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Travelin' Man

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When Joe Smith was traded from the Nets to the Lakers back in December, he tied Chucky Brown, Tony Massenburg, and Jim Jackson for the most NBA franchises played for (12). Maybe you knew that already, but I didn’t know it until reader Will Rausch recently pointed it out to me.

That led Will to pose an interesting question: “Among the four guys who are tied for that record, which one of them has worn the most distinct uniforms? In this era of throwbacks and alternates, I’d think it would have be Joe Smith.”

Seems like a fair assumption, right? And with that, Will attempted to document every NBA uni design that Joe Smith has ever worn. Here they are, broken down by team:

Warriors: white with royal trim, royal, white with gold trim, navy.

Sixers: white, black.

Timberwolves: white, blue, black.

Pistons: white, red, teal (haven’t found a game shot of Smith in that one).

Bucks: white, purple.

Nuggets: white, powder blue. (It’s not clear if the Nuggets wore their navy alternate uniform during Smith’s 11-game stint with the team, but no photos of him wearing that uni have turned up so far.)

Bulls: white, red, black, black pinstripe. (Smith presumably wore the Bulls’ green alternate too, but photo evidence is lacking.)

Thunder: white, blue.

Cavaliers: white, wine, gold throwback, blue. (Did he wear this one too?)

Hawks: white, blue, red.

Nets: white, red.

Lakers: gold, white. (Haven’t been able to find him a photo of him in L.A.’s purple road uni.)

That makes 33 distinct uniforms, plus possibly a few more than we haven’t documented yet. Unless someone can demonstrate otherwise, I’m gonna treat that as the NBA record. But what about players in other sports — Kenny Lofton? Mike Morgan? J.T. O’Sullivan? Paul Coffey? Start diggin’ and let us know what you find.

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ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, here’s my latest ESPN column, about the 20th anniversary of an unusual chapter in basketball history.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Lots of tattoos in the Mariners bullpen. … Sammy Sosa’s corked bat has been subjected to a CAT scan. … Recently got a note from Paul Rigby, asking if I had a list of which basketball model was used by various college hoops teams for their home games. “No such list exists, at least not that I’m aware of,” I wrote back. “Perhaps you should start compiling it..?” So he did! Excellent work on his part. … Here’s one of the coolest eBay items ever: a helmet from a helmet cart! (Great find by Ryan Perkins.) … This may be a first: a memorial patch for a fan. Details here (with thanks to Leo Thornton). … “Mike Smith of the Lightning got demoted to AHL Norfolk a little while back,” says Chris Hernandez, “but he’s still wearing his Lightning pants.” … I don’t know what the record is for the most umlauts in one NOB, but this must surely be in the running. That’s Olli Määttä of Finland, who played in the World Junior Championships in Buffalo back in January (very nice find by Mike Raymer). … Is that a Stan Musial pin on Tony LaRussa’s cap? (As spotted by Jonathon Binet.) … The Blue Jays didn’t participate in the 1985 World Series, but Tyler Kepner reports that they nonetheless have an ’85 World Series pennant in a glass case at their spring training offices. … The Pirates currently have two guys in camp who make for an ideal photo op. That’s minor league manager PJ Forbes and infielder Josh Fields (big thanks to Bree Main). … Here’s a look back at Kentucky’s 1996 championship-season uniforms. … Yesterday I ran an awesome softball photo at the top of the page. Remember how one of the teams in that photo was called the Tomboys? Here’s a sensational team portrait. … The world is apparently teeming with incorrectly uni-numbered Michael Jordan statues. … Hey, look who got to pose with the Commissioner’s Trophy: our own Brinke Guthrie. … Matthew Robins wonders who’s gonna advertise on the Blackhawks’ practice jerseys now that Giordano’s has filed for bankruptcy. For that matter, why did the company splurge on a sponsorship deal if it was in such a precarious financial situation? … I don’t usually get too excited about lunchboxes, but I’d definitely make an exception for this one (that Brinke guy again). … FNOB alert. That’s Royce Smith of the 1974 Falcons (with thanks to Rick Massimo). … Here’s how the Bob Feller memorial patch looks on the Indians’ BP jersey (photo taken by Michael Daniels). … The mighty Fleer Sticker Project has turned up a few new (to me) photos of the Orioles wearing their vests and solid-orange uniforms.

