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A Very Good Day

Today I want to go off-uni and tell you about an amazing day I had on Saturday. It was one of those days that can renew your faith in, well, everything, and I’d like to share it with you.

Here’s the deal: Two years ago, almost to the day, I read an article about the Los Amigos Fishing and Hunting Club, a Puerto Rican social club on the Lower East Side where they apparently didn’t do much fishing or hunting anymore but did do a lot of drinking and playing dominoes. I’m not Puerto Rican, I haven’t spoken Spanish since eighth grade, and I haven’t played much dominoes in recent years either, but this sounded like my kinda place, so I put it on my list. On Saturday, the Tugboat Captain and I finally got around to checking it out.

The subway line we had planned to take was rerouted due to track repairs, so we ended up at a different subway stop and had to walk through Chinatown. Along the way we passed a Chinese fishmonger that was selling something neither of us had ever seen before in New York City: live crawfish. They were in scrabbling around in a cardboard box (Chinatown fishmongers tend to be fairly low-tech):

I love crawfish (we had some during our recent Deep South road trip), but I’d never cooked them myself, and I’d never seen live ones available for sale here in NYC. Only $6 a pound, too. We were intrigued, but we had to get to Los Amigos, so we decided to circle back to the fishmonger later on.

About 15 minutes later we arrived at Los Amigos, which turned out to be ramshackle-looking hole in the wall on Rivington Street (for all photos, you can click to enlarge):

The door said, “Members Only.” But as you can see above, it was also wide open, so we walked in and found a tiny space with four people playing dominoes, some additional people sitting on few cramped benches along one wall, and a bar in the back. Nobody seemed to mind our presence, so I made my way to the bar and ordered two Buds (only $2.50 apiece). A few people immediately offered to make space for us along the benches, so we sat down and took in the scene.

Over the next two and half hours, we had a few more rounds, watched some very aggressive games of dominoes, and chatted with several of the regulars (including a lengthy interaction with a guy named Willie, age 71, who told us about, among other things, his service in Vietnam, his first wife, his second wife, his house back in Puerto Rico, his expertise at boxing, bowling, archery, gunnery, dominoes, and chess, his 35-year career at a nearby Pepsi bottling plant, and how he’s handled a lifetime of being called a spic). Although we were outsiders, we were treated like old friends. It was all pretty magical. Los Amigos didn’t just live up to its name — it was one of those places where you feel like the rest of the world has melted away and there’s no other place but this place.

I didn’t want to be disrespectful by taking too many photos, but here are a couple of dominoes shots. In the first one, you can see that they have a nice photo of Roberto Clemente watching over the table:

And here’s a shot of the Captain talking with Los Amigos’s 82-year-old owner, Felipe Cortes, who opened the place in 1962:

As we got ready to leave, Felipe was one of several people who shook our hands and said, “Come back and see us again!” We definitely will.

By this time it was getting close to 7pm. We weren’t sure if the Chinatown fishmonger was still open, or if they’d still have crawfish available. But sure enough, the cardboard box was still there. It wasn’t quite as full as before, but there were still plenty of crawdads to be had, so we ordered three pounds and watched as a worker scooped them into a paper sack:

A few of the crawfish missed the sack and fell onto the sidewalk. The worker scooped up most of them and I grabbed one myself. It immediately nipped me with its claws and drew a bit of blood as I dropped it into the sack. “Feisty,” I said approvingly.

We wanted to know more about where the crawfish had come from, whether they were wild or farmed, whether they were strictly seasonal, and more, but there was a pretty serious language barrier. So we stopped asking questions and took the subway back to Brooklyn, wondering how many other people on our train were carrying bags of live crawfish. (Our estimate: zero.)

According to an article that we read on the way home, it’s good to “purge” the crawfish in a bowl of fresh water before cooking them. So when we got back to my neighborhood, the Captain headed straight to the supermarket to get the fixins we’d need for a traditional Louisiana-style crawfish boil (potatoes, corn, and spices) while I took the bugs home and put them in some water. I was happy to see that they were still plenty lively:

We prepared a pot of boiling water with spices, added the corn and spuds, and then added the crawfish:

A few minutes later we had a right proper crawfish boil. It came out perfectly, with the tail meat cooked just right — not overcooked or undercooked:

We ate while listening to, appropriately, Professor Longhair’s Crawfish Fiesta album.

