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If They Had Any Stones…

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…the Phillies would wear the above jersey all year long. (Major props to Paul Soto for making that graphic for me!)

By Phil Hecken

Instead, they will wear this on Opening Night. Nice touch. I like it. Here’s a better look. They will be much like the current Phillies home jersey, only with “Phillies” outlined in gold, and with a special patch (“World Series Champions 2008”) on the right sleeve.

Of course, I wish it were the Mets wearing that special jersey and patch, but, of course, it would not surprise me to see them wearing black when they open this later this spring. And the Mets will have a special patch too. Yay!

But the concept of wearing “special” jerseys to commemorate a World Series victory isn’t new. In 2005, the Boston Red Sox played their home opener wearing a special gold outlined “Red Sox” jerseys with commemorative patch on their left sleeve. Fittingly, the scheduling gods had them playing the Yankees, and the Sox proudly received their world series rings in a ceremony held that day. (Interestingly enough, the Bosox were considering wearing silver outlines instead, but the gold showed up better.) Here’s a better look at the back of the jersey.

In 2007, the St. Louis Cardinals also did the gold-trimmed-thingy-for-winning-the-series. They also had some special bases just for the occasion.

“A bit much?” you may ask. Maybe, especially by today’s standards. Whether it’s decidedly un-PC or bad luck or whatever, some teams display a bit of bravado upon winning the World Series, and rightly so. Unfortunately, they only seem do it for their home opener. Would anyone really have a problem if the Phils or the Sox or the Cards were to wear those gold-trimmed unis all season long? Probably. But I wouldn’t be one of them. Would it make them a “marked” team, the gold-emblazoned jersey serving as a full-fledged bullseye in opponents’ eyes? Most likely. It’s not, however, like teams playing last year’s champion are unaware of their status as defending champs. I guess you could say it’s a bit ballsy to preen like a peacock on opening day. But it wasn’t always that way, no sir. Let’s crank up the way back machine and meet three teams who won the World Series the previous year and decided they might just like to let the rest of the baseball world know it. And how.

1906 New York Giants: In 1905, the Giants destroyed the competition, winning 105 games and defeating the Philadelphia Athletics, four games to one, with all four of the wins being shutouts. While they had also won the National League title in 1904, New York manager John McGraw refused to have his team play the inferior American League in that year’s showcase (for a variety of reasons). However, in 1905, he acquiesced, and dominated the competition. Having now proved to the world that his men (“my Giants” he called them, earning them their nickname) were the supreme team in the world, he dressed them the following season in this unassuming uniform. Sadly, photographic evidence of this sartorial splendor is hard to come by, but I was able to track down this picture of the Giants donning their “World’s Champions” uniforms. (That’s catcher Frank Bowerman.) The other photograph is also of Frank Bowerman and Cubs first sacker Frank Chance (he of the famous ‘Tinkers to Evers to Chance’ double-play tandem of poetry). Whatever karma the Giants may have received from wearing the “World’s Champions” unis all year, it wasn’t good. They’d finish the 1906 season a distant second to those same Cubs by 20 games. Of course, the Cubs happened to win 116 games that year, which was a record or something. And the Cubs wouldn’t even be able to win it all, falling to the cross-town White Sox in the only all-Chicago World Series in history. Although the Giants would win the World Series again, in 1921, 1922, 1933 and 1954, they’d never again let the world know they had won it the previous year.

1921 Cleveland Indians: In 1920, the Cleveland Indians would win their first (and one of only two, the second coming in 1948) World Series, eking out the division by a mere two games over the Chicago White Sox, who finished with 96 wins to the Indians’ 98. The World Series itself would go the full seven games, with the Indians outlasting the Brooklyn Dodgers. A great writeup of the Indians 1920 season explains the trials and tribulations of that “overshadowed” team. So, entering 1921, one wouldn’t think the Indians would be so full of bravado as to pull a 1906 Giants, right? Wrong. They too decided on a special uniform to announce to the rest of civilization that they were “Worlds Champions.” Interestingly, whereas the 1906 Giants used an “apostrophe” (let’s not go there) to indicate they were champions of the world, the ’21 Indians were apparently the best of all Worlds. As with the 1906 Giants, photographic evidence is scarce of the 1921 Indians. Here is Hall of Famer Tris Speaker wearing the uni, and here is another shot of Speaker with Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Finally, here is a picture of Indians’ second baseman Bill Wambsganss sporting the duds. The Indians were unable to repeat as champs wearing their subtly-named threads, finishing four games behind the New York Yankees in 1921. Karma works in mysterious ways, of course, as the team to defeat the Yanks that season? The New York Giants, who won their first World Series since 1905.

