Uni Watch DIY Project: A Phillies Fanatic

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[Editor's Note: Today we have a guest entry from Bill Henderson. You may know him as the guy behind the world's most awesome MLB jersey guide, but it turns out he's been working on a DIY project as well. Enjoy. — Paul]

By Bill Henderson

As an impassioned collector of MLB jerseys (okay, more like a certified compulsive collector) and a major fan of the Phillies, I thought how nice it would be to have Phillies jerseys going back many decades in time. True, Mitchell & Ness makes a nice selection of older flannel jerseys, but not all of them are authentic enough when compared to period photos to suit me, especially those made prior to 2008 or so, when the “originality” of the artwork was, let’s be honest, not very accurate. So I decided to create my own throwback Phillies jerseys, which would give me complete control of every detail. (As a side note, I have been helping Mitchell & Ness for the past couple of years in an advisory role, and have been impressed with their renewed commitment to accuracy and originality.)

Some of you may be surprised to hear that I care about pre-1970 jerseys. But while the current volume of my jersey guide covers the years 1970 through 2012, my dream is to someday write a follow-on edition covering the decades prior to 1970. Back in those earlier years, a used baseball uniform had little or no collector value, so the jerseys were routinely sewn, stripped, resewn, and reused until they literally fell apart and were discarded. Period photos of players on the field are therefore necessary to put together a responsible and accurate volume covering jerseys worn during that time, and I have amassed a large collection of such photos, going back to the turn of the 20th century.

Using these original photographs and my knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, I have been able to re-create the front wordmarks and back numbers of many of these early Phillies jerseys with a high degree of precision, leaving almost nothing to artistic interpretation. Back numbers are especially hard to do, because so few pre-1950 photos of players’ backs exist. Often they must be inferred and deciphered from action photos identifying only the other team.

As Marc Okkonen noted in his seminal book Baseball Uniforms of the Twentieth Century, one of the hardest things is to correctly assess colors when looking at black-and-white photographs. There are some tricks that can help, mostly by matching shades of gray in photos to known elements such as socks and hats. Photographers of the day often used polarizing filters on their lenses that reduced glare but often shifted colors as well, which can be useful in helping to determine which grays might be blues and which might be reds.

Once I got all the proper graphics and colors, the next step was to find flannel jerseys I could use as a canvas. Scouring eBay and antique clothing sources, I look for antique flannel jerseys that are unadorned, and have also been able to find some blank Ebbets Field Flannel and Mitchell & Ness flannel jerseys to use for my project.

Another Uni Watch contributor, David “Frosty” Frost, has been my co-conspirator on this project, turning my Illustrator files into perfect wool felt reproductions of the original art, and then sewing them all in place along with the proper piping and trim. (As you can see on his web site, he’s highly skilled at producing custom jerseys.) Working strictly for fun — always the best reason to do anything — we’ve so far done five of these reproductions, as follows:

1937 Road gray with sun collar, a one year design. Here’s how it looked in Okkonen’s book:

As you can see, the home and road had the same script. Here are some shots of the home jersey:

Since the road script was the same as the home version, Frosty and I were able to use these images to create this road reproduction:

1939 Home jersey with Baseball Centennial patch, cream-colored flannel, crimson and navy blue felt. Here’s the Okkonen mock-up, followed by a several period photos:

And here is the reproduction jersey we made, using those photos for reference:

• 1942 home and 1942 away, a one-year navy blue wartime color scheme, kind of dour and dark, both jerseys with the 1942-only “Health” sleeve patch. Here’s Okkonen’s mock-up and some period photos:

And here are my resulting home and road reproductions:

1946 home jersey, another one-year style, which is similar but not identical to the more popularly reproduced 1947-49 jersey. On the 1946 model, trim is placed differently and the team wordmark is much more formal and true to the team script (as found on team letterhead and other printed materials). It is larger and in a straight line, instead of playfully curved as the 1947-49 version.

Again, here’s the Okkonen version and some period photos:

And here’s my reproduction of that jersey:

Working in flannel and felt is fun — and I have a bunch more to do. While we might decry today’s revolving-door uniform styles as a break with tradition, as you can see, the Phillies had no problems changing things up in their pre-1950 years!

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Vikings News, Contest: The Vikings announced yesterday that they’ll be unveiling their new uniforms on April 25. They plan to give a series of teasers, which means there’ll be lots of leaks, rumors, false starts, and assorted whoop-de-do.

The redesign contests I do over on ESPN.com are always fun, so let’s beat the Vikes to the punch. I’ve just announced a Vikings redesign contest, so get cracking on your designs. Deadline is April 11.

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ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column is the annual MLB season preview.