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Holiday schedule: Phil will have his usual Saturday entry tomorrow. Webmaster John Ekdahl will make a rare appearance on Sunday, as he checks in with a guide to the Daytona 500, which he’ll be attending. As for me, I’m traveling this weekend (heading upstate tomorrow morning, coming back on Monday), so we’ll probably have a fairly small entry on Presidents Day, unless there’s breaking news. Everyone have a great weekend, and I’ll see you next week.

 

96 comments to Travelin’ Man

  • Mark in Shiga | February 18, 2011 at 7:58 am |

    Starting with the final item in the ticker here, but further down on that page with the photos of the Orioles’ orange uniforms, there’s a newspaper article, and towards the end of that article it mentions that the Cubs had been wearing baby blue uniforms “recently”.

    I always thought that the Cubs wore light blue in the arly 1970s, but Marc Okkonen has them in gray all the way up to 1976. Is the article from 1971? If so, wouldn’t that imply that the Cubs jerseys with the number right in the middle are in fact pale blue? It’s really hard to tell, but I think they’re blue. How about this photo?

    We’ve talked about them on here, and I was surprised to see that the consensus was “gray”. If so, what is the Orioles reporter talking about? He’s not talking about the (awesome!) pale blue road vests from the early 1940s!

    • Ricko | February 18, 2011 at 10:48 am |

      Okkenon’s got it right.
      Cubs definitely were not among the first teams to adopt powder blue roads in the double knit era.

      This also is not about looking at photos of the “centered-number” unis and, almost 40 years after the fact, debating if they were gray or powder.
      They were gray. Period.

      Cubs first powder dk’s didn’t come along until a couple seasons before the famous (or infamous) white pinstriped roads.

      —Ricko

    • pushbutton | February 18, 2011 at 11:20 am |

      Why do you assume he’s not talking about the blue road vests of the 40s? Right after mentioning the turn-of-the-century Giants he says “more recently…” and mentions the Cubs. Couldn’t that be 1940 to him?

  • Anthony | February 18, 2011 at 8:00 am |

    Oh, man. I had forgotten about those Kentucky denim uniforms! So they actually used real denim, instead of something printed to look like denim? I imagine the “moisture-wicking, quick-drying, super-lightweight” properties of those unis weren’t very good! :)

    • Seth F | February 18, 2011 at 11:21 am |

      Those properties had to be outstanding, right? There’s no other way they could’ve been so dominant without special uniforms that would increase their perfomance.

  • Rob S | February 18, 2011 at 8:32 am |

    The 1985 ALCS between the Blue Jays and the Royals did go to seven games, so it makes sense that they’d have had merchandise ready in the event the Jays had won.

    • Mark in Shiga | February 18, 2011 at 8:33 am |

      Yeah, they could have printed “A. L. EAST CHAMPIONS” over the text on that pennant and it would have been fine.

    • Rob S | February 18, 2011 at 8:34 am |

      To be more accurate, they had a 3-1 series lead before George Brett and the boys came back on them.

    • Jim TN | February 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm |

      True. But shouldn’t that pennant be in a display case in a third world country being viewed by a man wearing a “Texas Rangers World Series Champs” t-shirt?

  • Adam | February 18, 2011 at 8:35 am |

    There’s another misnumbered Michael Jordan statue at Spiece Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

  • Tom | February 18, 2011 at 8:53 am |

    Great work on the basketballs. I guess Penn State didn’t answer the phone for the Big Ten list.

    • Jeremy | February 18, 2011 at 11:12 am |

      looks like they use the Nike Elite too- http://www.gopsuspor...
      I can’t think that Nike is too happy about WVU, Pittsburgh & Florida (not sure who else I missed) not using the Nike ball. Only a few of the adidas schools use the adidias ball, though.

    • jdreyfuss | February 18, 2011 at 11:52 am |

      Is he going to update it for the mid major conferences? I think Rice uses the Nike Elite as well.

  • Broadway Connie | February 18, 2011 at 9:17 am |

    Hey, Brinke — Love your taste in lunchboxes. What do you think of the Giants’ championship logo that graces the background of the photo featuring your fine self?