1927 St. Louis Cardinals: The 1926 St. Louis Cardinals were also one of those teams on whom destiny seemed to shine, for they won the National League that year by a mere 2 games over the Cincinnati Reds (and won a total of only 89 games), advancing to the World Series to meet the powerhouse New York Yankees, led by a couple guys named Ruth and Gehrig. In a tremendous series going the entire seven games, the Cards won on one of the craziest plays in baseball history, by throwing out Babe Ruth attempting to steal second base in the 9th inning to preserve a 3-2 victory. Fresh off their victory, the Cardinals felt compelled to break out the “We Are The Champions” gear by donning these uniforms for the 1927 campaign. Shockingly, I have only been able to uncover one photo of this season, and it’s not even the actual uniform, but rather a jacket, worn by Pete Alexander (Grover Cleveland Alexander, for you kids). Not quite as brash as their two predecessors, this ‘display’ was relegated to just the left breast of the uniform, and at least featured the words “World Champions” surrounding the familiar bird-on-bat logo. Surely there must be more photographic proof of this in-your-face uniform out there. Be that as it may, the baseball gods frowned upon the Cardinals for having upset their sartorial sensitivities so, as the ’27 team fell a mere one and a half games shy of first, losing out to the Pirates. Finishing first that season didn’t exactly have it’s rewards however, as a certain team from New York was lying in wait. Yes. — those ’27 Yankees, probably only the greatest team ever, and the team who the Cards defeated in 1926.

I kind of like the idea of the “in-your-face” uniform, certainly a far cry from the much more restrained and modest acknowledgments the teams of the 2000’s are wearing. Maybe if the ’06 Giants, ’21 Indians or ’27 Cards had repeated, or at least made a return trip to the big dance, we might have seen more of this type of uniform. Perhaps it was just karma, or the baseball gods, or the alignment of the planets all conspiring against a repeat for those three teams. Whatever the cause, it’s highly doubtful we’d ever see such a show of bravado ever again. I don’t mind that the Phillies are going to be wearing the gold-outlined “Phillies” on opening night. They earned the right to do so, and good for them.

If anyone out there can point me in the direction of, or post additional picture showing, any of the above teams in their special uniforms, that would be most excellent.

happy birthday paul inline picHappy World Down Syndrome Day! I’d also like to wish everyone a very special Happy International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day as well as a very joyous first full day of spring! Huge events, all, to be sure, but today is of course a very special day in Uni Watch world, as it is the celebration of the anniversary of the birth of Uni Watch founder Paul Lukas. Join with me in a chorus of “Happy Birthday” for the man as he turns the ripe young age of 64 45. Happy birthday, buddy! Thanks for lettin’ me steer your ship on the weekends.

So who else was born on Paul’s special day? Quite a list there. Seems like some pretty important stuff happened on the 21st day of March. Good times, good times. Steak and a hot dog are on me tonight, Paul.

I hate the word “Bracketology,” especially when it becomes an incessantly annoying part of the sports lexicon in the middle of March every year. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no ‘science’ in making your NC2A picks, other than never pick a 16 seed. Prolly not a smart bet to pick a 13-15 seed either (damn you to hell, Cleveland State!), unless your pool places a “premium” on getting one of those bad boys through. Nah. The real skill comes in getting the final 16 correct, and of course, every winner from there on in. For someone who’s not a fan of the college game, I didn’t spend much time making my pics, and I guess it’s showing. After the first round of action, I got 24 of 32 correct. Not bad, I guess, as it’s left me in a tie for 38th place in the “UniWatch2” bracket. We’ll see how that stands after the first weekend is complete, and at least I made sure to fill out my complete bracket (no small feat) and can make up for my early “lost picks” by having a winning pick from the same round advance (except for that damn Cleveland State & Wisconsin portion). Gotta admit, without the pool, I’d have zero interest in watching the early round games. How are you guys doing? There’s a lot of names in the pool I don’t recognize, and a bunch I do. Good luck to everyone, I know you’re all dying to win that broken watch and the Mexican Bimbo.

