Phil already covered the Civil Rights Game in yesterday’s post (if you missed it, scroll down for his analysis), but there are a few additional details I want to go over today. To wit:
• They kinda botched the Reds’ NOB font, along with the number-to-letter size ratio. More to the point, though, isn’t it bizarre that the Reds used an “uphill” arch for their subscript NOBs back in the day? The subscript format is weird enough on its own, but it would’ve looked so much better with an inverted, “downhill” arch (like the word “Carolina” here). Anyone with decent Photoshop skills want to show us how that might have looked?
• We’re so used to seeing the Reds using the wishbone C logo that I’d kinda forgotten all about the rounded C version, which they used from 1961 through ’66.
• Phil mentioned D.J. Carrasco’s stirrups, but reader Steve Johnston let me know that Carrasco’s hose prompted the following exchange between Chisox broadcasters Steve Stone and Ken Harrelson:
Steve Stone: He’s got some high socks.
Ken Harrelson: I tell ya, if I were a pitcher today, there’s no way in the world I’d be wearin’ those loooong pants, all the way down. I’d be wearin’ socks like that.
Stone: I’d be wearing as much white…
Stone: … as I possibly could and try to get the baseball to come out of some aspect of whiteness.
Harrelson: No question about it. I would be wearin’ those things up to my behind. [Both men chuckle.]
Stone: High leg kick, anything you can do to add a little deception.
Harrleson: Big high white socks and a psychedelic-colored glove. Got get ’em, kid!
Stone: Hey, if they let you do it, do it.
Two thoughts here: First, this reminds me of the 1967 controversy over the Washington Senators’ white cap and socks, which I described three summers ago. And second, I’m all in favor of anything that gets players to wear more stirrups, but wouldn’t a white pant leg pulled all the way down to the shoetops achieve the same effect that Stone and Harrelson are advocating?
• Kinda looked like the “SOX” lettering on some of the Chicago caps was applied as a patch, not as direct-embroidered letters. You can sort of see what I’m talking about here and here. I know, I know, most of you are thinking that’s just a blur effect from the video, but I swear I saw it on several of the caps (but not on all of them).
• Speaking of the Chisox caps, here’s something I hadn’t realized: Back in the day, their cap logo had lots of breaks in the lettering (look at that X!). This isn’t shown in their official throwback cap, what a surprise. Wasn’t done for the Civil Rights Game caps either.
• Oh, and one other thing they botched: wrong TV number font.
But hey, it’s certainly a lot better than what they wore for the past two Civil Rights Games.
Research Request: If anyone has any decent game shots of this Kings uni, please get in touch. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Back in college, I played in a touch football league whose championship game was called the Soup Bowl. We’ve all seen those sorts of joke game names — the Salad Bowl, the Toilet Bowl, etc. But apparently there really was a game called the Spaghetti Bowl, which was played between Army and Air Force personnel stationed in Italy in 1945. Use the navigation tabs at the upper-left corner of that page to learn more. … Nice shot here of yellow Rams jerseys and plexiglass faceguards (with thanks to John Muir). … Steve Dewing notes that Dick Allen apparently had scar tissue on his eyebrows. … And so it goes. … Steve May says the vintage goalie mask discussion threads and photos on this site are amazing, and a quick perusal indicates that he’s right. Highly recommended. … Schutt has come out with a head-cooling helmet, which should put a major dent in cabbage leaf sales (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Interesting post on old football cards here (with thanks to Mike Thomas). … Not sure if this has just been added or if it’s been there all along, but one of the Shea parking lots is now marked with the spots where the original Shea’s home plate, pitching rubber, and bases had been. … What’s that on T.O.’s cap? Guess (with thanks to Mike Engle). … Looking for a good pair of striped stirrups? Quick, buy these (with thanks to Dustin Bornman). … SportsCenter typo on Friday night, as they misspelled the name of my favorite city (as spotted by Jason Heminger). … The BC Lions have unveiled some 1960s throwbacks (with thanks Richard Musterer). … I’ve previously