What a great day! We embarked on an adventure and ended up having two great adventures. And we wouldn’t have known about the crawfish if the subways hadn’t been messed up. Kismet!

Thanks for listening. I’ll be spending a big chunk of today on an airplane, as I fly to Las Vegas for the NHL/Adidas unveiling, which will take place tomorrow night. I’ll be leaving the house at about 9:15am Eastern. If my flight has WiFi, I’ll check in from the airplane; otherwise I’ll see you tomorrow. Oh, and tomorrow’s entry might be posted a bit later than usual, since I’ll be on Pacific Time. Thanks in advance for your patience.

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New ESPN column: What you see above is a Riddell 3D scanning gadget showing a scan of me. I was wearing a tight black hood thingie because they wanted to get the exact contours of my head. This is the part of the process for Riddell’s new Precision-Fit helmet program, which produces custom-made interior padding for a precise fit between player and headgear. I’ve written a new ESPN piece about this, which I think you’ll find interesting. Link coming soon.

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Holiday uniforms: Yesterday was Father’s Day, so MLB teams wear baby blue uniforms. It was pretty much the same thing as last year (including the Giants once again wearing orange letters and numbers because they don’t want to look like the Dodgers — yes, really), so there’s isn’t much worth covering here. Alex has a few player-specific items in today’s Ticker.

Next up: Independence Day, which will feature four days’ worth of stars/stripes uniforms, commencing on Saturday, July 1.

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball News: From Saturday: The Reds and Dodgers eschewed Father’s Day duds, more than likely because the Reds dedicated a statue to Pete Rose before the game. The Reds wore a patch commemorating the event on both their jerseys and caps. … Also from Saturday: The Indians and Twins went with the full Father’s Day uniforms for the first game of their doubleheader, but in the second game they wore their regular jerseys with the Father’s Day caps. … More Father’s Day stuff: White Sox 3B Todd Frazier wore the team’s regular road pants instead of sans-piping pants like the rest of the team (from Chalk Larock), Red Sox P David Price de-squatcheed his cap and wore special cleats (from Ben and Dante), and Astros P Joe Musgrove had “MAM” written on his cap, presumably the initials of his father (from Mike). … Yoelkis Cespedes, who plays for the Cuban national team, was apparently wearing his brother Yoenis’s No. 52 Mets wristband during a recent game (from Adam Sadinsky). … Louisville wore their all-black home unis yesterday. Must have been uncomfortable in near 90-degree temperatures (from Dave Cohen). … Check out these rarely seen color photos of the Orioles’ solid-orange unis, most likely from the 1972 season (from Jon Helfenstein). … Last week we had a blurry photo showing how vendors at the Astros’ ballpark were wearing tequila sunrise jerseys. Here’s a much better view (from Rob Snyder).

NFL/College Football News: The Bears posted this Father’s Day graphic on Facebook that includes inaccurate TV numbers (from Ray DeBoer). … Paul has told the story about the original version of the Patriots’ “Flying Elvis” logo, but Mike Youngblood shared this helmet concept with a phantom logo that I don’t think we’ve ever seen before. He says he found that picture at the Patriots Hall of Fame. … Colton McWilliams found this custom-made matte black Texans helmet autographed by JJ Watt in Abilene, Texas. … Evan Birchfield found an this awesome NFL-themed blanket from his childhood. … College prospect Stephen Henry, Jr. used an outdated Kentucky logo when unveiling his Top 10 schools on Twitter yesterday (from Josh Hinton).

Hockey News: Linus Ullmark, a goalie prospect for the Sabres, recently got married, and both he and his wife wore goalie masks in their wedding photos (from Mike). … This is apparently what the Rangers’ Draft Day cap will look like (from Ted Starkey).

NBA News: Whoops: A Celtics fan went and bought a (presumably customized) Markelle Fultz jersey, and then burned it after the team traded the No. 1 overall pick to the Sixers. That’s what you get for not waiting for the draft.

Soccer News: The US Men’s National Soccer Team’s kits for the Gold Cup have reportedly leaked. … New kits for Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League (from Charles George).

Grab Bag: Mama Mia! Golfer Sergio Garcia dressed a lot like a certain beloved video game character yesterday during the US Open. … We’ve seen plenty of old-school base ball reenactments, but how about some old-school lacrosse? The Canadian Lacrosse Association staged a reenactment game in honor of Canada’s 150th birthday (from Griffin Smith). … This DC-area restaurant has apparently ripped off the “Friends” title card logo (from Mike Rosenberg).