This and That: In one of my dumber picks in the NCAA pool, I went with Cornell over Mizzou — prolly because my Pop’s an alumnus — but c’mon, did the New York Times really have to call Big Red “a team that gave the appearance of an intramural squad in nice-looking uniforms”? … Paul’s discussed this before, but there was actually a time when a Baseball manager wore a suit and not a uni — here’s a quick primer on why … Looks like NWA will be getting new uniforms at the end of the month — that’s North West Airlines flight attendants, not the hip hop group … I know it’s hard to believe, but I have nothing but praise for Powers and Nike — and this article explains why … In case you haven’t been paying attention, Cuba’s loss in the WBC was a pretty big deal (I actually plan on doing a future post on the history of Cuban baseball, but that probably won’t be ready by tomorrow) … Deion Sanders likes young boys — wait, it’s not what you think — at least I hope it’s not … Damn this economy! Another sports memorabilia museum is closing it’s doors to the public … Damn that Obama, can’t he even fill out his bracket properly (with a little editorial on the Binghamton squad who made the dance) … Those Las Vegas Wranglers have done it again — from the team who brought you “Rod Blagojevich Prison Uniform Night,” they now bring you “Over 18 Night”, featuring strippers pole-dancing near the concession stands — I shit you not … and finally, SI brings us the Cheerleader of the Week and she’s wearing a green Ohio uni — why green? Well, it’s tOU, of course.

Enjoy the hoops and the WBC, and don’t forget to send a shitload of presents and cash warm wishes to Mr. Lukas today!

 

79 comments to If They Had Any Stones…

  • EGaug | March 21, 2009 at 7:32 am |

    Love the gold-trimmed unis. i am still actively searching for a gold-trimmed 2005 Sox hat.

    On another note, It’s not Miami of Ohio for that cheerleader. It’s Ohio University.

  • Steve | March 21, 2009 at 8:00 am |

    Just came to say what EGaug’s already said. Miami University. SI had a Miami U cheerleader of the week in the past though:
    http://i.cdn.turner....

  • LI Phil | March 21, 2009 at 8:06 am |

    mea culpa on the ohio university…now fixed

  • Bill Fenbers | March 21, 2009 at 8:08 am |

    I had heard about the Red Sox wearing the gold outlined jerseys in ’05, but I heard they only wore them for pre-game ceremonies, and then changed to the regular home unis (without the gold) for the actual game.

  • scott | March 21, 2009 at 8:31 am |

    Why does Mushnick even write about sports? The guy is so filled with hate… I’m sure there are some good points to what he writes, but I’ve never seen any evidence he actually enjoys sports.

  • jesse | March 21, 2009 at 8:49 am |

    Regarding the 2005 Red Sox, I believe just the jersey had the gold outline, not the cap. The cap just had the patch.

  • Kek | March 21, 2009 at 8:57 am |

    My God, we almost saw a #16 down a #1 and it would have been my beloved Pitt Panthers. YIKES! I knew through history there have been closer games where the #1 barely escaped (a few one point margins) but that ten point margin was nowhere near what really went on in that game. Normally the high seed hangs around awhile but eventually the #1 takes over and that did not happen.

    Regarding Cornell, I was tempted to pick them because of the whole Andrew Bernard The Office hysterics, but I opted not to. The wife did though, probably for the same reason since we’re both fans of the show.

    I got that Siena one right though, not that a #9 over an #8 is that big of a deal but I think a lot of folks would go with tOSU by default being they’re from a power conference.

    Another solid weekend post Phil, keep it up.

    And happy b-day Paul.

  • Joe Barrie | March 21, 2009 at 9:09 am |

    “My Giants” comes from Tim Mutrie in the 1880s. John McGraw may have said this, but he isn’t the originator of the team’s name.

    Nice article about the unique uniforms.

  • Dan | March 21, 2009 at 9:15 am |

    Hey I am looking for a photo of the back of Paul Waner’s Jersey, #11. Any help or suggestions on places to look?

  • Clint Fransen | March 21, 2009 at 9:33 am |

    From the Chicago Tribune: North Lawndale penalized for illegal uniforms

    North Lawndale was a win away from the title game. Then came the technical for a uniform violation. You won’t believe what happened next.

    http://www.chicagotr...

  • subway | March 21, 2009 at 9:38 am |

    [quote comment=”318849″]Why does Mushnick even write about sports? The guy is so filled with hate… I’m sure there are some good points to what he writes, but I’ve never seen any evidence he actually enjoys sports.[/quote]
    …..or life in general.

  • Johnny O | March 21, 2009 at 9:55 am |

    I am currently T17 (26 of 32) in the 1st UW bracket, but 27 of 32 on my ESPN bracket. So not too bad all around I guess. No doubt filling out a bracket, or even betting $5 on a game will make you go insane watching a game even if you would never watch that game in the first place. Last night I had Wisconsin/FSU on my HDTV, and then Siena/tOSU on my computer, and I had both Siena and Wisconsin moving on. So, the end result was great, but my fiancee didn’t like all my yelling and running around.

