Uni(tard) Watch

A few Fridays ago I wrote a piece about NC State basketball’s infamous 1989 unitards, which were worn for two days before being scrapped. Toward the end of that piece, I wrote, “[T]he NC State unitard never caught on with other schools.”

But it turns out I was wrong.

Shortly after that piece ran, reader Brad Hardy got in touch to tell me that Oklahoma State had also worn unitards in 1989. Frankly, I was skeptical — I’d never heard or seen anything about that, and it had never come up during any of my previous discussions of the NC State design. I asked Brad if he had any photos, figuring he probably couldn’t come up with any.

Shows what I know: (Continue reading)

Classic Stadium Scoreboards -- By The Book

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By Phil Hecken, with Gary Chanko

As most of you fine readers are familiar, almost every Saturday for the past few years, I’ve run a sub-lede on here called “Classic Stadium Scoreboards,” which features both the art and research of Gary Chanko. Gary’s graphic depictions of scoreboards really are works of art in and of themselves, and to date, he’s completed around 60 of them.

I’m here today with Gary to talk about a new project in which I’m hopeful many of you will be interested — the Book of Scoreboards. And we’d like to ask your assistance in crafting it! (Continue reading)

North Stars Go Wild, If Just For One Day

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By Phil Hecken

Yesterday afternoon, as part of the festivities surrounding today’s Stadium Series outdoor game (at TCF Bank Stadium, in Minneapolis) between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks, fans were treated to an “Alumni Game” featuring former players from the Minnesota North Stars and Wild, and the Chicago Blackhawks. Even though the Minnesota North Stars franchise moved to Dallas following the 1993 season (has it really been over 20 years?), and the franchise that plays in Dallas bears no bloodline to the Minnesota Wild (who were founded in 1997, but didn’t begin play until 2000-01), the players making up the “Alumni” team were comprised of former players of both the Wild and the North Stars, and were wearing the uniforms of the North Stars (with a Wild patch on the shoulder). (Continue reading)

For 'How To Get To Second Base' Ask Your Older Brother

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By Phil Hecken, with Jimmer Vilk

A couple weeks ago, Jim Vilk DM’ed me a couple pictures which really piqued my interest, and mentioned they came from a book he’d picked up while thrifting. Intrigued, I asked if he thought they might make for a good article on Uni Watch. He thought they would. With Pitchers and Catchers reporting for most teams, this is a great way to kick off the baseball season. (You can click some of the images to enlarge.)

Here’s Jimmer with his Uni Watch book review on…

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how to get to FIRST BASE (Continue reading)