By Phil Hecken
For years now, we’ve expected crappy All Star Game BP jerseys. It comes with the territory. Take the host team’s crappy BP jersey, change up the colors a bit, throw on some type of “city-specific” logo, and add “American” and “National” and “BOOM” — crappy instant “must have” for fans and American Idles alike.
So, when reader Elliot Teichman tipped me wise to this year’s ASG jerseys, I was prepared to be blown away how crappy they’d be. And they didn’t disappoint.
Not only are they in the crappy sedona red and black (not to mention “sonoran sand”) that are the official colors of the host D-ba
gscks, but they include all the WORST elements of the current BP jersey — color side panel and pit stripes PLUS shoulder yoke — they actually make the D-backs official BP jersey look good in comparison. Plus, on both ASG jerseys, they’ve introduced a “blue” star to dot the “i”. I wasn’t sure what that had to do with Arizona (or the All Star Game), and I originally thought it was perhaps to be symbolic of turquoise, but it turns out it’s picking up the sky on the ASG patch. Now the patch — that’s cool — why couldn’t they do something like that for the jersey wordmark?
Instead, we’re stuck with what looks like a gold, sublimated camo or snakeskin pattern, which probably won’t be visible unless you’re standing two feet away. I had hoped to get to my local mom & pop apparel store to see if they had any in stock to examine them more fully, but alas, I
will only go the mall because the Mac store is there wasn’t able to get there yesterday. If I can make a run there today, or if any of you fine readers has seen or will see one up close, the details will be forthcoming. Or, not.
Look, I get that it’s “only” a BP jersey, and we’ve seen similar colors before, and we’ve seen crappy designs before. But at least we’ve also seen attempts to reference some landmark of the city, or of the ballpark in which the game is played, or even a distinguishing feature of the host team’s uni. Unless this gold (and I hope it’s not glitter) and sublimation (please don’t let it be a camo pattern) are on the D-back unis somewhere, I think this may be the worst ASG jersey of them all. Even the 1999 jerseys, which mimicked the vertical writing of the TATC uni promotion (see more views of those awful unis here), weren’t as bad as those of the 2011 ASG.
OK, so maybe these things will grow on me. And they will only wear them for the home run derby and the warmups. At least the teams will still wear their regular uniforms for the game right? No BP jerseys when it counts. *Whew* It’s a good thing that’s never happened before. Discuss.
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
After two wonderful colorization tutorials by Gary the last two weekends, I’m hoping more of you will explore this fantastic hobby. Lets see what we have today:
Up first today is Chris Powers, who has a whole bunch of colorizations for us:
Some of the photos posted the last couple of weeks have inspired me to send in some colorizations I’ve done. Hope everyone likes them.
For Paul: Duke Snider Batting with Bowling Pin from friday’s post
Also, here are some earlier stuff I’ve had done for awhile now and haven’t sent in yet.
This is my favorite: Satchel Paige – Cleveland Indians
Thanks Chris — tremendous output!
Next up is Bill Maselunas:
Here’s my stab at the photo of the Hollywood Stars Jim Baxes getting plunked.
Nice job Bill!
Batting in the third position is the one and only George Chilvers:
This is just a very quick one as someone earlier in the week mentioned Soviet era pics.
This is a classic Eastern Bloc-style posed Ferenc Puskas, “The Galloping Major”, who played football for Hungary in the early Fifties, but then went on later to play 4 games for Spain.
The picture is of him in the Hungarian change strip. Original here.
Well done, sir. You’re really enjoying portraits!
And in the cleanup spot if of course, Gary Chanko:
Last week a reader finally uncovered the name of the mystery Phils pitcher: Lynn Lovenguth, a little known 1955-56 Phillies player. However a much easier player to identify from that era is Phils catcher Stan “Stash” Lopata. Sash is readily recognized for his trademark batting stance squat; a result of some hitting consultation with Rogers Hornsby.
The black & white image original can be found here.
The photo was taken at what appears to be Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, hence the away grays.
My second submission pictures two Hall of Famers and two of baseball’s all time characters: Satchel Paige and Bill Veeck. This is a great Sporting News B&W photo taken on July 8, 1948 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.1948 season.
Source: Mears Auctions.
And tremendous job, as always, Gary.
Thanks to all the colorizers this week. Hopefully you guys have all studied Gary’s wonderful tutorials, but in case you missed them, here are Part I and Part II. There are multitudes of hi res B&W images out there on the Interwebs — so if you find a good one, and you colorize it, send it my way.
We have another new set of tweaks today.
If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Remember, if possible, try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per tweak. You guys have been great at keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!