  • Pete | March 21, 2009 at 9:56 am |

    UNI STORY OF THE YEAR:

    In the Illinois High School ASSociation state basketball finals, North Lawndale College Prep is assessed a technical to start the game because of an illegal uniform feature (stripes extending beyond allowable limits on the jersey).

    NLCP was the Chicago Public League Champions and was favored to win the state title. They end up losing the game 66-65.

    http://www.chicagotr...

  • Jeremy Brahm | March 21, 2009 at 10:16 am |

    The Chiba Lotte Marines, who won the NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) championship in 2005, also won the first Asian championship of professional baseball between Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China.

    In 2006, Chiba put a 2005 Asia Champions patch on their uniforms. It made sense, they were Champions.

    But the team is still wearing the patch on their uniforms and jackets.
    Here is a picture from one of last year’s authentic uniforms.
    http://shop.marines....

    Another picture from the authentic team jacket.
    http://shop.marines....

    You can even see the patch in this photo from spring training.
    http://www.marines.c...

  • JTH | March 21, 2009 at 10:28 am |

    [quote comment=”318854″]From the Chicago Tribune: North Lawndale penalized for illegal uniforms

    North Lawndale was a win away from the title game. Then came the technical for a uniform violation. You won’t believe what happened next.

    http://www.chicagotr...
    A couple pics of the offending jerseys:
    http://www.chicagotr...

    http://www.chicagotr...

    More in this gallery (photos 28-48).

  • Leo | March 21, 2009 at 10:32 am |

    Phil,

    You’re story got me inspired to do some digging of my own to see if there were any other instances out there. The only other one that I could come up with was the 1907 White Sox.

    They put a World Series Champions patch on the left sleeve of there road jerseys (but not on the home) throughout the season. I’d like to believe that it was to remind everyone in every other ballpark who was the current best, but that’s speculation.

    I also could not find any pictures of the patch, but I did come up with this beauty.

    http://www.thedeadba...

  • Taha | March 21, 2009 at 10:35 am |

    can someone please share photos of the over-18 night?

  • Ryan B | March 21, 2009 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment=”318850″]Regarding the 2005 Red Sox, I believe just the jersey had the gold outline, not the cap. The cap just had the patch.[/quote]
    Correct on both counts…I have the jersey hanging in my closet and the cap on one of those Perfect Curve hat-organizer thingies.

  • Bourbon Soaked Idiot | March 21, 2009 at 10:45 am |

    Yo
    LI Phil. Shouldn’t be World’s Champions or World Champions. Maybe you didn’t want to get canned by Paul so you just left out the apostrophe.

  • LI Phil | March 21, 2009 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=”318863″]Yo
    LI Phil. Shouldn’t be World’s Champions or World Champions. Maybe you didn’t want to get canned by Paul so you just left out the apostrophe.[/quote]

    yo

    idiot. i asked paulie to base his creation on this and i explained the apostrophe thing above

    but thanks for pointing that out

  • Pete | March 21, 2009 at 11:29 am |

    Front page of the Tribune this morning:

    http://www.chicagotr...

  • Stevo | March 21, 2009 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment=”318857″]UNI STORY OF THE YEAR:

    In the Illinois High School ASSociation state basketball finals, North Lawndale College Prep is assessed a technical to start the game because of an illegal uniform feature (stripes extending beyond allowable limits on the jersey).

    NLCP was the Chicago Public League Champions and was favored to win the state title. They end up losing the game 66-65.

    http://www.chicagotr...

    My question is this: had this team been penalized before in the season? The article says that they had been warned by the Association about it, but that there was no way to know if they had been tagged earlier in the season. Either way, the coach knew they were illegal when they were ordered back in August.

  • Matthew | March 21, 2009 at 11:45 am |

    Happy Birthday Paul, enjoy!

    Oh, and for the question asking if anyone else’s bday is today, well it’s not mine, but it is my sister’s haha…

  • Squiddie | March 21, 2009 at 12:16 pm |

    Re: Phillies gold trim: I had thought that one of the benefits of Italy winning the World Cup in 2006 was that they got to play International games with a special gold accented soccer ball. (I know the final was played with a +Teamgeist with special gold panels.) I can’t seem to find references to that now.

    Re: Managers in suits. Gotta love Connie Mack and the A’s. Check out that tie and those shoes.

  • Squiddie | March 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”318853″]Hey I am looking for a photo of the back of Paul Waner’s Jersey, #11. Any help or suggestions on places to look?[/quote]

    It’s not a great image, but did you see this auction?

