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Tracking The Unis, Round 2, Part I

uni tracking round 2

By Phil Hecken

Ok, in this final weekend before UW’s Vacation, we have round 2 of our MLB Uniform Tracking. If you missed the first batch, they can be found here and here. Good stuff. But, we’re two months further along, and it’s time for another look at the tracking — with warmer weather, streaks (good or bad), or just whim, a few teams have altered their usual rotations (if they had any) and others have fallen into different patterns. The Mets, for example, had worn pinstripes every Sunday at home until the last week of June. They haven’t worn them again on Sunday (at all) and have only worn them once, when they became Los Mets for Latin Appreciation Night. Other teams have broken out special uniforms, Negro League tributes and throwbacks, and our trackers are on top of it all. So lets get started.

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pittsburgh pirates logoWe kick off with Doug Keklak “Kek” one of our Pirates trackers:

The Pirates had a rough month of July, going 8-17 overall. Through 7/31, they were 44-58. They have performed best in the home whites with a 20-10 mark. They are a terrible 15-33 in the road grays, thanks in part to a dismal 1-12 July. July was the best month thus far for the Friday black alts as they were 4-1 which gives them a 5-10 mark on the season (3-4 at home, 2-6 on the road). The team is 1-5 on the season in the Sunday home pinstripes.

Special issue: the Buccos are 3-0 in special uniforms this year, going 1-0 in 1909 throwbacks and 2-0 in Homestead Grays throwbacks. The Pirates are 2-2 in the stars and stripes cap and won the game they played in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police cap.

Doug provides us with two spreadsheets which nicely document the past two months of uniform tracking.

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chicago white sox logoNext up is Scott Curl “ChiScott” who has been tracking the White Sox:

Hi Phil –

Here’s my tracking update for the White Sox through July 31.

Quick Note: The other day I emailed Sox VP of Communications, Scott Reifert, and asked him just how the Sox go about picking which jersey they pair up with their home and road pants on any given night – since each team varies, was it based on the choice of a pitcher, the equipment manager, a team/coaching decision, day of the week, etc.? He wrote back and told me that aside from pre-planned “event” games (Negro League tributes, throwback games, etc.) jersey choice is strictly up to the game’s starting pitcher.

Recent trends: Whole lotta black lately. Mark Buehrle pitched his perfect game in black on July 23, and the Sox have played well (29-26 this season) while wearing the alternate black jerseys. Interestingly, Buehrle made the rare choice to go with pinstripes this past Sunday, and the result was also rare: an ugly home loss for him. Coincidence??? (Cue the Theramin music.)

The other trend has been to go almost completely away from the official road grays. Not counting “Stars and Stripes” cap games, the team has only worn their official grays in 15 games this year, and they lost 10 of them (their last win in the gray official road uniform was May 31).

Event Unis: We’ve now seen the Sox play in several “event” uniforms – two different “stars and stripes” combos, the Negro League tribute uniforms, the 1959 throwbacks, and the Civil Rights game 1964 throwbacks. The Sox are 5-2 so far in “event” unis.

Tracking: As for my sheet, I changed my layout so that the row colors now reflect the jersey worn for that game. Each row color-corresponds to a particular uniform combo, depicted on the right. I think it makes it much easier to see at a glance what they were wearing over the course of the season.

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atlanta braves logoNext up is Scott Gladin, who’s been tracking the Braves:

In the first installment of Uni Tracking back in May, the Braves seemed to be definitively better in the Home Red and Away Blue Uniforms. However, as the team has started to play better baseball, the uniforms have started to somewhat even out. They still are showing a better record with the alternates, but the average runs scored and allowed are much closer together.

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cleveland indians logo - 1946-50Moving on, we have Ben Teaford who is an Indians Tracker:

Thru Sunday 8/2 the Indians have worn an amazing 11 different uniform combinations on the season (4 more since my last update). So while they may be near the bottom of the standings, they’ve got to be near the league leader in that category. The four new unis they’ve worn are the 80’s throwback (although these look so much better with stirrups, don’t you think?), they wore the Stars & Stripes cap with their home whites, and they had a home and home with Detroit in the unis of the Cleveland Buckeyes negro league team.

Mostly they have stuck to the traditional home white and road grays, something that has become more pronounced as the season has progressed though. They’ve only worn the home blue alternates 3 times since June 1st and when they wore the blue road alternate at the Angels on July 28th, it was the first time they had worn those in over a month. Cliff Lee loved the traditional unis, so with him sadly out of the picture now, we may see the blue alts come back in.

Ben also included, per my request, a screengrab of his tracking sheet; unfortunately, it’s a little hard to read, but trust me, he’s got it ALL in there. And here is a nice chart of all those combos.

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florida marlins logo 2Next up, Michael Jaworski “MtJaws”, who tracks the Marlins:

Now that we are at approximately 100 games into the 2009 season, the Florida Marlins have settled in with decent trends for their uniforms. Thru Sunday, August 2, the Marlins are 55-50. In their Home White uniforms, the Fish are 30-23, plus two other rained out starts in white uniforms. In their Road Grey uniforms, Florida is 9-12. In their Alternate Black uniform, they are 0-2 at Home, and a winning 17-12 on the Road. The black has seen lots of action on the road, but at home, the black hasn’t been seen since late May, presumably due to the heat. In color vs color games, the Marlins are a nice 6-2, with only one of those games at home. Included in those records above are the 4 games wearing the red Stars & Stripes hats. FL won 3 of those games.