One thing I didn’t mention in that column, because I forgot, is that the Blue Jays had said they’d be wearing their BP cap for Canada Day. Good thing I didn’t mention it, because reader Mike O’Connor points out that the team’s promo calendar shows them wearing a red cap on Canada Day. Hmmmmm.

OMFG reminder: I also had a new One-Man Focus Group column yesterday, about the redesigned Pepsi bottle.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: “I was looking through the pictures they’ve posted for the players that are in the vote for the next Madden cover and noticed something interesting/disturbing,” says Daniel Baran. “The vote includes both current players and legends from each team. The interesting part is that even for the legends, they are outfitted in the new Nike jersey, as you can see in the images of Marshall Faulk and Joe Montana. Weird to see them in those jerseys.” … Ben Traxel and Aaron Duncan have been making some very cool custom hockey puck designs. “Our original idea was to make them for clients of our architectural firm,” says Ben. “We work for a number of public school systems around here, and of course hockey doesn’t exist in these here parts [the bootheel of Missouri]. So we put the school logo on one side, our contact info on the back, and give them out to the superintendents. Since most people don’t have anything like this, it always becomes a conversation piece and keeps our name on their display shelf in their office.” … Here’s a slideshow that purports to show a bunch of new leaked Premier League kits (from Patrick Runge). … The United States Mint is has announced a design competition for a Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coin. Further info here. … Phil Brame reports that MLB The Show 13 shows a Cubs blue alt jersey with a front uni number. If that’s actually in the works for on-field use, it’d be news to me. … The New Girl likes boxer briefs. So I thought, “Okay, I’ll go get me some boxer briefs.” Picked up a two-pack of these, put on a pair, and was dumbfounded to find they don’t have a slit for peeing. Like, what’s the deal?! I mean, this is underwear, right? It’s supposed to have a pee slit! Grrrrr. … “A service course is a central location where pro cycling teams store all of their gear,” says Sean Clancy. “It is also apparrently where team-related mementoes are stored (bobbleheads! signed jerseys!). Here’s a look at the one for Belgian squad Omega Pharma Quick Step.” … Here’s still more about Jim Boeheim’s custom suit linings (from Alex Burns). … This might be the best soda display ever: Brewers racing sausages! (Big thanks to Nicole Haase.) … The Springfield Cardinals will be wearing the Stan Musial memorial patch (from Jeff Kessinger). … I recently mentioned that the official WNBA ball appeared to have a new logo. Now it’s official. … Deadspin ran a feature on former college hoops player Lionel Simmons yesterday. If you scroll down to the embedded video in the middle of the page and skip to the 0:59 mark, you’ll see some sleeved basketball jerseys from back in the day (from Sean Walsh). … Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist wears a glove — looks sort of like a golf glove or a batting glove — on his blocker hand (from Jeff Czuba). … “Vincent Kompany, star centerback and Captain of Manchester City FC, has purchased FC Bleid, a struggling club in the third tier of Belgian football,” says Cort McMurray. “He’s decided the club needs a total overhaul, beginning with a new name. There’s a contest. Information here.” … “As you know, most tourney teams have the NCAA patch on the left because the uniform manufacturer’s logo is on the right,” says . “Wichita State doesn’t have a maker’s mark, but they do have a U.S. flag patch on the left. So their NCAA logo is on the right. And there is one player who doesn’t have the flag patch at all.” … Speaking of Wichita State, Matthew Blinco notes that some of their white jerseys have straight lettering while others are arched. This has apparently been an issue at least since last season. … Jake Long, newly acquired by the Rams, will wear No. 77 (from Scott Sobelman). … Coupla dozen great old baseball shots here (from Leo Strawn Jr.).

 

115 comments to Uni Watch DIY Project: A Phillies Fanatic

  • The Jeff | March 29, 2013 at 7:53 am |

    Dammit Paul, I haven’t finished doing all 12 teams for Phil’s fantasy team uniform/logo contest, I don’t have time to do the Vikings too.

  • Adam R. W. | March 29, 2013 at 8:11 am |

    It looks like just #2 for Wichita State is suffering from the no flag, arched lettering jersey. Although, apparently their road jerseys all have the arched lettering, as did a gray alternative (both with Jumpman Nike logo). Seems like they’re all over the place.

    • Connie DC | March 29, 2013 at 8:56 am |

      Can’t pass up a Shockers allusion to note that WSU sports one of the best nicknames and one of the best little cartoon mascots ever. Besides, Louise Brooks came from Wichita and returned there after her sizzling Pandora’s Box (Lulu the Bad Girl) thing petered out. She gave dance lessons.

      • Phil Hecken | March 29, 2013 at 9:17 am |

        And their cheer: “Two for the goo…”

  • Dumb Guy | March 29, 2013 at 8:15 am |

    This pic seems to be mistitled.
    Also, one guy is in the wrong photo!

    http://www.cbsnews.c...