  • =bg= | March 21, 2009 at 12:28 pm |

    I like the trim for Opening Day only. I think all WS winners should do it for the following opening day. Which of course means, I’ll never see it in SF.

    Hard to believe—-the Giants have never won a series since moving to SF. Isn’t this some type of Cubs-level futility?

  • Bill Fenbers | March 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”318871″]I like the trim for Opening Day only. I think all WS winners should do it for the following opening day. Which of course means, I’ll never see it in SF.

    Hard to believe—-the Giants have never won a series since moving to SF. Isn’t this some type of Cubs-level futility?[/quote]

    The gold wouldn’t look too good on the Yankees unis.

    The gold wouldn’t look good on the Yankee unis.

  • Stevo | March 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”318871″]I like the trim for Opening Day only. I think all WS winners should do it for the following opening day. Which of course means, I’ll never see it in SF.

    Hard to believe—-the Giants have never won a series since moving to SF. Isn’t this some type of Cubs-level futility?[/quote]

    No, cause the Giants have actually been to the World Series, including beating the Cubs in the 89 NLCS.

  • =bg= | March 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm |

    Well, I know they’ve been. They also choked in 02 against the Angels. For a team with this history, no WS title is pathetic.

    PS- why is the OU cheerleader wearing green? Well, OU’s colors are white and green, y’know.

  • chester_z | March 21, 2009 at 2:28 pm |

    Speaking of commemorative championship uniforms, the 1924-1925 Montréal Canadiens wore sweaters with a globe where the CH crest usually goes to celebrate the 1924 Stanley Cup win.

    http://ourhistory.ca...

    Pretty big stones to call themselves ‘world champions’ while only playing against teams from Canada that year.

  • Johnny O | March 21, 2009 at 2:40 pm |

    The University of Wisconsin has released their logo for the outdoor hockey game at Camp Randall Stadium next year. They are calling it the Camp Randall Hockey Classic. Here is the logo:

    http://www.uwbadgers...

  • JTH | March 21, 2009 at 2:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”318876″]The University of Wisconsin has released their logo for the outdoor hockey game at Camp Randall Stadium next year. They are calling it the Camp Randall Hockey Classic. Here is the logo:

    http://www.uwbadgers...
    Not a bad logo, but the name “Camp Randall Hockey Classic” is just a tad uninspired.

  • LI Phil | March 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”318877″][quote comment=”318876″]The University of Wisconsin has released their logo for the outdoor hockey game at Camp Randall Stadium next year. They are calling it the Camp Randall Hockey Classic. Here is the logo:

    http://www.uwbadgers...
    Not a bad logo, but the name “Camp Randall Hockey Classic” is just a tad uninspired.[/quote]

    true dat, but this name and logo weren’t exactly inspirational

    i know they can’t do anything without the motion w, but that’s the only part of the logo that sucked

  • johnny | March 21, 2009 at 3:08 pm |

    I also recall the Bosox did not wear the gold-trimmed jerseys in the actual game on April 11, 2005, but cannot find photographic evidence either way.

  • Nicole | March 21, 2009 at 3:10 pm |

    I can’t find a pic right now, I’ll keep looking, but that logo is based on the Camp Randall logo itself, which I’m pretty sure features that W, so I think that’s where it comes from.

  • Nicole | March 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm |

    Here’s what I found. None are really the greatest…

    http://www.vsawis.or...

    http://images6.cafep...

    http://pics4.city-da...

  • Johnny O | March 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”318880″]I can’t find a pic right now, I’ll keep looking, but that logo is based on the Camp Randall logo itself, which I’m pretty sure features that W, so I think that’s where it comes from.[/quote]

    I got your back, Nicole. Here is the Camp Randall logo:
    http://www.jonessign...

    Notice they do not use the motion “W”, but rather the “W” that is on the University of Wisconsin seal or crest or whatever you want to call it. Here is that logo separately:
    https://fpm-www3.fpm...

    You can find that logo on almost everything at the University of Wisconsin. Here is just one example:
    https://fpm-www3.fpm...

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | March 21, 2009 at 3:25 pm |

    Feliz Cumpleaño Sir Lukas!

    I would give my right teste to see the Cubs wearing Opening Day unis with gold trim!

  • JMC | March 21, 2009 at 3:33 pm |

    Happy Birthday Paul!

  • Johnny O | March 21, 2009 at 3:44 pm |

    What would the Brew Crew do if they would win the World Series? Their uniforms are already outlined in gold…Any thoughts?

    http://graphics8.nyt...

    And don’t worry Paul, I already had a beer in honor of your birthday today. Hope you have a happy and a healthy day!

