By Phil Hecken
Got a whole mess of stuff today, and a couple of announcements. Nothing really to constitute a “main article” but rather a bunch of smaller bits. So lets get started.
Uni Watch “Cold Case” File? It all started when a couple of weeks ago, Ricko announced to me he saw a member of the Cleveland Indians (possibly George Hendrick) in what appeared to be an all-blue uniform. Ricko believed it was at an All-Star Game (I believe he saw it on one of those ASG shows), and it was just a fleeting shot. Last weekend, I put out the call for anyone who had possibly any knowledge of the Indians ever wearing a monochrome blue uniform to please get in touch. Unfortunately, no one did, or if they said they had seen such a beast, no photographic proof was ever found. Like Fox Mulder, I want to believe there is such a uniform photograph out there.
This would most likely have occurred sometime during the Indians “Caveman uniform” (because of the font style) period. Now, the 1975 All Star Game was played in Milwaukee (which was in the AL at the time), the 1976 game was played in Philadelphia, and but George Hendrick didn’t play in this game, and the 1977 game was played in Yankee Stadium (resulting in another UW Cold Case). Even though the Indians at that time may have worn the blue tops at “home,” it’s far more likely that if they ever wore blue pants, it would have been on the road. Hence, 1976.
To date, no photos of the “all blue” uni turned up. But, there were some great finds by the readers. First, and this ran in the comments this past week, was this black and white photograph of the Indians wearing a blue top and red pants. But that’s black and white, you say, how can you tell it’s blue over red. Aside from several devout Indians followers who said it was so, it’s tough to tell. Apparently they almost never wore this combination. What we needed was photographic proof. Well guess what? We got it! (That shot comes courtesy of Bill Walsh.) Thanks Bill!
Finally, in an effort to help with the uniforms worn in the 1976 All Star Game, Larry Wiederecht provided me with this shot of the ’76 AL All Stars. There are three Indians pictured, Frank Robinson (wearing the red top with white pants), Bob Lemon (wearing a blue top and white pants), and Dave LaRoche (wearing blue top, but the pants are obscured). Could he be the “all blue” Indian? Interstingly, pictured right next to LaRoche is Goose Gossage, who is wearing the all blue Chicago White Sox uniform. Is it possible he’s the guy Ricko thought he saw?
Perhaps we can have the UW sleuths give this one last college try, and see if we can’t turn up some kind of photographic evidence of an all blue Indians uniform. We can’t let this turn into the mythical “blue pony” Rick swears was on that 1962 Broncos helmet. If this was, in fact, worn during an All Star Game, someone has to have a dvd or video tape of the game, right? Surely we can find a picture somewhere.
And on a completely unrelated note, in Friday’s ticker, there was a fantastic collection of photographs of the Bears playing in Wrigley. Sometime back in November, I believe, the topic of football fields in baseball stadia was brought up, and specifically the Bears playing in Wrigley. It was mentioned that due to Wrigley’s size, the playing field barely fit into the stadium’s dimensions, resulting in one of the endzones being “cropped” and actually ending up in the Cubs’ dugout. Back then, some discussion ensued and we tried to find close up pictures of that endzone/dugout. Nothing really close up was found. If anyone has or can point us to a close up shot of the dugout in the endzone, that would be great too!
Thursday’s column on the White Sox and the “possible need” for new uniforms (or at least some tweaks) was met by mostly positive reaction. That’s cool, not everyone has to like the idea. But, I did receive a number of E-mails from readers who were interested in taking a shot at “fixing” another team (including some who wanted to tweak NFL and college football teams). The football will have to wait, but I think the next team for which uniform changes are due is the Milwaukee Brewers. Now, I’ve already got one of the Crew’s finest fans on board for this one, but I would hope any of you graphic artists in residence would also like to take a shot at improving, tweaking, overhauling, etc. the Brewers, please give me a holler. There were lots of calls for teams (including the A’s,
Blue Black Jays, Mets, Natinals and others) to be overhauled, but for the next round, we’re going to fix the Brew Crew.
Interestingly, I also received submissions for the Orioles (courtesy of Joe Hilseberg), Cardinals (from Kyle Kendall) and Astros (thanks to Brian Fletcher) — and the Astros are surely in need of a uniform overhaul. I also received two additional submissions from those who wanted to fix the Chisox. The first, from Richard B. Gallina would have the Sox look like so, and the second, from Adrian Brashier would give the Chicago boys this uni. There were many willing to try their hand at any team. Since so many of you out there are extremely talented, lets give the Brewers a shot, and proceed from there.
So if you want to join in, drop me a line and note in the subject line “Brewer Uniform Project”.
