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Fridays with Morris

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[Today marks the final “Fridays with Morris,” and he has a few words before introducing his guest author. I’ll see you guys after the jump — PH]

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Yesterday, Jim Vilk wrote about vintage base ball, the Akron Black Stockings Base Ball Club, and the 14th annual Akron Cup exhibition at Stan Hywet. Here in Philadelphia, I am proud to be a booster of Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia, the area’s vintage ball club. Wonderful guys founded Athletic, but I would likely still support the team based singularly on the excellence of their belts, as seen above.

Like curling and pond hockey, this is a sport which lends itself to the Uni Watch community. (I am thinking about you, Ryan Connelly Invaders). Vintage base ball uniforms are DIY; wearer-generated as opposed to dictated by a great swoosh in the sky; they are utilitarian as they are meant to be worn and played-in; and names and colors resonate with consciousness of the sport’s history.

Ben Horrow was an intern for me this summer and authored the following. – Morris

Vintage Base Ball, Philly-style
By Ben Horrow

Philadelphia Athletic was formed in August 2009 and began playing in 2010. The team named itself after and adopted the colors of Athletic of Philadelphia, an amateur club, which turned professional in the 1860s and was a founding member of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players in 1871. The team plays according to the 1864 National Association of Base Ball Players rules and plays many of its home games on the grass lawn beside Memorial Hall, near the Philadelphia Zoo in West Philadelphia.

The wool uniforms worn by the current Philadelphia Athletic Base Ball Club are based on the original uniforms worn by the club in the 1860s. Current team founder Scott Albert drew the design for the uniforms from Charles Peverelly’s The Book of American Pastimes. The players wear a hat known colloquially as a “Jeff cap”, that features a blue star on the crown of a white cap with blue trim. Players wear full-length pants with buttons near the ankle to prevent loose-pant bottoms from tripping players while running. Most members of the team wear modern undergarments and many wear cups to protect their groin areas, choosing safety over historic accuracy. Due to the difficulty involved in acquiring vintage footwear, most players buy modern day baseball cleats with plastic spikes and spray paint them all black to mimic vintage footwear.

When Scott set out to found a vintage base ball team in Philadelphia, he asked for help from brothers Ryan and Eric Berley. The Berley brothers own the Franklin Fountain one of the finest ice cream counters in Center City, in Philadelphia that should be a mandatory stop for all those vacationing in Philadelphia. Scott, Ryan, and Eric put together a squad and designed the uniforms, which are produced by K&P Weaver as well as the Ideal Hat Company. Scott noted two specific parts of the club’s uniforms that distinguish them from other Baseball garb. The button-on bib that displays the team’s emblem allowed the ballists of the 19th century to easily switch teams by removing their team’s bib and replacing it with another team. Such pragmatism was essential due to player’s mobility amongst teams by keeping costs and hassle to a minimum. Firefighters used a similar system when moving from one firehouse to another. Like the bibs, the team also imitated the belt style of 19th century firefighters. The belts are larger in comparison to modern baseball players and display the team’s emblem.

Teams other than Philadelphia Athletic observe the policy of welcoming women to play, departing from the custom observed in the 1860s. Although no women have joined Philadelphia Athletic, the Havre De Grace Base Ball Club does, and their female players wear the same uniforms as their male counterparts. These practices do not parallel the customs of the 1860s when women played on all-female clubs.

Scott was motivated to start the base ball club precisely because he found vintage ball so interesting. “There are research aspects and it’s a little bit of a performing art in that we get to play dress-up and be in character.” In addition, no Vintage Base Ball team existed in Philadelphia prior to 2009, leaving an opening for Scott to form his own club.

Vintage Baseball may be new to Philadelphia, but it has flourished throughout the United States for many years. Recently, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania the Saginaw Old Golds won the 2nd annual 19th Century Base Ball Tournament beating the Elkton Eclipse 22-6. The Old Golds went 4-0 on rout to winning the Golden Ball. 2,500 fans attended the in Gettysburg, numbers that resemble a single A minor league baseball game crowd.

In two weeks, on August 20 and 21, Philadelphia Athletic will host a Vintage Base Ball Fair & Exhibition at the Navy Yard’s parade grounds. During this two-day tournament, a dozen Vintage Base Ball teams from the east coast will play at the parade grounds. These teams, ranging from central Pennsylvania, New York City, to Virginia will play one and a half hour games all according to the 1864 Base Ball rules. Other attractions at the tournament include barbers giving 19th century style haircuts and shaves, raffles, and opportunities to ask players questions about Vintage Base Ball. Scott, Ryan, Eric, and the rest of the Philadelphia Athletic Club will compete in the Tournament, which begins play at 10am on Saturday morning the 20th.

