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Sowle Train

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Back on April 27th, I ran a Ticker item about this page from a 1958 MacGregor catalog. “Dig item G914,” I wrote. “Who’s Ted Sowle?” A reader helped fill in some of the blanks with this comment, but that didn’t address the question of the headgear shown in the old catalog. Had Sowle designed it, or had it been named after him for some other reason?

I got an answer a few days later, when I received an e-mail from one Ted Sowle. But no, not that Ted Sowle. Here’s what the note said:

Ted Sowle was my grandfather. He passed away in 1971, just before I was born. I was researching his past when I came across your question about him. … He holds many patents regarding the safety of, primarily, football athletes. A very creative guy and a hell of a football coach (was asked to coach for Notre Dame but turned it down, or so I’m told).

Ted offered to send me some of his grandfather’s patents — an offer I readily accepted. And sure enough, he designed the eyewear protector shown in the old catalog page (you can see the rest of that patent’s paperwork here). That design was apparently a refinement of a similar contraption he’d patented nine years earlier (full paperwork here).

Ted sent me nine patents in all, and they fell into three broad categories. The two designs I just showed you related to eyewear protection. There were also two harnesses, patented less than a year apart, that were designed to provide hip and body protection for football players, although the gear kinda looks more like S&M fetishwear (full paperwork here and here).

The other five patents were all faceguard-related, and that’s where things got interesting. Remember these photos from the Life archive? That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw this (paperwork), this (paperwork), and this (paperwork). But the Life photo sequence is from 1951, while Sowle’s patents are from several years later (and, as I eventually discovered when I read the fine print, are not based on a plexiglass concept).

Sowle’s other two facemask patents, which he received in the 1960s, featured pivoting action — one for a single pivot-mounted bar (paperwork) and the other for a slightly more elaborate assembly (paperwork).

Looks like ol’ Ted was quite the inventer. Had he been a trained engineer or designer, or did he just link to tinker? “Not an engineer — just a coach who cared, I guess,” said the younger Ted.

Amazing stuff, right? Very DIY, when you think about it. Meanwhile, I had lots of additional questions: Did Sowle patent other inventions? Did any of his designs gain widespread acceptance? Were there any designs that he felt were unjustly ignored or underrated? Did he design any non-sports items?

At this point Ted referred me to his father (the elder Ted’s son), who he said would be better equipped to answer these queries. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard back from him yet, but I’ll post some follow-up material if and when he responds. Until then, enjoy these beautiful patent drawings and be on the lookout for other mentions of Ted Sowle in vintage equipment listings.

The advertiser I’ve always dreamed of: As you may have noticed, we now have a dedicated stirrup and sock vendor selling quality hosiery over in the left rail. That would be the aptly named Socks Rock, and I don’t mind saying this is pretty much my dream come true in terms of site sponsorship. Please welcome them aboard and give them a look. Thanks.

Bobble Shoppe Reminder: In case you missed it last week, the amazing Robert Marshall is now offering hand-casted, custom-painted bobblehead dolls to Uni Watch readers. For details, look here.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Our friends at Ebbets Field Flannels have started a new blog devoted to uni-related issues. Best of luck with the new venture, Jerry. … Small item buried within this column: “Man of the Weekend was Red Bulls forward John Wolyniec. As seen on MSG, the Staten Island native and former Fordham star was set to enter as a sub, Friday, when he removed his warm-up jacket to reveal a red jersey. His team, however, was wearing its white jerseys. Wolyniec quickly changed, entered” (with thanks to Joshua Paster). … Reprinted from Monday’s comments: This must have been a very odd ballgame. Additional info here. … Good find by Gabe Butler, who writes: “I was browsing on eBay this morning when I stumbled across this replica jersey for a team that played in my hometown in the late 1960s and ’70s. My dad actually played for their junior team before they folded and still has his jersey hanging up at home! Anyway, I read the thread and the guy said he got the jersey made at this site. I poked around it looks like they have some pretty cool stuff.” Indeed — worth investigating. … Those Yankees, nothing but class. … Interesting background info on the 49ers’ new sleeve stripes here (with thanks to Tim Fesmire). … Ryan Connelly recently realized one of his longtime dreams by playing — and scoring a goal! — on the Mellon Arena ice. Photos here. … And so it has come to this: The swoosh has infiltrated the Presidential sock drawer. … Y’know, there are some problems that even striped stirrups can’t solve (with thanks to Chris Chaussee). … Lots of apostrophe catastrophe action over on NHL.com (as spotted by James Huening). … The IFAF (that’s World Federation of American Football) is will be holding its Junior World Championship tournament in Canton, starting in late June. Lots of not-very-inspiring uni photos here (with thanks to Tom Pachuta). … Menswear designer Paul Smith is a cycling enthusiast, and he L.A. shop now has an exhibition of cycling jerseys. Addition info in the second graf of this story (thanks, Vince). … If you’ve always wanted to see Alex Ovechkin in a football helmet, this is your lucky day (with thanks to Ethan Crooks). … Here’s a major, major find: Over 60 photos from the Expos’ very first game (über-thanks to Jean Gagnier). … Here’s Rob Ullman’s latest, a portrait of Tyler Kulasza‘s girlfriend, Emily. Love the low-rise Chucks! … Maybe this is common knowledge, but not to me: For a while, Rick DePietro’s mask featured a depiction of Madison Square Garden (left photo, the ear panel). Apparently the mask was later sent back for a touch-up (good spot by Joe DeAngelis). … Really wonderful slideshow of vintage baseball photos here — highly recommended (big thanks to Mike Couillard). … Pricey, but possibly probably worth it. … Nice mash note to the old Bengals identity program here. … Great article in yesterday’s Ausin American-Statesman about Len Barrell’s 1914 uniform (with thanks to Martin Kohout). … New football uniforms for South Alabama (with thanks to Doug Simpson). … New Celtic International away kit (with thanks to JK Chaney). … What happened to the ball that Bobby Thompson hit for his famous home run in 1951? We’ll never know for sure, but there’s a new book that explores the likely answer, and Ken Davidoff has written a very interesting review of it. … Uni number news for the Patriots (with thanks to Tom Adjemian). … Lots of interesting sock action and the Mid-Penn Conference Track and Field Championships (with thanks to Ryan Farrell). … Hey, guess what, some uniforms are ugly (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Petersburg, Indiana, is the hometown of Gil Hodges, and now it’s also the home of a big Hodges mural. Those pics were taken by Ryan Bowman, who notes that the mural appears to show Hodges wearing a white Dodgers jersey with blue placket piping, which is a design the Dodgers never wore during Hodges’s tenure, although they did wear a road grays with that design. Further info on the mural here. … Look, it’s a bunch of new Bundesliga kits (with thanks to Alex Peerenboom). … Fun rundown of “mistaken identity” baseball cards here. … Hey, check this out: stirrups vs. stirrups! That’s Cleveland pitcher Jeremy Sowers (whose hosiery heroics were first mentioned here last week) and Corky Miller of the Chisox (whose membership in Stirrup Nation is news to me) facing each other last night. … And if that weren’t enough, Luke Hochevar made his debut with the Royals last night, and look what he was wearing. There’s definitely a little trendlet at work here — I think the hosiery pendulum may finally be ready to start swing back the other way (thanks, Phil). … Also from Phil: Alex Cora played first base in the 10th inning of last night’s Mets/Braves game and apparently didn’t have a first baseman’s glove of his own to wear. Phil breaks down the proceedings: “He warmed up with a light brown mitt, then got handed a darker brown mitt, which he didn’t like and threw back. After that, he motioned to the dugout to look for his glove and then called time as the first batter (Chipper) was stepping in. Then he jogged to the dugout and came back with a regular fielder’s glove, which he wore for the entire inning, including while holding Chipper on at first.”

 

182 comments to Sowle Train

  • Kyle | May 13, 2009 at 8:34 am |

    Since the apostrophe’s are at the beginnin’ of the words’, wouldn’t that make them cor’rect? Kinda’ like a open quote. “No?”

  • DJ | May 13, 2009 at 8:35 am |

    As seen on MSG, the Staten Island native and former Fordham star was set to enter as a sub, Friday, when he removed his warm-up jacket to reveal a red jersey. His team, however, was wearing its white jerseys. Wolyniec quickly changed, entered”

    This jersey was probably the one that the Red Bulls wear during pre-game warmups (when the Red Bulls don’t wear their all-white uniforms, they wear all-navy blue).

  • Aaron | May 13, 2009 at 8:35 am |

    Unfortunately, Hochevar got rocked. Betcha he’s wearing long pants next time out.

  • DW | May 13, 2009 at 8:37 am |

    With DiPietro’s 15-year Fishsticks contract, his mask-maker should produce one soon with the Kansas City arena on it.

  • Johnny W | May 13, 2009 at 8:41 am |

    Like other readers, I created leagues, teams and uniforms when I was a kid. After reading last Thursday’s contribution from David Versel (especially his light green road uniforms), it made me think of one of my leagues. Unfortunately, I do not have any original drawings from the North American Baseball League from the mid 1970s. I have redrawn some of the logo and jersey designs from memory.

    TORONTO COUGARS – This was the team with the light green road uniforms. Actually, the team colors were light and dark green. The road ones were closer to a green-grey flannel color than a pastel polyester one. The cap logo had only the sides of a “T” – neither top nor bottom.

    http://mysite.verizo...

    INDIANAPOLIS DEVILS – Looking at a cap logo, there’s not much you can do with a capital I. So I took a lower case “i” and italicized it to add motion. Then, since the dot above looked like it was also in motion, I made it into a baseball and added flames for the cap. Then I came up with a nickname to go with the fire. The logo definitely came first.

    http://mysite.verizo...

    NEW ORLEANS DELTA – This was one of the nickname finalists for the NBA team (they chose Jazz). Of course, I had NO IDEA what the team concept or mascot could be. Just like the “I” above, there’s not much you can do with an “O.” I mean, it’s just a circle and even if you italicize it, it just looks like an oval. So I interlocked the “N” to look like baseball stitching inside the “O.”

    Originally, Seattle was green and gold and New Orleans was purple and gold. I decided to switch the colors (since they were originally chosen because of their NBA teams). The uniforms were very similar to the A’s uniforms, but the color was less yellow and more of a darker gold. On white, the logo had a gold shadow. On the gold jerseys there was no shadow.

    http://mysite.verizo...

    WASHINGTON AMBASSADORS – This was the name of a WFL team that relocated to Orlando before the first season. I scooped up the nickname for my team and put the “W” and “A” together with a star in red, white and royal blue (I think the Birmingham Americans of the WFL influenced the design). The logo was used in the home and road jersey script.

    http://mysite.verizo...

    After one season, they relocated to Tennessee. Why? Two reasons. First, Washington couldn’t support two real baseball teams. How could they support a fake one? And secondly, teams are supposed to relocate in the first few years of a rival league’s existence (like in the AFL, ABA, WHA, etc.)