With nearly every home game in white, the decision to wear grey or black on the road seems to rest with the starting pitcher. In all 10 of Ricky Nolasco’s road starts, the team is in black. For the other starters, they’ve mostly split between wearing grey or black. Josh Johnson does favor the road black in 7 of his 10 road starts.

The biggest surprise to me was seeing that the Alt Black has only appeared twice at home. I thought I’d seen it more often than that. I don’t mind the Road Black Alt, but I wish it wasn’t worn more often than the traditional grey. Maybe the last third of the season will change the numbers.

Mike also included very detailed tracking sheets: Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV; he also included a record by uniform and a breakdown of uniform by pitcher.

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kansas city royals logoAlthough he didn’t include a detailed writeup, Mike Vamosi did a nice breakdown of the Royals:

Royals UniWatch Record as of Aug. 6, 2009

Powder Blue (Day Home): 7-11
White (Primary Home): 17-22
Salute to Negro League Home: 0-1
Overall Home: 24-34

Royal Blue (Road Day): 5-10
Gray (Primary Road): 13-21
Salute to Negro League Road: 0-1
Overall Road: 18-32

Overall: 42-66

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houston astros logoNext up is Kenny Montross who is an Astros tracker:

Howdy Phil,

I’ve always been curious how my teams did in different uniforms but had never even thought to keep track myself until I saw the posts back in May. I started keeping track of the Astros in Excel. That seemed a little confusing so this last week I made a graphic representation.

The Astros have worn a total of 5 different jerseys (white with pinstripes, ‘snow’ white, red ‘Astros’, red ‘Houston’ and gray) and 6 different hats (black, red, ‘patriotic’, ‘go green’, Houston Fire Depart. and Apollo 11) in 10 combinations. As you can tell, the ‘Stros like their one off caps. I like them too, as long as they wear them at home. They’re 3-0 with these hats at home, but 1-3 away from the juice box. That could also be because the only ‘special’ cap they wore away was the clashing bright red patriotic cap. Some one in the Astros organization also seems to like softball jerseys. I personally can’t stand them. Not only does the team look bad in them, they play worse too. They are 25-29 in the softball jerseys and 28-26 in the more traditional jerseys.

Bring on the special hats and gray and white jerseys!

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toronto blue jays logoWe move on to Mike Styczen, our resident Blue Jays tracker:

What can you say about the Blue Jays – after an exciting first couple of months, they’re showing us that they’re basically a .500 team. As I write this, they’re 51-54, and they’re within a game or two of .500 in every jersey and hat combination.

They’re maintaining their uniform pattern so far so far this season – grey on the road, white for home night games, black for home day games, throwbacks for friday home games. Even with the malaise that’s set in, Cito hasn’t felt the need to shake things up uni-wise.

Record to date, by combination, is here, and Screenshot of tracking spreadsheet is here.

Thanks again, Mike

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pittsburgh pirates logo - 1968-1986Moving on, CJ Giannuzzi is one of our Pirates trackers:

The white pinstripes are always worn on sunday day games. The black and white alts are worn on friday nights at home and the black and grays are worn on friday nights away. I did not include those throwbacks they wore for the Royals series. If I’m correct they wore it all series.

And here is a nice screen shot of CJ’s tracking.

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new york mets logoOur last tracker today is Gregg Girard, who like me, is a Mets tracker:

Phil. Here you go.

Like Phil, I’m uni-tracking the Mets. (Your sympathy is welcome.)

Well, I made one bold prediction back in May: Santana will never wear black. Unfortunately for Johann and me, I was wrong. In the three Santana in black starts (all on the road), he went 0-3 with a 10.06 ERA.

As I said in May, I am searching for patterns, both in terms of victories and behind actual uniform selection. A losing record tends to negate the former, but I was able to dig out a few notables: the Mets home winning percentage is .528 overall, but it rises to .636 and .625 when they wear snow white/blue and black, respectively. Wearing their classic pinstripe/blue combination, they are a dreadful 1-4. As Phil noted in May, that combo seemed to be the regular Sunday uniform, but after wearing them for three straight Sunday losses, they haven’t worn them on Sunday since June 21. In fact, they didn’t wear pinstripes until July 31, when they put them on for a Friday night loss to the D-backs.

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OK, that’s all for today for the Uni Tracking. Tomorrow will conclude the second round. If you are tracking and haven’t yet sent me in your data, please try to do so by early this evening, so I can include it in tomorrow’s post. If you can’t, you can either save it for the season-ending wrap up or send it do me during the UW hiatus, and I’ll try to include it in a future post. Send me your stuff in an email and we’ll set something up.

