By Phil Hecken
Well, for my last weekday offering, as we close out the month of August, I bring you the
nine EIGHTEEN “Design-A-Baseball-Jersey Contest” finalists, complete with voting (below). “Eighteen?” you say? Weren’t there only supposed to be NINE?
Well, there were. But the man who will be making the winner’s jersey and the great proprietor of Classic Old School, Alain Nana-Sinkham has a message:
I’ve agonized over this all weekend, and I continue to find myself trying to think on behalf of the readership, who should really be the ones choosing the best design. So I’ve taken some “sponsorial license” and chosen nine finalists — for each league.
So, it being Alain’s final decision, here then, are your 18 finalists (along with the descriptions of each). Please remember the voting is FOR THE JERSEY only:
Mike Duncan: (Seattle Mariners) Our goal was to create a clean and simple retro upgrade for the Mariners. We reinstate the blue/gold color scheme, but use the darker blue they currently feature. The stripes on the sleeves and socks reference the original Pilots uniform. And, of course, the trident is back! Thanks!
Mike and Brandi Duncan
Danny Finocchio: (New York Yankees) My concept is a New York Yankees pullover road jersey. It has a retro 80’s feel to it, and I feel as though a concept like this could have been a completely viable option in that era.
Chris Gough: (Baltimore Orioles — WHITE jersey) I wanted to do a team where I could do a new script so I chose Baltimore. Then I realized to change the script would mean I had to change everything. My favorite would be the home white but the gray one is cool too.
Mike Hass: ** (Milwaukee Brewers) My entry is for the Milwaukee Brewers. This uniform has sparked much debate in the UW community, so I used a yin-yang approach to make both sides happy. The logotype contains elements of old and new. Barrel Man, the Wisconsin silhouette, and cream color palette felt very appropriate for Milwaukee.
**According to Alain, “I know they’re in the NL now, but Hass’ design harkens to their Junior Circuit days”.
Patrick Lange: (Minnesota Twins) My entry is for the Minnesota Twins. I drew inspiration from the Negro League for the center blue stripe. I darkened the cream color and used the primary TC logo on the front of the jersey for the first time in Twins history.
Michael Ivall: (Toronto Blue Jays — WHITE jersey) For this design, I wanted to bring the Blue Jays back to the best years, and create something “Classic Old School” if you will with a up to date feel. Staying with “Jays” as opposed to “Blue Jays” and using a similar look to the Blue Jays of the early 90s. I think it taps into the popularity of today’s marketing of the team. The logo itself is all new again taking elements from the past, and coming away from the newer cartoony logo.
Robert Marshall: (Chicago White Sox) sure this is what the sox should be wearing, but that is not the contest. for corn’s sake somebody should be wearing this 40′s look, and for the sox, more white, on a charcoal jersey, with the 70′s font. my image isn’t perfect, but i give you the white sox.
Mark Rabinowitz: (Detroit Tigers) Tigers road jersey with “Detroit” in Old English. Numbers on right sleeve pay tribute to 1960s Tigers teams (who also had these on their road unis). Excessive white outlining is gone. Logo on left sleeve based on 2005 All Star Game logo.
Rich Stromwall: (Minnesota Twins) I’m a Twinkies follower who’s always felt that their classic TC mark should be more prominently featured. Mix in some powder blue and…voila! A new road getup.
Jon Allison: (Philadelphia Phillies) In designing a jersey for the Phillies, I looked at their three previous eras and intertwined. I went back to the maroon of 1970-91, to differentiate the Phils from the Cardinals, Angels, Reds, Nats. Founded in 1883, this gives them a classic look akin to the older franchises in MLB.
Patrick Cummings: (St. Louis Cardinals) Mashup of eras featuring my favorite Cardinals components. You’ve got the modern logos and numbers, 1940’s era striping, and the 80’s STL from the batting practice jerseys. Plus it uses “St. Louis” in place of “Cardinals” on the front. Love the flannel look so it’d be great to replicate that!
Mason Fiske: (Houston Astros) We all know many people want to see the Astros to return to its glory days with the 1970s color-splashed uniforms. BUT I think the organization wants to maintain its current traditional mindset, sooo I don’t foresee that happening. With that in mind, I wanted to create a more traditional design with current script and logos as well as eliminating the NOB, but return to its original color palette to give some distinction to the roots of the organization.
JR Gain: (Chicago Cubs) The Cubs’ home pinstripes are a signature style. However, they’ve never had a signature style for the road. This alternate design hopes to fix that. It takes influences from the juggernauts of the 1900s, NL champs of the 30s and 40s, and a team that broke a 39-year post-season drought.
Scott Rogers: (Washington Nationals) This Washington Nationals design adapts the iconic 1930s Homestead Grays jersey. Light cream jersey with navy placket/shoulder/sleeve piping. “Nats” lettering based on the ’35 Grays with light outlines for readability. Numbers based on the 1976-81 White Sox, an anachronism the Nats used to good effect on a 2007 Grays fauxback.
