinbrenner road jerseys.[/quote]

    I think the Braves’ tomahawk was originally navy, not black.[/quote]

    I used to own a 1957 game-worn Braves jersey, and can confirm that it was black.[/quote]

    used to own?!?! what happened to that gem?!?! i would love to see that![/quote]
    Bought it in the early 1990s at auction, sold it about five years ago the same way.

    It was gorgeous.[/quote]

    bet it was a tough one to part with!

  • JTH | March 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”316802″][quote comment=”316793″]The Yankees ought to go back to the pre-Steinbrenner road jerseys.[/quote]

    This cannot be repeated often enough.[/quote]
    I guess I’m in the minority on this one, but I like the white outlines on the Yankees’ road jerseys. (I’m indifferent about the sleeve stripes. I think they’re OK, but if they were to remove them, I’d have no problem with it.)

    Solid navy blue letters/numbers don’t look good to me against a gray jersey. I hate the new Red Sox jerseys for this very reason.

  • James Craven | March 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm |

    What’s the saying, “you can’t polish a turd?”

    Ask Matt Vasgersian about those days working Rams games on Fox.

    Also, disturbing news from DC. The Nats have done an extreme makeover on Screech. Photos at Deadspin.com.

  • chance | March 2, 2009 at 2:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”316813″][quote comment=”316811″][quote comment=”316810″][quote comment=”316803″][quote comment=”316798″][quote comment=”316793″]Nice story. Changes emphasize advantage of black, which should be used instead of white on the Reds’ logo, instread of yellow on the Cardinals’ bats, and instead of red on the Braves’ hatchet handle.

    The Yankees ought to go back to the pre-Steinbrenner road jerseys.[/quote]

    I think the Braves’ tomahawk was originally navy, not black.[/quote]

    I used to own a 1957 game-worn Braves jersey, and can confirm that it was black.[/quote]

    used to own?!?! what happened to that gem?!?! i would love to see that![/quote]
    Bought it in the early 1990s at auction, sold it about five years ago the same way.

    It was gorgeous.[/quote]

    bet it was a tough one to part with![/quote]
    It was.

    The sports collectibles market had changed a whole lot – bought it pretty cheaply, sold it at a nice profit.

    Still miss it sometimes. There are things I’ll never sell – had the jersey been from a name player, or in better condition, I’d have added that one to the list.

  • Jack H. | March 2, 2009 at 2:46 pm |

    The Tigers tried putting “Detroit” on the home jerseys (or at least a script “Tigers” on there) in the 60s and fans revolted. Anything else just looks wrong.

  • JTH | March 2, 2009 at 3:04 pm |

    “Sire, the fans are revolting.”

    “You said it! They stink on ice!”

  • chiwei hu | March 2, 2009 at 3:08 pm |

    This guy blogs about one Orioles baseball card per day.

    http://oriolescards....

  • Carl | March 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm |

    Great post. This is why I read daily.

    Just to pour salt in old wounds, does the “dot” in d’backs constitute a proper apostrophe/open quote? Feel free to bombard correct me.

    Both Twins reversals make me queasy. The home “Minnesota” lettering vertically disorients with the pins, while the pins distract on the away “Twins.” I agree that the away would be sweet w/o the pins.

    Slightly related, what’s the chance the Twins would wear the old-style red helmets with the fauxbacks for the Dome’s final season?

  • Teebz | March 2, 2009 at 3:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”316819″]This guy blogs about one Orioles baseball card per day.

    http://oriolescards....

    Speaking of which, check out this Orioles logo.

    Sometimes, less is more.

  • Teebz | March 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm |

    Mr. Soto… phenomenal job. If I had any skill, I’d start doing hockey ones, but since stick people are all I can muster, I’m out.

    Very good job on today’s entry, gents!

  • Al Gruwell | March 2, 2009 at 3:48 pm |

    The Des Moines Register gallery is awesome. BTW, picture #30 of the Everly girls? Team nickname? Cattlefeederettes!

  • Jeff P | March 2, 2009 at 4:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”316814″][quote comment=”316802″][quote comment=”316793″]The Yankees ought to go back to the pre-Steinbrenner road jerseys.[/quote]

    This cannot be repeated often enough.[/quote]
    I guess I’m in the minority on this one, but I like the white outlines on the Yankees’ road jerseys. (I’m indifferent about the sleeve stripes. I think they’re OK, but if they were to remove them, I’d have no problem with it.)

    Solid navy blue letters/numbers don’t look good to me against a gray jersey. I hate the new Red Sox jerseys for this very reason.[/quote]

    I’ll agree with this. I like the current roads. They’re still classy enough, but not extremely boring. I like the outline and the sleeve piping. The white makes it pop more, instead of being a dark on a dark gray- which to me, defines bland.