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scoreboardGuess The Game From The Scoreboard: Today’s GTGFTS might be a little tricky, but it shouldn’t be any trouble for you guys. As always, location, date and final score are needed. Today’s scoreboard comes courtesy of James Huening (thanks, JTH). James is therefore, prohibited from playing along today. Ready? Guess The Game. Once again, if anyone wants to send in scoreboards for future games, please do so. Also, with football season approaching, does anyone want to try a football “Guess The Game” game? Don’t know if it’s quite as much fun as baseball, but we can give it a shot. And for this game, as always, don’t post the answer directly, but do try to tell us how you solved the mystery.

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benchies header Since this is my penultimate post before the vacation, I’m gonna give you a weeks worth of Ricko’s finest Benchies today. Well, five days worth, anyway…a work week’s worth (say that five times fast). And, it’s a serial.

“Monday” Benchies

“Tuesday” Benchies

“Wednesday” Benchies

“Thursday” Benchies

“Friday” Benchies

Back tomorrow with a Saturday and a Sunday.

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So, last night the Blue Jays did their Flashback Friday thing — but with a twist. They wore white throwbacks, commemorating their 92-93 World Championship Winning teams. The unis looked really sharp, although today’s cut and style (long, baggy pants without stirrups) kinda tarnished the look. Of course, their opponents, the Orioles, wore dark tops (although, one could make an argument the O’s were throwing back to 1993. OK, not really.)

Lots of players from the 92-93 teams were on hand, including Joe “Touch ’em all” Carter, Dave Winfield, and Pat Borders (pictured with Carter). Former (and current) Manager Cito Gaston was also on hand, but for some reason, chose to wear the current BP top (in lovely black and slate).

Hey, at least the old timers did not do the jersey tuck. While I will admit those unis were not my favorite MLB uniform of all time, they sure beat what they’re wearing these days. Good stuff!

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That’s gonna do it for today. I’ll have Part II of Round 2 tomorrow, a bunch of announcements and goodies, and of course, Guess The Game and “Benchies.”

Everyone have a great Saturday.

 

61 comments to Tracking The Unis, Round 2, Part I

  • HC | August 8, 2009 at 7:13 am |

    Here is the game:

    http://www.baseball-...

    I Googled “Indians Score 14 Runs” and there it was!

  • Hibbsy | August 8, 2009 at 7:27 am |

    I wonder why the Blue Jays wore the wrong pants.

  • WarDamnEagle | August 8, 2009 at 7:28 am |

    Yep, definitely the wrong pants. And wrong color shoes, wrong color belt . . .

    Ugh.

    http://2.bp.blogspot...

  • Steve | August 8, 2009 at 7:35 am |

    [quote comment=”344638″]Here is the game:

    http://www.baseball-...

    I Googled “Indians Score 14 Runs” and there it was![/quote]

    Actually, the game is this:
    http://www.baseball-...
    The game you linked is one of the games on the scoreboard, but its an out of town score at the game I linked.

  • Hibbsy | August 8, 2009 at 7:39 am |

    I’m not super militant about the Jays and their use of black, but those unis remind me of why they should wear blue.

  • Ricko | August 8, 2009 at 7:52 am |

    Jeez, those unis make the Blue Jays look…like the Blue Jays.

    That look, nothwithstanding current style of wear and differences from the actual set, still looks better than anything they’re wearing now. Or have worn lately.

    Never have quite figured out the Blue Jays. Both the current black set and the Clemens era set with more red always looked like CFSOC to me.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | August 8, 2009 at 8:01 am |

    btw, caught some highlights from the soccer match the other night with the Sounders in neon green and their in bright salmon.

    Wow, a “tropical flavors” Skittles game. That was…something to see.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | August 8, 2009 at 8:04 am |

    Elastic in pantlegs that extends under the shoe gets a lot of hate here. But it avoids this look, that for sure. So it does SOME good.
    http://farm3.static....
    (from one of first photos today)

    Is Yankee-RedSox game over yet?

    —Ricko

  • timmy b | August 8, 2009 at 9:05 am |

    As promised, here’s a list by team of NFL in season uni differences from 1968 – 1973.

    Bears:
    1971: wore white jerseys with block #s instead of normal rounded numbers for 4 of 5 games. wore navy jerseys for 9 games, with no sleeve stripes for all but last 3 games.

    1972: wore white jerseys with block #s instead of normal round numbers for 2 of 6 games. wore navy stripeless jerseys for 4 of 8 games.

    1973: wore white jerseys with block #s for 3 of 6 games. wore navy stripeless jerseys for 1 of 8 games.

    Bengals:
    Wore straight sleeve stripes (durene) and separated sleeve stripes (mesh) in season from 1969-1975.

    Lions:
    1968: Wore stripeless blue jerseys with white numbers for games in Dallas, home vs. Bears and in L.A.

    Dolphins:
    1972: Players wore white striped jerseys and stripeless jerseys side by side during season. Aqua jerseys stripeless for all.

    Vikings:
    1969: stripeless purple jersey worn in L.A. (50NFL) shield worn BELOW left TV numerals.

    1970: stripeless purple jersey worn for first 3 home games.

    1971: stripeless purple jersey worn for first 4 home games and 1 away game.

    1972: stripeless purple jersey worn for first 3 home games.