    Team colors were powder blue and red (like the Houston Oilers) but they did not wear powder blue pants (even at that age I couldn’t do that). The logo was still incorporated in both jersey scripts.

    http://mysite.verizo...

    HAWAII VOLCANOES – A few decades after the St Louis Browns and a decade before the Padres, there was another team wearing brown and orange. The volcano was brown and the orange lava was shooting out (in hindsight, like the apocalypse) in the shape of a “V.” The cool thing was, the negative space created a white “H” – about five or six years before the Hartford Whalers did it.

    http://mysite.verizo...

    These logos were very similar to other logos of the 1970s: thick stroked letters with a little twist added, like the Atlanta Flames, New Orleans Jazz,California Angels, Buffalo Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Flyers.

  • Peter Wunsch | May 13, 2009 at 8:45 am |

    I cannot open the Expos picture, but from the caption it appears to be their first home game. Their first game was at SHEA and they beat the Mets 10-9.

  • Breut | May 13, 2009 at 8:45 am |

    [quote comment=”328950″]With DiPietro’s 15-year Fishsticks contract, his mask-maker should produce one soon with the Kansas City arena on it.[/quote]
    In the pictures of DiPietro he is wearing two seperate masks. Look at the vent holes, on the right they are round, and on the left they are triangle. The paint scheme is the same, but the masks are different.

  • Wade Harder | May 13, 2009 at 8:48 am |

    It’s not just new uniforms for South Alabama; it’s a brand new football program. The helmets could use a little more color, though.

  • Mike Miller | May 13, 2009 at 8:50 am |

    I lean toward Rangers in the Old Firm Celtic-Rangers feud (I’m Protestant after all), but damn, those Celtic tartan shorts are the bomb-diggity.

  • Kevin Werther | May 13, 2009 at 8:51 am |

    [quote comment=”328953″][quote comment=”328950″]With DiPietro’s 15-year Fishsticks contract, his mask-maker should produce one soon with the Kansas City arena on it.[/quote]
    In the pictures of DiPietro he is wearing two seperate masks. Look at the vent holes, on the right they are round, and on the left they are triangle. The paint scheme is the same, but the masks are different.[/quote]
    The overall design is the same, but it is not identical. The flag, placement of stars, fading of colors are all slightly different, but made to mimic the original mask.

  • Ben | May 13, 2009 at 9:01 am |

    A few days ago it was in the ticker that Lakeland Flying Tigers player Kyle Peters was wearing a recycled jersey. He’s not the only one. I noticed last night that their pitcher Brett Jacobson also had a previous name on the back of his jersey- his own last name. I can understand why they would recycle a leftover jersey by changing the name on the back but why would you have your name be completely restitched? Unfortunately, I don’t carry a camera for this one.

  • ChrisSh | May 13, 2009 at 9:02 am |

    Maybe we’ve already covered this (my bad if so), but when I was channel surfing last night, I noticed that a St. Louis Cardinal (and presumably all of them) had a white dot painted on top of his navy batting helmet. Why is that? Their navy hats have a navy button on top…

  • LI Phil | May 13, 2009 at 9:10 am |

    [quote comment=”328958″]Maybe we’ve already covered this (my bad if so), but when I was channel surfing last night, I noticed that a St. Louis Cardinal (and presumably all of them) had a white dot painted on top of his navy batting helmet. Why is that? Their navy hats have a navy button on top…[/quote]

    interesting…

    both their road and home helmets have white dots, but none of their caps do

  • Bernard | May 13, 2009 at 9:11 am |

    Love: The new Celtic away kit.

    Hate: Alex Ovechkin even more, and I didn’t think it was possible.

  • JTH | May 13, 2009 at 9:15 am |

    Corky Miller is definitely a naturalized citizen of Stirrup Nation. Maybe that explains why he went 2-for-4 with a couple RBIs last night.

    Here he is last year:

    Spring training (#27 – far right)

    May 29 in Milwaukee.

  • Wahly | May 13, 2009 at 9:22 am |

    Is there a promo code for Uniwatchers at Socks Rock? I am going to make a purchase anyway, but would like to save a bit if possible.

  • GoGoSox | May 13, 2009 at 9:25 am |

    The SF Shamrocks third jersey is sweet.

    http://oldhockey4.ne...

  • Hank | May 13, 2009 at 9:26 am |

    Les Expos and Jarry Park, the original baseball stadium with a pool.

  • MPowers1634 | May 13, 2009 at 9:36 am |

    [quote comment=”328959″][quote comment=”328958″]Maybe we’ve already covered this (my bad if so), but when I was channel surfing last night, I noticed that a St. Louis Cardinal (and presumably all of them) had a white dot painted on top of his navy batting helmet. Why is that? Their navy hats have a navy button on top…[/quote]

    interesting…

    both their road and home helmets have white dots, but none of their caps do[/quote]

    Phil,

    Great work with those screen grabs!

    BTW…How exciting was it when Castillo got up in the bottom of the ninth with Beltran on third and Tatis on first?

    Poor Larry Jones had an actual beef with the Third base ump…Beltran was out.

    BTW+. Obama isn’t only wearing Nike socks but casual Cole Haans, which are made by Nike!

    http://i39.tinypic.c...

  • War Damn Eagle | May 13, 2009 at 9:36 am |

    [quote comment=”328952″]I cannot open the Expos picture, but from the caption it appears to be their first home game. Their first game was at SHEA and they beat the Mets 10-9.[/quote]

    the photos show them playing the cardinals. that’s joe torre in pic #53.

  • dswt | May 13, 2009 at 9:45 am |

    I loved the photos of the first game at jarry park. I have fond memories of traveling 100 miles north and seeing big league baseball. The p.a. announcements in both french and english, and the enthusiasm in which the likes of Coco Laboy, John Boccabella, and le grande orange, Rusty Staub were announced as they ame to the plate. I sometimes wonder if the Expos had expanded Jarry park, rather than moving to olympic stadium, if there would still be big leagie baseball in Montreal. I only went to “the big O” for baseball once, and it had the feel of a parking deck.

  • Bernard | May 13, 2009 at 9:49 am |

    I had the great misfortune of watching a Blue Jays highlight on SportsCenter this morning. Man, what a terrible uni. BFBS, teal-ish blue, awful wordmark, embarrassing number and nameplate font. Just a mess. The maple leaf, while a nice touch on its own, only shines a spotlight on how terrible the rest of the uniform really is. Yuck.

  • Ricko | May 13, 2009 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment=”328964″]Les Expos and Jarry Park, the original baseball stadium with a pool.[/quote]

    Park is so small. By todays’ standards seems amazing to realize that’s the home park of a major league team. Granted, it was never to be anything more than temporary….but the setting in those photos sure does look different.

    A little like Met Stadium, I suppose. When it first hosted MLB in ’61, from the second deck or higher you could see cows grazing in a farmer’s field 400 or so hundred yards beyond the left field stands. Now, of course, a couple times a week I eat lunch at Mall of America, which sits on the Met Stadium site, and light rail transit runs through what was that farmer’s field.

    Everything changes over time. In my case, that was pretty much a whole lifetime ago.

    Cue Frank Sinatra…
    “…and the air was such a wonder,
    with the hot dogs and the beer.
    Yes, there used to be a ball park
    right here.”

    —Ricko

  • Tris Wykes | May 13, 2009 at 9:57 am |

    No photo unfortunately, but I noticed on a construction worker the other day, a sporty-looking back brace with the Nike swoosh on it. Apparently they’ve gone after the lunch pail demographic as well.

  • Fight | May 13, 2009 at 10:00 am |

    [quote comment=”328961″]Corky Miller is definitely a naturalized citizen of Stirrup Nation. Maybe that explains why he went 2-for-4 with a couple RBIs last night.

    Here he is last year:

    Spring training (#27 – far right)

    Miller was definitely not a member of Stirrup Nation in his time with the Reds …

  • Ricko | May 13, 2009 at 10:00 am |

    Sinatra’s song was used for last day at Shea, too (as it was the the last game at the Met…Chiefs at Vikings)
    http://www.youtube.c...

    Didn’t know til today it was written by Joe Raposo, who wrote most of the music for Sesame Street.

  • Fight | May 13, 2009 at 10:01 am |

    [quote comment=”328971″][quote comment=”328961″]Corky Miller is definitely a naturalized citizen of Stirrup Nation. Maybe that explains why he went 2-for-4 with a couple RBIs last night.

    Here he is last year:

    Spring training (#27 – far right)[/quote]

    Miller was definitely not a member of Stirrup Nation in his time with the Reds …[/quote]
    Here is photographic evidence of his time with the Reds: http://sbeen.com/sit...

  • Eriq Jaffe | May 13, 2009 at 10:04 am |

    That’s the first time I’ve seen Corky rocking stirrups. He was wearing pajamas earlier in the year, even.

    Heck, that’s the first time I remember seeing a member of the White Sox wearing stirrups since…uh…forever.

  • LI Phil | May 13, 2009 at 10:13 am |

    [quote]Phil,

    Great work with those screen grabs!

    BTW…How exciting was it when Castillo got up in the bottom of the ninth with Beltran on third and Tatis on first?

    Poor Larry Jones had an actual beef with the Third base ump…Beltran was out.[/quote]

    he was out…but in the 8th, jose jose jose was safe on his attempted triple…you (as an ump) should know how these things have a way of “balancing” out

    /i love this game

  • War Damn Eagle | May 13, 2009 at 10:21 am |

    [quote comment=”328975″][quote]Phil,

    Great work with those screen grabs!

    BTW…How exciting was it when Castillo got up in the bottom of the ninth with Beltran on third and Tatis on first?

    Poor Larry Jones had an actual beef with the Third base ump…Beltran was out.[/quote]

    he was out…but in the 8th, jose jose jose was safe on his attempted triple…you (as an ump) should know how these things have a way of “balancing” out

    /i love this game[/quote]

    Umpire Fail!

  • Johnny O | May 13, 2009 at 10:29 am |

    If anyone has access to the television feed from FS Wisconsin last night, Bob Uecker made an appearance in the TV booth with the normal announcers Brian and Bill. If you have time, I highly recommend listening to the bottom of the 4th inning of this game. Nothing special on uniform chatter, but Uecker was at his finest. He talks about Major League 4, and how he hates the Little League World Series because of the pressure the coaches and parents put on the kids. He, of course, also talks about how he stunk it up playing pro baseball. The reason he was in the TV booth, is he was talking about being indicted onto the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor that same day.

    Sorry for the non uni-related post, but this was Uecker at his best.