A Very Happy Father's Day From Uni Watch, 2017

>Happy Father's Day from Uni Watch

By Phil Hecken

For the past four years (2013, 2014, 2015) 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!

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Dale Alison

Dale Allison

E. Wayne Alison
USN, 1951

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P. Piroso

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Hello,

Here’s my Father, Armando Piroso,second baseman, top row second from the right, in 1936 or ’37, eight grade, P.S. 176, Brooklyn.

You can see the championship trophy at the bottom.

P.S. 176 is between Bay Ridge Avenue and Ovington Avenue, thus “Ovington” on that cool jersey.
The lettering on the uniform was (sorry, Paul) purple.

Happy Father’s Day all.

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Peter Monaghan

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Allan Monaghan, my dad, aged 17, signed up to the Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders (Scotland) on 8/28/39. 3 days later WWII broke out. He served the entire war and it never let him go. Years later he was a stowaway on a ship to New York City for a better life. Met my mum (Australian) in Washington DC, got married and had 3 sons, me being the youngest. He died in 2011 as a result of undiagnosed and multiple, multiple concussions that caused Alzheimer’s brought on by being an AA artilleryman.

I do my best to honor him everyday.

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Ronnie Poore

Ronnie Poore

My dad, Harper Poore, in his basketball uniform; Lebanon High School, 1952-53. He is wearing number 5, front row, far right. And that’s his brother, my uncle Jimmy, next to him in the un-numbered jersey helping hold the ball. School colors were gold and blue…it appears their outfits were less than “uniform”, with several mis-matched outfits.

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Bo Baize

Bo Baize

Hey Phil,

Sending along a photo of the 1930 state champion Hamlin (Tx) Pied Pipers that had my Grandfather (Bentley Baize) played on. Uniforms aren’t that outstanding but always liked the “Pied Pipers” name.

Thanks!

-Bo

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Dwayne White

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My father, Lawrence White, pictured here during his military service in the 1950’s at Fort Riley, Kansas. After his military service was over, he, and my mother, returned to Cincinnati where he eventually went to work for the Aircraft Engines Division of General Electric, where he retired a successful career there.

Dad was always a University of Kentucky and Boston Celtics basketball fan. Some of my fondest memories growing up were on Tuesday and Saturday night, sitting at the kitchen table listening to Caywood Ledford broadcast the Kentucky Wildcats games on the radio. These were the days before every game was televised and it was a treat to see the ‘Cats on TV. We would sit around the table and Dad would always pop a big bag of popcorn for us to enjoy. The first NBA game I went to was during the 1971-1972 season seeing the New York Knicks vs. the Cincinnati Royals at the Cincinnati Gardens.

He just turned 82 in February and gets around better than most guys half his age. Happy Fathers Day Dad, and I love you!

Dwayne White

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Brendan Armstrong

Brendan Armstrong

Phil,

This is from my dad’s playing days at the University of Colorado in the late 70’s (he is #99). This was a picture they took of all the California-born players on the team at the time (I believe a few were missing). CU wore throwbacks like these from 2010-2015, but unfortunately changed back to a more modern design in the 2015-16 season. GO BUFFS!

Brendan

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Troy Graefe

Troy Graefe

Our good friend, Dr. George Betts, shared with us this picture of his father, Winfield C. Betts. The photo was taken in 1931 at Merchants Park in Denver, Colorado. Winfield was selected to play with one of Babe Ruth’s traveling exhibitions and he actually got a chance to pitch against the Bambino. Looks like he just walked out of the Field of Dreams cornfield.

Troy Graefe

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Doug Shivers

Doug Shivers

My Dad, Gary Shivers, played basketball at the University of Houston. He got drafted in the 10th round of the 1954 NBA draft by the Baltimore Bullets, but instead joined the Artesia CVE Travelers of the old National Industrial Basketball League. When that team folded after the season, he joined the Goodyear Wingfoots of the same league, in Akron, Ohio. He played 2 more seasons and then focused on his career with Goodyear, which lasted 35 years. The photo captures him perfectly – an athlete, and a guy who loved to make others laugh. We lost him 14 months ago, at age 83. I sure do miss him. Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

Doug Shivers
Yukon, OK

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William Moss

William Moss

Hi Phil –

Here’s a photo of my great-uncles Moe (Army) and Dave (Navy) Kazick, probably in 1943. Moe was killed in action in France in 1944. Dave was a lifelong Dodgers fan, both in his hometown of Brooklyn and later in retirement in Southern California. He told me that he played semi-pro baseball when he was young. A third brother, Milt, was a member of the James Madison High School Brooklyn city baseball championship team of 1938. He died that summer in a swimming accident.