  • mtjaws | March 21, 2009 at 3:53 pm |

    I shuddered when I saw “NC2A” in the post. I know some people weirdly say it that way, but how odd is it to see it typed? Using the 2 definitely changes the abbreviation to something incorrect.

    From last night’s hoops, I hated that gold shape on Florida State’s right shoulder. Definitely didn’t look right on the white; looked like a stain. I am glad they’re gone!

    Happy Birthday, PL.

  • phil pereira | March 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm |

    In the Portuguese league, the champion wears the Portugal crest for the entire season, see this photo of FC Porto v Sporting Portugal and note right above Tmn logo if you notice logos of certain international sides (brazil, france, italy) they get an additional star after a world cup win.

    http://1.bp.blogspot...

  • mike 2 | March 21, 2009 at 4:00 pm |

    Phillies gold-trimmed uniforms for opening day:

    http://www.thefighti...

    Am I crazy or do those pinstripes look gold as well? I’m looking at this on a small laptop, so it might just be my lo-res monitor.

  • =bg= | March 21, 2009 at 4:05 pm |

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Lions retire 93…expect a decal or patch..

  • JTH | March 21, 2009 at 4:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”318878″][quote comment=”318877″][quote comment=”318876″]The University of Wisconsin has released their logo for the outdoor hockey game at Camp Randall Stadium next year. They are calling it the Camp Randall Hockey Classic. Here is the logo:

    http://www.uwbadgers...
    Not a bad logo, but the name “Camp Randall Hockey Classic” is just a tad uninspired.[/quote]

    true dat, but this name and logo weren’t exactly inspirational

    i know they can’t do anything without the motion w, but that’s the only part of the logo that sucked[/quote]
    I wasn’t bagging on the logo. I said it’s not bad. And I agree with you, the motion W is the only element that is teh suck (OK, I’m not crazy about the font they used for the words “HOCKEY CLASSIC” and the little sparkle effects on the H, Y and L are sorta lame as well).

    Change the W to the style shown in the pics Johnny posted and the logo goes from “not bad” to “pretty good.”

    “Winter Classic”? Yes, the name is pretty derivative. But “Hockey Classic” just seems really derivative of that already derivative name.

    As for the Winter Classic ’09 logo: It blows away the ’08 version.

  • JTH | March 21, 2009 at 4:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”318890″]
    Change the W to the style shown in the pics Johnny and Nicole posted and the logo goes from “not bad” to “pretty good.”[/quote]
    Fixed — credit where credit’s due.

  • jesse | March 21, 2009 at 4:17 pm |

    The Washington Nationals also have a gold outline on their home jerseys, so what would they….never mind, we’re talking about my Nats.

  • JTH | March 21, 2009 at 4:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”318883″]Feliz Cumpleaño Sir Lukas!

    I would give my right teste to see the Cubs wearing Opening Day unis with gold trim![/quote]
    Wait six years. Maybe they’ll do it to commemorate their 100th season in Wrigley field.

  • Stevo | March 21, 2009 at 4:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”318885″]What would the Brew Crew do if they would win the World Series? [/quote]

    Well, for starters they’d probably get extremely drunk. After that, they’d probably go with golden letters instead.

  • LarryB | March 21, 2009 at 4:33 pm |

    http://farm4.static....

    How about the spiked or pointy button on the cap. Small version of German or Prussian helmet spikes

    The World Champion shirts were something I was not real familiar with until Uniwatch recently. My brother has the Marc Okkonen book so he knew about it.

  • David T | March 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm |

    Happy birthday, Paul! Thanks for all you do.

  • LarryB | March 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm |

    http://img.photobuck...

    Hey Phil, I tried a quick colorizing of Bill Wambsganss

  • LarryB | March 21, 2009 at 4:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”318896″]Happy birthday, Paul! Thanks for all you do.[/quote]

    Agree. Happy Birthday Paul and thanks for the work he does for us all.

  • JTH | March 21, 2009 at 5:02 pm |

    First off, shame on me for not saying this already — happy birthday, Paul.

    Second, this “World([‘]s) Champions” jersey thing has given me a great (stupid) idea. The World Series champs should wear special batting practice jerseys for the entire following season. They could be kinda like boxing/wrestling/MMA championship belts. Wear them to the ring, but not during the match. It would be the first semi-legitimate reason for wearing a BP jersey in recorded history.

    Also, on a side note, the Bulls were announced as “Your World Champion Chicago Bulls” to the home crowd during the seasons following the ’91, ’92, ’93, ’96 and ’97 titles. That was not the case after the 1998 championship due to the fact that the 1998-1999 team was a shadow of its former self. They might have done it early on, but if so, they definitely stopped doing it part-way into the season.