Friday’s column on the Richfield Coliseum prompted Terry Proctor to send this nice followup note:
Your man Jim Vilk will be glad to know that the cloth-covered dark-blue permanent seats from the Richfield Colisum now hold the fannies of fans in Rochester, NY. When our War Memorial arena underwent renovations in the late ’90s one of the big questions was the seating. So someone went out and got “such a deal” on the old seats from the Coliseum and now more than 12,000 of them reside at the “Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.” Like a lot of you out there we oldtimers still refer to the place as “The War Memorial” or “The War.” Old habits die hard. Hey, I attended the first event in the building as an eight-year old in 1955, a public trade show featuring Rochester’s finest companies. I’ve got a sacred right to call it by its real name! You know what they say about renaming a ship. The HMS Bounty was renamed and look how that turned out.
Thank you Terry!
Attention All Uni-Trackers: A number of you contacted me this week (I’ll try to follow up with an E-mail in addition to this announcement), but I know there are more of you out there. It’s time for round two of the tracking. I’d like to run the updates for your favorite team next weekend. If you can send to me, sometime this week, your UPDATED tracking sheets (however it is you are keeping track) as of July 31 (or later, if you wish). Since the response to the last tracking was tremendous, I’d anticipate this next round will also be good. Here’s what I’m looking for:
Your track sheet. If you do your tracking in Excel or a similar program, I would ask, if possible, that you send me screen shots of the first four months, since I don’t have Excel on either my PC or my laptop (just at work, and ya know — i never do any UW stuff at work ;)). In addition to your track sheet, if you can provide me with a brief writeup of your uniform analysis. About 1/2 as many words as most of you used in the first set of uniform tracking we did back in May. If you didn’t participate in the first set, take a look at the May examples if you’re unsure what we’re looking for. If there are any special trends, or anything you may have noticed about a particular uniform set, let us know. If your team has gone away from (for example, except for the Mets wearing “Los Mets” on Friday night, they hadn’t worn pinstripes AT ALL in a month — maybe this afternoon they will return to that) a certain uniform (whether it be due to losing, bad karma, weather, whatever) or have increased their wearing a certain different combination, let us know. Have you seen anything anomalous about their combinations? That’s the sort of stuff we need to know (or at least, I do).
When you’re ready (or if you have questions), send your submission to this address this week and put in the subject line “Uni Tracking for the (insert our team)”. Thanks!
This and That: Got a couple of submissions from readers while Paul was away that I’ll post below. Brinke Guthrie found this “Astro” uni news (fans of the Houston club needn’t worry) … Sneakerhead Matt Powers is on a roll, with the following: Tecmo Bo Air Trainer 1; Pics of the Bulls vs, Magic Defining Moments Pack 60 + AJ VII; New Griffey Swingman colors; Matt concludes with this: “And if you fools think that my collection is ridiculous, Jay Jones is KNOWN as the godfather of PE’s. Thank you Matt, I don’t know if we could have lived without that. … Justin Kerr had this to say about newest Phillie, Cliff Lee: “Cliff Lee made his debut with the Phils (impressively so, might I add). However, his cap was missing the blue button on top. I don’t know why, any ideas?” … Finally, Joshua Knudson notes: “Felipe Lopez was traded to the Brewers last week. I was watching Friday’s Brewers/Padres game and noticed Lopez was wearing a red Phiten necklace. Naturaly I assumed it was a Diamondbacks model. It kinda looks like the dback model.” Thank you gentlemen
Saturday’s Doings: OK, this has nothing to do with unis, but I just wanted to let you know I’m not completely insane and do sometimes do things besides UW stuff … I’m also a semi-decent photographer and wanna-be artist. Had some of my stuff shown yesterday, but surprisingly (and sadly), only sold one piece (out of four). Just for shits and giggles, here’s what I showed. Enjoy. Or not. Here’s what didn’t sell: “Boat in Accabonac Bay,” … “Maidstone Sunset” … and “Autumn Bridge”. And here’s the one I moved: “Sustenence-Route 27.
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: Interestingly enough, I had been planning on running this one for a while, but reader James Craven also sent me this photo as a good “GTG” bit. So I’ll run it today. Probably pretty easy, since I believe it’s a somewhat famous photograph. Clues are all there on the board (and of course, James must have felt good in sending it because of the two teams playing and the victor). *sigh* Anyway, here we go. Don’t forget, date, location and final score. And, of course, how you went about solving the mystery. Ready? Guess The Game.
That’s all for today folks. Everyone have a great Sunday. Paul will be back tomorrow. I need a vacation.