    1973: stripeless purple jersey worn for 5 of 7 home games and at Dallas in NFC title game.

    Saints:
    1969: white numerals worn on black jerseys with Packers style sleeve stripes for first 3 home games. reverted to Browns style sleeve stripes and gold numeraled black jerseys for rest of season.

    Jets:
    1970: wore plain stripeless white jerseys for game in Boston.

    1971: wore white jersey with no shoulder stripe (did have white TV numerals inside broad green stripe and bottom green stripe though) for first 4 away games.

    Eagles:
    1969: for first 6 games, wore stripeless white jersey once in Baltimore and wore stripeless green jersey 5 times (4 at home). Game at Dallas had only green helmet/green jersey combo for season.

    Cardinals:
    1970: First 10 of 11 games had black outline on numerals, week 10, 12, 13 and 14 had no outline on numerals.

    49ers:
    1971: first 3 games, had nothing at all (no numerals, no stripes) on sleeves. Once wearing white, twice wearing red.

    1972: game 3 at New Orleans and game 4 in L.A. wore red jersesy with nothing at all on sleeves.

    1973: game 1 in Miami and game 5 vs. Vikings wore red jersey with nothing at all on sleeves.

    Redskins:
    1969: game 1 in N.O. wore stripeless white jersey.

    Also, instances where numeral fonts and NOB fonts differed in season due to different jersey materials. Among teams affected by this were: Bills, Broncos, Lions, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets.

    Hope this is helpful to the cast of characters on the UW.

  • JTH | August 8, 2009 at 9:19 am |

    [quote comment=”344646″]As promised, here’s a list by team of NFL in season uni differences from 1968 – 1973.

    Bears:
    1971: wore white jerseys with block #s instead of normal rounded numbers for 4 of 5 games. wore navy jerseys for 9 games, with no sleeve stripes for all but last 3 games.

    1972: wore white jerseys with block #s instead of normal round numbers for 2 of 6 games. wore navy stripeless jerseys for 4 of 8 games.

    1973: wore white jerseys with block #s for 3 of 6 games. wore navy stripeless jerseys for 1 of 8 games.

    Bengals:
    Wore straight sleeve stripes (durene) and separated sleeve stripes (mesh) in season from 1969-1975.

    Lions:
    1968: Wore stripeless blue jerseys with white numbers for games in Dallas, home vs. Bears and in L.A.

    Dolphins:
    1972: Players wore white striped jerseys and stripeless jerseys side by side during season. Aqua jerseys stripeless for all.

    Vikings:
    1969: stripeless purple jersey worn in L.A. (50NFL) shield worn BELOW left TV numerals.

    1970: stripeless purple jersey worn for first 3 home games.

    1971: stripeless purple jersey worn for first 4 home games and 1 away game.

    1972: stripeless purple jersey worn for first 3 home games.

    1973: stripeless purple jersey worn for 5 of 7 home games and at Dallas in NFC title game.

    Saints:
    1969: white numerals worn on black jerseys with Packers style sleeve stripes for first 3 home games. reverted to Browns style sleeve stripes and gold numeraled black jerseys for rest of season.

    Jets:
    1970: wore plain stripeless white jerseys for game in Boston.

    1971: wore white jersey with no shoulder stripe (did have white TV numerals inside broad green stripe and bottom green stripe though) for first 4 away games.

    Eagles:
    1969: for first 6 games, wore stripeless white jersey once in Baltimore and wore stripeless green jersey 5 times (4 at home). Game at Dallas had only green helmet/green jersey combo for season.

    Cardinals:
    1970: First 10 of 11 games had black outline on numerals, week 10, 12, 13 and 14 had no outline on numerals.

    49ers:
    1971: first 3 games, had nothing at all (no numerals, no stripes) on sleeves. Once wearing white, twice wearing red.

    1972: game 3 at New Orleans and game 4 in L.A. wore red jersesy with nothing at all on sleeves.

    1973: game 1 in Miami and game 5 vs. Vikings wore red jersey with nothing at all on sleeves.

    Redskins:
    1969: game 1 in N.O. wore stripeless white jersey.

    Also, instances where numeral fonts and NOB fonts differed in season due to different jersey materials. Among teams affected by this were: Bills, Broncos, Lions, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets.

    Hope this is helpful to the cast of characters on the UW.[/quote]
    This is fantastic. Were you able to get many (or any) photos?

    <SUBTLE HINT TO PHIL & PAUL>
    I would definitely like to see a full post dedicated to this in future if at all possible.
    </SUBTLE HINT TO PHIL & PAUL>

  • Ricko | August 8, 2009 at 9:25 am |

    Pretty sure I could scrounge up photos of most of them.

    —Ricko

  • scott | August 8, 2009 at 9:30 am |

    When during the ’93 season did the Blue Jays stop wearing the home caps with white on the front? The players were still wearing them in the All-Star Game in Baltimore, but by the World Series the caps were solid blue, same as they’d been wearing on the road.

