I was biking home yesterday evening from the Earl of Boogaloo’s monthly 78-rpm record hop when I passed this guy in an unusual Cubbies T-shirt. Took a few seconds for me to realize that the design was based on the Chicago city flag — a pretty clever concept. So I doubled back and asked the gent about the shirt, which he said he’d picked up at Wrigley (although it’s apparently available here as well). Nice.
New ESPN column today — my Hinchliffe Stadium column. Enjoy.
A Giant Among Men: Sad news over the weekend about Manute Bol, who did more to make the world a better place in his 47 years than most of us will accomplish in all our lives put together. And of course Bol also wore an unusually diverse range of uniforms, suiting up not just for four different NBA teams but also in a hockey uni, jockey’s silks, and boxing trunks, all of which he gamely donned in order to raise awareness and funds for his beloved Sudanese homeland. RIP, brother.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Great collection of ghost signs, courtesy of Ryan Connelly. … I’m not that into sneakers. But if I were, I’d probably really dig this site devoted to hand-painted kicks (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … A while back I reported that Texas A+M’s new football uniforms would feature a new logo above the nameplate. Now we finally know what the front view and pants will look like. Basically, they’ve moved the Adidas logo to the base of the collar and replaced the traditional pants piping with a very thin line, all of which seems like no biggie either way (with thanks to Chris Smith). … You can see all three of the Chinese men’s national basketball uniforms, including the black alternate, by scrolling through this page (with thanks to Jing Xu). … The Japanese Golden Players Club has created a special uniform only for those players who reach 200 wins, 250 saves, or 2,000 hits. “These are for use in old-timers charity events,” explains Jeremy Brahm. … What’s better than a baseball stadium full of fans tooting giveaway vuvuzela-esque horns? Anything up and including a trip to the proctologist, at least judging by Saturday’s Marlins/Rays game, where the racket was so bad that players and umps resorted to wearing earplugs. … Here’s something that will not be featured anytime soon in Culinary Corner: football-shaped meat loaf. But pancakes with the bacon cooked into them is an idea I’ve actually tried before — it’s good! Both of those are from a great series of amusingly bad ads that Ryan Patrick sent me. … Never seen this before: In 1994, these MLB tattoos were given away in boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. Some of the logos are pretty good, no? (Awesome find by Kevin Zdancewicz.) … Brad Larocque sent along this early-’80s ad for the old Cooper XL7 hockey helmet. “Pretty futuristic at the time but it never really caught on,” he says. “Sabers assistant coach Craig Ramsay if the only NHL player I remember ever wearing it.” … This just in: The Marlins will hold MLB’s first-ever Car Alarm Night next week. … The Pirates honored their 1960 championship team on Saturday. Two things about those uniforms: (1) They went with current-style sleeveless jerseys, not the old-style vests with the narrower cut across the shoulders. (2) Note the empty rectangle on the shirttails where the Majestic jock tags were apparently removed (with thanks to David Shucosky). … Lots of blue ribbons and blue wristbands on the diamond yesterday, for Father’s Day. … Wimbledon starts today, and Fed is ready (thanks, Brinke). … Characteristically brilliant comment by Mets radio broadcaster Wayne Hagin during yesterday’s Amazins/Bombers game: When the Yanks loaded the bases in the bottom of the 3rd of a scoreless game, Wayne-o opined, “The Mets could sorely use a triple play.” Yup, that’s some keen insight right there. … Just what the world needs: rotating ads on license plates (as forwarded by Andy McNeel). … Not sure who this Dallas Stars player from 2000 is, but that’s quite a facemask (good find by Justin Shawley). … Enjoy the longest day of the year, and belated happy Father’s Day from yesterday and happy Juneteenth from Saturday. Peace.