  • Jason | March 29, 2013 at 8:16 am |

    Found out something interesting. Now, I know there’s no news source, but my contact who told me this is the stat keeper for this high school’s football team and has a good inside track. There were rumor’s about the Hartford (MI) Indians changing their nickname to Hurricanes. But he tells me that not only will it stay Indians, but the school actually has a contract with the local branch of the Pokagon Fund, which is opening a casino in the town in a few months. Basically, as long as the high school keeps using the “Indians” nickname, the Pokagon fund will provide grants and scholarships to the school.

  • Iain | March 29, 2013 at 8:37 am |

    there’s a great episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm that involves Larry dealing with the evils of no-fly underwear

    • Connie DC | March 29, 2013 at 8:57 am |

      What a great site, honestly.

    • Mark in Shiga | March 29, 2013 at 9:29 am |

      The primary purpose of the front slit isn’t really for peeing; it’s so that the briefs can have some variable depth, so to speak, in that dimension.

      • Ben Fortney | March 29, 2013 at 10:26 am |

        I learn so much from UW, it’s truly amazing.

      • terriblehuman | March 29, 2013 at 11:01 am |

        THANK YOU.

        And I believe the original Jockey y-front design doesn’t allow a full poke-through without some maneuvering that’s unnatural for that particular appendage.

        • Mark in Shiga | March 29, 2013 at 11:16 am |

          Exactly. The poke-through ability is more like a side effect of the main feature of the design.

    • StLMarty | March 29, 2013 at 1:46 pm |

      The “No Fly Zone”. It requires one to go “over the top”.
      According to Leon, it’s great for guys with long balls.

  • Joe Hilseberg | March 29, 2013 at 8:44 am |

    Fixed the Dolphins logo ;)

    https://www.icloud.c...

    • Dumb Guy | March 29, 2013 at 9:44 am |

      Perfect!

    • wayne | March 29, 2013 at 11:03 am |

      shouldn’t the helmet be updated to a Revo Speed or something, you know, so the dolphin doesn’t get a concussion?

    • Joe O. | March 29, 2013 at 11:17 am |

      I can’t explain this. It’s the wrong helmet on a Dolphin. Why would a Dolphin need a helmet? Why does the helmet have a big M. BUT as a long-time Phins fan this just looks & feels so much better. It shouldn’t. But it does.

  • terriblehuman | March 29, 2013 at 8:46 am |

    Weird thing about the Madden posters – all the players are in the current Nike uniforms except Randall Cunningham, who appears on the Madden ’93 cover, and Jim Kelly, who strangely enough, appears on the 1995 cover, but his image is in the video game form like the other players AND he’s wearing the 90′s style Bills uniform.

    Also, RG3 is wearing white, not gold pants. Are the Washington football team bringing back white pants?

  • terriblehuman | March 29, 2013 at 8:53 am |

    I thought the Y-front slits in underwear was for ventilation and mobility, not urination.

    I’m not packing like Jon Hamm or anything, but I’ve never found peeing through the slit to be practical. And if I’m in a hurry, it’s just a lot easier and less messier to pull down.

    We need a feature story on underwear slits, don’t we?

    • Connie DC | March 29, 2013 at 8:58 am |

      What a great site this is, honestly.

    • Dumb Guy | March 29, 2013 at 9:43 am |

      Yeah, that zig-zag of a maze through the underwear flap/fly and then out the trousers fly–can put a kink in the ol’ garden hose!!

      Besides, we all need to re-tuck our shirts a few times a day anyway.

    • JimWa | March 29, 2013 at 10:36 am |

      I can’t be the only one who, after using the underwear slit, that it never quite closes up right, and I keep poking through the rest of the day.

      • Dumb Guy | March 29, 2013 at 10:48 am |

        Connie??

    • Mark in Shiga | March 29, 2013 at 11:26 am |

      Terriblehuman, you’ve got me thinking about something. I’m guessing that one of the reasons that those spandex athletic tights (and football pants) can create some really embarrassing images at certain angles is because of the lack of “mobility slits”.

      (I’ll leave Googling for such images to others.)

      All tight-fitting men’s legwear should probably have them in some form. I wonder if, back during the Renaissance and Shakespeare’s time when tights were daily wear for men, this feature was included?

      • terriblehuman | March 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm |

        Yeah, not doing that search until I’m home from work, my wife is asleep and the browser is in “private” mode.