  • Tim Cox | August 8, 2009 at 10:08 am |

    Paul – Perhaps you’ve already heard, but Todd Helton is the latest player to abandon the pajamas and join the high sock club. Since the Rockies beat the Cubs and Helton was named player of the game, I’m curious to see if any of the younger players follow their venerable clubhouse leader and summon “the power of the sock” (as my kids call it) for tonight’s game. I have photos if you’re interested and if I can figure out how to send them).

  • gusto | August 8, 2009 at 10:26 am |

    [quote comment=”344643″]Jeez, those unis make the Blue Jays look…like the Blue Jays.

    That look, nothwithstanding current style of wear and differences from the actual set, still looks better than anything they’re wearing now. Or have worn lately.

    Never have quite figured out the Blue Jays. Both the current black set and the Clemens era set with more red always looked like CFSOC to me.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Right on the money, Ricko. I also never understood why Arizona departed from their old color scheme, to basically look like the Astros. I thought purple looked great on the Snakes when they were taking down the Yankees. It’s never a good idea to depart from a winning uniform style.

    Although the Pirates won’t be winning anytime soon, they could upgrade their uniforms. First, lose the stupid black pinstripes. Black pinstripes aren’t part of Pittsburgh’s winning tradition. Second, bring back the black pants for an all-black alternate uniform. During the mid to late 70’s that uniform was used, the Pirates were among the best clubs in the game.

  • Giancarlo | August 8, 2009 at 10:34 am |

    [quote comment=”344647″]
    I would definitely like to see a full post dedicated to this in future if at all possible.
    [/quote]
    Or this could be put on a whole new site along with the “white at home” research & some accompanying photos.
    At any rate, thanks for sharing that.

  • JTH | August 8, 2009 at 10:41 am |

    I wonder if Cito Gaston is wearing the current BP zip-up top as some kind of subtle reminder that he’s the team’s current manager.

    Regarding the past, maybe he subscribes to the Mike Ditka school of thought.

  • Jordan | August 8, 2009 at 10:56 am |

    Any details on the item that looks like a pager on Yankees’ first base coach Mick Kelleher’s belt? Stopwatch? GPS? Insulin pump? MP3 player?

    http://i.cdn.turner....

    (apologies if this has been covered before)

  • LI Phil | August 8, 2009 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment=”344653″][quote comment=”344647″]
    I would definitely like to see a full post dedicated to this in future if at all possible.
    [/quote]
    Or this could be put on a whole new site along with the “white at home” research & some accompanying photos.
    At any rate, thanks for sharing that.[/quote]

    or perhaps both

  • LI Phil | August 8, 2009 at 11:09 am |

    [quote comment=”344655″]Any details on the item that looks like a pager on Yankees’ first base coach Mick Kelleher’s belt? Stopwatch? GPS? Insulin pump? MP3 player?

    http://i.cdn.turner....

    (apologies if this has been covered before)[/quote]

    just a guess, but it’s probably a stopwatch — for timing pitcher from set position to delivery to catcher (to relay to baserunner for possible steal attempt)

  • The Ol Goaler | August 8, 2009 at 11:39 am |

    Cardinals’ shortstop Brendan Ryan went with the “pajama pants” look (sorry, couldn’t find a photo) last night at Pittsburgh. It was Ryan’s first game since fouling a ball off his left ankle July 30; he was also wearing a larger shinguard than the one he wore prior to the injury. Alas, I fear we have lost a member of the stirrups-team.

  • mike 2 | August 8, 2009 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment=”344649″]When during the ’93 season did the Blue Jays stop wearing the home caps with white on the front? The players were still wearing them in the All-Star Game in Baltimore, but by the World Series the caps were solid blue, same as they’d been wearing on the road.[/quote]

    I looked into this a while ago and couldn’t find the answer. I remember that during the season the players got together or voted to ditch the white-panel cap, but googling didn’t tell me when. I’m sure the answer is out there on microfilm somewhere.

  • mike 2 | August 8, 2009 at 11:44 am |

    And I was so excited to see them wear 1992-93 throwbacks I missed that they had the wrong pants and belt. Its a small inaccuracy compared to seeing them wear the right uniforms again.

  • anotherguy | August 8, 2009 at 11:48 am |

    I’m going with this as the Guess the Game:

    http://www.baseball-...

    Football guess the game? Hey, why not try it out and see how it goes. I imagine there’s not quite as many “out of town game” clues on football scoreboards, but we have fun here no matter how few clues there are.

  • anotherguy | August 8, 2009 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”344650″]Paul – Perhaps you’ve already heard, but Todd Helton is the latest player to abandon the pajamas and join the high sock club.[/quote]
    Sox radio announcers indicated that Dye went to the Thome look last night.

  • MJM | August 8, 2009 at 11:52 am |

    I’m a big fan of the Blue Jays white uni’s last night. In my opinion, they should scrap the recent overhaul all together and go back to the threads from their glory days for good. Other teams to consider switching to a past inspired uniform? Brewers, Indians, and of course the Mets.

  • Chris F. | August 8, 2009 at 11:56 am |

    Even though there were some small inaccuracies at least it was nice to see the Jays wearing the uniform set they should’ve never abandoned in the first place. Although truth be told I like the Clemens era set as well.