    • =bg= | February 18, 2011 at 10:37 am |

      cost of the photo, 14.95.
      first title since moving to SF: priceless.

  • union jack | February 18, 2011 at 9:45 am |

    Just read the ESPN column.

    Shorter court? Lower rim? Smaller ball? And skin-tight unis.

    Makes me think this was all the brainchild of someone who’d never actually seen a women’s game. “Oh, those poor girls, we should make the game easier for them. And sex it up a little.”

    Then again, I’ve tried watching the WNBA a few time-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z. Wha? Oh, sorry, dozed off just thinking about it.

  • Seth F | February 18, 2011 at 9:48 am |

    Since Joe is a new laker, he probably has worn the most recent throwback against the Celts, Knicks, Magic, etc…

    add that one to the list.

    • JTH | February 18, 2011 at 11:54 am |

      Good catch. He got into the game against the Knicks.

      The fact that they’ve been wearing those unis on the road so much lately also helps explain why it was hard for Paul to find pics of him wearing purple.

  • ATLDawg | February 18, 2011 at 9:49 am |

    Interesting item on the 1996 UK Uniforms is that they featured patches on the shorts akin to merit decals in college football. The patch was the interlocking UK with the Wildcat jumping from behind it. It can be seen on Antoine Walker’s shorts in the SI cover from the Nat’l Championship victory. http://sportsillustr...

    On another note, the “umbro” shorts referred to in the linked article were not worn in 1996. I think those were 1994. Further, they wern’t Converse, but were Apex (of early 90s fame – remember the Jimmy Johnson Cowboys sideline gear).

    • ATLDawg | February 18, 2011 at 9:50 am |

      I forgot to add that these Kentucky merit patches were awarded for double-doubles.

      • Jeremy | February 18, 2011 at 11:02 am |

        imagine Kevin Love’s shorts if the T-Wolves did that

  • Andrew | February 18, 2011 at 9:51 am |

    I always thought the Jazz would be the first team to wear denim jerseys, to keep up with the style of the state’s citizens. Yes, I grew up there.

    • CCJ | February 18, 2011 at 10:12 am |

      Huh? I’m pretty sure folks in most states wear denim.

      • George | February 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm |

        I’m guessing he meant a higher-than-normal use of denim *shirts* in Utah…

        • CCJ | February 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm |

          Yeah, I inferred as much. And he’d be wrong.

  • JR Francis | February 18, 2011 at 9:53 am |

    So, John Ekdahl is going to Ohio? I can’t imagine the Dayton 500 is as interesting as the one in Florida, in Daytona.

    • SkinnerAU | February 18, 2011 at 10:39 am |

      O’ Man! you haven’t seen the Dayton 500? It is intense! Me and some buddies jump in 1996 Ford Tauruses and race through downtown. They actually named the mascot for the University of Dayton after us. The Dayton [1996 wild ass Ford Taurus drivin’ through downtown guys] Flyers.

  • Matt | February 18, 2011 at 10:04 am |

    Regarding the P.J. Forbes/Josh Fields photo — P.J. Forbes is from Pittsburg, Kan. — moderately neato, as George Carlin would say!

  • cavendish | February 18, 2011 at 10:08 am |

    I did a little research on the 4 NBA players that were traded 12 times. All 4 of them played for both the Nets and the Warriors. And… of the 4 of them, 3 have played for the 76’s, Bucks, Cavs, Hawks, Kings, Rockets, and Hornets. I think we can all see the pattern.

    • jack | February 18, 2011 at 10:59 am |

      and 2 of them went to Maryland

    • jdreyfuss | February 18, 2011 at 11:54 am |

      Journeyman players end up on a lot of mediocre teams?

  • ben_g | February 18, 2011 at 10:22 am |

    I want to live in the alternate universe where that 1985 World Series pennant hangs on every Toronto fan’s wall. Sox fans have Bucky Effing Dent, we have Jim Effing Sundberg.

    Out of curiosity, does anyone know what year they wore that red Canada Day hat that’s in the same photo? I don’t remember that one.

    • Jim Vilk | February 18, 2011 at 11:48 am |

      I’d like a universe where “Montreal Expos, 1994 World Champs” pennants hang on fans’ walls.

