By Phil Hecken
Yesterday evening, the Padres wore a throwback uniform while playing the Giants in Petco. Unfortunately, this was a late game for the east coast (not starting until 10:10 pm) and it was another game I didn’t get to see on the television. Perhaps that was for the best.
In the third of three throwbacks for their season, the Padres went with the uniform that was supposed to be the 1948 Pacific Coast League Padres. They’d actually done this particular throwback once before, in 2006.
The 2013 version, which was made by Majestic, looked like so (click to enlarge):
Now, that’s not too bad, especially when you consider that Alexi Amarista (pictured scoring on the left) is wearing nicely bloused pants and stirrups. And if you look at the cap, (seen on pitcher Sean O’Sullivan, on right), that seems to be pretty close to what the 1948 PCL Padres wore. Photos from that time are scarce, but here’s how that uniform looked:
The 2013 throwbacks look pretty close to what the 1948 Padres wore. Unfortunately, not everyone dressed as “properly” as Amarista, as lots of pajama pants abounded:
Although, there were certainly more stirrups than you normally see on a 2013 diamond.
So why didn’t it “feel” like 1948, and why was I disappointed? Well, these are actually Negro League uniforms, and in 2006, when this uniform was first debuted, it was billed as the “Padres’ Third Annual Salute to the Negro Leagues. The Padres will sport 1948 Pacific Coast League uniforms in honor of San Diego native Johnny Ritchey, who broke the PCL color barrier while playing for the Padres that season.” In 2006, the Padres played the Cubs, and they didn’t outfit the Cubs with any kind of throwback uniform; likewise, last evening the Giants played in their regular uniforms. If you’re going to go out of your way to honor a team and throwback, you really should equip your opponents in a period costume as well. That, coupled with the fact that it appeared more than half the players didn’t show proper hosiery is also disappointing.
Usually, all players will go out of their way to properly wear the Negro League throwbacks. I didn’t see any announcements (that doesn’t mean there weren’t any, I just didn’t see any) even mentioning what this uniform was throwing back to, or what team the Padres were honoring. I’m wondering if the players themselves weren’t even aware of its history.
There were other problems too, as spotted and reported by eagle-eye Uni Watcher Sean Robbins who noted that Will Veneble was wearing stirrups, but not showing stripe (photo on left below), and they didn’t bother giving the ball girl matching pants (photo on right below):
I’ve generally enjoyed the various throwback games this year, and I think Majestic has gotten better at making the uniforms. These seemed to match the 1948 uniforms well enough (and the caps were good, plus they removed the decals from the batting helmets — definitely a plus). But, they failed to equip the Giants with some form of throwback, and it didn’t seem as though much effort was made on the players behalf to dress the part. So the game didn’t have much of a throwback feel. I wish I could have actually seen it. Or maybe I don’t.
You can see more photos from this game here.
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 Brady Ivie, with some Brownies’ concepts:
I’m a little late with redesigning the Browns, but I was working on a logo and found a few tweaks made it great for Cleveland. I made jerseys, too, and thought the Browns could pull off wearing cream jerseys on the road.
Hope you like them.
Next up is Derek Lannabary, with just a logo tweak (it’s already full size):
Love the blog. It’s the first thing I read every day. Anyway, just wanted to send along my idea for a Redskins rebranding. If you wouldn’t mind throwing it in the ticker sometime, I’d like to see what others may think. I didn’t actually come up with the name, I heard it from someone else sometime back, but I haven’t ever seen anyone do anything with it so thought I would. The idea is, of course, they can keep everything but the name. Since the Native Americans were the first Americans it’s a logical choice to me and goes well with the capital city’s name. I also don’t think many really find the Indian head logo itself offensive and it reminds me of the buffalo nickel, which I wish they would bring back. Anyway, let me know what you think.
We close today with Rob Holecko (he of the UWFFL) who is actually thinking of proposing a new football team for the Borough of Brooklyn:
The Brooklyn Uni Watchers!
Boy you’re right, these colors do make a sharp uniform!
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.
And now, your look back at the hosiery worn by the Uni Watch Revolution for the past week (and almost always on Friday):
Comrades Phil and Rob,
Pitching for the NY Gothams at the 15U Perfect Game Tournament, Ft. Myers, FL.
Getting ready for a softball game with my Red Sox stirrups and knee-length Mizuno pants.
Just got these Irish beauties in the mail yesterday so they had to be worn today.
My softball team, the Mermen, wear orange Marlins hats, and jerseys with various monikers like “The Codfather” on the back. I also choose to wear black stirrups with northwestern stripes, so I look extra slammin’.
It was a great day, but alas, not even stirrups can make potty time fun.
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.
And now…here’s …
This weeks winner of the Stirrup Friday photo contest is Michael Clary. Get in touch with me, and you get a buy one/get one from the revolutionary armaments. Or should that be legaments?
I should just never trust timelines I am given by TCK, or just never throw them off by ordering anything “funky”. No, getting things that we just could find otherwise is what makes this fun. But I have now been told that the Pilots and .45s will ship by the end of day Friday(yesterday), or Monday, and I am poised with envelopes addressed for a quick turnaround when they come in. Unfortunately last week I teased the 57 Cubs and 57 Reds, so even though I have not turned around the last order, I am going to go through with taking pre-orders this weekend on those two 1957 Senior Circuit hose. They were both ordered Monday, so I will have a limit of 12 each, if there are still some not accounted for, I will run these two as “new” next weekend as well, and since they are a standard pattern, they should be here July 25th-ish.
from each according their strype,
to each according their stirrvp.
That’s going to do it for today. There had been some rumors that the Buffalo Sabres would be unveiling their new third sweater yesterday, and they did give a few teasers — so much so that most of the people following this believe it will be a gold sweater. You can see some jersey teasers in this video released yesterday by the Sabes:
— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) July 12, 2013
You can also read more and look at a mockup here
Everyone have an excellent Saturday, and unless there is some late, breaking uni news today, tomorrow’s lede (and the whole post really) should be really, really good. So make sure you check back in then. I’ll see you all tomorrow.
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