Snakes on a jersey?

Natioican ASG Jersey

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-bagscks, but they include all the WORST elements of the current BP jerseycolor 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.

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colorize thisColorize This!

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:

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Up first today is Chris Powers, who has a whole bunch of colorizations for us:

Phil,

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.

Hollywood Stars in Shorts

Miss Elmira Pioneers 1958

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.

Canadiens Howie Moretz 1924

Cubs Bridwell & Archer 1913

This is my favorite: Satchel Paige – Cleveland Indians

~Chris Powers

Thanks Chris — tremendous output!

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Next up is Bill Maselunas:

Here’s my stab at the photo of the Hollywood Stars Jim Baxes getting plunked.

Thanks!

Bill Maselunas

Nice job Bill!

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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.

George

Well done, sir. You’re really enjoying portraits!

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And in the cleanup spot if of course, Gary Chanko:

Phil

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.

Gary

And tremendous job, as always, Gary.

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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.

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all sport uni tweaksUni Tweaks

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:

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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:

Hey again,
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!

Home
Away
Third
All-White
All-Black

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Up second is Christopher Kane, who takes on two of Florida’s NFL teams:

Hi Phil,

Decided to take on 2 florida teams that are having trouble with their uni’s (one moreso than the other).

Tampa — Home 1, Road 1, Road 2/Alt 1, and Home 2/Alt 2

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.

Jacksonville — Home, Road, Alt 1 and Alt 2

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.

-Chris Kane

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Finally, we have Sean F., who takes Tim E. O’B’s template and goes to town:

Hey Phil,

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,

Sean F.

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Thanks to today’s tweakers. Back next weekend with more.

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Benchies HeaderBenchies

by Rick Pearson

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Wonder if Blotto Bar paid duty by the pound…

6-5-11 s-slamma

And your beautiful, full-color full-size…and we do mean, FULL size.

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uni tracking 20112011 Uni Tracking

Back with more tracking from the readers today.

Today features Doug Keklak who is a Pirates tracker. Here’s Doug:

Phil,
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.

I’m attaching some screen caps of the spreadsheet as well as the spreadsheet itself. My record keeping is pretty much the same basic format I’ve done the last two seasons.

Kek

Thanks Douggie.

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,

Adrian O’Sullivan.

Thanks Adrian.

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.

Glenn Simpkins

And, thanks Glenn.

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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!

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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.

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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

 

92 comments to Snakes on a jersey?

  • Ricko | June 5, 2011 at 7:30 am |

    Excellent colorizations today.
    And, yes, that is George Altman with the Duke.

  • Ricko | June 5, 2011 at 7:34 am |

    Oh, and I know Gary knows Stan Lopata’s nickname was “Stosh”, so “Stash” is almost certainly a typo.

    Stash is, y’know, something else altogether.

    • Gary | June 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm |

      There are two variations on the Polish nickname for Stanley with “Stash” probably the preferred one.

  • The Jeff | June 5, 2011 at 7:50 am |

    I AM TIRED OF THESE MOTHERFUCKIN SNAKES ON THIS MOTHERFUCKIN JERSEY!

    *ahem*

    Ok, with that out of the way… I kinda like the idea of the snakeskin pattern on the wordmark. The Diamondbacks ought to do something like that on their real jerseys. I can’t say I’m a fan of the shoulder yokes and side panels though.

  • scott | June 5, 2011 at 8:23 am |

    One thing I’ve always wondered is why fans purchase the All-Star batting jerseys of their favorite players. Unless your favorite player is on the team hosting the All-Star Game, the BP jersey is going to, in all likelihood, clash with your team’s own colors. Why would fans of the other 29 teams want to be wearing what is essentially a D-backs jersey? I remember thinking in 2006 that suddenly there were a lot of Pirates fans around after Pittsburgh hosted the game…

    • The Jeff | June 5, 2011 at 8:36 am |

      Collectors… the same reason people buy ProBowl jerseys.

  • Boomtown | June 5, 2011 at 8:37 am |

    Actually, it’s always bothered me that the National and American Leagues didn’t have actual uniforms. I know this will really cause some consternation in these parts, but the fact that everyone is wearing a different team’s uniform has always looked stupid to me. I think players should wear their respective team’s hats (a la the Futures game), but they should all wear the same uniform (not just a BP jersey, also a la the Futures game).

