By Phil Hecken
Yesterday afternoon, at their 2016 FanFest, the Houston Astros unveiled a new
batting practice jersey and cap, which will be worn for Sunday home games (or at least that’s the plan). It’s navy blue, with “ASTROS” in orange arched lettering across the chest, with a side stripe containing the “tequila sunrise” pattern made famous by the team in the 1970s. The new cap is orange with a blue bill.
If your first reaction is, “hey, that looks a little like their batting practice jersey,” you wouldn’t be wrong. In fact, it looks a LOT like their current BP jersey:
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There are sooooo many Division I college hoops teams — 32 conferences, 351 schools — and I don’t even pretend to know much about all of them, or even most of them. I’m usually proud of myself if I remember a certain detail, like which conference a school plays in, or which state it’s located in, or the story behind the school’s mascot. In the case of Saint Louis, I learned a long time ago that the school name always gets spelled out (“Saint Louis,” not “St. Louis”), so I always style it correctly. Whenever I do so, a few alums usually email me and thank me for getting their alma mater’s name right.
But what I didn’t know until yesterday is that Saint Louis’s teams are called the Billikens. And one reason I didn’t know that is that they hadn’t worn “Billikens” on their jerseys in more than 30 years — until two nights ago, when they finally did so for a game against George Washington (additional photos here). (Continue reading)
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