  • chance michaels | May 13, 2009 at 10:36 am |

    [quote comment=”328977″]If anyone has access to the television feed from FS Wisconsin last night, Bob Uecker made an appearance in the TV booth with the normal announcers Brian and Bill. If you have time, I highly recommend listening to the bottom of the 4th inning of this game. Nothing special on uniform chatter, but Uecker was at his finest. He talks about Major League 4, and how he hates the Little League World Series because of the pressure the coaches and parents put on the kids. He, of course, also talks about how he stunk it up playing pro baseball. The reason he was in the TV booth, is he was talking about being indicted onto the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor that same day.

    Sorry for the non uni-related post, but this was Uecker at his best.[/quote]

    Sorry to have missed that.

    I’ve re-discovered listening to Uecker call the Brewers game on my iPhone. A true joy.

  • Kek | May 13, 2009 at 10:36 am |

    [quote comment=”328977″]If anyone has access to the television feed from FS Wisconsin last night, Bob Uecker made an appearance in the TV booth with the normal announcers Brian and Bill. If you have time, I highly recommend listening to the bottom of the 4th inning of this game. Nothing special on uniform chatter, but Uecker was at his finest. He talks about Major League 4, and how he hates the Little League World Series because of the pressure the coaches and parents put on the kids. He, of course, also talks about how he stunk it up playing pro baseball. The reason he was in the TV booth, is he was talking about being indicted onto the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor that same day.

    Sorry for the non uni-related post, but this was Uecker at his best.[/quote]
    Major League 4? Wha, wha, WHAAAT?!?!

  • DenverGregg | May 13, 2009 at 10:41 am |

    Love the Socks Rock selections. However my sock drawer probably wouldn’t take a dozen pairs. Anybody up for splitting an order of large wide-hooped socks in one of the following: kelly/black, kelly/grey, columbia/black?

  • Scott Davis | May 13, 2009 at 10:41 am |

    Does anyone know where one could pick up a 50th anniversary Pats jersey patch. I’m contemplating getting a patch sewn on my Vrabel jersey and getting it changed to a Ciurciu jersey with a name plate. Or is this a bad idea completely?

  • Flip | May 13, 2009 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment=”328968″]I had the great misfortune of watching a Blue Jays highlight on SportsCenter this morning. Man, what a terrible uni. BFBS, teal-ish blue, awful wordmark, embarrassing number and nameplate font. Just a mess. The maple leaf, while a nice touch on its own, only shines a spotlight on how terrible the rest of the uniform really is. Yuck.[/quote]

    I was thinking the same thing watching SC. I was mentally trying to visualize ways it could be salvaged by subbing royal blue for the black, but the colors are a disaster. The logo looks like it belongs in the minor league. The number font just doesn’t work, even if you go NNOB.

    That said, I’d take Roy Halladay in any uniform.

  • Perry | May 13, 2009 at 10:55 am |

    Loved the pictures from Parc Jarry, but two of the captions were wrong, saying Bob Gibson when they actually pictured Curt Flood. Also, Stan Musial appeared uncredited in two photos, one with Bowie Kuhn and one other.

    I actually have one of the mistaken identity baseball cards, the “Dick Ellsworth.” Part of my childhood collection. I always knew it wasn’t Ellsworth, since he was a lefty, but never knew it was actually Ken Hubbs.

  • MPowers1634 | May 13, 2009 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment=”328975″][quote]Phil,

    Great work with those screen grabs!

    BTW…How exciting was it when Castillo got up in the bottom of the ninth with Beltran on third and Tatis on first?

    Poor Larry Jones had an actual beef with the Third base ump…Beltran was out.[/quote]

    he was out…but in the 8th, jose jose jose was safe on his attempted triple…you (as an ump) should know how these things have a way of “balancing” out

    /i love this game[/quote]

    As do I, although for awhile I had lost much of that.

    Relearning the nuances of the game thoughout my certification courses and getting back onto the field have really rejuvenated that affection.

    I have to admit that UW has had a great affect as well. Between the usual uni-talk, the excitement stiirred up on this site concerning baseball has really brought me back to watching and listening to parts of every Mets, Yankees and nationally broadcasting game that I can get.

    I consider Paul’s article on Shea to be the #1 inspiration for that.

    Over the years, I couldn’t have cared less for the Mets, except of course for the great color and uni combos.

    I had forgotten that there were TWO MLB teams near me.

    Reading and participatin in discussions here has not only persuaded me to listen to the excellent Howie Rose call the games on WFAN, but last week I actually attended a game and yesterday even picked up a Mets tee.

    Thank you UW!

  • Wollen1 | May 13, 2009 at 11:02 am |

    Hey Socks Rock, if you do a line of vertically striped 60 Broncos themed socks (gold and brown or white and brown) you’ll have at least one buyer, and I would think many others. I’m getting married in August and I’ve already threatened my fiancee that I’m going to wear vertically striped socks under my schmuxedo to honor the team I was in love with 25 years before I met her. Please help me follow up on this.

  • Juggernaut | May 13, 2009 at 11:12 am |

    I loathe the one color football unis that look like a shrink-wrapped jumpsuit. However, regardless of the sport, New Zealand players and the All Black tradition is just awesome. The helmets, just featuring the silver fern, are gorgeous.

    http://www.usafootba...

    Out of all of those uniforms the NZ team easily has the best. The rest make me want to vomit, but, and maybe it is the rugby player in me, I think NZ does it right.

  • Bernard | May 13, 2009 at 11:13 am |

    [quote comment=”328982″][quote comment=”328968″]I had the great misfortune of watching a Blue Jays highlight on SportsCenter this morning. Man, what a terrible uni. BFBS, teal-ish blue, awful wordmark, embarrassing number and nameplate font. Just a mess. The maple leaf, while a nice touch on its own, only shines a spotlight on how terrible the rest of the uniform really is. Yuck.[/quote]

    I was thinking the same thing watching SC. I was mentally trying to visualize ways it could be salvaged by subbing royal blue for the black, but the colors are a disaster. The logo looks like it belongs in the minor league. The number font just doesn’t work, even if you go NNOB.

    That said, I’d take Roy Halladay in any uniform.[/quote]

    No argument here.

  • DenverGregg | May 13, 2009 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment=”328985″]Hey Socks Rock, if you do a line of vertically striped 60 Broncos themed socks (gold and brown or white and brown) you’ll have at least one buyer, and I would think many others. I’m getting married in August and I’ve already threatened my fiancee that I’m going to wear vertically striped socks under my schmuxedo to honor the team I was in love with 25 years before I met her. Please help me follow up on this.[/quote]
    Me too, as long as I don’t have to get more than a couple pairs. Full socks or stirrups makes no diff to me on these.

  • MPowers1634 | May 13, 2009 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment=”328986″]I loathe the one color football unis that look like a shrink-wrapped jumpsuit. However, regardless of the sport, New Zealand players and the All Black tradition is just awesome. The helmets, just featuring the silver fern, are gorgeous.

    http://www.usafootba...

    Out of all of those uniforms the NZ team easily has the best. The rest make me want to vomit, but, and maybe it is the rugby player in me, I think NZ does it right.[/quote]

    Those are very sharp, however Australia’s WBC cap was my absolute favorite:

    http://www.hatland.c...

  • Oakville Endive | May 13, 2009 at 11:24 am |

    [quote comment=”328969″][quote comment=”328964″]Les Expos and Jarry Park, the original baseball stadium with a pool.[/quote]

    Park is so small. By todays’ standards seems amazing to realize that’s the home park of a major league team. Granted, it was never to be anything more than temporary….but the setting in those photos sure does look different.

    A little like Met Stadium, I suppose. When it first hosted MLB in ’61, from the second deck or higher you could see cows grazing in a farmer’s field 400 or so hundred yards beyond the left field stands. Now, of course, a couple times a week I eat lunch at Mall of America, which sits on the Met Stadium site, and light rail transit runs through what was that farmer’s field.

    Everything changes over time. In my case, that was pretty much a whole lifetime ago.

    Cue Frank Sinatra…
    “…and the air was such a wonder,
    with the hot dogs and the beer.
    Yes, there used to be a ball park
    right here.”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Yeah it’s funny you make the comparison with the Met, I grew up in Montreal, and the first time I saw the Met on TV, I was thinking there was a stadium almost as bad as Jarry Park.

    I think the only chance – and it was a slim one -of the franchising ever having made it in Montreal – was the downtown – scenic, atmospheric 35,000 stadium.

    I now live in Toronto – and fully concur that the Blue Jays uniform is terrible – in watching some of the telecasts this year, I’m noticing some branding that appears to be harking back to their earlier days. With Paul Beaston back – at least temporarily – I would not be at all surprised if they go back to a look similar to their glory days. It would be welcomed with open arms.

    There was a NY Met game on locally – which is rare on Monday – NY was wearing a solid white look (i.e. no pinstripes)- is that their primary look – or do they mix and match so often they don’t really have a primary look

  • mike 2 | May 13, 2009 at 11:26 am |

    You asked the question “Did Sowle patent other inventions?”

    Google has put the US Patent database is on-line here:

    http://www.google.co...

    and then its just a google search of Sowle to find his patents.

    The first hit that comes up (patent 2881442) is something out of the Hannibal Lecter collection.

    http://s63.photobuck...

    Fascinating topic BTW – I wrote a weekend post about the USPTO Trademark database a couple of weeks ago, the patent database is even more interesting to explore, in part because its accessible through google and in part because the stuff that gets patented is even wackier.

    If you’ll permit a minor digression, this is my favourite patent of all – a helmet for astronauts to wear that has plants living inside to provide oxygen.

    http://s63.photobuck...

    When I teach the bar admission course I use this patent as an example to illustrate that for an invention to be patented, the primary requirements are that it be original, useful and non-obvious. There is NO requirement that the invention be safe, effective, meet any safety standards or actually do what its supposed to.

  • MPowers1634 | May 13, 2009 at 11:29 am |

    Take your pick, which is worse?

    http://www.hatland.c...

  • Juggernaut | May 13, 2009 at 11:32 am |

    I came across that Socks Rock link last week and linked it in the comments here. Outstanding products, but one complaint….minimum order of 12 on the really good stuff? Cut those Red Sox style socks and stirrups down to six and I’d snatch them up in a heartbeat. I go through a lot of adidas socks between rugby, soccer, and softball, but I wouldn’t go through a dozen of them. I love the products, but that’s a steep price to have to pay. And while I could split it with teammates, my softball teammates don’t do socks or stirrups.

  • LI Phil | May 13, 2009 at 11:32 am |

    [quote comment=”328988″][quote comment=”328985″]Hey Socks Rock, if you do a line of vertically striped 60 Broncos themed socks (gold and brown or white and brown) you’ll have at least one buyer, and I would think many others. I’m getting married in August and I’ve already threatened my fiancee that I’m going to wear vertically striped socks under my schmuxedo to honor the team I was in love with 25 years before I met her. Please help me follow up on this.[/quote]
    Me too, as long as I don’t have to get more than a couple pairs. Full socks or stirrups makes no diff to me on these.[/quote]

    make it three (when those first came out, i asked PL to see about their availabililty to the public…in his reply he said “unfortunately not” but indicated he would see if we [UWers] could start a grass-roots campaign for their widespread release)

    i say the campaign starts today!