    • moose | June 5, 2011 at 8:54 am |

      you are, um, daft.

      • Jeremy | June 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm |

        and you are, um, an ass. How dare someone have an opinion contrary to your own, or even *gasp* contrary to Paul or Phil.

        As for the topic at hand, I think the BP jerseys look good. The snakeskin/sandstone is a nice touch. Just because something is a blatant cash grab and doesn’t conform to the boringness of baseball jerseys doesn’t mean it can’t look slick.

        • Craig | June 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm |

          I agree with you Jeremy.

          It’s quite often I find that people who have a difference of opinion with the authors and consensus of their followers, are the same people that aren’t happy unless they are told to be. It’s almost become a template of year-in-year-out of topics/complaints (MLB stars & stripes hats/all star jerseys/Annual patches on uni’s/complaints about oregon/nike/what’s the green dot?…etc) and almost elitist attitudes from many of posters on here just writing carbon copies of the same posts.

          When the blogs are historical, unique (artists, behind the scenes) or interesting, this is a very fun place to be. Otherwise, when something the authors & their followers aren’t happy whenever a product comes out for a laundry list of reasons. It’s why I no longer read it daily…it’s not as fun as it used to be…

          As for this jersey, it’s not the best…but not the worst either. But apparently, if you do like it, be prepared to be bullied into thinking otherwise.

      • moose | June 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm |

        i am not going to argue the point that i am a jerk. call me whatever you want, i could care less. and i am also not saying i care one bit about the bp jerseys or their designs, nor was i defending any author. just like with those silly flag hats, ASG BP jerseys are what they are every year, it’s all garbage and forced, but it isn’t going away. i don’t see how anybody buys it, but i am not going to waist my time complaining about its existence either. what i was responding to was the fact that they should wear some sort of uniform for the game, that is the idea i was calling daft. the fun part about the all star game, especially when you are a kid, is seeing your team, your uniform represented, and that would take that away. it wouldn’t have even made sense before the lines between the leagues was blurred by free agency and interleague(which i love and todays author hates by the way), but it surely does not make any sense now. do any of the players really take pride in their league? heck, do any of the fans? maybe national league fans take pride in the fact that they don’t have the DH, but i don’t know anybody> who really gets fired up about their teams league. why would putting the players in silly AL and NL outfits make the game any better? so yes, i think the idea of wearing a game specific uni that is daft, but i could care less about what they wear for BP or the HRD, and if you like the unis, or you want to buy one, i am not standing in your way. just don’t suggest they wear them for the game, and expect everyone to give you two hips and a hurray, because some people might disagree with that idea and think it is laughably foolish.

      • StLMarty | June 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm |

        Daft is a good word.
        I plan on using it more often.

    • Will S | June 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm |

      I’m with you, Craig. I feel like this is becoming more and more elitist and less and less of a forum. Too bad.

      As for the BP jerseys, I’m not sure that they hit them head on, but I do think that it’s a cool idea even apart from the merchandising aspect (which I’ll admit is probably the main reason they do it). Don’t you think that some big leaguers have all of their all-star BP jerseys up on display somewhere? That’s something to be proud of. Plus the changing designs, templates, etc. are pretty interesting to me. Sometimes they mess up, sure, but progress isn’t always bad. If teams had to stick with the same uniform forever the Broncos would still be stuck with those socks, which I’m pretty sure most people would not be in favor of on an every game basis.

      • JTH | June 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm |

        Don’t you think that some big leaguers have all of their all-star BP jerseys up on display somewhere? That’s something to be proud of.”

        That’s a great reason to buy one of the jerseys. Hey, look at me! I’m dressed just like one of the walls in Marlon Byrd’s den!

        • Will S | June 6, 2011 at 12:18 am |

          I’m not saying that it’s why a fan should buy a jersey, I’m just saying it’s a cool concept that they’re so different every year.

        • JTH | June 6, 2011 at 10:01 am |

          I would agree with you — if the jerseys were issued exclusively to the players and not offered for retail sale. However, that’s not the case.

          What would be really cool is something like a special ASG sport coat that the players would wear for press conferences and the like (think NFL hall of fame jacket).

