Hats Off To Brooklyn -- Part III

[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]

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By Phil Hecken, with Chance Michaels

Long-time (and even more recent) Uni Watch readers will recognize the name of today’s lede writer, Chance Michaels, a good friend with whom Paul and I have shared dinners, enjoyed Mets games and some of you may have even met him at a Uni Watch gathering or two (he’s the third from the left in that last photo). Throughout the years, Chance has contributed a number of articles to the blog, and he’s probably most familiar to you as the guy who runs the wonderful Borchert Field Blog.

While the Brewers may be his overriding passion, his obsessive dedication to the athletic aesthetic is what makes his expertise in all fields, especially baseball from days of yore, so invaluable. Today’s article may mark the longest gap between a “Part II” and “Part III” in the history of Uni Watch — but I’m pleased to bring Chance back to report on a good development in the uni world. And after reading this, don’t forget to check out the final set (last two groups) of GRIFFIN DESIGN CONTEST entries (with voting).

I’ll let Chance take it from here… (Continue reading)

'Radom Thoughts' - The 1969 Seattle Pilots: One Team, One Season, Many Uniforms

[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]

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[Deputy Editor’s note: You guys may recall that last year, I asked uniform and logo designer Todd Radom if he’d share some of his logo case studies during Paul’s vacation, and he happily obliged. Todd is back again this year, allowing me to share with you some of my favorite columns — I’m sure you guys will enjoy it. After Todd’s guest column, be sure to scroll down for the THIRD Set (Groups E & F) of the Griffins Design Contest, with voting! — Phil]

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The 1969 Seattle Pilots—One Team, One Season, Many Uniforms
By Todd Radom

The Seattle Pilots occupy a unique space in the modern annals of Major League Baseball. They played only one season—162 games—in their sole campaign in the Pacific Northwest, wearing some of the most distinctive uniforms in the history of professional sports. The club moved to Milwaukee just prior to Opening Day of the 1970 season, reborn as the Brewers. (Continue reading)

Astros Go Throwback Saturday Night

By John Ekdahl

The Houston Astros honored their 1986 team last night.

Thirty years after one of the best seasons in club history, the Astros honored their 1986 team by donning throwback uniforms and having Astros legend Mike Scott throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s game against the Rangers at . . . → Read More: Astros Go Throwback Saturday Night

Brewers and Pirates Turn Back the Clock

Paul here, still pinch-hitting for Phil this weekend.

The Brewers and Pirates wore late-1990s throwbacks last night in Milwaukee. The Brew Crew’s unis were designed back in the day by longtime Uni Watch pal/ally Todd Radom, who I’m sure enjoyed seeing his creation back on the diamond.

Most of the players went low-cuffed, which makes sense, since we’re talking about a late-’90s look here. A few went high-cuffed, and Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison wore period-inappropriate striped socks: (Continue reading)