  • A.J. | May 13, 2009 at 11:33 am |

    In that DiPietro pic, he’s wearing an UnderArmour shirt, which I didn’t think was allowed under NHL rules, all exposed logos need to be approved by the NHL (read: the fees paid to the NHL for it)

  • mike 2 | May 13, 2009 at 11:42 am |

    [quote comment=”328990″]

    I now live in Toronto – and fully concur that the Blue Jays uniform is terrible – in watching some of the telecasts this year, I’m noticing some branding that appears to be harking back to their earlier days. With Paul Beaston back – at least temporarily – I would not be at all surprised if they go back to a look similar to their glory days. It would be welcomed with open arms.

    [/quote]

    Agree completely. I expect to see an update of their classic 1989-1996 uniforms before too long.

    Although I also get the impression that they sell a LOT of hats with the new “J” design. It seems like every second gangster wannabe walking around the suburbs is wearing either the official hat or some goofy New Era version.

    And the 2009 Jays record, by uniform, is up to date in my link.

  • MPowers1634 | May 13, 2009 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment=”328991″]

    If you’ll permit a minor digression, this is my favourite patent of all – a helmet for astronauts to wear that has plants living inside to provide oxygen.

    http://s63.photobuck...

    When I teach the bar admission course I use this patent as an example to illustrate that for an invention to be patented, the primary requirements are that it be original, useful and non-obvious. There is NO requirement that the invention be safe, effective, meet any safety standards or actually do what its supposed to.[/quote]

    Innovative idea, but cactus?

  • Shaun | May 13, 2009 at 11:45 am |

    Hey paul did you catch the uniform of the streaker at shea?

    and real question, are the oregon silver temperature sensitive helmets real?

  • John T | May 13, 2009 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”328986″]I loathe the one color football unis that look like a shrink-wrapped jumpsuit. However, regardless of the sport, New Zealand players and the All Black tradition is just awesome. The helmets, just featuring the silver fern, are gorgeous.

    http://www.usafootba...

    Out of all of those uniforms the NZ team easily has the best. The rest make me want to vomit, but, and maybe it is the rugby player in me, I think NZ does it right.[/quote]

    Agreed, would love to see that Haka with the helmets lined up in front of them. Sweet

  • JTH | May 13, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    [quote]Ryan Connelly recently realized one of his longtime dreams by playing — and scoring a goal! — on the Mellon Arena ice. [/quote]

    …and by the looks of things, his slapshot took the goal off the moorings and right over or through the glass.

    The Golden Jet doffs his chapeau toupee to you, sir.

  • Brendan | May 13, 2009 at 12:00 pm |

    Instead of calling it Mellon Arena, you could have referred to it as The Civic Arena (or, as I do, “the Arena”)

  • Bernard | May 13, 2009 at 12:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”328992″]Take your pick, which is worse?

    http://www.hatland.c...

    Man, that page is hard to look at. I feel like if I stare at it long enough, a subliminal Oriole head might pop out of the middle…

  • Joe D | May 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm |

    http://www.oldjersey...

    Checking out the Old Jerseys site I found a USA soccer jersey with the bicentennial patch well known from Super Bowl X. I know there were a few instances of the patch showing up in a variety of sports but I don’t remember this one. Pictures anybody?

  • Ricko | May 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”329002″][quote comment=”328992″]Take your pick, which is worse?

    http://www.hatland.c...

    Man, that page is hard to look at. I feel like if I stare at it long enough, a subliminal Oriole head might pop out of the middle…[/quote]

    An idea for John Daly. Wear those loud argyle pants, chose a “gumball” version of this hat and then add a nice horizontally striped shirt.

    Kinda like a test pattern. For those of us who remember test patterns.

    —Ricko

  • DenverGregg | May 13, 2009 at 12:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”329004″][quote comment=”329002″][quote comment=”328992″]Take your pick, which is worse?

    http://www.hatland.c...

    Man, that page is hard to look at. I feel like if I stare at it long enough, a subliminal Oriole head might pop out of the middle…[/quote]

    An idea for John Daly. Wear those loud argyle pants, chose a “gumball” version of this hat and then add a nice horizontally striped shirt.

    Kinda like a test pattern. For those of us who remember test patterns.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    As big as he is (and I’m likely bigger yet) that test pattern would be the biggest ever!

  • possum | May 13, 2009 at 12:17 pm |

    As I watched the colossal embarrassment that was the Braves 10th inning collapse (due to an earlier blown call at 3rd), all the announcers could say about Cora was that he’d only played first one other time professionally. That’s why he didn’t have a 1bman’s glove.

    Also, in the Frank Thomas baseball card (http://homerderby.co...) linked in the ticker, check the opponent’s uniform. It’s one of those Tequila Sunrise spinoffs. Thomas played at Auburn, I can’t think of who the other team may be in the SEC.

  • anotherguy | May 13, 2009 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”328961″]Corky Miller is definitely a naturalized citizen of Stirrup Nation. Maybe that explains why he went 2-for-4 with a couple RBIs last night.[/quote]
    Playing behind AJ, he doesn’t get off the bench that much so it’s easy to overlook his uniform protocol. But when he does get on the field he seems to come thru at bat.

  • anotherguy | May 13, 2009 at 12:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”329000″]The Golden Jet doffs his chapeau toupee to you, sir.[/quote]Did you see him at the Night of Legends earlier this year? He’s never made a secret of wearing the rug, but he looked like he was about 16 years old with his latest model.:-)

    And speaking of looking young, Tony-0 definitely didn’t look his age (nor did his wife).

  • anotherguy | May 13, 2009 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”328974″]Heck, that’s the first time I remember seeing a member of the White Sox wearing stirrups since…uh…forever.[/quote]Well, Jim Thome wears them (and wears them high) every game. IIRC Posednik does too.

  • anotherguy | May 13, 2009 at 12:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”328969″]Park is so small. By todays’ standards seems amazing to realize that’s the home park of a major league team. Granted, it was never to be anything more than temporary….but the setting in those photos sure does look different.

    A little like Met Stadium, I suppose. When it first hosted MLB in ’61, from the second deck or higher you could see cows grazing in a farmer’s field 400 or so hundred yards beyond the left field stands. Now, of course, a couple times a week I eat lunch at Mall of America, which sits on the Met Stadium site, and light rail transit runs through what was that farmer’s field.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Ricko, I remember watching New Comiskey rise further and further above Old Comiskey and thinking how strange it would be to see a game from that height.

    (And the reason for the height is the private suites, but that’s another matter.)

  • Johnny O | May 13, 2009 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”328979″][quote comment=”328977″]If anyone has access to the television feed from FS Wisconsin last night, Bob Uecker made an appearance in the TV booth with the normal announcers Brian and Bill. If you have time, I highly recommend listening to the bottom of the 4th inning of this game. Nothing special on uniform chatter, but Uecker was at his finest. He talks about Major League 4, and how he hates the Little League World Series because of the pressure the coaches and parents put on the kids. He, of course, also talks about how he stunk it up playing pro baseball. The reason he was in the TV booth, is he was talking about being indicted onto the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor that same day.

    Sorry for the non uni-related post, but this was Uecker at his best.[/quote]
    Major League 4? Wha, wha, WHAAAT?!?![/quote]

    According to Bob Uecker himself, he said that he has talked with the producers of the first three films and he said that production on “Major League 4” is already in the works.

    It is at this time I wish I have MLBTV and could listen to that interview again… it was great! I was at a friends house who didn’t have a DVR, I should have been recording it anyways. Oh well.

  • Juggernaut | May 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”328992″]Take your pick, which is worse?

    http://www.hatland.c...

    That is technicolor vomit right there. Wow.

  • War Damn Eagle | May 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm |

    Notre Dame’s batting helmets are gold.

    http://sports.espn.g...

  • JTH | May 13, 2009 at 12:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”329009″][quote comment=”328974″]Heck, that’s the first time I remember seeing a member of the White Sox wearing stirrups since…uh…forever.[/quote]Well, Jim Thome wears them (and wears them high) every game. IIRC Posednik does too.[/quote]
    Stirrups? Nah, they wear solid black socks.

    http://upload.wikime...

    http://cache.deadspi...

    And I didn’t see Bobby Hull at the Night of Legends you mentioned, but I did see him signing autographs at the UC before last Thursday’s game. We were going up the escalator. He was sitting at a table with his back to us and there was a big crowd of people around him. We could only see him from the back at first and my friend recognized him based on the hairpiece.

    Sure enough, when we got to the second floor, we looked down and saw his face for the positive ID.

  • JTH | May 13, 2009 at 12:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”329011″]According to Bob Uecker himself, he said that he has talked with the producers of the first three films and he said that production on “Major League 4” is already in the works.[/quote]
    Wait. There was a “Major League 3“?

  • Ricko | May 13, 2009 at 12:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”329013″]Notre Dame’s batting helmets are gold.

    http://sports.espn.g...

    …which would look okay, I suppose, if they wore navy jerseys and, say, Padres road pants.

    As it is, it’s kind of like combining chocolate syrup and mayo. Interesting concept, but….

    —Ricko

  • JTH | May 13, 2009 at 12:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”329016″][quote comment=”329013″]Notre Dame’s batting helmets are gold.

    http://sports.espn.g...

    …which would look okay, I suppose, if they wore navy jerseys and, say, Padres road pants.

    As it is, it’s kind of like combining chocolate syrup and mayo. Interesting concept, but….

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Speaking of the Padres, I went to the Cubs/Padres game last night. The “sand” color of their road uniforms looks a lot better in person (at least at night) than it does on TV or in photos.

  • Greenie | May 13, 2009 at 12:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”329015″][quote comment=”329011″]According to Bob Uecker himself, he said that he has talked with the producers of the first three films and he said that production on “Major League 4” is already in the works.[/quote]
    Wait. There was a “Major League 3“?[/quote]

    Major League: Back to the Minors, 1998.

    http://www.imdb.com/...

    Corbin Bernsen, Bob Uecker and Dennis Haysbert were back, but nobody else.

  • Chris in Nashville | May 13, 2009 at 12:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”328992″]Take your pick, which is worse?

    http://www.hatland.c...

    http://www.hatland.c...

  • Squiddie | May 13, 2009 at 12:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”328992″]Take your pick, which is worse?

    http://www.hatland.c...
    I’d have to go with unnecessary use of single quotes or shortening Cooperstown to Coop. (And does the artist Coop know about this?)