      • Jim Vilk | February 18, 2011 at 11:50 am |

        I’d also like your universe, Ben. Always felt bad for the Jays, because that was the first year the LCS went from best-of-5 to best-of-7. The whole Don Denkinger incident might have been avoided. Or not.

  • Rob S | February 18, 2011 at 10:26 am |

    Okay, Paul, since you mentioned a fellow Paul, I’ve dug up what I could on Coffey’s NHL jersey journey:

    Oilers – white, royal blue
    Penguins – white, black
    Kings – white, black
    Red Wings – white, red, throwback (1/27/94 at Chicago – no game pic, but Coffey fought Rich Sutter that night)
    Whalers – white, blue
    Flyers – white, orange (apparently, game pics are hard to come by), possibly black
    Blackhawks – white, red (unknown if he wore black due to his 10-game stint)
    Hurricanes – white, red
    Bruins – white, black, gold

    Apparently, not only are Coffey orange (and black) Flyers pics hard to come by, but so are Blackhawks white, and Bruins white and black!

    • Rob S | February 18, 2011 at 10:28 am |

      Whoops, here’s Paul Coffey’s blue Whalers jersey: http://media.photobu...

  • Matt Beahan | February 18, 2011 at 10:27 am |

    By my estimation (and without in-depth research), Chucky Brown wore between 23-25 different uniforms (depending on whether he wore the alternates during his stints with the Suns & Bucks) and Tony Massenburg wore around 28 different unis. Looks like Smith has the record…

  • dilbert719 | February 18, 2011 at 10:33 am |

    The NHL record is probably going to be another 12-teamer, Mike Sillinger. (NYI, NAS, STL, PHO, CMB, OTT, FLA, TB, PHI, VAN, ANA, DET) I’m trying to photo-document now, but this… could take a while.

    • Rob S | February 18, 2011 at 10:45 am |

      Good luck with that. I’m not even going to try to search for those, but I can give you a list of what to look for:

      Detroit – white, red, throwback
      Anaheim – white, eggplant, Wild Wing 3rd (yes, he was <a href="http://www.hockey-re... that game on 1/27/96)
      Vancouver – white (skate), black (skate), red 3rd, white (orca), navy blue (orca)
      Philadelphia – white, orange, *possibly black
      Tampa Bay Lightning – white, black, *possibly blue
      Florida Panthers – white, red, *possibly blue
      Ottawa Senators – white, red, *possibly black
      Columbus Blue Jackets – white, blue (1st unis)
      Phoenix Coyotes – white, brick red
      St. Louis Blues – white, blue
      Nashville Predators – white, blue, *possibly yellow
      New York Islanders – white, navy, white/orange Edge, navy/orange Edge, *possibly royal blue (only played 7 games in 08-09)

      • Rob S | February 18, 2011 at 10:50 am |

        Wow, screwed up making that hotlink… but yeah, eleven jerseys with just his first three teams, 31 for sure and possibly as many as 37 if he did wear all of the alternates.

        • dilbert719 | February 18, 2011 at 10:55 am |

          Yeah. That’s a great list, Rob. Thanks, especially for the link to the Wild Wing Debacle. Hopefully there’s a pic there as well. Even better: 37 jerseys, but 38 uniforms. The Canucks changed the socks they wore with the red jerseys between his first and second years there.

      • dilbert719 | February 18, 2011 at 11:23 am |

        Fun fact so far: Sillinger wore the Isles Royal Blue 3rd at least once, but not on the ice: he was one of the players who modeled the jersey at the reveal party.

        • Broadway Connie | February 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm |

          I love you hockey guys.

    • dilbert719 | February 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm |

      Well, I didn’t get all of them, unsurprisingly, but then again, I don’t know where to look besides Google image search and some card store/game used auction websites. If anyone else can take a crack at some of the rest, it’d be appreciated, but if not, this is still solid. (Especially if all the links work, which we’ll find out soon enough.)