Ben Horrow is a rising senior at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York where he studies History. This is his first article for Uni Watch. He was a summer associate at Elysian Fields Baseball and is a die-hard Phillies fan. Ben writes a blog about all things baseball at summerpastime.blogspot.com.

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Thanks Morris and Ben!

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Benchies Beginning logoBenchies from the Beginning
By Rick Pearson

For nearly three years, “Benchies” has been appearing most weekends at Uni Watch. While Bench Coach Phil fills in for Paul Monday through Friday during August, we present a retrospective. New strips will continue to appear on weekends. For further background, here’s the “Benchies” backstory and bios on the regular Boys of “Benchies.” This week, more or less, we focus on Ol’ Eddie.

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And here is the full-size version.

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ticker 2Uni Watch News Ticker (compiled by John Ekdahl): Remember the ticker item from a few days ago with Reggie Bush shown wearing #8? Well, the roster sheet has him wearing #4 (David Gambill). … Looks like Virginia Tech has some orange pants in the works (Matt Powers). … Wilson Pollacia: “This is a pretty neat video showcasing some of the historical Arizona State football uniforms. Enjoy!” Speaking of ASU, check this out (Marc Altieri). … Sign of things to come? Darren Rovell had the Rays put his twitter handle on the jersey he wore while singing the national anthem (Jonathon Binet). … Here’s a shot of the University of Buffalo’s new uniforms (Tim Gerland). … Greg Patton: “Check out these great looking baseball uniforms from the Katy Heritage festival in Katy, TX.” … Is this logo likely to be worn by the Red Sox next year? I sure hope not; they can do much better (Chris Cocuzza). … Who decides what uniform combination the Mets wear on any given day? Check the bottom of this article to find out (Alex Giobbi). … Basketball court changes coming to Syracuse’s Carrier Dome (Sean Keeley). … Well, I guess it helps that one of these players is black and the other is white (Chris Andringa). … Spies in disguise: Fashion secrets of the Stasi revealed (Chris Bisbee). … Yeshiva University has unveiled a new logo and font (Eric Distenfeld). … Is the Islanders new alternate jersey black? (Scott Bennett) … The force is with the Padres, if you didn’t already know (Brady Phelps). … Purdue’s new football unis are out (Neil Strawmyer). … A Nike board member has been named chancellor of the University of Illinois. Paul was unavailable for comment; his bunker gets poor reception (Matthew Robins).

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Thank-youThanks, Uni Watch!

Today marks my last weekday post (for a while, anyway), and Paul will be returning to his rightful place atop the Uni Sphere this coming Monday. I have to say, I enjoyed bringing you what I thought (and hoped) would be some of the very best that Uni Watch has to offer. I could not have done this without the help and support of the tremendous Uni Watch community, and the fantastic readers who also provided me with their talents in bringing many lede articles to all of you. I didn’t know if I’d be able to make it through all four weeks, but here we are.

I also want to extend a very heartfelt thanks to all of you who expressed your gracious sentiments to me following the passing of my father, a scant three-and-a-half weeks ago. Knowing there was so much love and respect among the Uni Watch community enabled me not only to make it through a very difficult time, but to emerge stronger and hopefully a better person. Whether any of you know it or not, the wonderful thoughts expressed in the comments and the dozens and dozens of E-mails actually got me through the early stages of the grieving process and let me know there are thousands of good people in this little community of ours. We’re more than just a bunch of eclectic uniform-nerds who gather because Paul has provided us with a forum to discuss the aesthetics of athletics — we’re a family. A great big dysfunctional family sometimes — but a family nonetheless.

One last note of thanks to Johnny Ek, who has not only keep the ticker fresh for us every day, but who has also been a great help to me not just with the blog, but in many other ways. Great job these past four weeks, John. And tremendous job over the weekends as well — three down, one to go.

So, I will now GLADLY turn the reins back over to our fearless leader, and my good friend, Paul Lukas. I think it’s safe to say we ALL missed Paul, and none more so than I. Running this site is a tremendous undertaking, and it never ceases to amaze me how Paul continues to turn out such high-quality content on a day-in and day-out basis.

Thanks for the keys to the car, buddy. Sorry about the dent on the side, but I did fill up the tank.

Everyone have a great weekend!

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“I tired to explain to her that wearing a burnt orange sweatshirt on the Texas A&M campus would be a disastrous error. She looked at me blankly, and replied, ‘But it says “Texas” on it. And there’s a little cow head. What’s the big deal?'” — Cort McMurray

 

115 comments to Fridays with Morris

  • The Jeff | August 5, 2011 at 7:43 am |

    The Dolphins roster page is now showing Bush at number 22, not 4.

    • Casey Hart | August 5, 2011 at 10:42 am |

      http://en.wikipedia....

      Perhaps Bush tried to make the team as a punter but has now settled for being a running back.