  • Rob S | March 29, 2013 at 8:57 am |

    The Madden covers are downright crazy. They’re all over the place… Cortez Kennedy and Jim Kelly are wearing 90s Seahawks and Bills gear, respectively, while both Barry and Deion Sanders are wearing the modern Lions and Falcons unis; Montana and Rice have modern uniforms, but their old sleeve lengths (longer than Alex Smith’s); Terrell Davis appears to have the 1997-2000 version of the Broncos’ uni (neither the Equipment shield of the Reebok era nor the current Nikelace collar) on a Madden 95 box; Bettis with Futura-On-Back on a 96 cover; Ozzie Newsome in a modern uni on the 1988 cover (pre-Genesis!); and Randall Cunningham, with a shieldless Nikelace collar on an otherwise contemporary Eagles uni, on the 1993 cover (which I just find amusing because he’s superimposed over a bank of monitors).

    • terriblehuman | March 29, 2013 at 9:06 am |

      Marcus Allen is wearing the Nike collar/old school sleeve combo too.

      Clinton Portis is wearing the old Washington unis while RG3 is wearing the new Nike top with white pants, which I don’t think has been on field yet.

      • Joseph Gerard | March 29, 2013 at 11:25 am |

        Washington wore the white pants last year.

        http://www.vibe.com/...

        The burgundy pants weren’t worn last year, but I think that had more to do with the NFL restricting teams to three pants last season (Washington wore white, gold, and they had their throwback tan pants), as opposed to a permanent change.

        • terriblehuman | March 29, 2013 at 11:33 am |

          Ah, I stand corrected. I’d thought they went with gold full time.

        • Joseph Gerard | March 29, 2013 at 11:46 am |

          Seeing that the throwbacks appeared to be a one-off last year (they only wore them once, which usually indicates they’re a one-off), the burgundy pants will likely be back this season. From what I had gathered from last year’s Nike unveiling, it was originally going to be the gold pants that were getting the heave-ho, since they were, in itself, throwbacks. (Even though THOSE throwbacks were also one-offs in 2007, they somehow kept the pants and socks around in dormant until 2010, when they started wearing them with the regular uniforms.) I’m guessing due to fan popularity, the NFL let them keep them under the condition that either the burgundy or the white pants not be worn at all in 2012.

          But the pants thing was why the Rams dropped the metallic gold pants last year, keeping the blue, white, and throwback yellow mustard gold pants. The NFL needed to reign in the pants, some teams did have too many combinations. I think during the AFL Legacy season alone, the Broncos, Titans, and Chargers each had FOUR pairs of pants (their three regular pants, plus each of their throwback pants). In the case of the Rams, I had no issue last year with the gold pants being chucked: I think their blue and white pants are rather underrated. Even when they go monochrome (I generally am not a fan of monochrome), they don’t look too bad in them.

    • terriblehuman | March 29, 2013 at 9:18 am |

      Also, Curtis Martin appears on the fake Madden 96 cover wearing the 2012 Jets uniform, even though he played for the Patriots then.

  • Connie DC | March 29, 2013 at 9:03 am |

    Well, no one has said anything yet, so c’mon, three cheers for Bill Henderson. Holy Mackerel! That is one great passion, obviously, but the quality of the work is stunning. The Phils have a cool graphic tradition, and Bill really lets us see it live and popping. Not very lively, I suppose, is my personal favorite: the 1942 road uni with nothing but P-H-I-L-S across the chest.

    • Phil Hecken | March 29, 2013 at 9:15 am |

      Beat me to it Conn.

      The man is a God to the Uniform World. Cheers to him AND Frosty.

    • Cort | March 29, 2013 at 10:01 am |

      I’m in awe. The attention to detail, the quality of the finished products – amazing!

      Doesn’t Frosty have a custom jersey business?

      • Paul Lukas | March 29, 2013 at 10:51 am |

        Yes — and it’s linked in the main text!

        • Cort | March 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm |

          I knew I read it someplace…

    • Arr Scott | March 29, 2013 at 10:46 am |

      The interwebs ate my comment, but agreed with the three cheers.

      For me, the cat’s meow is the 1937 script, with its dashing P slashing across the top of the H. For a team with such a rich and varied history of interesting scripts and unis, it’s kind of a shame that their current look is perhaps the dullest in their history.

      • Chance Michaels | March 29, 2013 at 12:42 pm |

        Couldn’t agree more. It’s an incredible script, so much more interesting that their current one.

    • Arr Scott | March 29, 2013 at 11:30 am |

      Also, if there’s ever been an ugly baseball uniform with that 1939 centennial patch on it, I haven’t seen it. That patch makes any jersey look awesome. Even the plain-jane block P Phillies jersey. Take the patch off, and it’s the JV uniform for your local Polk High School. Put the patch on the sleeve, and it’s a jersey fit for a pro.

      • Cort | March 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm |

        So does the “HEALTH” patch. That simple navy “P” looks so good, especially with the flash of red the patch provides.

