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A New Solution to an Old Problem

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When the Red Wings recently announced that their new arena would be named after a “pizza” chain, lots of people asked me if I’d be coming out with an “I’m Calling It the Joe” T-shirt. That was a reference to my old “Naming Wrongs” T-shirt project with No Mas (see above), which was our way of protesting the proliferation of corporate-renamed stadiums and arenas.

The old Naming Wrongs shirts are no longer available, and I have no immediate plans to reactivate that project (although there could be something in the works down the road — stay tuned). But the other day I learned about a new way to address the same problem — and this one doesn’t require you to spend any money on a shirt. (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)

A Look at the Rickwood Classic

The Rickwood Classic took place two days ago. For the uninitiated, the Classic is a Double-A baseball game that takes place each year at Birmingham’s Rickwood Field, which opened in 1910 and is America’s oldest remaining ballpark. The two teams — one of which is always the Birmingham Barons — wear throwback uniforms honoring . . . → Read More: A Look at the Rickwood Classic

A Tour of a Minor League Ballpark

[Editor’s Note: Phil and I are both indisposed, so today we have a guest entry from Joe Reimers, who has some interesting behind-the-scenes observations from a minor league ballpark. I’m traveling this weekend, so we have a very light Ticker. Thanks for understanding. — PL]

By Joe Reimers

I recently had the opportunity . . . → Read More: A Tour of a Minor League Ballpark