Bill Moss

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Jimmy Corcoran

Jimmy Corcoran

My Father’s favorite cleats were white Puma’s, he started wearing them in Pottstown and later with the four other teams he played on after the Firebirds. When he signed with the Bell he wanted the same cleats Joe Namath had only with blue instead of green. They didn’t make them like that so he brought home some blue dye and asked me to dye them for him. I did a decent job and he brought them to camp, he wore them on picture day instead of the new Riddell’s they gave him. The dye was more navy blue, this is how they looked with the game uniform.

Happy Father’s Day everyone!

Jimmy Corcoran

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John Clark

John Clark

Hi Phil,

This photo was taken 55 years ago today, 15 June 1962 at graduation of the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. My father, Major Richard Paris Clark, Jr., US Army, at right, is receiving an award for effective military writing from the man at left, General Lyman L. Lemnitzer, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

John Clark

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John Kimmerlein

John Kimmerlein

Hey Phil,

Thanks for doing this again—the Fathers’ Day piece is such a great idea, and a way for the Uni Watch community to share a little bit of their own story. I have sent you photos of my (late) father in the past, but am afraid that I have run out of Uni photos of him, at least until another surfaces somewhere.

My entry this year:

Here is a photo of my maternal grandfather in his Navy Uniform sometime in 1916. He lied about his age when he joined up, and served through the end of WW1. He died long before I was born, but I heard many stories. By the way, check out the texture of the shirt worn under the jumper. I presume that this is the “underclothes (heavy)” from the uniform articles listed in the Bluejacket’s Manual that he was issued, which I have.

JohnK

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Lindsay B. Resnick

Lindsay B. Resnick

Hi Phil-

I am attaching a picture of my grandfather, Elliot Levine (No. 8, right front), from his basketball team, the 1953 Lafayette High School “Frenchies,” in Brooklyn. He was on the team with New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon and baseball legend Sandy Koufax (both at left in the back row), as well as the man who is still his best friend, Joel Comiteau (né Comito). This picture comes from a 2012 article in the New York Times. My grandpa had no idea it was going to come out until Joel called him and told him he was in the New York Times!

Thanks!

Sincerely,
Lindsay Resnick

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Ian Lee

Ian Lee

Phil, here is my fathers day 2017 photo and description

This is a photo of my family from when we went to visit my uncle, as well as our friends Matt and Melissa, in June of last year. We were in St. Louis at a Cards game at the time. My dad is wearing probably his favorite jersey, an old baseball jersey that he got at a garage sale that was worn by a person who played at the college he and my mom both work at, Albion College. At Albion, my dad is the Sports Information Director. His job description is amazingly long, but, I’ll water it down this way, he does pretty much everything for all 22 sports teams at our small D3 college, he attends every single one of the home sporting events, does stats for every game, writes stories recapping how every team did that day, and, sometimes, even has whole teams over for dinner. He has been known to stay up Saturdays during Football Season long enough to watch all of SNL, and, when he wakes up the next morning for church, he never gripes or complains. This shows how devoted he is to his job. He is one of the few people I know who I can truly say loves his job, and because of that, though I don’t exactly always like the schedule and how little I see him, I will never complain about it, because I know he’s doing something he truly loves. He’s truly the epitome of Superman, always busy dealing with coaches and his AD (Athletic Director), which can be a very painful task, especially after a loss, but, he still has time to deal with me and my teenagerdom. I will always love him.

Sincerely,

Ian Lee

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Mark Chiarucci

Mark Chiarucci

Hi Phil-

Here is a photo of my grandfather Adolph “Carrots” Chiarucci on his San Francisco semi-pro/sandlot team – Bear Photo Service. The photo was taken at San Quentin, circa 1941. He is in the middle row, 2nd from the right.

Keep up the great work!
Mark Chiarucci

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Nick Werner

Nick Werner

Phil,

I love this tradition. And my dad, Terry, got picked for the banner this year. I love that photo of him pitching.

Cheers, Nick

Happy Father’s Day to my dad, Terry, shown in 1976 or 77 for Jefferson College. I love the 3/4 sleeves, bloused pants, thin stirrups, and white shoes.