  • rpm | March 21, 2009 at 5:02 pm |

    phil~
    hopefully you are out having some fun, and not near your computer, but…

    http://www.sportsart...

    http://pro.corbis.co...{3A10E346-CA5F-4BB4-B5C6-FF6B2A123582}

    …i swear that first chief was inside a cincinnati c on a hat.

  • LarryB | March 21, 2009 at 5:03 pm |

    http://img.photobuck...

    Touched up the hat a little

    1921 Indians

  • hugh.c.mcbride | March 21, 2009 at 5:46 pm |

    Happy birthday, Mr. Lukas, & thanks so much for all you’ve done (& continue to do) in service of this quirky little community you’ve created here.

    Looking forward to the time when your influence is more widely acknowledged, & March 21 is celebrated with mandatory high stirrups & a daylong moratorium on the wearin’ o’ the purple :-)

  • JTH | March 21, 2009 at 5:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”318889″]http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AtbKWbGOnnHloZcinTC83sA5nYcB?slug=ap-missingboaters-nfl&prov=ap&type=lgns

    Lions retire 93…expect a decal or patch..[/quote]
    One year? That’s not a retirement; it’s a sabbatical.

  • rpm | March 21, 2009 at 6:04 pm |

    that is a great idea hugh! i am going to bernice’s tavern tonight, and by golly, i am going to wear a pair of stirrups in tribute. of course they will be under my pantaloons, so nobody will notice, but that is beside the point.

  • =bg= | March 21, 2009 at 6:54 pm |

    Lions retiring 93 for this season only. PS- nice spam up there.

  • Taylor | March 21, 2009 at 7:14 pm |

    I’m glad the NCAA put “basketball” on the courts this year. I thought I was watching water polo, but thanks to the NCAA I now know what sport I’m watching.

  • Dave H | March 21, 2009 at 7:19 pm |

    “They could be kinda like boxing/wrestling/MMA championship belts.”

    When the Pistons played their first game of the 2004-05, they wore championship belts during the pregame banner ceremony. Rasheed Wallace had bought them for all of the players that played on the championship team.

  • Ricko | March 21, 2009 at 7:23 pm |

    Happy Birthday, Paul.
    Enjoy your day.
    Oh, what the heck, enjoy the whole weekend.

    —Ricko

  • Taylor | March 21, 2009 at 7:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”318910″]”They could be kinda like boxing/wrestling/MMA championship belts.”

    When the Pistons played their first game of the 2004-05, they wore championship belts during the pregame banner ceremony. Rasheed Wallace had bought them for all of the players that played on the championship team.[/quote]

    For the record, it was the WWE championship, formerly the WCW World title worn mainly by Ric Flair.

  • Scott W | March 21, 2009 at 8:03 pm |

    Haven’t seen this in the NewsTicker, but I haven’t looked at all the comments, so sorry if this is a double:

    MLB.com: Unlike most of your peers, you rock the traditional stirrups, pulled up high and showing plenty of both colors. Any inspiration for that look?

    Wimberly: I used to watch the Braves a lot, and I remember Otis Nixon had it like that; it’s old-school. And Rickey Henderson, of course. I’ve been doing it a while. I did it in Colorado also, but I think it stands out a little more here, with the green and gold. I actually used to do it in Little League.

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  • Taylor | March 21, 2009 at 8:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”318912″][quote comment=”318910″]”They could be kinda like boxing/wrestling/MMA championship belts.”

    When the Pistons played their first game of the 2004-05, they wore championship belts during the pregame banner ceremony. Rasheed Wallace had bought them for all of the players that played on the championship team.[/quote]

    For the record, it was the WWE championship, formerly the WCW World title worn mainly by Ric Flair.[/quote]

    Actually, I must correct myself. It is the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP not the WWE championship. Sorry wrestling fans.

  • odessasteps magazine | March 21, 2009 at 9:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”318914″][quote comment=”318912″][quote comment=”318910″]”They could be kinda like boxing/wrestling/MMA championship belts.”

    When the Pistons played their first game of the 2004-05, they wore championship belts during the pregame banner ceremony. Rasheed Wallace had bought them for all of the players that played on the championship team.[/quote]

    For the record, it was the WWE championship, formerly the WCW World title worn mainly by Ric Flair.[/quote]

    Actually, I must correct myself. It is the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP not the WWE championship. Sorry wrestling fans.[/quote]

    Easier to just refer to it by its nickname “Big Goldy.”