      • teenchy | March 29, 2013 at 9:45 pm |

        ’39 Nats. It’s a blank zipper-front jersey with the patch on the sleeve and the block “W” on the other. If I ever join UW, that will be my card, unless you have to have a number.

    • Ben Fortney | March 29, 2013 at 1:23 pm |

      The collar trim on the 1946 is especially strange. Why doesn’t it continue down the placket? There’s got to be some story behind that.

  • Connie DC | March 29, 2013 at 9:04 am |

    And Traxel and Duncan with those custom hockey pucks!

  • pilight | March 29, 2013 at 9:17 am |

    In the press release for the new WNBA logo, it was mentioned that there will be newly designed uniforms for the league in 2014.

    http://www.wnba.com/...

  • Nathan | March 29, 2013 at 9:25 am |

    Try Fruit of the Loom Boxer Briefs, they are really comfortable and they have the slit in the front so you can pee.

    http://shop.fruit.co...

    • Josh | March 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm |

      Don’t know if there’s Costco in NY, or if you’re a member, but they have Champion boxer briefs that are very comfortable with a fly.
      3 pack for $11. Can’t be beat.

    • Steve D | March 29, 2013 at 6:25 pm |

      I like the low rise Fruit of the Loom Boxer Briefs…don’t utilize the hole…and to open another can of worms, I sprinkle corn starch powder down there to help with stickage. Once the briefs shrink a little bit, they feel custom made.

  • Mark in Shiga | March 29, 2013 at 9:33 am |

    I love Okkonen’s book, but I’ve always felt that its weak point is that it doesn’t show jersey backs. For example, thanks to today’s photos, we can see that 1946 was the first year for the Phillies to have those massive nine- or ten-inch numerals on their backs. They kept those all the way up until they started putting names on the backs. I say go back to this style: the fans up in the cheap seats would certainly appreciate it!

  • Oakville Endive | March 29, 2013 at 9:35 am |

    Re: Hockey Pucks in that hockey wasteland of Missouri, in a vague and distant way – was the St Louis Eagles logo (NHL team I believe in the 1930′s) – influenced by baseball’s St Louis Cardinals – bat , replaced by a hockey stick – bird(s) perchhed on – albeit in a lot more menacing manner – appropriate for hockey

    Darken your purple hue Vikes – make it more like the color of a bad bruise.

  • John | March 29, 2013 at 9:41 am |

    Paul, you will like Sophia’s opinion on corporate stadium names in a new indie film called “Gimme the Loot” about teenage graffiti artists trying to tag the apple at Shea: http://www.npr.org/2....

  • Mark in Shiga | March 29, 2013 at 9:47 am |

    Quirky stuff from eBay:

    This Nationals jersey (click “see original listing”) for Brian O’Connor has something weird going on in the NOB: the apostrophe doesn’t have a white layer! So all the other letters are white with a blue border, except the apostrophe which is blue.

    This #61 Livan Hernandez jersey also has a minor blemish: the 6 is actually an upside-down 9! You can tell because the gold bevel shadow is in the wrong position. It’s supposed to be down and to the left, and this one is up and to the right. It would be fine if his number were 6, but not with another digit next to it!

  • Joe Barrie | March 29, 2013 at 9:48 am |

    Regarding the black-and-white photos, orthochromatic film was used widely until the 1950s, causing red to look darker than blue or black.

    Unidentified player in LOC photo #6 is Hughie Jennings.

  • Adam R. W. | March 29, 2013 at 10:04 am |

    So the Jaguars, Dolphins, and Vikings are all getting re-branded with new logos and uniforms. When was the last time 3 teams did this in the same NFL offseason?

    • The Jeff | March 29, 2013 at 10:21 am |

      Well, 1997 gave us new logos for the Broncos, Bucs, and Dolphins, with the Ravens & Steelers also getting fairly minor but noticeable tweaks.

    • Joseph Gerard | March 29, 2013 at 10:53 am |

      Interesting. For a team that–aside from a few minor changes–had the same uniform for their first 45 years, they will be unveiling their second uniform redesign in seven years. Let’s hope that Minnesota goes back to their 1969-1995 uniforms, with the home purple having Northwestern stripes and their road uniforms having shoulder loops–although those will likely be truncated. Now if that is the case, one other travesty needs to be corrected.

      And Adam, 2009 was the last time three teams redesigned their uniforms in the same season: Jacksonville, San Francisco, and Detroit.

      • The Jeff | March 29, 2013 at 10:59 am |

        While that was 3 new uniforms, it was only one new logo.

  • Carolingian Steamroller | March 29, 2013 at 10:09 am |

    If Marquette wears their powder blue uniforms on Saturday (which they did the last time they played Syracuse) then they will have worn all four of their possible uniform colors, each in a different game.

    On another Marquette note: I like a lot of alumni recognize that the team is officially called the Golden Eagles but colloquially continue to use Warriors.

