Twins Provide One Last Prince Memorial

Last night’s Twins/Indians game was Minnesota’s first home date since Prince’s death, and the team’s management declared that it was “Prince Tribute Night,” so most players on the field — not just the Twins but also many of the Indians — wore purple wristbands (see above).

Here are some shots from the game (if you can’t see the slideshow below, click here): (Continue reading)

The Sports World and Uni-verse Salute Prince

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Who’s that in the 1972 Bryant Junior High hoops uni? None other than Prince Rogers Nelson, who played a bit of basketball while growing up in Minnesota before becoming a world-changing musical figure and then passing away yesterday at the age of 57.

The news of Prince’s death had barely begun circulating when the Fresno Grizzlies announced that they’d be memorializing him by wearing purple uniforms. And sure enough, that’s what they did: (Continue reading)

When a Memorial Patch Overlaps With a Presidential Campaign

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It was reported several weeks ago that the Reds would be adding a memorial patch for longtime clubhouse manager Bernie Stowe, who passed away in February. Yesterday they revealed the patch design (see above).

The patch matches the design of a sign that the team posted at its spring training complex after Stowe’s death:

Interestingly, the patch/sign design is actually a modification of a design that first appeared on T-shirts that Reds players wore in the days following Stowe’s passing: (Continue reading)

Joe Garagiola: 1926–2016

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Joe Garagiola passed away yesterday at the age of 90. If you had asked me which team he played for, I would have immediately said the Cardinals. But his nine-year career also included stints with the Pirates, Cubs, and Giants, which I probably knew at some point but had forgotten somewhere along the way. Here he is wearing those teams’ uniforms (if you can’t see the slideshow below, click here): (Continue reading)