Revealed: The Story Behind the Cubs’ 1972 Road Uni

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White Shoes Near the White House

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It’s funny how a random comment can lead you down a rabbit hole. Case in point: Phil and I were recently attending a Mets game, and he started rattling off the teams that had worn white shoes — the A’s (duh), the ’75 Phillies, the early-’70s Angels, and so on. And then Phil said, “And the Senators, for one season, right?”

This really threw me, for two reasons. First, I was pretty sure the Senators had never worn white shoes. But just two days earlier, reader Bruce Margulies had sent me the two photos of Frank Howard that you see above. Bruce didn’t have dates for them, but I had narrowed them down to 1970 or ’71. And in one of them, it looked like the third base coach might have been white-shod as well, so I was intrigued.

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Check Your Head

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As most of you probably know, the Cubs don’t use a conventional helmet logo decal — they used an embroidered adhesive patch. The good part is that the patch has more depth and texture than a decal, so the logo really pops; the bad part is that the patch doesn’t conform to the contours of the helmet as well as a decal and tends to come loose more often.

If Cubs pitcher Travis Wood wasn’t already familiar with that problem, he knows about it now. As you can see in the screen shots above, his first plate appearance in last night’s Mets/Cubs game featured MLB’s most comically askew headwear logo since Joe McEwing in 2005.

Both TV broadcast teams working the game had fun with this turn of events. Let’s start with Len Kasper and Bob Brenly in the Cubs’ booth:

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The Latest Example of How Life Is More Interesting without the DH

Fascinating little tableau during last night’s Reds/Giants game, one that raises lots of interesting questions.

Here’s the deal: In the top of the 3rd, Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto reached first base on a fielder’s choice. It was a cool night in San Francisco (59 degrees at game time), so they brought out a . . . → Read More: The Latest Example of How Life Is More Interesting without the DH