      NYI (06-07, 07-08, 08-09): (6 max)

      07-08 Blue

      07-08 White

      06-07 Orange

      06-07 White

      06-07 Blue

      Royal Blue 3rd from unveiling

      <a href="http://i.ebayimg.com...(KGrHqEOKpIE0Umlo5j5BNSBnKZTrQ~~0_12.JPG&quot;? Royal Blue 3rd on card – no game background, but he's clearly on the ice

      NAS (05-06): (3 max)

      Blue

      White

      Mustard

      STL (03-04, 05-06): (2 max)

      Blue

      White

      PHO (03-04): (2 max)

      Red

      White

      CMB (01-02, 02-03): (2 max)

      Blue

      White

      OTT (00-01): (3 max)

      Red

      White

      FLA (99-00, 00-01): (3 max)

      Red

      White – GW jersey

      TB (98-99, 99-00): (3 max)

      Black

      White

      Blue Alt – GW jersey

      PHI (97-98, 98-99): (3 max)

      White

      Orange

      Black – GW jersey

      VAN (95-96, 96-97, 97-98): (5 jerseys, six total – red alt had two different socks from 95-96 to 96-97)

      Black Skate

      White Orca

      Blue Orca

      ANA (94-95, 95-96): (3 max, inc. Wild Wing)

      White

      Purple

      Wild Wing – GW jersey. Page above this mentions CoA

      DET (90-91 – 94-95): (2 max)

      Red

      White

      I’m still missing 5 pics – Vancouver’s White skate jersey, Vancouver’s Red jersey with the black socks, Vancouver’s Red jersey with the red socks, Florida’s Blue jersey, and Ottawa’s Black jersey. If anyone can find these, or give me an idea where to look, that’d be awesome.

    • dilbert719 | February 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm |

      Well, I didn’t get all of them, unsurprisingly, but then again, I don’t know where to look besides Google image search and some card store/game used auction websites. If anyone else can take a crack at some of the rest, it’d be appreciated, but if not, this is still solid. (Especially if all the links work, which we’ll find out soon enough.)

      NYI (06-07, 07-08, 08-09): (6 max)
      07-08 Blue
      07-08 White
      06-07 Orange
      06-07 White
      06-07 Blue
      Royal Blue 3rd from unveiling
      <a href="http://i.ebayimg.com...(KGrHqEOKpIE0Umlo5j5BNSBnKZTrQ~~0_12.JPG&quot;? Royal Blue 3rd on card – no game background, but he's clearly on the ice

      NAS (05-06): (3 max)
      Blue
      White
      Mustard

      STL (03-04, 05-06): (2 max)
      Blue
      White

      PHO (03-04): (2 max)
      Red
      White

      CMB (01-02, 02-03): (2 max)
      Blue
      White

      OTT (00-01): (3 max)
      Red
      White

      FLA (99-00, 00-01): (3 max)
      Red
      White – GW jersey

      TB (98-99, 99-00): (3 max)
      Black
      White
      Blue Alt – GW jersey

      PHI (97-98, 98-99): (3 max)
      White
      Orange
      Black – GW jersey

      VAN (95-96, 96-97, 97-98): (5 jerseys, six total – red alt had two different socks from 95-96 to 96-97)
      Black Skate
      White Orca
      Blue Orca

      ANA (94-95, 95-96): (3 max)
      White
      Purple
      Wild Wing – GW jersey. Page above this mentions CoA

      DET (90-91 – 94-95): (2 max)
      Red
      White

      I’m still missing 5 pics – Vancouver’s White skate jersey, Vancouver’s Red jersey with the black socks, Vancouver’s Red jersey with the red socks, Florida’s Blue jersey, and Ottawa’s Black jersey. If anyone can find these, or give me an idea where to look, that’d be awesome.

  • LI Phil | February 18, 2011 at 10:39 am |

    how about rickey henderson? when i researched that HOF piece years back, i seem to recall he wore a boatload … don’t have time to check, but he might be one guy to look at

  • JTH | February 18, 2011 at 10:58 am |

    Smith presumably wore the Bulls’ green alternate too, but photo evidence is lacking.

    Doubtful — he wasn’t on the team by the time St. Patrick’s Day rolled around:

    From basketball-reference.com:

    July 19, 2007: Signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls.

    February 21, 2008: As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Chicago Bulls with Ben Wallace and a 2009 2nd round draft pick (Danny Green) to the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Chicago Bulls traded Adrian Griffin to the Seattle SuperSonics; the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Shannon Brown, Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes and Cedric Simmons to the Chicago Bulls; the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Donyell Marshall and Ira Newble to the Seattle SuperSonics; and the Seattle SuperSonics traded Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • JimWa | February 18, 2011 at 11:03 am |

    So this NBA All Star thingy this weekend. Is there considered to be a “host team”, or is it being treated as a neutral site game?