    Regarding the solid blue hats in ’93, I think the team was going through a slump or something like that and they decided to wear the sold blues and they started winning. It essentially became standard for them to wear it at home. IIRC the switch was made sometime in August.

  • Squiddie | August 8, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    Not really news, but Mike Max mentioned on WCCO last night that he’d heard from unnamed sources that the Wild might be playing a game at TCF Bank Stadium (Brick House II) in a couple of years and the Gophers would, too. So at least it’s making the rounds in mainstream media.

  • Ricko | August 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”344658″]Cardinals’ shortstop Brendan Ryan went with the “pajama pants” look (sorry, couldn’t find a photo) last night at Pittsburgh. It was Ryan’s first game since fouling a ball off his left ankle July 30; he was also wearing a larger shinguard than the one he wore prior to the injury. Alas, I fear we have lost a member of the stirrups-team.[/quote]

    Maybe we shouldn’t cross him off the list just yet. It could be that he’s wearing an additional pad on his leg, which would look dumb over (or under) stirrups, so he’s going with PJ’s to keep it covered. There’s fouling one off your leg, and there’s taking a grounder off your leg, too. He has to worry about both.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | August 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”344665″]Not really news, but Mike Max mentioned on WCCO last night that he’d heard from unnamed sources that the Wild might be playing a game at TCF Bank Stadium (Brick House II) in a couple of years and the Gophers would, too. So at least it’s making the rounds in mainstream media.[/quote]

    No alcohol sales at the New Brickhouse. Twins new ballpark a much better bet, for the Wild, anyway.

    It still looks to me that a Stars-Wild Winter Classic matchup is all but a done deal. First Fenway, then either new Yankee or new Shea (AO/Capitals vs. Gaborik/Rangers). It’s just logical given the way the NHL and NBC have approached it so far (as a U.S. showcase)…and taking into account teams that have not yet played in one, as well as the blossoming co-promoter relationship between NHL and MLB.

    —Ricko

  • anotherguy | August 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”344667″]No alcohol sales at the New Brickhouse.[/quote]
    So there goes any possibility of anything besides the HS football playoff games… :-)

    Ricko, the other day people here were speculating on exactly who was the first “Human Bowling Ball”. Brought to mind one of my first NFL draft memories: the Bears were trying to decide which running back to pick early in the draft. Their two final candidates were a larger, “bull” of a back; and a smaller, lighter guy named Payton.

  • mtjaws | August 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm |

    I enjoyed reading the unitracks of the other teams. Thanks for sharing.

    And I really enjoyed this “week” of Benchies. Are they recently created, or are they timeless classics from awhile ago? Either way, great stuff.

  • anotherguy | August 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”344669″]And I really enjoyed this “week” of Benchies. Are they recently created…[/quote]
    Now holding the title of “Ricko’s favorite poster” is MTJaws.

  • Ricko | August 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”344669″]I enjoyed reading the unitracks of the other teams. Thanks for sharing.

    And I really enjoyed this “week” of Benchies. Are they recently created, or are they timeless classics from awhile ago? Either way, great stuff.[/quote]

    Of the stuff that’s been posted, some are new, others have languished awhile.

    With Teebz help, I’ll be starting a blog soon, and posting a new one every day (another non-profit operation for Ricko, LOL)

    —Ricko

  • Douchie McDouchelsberger | August 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”344662″][quote comment=”344650″]Paul – Perhaps you’ve already heard, but Todd Helton is the latest player to abandon the pajamas and join the high sock club.[/quote]
    Sox radio announcers indicated that Dye went to the Thome look last night.[/quote]
    Yep. You can see it in this highlight from last night’s game.

    It’s really not necessarily something new for him.

    Although he normally wears his pants down to his shoetops, there is the occasional game where he’ll change up his look.

    Konerko and Pierzynski will go high-socked from time to time as well, just not nearly as often as J’maine does.

  • LI Phil | August 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |

    not that anyone cares, but MLB tv has papi “i sorry” news conference on ‘roids

  • Ricko | August 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |

    Not too much to speculate on Human Bowling Ball, as far as Charlie Tolar and Don Nottingham are concerned, anyway. They were calling Tolar that in 1960, first year of AFL. Nottingham didn’t come into NFL until 1971.

    Just sayin’ an 11-year difference kinda gives the edge to Tolar as the “original”.

    re: Payton. Did some checking. He was 4th player (1st RB) taken in ’75. Next RB was Don Hardeman (6’2″, 235) from Texas A&M, #15 to Oilers.

    I think we can say the Bears “chose wisely.”

    —Ricko

  • anotherguy | August 8, 2009 at 12:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”344671″]
    …some are new…[/quote]
    Okay, my apologies. I assumed that they were part of the UniWatch “Classic” channel.

  • anotherguy | August 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”344674″]… Payton. Did some checking. He was 4th player (1st RB) taken in ’75. [/quote]

    I guess we can say that Steve Bartkowski is the Sam Bowie to Walter Payton’s Jordan. :-)

  • anotherguy | August 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”344673″]not that anyone cares, but MLB tv has papi “i sorry” news conference on ‘roids[/quote]
    A news confernce on ‘roids?