          I’m picturing this year’s models as such: Black for the NL, red for the AL (the main jersey colors), ASG patch on the left breast, team logo lapel pin, player’s name and number embroidered on the inside.

  • moose | June 5, 2011 at 8:47 am |

    nary got a chance, but i enjoyed yesterday’s rag, nice job ricko-phil

    as for today…
    rick~ha! the only thing more annoying then big grunting joe swinger in 12″ softball, is i am afraid to pitch so i am going to pitch from second base guy. i get it, you are afraid to die. i understand it is hazardous to pitch, but take your catcher’s shin guards and play right field sally, don’t pitch. then again all of 12″ sucks, it is a miserable game. if you don’t hit .850 in 12″, i have a news flash for you, you stink, quit swing for the fences. you want a real game, you want a game that doesn’t end 19-54 once and a while, try 16″, it is so vastly superior, it isn’t even a contest. you know why it never caught on in other places out side of the chi? it’s challenging, it actually requires you to exhibit some small amount of skill.

    phil/colourizers~
    i even love the weak ones. more and more i think to myself, self this is what the weekend is all aboot, a colour-i-zation before i get out and a boot.

    speaking of aboot~
    go couver obvi, but after only getting 8(?) national games from nbc, of which i could watch 3 by random happenstance, i find out that all the boston home games are back on cable?! what bull shit. you jack-asses who pay 150 bills a month for the tee-vee kill me man. but i love the hockey, it is a shame that i can only watch aboot 10 games a year. a crying don’t put clam in my beer shame. a you ate my last all dressed shame, a why is canadian bacon 5 times the price of any other ham shame. is it the peet? seriously, the only thing crazier then the price of tv is the price of ham if you call it “bacon”, and put “canadian” in front of it.

    • JTH | June 5, 2011 at 8:59 am |

      How many games of sixteen inch did you manage to play last year before your frail artisan’s phalanges got mangled?

    • Ricko | June 5, 2011 at 9:17 am |

      Not gonna argue too much. 12″ is better when the ball stays in the yard and playing the infield isn’t like standing in a shooting gallery. Around here, anyway, bases have been moved to 70′, and that’s put a bit more infield play back into the game.

      At the highest levels, though, it’s all about walking Barcaloungers hitting 200 home runs in a season and thinking they’re great hitters…when the reality is it’s akin to setting scoring records in a hockey league that plays without goaltenders.

      And about as much fun as watching guys with the big hammer ringing the bell at the Fair.

      Now, Fastpitch or Modified Slowpitch are a challenge.

    • moose | June 5, 2011 at 9:20 am |

      yeah, i still can’t make a fist, so florking what. the tendons did not magically rebuild themselves, and i don’t have 6M for the >oscar goldman technology. ‘zactly my point though, it’s a game that requires stones. 12″ just makes me want to murder. but i will say this, i may not be able to have full functionality of my left index, but EVERY year i umpired 12″ i can say i saw at least 2 full on facial reconstruction surgery injuries, and more then enough 911’s. 12″ is flat out stupid. if you play 12″, um, give it up, the glory days be behind. 12″ requires zero skill. again, if you don’t hit .850 in 12″ you really really really stink. and if you hit below .500, you should not be allowed to reproduce.

      • JTH | June 5, 2011 at 9:32 am |

        Holy shit!

        Maskatron cost $13? That’s like $50 today. I can’t believe my parents bought me that. And it wasn’t even my birthday or Christmas.

        And why were Jaime & Oscar a dollar more expensive than Steve?

        • moose | June 5, 2011 at 9:40 am |

          dorks is why.

          i was a planet of the apes guy myself.

        • moose | June 5, 2011 at 9:42 am |

          …not that i wouldn’t have given my left one for maskatron.

        • Ricko | June 5, 2011 at 9:46 am |

          Ah-ha, which brings us to one of my favorite movie trivia quesitons…
          Who, or what, was “Bright Eyes”?

        • moose | June 5, 2011 at 10:05 am |

          are you talking man with no name spaget? if so he also said don’t put your darn catsup on a frankfuerter. or was moose skowron also called bright eyes?

        • Ricko | June 5, 2011 at 10:40 am |

          That’s what Dr. Zira (Kim Hunter) called Taylor (Charlton Heston), until she learned he could talk, in PLANET OF THE APES.

