By Phil Hecken
Couple of crazy weeks in the real world the past two weeks, and I hope things may finally be returning to a sense of normalcy.
Just going to have two concepters for your lede today, and since they both deal with MLB, it’s a perfect time to run them.
There’s a lot to look at, so I’ll dive right in.
Let’s kick things off with a gentleman who has been concepting all the MLB teams, and if you’ve been reading the concepts section, you will be familiar with his work. Matt Malinoski has already completed all of the redesigns of the American League. Today, he’s back with the National League West (and a correction to the Orioles from the AL East) Click on all images to enlarge:
First, I added a number to the front of the Orioles’ jerseys from my last concept.
Next, here are my NL West concepts.
Diamondbacks: Both jerseys have a zipper front with a narrow placket. Soutache on placket and sleeves similar to 1940 Giants. Stirrups are similar to 1940 Braves. The home uniform uses the same “D-backs” script with the black background as the BP jersey. The numerals are of the same color scheme as the script.
Dodgers: 1952 jerseys. Red numbers on the front of both jerseys. Also added a Brooklyn throwback which uses the correct style “B”. Red number on home jersey only.
Giants: Using 1960’s Rawlings block letters on home jersey and radially arched them. Using 1960’s McAuliffe numerals with a sans-serif “1”. Made a patch out of their old cursive logo and added an orange parallelogram behind the logo somewhat similar to those on the Topps cards of the fifties. All-black 1960’s jacket with embroidered sleeve script.
Padres: I made some modifications to the last concept I sent in. In addition to changing the numerals, I added an all-brown cap and made slight modifications to the Swinging Friar.
Rockies: Both jerseys have extra-large Wilson numerals. The road jersey has the nineties road script with soutache on both edges of placket and sleeves. Added stripes to stirrups.
And we also have a set from Kevin Miller, who is a man of few words, but a ton of MLB concepts. Kevin said he did these in 2012 — what I find interesting is a number of them approximate some of the caps (BP caps as well as alt caps) and new/alt uni designs for 2013. As with Matt’s designs, click each to enlarge.
I made these last year. Please feel free to use any/all of them on Uni Watch.
And there you have it. Quite the look at MLB. Readers, what say you?
Yesterday afternoon, the Detroit Tigers hosted the Atlanta Braves in a traditional rivalry game in Motown.
The Tigers were hosting the franchise’s eleventh annual Negro Leagues Weekend at Comerica Park. As they have done on many occasions before, the Tigers suited up wearing throwback uniforms of the Detroit Stars, while the Braves sported the unis of the Atlanta Black Crackers.
It was a beautiful looking game:
I really enjoy throwback games, as most of you know, when they are done well. And Detroit usually makes sure the unis are pretty spot on (and apparently don’t use Majestic as their supplier). Obviously, helmets weren’t worn back in Negro League days, so while I’m not happy about the modern helmets being worn, it’s not like there is a true throwback option.
One of the things I also really like about the Negro League games is the fact that the players all hike up their pant legs to properly expose undersocks (or stirrups). They did so yesterday. I only wish they’d do so (if applicable) for ALL throwback games, but that would probably be asking too much.
Anyway, it was a great looking game (although Detroit did wear ‘cream’ tinged uniforms, which probably aren’t historically accurate, but did add to the ‘old time’ feel). Feast your eyes on the slideshow I prepared below:
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Small set today, with just two submitters — Larry Bodnovich and Gary Chanko, but they’re both great
Click on each image to enlarge.
We begin today with LarryB, who sends in one of WVU, way back when:
Colorized WVU players 1928.
I would have sent this in the day Jason did the good WVU entry. Anyhow I figured I would send it in now.
WVU players Stump and Glenn 1928
And we conclude with Gary, who of course, accompanies his colorizations with a story:
I never heard of this baseball trick artist before stumbling across a web article. I knew about Max Patkin and even saw him perform at a minor league game. But this guy is off the scales. Wonder how many readers know about him.
My recent colorization, Dancing with the Nats, featured the first Clown Prince of Baseball, Al Schacht. His successor, Jackie Price is the subject of this colorization.
While Schacht employed comic routines to entertain the crowd, Jackie Price used astonishing baseball skills to thrill the fans. You can read more about Jackie Price’s amazing tricks, along with the those of the other two Clown Princes here.
That’s it for today. Big thanks, as always, to Larry & Gary. Lets keep those colorizations coming Uni Watchers!
And on that note, we’re done. Thanks to Matt & Kevin, plus Gary & Larry as well. Everyone enjoy your Sunday and the rest of the week.
“I had a dream last night that the Cambodian national soccer team wore banana costumes to a game against Honduras on my back lawn. Also there were real bananas and it was my job to destroy them.”