  • LI Phil | May 13, 2009 at 12:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”329009″][quote comment=”328974″]Heck, that’s the first time I remember seeing a member of the White Sox wearing stirrups since…uh…forever.[/quote]Well, Jim Thome wears them (and wears them high) every game. IIRC Posednik does too.[/quote]

    i think he means actual stirrups not black socks

  • Ricko | May 13, 2009 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”329019″][quote comment=”328992″]Take your pick, which is worse?

    http://www.hatland.c...

    http://www.hatland.c...

    It says “click picture for larger view.” God Almighty, why would I wanna do THAT?

  • War Damn Eagle | May 13, 2009 at 1:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”329016″][quote comment=”329013″]Notre Dame’s batting helmets are gold.

    http://sports.espn.g...

    …which would look okay, I suppose, if they wore navy jerseys and, say, Padres road pants.

    As it is, it’s kind of like combining chocolate syrup and mayo. Interesting concept, but….

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Here’s the gold helmet with a navy jersey:

    http://grfx.cstv.com...

  • Hott Rodd | May 13, 2009 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”329022″][quote comment=”329019″][quote comment=”328992″]Take your pick, which is worse?

    http://www.hatland.c...

    http://www.hatland.c...

    I’m that person that just has to click… I now beg the rest of you not to..
    It says “click picture for larger view.” God Almighty, why would I wanna do THAT?[/quote]

  • Lwiedy | May 13, 2009 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”329023″][quote comment=”329016″][quote comment=”329013″]Notre Dame’s batting helmets are gold.

    http://sports.espn.g...

    …which would look okay, I suppose, if they wore navy jerseys and, say, Padres road pants.

    As it is, it’s kind of like combining chocolate syrup and mayo. Interesting concept, but….

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Here’s the gold helmet with a navy jersey:

    http://grfx.cstv.com...

    Rudy wants to know if they paint the baseball helmets with 24 kt. gold paint, too (or doesn’t the ND BS extend outside the football locker room).

  • War Damn Eagle | May 13, 2009 at 1:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”329016″][quote comment=”329013″]Notre Dame’s batting helmets are gold.

    http://sports.espn.g...

    …which would look okay, I suppose, if they wore navy jerseys and, say, Padres road pants.

    As it is, it’s kind of like combining chocolate syrup and mayo. Interesting concept, but….

    —Ricko[/quote]

    At least the base coaches don’t have to wear them:
    http://media.college...

  • anotherguy | May 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”329021″]i think he means actual stirrups not black socks[/quote]
    Okay, thanks for that update.

    I thought the major battle was between the “down to the ankle or lower” look and “anything else”.

  • anotherguy | May 13, 2009 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”329025″]…(or doesn’t the ND BS extend outside the football locker room).[/quote]That’s not a serious question, is it?? :-(

    I’m just surprised the baseball people actually put the decal on the front of the helmet. People might not think of Dome football if they saw that.

    Hey, is that Charlie Weis at the concession stand in the background of that picture?

  • Ry Co 40 | May 13, 2009 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”329000″][quote]Ryan Connelly recently realized one of his longtime dreams by playing — and scoring a goal! — on the Mellon Arena ice. [/quote]

    …and by the looks of things, his slapshot took the goal off the moorings and right over or through the glass.

    The Golden Jet doffs his chapeau toupee to you, sir.[/quote]

    you should see where the goalie landed…

    lol

  • tosaman | May 13, 2009 at 1:24 pm |

    My apologies if it’s already been mentioned, but Stade Francais rugby club has announced a new home jersey:
    http://www.madeinspo...

    Is it any better than last year’s love-or-hate-it jersey?
    http://3.bp.blogspot...

    meh

  • Teebz | May 13, 2009 at 1:27 pm |

    In prepping for the Memorial Cup, host team Rimouski Oceanic will follow Kitchener’s lead from last season in preparing a special one-time jersey for their first game.

  • Jeff | May 13, 2009 at 1:29 pm |

    Good for Joey Cora. I’ve played first base with a fielder’s glove for years. I couldn’t afford two gloves when I was younger, and I long ago got used to it.

  • Lwiedy | May 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”329028″][quote comment=”329025″]…(or doesn’t the ND BS extend outside the football locker room).[/quote]That’s not a serious question, is it?? :-([/quote]

    Look, not everybody is enamored with the “Notre Dame Way”.
    http://i256.photobuc...
    If we have to listen to the endless stream of ND lore (dribble), you’re just gonna have to take a shot every now and then.

  • LI Phil | May 13, 2009 at 1:33 pm |

    [quote]In prepping for the MasterCard Memorial Cup…[/quote]

    (fixed)

    wouldn’t wanna misname the tourney or anything…

  • Ry Co 40 | May 13, 2009 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”329031″]In prepping for the Memorial Cup, host team Rimouski Oceanic will follow Kitchener’s lead from last season in preparing a special one-time jersey for their first game.[/quote]

    WOW! thats a nice jersey. like the colors too!

  • Oakville Endive | May 13, 2009 at 1:43 pm |

    How far does Notre Dame take this gold cap fetish?

    Does their swim team wear gold caps?

  • DenverGregg | May 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”329034″][quote]In prepping for the MasterCard Memorial Cup…[/quote]

    (fixed)

    wouldn’t wanna misname the tourney or anything…[/quote]
    MasterCard is dead? Should have used it instead of Visa.

  • Lwiedy | May 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”329036″]How far does Notre Dame take this gold cap fetish?

    Does their swim team wear gold caps?[/quote]

    “That’s not a serious question, is it?? :-(“, ;-)

  • anotherguy | May 13, 2009 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”329033″]Look, not everybody is enamored with the “Notre Dame Way”.
    http://i256.photobuc...
    If we have to listen to the endless stream of ND lore (dribble), you’re just gonna have to take a shot every now and then.[/quote]

    HA! You read me wrong friend. I’ve grown up in Chicago. I well remember the “God made the Irish #1” bumper stickers during the 1970’s. Interviewing out of college, the people conducting the interviews rarely felt it necessary to mention where THEY went to college: one person mentioned Annapolis (and his Navy career), and two mentioned that they went to Dome. That’s it. Later I found that people I had talked to had MBA’s out of Chicago and NU, but they didn’t bring that up within 15 minutes of meeting me.

    I’ve seen the “ND is the next best thing to heaven” attitude for quite a while. It’s not my favorite thing in the world by a long shot.

    I always laugh when the Domers think that they’re being unfairly persecuted in the polls (see the Boston College loss).

    In short, IMHO the ND BS extends ad infintum in the minds of Domers and Domer wannabes.

  • Squiddie | May 13, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  • War Damn Eagle | May 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm |

    Mets wearing black and Braves wearing navy today. This should not be allowed. The colors are too close. Same thing happened last week when Florida wore black and Atlanta wore navy.

  • anotherguy | May 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”329036″]How far does Notre Dame take this gold cap fetish?[/quote]
    Ad infinitum.

  • pflava | May 13, 2009 at 1:50 pm |

    Those pics from the Expos first home game are OUTSTANDING. The original uniforms were an absolute thing of beauty. In fact, picture 53 is quite possibly baseball uniform perfection. And it was a treat to finally see some decent pics of Jarry Park.

    RyCo’s hockey pics were inspiring. What a thrill!

    As for socksrock.com – amazing stuff, but like others here, I don’t need 12 pairs. If they did single orders I’d be all over it.

    The old jerseys site has some really cool stuff. This is very tempting.

  • Chad G. | May 13, 2009 at 1:50 pm |

    Don’t know if someone mentioned this but what I love most about Socks Rock is the socks(not stirrups) with the calf stripes. I don’t understand why teams like the Red Sox or the Braves that always wore stripped stirrups don’t wear stripped socks when wearing the cuffs high. Socks Rock is the first store anywhere that I have seen offer them.

  • anotherguy | May 13, 2009 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”329041″]Mets wearing black and Braves wearing navy today. This should not be allowed. The colors are too close.[/quote]
    Right on to that. Always has that “spring training” game look to me: and those games don’t count.

  • Ricko | May 13, 2009 at 1:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”329040″]From The Onion
    Slashed Ticket Prices Allow Lesser Nobility to Attend Yankees Games[/quote]

    Ah, The Onion. My favorite Onion headline ever:
    “Wheelchair Athlete
    Fakes Recovery to
    Get Out of Practice”

    So wonderfully twisted.
    The Onion, I mean.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | May 13, 2009 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”329041″]Mets wearing black and Braves wearing navy today. This should not be allowed. The colors are too close. Same thing happened last week when Florida wore black and Atlanta wore navy.[/quote]

    fixed…damn, that’s 2x today

  • MLB2PDX | May 13, 2009 at 1:59 pm |

    The Braves announcers just made a comment about the Mets’ “Inaugural Season” patch. It’s huge…horrible…looks like you’re about to order a pizza or something.

    Nice.

  • Lwiedy | May 13, 2009 at 2:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”329039″][quote comment=”329033″]Look, not everybody is enamored with the “Notre Dame Way”.
    http://i256.photobuc...
    If we have to listen to the endless stream of ND lore (dribble), you’re just gonna have to take a shot every now and then.[/quote]

    HA! You read me wrong friend. [/quote]

    Funny how the written word sometimes just doesn’t get the job done. I read your reply and was certain that there was no sarcasm intended and then read it in with your amplified context and it read quite differently. In any case, I guess I just wanted to show that silly ND poster, so it was all worth it.

  • anotherguy | May 13, 2009 at 2:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”329046″]
    Ah, The Onion. My favorite Onion headline ever:
    “Wheelchair Athlete
    Fakes Recovery to
    Get Out of Practice”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    “I don’t use it for sympathy! I use it for respect!”

  • anotherguy | May 13, 2009 at 2:09 pm |

    As long as we’re talking about The Onion:

    http://www.theonion....

    “Detroit Mayor Throws First Brick In Glass-Breaking Ceremony For New Slum”

    As its Dave Bing, this is sports-related content. :-)

  • DaveMac | May 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm |

    I really enjoyed the Ebbets Field Flannels blog.

  • Monte | May 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm |

    Wright in stirrups! And he didn’t just strike out w/ men on! Amazin!

  • JRJR | May 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”329046″][quote comment=”329040″]From The Onion
    Slashed Ticket Prices Allow Lesser Nobility to Attend Yankees Games[/quote]

    Ah, The Onion. My favorite Onion headline ever:
    “Wheelchair Athlete
    Fakes Recovery to
    Get Out of Practice”

    So wonderfully twisted.
    The Onion, I mean.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Gotta say this one is my favorite.

    http://www.theonion....

  • Chad G. | May 13, 2009 at 2:15 pm |

    If anyone is watching the Mets Braves game right now I just realized that David Wright is wearing Stirrups. He usually goes high cuffed for day games, but I have never seen him in stirrups. Also he is the first Met to wear stirrups in recent memory.

  • Chad G. | May 13, 2009 at 2:16 pm |

    beat me to it Monte.

