Whatever else you can say about the Astros, they’ve certainly had some of the game’s most notable uniforms over the past century. And as most of you know, they’ll have a new uni set next season. But before the new design is unveiled, I’ve decided to let Uni Watch readers try their hand at adding to Houston’s storied uni history. So my ESPN column today will include a call for “Redesign the Astros” entries (although that’s not the primary focus of the column, which will be about a fairly obvious MLB trend this season). Full details here.
Don’t forget, voting is underway for Phil’s contest to redesign the Redskins. Cast your ballot here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Shame on the Baltimore City Council, which is considering putting ads on fire trucks. Bad move, hon (from Joe Hilseberg). … Ohio University is taking bids for a new outfitter now that their contract with Russell Athletic has ended (from Johnny Bruno). … Here’s the logo for Tokyo’s 2020 Oympics bid (from Jeremy Brahm). … A consumer tip from Jeff Fedenko: Don’t use Eastern Lettering. “They have yet to respond to my concern over a warm-up I sent down for lettering over a month ago and I am still waiting,” says Jeff. “They have my money and, more importantly, my warm-up. Not a good experience.” … “The Nike Logo Project, displayed in an exhibition space at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, is a recollection of the vast history of the Nike logo and its offspring, sprouting from the original Swoosh into some of the most historic emblems ever known like the ‘Jumpman’ and the simplistic Nike Sportswear crests.” That quote comes from this interesting page (from Raymond Parrish). … MLB umpire caps don’t have New Era logo creep — except when they do. That’s ump Dan Bellino arguing with MLB’s coolest manager, Joe Maddon. Appears to have been a isolated incident, thankfully, since the logo creep doesn’t appear in other photos of Bellino (good spot by Ryan DeFilippi). … The U.S. Army has started using a new kind of anti-shrapnel shorts whose design was inspired by football pants (from BJ Lanier). … Gary Chanko’s alma mater is the U. of Delaware, so he made himself a Cubee of the Blue Hens’ All-American RB, Andrew Pierce. Here’s the template. … Female badminton players won’t have to wear skirts after all (thanks, Brinke). … This is odd: Cal Ripken Jr. and Sr. wearing the same uni number. “Must have been shot before Cal made the big club,” says Alan Tompas. … Robert Griffin III was wearing a U.S. men’s soccer team jersey last night, complete with RNOB (thanks, Phil). … Speaking of U.S. soccer, the uni number color was changed last night, for TV visibility. Details toward the bottom of this page (from Britt Jackson). … In that same match, midfielder Sandro of Brazil suffered a facial laceration and ended up was wearing a blue swimmer’s cap, apparently to help keep a bandage in place (from Tim E. O’Brien and Omar Aujani). … Looks like the Niners are still wearing Reebok pants (from Matt Paver). … “This site allows shoppers to pick a pro tennis player to pick and choose all their gear — apparel, racquets, shoes, even string!” says Martin Wolf II. … The Brewers have added a logo timeline to a wall at Miller Park — and to their credit, they included the Pilots logo (Phil again). … Check out the team-branded uniforms worn by the Devils’ glass crew (from Marc Bauche). … Saw Moonrise Kingdom last night. The good news is that I loved it; the better news is that all the Boy Scouts (or Khaki Scouts, as they’re called in the film) have really killer socks. … The Brooklyn Cyclones are giving away a variety of jersey designs for Thursday home games this summer. … In case you haven’t already seen it, this color footage from the 1939 World Series is worth checking out. “Love the red usher blazers and the all-white grounds crew,” says Steven Wyder. … Even better than the “Dingle” and “Berry” photo (from Kurt Esposito). … The MTA — that’s the agency that runs the buses and subways here in NYC — has changed a controversial policy regarding Sikh and Muslim employees. Under the new policy, these workers will no longer have to wear the MTA logo on their turbans (thanks, Kirsten). … Marcus Hall has an interesting question: Are there home and road versions of the Harlem Globetrotters uniform, or just one? … In case you missed it in the highlight segments over the weekend, Todd Frazier of the Reds did something really unusual on Sunday: He hit a home run while barely having his hands on the bat. Additional video here. … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Excellent piece on hockey ear guards.