Yet another impressive MLB throwback game yesterday, as the A’s and Mariners dressed up as the Pacific Coast League’s Oakland Oaks and Seattle Rainiers, respectively. Some notes from the game:
From what I could see, everyone on the field went high-cuffed. No stirrups, though — just socks. As several readers have immediately pointed out in the comments, the A’s were indeed wearing stirrups, but the white portion of the ’rups blended in with the white sannies. And a few Seattle players wore stirrups as well.
• Both teams went NNOB. I particularly like Seattle’s block-shadowed numbers.
• Both teams used throwback batting helmets.
• The A’s wore their usual white shoes with green trim. I understand why they don’t want to get special shoes for one game, but it does detract from the throwback effect.
• At least one player made a footwear adjustment, however: Ichiro had red shoelaces!
Finally, there’s this: Ebbets Field Flannels posted a note on Facebook last night. Here’s what it said: “OK, I just looked at the hats Oakland wore today for their TBC game. Unfortunately, the Oaks never wore such a hat. … The ‘O’ should have been a simple circle. They added a goofy loop that was never there. Odd, as plenty of research exists. No doubt some genius thought they needed to tart it up a bit.”
I’m not sure who wrote this (Jerry? Scott?), but you can see what they’re talking about here. But the A’s broadcast of the game included a little bit of old Oaks footage during the pregrame segment, and one snippet of video appeared to show a cap with the loop (it was a bit clearer in the streaming video than in those screen shots I made, but you can still kinda see it). We all have our gripes with MLB and New Era, but I don’t believe they would’ve invented a cap design out of thin air just for the sake of doing so.
Uni Watch News Ticker: In yesterday’s Ticker I wondered aloud why the Rangers’ 1994 throwbacks — worn on Saturday — hadn’t included the MLB 125th-anniversary patch, which all teams wore in ’94. As several readers informed me, the Rangers only wore that patch on their road jerseys in ’94, not at home. So the throwbacks were correct in that regard, but why would the Rangers not use the patch at home? Very odd. … That strikes me as very odd — anyone know more? … More zero-centric news: Randy Miller reports that according to the book Uniform Numbers of the NFL (which for some reason I don’t have a copy of — need to rectify that), the Giants had lots of players wearing 0 back in the day, including Phil White (1925, 1927), Walt Koppisch (1926), Ox Eckhardt (1928), Danny McMullen (1929), Ted Bucklin (1931), Lee Mulleneaux (1932), Reb Russell (1933), Wee Willie Smith (1934), and Lou Eaton (1945). The book also lists Steve Bagarus wearing 00 with the Rams in 1947. Also, according to this Steelers Q&A article, Johnny Clement wore 00 (1946-48) and Jack Collins wore 0 (1952) for the Steelers. No photos for any of this, natch, and early NFL info is notoriously unreliable, so I’m still from Missouri on all of this. … This is interesting: The Red Sox normally don’t sell the seats in the centerfield “triangle” area for day games, because it would interfere with the batter’s eye. They do sell those seats for night games, however. So what happens if a night game is rained out and rescheduled for a day game? “Used to be they’d move those folks to other seats, but they can’t do that anymore because they sell out every game, so instead they give them dark T-shirts to wear,” explains Peter Greenberg. “Must be fun when it’s 92 and sunny.” … Fascinating article about the army’s use of digital camouflage. Be sure to check the last correction at the bottom of the page (thanks, Kirsten). … The Mets’ Pepsi Max Team — i.e., the bunch of 20-year-old interns who shoot T-shirts into the crowd and will then list that on their résumés to get really annoying jobs as publicists for even more annoying corporate clients — will just be the Pepsi Team next year. New uniforms, too. “I got that from an inside source at Pepsi,” says Anthony Verna. … Roger Federer was wearing a black undershirt beneath his polo shirt for part of yesterday’s Wimbledon final. “First time I’ve seen that,” says Brinke. … Really great story about a guy who’s trying to get autographed cards for every card in the 1983 Fleer baseball set. Additional info here (from Gordon Blau). … Whoa, check out the crazy-ass football field design being used by Lindenwood University (from Justin Merriman). … Latest soccer team to let fans pay to have their names on the club’s jersey: an Italian Seria A club, Parma (from Joseph Nguyen). … Two great things in this photo: First, that’s the best view I’ve ever seen of the White Sox’s 1968 stirrups. Plus it provides a decent, if not ideal, view of the Illinois 150th-anniversary patch that the Chisox and Cubs both wore that year (thanks, Ricko). … Tyler Kepner is covering the All-Star Game in KC, where he saw this display showing various Royals prototype logos that were proposed prior to the team’s launch. … Pretty lame-o batting helmet design they came up with for the Futures Game. Also, note that Royals prospect Wil Myers bats bare-handed (from Blake Parker). … Shout-out to reader Tarun Sharm, who said hello to me and Phil at yesterday’s Mets/Cubs game. If today’s Ticker seems shorter than usual for a Monday, that’s because I ran Tickers on Saturday and Sunday. If you didn’t read the site over the weekend, go back to those entries to see all the Tickerage that you missed.