        • moose | June 5, 2011 at 11:06 am |

          well yeah, but i knew you were not referencing that. i have to leave for w-w-w-w…

        • StLMarty | June 5, 2011 at 11:30 am |

          I hate every ape I see
          From chimpan-A to chimpan-Z
          Somebody’s made a monkey out of me

          Or something like that.
          Troy McClure making his comeback after the thing with the fishes.

        • JTH | June 5, 2011 at 11:46 am |

          Help! The human’s about to escape!

          Get your paws off me, you dirty ape!

          He can talk!

          HeCanTalkHeCanTalkHeCanTalkHeCanTalkHeCanTalkHeCanTalk

          I CAN SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING!

      • John Zajac | June 5, 2011 at 11:39 am |

        So much hate for 12″… I’ll go out on a limb and guess that USSSA Men’s Majors wasn’t in the cards?

        As for 16″, it did work it’s way out of Chicago. It’s used in wheelchair leagues across the country, and maybe some indoor leagues. The indoor leagues here in New England still use 12″ balls though.

  • Juke Early | June 5, 2011 at 8:48 am |

    At least your mall HAS an Apple Store. Though I do get a snake in the house every once in awhile. . ..

  • Connie | June 5, 2011 at 9:14 am |

    Much excellent colorizatiom today. Puskas by Chilvers earns a special place, both for the subject (greatest player before Pele, I’d argue) and the subtle mastery of our Wigan man. Bleedin’ fantastic.

  • Ricko | June 5, 2011 at 9:39 am |

    John Henry Johnson died yesterday. Pretty sure most here don’t remember him…
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    (he finished with the Oilers. Couldn’t find a photo.

    • Ricko | June 5, 2011 at 9:48 am |

      Is there where someone says, “I didn’t know the 49ers wore pink uniforms at one time.”?
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      • The Jeff | June 5, 2011 at 9:58 am |

        No I think we just say “dammit Topps!” Or is that a Fleer card? Or some other brand I can’t think of…

        We all should know by now how horribly unreliable old cards are for uniform details.

        • Ricko | June 5, 2011 at 10:38 am |

          Bowman.

        • The Jeff | June 5, 2011 at 10:43 am |

          Ah… I should have known that. As I was saying then… Dammit Bowman!

    • LarryB | June 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm |

      Sorry to hear about John Henry. I remember him on the Steelers when i was a kid

      And how about the 49ers wearing those pink unis as throwbacks

  • Bob A | June 5, 2011 at 9:56 am |

    Funny how I always hated those colorized movies but I’m such a sucker for the colorized photos the readers submit here. Today’s two Satchel Paige pics in particular just knocked me out. Nice job by all of you.

    My take on the All Star BP jerseys…. they’re crappy but hardly worth getting up in arms over. Who pays attention to All Star batting practice?

    And Ricko, I’m one of the older reader who remembers John Henry Johnson very well. He wore some classic Steelers unis in his time.

  • Rich | June 5, 2011 at 10:16 am |

    Andrew, thanks for the uni-tracking report. One question, though. Are you sure the Astros are wearing the plain white uniforms every Wednesday? I know they’ve done it at least twice, but both of those games I know of were afternoon games. The Astros usually wear the plain whites for weekday home games. So I’m curious as to whether they’ve worn them for Wednesday night games, too. Might be something to double-check.

  • Gusto44 | June 5, 2011 at 10:19 am |

    Yes, I recall John Henry Johnson from the old NFL Films shows I watched as a kid. Played some defense early in his career, think he shattered Charlie Trippi’s face with a forearm while a 49er.

    Oddly, Johnson’s best seasons as a RB happened after the age of 30, despite the fact he was a punishing runner. JHJ was also the first Steeler to gain a 1000 yards in a season. Younger fans may not be impressed with his overall yardage total, but JHJ was among the top four backs in the NFL at the time of his retirement.

  • mark | June 5, 2011 at 10:31 am |

    I too remember John Henry Johnson. My parents and I sat in what would later come to be called the Dawg Pound one Saturday night in 1964. Watched in ‘horror’ as the Steelers JHJ ran thru, over and around my beloved Brownies for over 200 yards. Alls well that ends well as Cleveland won its ‘most recent’ NFL title that December.

