There were at least five people at last night’s Mets/Nats game wearing “I’m Calling It Shea” T-shirts, and two of them are shown above. And there may soon be many more, because the dude sitting next to me (who also took the photo of us) liked the shirts so much that he wants to do a bulk order for a group outing that he’s planning for a game later this season.
The other three “ICIS” folks were just people I noticed while walking around the concourse. In each case, we exchanged knowing glances (and in one case a high-five), like we’d just engaged in a sort of unspoken secret handshake. It’s growing, my friends, it’s growing.
As for the Comiskey, Joe Robbie, Mile High, and Jake shirts, they’re almost ready. And No Mas impresario Chris Isenberg has come up with the perfect name for our shirt series: Naming Wrongs. Lots more to follow on this front — stay tuned.
Meanwhile, guess what they put up on the Shea scoreboard while the umps are video-reviewing a home run ball? This. After all the flash and razzle-dazzle of the usual scoreboard graphics, the sight of this plain, static thing just sitting there for several minutes was oddly refreshing.
New ESPN column today — here’s the link.
(Thanks to Kirsten for the scoreboard photo, to the guy who called out, “Hey, Uni Watch!” to me in the men’s room, and especially to Phil for jinxing Johan Santana several hours before the game by predicting he’d toss a no-hitter. That scheme lasted all of one-third of an inning.)
WBL Follow-Up: Yesterday’s entry about the short-lived Women’s Professional Basketball League prompted the following report from sporting goods historian Terry Proctor:
I remember the WBL very well. The league began at the same time that girls high school basketball was just beginning to take off, so I used some of the WBL uniforms as templates for high school and college uniforms in the Rochester area. Sand-Knit or Rawlings made most of the uniforms.
The Chicago Hustle uniforms were manufactured in 1978-79 by Athletic Sewing Mfg. Co. of Chicago and then by Betlin Mfg. Co. of Columbus, Ohio, for the last two years. We had a complete set of Betlin-manufactured Hustle uniforms as samples. The Hustle’s Janie Fincher was a knockout blonde-haired blue-eyed looker that wore a uniform probably a size or two too small (for obvious reasons). But at 5’9″, Janie could actually play. They did what they had to do to sell the league.
The New York Stars uniforms were made by Empire Sporting Goods of NYC. Empire is best remembered for making all the baseball uniforms for the 1984 movie ‘The Natural.’
The New Orleans Pride uniforms were “half and half,” with the lower left side and back being a different color from the upper section (another Betlin creation). As to the Iowa Cornets neckline, Iowa high school girls’ hoops uniforms favored that style, so the Cornets used it hoping to build some “cred” with the youngsters (although Iowa was still playing the old six-on-six rules from the early days). Those unis were made by Sand-Knit. Most of the design features were what was then popular with U.S. college women’s teams.
Fascinating, as always. Thanks, Terry.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Whoa, seizure-inducing! That’s the Moroccan volleyball team (have your neurologist send the bill to Jeremy Brahm). … Mike Hersh sent along photos from this awesome magazine about the Yanks’ 1955 visit to Japan. Check out that sleeve patch! Additional images here. … Corky Miller, who was recently spotted wearing low-cut stirrups, has now switched to a higher cut (with thanks to Steve Johnston). … Logan Light says the Cavs’ starting five have all been wearing the same sneaker design. “It’s the Nike Zoom Soldier 3, LeBron’s signature playoff shoe,” he says. Additional details in the “Shoe dept.” section of this page (thanks, Vince). … The intersection of high fashion and the NBA has finally reached its logical conclusion (with thanks to Benjamin Trattner). … Brian Povio’s mom was cleaning out her kitchen and found these 1980s team cups that he’d collected back in his youth. … It’s hard to see, but the Oregon track and field team now has “OREGON” in big letters down the back of their uniforms (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Matt Powers reports that team-signature college football gloves are now available for last season’s bowl teams. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Duh, should have done this myself (thanks, Phil). … Also from yesterday: Good shot here of the A’s bicentennial patch, which was apparently missing from Vida Blue’s jersey. Anyone know who’s holding the ciggie? … Shocking find by Jeremy Brahm: Ichiro batting — or at least posing — cross-handed! … Breaking news from CNN: Some people out there are really into sneakers. … Good story on mascot naming here (with thanks to Trevor Botting). … Nicely look from the Rock Ridge Bruins of Columbia, Missouri (with thanks to Jack Hittinger). … Don’t those bags look just a tad big? (As spotted by Brinke Guthrie.) … Lots of very unusual uni numbers in this team portrait from the 1952 Crystal Lake Community High School Yearbook. Anyone have any insights as to what might be up? (With thanks to Will Streit.) … Interesting catcher’s gear here. That photo is from the Japanese Masters (i.e., seniors) League, which features some seriously bizarro uni designs (all this courtesy of Jeremy Brahm). … The other day I wondered aloud why Phil Hughes wrote “Jr.” on his cap. Tyler Kepner found the answer. … Speaking of the Yankees, several readers have noticed (and so have I) that Mark Teixeira’s undershirt has the MLB logo on the front collar. Is he wearing the shirt backwards, or is this a new kind of undershirt we haven’t seen before? Tyler, can you see what’s what? … Plan B. Branding, which does lots of uniform work, has started a design blog where they’ll discuss their projects and related issues. … There’s a new book out that catalogs all the deaths that have ever occurred at big league ballparks over the years. Interesting review here (with thanks to longtime Uni Watch supporter Rob Walker).