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Tom Bierbaum

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Phil — Many thanks for your efforts on these great salutes…

My Dad, Hank Bierbaum, fell in love with auto racing watching the “midgets” compete in the NYC area in the ’30s, then served 30 years in the Air Force before retiring in 1973, and, at the age of 50, buying his own “midget” in which he competed for four years before turning the wheel over to my brother. My Dad attended the Indy 500 34 times, a total I respectfully surpassed this year with my 35th. My late brother attended 43 in a row. What a gift it was to share our enthusiasm for the sport. To my fascination, my Dad was building and painting slot cars for almost as long as I can remember and my interest in sports, race car paint jobs and uniforms probably comes largely from him.

Tom Bierbaum

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Tim Dunn

Tim Dunn

Phil

My dad is top row, first on the left. The Dunn Station team was in SW Pennsylvania and played for many years. Many on the team were WWII vets. Dad was 16 or 17 [picture is circa 1947].

My uncle is the batboy in the picture.

Tim Dunn

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Jeff Stephens

Jeff Stephens

Hi Phil,

This is a picture of my dad Dave Stephens and I in 1973. I was two and he was 22. He played fast pitch softball for almost thirty years and I was lucky to play with him for a few years when I got older. He played third base and I played second base and one of the many favorite moments we had were turning father to son double plays.

Thanks,
Jeff Stephens
Mishawaka, IN

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Holden Sprague (Dad & Granddad)

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Phil, here are a few great pictures of:

1) My dad (Don Sprague – 83) when he played TE at Cal from 79-81. I believe the picture was taken in the spring of 1981. That’s Mutsi (in his arms) and Toby with their custom knitted ‘83’ Cal uniforms done by my grandma Gloria Sprague (Don’s mom and Luke’s wife). Everyone still wonders one thing about this picture… How in the world were my grandparent’s dogs allowed on the field in Memorial Stadium in Berkeley?

2) My dad blocking for John Tuggle (31) at Cal. If you look closely at my dad’s facemask, you’ll notice the two bars over his cheek area. They literally created the facemask for him when he broke his cheek bone that year to give him protection from hands and elbows, while still giving him full vision unlike the bar down the middle like on Tuggle’s. So the facemask that players like Eric Dickerson and Deion Sanders made famous, was created for my dad. I suppose you can thank the guy that broke his cheek for that innovative facemask.

3) My grandpa (Larry “Luke” Sprague – 47) while he was at Coalinga High School in Coalinga, CA. Notice the beautiful Michigan stripes on the shoulders and the sewn on numbers. I wish this was in color!

4) My grandpa (left – 47) and his “backfield mates”, as Gloria called them, at CHS in 1950. My grandpa was the FB and the QB is to his left (6). The QB’s two younger brothers were to his left (5 & 4). Just a gorgeous representation of what uniforms once were. I wish this one also was in color.

I appreciate you giving the perfect opportunity to share these great photos and stories.

Thanks,

Holden Sprague

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Steve Ramsey

Steve Ramsey

Private Jack Ramsey, Spokane WA

US Army. Circa 1943. He served in Europe, landing at Normandy D-Day + 6.

Thanks for doing this.
Steve Ramsey

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Keith Goggin

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Hi Phil, hope all is well.

In past years, I’ve sent pics of my dad playing basketball. Here is one of him reffing basketball. He officiated high school and college for the better part of 25 years. It kept him involved in the game he loved.

This is a screenshot from an old Sportscahnnel HS Game of the week. It was from February 1989 at Christ the King HS in Middle Village, Queens. CK was loaded, with 5 division one players, and eventually won the NY city and state championships. They played Archbishop Molloy in this game, who started all time NY State leading scorer and high school legend Kenny Anderson. I was a freshman in high school and saw both of these teams play live against my own school, and it was something. This game was packed, and won by CK.

Another screenshot is of the broadcasting crew, with a now familiar face who calls somewhat more visible games.

Thanks as usual for this opportunity to share!

Regards,
Keith Goggin

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Tim Shriver (Dad & Granddad)

Tim Shriver

Hi Phil,

Here’s a combined photo of my dad and grandfather in very different uniforms, one of the United States Army from around 1945, and the other of Notre Dame University’s Soccer Club, where Dad is seated with a dog in his lap around 1970.

