Last fall I wrote an entry about a site devoted to NASL jerseys. Now that site has added a ton of MISL photos (that’s Major Indoor Soccer League, for those of you who don’t recall that particular chapter in sports history), many of them amazing. Here’s a breakdown:
• The Baltimore Blast had an interesting logo, using the soccer ball’s checkerboard pattern as the basis for a series of
crowns duh, blast patterns. Later on, their jerseys got silly, and then seriously silly, before retreating to something more sedate.
• Love the ticking stripe on the Buffalo Stallions’ sleeves. Here’s a shot where they’re playing the New York Arrows, which meant ticking stripe vs. ticking stripe! Or at least that was my first reaction. The sad truth, however, is that those ticking stripes were actually a form of logo creep that was worn by many MISL teams.
• Another team with that same creep-stripe: the Pittsburgh Spirit, who had a great chest logo.
• Interesting houndstooth-ish sleeves for the Cleveland Crunch.
• Shouldn’t the Cincinnati Kids have had a baby goat on their jerseys? They didn’t go that route, but they did have some awesome sleeves.
• Vertical typography is one thing. But vertical sideways-reading typography is quite another.
• The San Diego Sockers had a great wordmark concept, but the execution doesn’t quite work. The ball needs something to indicate that it’s in motion, that it’s just been kicked, etc. (Update: David Bloomquist just sent me this — much better.)
And so on. You can access a lot more images by checking out the team pages linked from here.
It’s worth noting, incidentally, that Jim Vilk used this Tacoma Stars design as the basis for his Uni Watch membershp card. I have a feeling many of the MISL designs would translate very, very well to that realm.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The MLB Commissioner’s Office is marking Opening Day by having a TV party in one of its conference rooms on Monday afternoon. A little birdie forwarded me this invitation that was sent to staffers — note that the pitcher is wearing stirrups. Perhaps the designer was a Uni Watch reader, eh? … Longtime reader Mike Cesarano, who teaches at Queensboro Community College (and who create this Mets uniform history), has been working on setting up a throwback game for the school’s baseball team, and yesterday his project was featured in The Daily News. Bravo. … Frank Albanese made himself this DIY Mets jersey. “The letters are felt, but the jersey is polyester, not flannel,” he says. “My mother-in-law did the sewing, so it’s not all my work. Blank jersey was about $25, felt was about $12, and the patch was about $12. Not bad for a first attempt (I think).” … With Bobby Cox retiring after this season, he’s prominently featured in the Braves’ season ticket package (with thanks to Chris Edwards). … Life is full of vexing choices — here’s a modest example. That’s the Central Arkansas baseball team, and I can’t decide if they suck or if they rock (this cruel quandary presented by Chris Mycoskie). … Mike Brethauer sent along some old family photos. “That’s my older brother Eric in the Canada Dry uniform, which was the uniform my Dad wore to play basketball with his friends,” he writes. “And that’s me in the baseball uniform, taken in 1965. Check out the socks and shoes!” … Here’s some awesome video footage from one of the last Indians games at Cleveland Stadium. It was also Nolan Ryan’s last start in Cleveland (great find by Marc Swanson). … Also from Marc: Three things — two of them great — in this short video clip: (1) an old Uniroyal commercial featuring an appearance by helmeted spokescharacters Uni, Roy, and Al; (2) a worthless Continental Insurance ad; and (3) a teeny bit of NHL promo footage, concluding with a wicked shot to the jaw. … “My girlfriend has a sewing class here at BYU and she wanted to know what to make,” says Dan Taylor. “So I showed her an old Bullets jersey and she whipped me up a sweet original rendition of it.” … Striped tube sock-o-rama available from this site (with thanks to Joshua Exline). … Brewers license plates are now available in Wisconsin. … Kirk Carter, who attends UGA, wrote up a critique of the school’s baseball uniforms. … The Orix Buffaloes have added a red brim to their headwear (thanks, Jeremy). … Scott Friend found a photo of Bob Huggins on his high school hoops team. That’s him in the back row, No. 34. Looks like the team’s uni was heavily influenced by Marquette. … Cool item about what the Yankees’ championship trophy has been up to.