    I don’t care about pushing the school to go back to the old name but I am curious about where this practice falls on the Native American Imagery Ethical Scale. The team does not use any native imagery and neither does the fandom aside from chanting “Let’s go Warriors.” However, the Warriors name used to conjure very specific images.

    http://www.sports-lo...

    How should we dissect this informal usage of a previously native-associated moniker by fans? It certainly is a unique situation.

    • Gusto4044 | March 29, 2013 at 10:48 am |

      The Marquette case remains one of the weakest examples of inflexibility on this issue. The school could have easily avoided the Native American symbolism, while retaining the tradition of the Warrior nickname. For starters, the term “warrior” is used to describe many types of soldiers or fighters. The NBA’s Golden State Warriors used a futuristic type of warrior about a decade plus ago. The nickname could
      have also been retained without any specific imagery at all, the Lakers are one example of a nickname without a defining logo.

      Marquette’s failure to intelligently address this issue is even worse when a solution was in front of them all along, and had nothing to do with the actions we normally associate with a warrior. One of the early founders, or persons associated with the school was so devoted to spreading the faith, it was described as the intensity of a warrior at the time. Using this type of imagery would have been yet another workable solution, which would have jettisoned the controversial Native American imagery, while keeping the historic nickname.

      • Carolingian Steamroller | March 29, 2013 at 11:15 am |

        Oh I have no doubt that the issue was fumbled, especially the whole Marquette Gold fiasco. Their refusal to even consider admitting their error strikes me as particularly Jesuit.

        But the decision having been made, I am more interested in the current situation. The Warriors name was never officially stripped of its native significance and name continues to survive as a colloquialism.

      • Carolingian Steamroller | March 29, 2013 at 12:03 pm |

        Ooops. Didn’t see this entry from September which addresses this succinctly and directly!

        http://www.uni-watch...

  • philv | March 29, 2013 at 10:21 am |

    in the ESPN baseball preview, the part about the clubhouse caps, it looks like there is a mistake for the Nationals caps…is it just me or did they put the American League logo on the mesh part instead of the National League?

  • philv | March 29, 2013 at 10:22 am |

    forget it…just scrolled down and saw the comment about it…have a good weekend

  • El Scotto | March 29, 2013 at 10:34 am |

    RE: MLB The Show jerseys

    There are some video games that do uniforms properly, the Show isn’t one of them. Every year, they seems to have a random selection of alternates and throwbacks for each team. For years (and still possibly now), they used the Rockies’ black vest/purple undershirt combo, even after they had gone black/black.

    Take what’s in that game with a grain of salt.

  • Dumb Guy | March 29, 2013 at 10:49 am |

    Two Words: International Male

  • Steve Naismith | March 29, 2013 at 10:59 am |

    Most of these Phillies reproductions look great, kudos – but the easiest one to replicate (1939 home) looks the worst. From the original pictures, the negative space inside the “P” is a rectangle – but on the reproduction, it is much closer to a square… not even close, really.

  • Bob Nolte | March 29, 2013 at 11:11 am |

    Paul/Phil,
    Is there a specific reason you guys stopped posting the daily links on the Facebook page? It was always nice to come into work, open up FB and have Uni Watch be the first thing on there. Now I have to actually type in the website!!! If I missed this recently in the comments, please feel free to mock me.

    Thanks,
    Bob

    • Paul Lukas | March 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm |

      Not intentional. Must be a software glitch, because that’s supposed to happen automatically. Will investigate!

      • Bob Nolte | April 1, 2013 at 9:04 am |

        Thanks Paul, It was back today! Made my morning

    • Phil Hecken | March 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm |

      Wait…we have a Facebook page?

      • The Jeff | March 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm |

        It’s 2013, everyone has a facebook page. Even if you didn’t make it yourself, someone else has made one in your name and posted embarrassing childhood photos to it.

        • Joseph Gerard | March 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm |

          I got rid of my Facebook two weeks ago. Don’t regret it one bit.

        • walter | March 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm |

          Tools of Satan, those social networking thingies.

  • Attila Szendrodi | March 29, 2013 at 11:13 am |

    This is the first time I’ve ever heard of anyone USING the slit in the front of underwear. I assumed everyone just pulled over the top.

  • Brian | March 29, 2013 at 11:19 am |

    Your new underpants are “performance” underpants, which probably means they are intended for use during running or other training. Folks usually try to minimize the number of times they need to stop and pee during a run. Also, someone using these for training will probably not want to have to worry about their business finding its way out during exercise.

  • Joseph Gerard | March 29, 2013 at 11:20 am |

    Somehow this snuck under the radar whenever the NFL voted to repeal the Tuck Rule and ban running backs from leading with their helmets: Tight ends and H-backs can now wear numbers 40-49.

