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What you see above, from top to bottom, are an original game-worn Brooklyn Dodgers cap, circa 1940s; a Brooklyn Dodgers cap made for use in the upcoming movie 42; and a close-up of a Dodgers cap as it appears on the 42 movie poster.
As you can see, the three cap logos are distinct — not just in terms of their graphic design, but also their physical format. The first one is embroidered, while the second two are sewn felt, but even the two felt logos don’t match.
I discussed these discrepancies at length with Mark Koester, CEO of Sports Studio, the L.A.-based company that made the big league uniforms for 42. That discussion forms the bulk of my latest ESPN column. Enjoy.
Meanwhile, in case you missed it yesterday, I also interviewed Jerry Cohen of Ebbets Field Flannels, who did the minor league and Negro League uniforms for 42. You can read that interview here.
Eye Black Raffle Winners: The six winners of the Farkas Eye Black raffle are Mike Byers, Brett Vande Hoef, Michael Gargano, Casey Shaeffer, Andy, Chalifour, and Ryan Ganimian. Y’all should watch your mailboxes, okay? Okay.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Lions may wear throwbacks this season (from Daniel Secord). … The Mets and Rockies will wear 1993 throwbacks next Tuesday (from Brian Erni). … The Cal athletic department has finally unveiled its new identity system. Use the links on the let to see the new logos, football uniforms, etc. “The equipment manager must love the fact that not all of the 1s will look alike, since the bear graphic is centered on the full number, not just the numeral,” says Tyler Johnson. … Good article about Gemini Athletic Wear, the Minnesota company that’s a leading manufacturer of college and prep school hockey jerseys (from Joe Drennan). … Good story on the Tacoma Rainiers’ seamstress (from Scott Stoddard). … That crazy FIU basketball court is done. … New kits for the Portland Thorns (from Lucas Ehrbar). … I don’t follow Aussie football and don’t really understand what “runners” are, but they’re going to change their uniform colors (from Leo Strawn Jr.). … Jackie Robinson tribute jerseys on tap for the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the Bakersfield Blaze. … Here’s a short interview with the designers of the new WNBA logo (from Stu Taylor). … Stupid Pandering Tricks, Part 1: New G.I. Joe cap for the San Antonio Missions (from Brady Phelps). … Stupid Pandering Tricks, Part 2: Flag-desecration jersey on tap for Illinois baseball (from Steve Hudgin). … Do these stripes make my ass look fat? That’s the softball team from Wayne High School in West Virginia. Never seen stripes like that on baseball or softball pants before. Also, note the QB-style play-calling wristbands (from Brice Wallace). … “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photo that has made me want to throw up as much as this one,” says Kurt Esposito, referring to a shot of ’N Sync in Phillies jerseys. … A month or so ago, Michael Hersh posted his rankings of NBA team names. Now he’s back with an MLB version. Discuss. … This is interesting: Michigan wanted to switch its “no contact” QB jerseys from red to orange, so they got some jerseys from Oregon State and repurposed them (good job by Jimmy Couto). … The Round Rock Express wore very nice Austin Senators throwbacks the other night. … I think we may have mentioned this before, but just in case: Braves rookie backstop Evan Gattis bats bare-handed (from Chip Powell). … The Birmingham Barons have a cool bullpen buggy (from Keith Owens). … Also from Keith: “The Alabama softball team paid a neat tribute to recently deceased athletic director Mal Moore by donning white batting helmets made to look like the helmets the Crimson Tide wore in the early ’60s, when Moore was a backup quarterback. The number 15 represents the number of national championships won by Moore as either a player, coach, or administrator.” … New bat knob decals for the Orioles (from David Sulecki). … Uni Watch’s latest hosiery hero is Brewers rookie Khris Davis, who strode up to the plate this other day wearing these stirrups, hot-cha-cha (from Nicole Haase). … NC State senior Scott Wood tweeted a photo of all the jerseys he’s worn over his basketball career with the Wolfpack (from Brent Perry). … Small changes reportedly in the works for Arizona football (from Kyle Hanks). … New uniforms for Major League Ultimate. Note that several of the teams are using vertically arched NOBs. If a freaking Frisbee league can do this, why can’t Majestic? (From Eric Hurd.) … Painted glove specialist Sean Kane has created a gorgeous Hank Greenberg model. Also, his magnificent Roberto Clemente glove is being raffled off for charity. You can enter the raffle for $6 — details here.