And so, lets begin:
We start with Andrew DeFrank, who last weekend had some great Eagles concepts, but I didn’t notice his message for this set of Panther tweaks until after I posted those:
So I just finished the Panthers this weekend, and as you haven’t put up the Eagles yet I thought I’d send em over so you can put both in one day… So here are the Carolina Panthers!
Up second is Christopher Kane, who takes on two of Florida’s NFL teams:
Decided to take on 2 florida teams that are having trouble with their uni’s (one moreso than the other).
Like the new logo but never liked the pewter. kept the red and went with simple back/white stripes while swapping pewter for black. Not a fan of bfbs but thought it worked here.
Where to begin…they’re a disaster. Although it ended up more collegiate than i would like, went with a jaguar paw logo…kept blue and gold but swapped teal for navy with a deeper gold.
Thats it…thanks! keep up the good work! love the site.
Finally, we have Sean F., who takes Tim E. O’B's template and goes to town:
I know some people aren’t too big on the black uniforms, but I feel with the Timberwolves it works. This is my tweak of their black alternate uniform. I rid the logo and uniform of the blue and made the logo consist of two shades of greens. The side of the jersey and pants have a tree pattern, an idea i took from the old uniforms with the trees on the trim.
Thanks to today’s tweakers. Back next weekend with more.
by Rick Pearson
Wonder if Blotto Bar paid duty by the pound…
And your beautiful, full-color full-size…and we do mean, FULL size.
2011 Uni Tracking
Back with more tracking from the readers today.
Today features Doug Keklak who is a Pirates tracker. Here’s Doug:
Noticed a uni tracking ran last weekend so I thought I’d get you my Buccos stuff through May:
The Pirates were 25-28 through May and their record by unis broke down like this: 7-10 in the home whites, 13-10 in the road grays and 5-8 overall in the Black Alts. They are 4-4 at home and 1-4 on the road in said alts.
The only trend I’ve noticed thus far is the team going to the black alts more often. Before this season, you pretty much only saw this unis on Fridays. Now it seems pretty random. I’m not sure if this is touch from new manager Clint Hurdle and his staff or because the team appears to have ditched the Sunday pinstriped vests. Either way, I like as I’m a fan of the jersey and cap. They have worn the alts a total of 13 times through May versus only nine times over the same time period a year ago.
Speaking of caps, the Pirates to date have only worn two special caps: the camo billed against Milwaukee on 5/15 and their version of the Stars & Stripes on Memorial Day. Both games resulted in losses for the Bucs. No throwback unis have been worn by the team to date.
We also have Andrew O’Sullivan, who actually sent his MLB tracking report to Paul, but Paul forwarded it to me for display here:
Hello Mr. Lukas,
Last month, I emailed you a report I had published on Google Docs detailing what jersey every team in Major League Baseball had been wearing for the season up to that point. If you’re still interested, I have published the May version here.
Thank you for your time, and good luck on your travels,
We also have Glenn Simpkins, who is a Giants tracker:
A diligently as a full-time college student and part-time ranch hand can, I’ve been tracking my San Francisco Giants this year. Fortunately, they’re predictable with respect to when they wear which of their five standard combinations (Home combos: Cream; Orange Friday; Orange Bill Sunday, or OBS, with a cream uni. Road: Grey, OBS with the Grey). Thusly, if I miss watching a game, I can still track what I want to track on the standard days by simply reading the box score. This leaves a few days with breaks from the norms to make sure and watch.
Anyroad, as of 5/30/2011, here are the team-wise splits to the best of my tabulation ability:
Home: The Giants are total 13-8 at home with all combos, with a 2-2 OBS record, including Mothers Day with the pink acessories, and a 2-1 record on Orange Friday. They won wearing that gold letering on 4/9, a self imposed break from the norm, leaving an 8-5 record in just the standard cream unis.
Road: We’re a total of 16-16 on the road, with a 0-4 OBS record and wins on both Jackie Robinson Day and Memorial Day leaving a 14-12 record in the standard road greys.
OBS was introduced last season, and I was suspect of it, it looked ugly. So far, at a total record of 2-6 on OBS, my inclination seems right, it’s unlucky.
And, thanks Glenn.
Nice job trackers! If any of you are tracking your team, and want to give an early season report, please send me your tracking, with a description (if you want) of how you do it, or any interesting uni trends for the 2011 season. Thanks!
And that will do it for this fine first Sunday in June. Everyone have a great day, and if someone can do some recon on that ASG jersey (maybe even take some pics), tha’d be great. Post any shots in the comments or send ‘em to me and I’ll post them in the main article. I hope it’s not as bad as it seems.
I think we can safely put the Buffalo Bills new uniforms in the same category as the ’87 Twins. Better than the old because the old was so horrible… but not exactly great either. — THE Jeff Provo