shown the logos that the NBA will be using for its preseason games in Monterrey and Beijing. They’ve also got one for Taipei (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: Interesting survey of Japanese professional badges. … Still more from Jeremy: Here is the logo and ball for the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. … Check out these batting gloves used to belong to Howie Kendrick of the Angels. Never seen that padding on the palm and index finger before (with thanks to Brett Crane). … Here’s how the W on the Dexter Fowler’s NOB is supposed to look. Now compare that to the W on his vest jersey — looks like they used an upside-down M (great catch by Todd Davis). … Great shot of the 1935 Green Lake women’s hoops team, as seen on the wall of Red Mill Burgers in Seattle by Jeremy Brahm. … A blogger is taking a comprehensive look at the Stars/North Stars uniforms. It starts here and continues here (with thanks to Nicole James). … Great uni cameo shot from Steve Dewing‘s site: Boog Powell as a Dodger. … I really ought to know this, but what’s the deal with the shorts patches in this shot? … I bid on this but didn’t win it — dang. … UFC fighter Diego Sanchez has been wearing the Sacramento Kings logo on his shorts (with thanks to the Chris Creamer forum). … Those light-blue Father’s Day ribbons looked particularly odd on the Padres’ camo jerseys. … The Phillies wore theirs to the left of their memorial chest patch, while the Angels wore it to the right of theirs. … And look, Bobby Cox had one on his dugout jacket. … Josh Willingham wore “JON” on his armbands yesterday, which I assume was a memorial gesture for his brother. … Things apparently got a little freaky-deeky at Shea yesterday. … Bob Feller will turn 91 this fall, but that didn’t keep him from pitching yesterday at the Hall of Fame Classic yesterday in Cooperstown. Further details here. … Another player wearing those annoying Phiten-branded socks: Jorge de la Rosa. … OK, we all know Prince Fielder likes a baggy jersey, but come on — that’s a tent! And look how low his Cool Base armpit vent is extending. … I’ve finally figured out why I don’t like this year’s Orioles cap logo. The old version included a few touches of gold, while the new version doesn’t. I realize that fewer colors makes for easier printing, but c’mon, a gray beak? Looks so drab. Also, the word “oriole” derives from the word “golden”! Rich Frank, if you’re reading this, I expect to see the gold tones restored forthwith! … A Seattle couple renewed their wedding vows at Safeco yesterday, and chose some rather odd attire for the occasion. … Wladimir Klitschko has been wearing the Hugo Boss logo on the front and back of his waistband for years now, but he wore “fit & geimpft” for Saturday’s bout against Ruslan Chagaev. According to this story, that’s German for “fit and vaccinated,” apparently a reference to Chagaev having recently tested positive for hepatitis. … Tiger Woods faced an oh-so-vexing decision yesterday (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Good catch by Matthew Hiett, who writes: “During Sunday night’s Dodgers/Angels game, ESPN showed this graphic for the Freeway Series. But the picture for Anaheim is actually Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World in Orlando, not Disneyland in California.” … Clayton Kershaw had an interesting variation on the Pedro porthole last night: Instead of his second button being unfastened, he had trouble with his third button. Greg Riffenburgh has already dubbed this the Kershaw crevice. … Speaking of Kershaw, here’s a great catch by Kevin Gee: If you look at the MLB logo on the back of Kershaw’s jersey, you can see there’s some extra stitching around it. Turns out all the Dodgers have this extra stitching. Gee speculates it’s because the Dodgers have moved their player tagging from the shirttail/jock tag area to the inner collar, probably due to the flimsiness of the Cool Base material. … If you’ve been dying to own a 1986 game-worn Phillies St. Paddy’s Day uniform, today’s your lucky day (with thanks to Adam Brodsky). … Interesting stories about CWS footwear and throwbacks (with thanks to David McGee). … “My girlfriend Bonnie and I had a few rainy days this weekend and filled them by making DIY Blazers uniforms — ’88 Drexler for me and a ’77 Walton for her,” writes Ryan Hossner. “Took around 12 hours with all of the stenciling and painting.” Full step-by-step slideshow here.