    • John Ekdahl | August 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm |

      Haha, unbelievable. That’s the second time in two days that I posted something in the ticker that was accurate at night and they changed it by the morning.

      • Too Tall Paul | August 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm |

        2 & 2 is still 4…

  • Steve | August 5, 2011 at 8:07 am |

    Good work to all. I especially want to thank John Ekdahl for keeping the ticker short. Sometimes it’s overwhelming when the ticker is twice as long as the main article. I have become more picky about what exactly I click on, but it seems Mr. Ekdahl was very good at weeding out the pointless stuff and including only good nuggets of uni-info.

    Thanks!

    • John Ekdahl | August 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm |

      Thanks, Steve.

    • Jim Vilk | August 5, 2011 at 11:34 pm |

      I like short tickers, too. Good point, Steve…good job, John…and good job to Phil as well!

      • Brian C. | August 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm |

        I guess again I’m in the minority here (not that I’m shocked by this anymore). I love the huge monster tickers. Very rarely do I read the main articles unless it really appeals to me. 90% of the time I scroll right to the ticker. I’m always sad to see it on days it’s smaller than a copy of an unedited version of The Stand.

  • Juke Early | August 5, 2011 at 8:27 am |

    You and Paul help us too Phil. And never buy the bs that says “get over over it.” No such thing. Loss in time can make you stronger or weaker. But it doesn’t need to make you forget.

  • Mike | August 5, 2011 at 8:29 am |

    Not sure if I like the orange pants for VT. I’d like to see the striping pattern.

  • Jeffrey Lowery | August 5, 2011 at 8:37 am |

    The Stasi article is brilliant.

  • Dane | August 5, 2011 at 8:42 am |

    From Darren Rovell’s blog: Top 10 NFL jerseys sold to women.

    http://www.cnbc.com/...|outbrainsshows20110805082547|&par=otbrn

    • Dane | August 5, 2011 at 8:44 am |

      Looks like the link didn’t copy correctly, so here’s the list:

      10. Jason Witten
      9. Tony Romo
      8. Eli Manning
      7. Miles Austin
      6. Tim Tebow
      5. Tom Brady
      4. Aaron Rodgers
      3. Drew Brees
      2. Peyton Manning
      1. Troy Polamalu

  • Ron I | August 5, 2011 at 8:55 am |

    Did anyone else notice the collar swoosh for Buffalo?

    yikes, probably a sign of things to come

    • Derrick James | August 5, 2011 at 9:05 am |

      i actually like their jerseys; it’s a very clean look and it isn’t too busy. I love the colors they used on it too

    • The Jeff | August 5, 2011 at 9:07 am |

      Actually… that might not be too bad. I don’t see any *other* swooshes on the jerseys. If that’s how they do the NFL jerseys, it’s a step up from having the logo on both sleeves and the stupid NFL EQUIPMENT patch.

      • Andy | August 5, 2011 at 9:39 am |

        The NFL mandates where those logos go, so I wouldn’t expect that to change.

        • The Jeff | August 5, 2011 at 9:59 am |

          So you think the NFL is going to continue to mandate what would end up being 2 swooshes on the jerseys when Nike’s normal designs only use 1?

          I really hope you’re wrong, because that kinda sucks. I’d much rather have one swoosh on the collar or on the chest (see Purdue’s new unis) than to have 2 of the stupid things.

    • Jerry | August 5, 2011 at 10:15 pm |

      I think he was talking about SUNY Buffalo, not the Bills.

  • R.S. Rogers | August 5, 2011 at 9:05 am |

    Ben or Morris – how do the Athletics make the belts? Are they a custom job from K&P Weaver, or is someone on the club making them, or what? Awesome belts are a consistent feature of pre-1880s base ball unis, but very few modern vintage clubs have belts as great as the old-time ones.

    • Morris Levin | August 5, 2011 at 10:08 am |

      I will ask and report back.

      • R.S. Rogers | August 5, 2011 at 10:37 am |

        In the spirit of Hispanic Heritage Day at Uni-Watch, ¡Gracias!

        Or, for anyone in Queens, El Thank You!

        • Morris Levin | August 5, 2011 at 11:22 am |

          Dell’s Leather Works of Kingston, NY makes the belts for Athletic: http://www.dellsleat.... Thank you Ryan Berley for responding so quickly.

        • R.S. Rogers | August 5, 2011 at 11:28 am |

          Many thanks!

  • Nick O | August 5, 2011 at 9:07 am |

    The Islanders potential third jersey looks like its BFBS. SMH, could’ve done a lot better with it.

    • Tom V. | August 5, 2011 at 9:20 am |

      Worst Islander jersey ever. I’ll take the fisherman, the swooshy numbers, the alt orange jersey, whether or not they were successes is beside the point when you look at that black jersey, that’s not an islander jersey. Now I unerstand why Paul hates the black Mets jersey so much.

