That led Gridiron Uniform Database co-founder Bill Schaefer to post a comment pointing out that the Lions wore that same patch in 1951. He wondered if the Tigers had also worn the patch that year, and it looks like they did.
That got me wondering: How many other examples are there of a patch that has been worn by multiple teams in the same city? A few of us kicked this around in yesterday’s comments and came up with the following:
|1930||Boston||Boston tricentennial||Red Sox, Braves||Arguably the greatest patch in MLB history.|
|1938||New York||1939 New York World's Fair||Dodgers, Giants, Yankees||Although the New York teams wore these patches in 1938, there were no World's Fair patches in 1939 — the year of the Fair itself. That's presumably because all MLB teams were wearing the baseball centennial patch that year. ... Also, note that this patch was actually two patches — the trylon and perisphere icons and the separate "1939" strip.|
|1951||Detroit||Detroit sestercentennial||Red Wings, Lions, Tigers|
|1968||Chicago||Illinois sesquicentennial||Cubs, White Sox|
|1975||Boston||Massachusetts bicentennial||Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics (warm-ups only)||Patch was rendered in team colors.|
|1975-76||Denver||Colorado centennial||Broncos, Nuggets (on the shorts)||For reasons that aren't clear to me, the Broncos wore this patch for one game in late 1975, but not in ’76.|
|1976||Philadelphia||Philadelphia celebrates America's bicentennial||Phillies, Eagles, Atoms||Here's a better look at the patch.|
|1976||Montreal||Montreal Summer Olympics||Canadiens, Expos||Okay, so it's not quite the same patch, but at least it's the same logo. I say it qualifies.|
|1979-80||New York State||Lake Placid Winter Olympics||Sabres, Islanders||This one is state-based, not city-based, but it's the same basic concept. Oddly, the Rangers didn't wear this patch.|
|1981||Los Angeles||Los Angeles bicentennial||Dodgers, Aztecs||Interesting to see a patch that's purely graphic, with no typography. Here's a closer look at the patch. That one appeared on Dodgers pitcher Jerry Reuss's jersey.|
|1984||Toronto||Toronto sesquicentennial||Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Argonauts|
|1988||Calgary||Calgary Winter Olymics||Flames, Stampeders|
Interesting, right? Are there more examples out there? I’m sure there are. In fact, with the explosion of “Expressing support for [x]” patches, I bet there are lots of very recent examples. But remember: We’re looking only for cases that involve multiple teams in the same city wearing the same patch (not just expressing support for the same cause). If you have some of those to contribute, let’s have ’em.
As an aside: This is the second day in a row that I’ve inserted a table into the blog. Aren’t tables great? I love tables!
(Big thanks to Bill Schaefer, Mike Engle, Matt B, Chris H, and everyone else who contributed to the discussion of this topic yesterday.)
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column is about the unusually large concentration of uni-notable events on the upcoming calendar.
Raffle results: The winner of the Harlem Globetrotters jersey is Chris Bakewell. When I asked him to make a $25 donation to the Peace Corps and send me proof of having made it, as stipulated in yesterday’s raffle terms, he responded by making a $100 donation! “Ugly jersey, great cause,” he said — well put. Congrats to Chris, and thanks to all who entered.
Two Dollarama: A few weeks ago I reprinted an ode to the JFK half-dollar, which I had originally written back in 1997. At the conclusion of the piece, I wrote that once we got the half-dollar back into mainstream use, “Then we’ll get started on the $2 bill.”
I never got around to promoting or writing about the $2 bill (or getting the 50-cent piece back into mainstream use, for that matter), but now, thankfully, someone else has. The lovely and talented Heather McCabe recently launched a site called Two Buckaroo, a daily blog that chronicles the reactions Heather gets from cashiers, bartenders, and so on as she pays for small purchases with $2 bills.
Many of the cashiers Heather engages with say something like, “Wow, didn’t they stop making those years ago? Are they still legal?” Maybe you’re thinking that right now yourself. In fact, the Jefferson $2 bill is still very much in production, as it has been for most of the time since 1932 (there was a 10-year gap when it was discontinued, from 1966 to 1976, but then it was brought back to life). But much like the JFK half-dollar, it isn’t used much in everyday transactions and doesn’t get much respect.
Two Buckaroo aims to change that, or at least provide some good food for thought. It’s a genius concept for a media project — one I wish I’d thought of myself. (And yes, a couple of the most recent entries are a little raunchy — although certainly not veering into NSFW territory or anything like that — but that’s just an odd blip, not an indication that Heather plans to be working blue.)
Meanwhile, in a weird coincidence, reader Art Savokinas sent in the following submission yesterday: “A local pizza place in Exeter, Pennsylvania, uses half-dollars to advertise by placing stickers on the back of them. They have been doing it for over 20 years.” Hmmmm — I like that they’re putting JFKs into circulation, but I don’t like that they’re defacing them. Two sides of the same coin, eh?
Research query: Do you collect those seasonal Hess truck toys, or maybe you know someone who collects them, or maybe you used to collect them when you were a kid, or maybe your brother collected them, or maybe you have fond memories of finding one of them under the tree at Christmas, or maybe you stumbled into a big display of them at the Hess station and knocked them over, or maybe you whacked someone on the head with one of them? Basically, if you’ve had any experiences whatsoever with Hess trucks, I’d like to talk with you. Thanks.
Tick-Tock: Today’s Ticker was compiled and written by Mike Chamernik.