    I’ve only heard of players taking steroids before. This is a new low; a press conference abusing these drugs? That’s sad.

  • Ricko | August 8, 2009 at 1:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”344677″][quote comment=”344673″]not that anyone cares, but MLB tv has papi “i sorry” news conference on ‘roids[/quote]
    A news confernce on ‘roids?

    I’ve only heard of players taking steroids before. This is a new low; a press conference abusing these drugs? That’s sad.[/quote]

    It’s about time.
    Maybe this finally means the end of the Designated Sitter.

  • LI Phil | August 8, 2009 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”344678″][quote comment=”344677″][quote comment=”344673″]not that anyone cares, but MLB tv has papi “i sorry” news conference on ‘roids[/quote]
    A news confernce on ‘roids?

    I’ve only heard of players taking steroids before. This is a new low; a press conference abusing these drugs? That’s sad.[/quote]

    It’s about time.
    Maybe this finally means the end of the Designated Sitter.[/quote]

    was a huge waste of time…admitted to nothing, only andro

    union lawyer by his side whole time

    half of it was in espagnol

    but he’s still a “role model” for kids…unfortunately its these kids

  • anotherguy | August 8, 2009 at 1:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”344678″]Maybe this finally means the end of the Designated Sitter.[/quote]
    Helen Thomas on ‘roids? Hmmm.

    Larry King popping HGH?

    Morley Safer with the cream and the clear?

  • Ricko | August 8, 2009 at 1:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”344680″][quote comment=”344678″]Maybe this finally means the end of the Designated Sitter.[/quote]
    Helen Thomas on ‘roids? Hmmm.

    Larry King popping HGH?

    Morley Safer with the cream and the clear?[/quote]

    Pain in the ass conversation.

  • JimV19 | August 8, 2009 at 1:45 pm |

    With or without stirrups, the Blue Jays unis made my day.

    Staying north of the border, the BC Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders did a little throwing back themselves. http://a123.g.akamai...
    Well, the Lions went all the way, the Riders just went with old-style helmets.

    Anyone think the Argos are tanking it to pave the way for the Toronto Bills? The Argonauts were shut out for the first time in 17 years last night.

  • JimV19 | August 8, 2009 at 1:46 pm |

    Sorry for the small photo. It looked bigger before I posted. I’ll look for another one.

  • Ricko | August 8, 2009 at 1:47 pm |

    On a day of uni-tracking, this is probably appropriate.
    Found a very old tearsheet the other night.
    #1 has been called a “Midori Sunrise”
    Haven’t a clue what the others should be christened.
    (Oh, and that is NOT a young uni aficionado named Paul Lukas in photos #1 and #4).
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko

  • Squiddie | August 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm |

    Found this in a file about a woman auctioneer from 1961 and liked the logo.

    Check out the KC Athletics pennant.

  • JimV19 | August 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm |

    Let’s try this again: Riders retro helmets http://media.canada....

    As for the Lions, just watch the video http://www.tsn.ca/cf...

  • Lwiedy | August 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”344647″][quote comment=”344646″]As promised, here’s a list by team of NFL in season uni differences from 1968 – 1973.

    Bears:
    1971: wore white jerseys with block #s instead of normal rounded numbers for 4 of 5 games. wore navy jerseys for 9 games, with no sleeve stripes for all but last 3 games.

    1972: wore white jerseys with block #s instead of normal round numbers for 2 of 6 games. wore navy stripeless jerseys for 4 of 8 games.

    1973: wore white jerseys with block #s for 3 of 6 games. wore navy stripeless jerseys for 1 of 8 games.

    Bengals:
    Wore straight sleeve stripes (durene) and separated sleeve stripes (mesh) in season from 1969-1975.

    Lions:
    1968: Wore stripeless blue jerseys with white numbers for games in Dallas, home vs. Bears and in L.A.

    Dolphins:
    1972: Players wore white striped jerseys and stripeless jerseys side by side during season. Aqua jerseys stripeless for all.

    Vikings:
    1969: stripeless purple jersey worn in L.A. (50NFL) shield worn BELOW left TV numerals.

    1970: stripeless purple jersey worn for first 3 home games.

    1971: stripeless purple jersey worn for first 4 home games and 1 away game.

    1972: stripeless purple jersey worn for first 3 home games.

    1973: stripeless purple jersey worn for 5 of 7 home games and at Dallas in NFC title game.

    Saints:
    1969: white numerals worn on black jerseys with Packers style sleeve stripes for first 3 home games. reverted to Browns style sleeve stripes and gold numeraled black jerseys for rest of season.

    Jets:
    1970: wore plain stripeless white jerseys for game in Boston.

    1971: wore white jersey with no shoulder stripe (did have white TV numerals inside broad green stripe and bottom green stripe though) for first 4 away games.

    Eagles:
    1969: for first 6 games, wore stripeless white jersey once in Baltimore and wore stripeless green jersey 5 times (4 at home). Game at Dallas had only green helmet/green jersey combo for season.

    Cardinals:
    1970: First 10 of 11 games had black outline on numerals, week 10, 12, 13 and 14 had no outline on numerals.

