By Phil Hecken
Last weekend, I ran Part I of a post, which you can view here, that encompassed a reader suggestion from Dan Pfeiffer. In that post, Dan had suggested what he considered to be each franchise’s “iconic look” – the combination of team, apparel and ballpark.
Obviously, and several commenters pointed this out, this is both subjective and a function of when one grew up. Many of Dan’s suggestions seemed to come from a certain time period (not that they didn’t adequately or even excellently represent the ballclub’s iconic look), but depending upon one’s formative years, one could certainly make an argument (equally compelling) that a different time period was more apropos.
But it did spark great conversation, and many readers offered their own suggestions for a different era/uni/ballpark.
Today, we conclude the exercise with Dan’s American League picks. I’ll do my best to find a picture (or pictures) that capture the era he is describing. Feel free to critique or agree, and if you disagree with his choices, to supply your own. It’s more fun than anything else, since there is, in most cases, no “wrong” era (although you could certainly say there are eras that do NOT represent a particularly good look or stadium). So, without further ado, here’s Part II, the junior circuit:
And there you have it. I’d say that’s a pretty nice representation of the ‘classic’ era for each club, although, like many of you, I’d probably disagree with a couple. But a tip of the cap and a “Well done, sir” is certainly in order.
OK, readers. It’s your turn. What’s YOUR uni/stadium era for the American League if it differs from these? Fire away.
We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.
So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.
Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.
Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.
And so, lets begin:
We begin today with Stephen Scheffel, who has a set of Rockies tweaks:
The home and road uniforms are simple. I really like the look of the white stripes on the grey uniforms like
what the Phillies use. I also think that if the Rockies use purple they should go for it and their current uniforms have way too much black.
The alternates are my pride and joy. For some reason I have always thought the Rockies could use green. Coors Field is green and as a discruntled fan I can tell you the only reason they make money is because of the stadium. The Rockies also sell some green merchandise and I think it could work. These would be for Sunday home games only. Almost a bit of a fauxback. They would wear solid green hats.
Next up is Johnny Woods, who also has a set of Rockies tweaks:
Hey Phil –
The Rockies current cap insignia and logo feature four elements:
• The initials C and R
• Hollow serif letters
• A moving baseball
My logo takes those and, with a slight slant, gets them in motion.
The numbers may be too Brewer-ish, though.
We close today with Cole Hammers who has a new name & slightly new look for the Washington football club:
I decided to make a helmet concept for the Washington Red Tails (if they come into existence to replace the Redskins) and made a simplified uni to go with it. Note the homage to the Tuskegee airmen patch.
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
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.
Nice showing for Stirrup Fridays, although a couple of these were sent in during the week. Good to see the Revolution doesn’t only work on Friday!
I wore these Boston Bruins inspired stirrups on the day they knocked the Penguins out of the playoffs. With Chicago winning last night now I have a Stanley Cup stirrup showdown. No matter who wins, at least my feet will look good.
My friend Matt decided to have a little wiffleball tournement and BBQ on Jun 8th. I felt it necessary to bring in the stirrups.
My Cardinals stirrups get enough wear in StL but I got to wear these last Friday to watch the Reds and Cardinals in Cinci!
With this being Father’s Day Weekend, today’s stirrups are in honor of the “father” of stirrups–Nap Lajoie.
Doctor (vet) and patient (chihuahua) pics for today. Due to supplies I sometimes have to get creative with my colors/designs. Such is the case today as only purple and teal were available, so I designed some 90s Diamondback fauxbacks. I usually pair a jersey with my stirrups on Fridays and today I went with a Billy Wagner (my hometown hero) and Braves ‘rups.
Nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains is the bustling hamlet of Claryville (population 260), where we hiked up a small mountain to see (and climb) the Red Hill Fire Tower. Stirrups and hiking socks may not be the best possible look, but at least it’s not camo.
Wearing my ’47 Phillies stirrups for church league softball. Lots of compliments!
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!). Be sure to visit Robert’s House of Hose for news on rups.
A Special Request…
Tomorrow is Father’s Day, and I have a special request for the readership. I’d like to feature all the Uni Watch “Dads In Uniform” out there. So, if you have a picture of your dad wearing any kind of a uniform (even if not sports related), or if you’re in uniform and with your son, would you mind e-mailing me a photo? Send it to me at Phil.Hecken@gmail.com. I’m working on what I hope will be a very special Father’s Day post, and featuring the “Dads in Uniform” would be great. If you want, send me a very short (~50 words or less) description of the photo.
Everyone have a fantastic Saturday.
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