By Phil Hecken
As I mentioned last weekend, I had some leftover stuff from the summer, and today is going to be a bit more of that. I’m pleased to welcome back Mark Peterson, who has concepted on Uni Watch several times before, and who has created a fantastic template on which to display his conceptions.
Mark has taken a new look at three teams, two of which I think we can all agree are in desperate need of a makeover (the Astros and Padres — and the Astros will be getting one next season), and one that some feel has achieved a pretty good uni-set right now (the Twins), while others feel it’s less than adequate and they should either fully return to their originals or adopt some form of their modified 1987-2009 (and two-time World Champion) uniforms. Fortunately for us, Mark’s short on words, but extremely long on talent, so let’s take a look at all three of his concepts right now. Click on each image for a full-size version.
We’ll begin with the Twins:
Old 1987-09 Twins home & road set without pinstripes.
I’m reviving the Twins best uni set from 1962-71 with old TC cap & added placket and sleeve piping & cleaned up modern Minnie and Paul sleeve patch logo. I used Under Armour’s Legend Gray faux flannel pattern which Paul featured back in his May 14, 2010 on his ESPN column which Paul was nice enough to provide us with a clean shot of the sample swatch on Uni Watch. Thanks, Paul!
Next, the Padres:
What can brown do for you? It makes you look like the San Diego Padres again! Current home script recolored with new sleeve patch logo, vertically arched NOB & serif block numbers; same as roads. Clean brown obligatory alternate jersey & brown batting practice jersey with cap stylized after the 1973-84 chevron cap & 1978-84 numbers.
Now. All this past week, Paul has been featuring some videos of some songs from the “reverse-engineered Gowanus All-Stars set list.” Having road-tripped with Paul, I’d venture to say that while we have some similar tastes in music (I remember him popping in one of my faves, an Elliot Smith CD, on one of our trips to curling in South Plainfield, NJ, and he immediately went for one of my Rolling Stones CDs in my car on our way to Philly, reminding me that “The Stones are my favorite band”), I’d wager we probably don’t share too many ‘favorite’ artists — still, there is so much great music out there that we could probably always settle on something we’d both enjoy. While I’ve never really fancied “popular” music, and
dinosaur classic rock and the Grateful Dead are probably more in my wheelhouse, I’ve always loved Bad Company. I don’t really know why, I just do — and since the splash photo and today’s title both relate to the “shooting star,” give this a play while you read all about Mark’s concept for the Houston Astros (and the rest of this post).
And now, here’s Mark’s Astros concept:
Reviving the Astros 1965-70 home & a road jersey with a new primary logo sleeve patch, using an orange circle, the current Texas sleeve patch cleaned up & removed multiple outlines, the jersey wordmark & moving the shooting star so it lands on Houston & a somewhat coincidental 1975-93 uni wordmark & star placement. I really like it when teams incorporate their state into their graphics. The road jersey idea basically evolved into a more balanced cap logo on a gray uni which ended up looking like a PCL Hollywood Stars mimic.
Thanks Mark! Great concepts — When he first sent these to me, the Astros hadn’t yet tipped their hand as to their 2013 uni set (and they still haven’t, although the rumors as reported by Creamer seem to be that they will go with a modified ‘shooting star’ look — sans shooting star). Hopefully this will not be the case, or perhaps the new Houston ownership will come to their senses and realize this was the best uni-set they ever wore…and would do well to return to — much like Mark has envisioned.
And I think we can all agree that the Padres need to return to gold and brown, like, yesterday. A totally unique scheme in the majors completely forgotten (except for the occasional throwback). Well done, Mark…well done.
What say you readers — what do you think of these?
50 Years Ago…This Weekend
Last year, Rick Pearson took us “back in time” to bring us his look at the featured television college football match-up from 50 years ago. (If you’re not familiar with it, this was the inaugural post of “50 Years Ago” from last year — after that, it became a recurring feature on UW for the remainder of the season). Last year, Rick looked at the 1961 season, and fortunately for us, he “uni tracked” the games from 1962 as well, documenting the game via his “kid cards”. Each week this fall, he’ll do the same, again.
The season kickoff! Teams didn’t/couldn’t play until class was in session back then, so the pros typically started a week or two before them. The one and only college football game on TV for opening weekend of 1962 (in living black and white) was a rematch of last season’s TV opener, this time at Pitt. … Miami still in their Athletic Gold and Kelly; Pitt in what I thought was Navy but may have been Royal. … Gotta love the Spotbilts on Ben Rizzo (don’t know that he ever played in the pros). … The two-stripe crews are nice, too. … Miami’s star was George Mira, who played for the 49ers and Alouettes and ended up leading Birmingham to the first World Bowl title. … Panther Paul Martha (with some kinda high white “look at me” crews over his stirrups?) went on to a decent career with the Steelers and Broncos. … Was a DB, but did play some WR early-on for the Steelers. … Here’s Martha as a regional cover boy the following year for Street & Smith’s.
Thanks Rick! Note that the cover of S&S asks, “When will the SEC integrate?” — it would be four long years before that would happen — in 1966, to be precise, when Kentucky granted scholarships to Nat Northington and Greg Page (although neither would play that season, since Freshmen were ineligible for the varsity back then), so it would not be until 1967 until on-field integration would fully happen. While such a thing as an “all-white conference” is pretty much unthinkable now, it was SOP until less than 50 years ago. That’s sad.