  • MPowers1634 | May 13, 2009 at 2:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”329025″][quote comment=”329023″][quote comment=”329016″][quote comment=”329013″]Notre Dame’s batting helmets are gold.

    http://sports.espn.g...

    …which would look okay, I suppose, if they wore navy jerseys and, say, Padres road pants.

    As it is, it’s kind of like combining chocolate syrup and mayo. Interesting concept, but….

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Here’s the gold helmet with a navy jersey:

    http://grfx.cstv.com...

    Rudy wants to know if they paint the baseball helmets with 24 kt. gold paint, too (or doesn’t the ND BS extend outside the football locker room).[/quote]

    Speaking of anti Yankee/Notre Dame bias…where has Marty Met been?

  • Ry Co 40 | May 13, 2009 at 2:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”329044″]Don’t know if someone mentioned this but what I love most about Socks Rock is the socks(not stirrups) with the calf stripes. I don’t understand why teams like the Red Sox or the Braves that always wore stripped stirrups don’t wear stripped socks when wearing the cuffs high. Socks Rock is the first store anywhere that I have seen offer them.[/quote]

    i agree, i love the calf stripes!!! but min of 12?!?! yikes! at this point, i would actually do a min of 6. and i also agree, mlb teams should have striped socks!

  • MPowers1634 | May 13, 2009 at 2:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”329048″]The Braves announcers just made a comment about the Mets’ “Inaugural Season” patch. It’s huge…horrible…looks like you’re about to order a pizza or something.

    Nice.[/quote]

    My DDP class is working on a PowerPoint Animation project right now.

    As I was explaining to them the idea of fill colors and stroke, I decided to turn the game on via the multimedia projector and screen.

    Without missing a beat, three students yelled out: Those numbers are horrible, I can’t even read them.

  • mike 2 | May 13, 2009 at 2:33 pm |

    My favourite Onion article (also sports-related)

    http://www.theonion....

    “Over-competitive Lance Armstrong challenges cancer to rematch”

  • Kek | May 13, 2009 at 2:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”329047″][quote comment=”329041″]Mets wearing black and Braves wearing navy today. This should not be allowed. The colors are too close. Same thing happened last week when Florida wore black and Atlanta wore navy.[/quote]

    fixed…damn, that’s 2x today[/quote]
    Isn’t that Braves jersey quite dark? They might as well have let the Pirates and Mets both wear black last Friday.

  • Teebz | May 13, 2009 at 2:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”329059″][quote comment=”329048″]The Braves announcers just made a comment about the Mets’ “Inaugural Season” patch. It’s huge…horrible…looks like you’re about to order a pizza or something.

    Nice.[/quote]

    My DDP class is working on a PowerPoint Animation project right now.

    As I was explaining to them the idea of fill colors and stroke, I decided to turn the game on via the multimedia projector and screen.

    Without missing a beat, three students yelled out: Those numbers are horrible, I can’t even read them.[/quote]

    That’s for marks?

    Hell, can I do this class via correspondence? LOL ;o)

  • Mike Calagna | May 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm |

    Nothing like watching a major league softball game in Flushing….WHAT A JOKE!

  • MPowers1634 | May 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”329062″][quote comment=”329059″][quote comment=”329048″]The Braves announcers just made a comment about the Mets’ “Inaugural Season” patch. It’s huge…horrible…looks like you’re about to order a pizza or something.

    Nice.[/quote]

    My DDP class is working on a PowerPoint Animation project right now.

    As I was explaining to them the idea of fill colors and stroke, I decided to turn the game on via the multimedia projector and screen.

    Without missing a beat, three students yelled out: Those numbers are horrible, I can’t even read them.[/quote]

    That’s for marks?

    Hell, can I do this class via correspondence? LOL ;o)[/quote]

    Unfortunately, your affinity for hockey would put you into a remedial class grouping.

  • rpm | May 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm |

    paul, you are a jerface, you don’t know anything about stuff, or things, and here is why you are wrong you miserable commie scum. obviously i kid, but seriously, how can you put the words “bundesliga” and “fashion” together, and not evoke a past post. i read that, and i got the nudge thinking about what awesomeness could possibly be behind the curtain, but instead you made me cry, because there was no awesome

  • Teebz | May 13, 2009 at 2:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”329064″]
    Unfortunately, your affinity for hockey would put you into a remedial class grouping.[/quote]

    My affinity for hockey is why I’m known. My ability in other sports and uniforms is an untapped resource… one that occasionally gets tapped when speaking with Phil.

    Don’t underestimate the hockey crowd. We need something to do between June and September. :o)

  • Hott Rodd | May 13, 2009 at 2:52 pm |

    If anyone found the New Yorker article on game theory and full court press that was in the ticker a few days ago interesting, the author is doing a 3 parter with Bill Simmons today over on TWWL.com…

  • rpm | May 13, 2009 at 2:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”328994″][quote comment=”328988″][quote comment=”328985″]Hey Socks Rock, if you do a line of vertically striped 60 Broncos themed socks (gold and brown or white and brown) you’ll have at least one buyer, and I would think many others. I’m getting married in August and I’ve already threatened my fiancee that I’m going to wear vertically striped socks under my schmuxedo to honor the team I was in love with 25 years before I met her. Please help me follow up on this.[/quote]
    Me too, as long as I don’t have to get more than a couple pairs. Full socks or stirrups makes no diff to me on these.[/quote]

    make it three (when those first came out, i asked PL to see about their availabililty to the public…in his reply he said “unfortunately not” but indicated he would see if we [UWers] could start a grass-roots campaign for their widespread release)

    i say the campaign starts today![/quote]

    i don’t think he manufactures anything, this vendor is a way of getting tck stuff. tck does not sell directly to anyone, you need a third party, like this advertiser. who, by the way, treated me quite nicely when i ordered my teams stirrups even though i was a major pain in the ass.

  • Hott Rodd | May 13, 2009 at 2:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”329066″][quote comment=”329064″]
    Unfortunately, your affinity for hockey would put you into a remedial class grouping.[/quote]

    My affinity for hockey is why I’m known. My ability in other sports and uniforms is an untapped resource… one that occasionally gets tapped when speaking with Phil.

    Don’t underestimate the hockey crowd. We need something to do between June and September. :o)[/quote]

    Besides admiring ugly hockey jerseys?

  • Teebz | May 13, 2009 at 3:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”329069″][quote comment=”329066″][quote comment=”329064″]
    Unfortunately, your affinity for hockey would put you into a remedial class grouping.[/quote]

    My affinity for hockey is why I’m known. My ability in other sports and uniforms is an untapped resource… one that occasionally gets tapped when speaking with Phil.

    Don’t underestimate the hockey crowd. We need something to do between June and September. :o)[/quote]

    Besides admiring ugly hockey jerseys?[/quote]

    If you simply mean the EDGE jerseys, yes. If you’re talking historically? Best-looking sport EVER.

  • Hott Rodd | May 13, 2009 at 3:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”329070″][quote comment=”329069″][quote comment=”329066″][quote comment=”329064″]
    Unfortunately, your affinity for hockey would put you into a remedial class grouping.[/quote]

    My affinity for hockey is why I’m known. My ability in other sports and uniforms is an untapped resource… one that occasionally gets tapped when speaking with Phil.

    Don’t underestimate the hockey crowd. We need something to do between June and September. :o)[/quote]

    Besides admiring ugly hockey jerseys?[/quote]

    If you simply mean the EDGE jerseys, yes. If you’re talking historically? Best-looking sport EVER.[/quote]

    No, no, no Teebz, I am not saying hockey jerseys in general are ugly, I am saying that you admire the uglier of the set..

  • don d. | May 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”329036″]How far does Notre Dame take this gold cap fetish?

    Does their swim team wear gold caps?[/quote]

    Not as bad as Michigan takes their football wings.

  • Teebz | May 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”329071″]
    No, no, no Teebz, I am not saying hockey jerseys in general are ugly, I am saying that you admire the uglier of the set..[/quote]

    That’s correct for me personally. I recently added a Blues Gretzky-era “Nedved 93” jersey to my collection, and a Penguins diagonal-name with “McEachern 15”. Solid additions to my growing collection of ugly jerseys.

  • jesse | May 13, 2009 at 3:34 pm |

    im sure we’ve all noticed by now that david wright is wearing black stirrups this afternoon. phil, i know youre there–they are the little tiny “bottom-heavy” kinds, but theyre there.

  • rpm | May 13, 2009 at 3:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”328992″]Take your pick, which is worse?

    http://www.hatland.c...

    okay, these are all bad, i hate this garbage, but this one is actually in reference to a bridge on pulaski highway in an industrial sector of balto. painted burgundy on white, down to the stripes, it is kind of iconic if you are familiar with this craptastic part of baltimore. this hat is actually crazy awesome, and if i wore new eras, i would rock this one.

  • LI Phil | May 13, 2009 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote]phil, i know youre there–they are the little tiny “bottom-heavy” kinds, but theyre there.[/quote]

    thanks…but PL (thru a forward) sent me a pic (screen grab) of wright during his first AB…

    still waiting for wire photos…

    im sure there’ll be more on this tomorrow

  • anotherguy | May 13, 2009 at 4:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”329072″][quote comment=”329036″]How far does Notre Dame take this gold cap fetish? [/quote]

    Not as bad as Michigan takes their football wings.[/quote]That’s a close call. I wouldn’t want to have to judge that contest.

  • Lose R | May 13, 2009 at 4:06 pm |

    Interesting uni (or not) at “Shea” last night

    http://www.youtube.c...

  • CMP | May 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm |

    “What happened to the ball that Bobby Thompson hit for his famous home run in 1951?”

    A fictional account of that story is part of the theme of the (amazing) Don DeLillo book “Underworld” – also the subject of his novella “Pafko at the Wall”

  • Bernard | May 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”329075″][quote comment=”328992″]Take your pick, which is worse?

    http://www.hatland.c...

    okay, these are all bad, i hate this garbage, but this one is actually in reference to a bridge on pulaski highway in an industrial sector of balto. painted burgundy on white, down to the stripes, it is kind of iconic if you are familiar with this craptastic part of baltimore. this hat is actually crazy awesome, and if i wore new eras, i would rock this one.[/quote]

    Really? That’s interesting. A friend of mine has a Pirates version of this design, and that website is selling others:

    http://www.hatland.c...

    I imagine people rocking these in/for other locales have no idea the design’s connection to Baltimore. I definitely didn’t.

  • Squiddie | May 13, 2009 at 4:59 pm |

    Speaking of hockey jerseys, Teebz did you ever find out about who has rights to the Fighting Saints logo? I was just thinking that the folks at Vintage Minnesota Hockey jerseys might know as they sell Saints sweaters.

    Also they’re having a Spring Sale so it would be a good chance for people to check out their stuff.

    Vintage Minnesota Hockey

  • =bg= | May 13, 2009 at 5:00 pm |

    I have watched every inning of the Nats-SF series..well, most of ’em..no uni malfunctions. Really let down by that.