    Ummm…the NFL now allows it? Try telling that to Chris Cooley, Dallas Clark, Matt Cushing, or any other recent tight end in the NFL that has worn a 40′s number. Oh, and let’s not forget David Johnson, who is officially the Steelers third-string tight end but unofficially also their starting fullback.

    • Adam R. W. | March 29, 2013 at 11:52 am |

      The official rule as of 2012 reads:

      Article 2 All players must wear numerals on their jerseys in accordance with Rule 5, Section 4, Article 3(c). Such numerals
      must be by playing position, as follows:
      (a) quarterbacks, punters, and placekickers: 1-19;
      (b) running backs and defensive backs: 20-49;
      (c) centers: 50-79;
      (d) offensive guards and tackles: 60-79;
      (e) wide receivers: 10-19 and 80-89;
      (f) tight ends: 80-89;
      (g) defensive linemen: 50-79 and 90-99;
      (h) linebackers: 50-59 and 90-99.

      Keep in mind that Devin Hester (WR) wears 23, because he started out as a DB, but switched to WR, and was allowed to keep his number.

      As for the TEs, TEs were allowed to wear 40-49 if no numbers 80-89 were available. In the same way, WRs used to only be able to wear 10-19 if 80-89 were unavailable.

      Personally, I say 1-49 and 80-89 ought to be available to all eligible ball carriers. And let kickers/punter wear whatever they want. Seriously… what does it matter?

      • The Jeff | March 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm |

        Personally, I say 1-49 and 80-89 ought to be available to all eligible ball carriers. And let kickers/punter wear whatever they want. Seriously… what does it matter?

        Exactly, and defensive players have no number restrictions at all because every defensive player is eligible.

        …and bring back 00!

        • Winter | March 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm |

          There really is no good reason not to have 0 or 00 as valid numbers.

          Of course, I think there’s a good reason QBs have to be in any special range apart from the rest of the eligible receiver numbers, either. Does someone just not like the ball being snapped to a number above 19?

        • Winter | March 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm |

          Ack. That should be I DON’T think in the second paragraph.

        • Phil Hecken | March 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm |

          Or any other

          ;-)

    • Paul Lukas | March 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm |

      Not under the radar. I had this in the Ticker last week.

      • Joseph Gerard | March 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm |

        Really? Must not have seen it.

        In any case, the league does need to ease up on the numbering rules. Let defensive players wear any number they want, and you can make a case that even offensive lineman don’t need the 50-79 range for ineligible receiver purposes. (Although I would be OK if offensive lineman still had to wear 50-79 numbers.) Aside from different uniform cuts, offensive lineman are clearly bigger than skill position players. If a referee can’t honestly tell the difference between the offensive line and skill position players, then they shouldn’t be a referee.

  • S. Schieve | March 29, 2013 at 11:20 am |

    And I thought that it was just Marcus Allen in a KC Chiefs jersey that was making my eyes bleed. Should have noticed it myself.

  • Jason | March 29, 2013 at 11:26 am |

    I just…I don’t even…it’s WESTERN KENTUCKY! I guess they’re “pimping out” teams that need the edge in recruiting just to help them in that aspect.

    http://athleteswag.l...

    • terriblehuman | March 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm |

      I think this falls in the category of “There is such a thing as bad publicity, but this isn’t it”. I mean, we’re acknowledging the Western Kentucky football team in late March.

  • Webhead | March 29, 2013 at 11:35 am |

    That Jays schedule says they’ll be giving out replica red caps; doesn’t say if they’ll be wearing them or not. Could be the team wears the BP caps; and the reds are just a fan giveaway? Has any team done that before?

    • Joseph Gerard | March 29, 2013 at 11:51 am |

      Plenty of teams have given away fan caps that aren’t worn on the field. I have plenty from Pirates games.

  • Ray | March 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm |

    Between the new uniforms for the Jaguars, Dolphins and Vikings I bet some of those Chris Creamer boarders have to hyperventilate into a bag twice a day. The uniform speculation is always better than the post-mortem after they’re actually released.

    • neeko | March 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm |

      Funny — they’re an interesting bunch

  • Jeff | March 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm |

    Next on One-Man Focus Group: Breaking down boxer briefs, or The Case of the Missing Pee Slit.

    • Paul Lukas | March 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm |

      Not a bad idea, actually!

      • terriblehuman | March 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm |

        Yes!*

        *Not to sound too excited over a discussion about tight-fitting men’s undergarments.**

        **Not that there’s anything wrong with getting excited about crotch-hugging undergarments.

  • Paul Stave | March 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm |

    Paulie, no one uses the pee slit. Its over the top when you gotta go. Jus’ sayin’

    • Paul Lukas | March 29, 2013 at 1:48 pm |

      I’m surprised by all the people saying this. Not saying you’re all wrong; just saying I’ve never done it that way, and I’m fairly certain I’m not the only one.