    • Aaron | February 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm |

      I’m taking the red and blue jerseys as it’s the Clippers game.

      Don’t ruin my imagination with silly things like facts and history.

  • John in DC | February 18, 2011 at 11:15 am |

    Mike Smith still wearing the Bolts pants isn’t surprising.

    1. He’s an NHLer who was sent down as more of a conditioning assignment than a regular demotion. As soon as Ellis vomits all over himself (again), they’ll recall MS.

    2. This is a cost-saving move by both teams. Since it’s only an AHL affiliation, Norfolk doesn’t need to be spending the cash on a guy who won’t be around that long.

  • Jeffrey Lowery | February 18, 2011 at 11:33 am |

    I can’t speak for all my fellow Lexingtonians or Kentucky fans but the denim uniforms was a drunken topic of me and some friends and the consensus was that they should be brought back as a throwback. They were so outrageous they were awesome. It also helped that such a great team was wearing them.

    • pru | February 18, 2011 at 11:42 am |

      I actually really loved the Apex “claw mark” shorts. I think they’d be easier to make as a throwback…if Kentucky, Nike, and Apex (if they are still around) agreed.

  • Beezer | February 18, 2011 at 11:39 am |

    Looks like Paul has some competition to his “Meats” shirt….

    http://metsmadoff.bl...

  • Rob S | February 18, 2011 at 11:46 am |

    Comparing other hockey players who’ve traveled:

    Mathieu Schneider’s worn a lot of uniforms.
    Putting aside the Habs and Kings due to certain oddities, here are the other unis he’s worn:
    Islanders – white 80s, royal blue 80s, white fisherman, navy fisherman
    Maple Leafs – white, blue (unable to verify if he was in the game they wore the 1930 striped-sleeve throwback, because I can’t find a date for that game)
    Rangers – white w/red-white-red V-neck, white w/laced collar, blue w/laced collar, navy blue Liberty jersey
    Red Wings – white, red
    Ducks – white, black
    Thrashers – white, light blue, possibly red 3rd
    Canucks – white, blue, third
    Coyotes – white, brick red, possibly third

    Now, the Canadiens… in his first, lengthy stint, he wore three jerseys – the classic white and red jerseys, and the 1991-92 throwback (nearly identical to the red, except for the white crew collar and the logo on one arm stripe). In his second stint, in addition to the Edge versions of the regular jerseys, he was in three of the Centennial throwback games: a 1916 red throwback, a 1946 white throwback, and the barber pole throwback (no pics, but the game log shows he was in that game). So, that makes a total of either six or eight Habs jerseys, depending on whether you count the Edge jerseys as being a distinct design from the 1990s CCM jerseys. Since there are some subtle differences (the sleeve stripes, the numbers and NOB), I could accept the 8 figure.

    The Kings are a unique case. While Schneider played in the Gretzky throwback game, he was around to wear two versions of the Kings’ three regular jerseys – white w/shield, black w/shield, purple w/crown, white w/crown, black w/crown, and purple w/shield. That makes seven right there, for a grand total of at least 34, and as many as 37, jerseys!

  • jdreyfuss | February 18, 2011 at 11:59 am |

    I forget where, but I saw a study that tested the effectiveness of corking a bat that found that it didn’t actually work. Apparently, in order to save enough weight to make a significant difference in bat speed you have to put in enough cork to deaden the bat.

  • mike 2 | February 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm |

    In the NHL, I’ll take a wild guess on Trevor Linden – he only played for 4 teams but playing for the canucks from 1988 to 2008 might be enough to set the record.

    • Rob S | February 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm |

      Gold and black V-yoke skate-logo jerseys
      White, black, and red skate-logo jerseys
      White, blue, and sublimated blue/red orca jerseys
      White and blue Vintage throwbacks
      White and blue Edge jerseys

      That’s 12 right there (14 if you get really picky and count when they added the recolored 1970s logo to the shoulders of the white and blue Orca jerseys). His other teams, though, only add up to eight (4 for the Islanders, as he went from wavy jerseys with the retro logo to the retro jerseys, and 2 each for Montreal and Washington).

