Who’s that on the mound — a position player? Nope, it’s Kyle Drabek, who made his MLB debut last night and in the process became the first single-digitized MLB pitcher since, I believe, Josh Towers (which I guess means the Blue Jays are really specializing in this quirk). I wasn’t near a computer most of last night, so I’m not sure why Drabek went with the unusual number — anyone..?
Meanwhile: I have a new ESPN feature today. It isn’t uni-related, but I think you’ll like it all the same. It’s about this unique chapter in college football history:
I think you’ll find it really interesting. Having worked on it for the past month-plus, I can tell you I found it fascinating. Here’s the link.
Start teaching ’em young: Hmmm, what have we here? A page from an old tequila sunrise-era catalog, perhaps?
Nope — as you can see, it says, “New Item for 2011,” because this is a brand-new catalog. And although the model looks sort of adult-ish (at least to me), that’s actually a youth uniform. Here’s the full scoop from reader Jeff Ryder, who works as the athletic supervisor for a parks system in Illinois:
I recently had a meeting with the sales rep who handles all my Majestic and Outdoor Cap orders. They’re working together to launch a set of matching replica jersey and cap designs to youth baseball teams for 2011. Here’s the full listing of the designs.”
Throwbacks for kids, I like it! Well, I like most of it — I’m a little amazed, and more than a little appalled, that they’re including the super-racist-looking version of Chief Wahoo (that’s gonna be a big hit with the Native American kids and their parents). But the general notion of giving the tikes a history lesson while teaching them how to play the game is a really good one. Kudos to whoever came up with it.
Giveaway Reminder: I’m currently giving away two copies of a cool book and two cool T-shirts. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: What do dangerous NYC criminals and the Yankees have in common? A whole lot, it turns out. … Nice piece here about Nebraska’s football uniforms. The fourth graf, about the sleeve stripes, is particularly interesting. … New national championship 20th-anniversary logo for Colorado. So far it’s only appearing on merch — not clear yet if it’ll be used as a patch and/or decal (with thanks to Matthew Robins). … Michael Orr sent along this FIFA 11 demo shot and had this to say about it: “What’s interesting is that both sides are wearing white socks. In the Premier League, in a case like this, the home side would get first choice and the away side would have to change their outfits accordingly. So if this screen shot is supposed to be from Stamford Bridge (Chelsea’s ground), then Arsenal would be wearing their red alternate socks. If it was supposed to be at the Emirates Stadium (home of Arsenal), Chelsea would be switch to blue alternate socks. Geeky point, but one I’m surprised the FIFA folks missed. At least in this demo.” … Flyers will reportedly be unveiling their new road jerseys this Friday, 3pm. … Caldwell Bailey recently spotted this very cool Winnipeg Blue Bombers pennant at an antiques store in Southport, North Carolina. … If you choose to believe an eBay listing — one from a seller with a very good feedback rating, for what that’s worth — MLB’s new dugout jackets will look like this (with thanks to Terence Kearns). … Check it out: The Memphis Redbirds wearing gray at home. That’s because their playoff opponent, Tacoma, is having some work done on their stadium, so the whole playoff series is being played in Memphis, including Tacoma’s designated home games (with thanks to Don Gale). … Kenneshaw State will field their first football team in 2014, and here’s what their helmet will look like (with thanks to Michael Hardman). … Here’s the latest NHL All-Star Game logo — not for this season’s game, but for next season (with thanks to John Muir). … New logo for ESPN college football (with thanks to Ray Barrington). … Soooo much to like in this old photo of Chris Cagle, who played for Army (serious tip o’ the cap to Mark Weinstein). … Here’s something interesting: a university admitting that maybe picking on a high school for logo infringement wasn’t the greatest idea after all (big thanks to Jeff Downe). … Great color footage of a color-on-color game: Maryland vs. Navy in 1950 (as forwarded by Matt Shevin). … UGA will have a helmet decal this weekend to promote cancer awareness (with thanks to Brian M. Deutsch). … In case you hadn’t heard: Next year’s MLB schedule will begin on a Thursday. … Dylan Buell took this photo while shooting the recent Ball State/Liberty game. “Looks like it’s a device that marks which yard line the clip is aligned to,” he says. “Never seen one before. Looks kind of retro.” … If you go to this link and click on “The Times” in the left sidebar, you’ll get some really sensational EPL illustrations (great find by Paul Richard Cook). … Latest Auburn rumor for this weekend: blue helmets. … You know, it’s one thing for a college football team to have two guys with the same uni number. But how did it happen to the Camden River Sharks? (As noted by Jim Taggart.) … New all-star jerseys for the ECHL. Additional info here (thanks, Kek).