By Phil Hecken
We’re back today with the second set of the “Rename (and logo/uni) the Cleveland Baseball Team” submissions. If you missed Part I, click here. Lots of fantastic submissions yesterday, and more great ones today.
Like yesterday, I’m going to be showing the participants in alpha-order, along with a thumbnail of the main submission (in some cases, there were several different images sent individually, other times a single image contained multiple uniforms and logos). I’ll also include each writeup with each entry. After all the entries have been displayed, I want to narrow it town to the ten best, which will then move on to fan voting — so in the comments (or shoot me an email if you don’t want to post), lobby for your favorite submission, and those comments will be given strong consideration for the final 10. As far as prize(s), still haven’t decided, but trust me, I’ll take care of the winner. The second set are below.
Here we go…click on all thumbnails for larger version(s). Writeup will appear in the “submission description” that follows the graphics:
Tim E. O’Brien:
And that, folks, is the end of day two of the “Rename the Cleveland Baseball Team” contest. Take heed, take notes…and make sure you lobby for those designs you like. We’ll take the best 10 (and not necessarily 5 from each of the two day unveilings) and next weekend, you can vote for your top 3. We’ll have the finals after that. OK? OK.
Back next weekend with the semi-final voting.
by Rick Pearson
He also thinks the Electoral College is in the Big East…
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Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
I’ve actually received a boatload of colorizations from John Turney, so I wanted to run a couple today, along with one or two non-John efforts. Because of John’s prolific output, this will be a regular feature again, until I can get him caught up.
Based on the positive comments to the new format, I will again be running the photos in this way — click to enlarge all of the photos below.
John’s first effort was this wonderful old AFL shot:
I colorized the photo in Photoshop and then put a Alien Skin Exposure Kodachrome 25 filter over it, also in Photoshop.. I had to guess at the colors of the ref’s uniform and the color of the buildings and stadium.
This next one is just regular size (no need to click to enlarge, as it’s full-size on the screen). You think the Bears will be wearing orange pants this season? According to our friends at the Gridiron Uniform Database, they did in 1937, 1938 and 1949. It’s possible what is below is from ’49 (and the players, Johnny Lujack & Sid Luckman fit that time frame).
As the saying goes, garbage in garbage out. This was not a high resolution photo, but it looked to me to be the navy/orange Bears combo. So I colorized it with the Bears red/orange color.
The last one from John for this installment is entitled, “Bob Nowaskey of the Colts upends Dons runningback, George Taliaferro,” and again, no need to click to enlarge. John describes it thusly:
Again, not too high of a resolution. But it gives a colorized look at the AAFC Colts and Dons. I also put a Alien Skin film filter over it to deepen the colors and simulate the fim used of that era.
Next up is Pete Woychick, who has two sets of colorizations today. One of which Paul will absolutely love, while its possible “alternate” colorset he may have to just avert. Click each photo to enlarge. Here’s Pete:
Hi Phil —
Two more colorizations, from the Mears Auctions hockey photos the other day.
HOF’er Marty “Goal-a-Game” Barry. The photo required extensive repairs, but a pretty basic color job in the Bruins’ original brown and yellow.
Norm Johnson: Only 61 games in “The Show,” but another prolific scorer—better than a point per game over 14 minor league seasons. Pure guesswork on the color scheme—I went with an LA Kings royal purple and gold look due to the Regals name. And because I know that probably pains Paul, a bonus green and gold UniWatch version. (Even zoomed-in, I can’t make out what’s written on the back of his gloves, so I prefer to imagine he’s named his fists à la Ron Burgundy: “If you want to throw down fisticuffs, fine. I’ve got Jack Johnson and Tom O’Leary waiting for ya, right here.” Old-time hockey!)
We close down today with one half of the G&G Boys, George Chilvers, who’s back from his sabbatical with one that certainly Conn Nugent will love (and he may have actually played on the squad):
One for next time you run Colorize This – I will probably get another one or two to you before then anyway.
This is another of those classic 1930s high level shots that to me here in the UK epitomised American football when I was growing up, as they were the only pictures I had seen (NOT that I grew up in the 1930s, but old books always had these pictures).
This is 1934 Harvard v Holy Cross, and perhaps showcases well a point I made a few weeks back that when you look at a monochrome picture like this you see a mass of bodies – when you colourise you have to identify which arm etc belongs to whom. Found it intersting that crimson and purple end up quite similar, and so the identification for spectators maybe wasn’t as easy as I would have thought.
That’s all for today. Back with more next weekend, as John has sent me a bunch more, and if more of you fine colorizers send them my way, then there will be more of those as well.
And Finally… I got nothin’ more. Make sure you check out each and every uniform contest submission, and to give your critiques and shout outs for your favorites. I’ll be back next weekend when we vote on the finalists. Everyone have a great Sunday.
This is America – if we have Red Sox and White Sox, we should have Blue Sox as well. Otherwise, what are we…Canada? — Jimmer Vilk