    • Tom V. | August 5, 2011 at 9:24 am |

      What an eyesore, couldn’t they have just waited til they moved to Kansas City to add the black? Someone already mentioned it on the Yahoo feedback on that page regarding other teams in the Atlantic division with orange numbers and white name plackards on the back…the Flylanders.

    • PilotsHatGuy | August 5, 2011 at 9:47 am |

      It is a horrible looking jersey. The only silver lining is the tweet about it being one of the concepts they are considering. Which hopefully means this jersey never sees the light of day.

      Personally, as much as the fishermen jerseys were bad, I did like the lighthouse shoulder patch logo a lot. I think it would great as a 3rd jersey chest logo for the Isles. Ha, and a side note on the fishermen’s jerseys; my old high school ripped that logo off for their hockey jerseys, only instead of the fisherman it was a pioneer guy. I should try to find a picture of it and scan it in.

    • John Zajac | August 5, 2011 at 11:00 am |

      It looks like they stole the black alt design for the Oklahoma City Thunder that they thought was too stupid for their redesign after the move from Seattle and threw it on the ice. Maybe they’ll hope that Kevin Durant will take the ice and they can fill some seats…

    • Casey Hart | August 5, 2011 at 11:03 am |

      Welcome to 1999, Islanders. At least by waiting 12 or so years to jump on the BFBS bandwagon, they’ll be more unique than all the navy-jersey-with-circle-around-logo-and-team-name teams.

      I’d rather have a boring jersey with an outdated gimmick than a better-looking jersey with a gimmick that everyone else is currently using:

      http://www.finishlin...

      http://product.image...

      http://www.termhocke...

      • Jet | August 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm |

        Casey Hart said: “I’d rather have a boring jersey with an outdated gimmick than a better-looking jersey with a gimmick that everyone else is currently using”

        Not me. I love the look of all three of those circle logo jerseys. At least they employ traditional waist, sleeve and shoulder striping. Gimmick all you want. I want sharp looking hockey jerseys, and these fit the bill. The Islander jersey is awful. Give me the Fisherman over that any day.

        -Jet

    • BrianC | August 5, 2011 at 11:24 am |

      “Is this the New York Islanders’ new black 3rd jersey?”

      Not if there’s a God…

    • walter | August 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm |

      I’ve said this, on this site, about other teams in other sports, but it applies to the Islanders: They got it right the first time, and every subsequent change has been for the worse. If they’re just dying to have a 3rd option, why not have an orange version of the one they already wear… and remember the socks have to be orange, too!

      • Teebz | August 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm |

        Hi, Walter. Alexei Yashin and Carol Alt send their best. Especially Yashin and his navy blue socks.

      • Andy in Chicago | August 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm |

        Oh, that is retched. Never thought I’d see an offering that would make the fisherman jersey look so good by comparison. the only thing that could make this better is an anthropomorphic Island bursting through the chest.

  • Bernard | August 5, 2011 at 9:17 am |

    I think the orange pants on Va Tech are a VERY good thing. VT has made some great moves lately.

    I’m not sure about Purdue’s uniforms, but what I am sure of is this: Gallagher and Carrot Top had a baby, and he wears number 47 for the Boilermakers.

    • Nick O | August 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm |

      If you look at the picture, it looks like one fo the players F’d up. There are two players wearing white shirt, black pants, but none wearing black shirt, white pants. Hm..

      • ScottyM | August 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm |

        There IS NO black shirt/white pants option … well, I suppose it’s an option since they have ’em. But they wear black/gold or black/black, never black/white.

    • Jim Vilk | August 6, 2011 at 12:25 am |

      “I’m not sure about Purdue’s uniforms, but what I am sure of is this: Gallagher and Carrot Top had a baby, and he wears number 47 for the Boilermakers.”

      Quote of the day.

      And I like VT’s orange pants, too!

  • Capital Z | August 5, 2011 at 9:19 am |

    Looks like the Mets will be the next team to get out a sharpie and write “Los” in front of their team name in order to pander to Hispanic baseball fans. They could have at least tried “Metros,” which is a not-uncommon appellation used in the Spanish language press.

    • R.S. Rogers | August 5, 2011 at 9:32 am |

      There’s nothing wrong with “pandering” to one’s paying customers. That’s called “capitalism,” or we might call it “fundamental economic liberty” or “property rights.”

      But there is everything in the world wrong with scrawling the word “Los” in front of a team’s regular jersey script. Not only is it the worst kind of Ugly American cultural laziness, it doesn’t even make sense on its own terms. Mets apologists will argue that in Spanish, the Mets are most commonly called “los Mets,” but by the same token, in English, the Mets are most commonly called “the Mets.” If the English article isn’t on the jersey, then the Spanish article shouldn’t be there either, by the logic of the pro-“los” argument.