      This may merit a poll!

      • Tank | March 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm |

        I’m a boxers man myself and totally use the slit.

    • Phil Hecken | March 29, 2013 at 2:04 pm |

      This totally merits a pole.

    • Tom V. | March 29, 2013 at 2:11 pm |

      I don’t use it in either case if I’m wearing boxers or boxer briefs. In fact I have a couple of pairs of boxers where the slit goes down too far and things “rear their ugly head”. Have often thought of just sewing them closed so I at least have a pair of wearable boxers.

      This would make a totally viable OMFG project (or a series of projects across some of your publications) but I think there is a lot of feedback needed to make it really good.

    • Attila Szendrodi | March 30, 2013 at 1:39 am |

      Depending on if I’m at work (briefs), playing basketball (boxer briefs), or off (boxers) I wear 3 different styles and have NEVER used the hole. My favorite boxers have been the ones with a button to keep everything in.

  • Paul Stave | March 29, 2013 at 1:53 pm |

    I think a poll would be hilarious! And socially relevant.

  • Snowdan | March 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm |

    according to the MPLS Star Tribune the Vikings new unis will have a “retro” feel to them. Man, I hope they don’t screw this up.

    http://www.startribu...

  • Rad | March 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm |

    Those Phillies jerseys turned out very nice.

    My personal favourite is the Mitchell & Ness 1964 Johnny Callison (which I have). Chain-stitched logo and number on back. I wonder how accurate it is? I’ve looked at photos online and it looks pretty close to me.

    Is it legal to reproduce one-offs like custom jersey guy is doing? Hopefully nobody from mlb complains…

    • Paul Lukas | March 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm |

      You can make anything you fucking well want for your own personal use.

      If he were to sell them, that’d be a different story. But he isn’t. So it isn’t.

      • Tom V. | March 29, 2013 at 6:47 pm |

        After all the very good and accurate DIY projects I’ve seen on here I was about to ask the same question today.

        The amazing thing to me is that when companies make replicas of throwbacks or whatever, we know there are so many people spending so much time making these to bring them to market that it’s amazing it doesn’t get done right. I mean, you have a color photo of old Astro’s pant striping in front of you, and you still get it wrong?

      • Rad | March 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm |

        The price range is listed on the website. That’s why I asked. He is selling them as far as I can read.

        Under Frequently Asked Questions:

        “How much does getting a custom jersey cost?”

        “They can range anywhere from $75 to $250 – all is depending on how much detail is requested. More colors, extras such as patches, sleeve trim, and personalized name/ numbers all effect the price.

  • James A | March 29, 2013 at 3:22 pm |

    The issue of the NFL (and other leagues) using volunteers for big games has been mentioned in here before. Here’s an article noting just how many volunteers they are looking for at the Super Bowl in the Meadowlands, where the will work, etc.

    http://www.nj.com/ne...

  • iLO | March 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm |

    This is what I dont understand about EA Sports. They’ve got access to all NFL resources for Madden yet they always fail to include all (or most) vintage/retro/tbs uniforms for all NFL teams. You’re the only NFL football game in the market right now, that should be a given. Visual Concepts/2KSports NFL2K series had a vast selection of accurate throwbacks in their game and that was 2004-2005. Joe Montana and Marshall Faulk in current threads just doesnt look right. I know Marshall was active last decade and the changes between Nike Flywire and Reebok are not so revealing but Montana in it? C’mon, EA…….authenticity!!!

  • JAson | March 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm |

    D3 Kenyon College debuted their new home baseball unis… Old English font, purple back, BFBS matte helmets. It’s quite the mash-up.

    http://www.facebook....

    • Phil Hecken | March 29, 2013 at 5:44 pm |

      I don’t know Kenyon’s colors, but I’ll assume from your description, black is not a school color. However, it doesn’t look too bad since it’s used on the cap, sleeves and rups. When a uni is worn this way, it actually doesn’t look too bad (even if one disagrees with the colorscheme). This is how you do it, MLB. Not with softball tops.

      • Phil Hecken | March 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm |

        To clarify/qualify — I was speaking of the undersleeves — the purple back & sleeves are a complete hot mess.

    • Steve Naismith | March 29, 2013 at 11:06 pm |

      The logo has black in it, why is this BFBS?

  • Phil Hecken | March 29, 2013 at 7:42 pm |

    Guess we have our answer on whether or not Michigan would have to wear last year’s blue unis. The answer is “no.”

    They’re in their *maize* unis against Kansas.

  • Michael Worley | March 30, 2013 at 12:00 am |

    Dejuan Graf od FGCU just changed shoes at half