Mark Peterson: (San Diego Padres) The Padres back to their unique roots of brown & Athletic Gold. Home jersey, 1″; sleeve trim with 3 stripes, ¾” collar, re-colored & modified Swinging Friar alternate logo sleeve patch. Vertically arched NOB with standard block numbers. Modified primary logo.
Danny Corbalis: (New York Mets) My concept is to “refresh” the look of the New York Mets home uniform. I used a more modern typeface and added a deeper blue to the color scheme. I also wanted to use the name “Metropolitans”. I kept the elements of the logo but I made them a little more dynamic. And I updated our beloved Mr. Met.
Devin Curry: (Colorado Rockies) The “ROCKIES” wordmark forms a mountain range below. Did my best to make numbers and nameplates similar to the front.
Jeffrey Lewis: (Colorado Rockies) New colors — blue and green, the old Denver Zephyrs color scheme — replace the hideous black and purple. A ‘fancy’ font (Oklahoma) reveals a modern depiction of the Rocky Mountains. A sleeve patch features the Colorado state fossil – a stegosaurus – as a mascot.
OK, those are the 18 jerseys upon which you will be voting. But Alain wanted to give two more quick shouts out: “and bringing out the lineup cards – unable to play due to injury (injury being I’ve got no shot a finding the material to make these).” So, honorable mention goes to:
Jarae Thurmond: San Diego Padres
Nat O.: Boston Red Sox
There you have it folks, now it’s your turn. Prepare to cast your vote below. We’ll keep this open for about 10 days or so, and the winner will be revealed during my next weekend post (September 11 or 12). Thanks again to everyone who participated, and good luck to the finalists.
And now, a quick word from Paul:
First and foremost, let’s have a big hand for Phil, who’s wrapping up a kick-ass month of content. I’m grateful to him for keeping the site running while I was on blogcation, and I’m looking forward to giving him a well-earned rest tomorrow.
Meanwhile: I’ll be talking about college football uniforms today on the Dan Dakich Show, which runs on ESPN 1070 in Indianapolis. I’m scheduled for a 10-minute spot beginning at 1:17pm. If you’re interested, you can stream the audio live on the station’s web site. Unfortunately, the interview has just been canceled.
And finally…a word from me:
I just wanted to thank each and every reader for their indulgence, patience (especially patience) and good humor over the past month while I filled in for Paul.
No one could ever really fill his shoes. It is an infinitely wonderful feeling to consider myself a “Uni Watcher” and just one member of a truly extraordinary community. What Paul has come to produce on a daily basis is absolutely incredible, and the amount of support from the entire UW blogosphere is nothing short of amazing. I can’t praise highly enough all those who assisted me this past month in helping to bring forth a modicum of uniformity in this universe. UW is unique, for sure.
Everyone — you’ve been great. And, trust me…there is probably no one MORE excited to have Paul back where he belongs, starting tomorrow, on the bridge of the UW ship…than yours truly.
Welcome back, buddy. We ALL missed you.
First up today is Jason Hillyer who noticed that these OSU helmet trailer hitch covers have wrong-colored facemasks (who knew they sell trailer hitch covers at TJ Maxx?); also from Jason: a Reds uni displayed prominently on this BIZ (“official stainfighter of the Cincinnati Reds!”) ad. … Joel Mathwig notes Valparaiso University had a total re-branding of their university marketing, including a new athletics logo. This photo shows the new floor design as well, which will be dedicated as Homer Drew Court sometime this fall. … Dennis Butenschoen “was laughing so hard at some of these baseball cards. The comments are priceless. … Terrific spot by Aaron McHargue, who noticed that during the Seahawks/Vikings preseason game, the network used the 1st and 10 line technology to put the Mall of America Field logo on the field. … Tim Lofton points out the Ansonia, (OH) tigers just finished the scrimmage season and (from what he understands,) is going to attempt to play as many color-on-color games as they possibly can this season. Ansonia is in orange. Says Tim, “the Bengals could learn a thing or two from that uniform.” … Chris Bisbee says, “I don’t care about the Secretary of the VA or any of the dudes but you gotta love the young lady with the Red Sox uniform!!”. Anyone says “what uniform” gets banned. … Eric Bunnell provides some nifty some links on the Cleveland Browns behind-the-scenes: Grounds Crew: Video and Article; Cafeteria; Video Room; and another Video Room. … Tom Adjemian asks, “Take a look at this W. Think it was an M in a past life?” … Paul Bielewicz notes that this past weekend the Rochester Red Wings continued their annual tradition of wearing single-game jerseys which are auctioned for charity. Some recent examples included camo jerseys (8/28/10) for military appreciation, “Snow Leopard” jerseys (8/27/10) for Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo, and tie-dye jerseys (8/14/10) for “Meals on Wheels“. I’m guessing Jim Vilk would wear 2 out of those 3. … Doug Simpson says the trailer for this film, Nick Saban: Gamechanger, Bill Belichick is interviewed and the logo on his pullover has been covered up by a black piece of fabric.
Once again, I had some problems with the linking in the ticker, so stuff sent my way that didn’t make it into today’s ticker will hopefully be included in tomorrow’s.
Each and every one of us is lucky to have them both, and I wouldn’t trade either one of them … unless a dancing, singing monkey became available. — Jim Walaitis