      So the Mets should either wear regular Mets jerseys and just say they’re Spanish, because in practice they are, or they should go all in like the Gigantes and Cardinales (and, I hope someday, the Nacionales) with “Metros” jerseys, or they should switch colors to, I don’t know, red and green? or whatever the Hispanic cultural colors are. Anything but “los Mets.”

      • Andy | August 5, 2011 at 9:41 am |

        Heck. I’d rather see them in a Nueva York road uniform or black jersey than a ‘los Mets’ jersey.

        • R.S. Rogers | August 5, 2011 at 11:13 am |

          That seems like it would be a great bit of merchandising, too. In my own neighborhood in Northern Virginia, there are dozen or so cars with stickers or magnets that adapt the Yankees logo in one way or another to Puerto Rican pride messages. Nueva York merchandise seems like it’s something the team could sell year-round, and not just to Mets fans.

    • Phil Hecken | August 5, 2011 at 9:38 am |

      not the first time they’ve done it

      in ’08 & ’09 they wore a snow white version

      in ’10 they stuck the “los” on the pins

      so ’11 isn’t a “new” thing…it is apparently the first time it will appear on a BLUE alt, something they haven’t worn (and never in the current style) since 1994

      seems like this is a “new” trend — wear the latin heritage jersey in a team color you don’t normally wear

      meh

      • R.S. Rogers | August 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm |

        Of course it’s not new for The Mets. But it’s still the stupidest possible way to do what could be a very cool thing. The Brewers, Giants, and Cardinals make this exercise fun for everyone. The way the Mets (and the Spurs, the Heat, etc.) approach this makes me embarrassed to speak English.

        Here’s a back-of-the-envelope breakdown of what languages MLB teams normally wear on their jerseys:

        English home & away:
        Mets
        Yankees
        Baltimore
        Boston
        Cleveland
        Angels
        Oakland
        Atlanta
        Washington
        Philadelphia
        Houston
        Pittsburgh
        St. Louis

        Mix of English and Native-American
        Tampa Bay
        Milwaukee
        Toronto
        White Sox
        Cubs
        Minnesota
        Kansas City
        Seattle
        Arizona

        Mix of English and French
        Detroit

        Mix of English and Spanish
        Dodgers
        Florida
        Colorado
        San Francisco

        Mix of English and Latin
        Cincinnati

        Native-American home and away
        Texas

        Spanish home and away
        San Diego

        Note that Texas would be English/Native-American mix if they wore “Rangers” jerseys, and Philadelphia would be English/Greek mix if they wore “Philadelphia” jerseys. 17 of 30 teams (57 percent) wear non-English jerseys some of the time, and foreign-language words account for 32 percent of all regular MLB jersey scripts.

        • R.S. Rogers | August 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm |

          Error: Tampa Bay and Florida should be listed as English-only. It’s 15 of 30 teams in non-English jerseys some of the time, and more like 28 percent of all MLB jerseys with foreign-language scripts.

    • Kek | August 5, 2011 at 10:33 am |

      Remember on The Office when they were having the welcome back Oscar party and they had a sign that said “Mexican Lemonade” and they cut to a scene of Ryan writing a tilde over the “n” in “LEMONADE” in magic marker? That’s what I think of everytime a sports team goes with a “LOS” or “EL” on their uniform for Latin Hertiage.

    • walter | August 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm |

      A few years ago a contributor to Uni Watch made a comprehensive survey of baseball uniforms with Spanish translations. It was entertaining as hell; beautifully done. I like to think focus groups respond better when the team puts forward its best foot. I hate halfway measures. The Brewers have seized the opportunity, and created a template the Mets would do well to follow.

  • Chris Holder | August 5, 2011 at 9:20 am |

    Since I don’t think I’ve taken the time to do it yet, I just wanted to extend my own thanks to Phil, John, and everybody else that contributed the last few weeks. I don’t post in the comments every day, but I DO read every day. I don’t think the place has missed a beat with Paul gone. And that’s no knock on him; I’m sure he would agree with me. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to make sure we miscreants that should be working have the ability to take a break and “hang out” with a bunch of cool people and talk sports. There’s nothing better.

    • LarryB | August 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm |

      The Purdue uniforms do look like practice unis. I read someplace a fan said Purdue’s colors are Old Gold and black. They should use old gold.

  • Adam R. W. | August 5, 2011 at 9:28 am |

    Said it yesterday and I’ll say it again… incredibly disappointed with Purdue’s new practice jerseys.

    • Andy | August 5, 2011 at 9:46 am |

      They don’t look bad, but I can’t help but think a little more gold trim (on the numbers, maybe the double sleeve stripes like the previous jersey) would have been nice. I mean, if they’re going to do it this way, with all the one-color elements, they should have gone all the way and ditched the white outline on the helmet logo. Black P on gold would have been better in the context of the uniform.

