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Back on Sunday I wrote about the unusual sight of Willie Stargell wearing a batting helmet with the Pirates’ “smiling pirate” logo. Now we may have another example — or at least the ghost of one. At first glance, the helmet shown on Freddie Patek’s 1971 Topps card (the photo for which was clearly taken when he was still with the Pirates) is logo-free. But let’s take a closer look at the key area of the helmet and compare it to the logo:
Sure looks like the outline of the logo is there on the helmet, no? Not sure if the decal was removed or if Topps did an airbrush job, but it sure seems like something was afoot there. Of course, Patek could have been wearing the exact same helmet Stargell was wearing, although I suspect Pops (who was a big fella) and Freddie (who was not) had significantly different headwear sizes. In any case, big thanks to reader Don Conrad for bringing this one to my attention.
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today — an expanded look at how players and managers changing teams can lead to odd uniform situations at the MLB All-Star Game (similar to Monday’s blog entry, but with more examples), plus a new look at one of my favorite eccentricities — players who wore another team’s batting helmet during the ASG. Check it out there.
’Skins Watch: The Mets-owned SNY network continues to use the Braves’ Indian head logo (thanks, Phil). … Latest ’Skins embarrassment: The team hired a blogger to defend it against charges of racism, but it turned out that this same blogger had once concluded that the team’s name is a slur, so now he has resigned. … A man was arrested on an outstanding warrant after police saw him photographed in a newspaper’s “Should the ’Skins change their name?” feature.
Baseball News: “Zombie Night” jerseys for the Fort Myers Miracle. … MLB has had players wear home whites and road grays for the All-Star Game in recent years. If that holds true this time around, then next week’s ASG will mark the first time this year that Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins will be wearing his gray jersey (good point by Michael Jaworski). … Pretty sure we’ve seen this before, but just in case: Manny Machado’s bat knob has a decal featuring the Orioles’ “angry bird” logo (thanks, Phil). … Check out this shot of Casey Stengel wearing the Dodgers’ 1917 plaid design. Note that the hole in the palm of his glove, which according to the caption was “standard practice” in the 1920s. That would be news to me. Anyone else ever seen/heard about this? (Nice find by Leo Strawn Jr.) … Daniel Salinas sent in a bunch of MLB All-Star team portraits from the 1970s and ’80s. … Uni Watch reader Chad Jeske is one of the five finalists in the St. Paul Saints’ jersey design contest. To vote for his design, go here and “like” it. …
NFL News: The good news is that Joe Montana is going to play one last game at Candlestick — a flag football game that will take place this weekend. The bad news is that his jersey will have an ugly-ass HP ad on the sleeve (from Ryan Maquiñana).
College Football News: Lots of new Under Armour sideline caps for Notre Dame (from Warren Junium). … Arizona State has posted its home uni schedule for the coming year. Just mouse over that photo to see it (thanks, Phil). … Here’s a slideshow of college football fields in non-traditional colors.
Soccer News: Manchester United is apparently about to sign a major deal with Adidas. … Brazilian fans really love their yellow jerseys. … “Southampton’s new uniforms don’t have a manufacturer’s logo,” reports Nile Smith. “They and Adidas weren’t happy with each other, so they are making the kits in-house. Pretty rare to see a jersey without a swoosh or three stripes on it.” … Great piece on a barber who cuts/shaves soccer players into his customers’ hair (thanks, Mike). … Last week I Ticker-linked to this article about Nike’s World Cup typefaces. Didn’t realize until now that it addresses the Dutch ligature issue that was addressed in yesterday’s main entry, although it still doesn’t explain why one Dutch player got the ligature on his NOB and two of his teammates didn’t (from Brandon Vogel). … And speaking of ligatures on soccer jersey NOBs, check out the back of this Norway shirt (from Jonathon Binet). … New third kit for Liverpool (from Yusuke Toyoda). … Just in case you didn’t get yesterday’s Germany/Brazil score, the BBC clarified it for you (thanks, Mike).
Grab Bag: Good behind-the-scenes look at the Minnesota Wild’s uniform operations (from Keith Coes). … Under Armour has come out with a line of candy-flavored mouthguards. … The park where I bike every day has become the site of an impromptu weekend croquet league. … A bar in Minneapolis won’t allow patrons to wear sports jerseys, among other things. … Here’s a look at the logos from the Philippine Basketball Association. … Team Scotland’s uniforms for the Commonwealth Games are drawing some ridicule. … DC Comics is refusing to allow the Superman logo to be included on a memorial statue for a little boy. … Joe Alvernaz notes that the George Fox University logo makes clever use of negative space. … The USA basketball jerseys for the FIBA World Cup may have been leaked. Additional photo here. … Here’s a map that shows what’s exactly due east or west of various points in the Western Hemisphere (good one, Mike).