    • Jim Hayden | June 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm |

      Wait, didn’t Art Modell’s team win the Super Bowl in 2001?

      (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist, GO BROWNS!)

  • John | June 5, 2011 at 11:04 am |

    Normally not a commenter, but had to take note of the good and bad of watching the French Open final this morning.

    Good: The primary color battle between Roger Federer (in red) and Rafael Nadal (in blue).

    Bad: Both are Nike athletes, and between them have 25 swooshes on the court. 25! That includes headbands, shirts, shorts, wristbands, socks (two swooshes a sock) and shoes. This is quite possibly the most gratuitous swooshification of a sport yet.

    On a better note, hopefully you got to catch some of yesterday’s coverage of the College Rugby Sevens Championship. Dartmouth in particular had a nice white block “D” on the front of a plain green uni. Wish the photo gallery provided online was more game centric, but it’ll do:
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    • Tim E. O'B | June 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm |

      Holy shit PPL Park is gorgeous. http://upload.wikime...

    • =bg= | June 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm |

      and to think Phil hated the swoosh at first. “It looks like a fat checkmark.”

      Nike’s name was gonna be Dimension Six until Nike’s Jeff Johnson woke up with a dream and the word “Nike” was in the dream. True.

    • Simply Moono | June 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm |

      To be fair, Tennis is an individual sport, not a team sport. As much as I hate Adidas (and yes, I use a capital ‘A’ to smite those triple stripewads), I wouldn’t care how many /// logos I see on a Tennis player because of endorsements in an individual sport. Now, about NASCAR… that’s a little different. It’s a team sport, but at the same time, it’s not a team sport, so I don’t know what to think about the Chevy-powered billboards. O.K., I’m done rambling now.

  • Jeremiah | June 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm |

    I really like the J-Ville concepts, except for the paneling on the back of the legs. It’s a great idea. The Tampa ones are nice, too. I especially like the logo on the alt helmet.

  • LI Phil | June 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm |

    the onion has an interesting comparison of the NBA vs NHL finals

    • Tim E. O'B | June 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm |

      “•If you can, try to avoid airing any games on Vesus”

      HA!

  • Tim E. O'B | June 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm |

    “Finally, we have Sean F., who takes Tim E. O’B’s template and goes to town:”

    Love the credit Phil, but that’s not mine. That’s a Frasier Davidson template. I’ve only done the MLB (and maybe one other wink wink hint hint haha).

    • Tim E. O'B | June 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm |

      Also, I love Sean F.’s design, even if it is a little BFBS

  • hugh.c.mcbride | June 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm |

    Just wanted to add my kudos to Chris, Bill, George, & Gary for a tremendous set of colorizations. I look forward to seeing these images every weekend here in UW, & the sets today did not disappoint. Fantastic job, gentlemen — thanks much for sharing your time & talents with the rest of us.

  • DJ | June 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm |

    I thought the “light blue” used in the All-Star Game logo, BP jerseys, etc. was, in fact, turquoise, a color commonly associated with the Arizona desert. It’s not unusual for MLB to add a color or two to the host team’s set to make the All-Star color set (Robin’s Egg Blue for St. Louis, a rose red for the White Sox).

    • LI Phil | June 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm |

      yeah…i thought it might be (and said so in the lede) — but it seems to me to be picking up the sky from the patch — maybe it’s for both?

      the patch is very cool; i wish they’d have tried to work the mountain/sky into the jersey wordmark though

  • Ricko | June 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm |

    Anyone watching NCAA baseball on espnU?

    We don’t think that green “Miami” could use a white border to keep it from being overwhelmed by the brighter orange background color of the jersey? In long shots it sometimes almost looks there’s nothing on the jersey front but the white TV number. Or nothing but an undefined smudge of some sort.

    Compare it to the white numbers and NOB.

    • Ricko | June 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm |

      Also notice what color Nike chose to make the swoosh on the sleeve. Think they knew something?

      • Will S | June 5, 2011 at 8:39 pm |

        I love the swoosh. It’s the coolest logo in the world. So simple, so basic, says so much without any wordmark needed, not many logos can do that, and isn’t that exactly what a logo is supposed to do? So what’s so wrong about Nike (and others) putting their logos on jerseys (in tennis and other sports)? It’s not like it’s a big swoosh across the chest. It’s small and in the corners. They did make the jersey. Aren’t they allowed to advertise too?

