Well, I’ve been saying all along that uniforms are getting more and more like superhero costumes. Turns out I was a few decades behind the curve on that one. The nice thing about this configuration is that you still get to yell, “C’mon, blue!” at the ump. And hey, the catcher has a mask. But you can tell the artist wasn’t a baseball fan, because he drew home plate backwards.
New ESPN column today — here you go.
(Special thanks to Ricko, who posted the comic book cover in yesterday’s comments.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: Jackie Robinson Day is tomorrow. The MLB office told me last month that players would once again be wearing No. 42 for the occasion, so I assume that’s going to happen, but I’ve heard exactly zero build-up since then. Interesting that the annual one-day 42 revival has now become so routine that there’s no hype for it at all. … The Knicks plan to wear orange socks for their home playoff games (with thanks to Steve King). … Here are this season’s most popular NBA jerseys at retail. … Mmm, love those Northwestern-striped Terps stirrups (big thanks to Jack Krabbe). … Here’s a slideshow of notable sports hairdos. … Pretty groovy leatherhead helmet here. … Micah Hudgens reports that Julio Borbon of the Rangers went stirrups-clad yesterday. … Tillamook, Oregon, is famous for its cheese, which explains this awesome 1930 basketball uni (with thanks to Mark Deuel, who put together a good post about Oregon high school uni history). … Field note from Brice Wallace, who reports that Huntington High School in West Virginia has a grass outfield and a fake-turf infield — including fake-turf sliding pits. How do you slide on that stuff? … Now there’s a good-looking curling squad. They’re from the College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota (big thanks to Dan Michon). … Remember how Penn State football announced that they’ll be removing the trim from their collars and sleeve cuffs next season? Here’s an interesting video clip that explains why (good find by Larry Bodnovich). … Adidas will unveil a lightweight basketball shoe today at 3pm Eastern. There will be live video here. … Some commentary on recent college football uni changes here. The column also confirms the longstanding rumor that big changes are afoot at Oklahoma State (with thanks to Matthew Robins). … Mike Hersh found this really fun gallery of Michigan football ticket stubs. … The Twins were wearing their navy “Twins” alts yesterday, but Alex Burnett was wearing the navy road jersey while warming up in the 7th inning. Someone must have noticed, because he had the proper jersey on when he came in to pitch the 8th (with thanks to Matthew Hiett). … Remember the new Purdue Pete? Now forget about him (with thanks to Andrew Moeschberger). … NHL Western Conference uni-based playoff predictions here. … The Houston Dynamo will wear special jerseys for Earth Day (with thanks to Tim Lewis). … Another MLBer who wore earplugs, or at least cotton in his ears: Steve Carlton (great recall by Jerry Wolper). … The folks and Mitchell & Ness got to pay a visit to Grey Flannel Auctions and wrote up a nifty report. I especially like the Rawlings tag shown in the very last photo — don’t think I’ve ever seen the Rawlings logo executed with outlined white-on-white lettering like that before (big thanks to Dan Cichalski). … Somebody really needs to button up (with thanks to Grant Goldman). … Here’s some good background info on some Pirates uni-number switcheroos (big thanks to Jim Vilk). … Cardinals pitcher Edwardo Sanchez came to bat wearing a blank batting helmet last night (screen shot by Will Posthumus). … Really good story about the first team ever to wear Nike uniforms (with thanks to Kenn Tomasch). … Why have three stripes on your cleats when you can have four? That’s reader Benjamin Smith in his Little League uniform, circa 1980. Not sure who made those four-stripe cleats. … How great is this little guy? Answer: Very! Even better, he’s the new logo for the newly reinvigorated Stirrup Project, which is a charity raising funds for youth baseball programs in disadvantaged areas. If you donate, you’ll not only feel good for supporting a good cause, but you’ll also have the chance to put a photo on their fridge. You know what to do.