  • =bg= | May 13, 2009 at 5:22 pm |

    http://www.nfl.com/n...

    “Cowboys Stadium”
    What couldn’t I have dreamed that one up?

  • JTH | May 13, 2009 at 5:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”329078″]Interesting uni (or not) at “Shea” last night

    http://www.youtube.c...
    Did the shortstop (Escobar?) give the “safe” sign after the slide into second base? It’s hard to tell because he’s partially out of frame and the camera’s so shaky, but it kinda looks like he did.

  • JTH | May 13, 2009 at 5:51 pm |

    Stirrup Nation’s latest naturalized citizen.

  • Teebz | May 13, 2009 at 5:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”329081″]Speaking of hockey jerseys, Teebz did you ever find out about who has rights to the Fighting Saints logo? I was just thinking that the folks at Vintage Minnesota Hockey jerseys might know as they sell Saints sweaters.

    Also they’re having a Spring Sale so it would be a good chance for people to check out their stuff.

    Vintage Minnesota Hockey[/quote]

    No… still looking. I have no idea who owns the rights to the former WHA franchise names.

  • George | May 13, 2009 at 5:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”329084″][quote comment=”329078″]Interesting uni (or not) at “Shea” last night

    http://www.youtube.c...
    Did the shortstop (Escobar?) give the “safe” sign after the slide into second base? It’s hard to tell because he’s partially out of frame and the camera’s so shaky, but it kinda looks like he did.[/quote]

    Or was he holding his hands up in a “WTF?” gesture…..?

  • divino codino | May 13, 2009 at 5:58 pm |

    “Man of the Weekend was Red Bulls forward John Wolyniec. As seen on MSG, the Staten Island native and former Fordham star was set to enter as a sub, Friday, when he removed his warm-up jacket to reveal a red jersey. His team, however, was wearing its white jerseys. Wolyniec quickly changed, entered”

    Reminds me of a story my HS basketball coach told about a bench-warming teammate of his in college who tried to win a few bucks on a bet by wearing only a jock under his warm-up pants during a game. Turned out the game was a blow-out win and the coach told him to sub in.

    Unlike Wolyniec, he did not change and enter.

    I don’t remember if he collected on the bet, either.

  • Lwiedy | May 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm |

    In looking at some shots of today’s Braves-Mets, I noticed sock logos: http://sports.yahoo....
    I’m sure that this has been covered and I just didn’t pay attention, but whose logo is that?

  • Lwiedy | May 13, 2009 at 6:08 pm |

    Also, I had to recheck the final score after seeing these:
    http://sports.yahoo....
    http://sports.yahoo....
    Look, enthusiasm is fine, celebrating after a win (other than shirt untucking ;-), no problem but whatever you just did DIDN’T win the game so let’s just settle down.

  • JTH | May 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”329085″]Stirrup Nation’s latest naturalized citizen.[/quote]
    And here’s a video clip of that very same play.

  • Nick | May 13, 2009 at 6:49 pm |

    On the subject of DiPietro’s mask:

    Maybe I’m wrong, but judging by the pictures it looks like the mask with MSG on the side is the more recent one (meaning MSG was added to the mask, not subtracted). While that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, look at the jerseys: The one on the left is the Edge design, while the other is pre-Edge. Maybe it’s not even MSG? Who knows – it might just be a base for the graphic pictured on the side or something.

    Anyway, I think he was wearing an entirely new mask during the season (with a bronze colored cage), so we might never see the mask in the photo again.

  • Nick | May 13, 2009 at 6:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”329089″]In looking at some shots of today’s Braves-Mets, I noticed sock logos: http://sports.yahoo....
    I’m sure that this has been covered and I just didn’t pay attention, but whose logo is that?[/quote]

    I believe they are Phiten socks (the same ones Miguel Cabrera wears).

    Heres a pic of Cabrera’s socks from the 7.7.08 UW entry by Paul:
    http://farm4.static....

  • scott | May 13, 2009 at 7:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”329041″]Mets wearing black and Braves wearing navy today. This should not be allowed. The colors are too close. Same thing happened last week when Florida wore black and Atlanta wore navy.[/quote]

    Right, I thought MLB forbid teams from essentially wearing the same colored jerseys in a game. It’s just stupid – and something I’m sure no other sport would allow.

  • Stuby | May 13, 2009 at 7:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”329090″]Also, I had to recheck the final score after seeing these:
    http://sports.yahoo....
    http://sports.yahoo....
    Look, enthusiasm is fine, celebrating after a win (other than shirt untucking ;-), no problem but whatever you just did DIDN’T win the game so let’s just settle down.[/quote]
    Love the reaction of Francoeur in that first shot. “Dude, the game ain’t over!”.

  • LI Phil | May 13, 2009 at 7:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”329090″]Also, I had to recheck the final score after seeing these:
    http://sports.yahoo....
    http://sports.yahoo....
    Look, enthusiasm is fine, celebrating after a win (other than shirt untucking ;-), no problem but whatever you just did DIDN’T win the game so let’s just settle down.[/quote]

    i didn’t even need to look at those pics to know exactly to what you were referring, larry…it’s not the first time k-rod has done that, but i think if he ever has to bat, it might be his last…

    if you look at the first pic (w/frencheart in the background)…im not a lip reader, but im fairly certain he’s not asking him out for a brewski following the game….

    i love the fact that the mets actually have a closer, for the first time in years…but that act is wearing thin…and it’s gotta be pissing off opponents…it’s almost as bad as jabba the yankmee

    i don’t even like that act when k-rod saves a game…but merely getting a hold? dude, act like you’ve been there before

    /on a unrelated note…i never watch game replays, particularly after the mets lose, but i am now just to fully take in the wonderful stirrupage that is mr. wright…

    welcome to the nation, sir

  • random reader | May 13, 2009 at 8:12 pm |

    Word is those fans who dressed up as umpires for the Indians-Jays game are back tonight as the Blue Jays host the Yankees.

  • bartusball | May 13, 2009 at 8:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”329054″][quote comment=”329046″][quote comment=”329040″]From The Onion
    Slashed Ticket Prices Allow Lesser Nobility to Attend Yankees Games[/quote]

    Ah, The Onion. My favorite Onion headline ever:
    “Wheelchair Athlete
    Fakes Recovery to
    Get Out of Practice”

    So wonderfully twisted.
    The Onion, I mean.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Gotta say this one is my favorite.

    http://www.theonion....

    As a Pirates fan I loved this one from The Onion
    PNC Park Threatens To Leave Pittsburgh Unless Better Team Is Built

  • Nick | May 13, 2009 at 8:27 pm |

    Dodgers @ Phillies

    Juan Pierre is wearing stirrups – no pics (as is Jamie Moyer, per usual). Does Pierre usually wear stirrups? As far as I know, he goes high-cuffed, but I was unaware that he wears stirrups.

    Also, does any MLB player other than Pierre wear the fielding cap under the batting helmet? Why does he do this anyway – anyone know?

  • Mike Engle | May 13, 2009 at 8:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”329085″]Stirrup Nation’s latest naturalized citizen.[/quote]
    Wow, that is one ugly game. Not even David Wright’s stirrups can save that snapshot.
    [quote comment=”329099″]Dodgers @ Phillies

    Juan Pierre is wearing stirrups – no pics (as is Jamie Moyer, per usual). Does Pierre usually wear stirrups? As far as I know, he goes high-cuffed, but I was unaware that he wears stirrups.

    Also, does any MLB player other than Pierre wear the fielding cap under the batting helmet? Why does he do this anyway – anyone know?[/quote]
    Juan Pierre does routinely wear stirrups. He wears his field cap under his batting helmet because he has an epically small noggin, so it helps the helmet fit better. I’m unable to think of any other cap-under-helmet-wearing batters.

  • Jeff_D | May 13, 2009 at 8:48 pm |

    Writer/Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, etc.) and his crew are participating in the 3rd Annual Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament to benefit the Brantford Sports Facilities Infrastructure Legacy Fund. Here are details:
    http://viewaskew.com...

    And here are their jerseys:
    http://www.viewaskew...

  • Tony Miller | May 13, 2009 at 9:02 pm |

    The Cubs do not have the standings flags on the scoreboard tonight. Any idea why this is the case?

  • interlockingtc | May 13, 2009 at 9:02 pm |

    Loved the patent drawings. Thanks.

  • JTH | May 13, 2009 at 9:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”329102″]The Cubs do not have the standings flags on the scoreboard tonight. Any idea why this is the case?[/quote]
    I’d imagine that it’s got something to do with the fact that we’re currently under a tornado watch.

    Are the retired numbers up on the foul poles?

  • DenverGregg | May 13, 2009 at 9:28 pm |

    Watching Rox/’Stros on FSNRM. Announcers just gave a putative quote from Charlie Hough on first seeing the tequila sunrise uni’s: “They look like Hawaiian softball uniforms.” More perceptive (and funnier) than Mantle’s quote about the A’s mid-sixties threads in the Baseball Digest article.

  • JTH | May 13, 2009 at 9:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”329101″]Writer/Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, etc.) and his crew are participating in the 3rd Annual Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament to benefit the Brantford Sports Facilities Infrastructure Legacy Fund. Here are details:
    http://viewaskew.com...

    And here are their jerseys:
    http://www.viewaskew...
    There was a time in my life when I would have immediately recognized all of the names on that team’s roster, but I have no idea who Jon Gordon and Jim Jackman are.

  • Lwiedy | May 13, 2009 at 9:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”329093″][quote comment=”329089″]In looking at some shots of today’s Braves-Mets, I noticed sock logos: http://sports.yahoo....
    I’m sure that this has been covered and I just didn’t pay attention, but whose logo is that?[/quote]

    I believe they are Phiten socks (the same ones Miguel Cabrera wears).

    Heres a pic of Cabrera’s socks from the 7.7.08 UW entry by Paul:
    http://farm4.static....

    Thanks, I’m glad you were paying attention!

  • Lwiedy | May 13, 2009 at 9:51 pm |

    Scott Kasmir is eating cotton candy in the dugout, jeez. I think that’s taking the “tobacco free” thing a little far.

  • Jeff_D | May 13, 2009 at 9:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”329106″][quote comment=”329101″]Writer/Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, etc.) and his crew are participating in the 3rd Annual Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament to benefit the Brantford Sports Facilities Infrastructure Legacy Fund. Here are details:
    http://viewaskew.com...

    And here are their jerseys:
    http://www.viewaskew...
    There was a time in my life when I would have immediately recognized all of the names on that team’s roster, but I have no idea who Jon Gordon and Jim Jackman are.[/quote]
    Jim Jackman is the Associate Producer of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” for which Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes appeared in a few episodes.

    Jon Gordon is a producer of “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back”, “Dogma” and “Jersey Girl”… and many other films.