    49ers:
    1971: first 3 games, had nothing at all (no numerals, no stripes) on sleeves. Once wearing white, twice wearing red.

    1972: game 3 at New Orleans and game 4 in L.A. wore red jersesy with nothing at all on sleeves.

    1973: game 1 in Miami and game 5 vs. Vikings wore red jersey with nothing at all on sleeves.

    Redskins:
    1969: game 1 in N.O. wore stripeless white jersey.

    Also, instances where numeral fonts and NOB fonts differed in season due to different jersey materials. Among teams affected by this were: Bills, Broncos, Lions, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets.

    Hope this is helpful to the cast of characters on the UW.[/quote]
    This is fantastic. Were you able to get many (or any) photos?

    <SUBTLE HINT TO PHIL & PAUL>
    I would definitely like to see a full post dedicated to this in future if at all possible.
    </SUBTLE HINT TO PHIL & PAUL>[/quote]

    Here’s a start:
    http://i256.photobuc...

  • Dustin | August 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm |

    Watched the 91 World Series on MLB TV, and the Twins’ relief pitcher, Mark Guthrie, was wearing M-logoed stirrups.

  • JimV19 | August 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”344684″]On a day of uni-tracking, this is probably appropriate.
    Found a very old tearsheet the other night.
    #1 has been called a “Midori Sunrise”
    Haven’t a clue what the others should be christened.
    (Oh, and that is NOT a young uni aficionado named Paul Lukas in photos #1 and #4).
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I played a year or two of softball in a blue version of photo #1. We had the goofy stirrups that were more like garters. Otherwise it was a pretty cool uni. Wouldn’t want to see every team do it, but at least one should try this look again.

    Kinda does look like a young Paul, by the way…

  • Lwiedy | August 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”344685″]Found this in a file about a woman auctioneer from 1961 and liked the logo.

    Check out the KC Athletics pennant.[/quote]

    Funny thing about that picture. She has the A’s pennant, to the right of it is an American Royal pennant. That event (a cattle show) was the inspiration for the nickname of the team that followed the A’s in KC.

  • japanjohnny | August 8, 2009 at 2:19 pm |

    The game was at Wrigley 4/18/09 and ended on a Aramis Ramirez walk-off HR for a 7-5 victory over the Cardinals.

    I went to Baseball Reference and got a general time frame from the Angels being posted as Los Angeles and not California/Anaheim and then just researched from 2005 on for the most runs Cleveland scored in the second inning via the Team Inning Summary. After that I could easily cross reference to the Cubs game which I recognized by the scoreboard by dialing up the game where the Indians scored all those runs and clicking on the link to the Chicago box for that same day located at the top of the page.

    http://www.baseball-...

    This post took twice as long to write as it took to find the information longhand (i.e. no googling)

  • Dave Soline | August 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm |

    I love those Blue Jays unis. They need to bring those back full-time. Also, not a big deal since I like the white/Blue hat, the solid blue hat was the one they wore in 93 in the clincher. Although they used both that year.

  • Jim Hayden | August 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm |

    Saw the O’s at Toronto too – I like that the Jays took the extra effort to re-paint their batting helmets (although the blue was a bit too metallic).

    Also, I’m hoping New Era and American Needle will realize one of these days that those 70-80’s white fronted caps (ala the O’s, Jay’s & Expos) were made of a nylon material and not wool-blend – they just don’t look “right”…

  • rpm | August 8, 2009 at 3:06 pm |

    loved this round of benchies in general, but a personal fav was friday. it is amazing how many times some guy says some sort of ballplaying “expression” to a gal player, and it just sounds downright wrong. happened while i was umping last night, but can’t remember specifics. it was less a typical expression then it was just chatter, but the tone was perfect, something about how the pitcher was putting his balls right in there for her, and she didn’t like them, or something like that. anyway, friday was the gem.

  • mike 2 | August 8, 2009 at 4:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”344693″]Saw the O’s at Toronto too – I like that the Jays took the extra effort to re-paint their batting helmets (although the blue was a bit too metallic).

    Also, I’m hoping New Era and American Needle will realize one of these days that those 70-80’s white fronted caps (ala the O’s, Jay’s & Expos) were made of a nylon material and not wool-blend – they just don’t look “right”…[/quote]

    It was no extra effort for the helmets, they wear those on Fridays anyway (with the powder blue road unis). If they didn’t already have those helmets on the shelf, anybody’s guess if they would have bothered to make them.

  • Jon in SLC | August 8, 2009 at 8:17 pm |

    I think those ’93 unis are what the Jays’ should be wearing still. From the white front panel hat to the iconic font, it is one of the more underrated styles of the league.

  • aflfan | August 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm |

    Here is a gallery of 1990 goalie masks.

    http://sportsillustr...

  • Tony Miller | August 8, 2009 at 11:00 pm |

    Notre Dame has new practice football uniforms. See the last paragraph-plus (featuring a mention of Uni Watch by name) here.

  • JR Boucicaut | August 9, 2009 at 1:52 am |

    New USA Hockey logo? (Since they can’t use the wordmark in 2010?) Check out the logo on the top.

    http://hockey.teamus...