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Back on Tuesday I posted a guest-written entry about the Dubois County Bombers, a summer collegiate wood bat team that got a retro makeover from reader Kyle Kendall. Today Kyle has provided some follow-up materials about the Bombers:
• “Meet the Bombers”: “This is our roster insert,” says Kyle (look here and here). “I had each player strike a few classic baseball card-type poses and used these baseball cards as a way to introduce them to our fans. With most of these guys coming in from all over the country, we have to give our fans something to help them instantly connect with the new players. It’s the second year we’ve done these, but the new uniforms really make this year’s set stand out. A few guys haven’t reported yet due to their college postseason games — hence the hat photos.”
• Bus driver’s and beer maids’ uniforms: “Our GM, Gary Freymiller, is quite a character,” says Kyle. “He picked up a vintage bus driver’s uniform and has been wearing it while driving on our road trips. We also got the Rockford Peaches ‘costumes’ for our beer maids. I found a place where we can get authentic ones made, but they didn’t make the budget cut. But most fans won’t notice the difference for now.”
• Player photos: Kyle sent a variety of posed and action photos, many of which show just how beautiful the Bombers’ ballpark is. You can see them below (or for those of you who are on an iPad and can’t view flash animations, you can click here):
Those uniforms look great, no? “Ebbets Field Flannels really nailed it for us,” says Kyle. “As a designer, I’ve had my share of times where I’ve handed something off to a vendor and been less than thrilled with the final results. But obviously these guys shared myvision and even exceeded my level of detail. When I finally saw the finished product, I was floored. They’re exactly as I pictured them. Not one minor complaint.”
All very cool. Even better, the Bombers got off to a 7-0 start this season. “Between our hot start and some coverage that the bus has gotten on the road, there’s quite a bit more buzz around this team than there’s been in quite some time,” says Kyle. “We’re enjoying it.”
Chili-licious: Great job by reader Jake Kessler, who was watching some highlights from the 1986 MLB All-Star Game and spotted Chili Davis — then with the Giants — wearing “Chili” on his jersey.
The National League All-Star squad had two other Davises (Davii?) that year — Glenn and Jody — so it’s not clear if Chili’s NOB was a one-game thing or something more serious. Anyone know more?
Meanwhile, is this a nickNOB or a FiNOB? Does anyone even know what Chili Davis’s real first name is? (I had to look it up: Charles.) If a guy’s real name is so obscure that nobody knows it, and if his nickname has essentially become his first name, does that make this more of a FiNOB than a nickNOB? Discuss.
Curling in June? Sure, why not: Dean Gemmell — the man who taught me to curl and a really swell guy besides — was on the team that won the U.S. National Championship this year, but he and his teammates are looking ahead:
We’re trying to figure out what we’ll wear on the ice next year. As defending champs, we want to look sharp. Not sure if the full-on vintage look works all the time. But I would love to figure out a new look.
If your readers have any ideas, we’re open to suggestions. Just remember that elite curlers need pants with stretch, something that can be changed during a game according to temperature in the arena, etc.
Here’s Nike had us wear at the Worlds [that’s Dean on the right — PL]. I literally think they give curlers whatever Dick’s and Sports Authority returns. We also had jackets that were pretty much soccer warm-ups.
Stirrups Club last call: Today’s the last day to place orders with Comrade Robert Marshall for his latest set of stirrups offerings. Check them out here.
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column, about MLB’s biggest uni-related quirks and oddities, can be found here.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: The Marlins wore their orange caps and sleeves for just the second time this season last night. Still no orange helmets, though. … Looks like Ohio State football is wearing a jersey patch for the Columbus bicentennial. You can get a better look at the logo here (from Brad Eenhuis). … Eric Marin notes that David Price’s cap didn’t have a squatchee last night. Some quick photo research reveals that he’s usually squatchified, so this must have just been a fluke thing. … Cool submission from Robin Griffiths, who writes: “Non-league football clubs in the UK (i.e., those below the professional ranks) often produce match day posters that can be put up in the windows of shops and bars around the town advertising forthcoming fixtures.” There’s a great selection of them here. … Alex Gelman teaches third grade in Park Slope, Brooklyn (the same neighborhood I live in), and his students got him a very cool present for the last day of school: a Mets jersey with TNOB — that’s teacher name on back. The kids also signed the jersey. “I’m just happy the Mets ditched the black in time!” says Alex. … More blowback regarding that Cardiff City rebrand (from Tim Xumsai). … Lucas Ravenscraft noticed something while looking at photos of the recent Arsenal kit-launch event: “The store where the launch took place displayed both home kits with the Premier League font NOB and numbers with the Premier League logo at the bottom (this is unchanged), but there were also versions of the kit with a different font for the NOB and the number, and the numbers had a small eastward-facing cannon detail at the bottom where the Premier League logo would normally go on the Premier League kits. Now, these kits aren’t shown with any shoulder patches, so I can’t be sure, but I think it’s pretty safe to assume that these are the new kits for the UEFA Champions League. The past couple of years the Arsenal Champions League number and NOB font looked like this, so that’s a noteworthy change.” … New football helmet for Culver-Stockton College. … New away kit for Everton. “It’s a beauty,” says Casey Hart. “It appears Nike is sticking with the simple approach that Le Coq Sportif took the last couple years.” … New away kit for Chelsea. There’s a video of the launch here. … Mississippi State plans to reveal new football uniforms later this summer. … Check out the awesome hockey sweaters worn decades ago by the Brooklyn Crescents. Further details here (from Pete Woychick). … The Giants are visiting the White House today and will give this jersey to the President (from Chris Flinn). … James Ashby found an old Spalding brochure, circa mid-1970s, that came with his first glove. … Ryan Clark normally wears No. 25, and is still listed as such on the Steelers’ roster. So why was he wearing No. 21 in practice the other day? (As spotted by Joseph Lombardo.) … HGI — that’s the company that makes the metallic-finish helmets — had some Virginia Tech designs on display at a trade show (from Terry Duroncelet). … Lots to like in this pre-Pro Bowl wire photo of Tom Landry, Fran Tarkenton, and Don Meredith. I especially love Landry’s jacket. This game was Meredith’s last as a pro (nice find by Brendan Slattery). … Jason Greening scored a bunch of 1980s NFL mini-pennants for a quarter apiece at a yard sale. … Omar Aujani was watching some footage from the 1974 World Cup and noticed that Dutch striker Johan Cruyff was consistently wearing only two stripes, while his teammates wore three (for Adidas, natch). “After doing some snooping, I came upon this article, which explains that Cruyff had a personal deal with Puma and wasn’t willing to represent a rival brand,” says Omar.