Uni Watch Show and Tell: An Early-’80s MLB Style Guide


I have a bunch of MLB style guides from the late 1990s and early 2000s, but none from earlier than that. So when reader Andrew Weatherly recently sent me a tweet (shown above) about a 1980 MLB style guide in his possession, that definitely got my attention. I sent a reply asking him to email me privately, which he did.

During our ensuing back-and-forth, Andrew explained that his father had purchased a printing company in Oregon and that the guide had been left behind by the company’s previous owner. I asked if he’d consider selling it and he said yes, so we agreed upon a fair price and now the guide has been added to my Uni Watch library.

As you can see in his original tweet, Andrew described this as a 1980 guide. I understand why he thought that, because most of the individual style sheets carry a “10/80” notation in the lower-right corner. That means the specs were finalized in October of 1980, which in turn means that they were actually for the 1981 season, not 1980. Also, the guide was packaged in a binder with removable sheets, and the 1981 style sheets for some teams have been swapped out and replaced with updated sheets for the 1982, ’83, or ’84 seasons. So the net result is a bit of an early-1980s hodgepodge.

But it’s still an amazing document, full of invaluable information and some fascinating anomalies. I’ll do a team-by-team rundown in a minute, but first here’s some basic info on the guide: (Continue reading)

Mood Indigo

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Yesterday was Father’s Day, so MLB teams wore blue-themed uniforms and accessories, along with dark-grey caps — basically the same as Mother’s Day, but with the pink swapped out for blue. It marked the first time MLB has worn special unis for this holiday (in the past, players just wore blue ribbons and wristbands).

A few notes: (Continue reading)

Happy Father's Day, Uni Watchers

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By Phil Hecken

For the past three years (2013, 2014, and last year) it has been my privilege and pleasure to run photographs of our fathers dressed in uniforms — whether they be sports uniforms, military uniforms, or any other uniform. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and I’m pleased to again run this feature.

If you’re not familiar with this tradition, just click on either of the past three Father’s Day posts for a description. That’s all I’ll have to say today. So sit back, enjoy (and click on the photos to enlarge). I’m running them in the order they were received.

Happy Father’s Day everyone! (Continue reading)

Are You Ready For Some Football (Up North)?

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By Phil Hecken, with Mike Styczen

It’s football season in Canada, as the Canadian Football League kicks off their 2016 this Thursday night. And this year, after more than a decade of being outfitted by Reebok, the CFL has a new contract with adidas — which means of course…new uniforms.

I’m back today with my buddy Mike Styzcen, who has been kind enough to prepare a rundown of the new unis. I’ve worked with Mike many times in the past, and he’s my go-to guy for all things Canadian — especially curling and CFL — even if he does spell a few words wrong*. So without any further ado, let’s get right into it as we explore how the … (Continue reading)