Baseball News: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Jerry Blevins was traded from the A’s to the Nats yesterday and responded to the news with a funny uni-centric tweet (from Michael McLaughlin). … Apparently Baseball Reference doesn’t know if the Marlins’ secondary color is blue or orange (from Britton Thomas). … “Great mesh pill box,” says Mikey Brethauer. … Albie Pearson wore No. 6 during his only two years with the Senators in the late 1950s, but David Firestone found a 1958 card where he’s wearing No. 7. … You’ve heard of birds on the bat? Check out Rice’s new jersey — owls on the bat! … It seems that former outfielder (and current Rays first base coach) George Hendrick has a thing for visors and windbreakers (thanks, Jake Kessler). … Check out this Pearl Jam concert video — was Eddie Vedder’s T-shirt based on the old Roberto Clemente memorial patch?” If so, I rather like it for its simplicity,” says James Ashby. … Jerry Wolper’s latest find: a 1955 Braves highlight film.
NFL News: The Saints are selling a team-branded football with “Since 1960” on it. “The Saints played their first game in 1967 (and I think the franchise was granted in 1966),” says Scott Held. “Someone at the slave factory making the footballs must’ve gotten a smudged fax or something.” … These are some of the zaniest mascots you’ll ever see. It’s no wonder most of them didn’t stick around (from Phil). … “I’ve seen the Bears wishbone logo get split or partally broken off before, but this is the first time I’ve seen the whole thing gone,” says Robert Bacon. “Guess it was so cold that the decal, frozen solid, just popped off after hit.” … Rob Selg found a pair of Hamburg Sea Devils shorts at a Salvation Army. The Sea Devils played in NFL Europe from 2005 to 2007. … “Still seven months to go,” says Brinke about the construction of the Niners’ new stadium, “but at least they have the sponsor logo up!” … Even though Peyton Manning was stuck in the training room during last Wednesday’s practice, he still wore his helmet in the cold tub so he could listen to play calls from his offensive coordinator.
College Football News: A reader who goes by Sernks sends along a photo of a collection of “Beat [School]” and other buttons. … UCF will wear white unis for the Tortilla Chip Bowl. … Chris Flinn notes that even junior colleges have bowl game sponsors. … Here’s the patch for the Military-Industrial Complex Bowl, and here’s what Colorado State and Washington State will be wearing for the Branded Activewear Bowl. … A guy on Twitter (@Hokie20) is trying to get UCLA and Virginia Tech to go color-vs-color for the Car Manufacturer Bowl (from Evan Stewart). … Check out the uniforms Temple wore in the 1979 Garden State Bowl. “I was pleased to see that Temple’s use of the block/checker pattern today is a throwback to a design they used to wear,” says Patrick Reynell. “But what is the deal with the huge white stripe on the shoulder pads? Just doesn’t go with the pant pattern at all.”
Hockey News: One of the linesmen in Tuesday night’s Blackhawks/Stars game wore an outdated jersey with no number (from Steven Luft). … Kyle Geralds created an interactive Prezi page that breaks down all the uniforms from the original Mighty Ducks film. Really detailed work, highly recommended. … The Penguins will unveil their Stadium Series uni on Friday at 2pm Eastern. For now they’re offering teasers, like this patch. … Here’s how Upper Deck makes NHL trading cards (from Trevor Alexander). … Charles Noerenberg checks in with a few items: the Wild altered the lace-up collar on their green jersey. It’s unclear if it actually is laced or if the lace is just sewn in, but it’s undoubtedly there to evoke a vintage feel; two Wild players wore helmets with mismatched shades of green; and last Wednesday Flames captain Mark Giordano appeared in a postgame interview wearing the team’s new alternate jersey, which was notable because they’d worn their regular home jerseys during the game! Did someone have Giordano don the alt just to goose jersey sales?
Soccer News: Nigeria’s World Cup kit was leaked (from Trevor Williams). … “There was soccer uniform-themed lingerie at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which was absolutely ridiculous,” says Yusuke Toyoda. “I mean, nobody uses a truncated icosahedron ball any more.” … Yusuke also noticed that Napoli wore its yellow third kit instead of its home blues on Wednesday.
College Hoops News: According to This page (type ctrl+f “Untucked”), the upcoming Sundance Film Festival will include a short documentary on Marquette’s iconic 1977 uniforms. Would this be the first movie devoted to a uniform design? A milestone in cinema! (From John Cary.)
Grab Bag: The University of Arizona is forcing a Virginia high school to change its logo (from Tommy Turner). … Schutt helmets will have some really wide stripes in 2014 (from Michael Princip). … Anthony Nuccio saw some Nike shoes and a shirt designed by a Native American artist at the Field Museum in Chicago. … A recent episode of How I Met Your Mother showed two characters wearing Washington Generals jerseys with non-matching uniform numbers (from Chris Flinn). … Not sports-related but a fun read: Deadspin critiqued the new Williams-Sonoma catalog (and, by extension, the whole lifestyle-porn industry). … Semi-uniform related and somewhat amusing: A Masshole wearing a Larry Bird jersey/suit snuck down to ringside and even got into the ring post-fight at the Pacquiao-Rios bout in late November. … A story on how a girl’s old Bat Mitzvah T-shirt ended up in Africa includes this line from the the girl’s husband: “I haven’t read the NPR story [on how American clothes are donated to Africa] yet, but when I see news photos about Africa, I’ve seen people wearing Chicago Bulls jerseys; I’m sure there’s not an NBA store in Botswana” (from Adam Soclof).