  • LI Phil | February 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  • Tyler | February 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm |

    Here is the story about the Stan Musial pin on LaRussa’s hat. http://www.stltoday....

  • K. McInnis | February 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm |

    For any Braves fans out there, it appears that Nate McClouth will be wearing #13 again now that Billy Wagner has retired. Picture of his spring training locker is below. Hopefully this will inject some nostalgia into him and his can at least crack .180 this season.

    http://twitpic.com/4...

  • Tris Wykes | February 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm |

    If these old-time men’s laxers wore anything tighter and smaller on their lower bodies, they would have been playing in Speedos. Yikes. http://tinyurl.com/4...

  • Jason from Philly | February 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm |

    Joe Smith actually had 2 stints with the sixers, during the 1997-1998 season and again in the 2006-2007 season. The sixers were wearing black and white during those 2 stints, but the jerseys were different.

    1997-1998 White http://a323.yahoofs....

    2006-2007 White http://www.reclinerg...

    I haven’t been able to find a picture of Joe in a Black Uniform from 1997-1998

    But the picture above is from his stint in 2006-2007
    http://farm6.static....

  • Maks | February 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm |

    i know which party Paul Lukas will not be attending: http://twitpic.com/3...

    *shudder*

    • Tris Wykes | February 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm |

      Sure he will. It says the “sexiest fella” will be there.

  • Donnie | February 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm |

    J.J. Daigneault should be included in the discussion for most jerseys worn. He played for 10 teams, and by my count had the potential for 21 jerseys.

    I don’t have pics, very hard to find of him not with Montreal, but here is the potential list.

    Vancouver – Yellow V, Black V
    Philadelphia – White, Orange
    Montreal – White, Red
    St. Louis – White, Blue
    Pittsburgh – White, Black, Black Alt
    Anaheim – White, White Alt, Purple, Purple Alt
    NY Islanders – White, Blue
    Nashville – White, Blue
    Phoenix – White, Black, Green
    Minnesota – White or Green, he only played 1 game for them.

  • MPowers1634 | February 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm |

    Chucky Brown is more (im)famous for wearing this uniform:

    http://www.tunl.duke...

    The NC State unitard.

    • JTH | February 18, 2011 at 2:26 pm |

      Imdeed.

      • LI Phil | February 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm |

        a reply that will go down im imfamy

      • Seth F | February 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm |

        I’m sure the guy just made an unimtentional mistake….

      • Bernard | February 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm |

        Oh, leave the guy alone. He’s too busy molding the minds of this nation’s youth to be bothered with such trivial details.

        • MPowers1634 | February 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm |

          Nice…the n is next to the m…norons!

          Happy Birthday, Hounddog!

  • Adam | February 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm |

    Somebody needs tos end a note to Kurt Snibbe at ESPN.com…

    His illustration with Mike Wilbon’s article features a rather odd addition to the Chicago Cubs’ uniform.

    http://sports.espn.g...

  • CC | February 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm |

    At the 2:29 mark of this video, Joe Smith is wearing a red Sixers jersey.
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Jeff | February 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm |

    the pin on larussa’s hat was indeed a stan musial pin… from what i heard, the team gave a few out on tuesday, when stan received his Medal from the president.

  • frinklin | February 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm |

    Man, I’d forgotten just how ugly those Philly and Detroit unis were. Has Joe Smith worn more ugly uniforms than any other athlete?

  • Mike | February 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm |

    Looks like there’s a snag with the proposed Bob Feller patch.

    http://www.cleveland...

    (third item from the bottom)

    Red tape: The Indians want to honor Hall of Famer Bob Feller by wearing a silhoutte of him pitching, including his high leg kick, on the sleeve of their regular season uniform jersies, but they’re having trouble getting copyright permission.

    • RS Rogers | February 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm |

      So it’s not the team’s fault? OK, then, I forgive the Indians for ditching the awesome silhouette patch for the tame & lame name & number patch.

      Still, that sounds like overly cautious lawyering to me. Multiple photos of Feller in that pose exist, so an original design need not implicate copyright for any given image. If the issue is a possible trademark (not copyright) of that pose by Feller himself, CMG Worldwide (which represents his estate on IP issues) is not to my knowledge known for being hard to do business with. They kind of pioneered the whole licensing-images-of-dead-people racket.