  • KJG | May 13, 2009 at 10:18 pm |

    On DiPietro’s mask: Those are 2 different masks in the photo. The vent holes in one are round and the other’s are triangular.

  • random reader | May 13, 2009 at 10:31 pm |

    About the fans dressed as umpires during tonight’s Blue Jays game, one of them actually put on a mask, further completing the umpire look.

    I wonder if these guys will be featured in a news story eventually…

  • MPowers1634 | May 13, 2009 at 10:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”329107″][quote comment=”329093″][quote comment=”329089″]In looking at some shots of today’s Braves-Mets, I noticed sock logos: http://sports.yahoo....
    I’m sure that this has been covered and I just didn’t pay attention, but whose logo is that?[/quote]

    I believe they are Phiten socks (the same ones Miguel Cabrera wears).

    Heres a pic of Cabrera’s socks from the 7.7.08 UW entry by Paul:
    http://farm4.static....

    Thanks, I’m glad you were paying attention![/quote]

    Torii Hunter has been wearing them for awhile too!

    http://cdn0.sbnation...

  • Lwiedy | May 13, 2009 at 11:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”329112″][quote comment=”329107″][quote comment=”329093″][quote comment=”329089″]In looking at some shots of today’s Braves-Mets, I noticed sock logos: http://sports.yahoo....
    I’m sure that this has been covered and I just didn’t pay attention, but whose logo is that?[/quote]

    I believe they are Phiten socks (the same ones Miguel Cabrera wears).

    Heres a pic of Cabrera’s socks from the 7.7.08 UW entry by Paul:
    http://farm4.static....

    Thanks, I’m glad you were paying attention![/quote]

    Torii Hunter has been wearing them for awhile too!

    http://cdn0.sbnation...

    WTF is with those shoes? I don’t think that from an ASG. Baseball’s out of control with the “Do your own thing” deal. This isn’t LL where kid get their shoes from wherever.

  • Mike Engle | May 13, 2009 at 11:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”329113″][quote comment=”329112″][quote comment=”329107″][quote comment=”329093″][quote comment=”329089″]In looking at some shots of today’s Braves-Mets, I noticed sock logos: http://sports.yahoo....
    I’m sure that this has been covered and I just didn’t pay attention, but whose logo is that?[/quote]

    I believe they are Phiten socks (the same ones Miguel Cabrera wears).

    Heres a pic of Cabrera’s socks from the 7.7.08 UW entry by Paul:
    http://farm4.static....

    Thanks, I’m glad you were paying attention![/quote]

    Torii Hunter has been wearing them for awhile too!

    http://cdn0.sbnation...

    WTF is with those shoes? I don’t think that from an ASG. Baseball’s out of control with the “Do your own thing” deal.

    This isn’t LL where kid get their shoes from wherever.[/quote]
    Must be the Jackie Robinson tribute shoes by Nike.

  • Ontario, CAN | May 13, 2009 at 11:29 pm |

    not a regular here but what’s the deal with the Red Sox going with old school dark letters on their roads.

  • LI Phil | May 13, 2009 at 11:32 pm |

    [quote]WTF is with those shoes? I don’t think that from an ASG. Baseball’s out of control with the “Do your own thing” deal. This isn’t LL where kid get their shoes from wherever.[/quote]

    monsieur engle beat me to it, but yep, those are the JRR kicks

    im pretty sure they’re modeled after a pair he wore his rookie season too

  • LI Phil | May 13, 2009 at 11:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”329115″]not a regular here but what’s the deal with the Red Sox going with old school dark letters on their roads.[/quote]

    read all aboot it

  • Shaun | May 13, 2009 at 11:37 pm |

    Definitely thought i was goin loco seein sock logos… thanks for evidence!! i just checked in to see if anyone had noticed wright and pierre in stirrups…

  • Lwiedy | May 13, 2009 at 11:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”329116″][quote]WTF is with those shoes? I don’t think that from an ASG. Baseball’s out of control with the “Do your own thing” deal. This isn’t LL where kid get their shoes from wherever.[/quote]

    monsieur engle beat me to it, but yep, those are the JRR kicks

    im pretty sure they’re modeled after a pair he wore his rookie season too[/quote]

    Ok, I’ll bite. Any visuals of Jack wearing something similar? I guess since it was done they must have some basis but let me ask, is that really a “trademark” of Robinson (enough to be his “tribute” shoe)?

  • Lwiedy | May 13, 2009 at 11:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”329116″][quote]WTF is with those shoes? I don’t think that from an ASG. Baseball’s out of control with the “Do your own thing” deal. This isn’t LL where kid get their shoes from wherever.[/quote]

    monsieur engle beat me to it, but yep, those are the JRR kicks

    im pretty sure they’re modeled after a pair he wore his rookie season too[/quote]

    30 pages of Google photos and no circus shoes yet.

  • LI Phil | May 13, 2009 at 11:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”329119″][quote comment=”329116″][quote]WTF is with those shoes? I don’t think that from an ASG. Baseball’s out of control with the “Do your own thing” deal. This isn’t LL where kid get their shoes from wherever.[/quote]

    monsieur engle beat me to it, but yep, those are the JRR kicks

    im pretty sure they’re modeled after a pair he wore his rookie season too[/quote]

    Ok, I’ll bite. Any visuals of Jack wearing something similar? I guess since it was done they must have some basis but let me ask, is that really a “trademark” of Robinson (enough to be his “tribute” shoe)?[/quote]

    dammit larry

    did i forget to turn on the [sarcasm][/sarcasm] tags again!

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 12:02 am |

    [quote comment=”329121″][quote comment=”329119″][quote comment=”329116″][quote]WTF is with those shoes? I don’t think that from an ASG. Baseball’s out of control with the “Do your own thing” deal. This isn’t LL where kid get their shoes from wherever.[/quote]

    monsieur engle beat me to it, but yep, those are the JRR kicks

    im pretty sure they’re modeled after a pair he wore his rookie season too[/quote]

    Ok, I’ll bite. Any visuals of Jack wearing something similar? I guess since it was done they must have some basis but let me ask, is that really a “trademark” of Robinson (enough to be his “tribute” shoe)?[/quote]

    dammit larry

    did i forget to turn on the [sarcasm][/sarcasm] tags again![/quote]

    They are the Nike Swingman Remix Jackie Robinson Tribute cleat.

    No, JR never wore anything resembling them.
    The shoe is a hybrid of the Nike Air Griffex Max 1 and 2.

    Usually there is an embossed graphic of Junior on the instep of the shoe, but on this edition, it is Jackie sliding into home, while featuring the colors of the Dodgers.

    SIlly yes, in principle, no.

  • Lwiedy | May 14, 2009 at 12:05 am |

    [quote comment=”329121″][quote comment=”329119″][quote comment=”329116″][quote]WTF is with those shoes? I don’t think that from an ASG. Baseball’s out of control with the “Do your own thing” deal. This isn’t LL where kid get their shoes from wherever.[/quote]

    monsieur engle beat me to it, but yep, those are the JRR kicks

    im pretty sure they’re modeled after a pair he wore his rookie season too[/quote]

    Ok, I’ll bite. Any visuals of Jack wearing something similar? I guess since it was done they must have some basis but let me ask, is that really a “trademark” of Robinson (enough to be his “tribute” shoe)?[/quote]

    dammit larry

    did i forget to turn on the [sarcasm][/sarcasm] tags again![/quote]

    Man, that’s two sarcastic remarks I missed today! Look, I didn’t want to come across as “that not possible” so if someone said “it was from….” I don’t want to say “BS!” If that is just something the swoosh made up with, that’s atrocious. In my search, I did see a couple examples of the shoe and slapping a 42 on the back and a date tag on the inside hardly qualifies as a “tribute shoe”.

  • Lwiedy | May 14, 2009 at 12:10 am |

    [quote comment=”329122″][quote comment=”329121″][quote comment=”329119″][quote comment=”329116″][quote]WTF is with those shoes? I don’t think that from an ASG. Baseball’s out of control with the “Do your own thing” deal. This isn’t LL where kid get their shoes from wherever.[/quote]

    monsieur engle beat me to it, but yep, those are the JRR kicks

    im pretty sure they’re modeled after a pair he wore his rookie season too[/quote]

    Ok, I’ll bite. Any visuals of Jack wearing something similar? I guess since it was done they must have some basis but let me ask, is that really a “trademark” of Robinson (enough to be his “tribute” shoe)?[/quote]

    dammit larry

    did i forget to turn on the [sarcasm][/sarcasm] tags again![/quote]

    They are the Nike Swingman Remix Jackie Robinson Tribute cleat.

    No, JR never wore anything resembling them.
    The shoe is a hybrid of the Nike Air Griffex Max 1 and 2.

    Usually there is an embossed graphic of Junior on the instep of the shoe, but on this edition, it is Jackie sliding into home, while featuring the colors of the Dodgers.

    SIlly yes, in principle, no.[/quote]

    If it’s the Dodgers (Brooklyn) colors, why the hell is most of the shoe gray? A tribute to Jack’s hair color?

    It may be a great shoe, that for Powers to decide. But there is no tribute to JR.

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 12:28 am |

    [quote comment=”329124″][quote comment=”329122″][quote comment=”329121″][quote comment=”329119″][quote comment=”329116″][quote]WTF is with those shoes? I don’t think that from an ASG. Baseball’s out of control with the “Do your own thing” deal. This isn’t LL where kid get their shoes from wherever.[/quote]

    monsieur engle beat me to it, but yep, those are the JRR kicks

    im pretty sure they’re modeled after a pair he wore his rookie season too[/quote]

    Ok, I’ll bite. Any visuals of Jack wearing something similar? I guess since it was done they must have some basis but let me ask, is that really a “trademark” of Robinson (enough to be his “tribute” shoe)?[/quote]

    dammit larry

    did i forget to turn on the [sarcasm][/sarcasm] tags again![/quote]

    They are the Nike Swingman Remix Jackie Robinson Tribute cleat.

    No, JR never wore anything resembling them.
    The shoe is a hybrid of the Nike Air Griffex Max 1 and 2.

    Usually there is an embossed graphic of Junior on the instep of the shoe, but on this edition, it is Jackie sliding into home, while featuring the colors of the Dodgers.

    SIlly yes, in principle, no.[/quote]

    If it’s the Dodgers (Brooklyn) colors, why the hell is most of the shoe gray? A tribute to Jack’s hair color?

    It may be a great shoe, that for Powers to decide. But there is no tribute to JR.[/quote]

    When they played on the road, duh! :^)

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 12:32 am |
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  • Josh | May 14, 2009 at 12:51 pm |

    To the Josh Sheehan referenced in this post, if you’re the same Josh Sheehan that worked for the Giants spring training email me – it’s Josh Miller.

    If you’re not the same Josh Sheehan please disregard.

    joshmiller34@cox.net