    • Aaron | August 5, 2011 at 10:20 am |

      I gotta agree. This Boilermaker fan was very excited to click on the link. But, I quickly found myself wishing it were buried even deeper on the ticker. Or not at all.

    • BoilerWes | August 5, 2011 at 10:57 am |

      As a loyal alum, I’m disappointed too overall, but I like the single black stripe on the helmet (not much of an endorsement, I know). Really dislike the white over gold- roadies should be white over black. Monochromes are OK, but all-white does look too much like Penn St. Not terrible overall, but could have been much better. Bring back the “Old” Gold!

  • JBizzle | August 5, 2011 at 9:48 am |

    This logo is awesome: http://sportsillustr....

    • StLMarty | August 5, 2011 at 11:01 am |

      JB?

      • JBizzle | August 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm |

        Yes?

        • StLMarty | August 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm |

          No.

    • Keith S | August 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm |

      At least they added chives, otherwise, I’m not sure I would have know it was the potato bowl.

    • SoCalDrew | August 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm |

      Awesomely hilarious.

  • S.M.G. Olechowski | August 5, 2011 at 9:51 am |

    As a ‘cuse fan in college sports I REALLY hope they don’t lose all the blue, I like the orange it’s bright and flashy (which is strange cause I like muted fall colors but it works for them) but I don’t want them looking like traffic cones so stick a little blue to throw off my headache.

  • Matthew Radican | August 5, 2011 at 9:51 am |

    Thanks for all your hard work Phil! It seems like a lot of work to put this together every day. I am sure it is even tougher than we think.

    I am the wrong person to discuss the new Purdue uniforms – I am an IU fan. However, they are pretty hideous. Especially the white and black jerseys with the sickly yellow/gold/whatever color they want to call it pants. Purdue actually has a decent looking helmet. I don’t know why the helmet and pants can’t match a little better than it does. Even as bad as they are I would stick with the white pants/white jersey and black pants/black jersey and ditch the yellow pants.

  • Eric S. | August 5, 2011 at 10:10 am |

    In other news, an Asian-American female professor of Physiology and Biophysics with a PHD from Michigan, 35 years of teaching experiences, and 25 years of administrative experience has also been named Chancellor at Illinois.

    • BoilerWes | August 5, 2011 at 11:10 am |

      I agree. The reporter in question tends to be, in the immortal words of Marv Levy, an “overofficious jerk” IMHO.

    • moose | August 5, 2011 at 11:16 am |

      while what you say is true, and this story is surely posted here specifically because it deals with nike, the conflict of interest of someone with a job leading at a public institution while also being on the board of a private institution is nothing new, and the ethics of this conflict have been questioned in the past when it isn’t nike. that’s just the first example i thought of using my alma mater, but there are plenty of these. obviously there is a massive potential for an ethical dilema when these situations occur, and i don’t think it is wrong to ask someone to discontinue their prior private associations if they want to take a public job, especially when your current public employer has a contract with your private employer. but at the very least it is only responsible to question the ethics, and assure their are some safeguards to minimize the potential for impropriety. i am not sure what your job is, but i will ask you eric s, if you decided to take accept a different full time job with another company, would your new employer expect you to leave your current company to concentrate on your new one, or would they allow you to take both those pay cheques? i don’t see how this is that different.

  • nick | August 5, 2011 at 10:15 am |

    Wondering if anyone knew of a place that makes custom pillbox baseball hats (a la 1978 pirates)? Our terrible softball team is interested. Please let me know. Thanks!

  • Morris Levin | August 5, 2011 at 10:23 am |

    It’s going to be such an epic battle when the YU Maccabees throw down against the Chovevei’ers! Those YCTs will be blinded by the chiseled effect of the YU font.

  • traxel | August 5, 2011 at 10:38 am |

    Classic Benchies, Ricko.

    • moose | August 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm |

      because like ol eddie you resent your wife for taking your money?

      • Phil Hecken | August 5, 2011 at 12:22 pm |

        just ben being ben

  • Martin | August 5, 2011 at 10:39 am |

    I have to question the historical accuracy of wearing modern cleats that are dressed up to look like old time shoes. Did base ball players really wear cleats back in the 1860-1870 period? I watched a base ball game here in Vancouver, WA a couple of years ago, where the players were all wearing regular, flat soled shoes. It made for some interesting slipping and sliding in the outfield grass!

    • R.S. Rogers | August 5, 2011 at 11:25 am |

      Yes. Sporting-goods catalogs were selling cleats as early as 1866, and written accounts describe cleats in use as early as 1864. Could be much earlier on both accounts; I’m speaking only of primary sources that I’ve personally seen.

      Nails and tacks were being mass-produced in factories by the 1830s. All it takes to make a pair of cleats is a handful of mass-produced tacks or brads and a pair of shoes.