  • chance | March 2, 2009 at 4:35 pm |

    As Teebz said, sometimes less is more.

    True for the Orioles logo, true for the Yanks’ road uniforms.

  • Patrick | March 2, 2009 at 4:51 pm |

    Of course, the downside to teams requiring the minor leaguers to hike up the pants and show stirrups is that it will reinforce the idea of them “earning” the right to wear them pajama style upon making the big league club.

  • Thomps | March 2, 2009 at 5:53 pm |

    A recent SI photo gallery chronicles the worst free agency signings of all time:

    http://sportsillustr...

    My logo-creep radar also shows just how many different vendors have been used for NFL jerseys in the past 20 some-dd years:

    Reebok
    Nike
    Adidas
    Wilson
    Starter
    Russell

  • Paul Lukas | March 2, 2009 at 6:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”316820″]Just to pour salt in old wounds, does the “dot” in d’backs constitute a proper apostrophe/open quote? Feel free to bombard correct me.

    Both Twins reversals make me queasy. The home “Minnesota” lettering vertically disorients with the pins, while the pins distract on the away “Twins.” I agree that the away would be sweet w/o the pins.

    Slightly related, what’s the chance the Twins would wear the old-style red helmets with the fauxbacks for the Dome’s final season?[/quote]

    It’s standing in for a hyphen, not for an apostrophe. “D-backs.”

    Happy to be back in touch with the site after four days with extremely limited internet access. Big standing O for Phil and his collaborators — impressive work!

    Back in the saddle for real tomorrow morning.

  • Nick | March 2, 2009 at 7:24 pm |

    Wow. What a great post today.
    Round of applause to Paul Soto for his excellent work. Amazing read. The Giants Home might be one of my favorites. It just looked so clean and perfect. The Braves jerseys looked great too.

    Anyway, about Toew’s hat trick. As we know it was hard-hat night, but IIRC I heard on ESPN that when he scored the third goal it was with a high stick and was waved off. Of course this means that all the hard-hats were thrown on the ice for no reason. But he made up for it later on – just not as many hats as the “first” hat-trick.

  • timmy b | March 2, 2009 at 7:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”316827″]A recent SI photo gallery chronicles the worst free agency signings of all time:

    http://sportsillustr...

    My logo-creep radar also shows just how many different vendors have been used for NFL jerseys in the past 20 some-dd years:

    Reebok
    Nike
    Adidas
    Wilson
    Starter
    Russell[/quote]

    Don’t forget Apex, which the Cowboys used in the 90’s. Thinking a few others wore Apex as well. Also Champion, which I know the Bills and Bengals wore. Puma, worn by the Rams. And there’s more, I’m sure…

  • Mike Engle | March 2, 2009 at 7:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”316804″]Texas isn’t a city, try again[/quote]
    Wise ass.
    :-)

  • Podunk Texas | March 2, 2009 at 8:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”316831″][quote comment=”316804″]Texas isn’t a city, try again[/quote]
    Wise ass.
    :-)[/quote]

    darn right… it’s like a whole ‘nother country.

    **wow, that was sad**

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | March 2, 2009 at 9:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”316815″]What’s the saying, “you can’t polish a turd?”

    Ask Matt Vasgersian about those days working Rams games on Fox.

    Also, disturbing news from DC. The Nats have done an extreme makeover on Screech. Photos at Deadspin.com.[/quote]

    GOOD LORD NO!!!!! first it was the fugly blue alternates and now a mascot that looks like it suffered a severe stroke…what’s going on in that orginization’s front office?!

  • Will S | March 2, 2009 at 9:09 pm |

    The “C” on Cleveland’s grays is already capitalized. The new design looks goofy

  • DJK | March 2, 2009 at 9:31 pm |

    Awesome post today. I liked the Fauxbacks one or whatever it was better, but this is good too. Not sure I would implement any of them, as I think team name should be at home and city on the road, but it was interesting. The St. Louis on the Cards road uni would be great though.

  • James Craven | March 2, 2009 at 9:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”316833″]“First it was the fugly blue alternates and now a mascot that looks like it suffered a severe stroke…what’s going on in that orginization’s front office?!”[/quote]
    That bird looks like he got some steroids from A-R*d. And, Jim Bowden quit as GM for skimming some bonus cash.

  • Ian | March 2, 2009 at 9:51 pm |

    1. The block text NEW YORK is classic. The white outline and blue piping isn’t.

    2. For the Phillies fauxback, why not spell PHILLY instead of PHILADELPHIA?

  • Garrett | March 2, 2009 at 9:57 pm |

    Interesting thing about Toews hat-trick which prompted the tossing of the promotional hard hats. His third goal was quickly rewarded to a teammate, thus negating the hat-trick and causing all the fans to have given away their promotions for nothing. At least temporarily, as Toews scored again later to record the hat trick. So it was sort of a pre-emptive hard hat toss.

