By John Ekdahl
The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals wore Negro League uniforms last night for Heritage Week. The Cardinals were outfitted in the uniforms of the St. Louis Stars, while the Pirates wore uniforms belonging to the Homestead Grays. Both teams looked sharp, except of course for the Pirates mismatched helmets (although I love the colored black pocket flaps in that picture).
The Cardinals wore their standard batting helmets as well, but they matched the uniforms fairly well. Reader Brian Finch was able to dig up a great picture of a 1931 St. Louis Stars team photo. The ESPN game photo gallery is available here.
More from Friday’s Throwback Night in Philadelphia, as Ryan Madson did his best to impress Paul (but alas, he plays for the Phillies).
Dan from OMGReds.com stumbled upon game-used pants for sale in the Reds team shop from their July 9th Negro League game. The uniforms were made to look flannel, but of course were not. Dan explains:
“We confirmed that the uniforms were indeed synthetic, modern materials, not flannel. The material was designed to look like flannel from a distance. AIS Custom Uniform Company handled the manufacturing, as they have for other throwback games, movies and more.”
Head on over to his post to see some close-ups of the faux-flannel material.
The Vancouver Whitecaps had a bit of an equipment problem when they arrived in San Jose to play the Earthquakes on Wednesday night, as a number of the players’ jerseys were missing. The team was forced to ask random Vancouver fans who happened to be wearing jerseys to the game if they would be willing to give them up. There was only one problem: no fan was wearing Joe Cannons’ goalkeeper jersey. As a result, they had to find a generic one and draw the team’s sponsor on with a marker.
Announcement: Paul will be interviewed on Sirius XM today, during the 1pm (eastern) hour. He’ll be appearing on Andrew Bogusch’s show, “The Weekend Playbook,” which is part of Mad Dog Radio. He was told that they will be discussing a wide range of topics, including the new Jets logos.
Update: Both parts of the interview are now available below.
by Rick Pearson
“Hot enough for ya?”…
And, as always, the full-size version.