      Plus, even if cleats were anachronistic, and they’re not, but even if they were, it’s still appropriate to wear them for safety’s sake. “Interesting slipping and sliding” is another way of saying, “just a matter of time until someone suffers a crippling injury.” Very few people would have worn glasses to play ball in the 1860s or 1870s, either, but one wears one’s glasses to play vintage base ball. You have to make allowances for safety. I mean, even Civil War reenactors, who are pretty hardcore about accuracy, load their muskets and rifles without bullets for safety’s sake, which is a complete anachronism. The bullet, after all, was the whole point of literally everything else an infantry soldier did.

      • Ricko | August 5, 2011 at 2:54 pm |

        I’m with you, Scott.
        Practical reality.
        What a concept.

    • Ricko | August 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm |

      They probably aren’t wearing longjohns, either.

      • Jim Vilk | August 5, 2011 at 11:32 pm |

        As Ben mentioned, “Most members of the team wear modern undergarments and many wear cups to protect their groin areas, choosing safety over historic accuracy.”

        And I say “huzzah!” to that. After all, they’re interpreting history, not re-living it.

  • moose | August 5, 2011 at 11:24 am |

    loving this antique baseball, i have wanted to get one of these teams together for years, and with the number of 16″ softball players familiar with wielding heavy bats and fielding without gloves, i have no doubt they could field quality tams. if i move back, that is going to be a priority. anyway, loving the last two days posts.

    and really good job this month in general guys, everyone really did a bang up job filling in for paul. the funny thing is, with the teams of people it took, it really makes you appreciate what he does daily i would guess. but a sincere thanks for making sure my sports page didn’t have a temporary shut down.

    • Morris Levin | August 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm |

      Moose, If I can assist you in organizing your team, give a shout. Morris

  • Sean | August 5, 2011 at 11:56 am |

    Anyone else think Purdue’s new unis look like practice unis? Those things are so plane Jane there’s absolutely no character to them what so ever. Simple small font ‘Purdue’ below the collar and/or sleeve stripes would do wonders. Yawn!

  • Frank Mercogliano | August 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm |

    Curious for our colorizers out there…we at New Mexico are trying to do a project of some large banners, and we have two black and white photos and two color, and apparently, no one out here can turn the black and white photos to color. There is no background….it’s just two players from the early days. If anyone thinks they can tackle this and have two images colored by Monday, let me know at fmercog@unm.edu, and I can get you the images. If we use it, I will figure out something for you (gear, money …. maybe on the money, we are a state school LOL).

    Seriously, if anyone (Gary Chanko, I’m looking at you) wants to try this, it would be appreciated, and it would prove that it can be done.

    Frank

  • Jason | August 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm |

    The NFL store has an ad for “Players on the Move” which still shows a Bush Dolphins jersey with what looks like number 8.
    http://www.nflshop.c...

    • Jason | August 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm |

      Scratch that. Nevermind, it’s 0. They have it for all the players who don’t have confirmed numbers yet.

  • LarryB | August 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm |

    That Arizona State intro is so darn neat. I like how they gave some background on doing it.

    I wish Ohio State did that.

  • LarryB | August 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm |

    Thanks Phil for all your hard work.

  • Pat | August 5, 2011 at 3:48 pm |

    I know a lot of people were up in a huff that they got rid of the little devil logo on the side of the Arizona State helmets, but those new helmets look awesome.

    • LarryB | August 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm |

      You know out of all the new unis and all the silly multi combos that are the silly new way to go. I have to say Arizona State’s may be my favorite. And I am one that really liked the old logo

    • Kyle | August 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm |

      About the new ASU Helmets, which weren’t released at their big unveiling in the Spring, it looks like they’re official, at least according to this article:

      “The Sun Devils wore their new gold helmets. Throughout camp, they also will wear their black, white and maroon helmets to break them in.”

      http://tucsoncitizen...

  • Keith S | August 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm |

    In an effort to save space (like that really matters), I’m consolidating my comments into one, easy to open, comment.

    1. Thanks to Phil and John (and all the Uniwatch guest contributors). The site has not had a downturn while Paul was gone, and that’s the best complement I can think to give. Great job guys!

    2. Purdue Unis I, for one, really like them. I like the move to a more simplistic, more traditional look that some teams have made (Purdue, NC State). I like some of the more “modern” unis (Okie State), but don’t want to see CFB saturated with them.

    3. YU new logo Not a fan. The primary logo seems like a first rendition…a starting point, not a final version. The wordmark is nice, and the “YU” secondary logo is serviceable, but the primary logo just seems too busy.

    • Keith S | August 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm |

      sorry about the coding. Obviously, I forgot where I was.

    • Morris Levin | August 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm |

      Maccabees as a nickname could be stronger; How about the YU Briskers? YU Heights? YU Blotts?