  • Flip | March 2, 2009 at 10:17 pm |

    slide show showing some of the Kauffman Stadium improvements, including some nice use of the Royals’ script. http://www.kansascit...

  • Kurt | March 2, 2009 at 10:25 pm |

    My only thing about putting Los Angeles on the Angels uniforms, none of the teams announcers ever refer to the team as Los Angeles – which makes the whole ‘Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’ title even more dumb.

    And if you took the pinstripes off the Yankees, you have the Detroit Tigers…

  • Glenn Stern | March 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm |

    Does anybody know how to do a screen grab? I’m watching the Baylor – Texas b-ball game. Baylor doesn’t have last names on their jerseys anymore. They did earlier this season. It looks like they either have blank nameplates or some kind of nameplate thing that is covering up the name. Is it a motivational tactic or what? somebody screen grab it and send it to Paul.

  • dan | March 2, 2009 at 11:03 pm |

    the seattle at home look was already done before on an error print of the ichiro mcfarlane figure

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

  • Glenn | March 2, 2009 at 11:11 pm |

    Don’t have a screen grab of it, but I was watching the Baylor/Texas game as well. At one point, they mentioned the fact that Baylor had the NOB removed, basically, the team wasn’t playing well, so yes, it was a motivational tactic to get them to play more for the common name on the front of the jersey than the individual name on the back.

  • Bernd | March 2, 2009 at 11:16 pm |

    I actually purchased a Macfarlane of Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 in San Francisco which had Ichiro wearing a white M’s jersey with Seattle script on the front. I’ll have to take a picture of it when I’m next at my parents’ house again.

  • Bernd | March 2, 2009 at 11:18 pm |

    [quote comment=\”316845\”]I actually purchased a Macfarlane of Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 in San Francisco which had Ichiro wearing a white M\’s jersey with Seattle script on the front. I\’ll have to take a picture of it when I\’m next at my parents\’ house again.[/quote]

    Reading previous comments is SO helpful.

    Nice to know I own an error figure though!

  • Jeremy | March 2, 2009 at 11:31 pm |

    I know that this has been asked numerous times, but does anyone have a good website to go to for stirrups?

  • Jeff P | March 3, 2009 at 12:03 am |

    [quote comment=”316825″]As Teebz said, sometimes less is more.

    True for the Orioles logo, true for the Yanks’ road uniforms.[/quote]
    Yes, but less then less is nothing.If the yankess added two color placket piping too, and threw in underarm panels, the rule would apply. As it is, their current one qualifies as less in my book. Not nothing, which is what you guys seem to want, but it’s hardly what I would call busy.

  • Brian | March 3, 2009 at 12:41 am |

    I guess I’m in the minority, but I love the current Yankees roads. As someone else said, the dark on dark is a bit bland. The white outline really dignifies it IMO.

  • Michael Emody | March 3, 2009 at 1:26 am |

    You’ve inspired me to waste another day.
    http://i213.photobuc...

    White Sox faux back road uni’s. I’ll never get anything done.

  • max | March 3, 2009 at 3:24 am |

    [quote comment=”316790″]The best and the most hideous unis in college baseball were on display at the Houston College Classic over the weekend. Click thru this gallery and check out the Rice Owl’s classic unis and then keep going until you hit Houston’s grey Nike monstrosities. My Coogs change their style every year and these are a new low.[/quote]

    I actually really liked the Coogs new uni’s. Though I’ll probably never be a big fan of that typeface, it is not as pronounced as Miami’s similar font. The Grey is a little dark and should be lightened up. Overall classic piping overall theme please me. I was expecting a jersey with blue armpit stripes etc.

    Nothing will compare to the grey v-neck pullover “Houston” U of H jersey on the wall of Mandola’s deli. I’ll try to get a pic one of these days.

  • More Uniform Fun – Redleg Nation | March 3, 2009 at 10:47 am |

    […] Uniwatch fun again.  This time, they had someone “reverse” every team’s jersey.  They put the city name that normally appears on the home jerseys on the greys, and the team name on the home whites.  The guy from Uniwatch likes the roads, but isn’t fond of the drop shadow “Cincinnati” spelled out on the home whites.  I agree. […]

  • ProgMatinee | March 3, 2009 at 10:52 am |

    Very cool on the switcharoo. If you do a round 2 (or is it 3?) I’d love to see the Rockies “CR” logo from the home white vests moved onto the black vests. I think that would look sweet.

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