What’s even sadder is that 1962 was the year the NFL actually forced the Washington Redskins to integrate. That’s right, Jackie broke the MLB color barrier in 1947 and the last team to integrate (the Red Sox) had done so in 1959 with Pumpsie Green. Football, which had actually integrated before baseball, didn’t fully integrate until the NFL basically told racist owner George Preston Marshall he HAD to sign a black player or the team couldn’t use the newly constructed (and paid for with taxpayer funds) stadium. He’d resisted integration until that time, famously boasting, “We’ll start signing Negroes when the Harlem Globetrotters start signing whites.” That was only 50 years ago.
Because we love the stirrup here at Uni Watch, this section is devoted to those of us who sport the beautiful hose on Fridays — a trend popularized many years ago by Robert P. Marshall, III. For many of us, it’s become a bit of an obsession, but a harmless one — a reflection of our times. Where we once had Friday ties, which has been replaced by Casual Friday — we now have Stirrup Fridays. It’s an endearingly simple concept — no matter where you work (or even if you don’t) — break out a fresh pair of rups to compliment (or clash with) your Friday attire.
So, in the order in which they were received, here we go (click on each thumbnail for a glorious, full size image):
“I know you do stirrup Friday, but please accept this as a stirrup Sunday. In honour of NFL opening Sunday, I am wearing these (St. Louis Browns) stirrups and knee-highs for the once mighty Browns organization! They actually come close to approximating what the Brownies might wear with their all-whites this year. Notice the helmet logo on the toes of the socks!
“Stirrup Friday (Thursday Gameday Edition)
Packers-Bears tonight! Crew socks over the ‘rups for an old school look!”
Eau Claire, WI
I might be in NY, but I am sporting my late 70s Astros rainbow stirrups.”
“Today’s choice was Buckeyes. My family is from Ohio and I grew up an Ohio State fan. Colors happen to match those for my sons high school, so that works for tonight’s football game.”
“Sorry for the blurry pic, but here I am in my ’46 Braves ‘rups. I recently acquired them from Comrade Marshall, and I wore them to work today since I will be attending the Nats vs. Braves game tonight.”
“Turning back the Socks with some 1967 Washington Senators AKA – TCK Ooops. Thanks again Uni and RPM.”
“Still pulling for the Orioles, and had to dig down to some pre-history with the St. Louis Browns stirrups. Legend has it that the big crowds that came out for the minor league Orioles in the 1944 “little world series” (which out-drew the real Browns/Cards World Series that year) helped when the MLB owners were considering the return of a major league team to Baltimore ten years later.”
“For this week, I chose the quackers design, as I love vertical stripes and this particular color scheme.”
David G. Firestone
And that ends today’s look at Stirrup Friday — all of you who participate, send me your pics and a brief (~50 words) description of their relevance, and I’ll run ‘em here on Saturday (and sometimes Sunday too!).
If you’re not a member of Stirrup Nation and want to join, just visit Comrade Marshall’s house of hose (and you can see the available selections here) or if you have any questions about the availability of stirrups, drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Robert is looking to run some new selections, which you can see below — which could be great for the college football season. Check it out:
Let us know in the comments (or shoot either of us an e-mail) which of those you’d like to see for the next round!
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
I’m back with the usual suspects today (George Chilvers and John Turney, but minus Gary Chanko, who sent me another tremendous post that’s probably good enough for a lede), so sit back and enjoy this week’s edition of “Colorize This!”
We’ll begin with George:
Up to Scotland for this one.
This is a team by the lovely name of Hamilton Academical who still play in the Scottish League. The picture dates from 1910/11 when they reached the Scottish Cup Final. It’s interesting from a uni-POV in that the team had been wearing red and white hoops and then changed to cerise and French grey. It looks like they didn’t have enough new kits to go around as a couple are still in the red and white hoops (in case you’re thinking “well that’s how you’ve coloured it” – the original shows two definite styles). They changed back to red and white hoops a couple of years later and still wear those colours (photo from 18 August).
My favourite thought about this picture though is – “couldn’t they have found somewhere with a little less grass for the photo?”
George also has a second one for us today:
Just to round off a celtic trilogy –
This is a piece of match action dating back to 4 May 1901 in Glasgow. The stadium was a temporary one set up for the Glasgow International Exhibition, and the picture shows Third Lanark in the red against Queens Park. Both of these are interesting teams.
Third Lanark folded due to financial difficulties in 1967, but the club had such a “romantic” aura about it that people are now trying to resurrect it, and they are trying to work their way back into the Scottish League slowly working up through the ranks.
Queens Park are a very ancient club and are the only Scottish team to have appeared in the (English) FA Cup Final, in 1884 and 1885. They invented the passing game – before then football had consisted basically of a melee of players surrounding the ball and trying to kick it in the correct direction.
Although now in the fourth level of Scottish league football they play their home games at Hampden Park which has a capacity currently of 54,000 (it was once 125,000). Queens Park’s average home attendance is about 750.
We move on now to John:
Cards 49ers color:
Chicago Cardinals versus San Francisco 49ers. Cards in blue jerseys. A fight, not sure who is involved. Did all the usual stuff to colorize and added filters to enhance my colorization. It looks like the black and white film got out of synch in the camera, I left borders in to show that.
Great job, George and John!
That’s all for this time around. Back with more next time!
“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.
Oh, sure, there’s always some guy who says, “Yah, but what about…?”…
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And that’s it for today kiddies — thanks to Mark, Ricko, John & George, and all the stirrup wearing crazies out in Uni Watchland.
Enjoy the pennant races, the college football (and tomorrow we’ll have Terry D’s “SMUW”, the 5 & 1 featuring Catherine Ryan, and Tim O’Brien’s DuckTracker), and whatever else may be on your agendas. Catch you tomorrow.
“My wife has this crazy modified version of what you speak of Ricko. She spins, then turns the excess inside out when she’s under half a loaf.”