The Rangers finally unveiled their Winter Classic jersey yesterday. Kinda odd that they waited until after Black Friday, but whatever. Can’t say I’m in love with the heavy red stripes on the shoulders, but that’s my only quibble. Aside from that, this one is very easy on the eyes. You can see some screen shots from the unveiling video in this slideshow:
Incidentally, goalie Henrik Lundqvist said during the unveiling that his Winter Classic mask will “look like it has been my closet for 40 years.” Hope he goes with the old-style brown pads, too.
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today, about a guy whose job is heavily dependant on certain aspects of college football uniform designs. I think you’ll find it very interesting.
• Last year the Indians wore their cream-colored alternate uniform with a red cap and blue socks and sleeves. But a small item in the middle of this column indicates that they’ll be switching to red socks and sleeves in 2012, to better coordinate with the red cap.
• Speaking of the cream alternate, this article says there “will be a slight reduction in font size of the block ‘Cleveland’ lettering” on that jersey.
• At first glance, the main change to the home jersey chest insignia is the elimination of the white outlining. But upon closer inspection, the script itself has been tweaked (especially the transition from the s to the swash). It now matches the official club logo, which had been inexplicably distinct from the jersey logo.
By Brinke Guthrie
Nicholas Volpe cups are just… cool. They take you right back, don’t they? Here’s a great selection for you to click through: We have a 1965 Cleveland Browns cup with a painting of Frank Ryan. Here’s baseball great Bob Gibson cup from 1968. The cup featuring Red Wings hockey legend Gordie Howe was issued in 1971. Finally, we have ABA star Dan Issel of the Kentucky Colonels, also from 1971.
But man cannot live on Volpe cups alone. So:
• Here’s a great 1970s Green Bay Packers poster.
• This 1967 NY Giants football bobble is absolutely terrific. Looks pristine, which is amazing considering it’s 44 years old.
• The perfect Christmas gift for the hockey fan on your list: a pair of 1960s Toronto Maple Leafs gloves from Cooper.
• Reader Mike Dean checks in with this totally excellent 1960s St. Louis Cardinals jacket.
• And we conclude with a great find by James Poisso: a salesman sample of the original Astros jersey design. The NOB refers to Judge Roy Hofeinz, who was instrumental in bringing big league baseball to Houston.
With the holidays looming, here are some friendly reminders:
• If you want to buy someone a Uni Watch membership as a gift, full details on how to do that are available here.
• From now through the end of the year, if you order two sheets of stickers based on your membership card design (that costs $26), you’ll also get a free sheet of Uni Watch logo stickers (a mix of all three colors). Instrux for ordering stickers can be found here.
• Speaking of the Uni Watch logo stickers, my recent offer still stands: If you want three of these stickers (one of each color), send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Paul Lukas, 671 DeGraw St., Brooklyn, NY 11217. If you want to enclose a coupla bucks or a barter offering, that’d be nice, although it isn’t required. And my easily confused post office would prefer that you please send things to Paul Lukas, not to Uni Watch, okay? Okay.
• I’m still taking submissions and suggestions for my annual Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide column, which will run next month on ESPN. If you have any tips, send them here. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Good slideshow tribute to the late, lamented Cooperstown Ball Cap Co. … Here’s something you’ll rarely see: Babe Ruth giving expert instruction on bunting. Nice uniforms, too (from Rex Henry). … Also from Rex: a phantom Kentucky championship T-shirt. “I got it from a street vendor after Arizona won the 1997 championship,” he says. … Here’s an article about the original cartoon Oriole bird (from John Kimmerlein). … New kits for the Columbus Crew. … College football news from last weekend that we all missed: Arkansas tight end Garrett Uekman abruptly passed away on Nov. 20 due to an undiagnosed enlarged heart. On Friday, the team saluted him with a variety of memorial gestures, plus sophomore Austin Tate, who was one of Uekman’s closest friends and high school teammate, wore Uekman’s No. 88 with NNOB. … This is odd: a team pride slogan written on a piece of tape applied to the helmet. “I think ‘LPD’ stands for ‘Lonesome Pine District,'” says Josh Artrip. … If you like meat as much as I do (okay, that’s unlikely, but you get the idea), you’ll want to see the details of this insidious new meat marketing plan (big thanks to my pal Janie Heath). … New uniforms for Australian Rugby Sevens (from Rob Leavell). … Cal softball will be wearing pink Pac 12 patches for a game or two next season. “They’ll also have special jerseys, though it’s not been decided yet if they’re going to be pink or another color with pink accents (school name, number, etc.),” says Kyle Mackie. “Apparently Nike doesn’t make pink jerseys, so they’ll need to go with another manufacturer if they use pink jerseys.” … There’s a new book about cycling jerseys. I should have a copy in a few days — will advise (big thanks to Dan Budak for the tip). … More MLB news: Look for the Giants to introduce an alternate road uni soon. … I love this old Orioles pin. … Aaron Ross of the Giants will presumably be fined for wearing black tights with red spatting last night. … Last item on this page indicates that Missouri will have new football uniforms next season (from Terry Wehrend). … Michael Stoudt notes that all NFL home teams wore dark/colored jerseys in Week 12. … Looks like Nike is putting its sweatback patterns on the white portion of its arm sleeves (from Chris Cocuzza). … Looks like someone was wearing John Randle-style war paint way back in 1939 (thanks, Teebz).