        This site even has a lot of logo creep. I count 11 ads (including Google and Twitter) on this page. I’m aware that Uni Watch’s business model involves money received from advertisers, but what’s so wrong about sports teams’ business models including making advertising money as well as ticket revenue?

        • LI Phil | June 5, 2011 at 9:59 pm |

          whatchoo talkin’ about will s?

        • StLMarty | June 5, 2011 at 11:16 pm |

          One can never be too prepared.
          I will die someday. Therefore, I have initiated the process of getting corporate sponsorship for my coffin and my tombstone. Anything I can do to save a few bucks for my family.
          So far, I’ve had pretty good looks from Old Spice and Smuckers.

        • LI Phil | June 5, 2011 at 11:45 pm |

          wouldn’t a frozen pizza maker be a better headstone sponsor?

        • Will S | June 6, 2011 at 12:20 am |

          “whatchoo talkin’ about will s?”

          In reference to which part..?

  • Ricko | June 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm |

    And, in the WCWS on espn…

    Alabama in gray pants with crimson pins.
    Florida working some nice stirrups.
    Really odd paint job on Florida 3B coach’s helmet.

    • mtjaws | June 5, 2011 at 9:56 pm |

      I like the coach’s helmet. I haven’t seen any other Gator wear this design, so it is a unique look for him. Go Gators!

      http://farm6.static....

  • Thorold Blair | June 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm |

    Are these picturs being colorized of printable quality?? I want to get started in colorizing and printing to add a little class to my basement.

    • George Chilvers | June 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm |

      I tried to say this but it seems to have disappeared :(

      “It all really depends on the size/resolution of the image you start with.

      When I submit pictures here I “save for web” which reduces file size, and hence resolution. But that’s so they can be viewed comfortably on a computer screen without the file size blowing up the interweb-thingy.

      But the originals I have on my PC that I’ve worked on are usually a fair bit larger, and so would print out to a reasonable quality.

      For example I did a picture a few months ago of an Annapolis baseball group from the 1890s. The file I sent Phil was 697 Kb. My working version (albeit an Adobe psd file) is 45 Mb!!

      It also depends on how good a picture you want printed. In musical terms are you a person who needs high quality speakers that eliminate even the slightest hiss, or are you happy to stick iPod earphones and enjoy your music. My brother-in-law is a professional photographer and sees faults in photographs that I would never see in a million years of looking (mind you, he also thinks that black and white photos are sacrosanct and that I am a Philistine for bringing them to life!).

      The important thing is to have a go.

      Use Google image search for your desired topic, and filter down to large and black and white. Then have a go. You’ll soon get hooked :)

      George”

    • Gary | June 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm |

      Image quality is dependent on the number of pixels in the original and what size print you want to produce. For an 8×10 or A4 size print you will have the best results if the image to be printed has enough pixels to approximately equal 300 pixels per inch (PPI).

      So for an 8×10 that would be 8×300 or 2400 pixels by 3000 pixels. Sometimes you can achieve okay prints at 200 ppi, but try to get as close to 300 as possible. Your image editor will have tools for resizing your image to higher resolutions, but the results often vary based on the original image quality.

      Just experiment and see what you can achieve.

  • Jeff Franklin | June 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm |

    I think the 2008 MLB All-Star Game had the best bp jerseys.

  • George Chilvers | June 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm |

    Georeg? D’oh – typo dyslexia :(

    And of course it should be attached to Thorold’s question above.

  • George Chilvers | June 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm |

    Now I’m confused – what I sent has disappeared :(

  • christian | June 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm |

    I’ve gotta say, I think the Giants in ’07 had the best ASG BP jerseys so far. I mean, what’s not to hate about the patch: http://www.amazon.co...
    the logo: http://www.upi.com/N...
    the jerseys:http://farm3.static.... and http://whatchedgewea...
    and the hats: http://cache.boston.... http://www.reuters.c...
    and one thing that I found, a Giants hat with the orange bill with the 2011 ASG patch on the side, even though the Giants only wear those hats on Sundays: http://www.footballf...