  • Ry Co 40 | August 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm |

    “they are utilitarian as they are meant to be worn and played-in”

    they are utilitarian as they are meant to be worn, played-in, and damn proud of!

    haha. fixed ;-)

    thanks morris! really interesting stuff the past 2 days

  • FormerDirtDart | August 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm |

    Blue “Los Mets” jersey, well the back…notice…no dropshadow http://lockerz.com/s...

    • R.S. Rogers | August 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm |

      A real shame about the “los,” because otherwise, that’s the best alt jersey the Mets have worn, maybe ever. In fact, the awesomeness of the blue jersey with orange and white, not black, detailing, might outweigh the lameness of sticking a “los” on the front.

    • FormerDirtDart | August 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm |

      a possible front shot from MetsPolice.com
      http://metspolice.co...

    • FormerDirtDart | August 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
      • J-Dub | August 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm |

        OMG – how gorgeous is that? (Even with the “Los”)
        Please let this be a precursor of the 2012 alt jersey!!

        • J-Dub | August 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm |

          Appended:
          Please let this (without the “Los”) be a precursor of the 2012 alt jersey!!

    • Chris from Carver | August 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm |

      Two things strike me by this jersey. One, the “Los” looks more like “Las”. Two, this is the perfect exit from the black and the dropshadows that have marred the Mets’ uniforms since ’98.

    • pushbutton | August 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm |

      Lose the “Los”, make the “Mets” larger, and centered, lose the NOB, make the shirt white w/ blue pinstripes and it’s perfect.

      • FormerDirtDart | August 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm |

        Blue pins with an orange “Mets”? Yeah, that would be pretty fucking ugly

    • FormerDirtDart | August 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm |

      Mr. Met decked out in blue (courtesy of TheBitterBill)
      http://yfrog.com/khx...

  • Philly Bill | August 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm |

    Hey, a Franklin Fountain mention — highly recommended!

  • Jeremiah | August 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm |

    I didn’t see this posted, so I thought I’d drop it in here. It’s a baseball uni critique written by an ESPN anchor and blogger that I usually don’t think much of. I have to say, though, this isn’t bad. I have only a few minor disagreements with it.

    http://espn.go.com/b...

    • pushbutton | August 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm |

      That’s my basic philosophy, too: just take your most distinctive past look and make it your permanent one.

      He doesn’t seem to realize the Angels wore that lower-case “a” cap for exactly one year, about 15 years before his fondly-remembered Brian Downing/Bob Boone era. Or that the shooting star did not underline “Astros” but overlined it. But those are quibbles.

    • Jim Vilk | August 6, 2011 at 12:34 am |

      “A few might have had logos that were at one point considered hokey or outdated. I say, embrace the hokey. Wear it with pride.”

      “Embrace the hokey.” Words to live by!

  • Bernard | August 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm |

    Q: What’s the name of Gotham City’s football team?
    A: The Gotham Rogues

    No unis yet, but here’s footage of Heinz Field’s transformation for the final Batman installation. Primary logo at center field. And yes, the Rogues are Black and Gold.

  • JP | August 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm |

    I am not madly in love with the Mets blue jersey (Los or non-Los version.

    However, I AM madly in love with:
    #1 – the Mets blue hats.
    #2 – the Mets not wearing black

    And since the blue jerseys promote #1 and #2, I find myself loving the blue jerseys.

  • Patrick_in_MI | August 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm |

    Add this shirt tag to Paul’s collection. I spotted it in a listing for a local estate sale. It’s a woman’s shirt however:

    http://pictures.esta...

  • Simply Moono | August 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm |

    While “Los” Mets’ special event look was fun, it also brings to us the sad reality that things are so bad in Queens that a “Spanish-Speaking” softball jersey is the best thing that they’ve worn since their KC Monarchs-style retro unis in 2009.

  • Phil Hecken | August 5, 2011 at 10:40 pm |

    not in love with this

    but if they replaced the black with it…

    all would be (somewhat) right in the world

    • Ricko | August 5, 2011 at 11:05 pm |

      Twins should salute all the Scandahoovians.
      Maybe a jersey reading…

      “Dem Twins”

      Y’know, as in, “How ’bout…?”

      • Mike Engle | August 6, 2011 at 12:51 am |

        Only if Carlton Lutefisk somehow throws out the first pitch…

  • Jim Vilk | August 5, 2011 at 11:54 pm |

    “Such pragmatism was essential due to player’s mobility amongst teams by keeping costs and hassle to a minimum.”

    Ah, there’s another vintage idea that should be resurrected. I know some of us here want the pro sports leagues to go the extra mile with anything uniform-related, but there’s a lot to be said for keeping costs in check.

    Easy, Ricko…not suggesting every sports owner should emulate Cal Griffith…