  • Teebz | March 21, 2009 at 9:12 pm |

    Happy Birthday, Paul! Enjoy your 17th consecutive year of 28 years-old! LOL

    Have a great one, and enjoy the day, sir. ;o)

  • scott | March 21, 2009 at 9:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”318871″]I like the trim for Opening Day only. I think all WS winners should do it for the following opening day. Which of course means, I’ll never see it in SF.

    Hard to believe—-the Giants have never won a series since moving to SF. Isn’t this some type of Cubs-level futility?[/quote]

    The Giants do have the third-longest drought in winning the World Series. Only the Indians and Cubs have longer futility streaks. I’d say there futility is closer to the what the Red Sox experienced, especially with two of the three World Series losses coming in seven games.

  • Alex | March 21, 2009 at 10:17 pm |

    And I was hoping for a huskies huskies matchup… Damn!

  • James Craven | March 21, 2009 at 11:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”318914″]“It was the WWE championship, formerly the WCW World title worn mainly by Ric Flair.

    Actually, I must correct myself. It is the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP not the WWE championship. Sorry wrestling fake fighting fans.”[/quote]

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Happy Birthday Mr. Lukas, and one other thing…

    Chase Utley’s jersey will be worded “WORLD’S FUCKING CHAMPIONS”.

    Admit it Phil, the truth really hurts.

  • mdunner28 | March 21, 2009 at 11:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”318915″][quote comment=”318914″][quote comment=”318912″][quote comment=”318910″]”They could be kinda like boxing/wrestling/MMA championship belts.”

    When the Pistons played their first game of the 2004-05, they wore championship belts during the pregame banner ceremony. Rasheed Wallace had bought them for all of the players that played on the championship team.[/quote]

    For the record, it was the WWE championship, formerly the WCW World title worn mainly by Ric Flair.[/quote]

    Actually, I must correct myself. It is the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP not the WWE championship. Sorry wrestling fans.[/quote]

    Easier to just refer to it by its nickname “Big Goldy.”[/quote]

    Yeah, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is definitely my favorite belt in pro wrestling. Much better than the WWE Championship. The TNA World Heavyweight Championship, to me, is a close second.

    This is kind of uni related, right?

  • Nick | March 22, 2009 at 12:16 am |

    Happy Birthday Paul,

    may you get a whole week to celebrate !!!

    Thanks for the Website and the column.
    Been a fan since the Village Voice days when I actually had to buy the paper to read the column.

  • JTH | March 22, 2009 at 12:58 am |

    [quote comment=”318920″][quote comment=”318915″][quote comment=”318914″][quote comment=”318912″][quote comment=”318910″]”They could be kinda like boxing/wrestling/MMA championship belts.”

    When the Pistons played their first game of the 2004-05, they wore championship belts during the pregame banner ceremony. Rasheed Wallace had bought them for all of the players that played on the championship team.[/quote]

    For the record, it was the WWE championship, formerly the WCW World title worn mainly by Ric Flair.[/quote]

    Actually, I must correct myself. It is the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP not the WWE championship. Sorry wrestling fans.[/quote]

    Easier to just refer to it by its nickname “Big Goldy.”[/quote]

    Yeah, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is definitely my favorite belt in pro wrestling. Much better than the WWE Championship. The TNA World Heavyweight Championship, to me, is a close second.

    This is kind of uni related, right?[/quote]
    OK, it was horribly cheesy, but I loved the John Cena spinner version of that WWE Championship belt.

    And why the hell do they put “TRIPLE H” on his belts instead of simply “HHH?”

    Oh, and it was extremely disappointing that Rasheed Wallace didn’t have belts custom-made for that banner unveiling ceremony.

  • Judy | March 22, 2009 at 2:52 am |

    Because of the discussion of “World’s Champions” vs “Worlds Champions” and because of the recent column about incorrect apostrophe use, I have to point out that I noticed at least two instances in the column today where the contraction “it’s” was used incorrectly in place of the possessive “its.” Was that a test to see if we were paying attention?

  • provine | March 22, 2009 at 3:29 am |

    The first time I noticed the gold piping was when the Cardinals did it for their 2007 home opener. At the time, I didn’t know it was only temporary & I remember thinking the had a lot of balls to do that.

  • LI Phil | March 22, 2009 at 3:37 am |

    [quote comment=”318923″]Because of the discussion of “World’s Champions” vs “Worlds Champions” and because of the recent column about incorrect apostrophe use, I have to point out that I noticed at least two instances in the column today where the contraction “it’s” was used incorrectly in place of the possessive “its.” Was that a test to see if we were paying attention?[/quote]

    yes

  • BurghFan | March 22, 2009 at 4:35 am |

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