  • TMcLaughlin | February 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm |

    I can think of another uni memorial for a fan. The Blue Jackets wore a helmet sticker for Brittanie Cecil.

  • KT | February 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm |

    Sufficiently boring/austere home kit for Orlando City (gag) Soccer Club (double gag):

    http://www.facebook....

  • Ricko | February 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm |

    Happy Birthday, Ryco

    • rpm | February 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm |

      it’s ryco’s birthday?! well happy freaking birthday kid. someone diy him up a cake and a beer.

  • traxel | February 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm |

    Nothing says “small time program” more than getting something like this money grabbing opportunity out so quickly

    http://content.usato...\

    Here is the 1981 SI photo of Bobby Bonds on the same “Travelin’ Man” topic – sorry for the poor quality (Phil knows how tech savvy I am)

    http://www.flickr.co...

    And here’s a jersey I found while looking for the one above – NNAFNOF (nick name and full name on front)

    http://www.flickr.co...

    • LI Phil | February 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm |

      ben…

      did you take photos of those SI pages…instead of screen grabs?

      • JTH | February 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm |

        Not only did he do that, he used a disposable camera, took it to Walgreens to have it developed, scanned the photo and then uploaded it to Flickr.

    • rpm | February 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm |

      i don’t know about “small time”, but i can say my school isn’t exactly showing me they are “big time” either. yesterday i received a letter telling me that THE allowed my SS#, and all my other personal info to get lifted. isn’t that grand? thanks THE. can you imagine how big a schlubb you would have to be to want my identity? makes you shutter.

    • JTH | February 18, 2011 at 10:51 pm |

      Blackhawks are wearing white at home (the way God intended it) tonight vs. the Blue Jackets (wearing their alts).

      The text poll question asks which is your favorite Hawks jersey.

      The voting is going like this so far:
      Red: 51%
      Black: 41%
      White: 8%

      The logical conclusion? 92% of people who waste their time responding to text poll questions are idiots.

      • JTH | February 18, 2011 at 10:51 pm |

        Fuck. That shouldn’t be here.

  • Maks | February 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm |

    wow… a person’s DIY Trailblazer jacket: http://blog.craftzin...

  • DJ | February 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm |

    Notre Dame’s baseball team going with striped stirrups this season:

    http://twitpic.com/4...

    Looks like they wear their Adidas sport-specific t-shirts during batting/infield practice.

  • Johnny O | February 18, 2011 at 7:47 pm |

    Not that I thought they were going away, but Brewers.com confirmed “Retro Fridays” throughout the season.

    “In addition, Retro Fridays will take place on the first Friday home game of every month (April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12 and September 9). The Brewers will continue to wear the “ball-in-glove” uniforms on these dates.”

  • Allison | February 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  • Thomas Clark | February 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm |

    How about Matt Stairs?

  • JTH | February 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm |

    So as I was saying…

    Blackhawks are wearing white at home (the way God intended it) tonight vs. the Blue Jackets (wearing their alts).

    The text poll question asks which is your favorite Hawks jersey.

    The voting is going like this so far:
    Red: 51%
    Black: 41%
    White: 8%

    The logical conclusion? 92% of people who waste their time responding to text poll questions are idiots.

  • Thomas Clark | February 18, 2011 at 11:22 pm |

    Matt Stairs possible unis:

    92-93 Mon: Home white pin, Road gray, Blue (Spring only?)
    95 Boston: Home white, Road gray
    95-00 Oak: Home white, Road gray, Alt Green (Spring only?)
    01 CHC: Home white pin, Road gray, Alt Blue
    02 Mil: Home, Road
    03 Pit: Home, Road,
    04-06 KC: Home white sleeved,HW sleeveless Road gray sleeved, Road gray sleeveless, Black, Blue
    06 Tex: Home white, Road gray
    06 Det: Home white, Road gray
    07-08 Tor: Home white, Road gray, Black, Powder Blue throwback, (Canada Day tops?)
    08-09 Phi: Home white pin, Road gray, Alt White
    10 SD: Home white, Road sand, Blue

    That’s at least 35 if he wore them all. This doesn’t include the three times he wore different numbers with the same team during his tenure or special caps.

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