    • =bg= | June 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm |

      yeah, loved that retro art-deco logo. quite cool.

  • Teebz | June 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm |

    Howie Morenz… not Moretz. ;o)

    • Topher208 (Chris Powers) | June 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm |

      Teebz, you’re right. Total typo on my part.

    • Jeff P | June 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm |

      And there’s about no way in hell those pants would have been blue. They would have been Brown or Tan canvas. The blue didn’t come until the last tiny bit of his career, and that photo was probably taken earlier.

  • ChrisN | June 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm |

    North Carolina in NCAA baseball regionals wearing Carolina blue jerseys and pants with pink socks. The pink socks are in honor of Head Coach Mike Fox’s mother, who died this week.

    http://twitpic.com/5...

    • scott | June 6, 2011 at 6:42 am |

      Basically UNC looks like an ’80s powder blue team.

  • mtjaws | June 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm |

    I also like these Arizona BP jerseys better than some recent ones. The red and black are good opposites too.

    One of the more unique ones that I liked too was the blue and gold ones worn in Milwaukee in 2002.

    http://cdn.bleacherr...
    http://media.lawrenc...

    • JTH | June 5, 2011 at 11:10 pm |

      Those Milwaukee jerseys looked like actual baseball jerseys — no bullshit yokes, side panels, etc.

      I liked the inclusion of green when the game was in Denver back in 1998.

    • R.S. Rogers | June 6, 2011 at 10:02 am |

      That yellow 2002 jersey has been my own private holy grail. Mainly because the N in the script is exactly what the Nats should have been using from the beginning for their home script. The “N” they’ve adopted this year for their secondary-logo “Nationals” script is fine, but it’s much closer to the N that would exist in whatever alphabet the Phillies cap logo comes from. The alphabet from which the curly W comes would definitely have a lower-case style cursive N, with a single curly loop.

      Though to be fair, the alphabets that the Phillies cap logo and the Nats curly W come from would be almost identical in most regards. Another reason it was a mistake to adopt the curly W in the first place.

  • Jim Vilk | June 5, 2011 at 11:37 pm |

    “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”

    The ’99s have my vote. This year’s aren’t *that* bad.
    They aren’t my favorite, though. That honor probably goes to these.

    These look more like a bowling shirt to me.

    Now I wouldn’t replace the Tigers’ regular jerseys, but these are kinda cool. But only because they’re NNOB. Add a name and they’d be way too clunky.

    • LI Phil | June 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm |

      what the hell goes on inside that brain~pan of yours movi?

      • Jim Vilk | June 5, 2011 at 11:46 pm |

        Isn’t that a JTH trademarked question?

        • LI Phil | June 5, 2011 at 11:53 pm |

          oh…he’s far from the only one who thinks that

        • JTH | June 6, 2011 at 9:49 am |

          And I would never use the word “brain~pan.”

  • Jim Vilk | June 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm |

    By the way, kudos to Andrew DeFrank, for giving some love to the kicker!
    http://i1205.photobu...

    And Sean, I like the two shades of green on your T-Wolves tweak.
    http://farm6.static....
    I might be willing to overlook the BFBS for that.

    Christopher, the Jaguar paw helmet does indeed look collegiate…but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
    /at least the colleges will be playing this fall…

  • Jim Vilk | June 6, 2011 at 12:15 am |

    Wait, no one noticed the Mizuno cleats on Mr. Slammasaki today?

    Actually, I wouldn’t have noticed either if Ricko hadn’t pointed them out to me. Nice touch, buddy!

  • Jeremy Kelly | June 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm |

    I sent the Veeck/Satchel photo to Veeck’s grandson. He really enjoyed it.

  • Da Maestro | June 7, 2011 at 8:20 am |

    I disagree with your assessment of the jersey. It’s one of the best in recent years. The only issue is the MLB shouldn’t even be playing the All Star Game in AZ…Its an abomination and completely disrespctful to the many Latin American players in the game.

  • turn2 | June 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm |

    LOVE that you used MY jersey pics for the “similar colors, landmark and 1999″ links. no props?

    • turn2 | June 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm |

      LOVE that you used MY jersey pics for the “similar colors, landmark and 1999″ links. no props?

      http://s886.photobuc...