Tom Shriver Sr served the U.S. in the European theatre of World War II for several years, through V-E day. His stand-out moment was earning a Bronze Star “for heroic achievement in Germany on 14 March 1945, in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States…Lt Shriver, an artillery forward observer, remained in his position and continued to direct fire. Later, assuming the command of a leaderless rifle platoon, he successfully led his men in the consolidation of the original objective.” A superior officer later wrote he should have been recommended for the Silver Star.
Tom Shriver Jr majored in sociology at Notre Dame and worked in various capacities through the years, and to this day remains a consultant to Columbia Medical School in New York City despite numerous health issues, including one time overcoming colon cancer. He played soccer recreationally through the age of 58.

I hope I can be like one of these guys some day.

Thanks for honoring all the dads,

Tim Shriver

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Kyle Eilts

Kyle Eilts

Phil,

Here is a uniform that very really gets a mention in the site. This is my dad, Keith, in is his element. My dad has been a Scoutmaster for Troop 101 for many years in my hometown in Hays. My dad has been active with the troop for 25 plus years. He still having fun and the boys are having just as much fun with him, too. Three of the boys are Eagle Scouts and the other have since earned their rank if Eagle Scout when this was taken last year at the Eagle Scout ceremony for the young man in the middle and all five are in the same patrol, too.

Kyle

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Eric Sanders

Eric Sanders

My father Jerome Sanders’ boot camp photo. He was 18 years old in this photo. 19 years before I was born. He’s been gone 29 years this year.

Thanks for letting me share.

-Eric Sanders

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Geoff Loughton

Geoff Loughton

Hey Phil,

Here’s a picture of my dad, Martin, playing ball. I’m not exactly sure when it’s from or what kind of league it’s in, though my best guess is University of Waterloo intramurals, which would place it around 1980. I’m also not sure what position he’s playing – it looks like he’s standing in foul territory on the 3B side?

Unfortunately my dad died back in 2003, so I can’t just call him up to ask. He was the kind of dad that always coached my little league team, would come out to play catch after supper any day of the week, and took me to many many Blue Jays games. I found this picture in an album that I went through after he died and I like looking at it, imagining him having fun.

Since he died, I’ve usually more or less ignored Father’s day, but this tradition seems a nice way to celebrate. So thanks for putting it together.

Regards,

Geoff Loughton
Toronto, ON

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Ron Ruelle

Ron Ruelle

Probably too late, but here’s my dad, Don Ruelle, shortly after joining the Navy in the early ‘60s. He played tuba and stand up bass, and was supposed to do that as part of his service in the Naval Band. However, he was given an honorable discharge shortly into his service because of a heart condition, so he moved onto other things in life. Despite the shortness of his service, a representative from the Navy was at his funeral 50 years later with a flag.

Ron Ruelle

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And that’s it for the 2017 Edition of Uni Watch Father’s Day! Thanks to everyone who submitted their photographs and memories.

For those of you still lucky enough to have a pop still with us — please give him my best today — and give him a hug for me. I’d give anything … ANYTHING … to have the chance to give one more hug to mine.

Happy Father’s Day, Pop. I miss you more than you will ever know.

Peace.

More Colorizations From ManCave

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By Phil Hecken

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of introducing you to Chris Whitehouse, who is the genius behind “Man Cave Photos” (or “Man Cave Pictures”), who was also nice enough to do a little Q&A with me. The seven before/after colorizations Chris share were just the tip of the iceberg in terms of his talents, and he’s back again with me today to share another batch of his work. If you missed that post, or are more interested in Chris and his work, give the linked article a quick read. Let’s get right to Chris’ latest batch (you can click any photos to enlarge). As before, I asked Chris for a bit of a description of each before/after.

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Chief Meyers

Chief Meyers 1916

John Tortes “Chief” Meyers, Brooklyn Robins, 1916, with manager Wilbert Robinson behind. This is a good example of the detail that can be coaxed out of badly faded areas of an old photo. And if you think that coloring pinstripes is a chore, just multiply that by checkerboard. I do love it when the players are photographed in dirty uniforms though, for that added dash of color.

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Christy Mathewson

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Another from 1916. Christy Mathewson at his last pitching performance, after which he went on to manage the Reds. Very glad that these pinstripes were in grey.

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The ’82 Mets

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The Original Mets! If you zoom in close enough in the high rez image, you can see that these shirts are actually polka-dotted.

Photo studio backdrops in Victorian times were not in color. Because what would be the point? But they look so much better like that that I tell Victoria to look the other way.

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’36-7 Phils

Phillies 36-37

Philadelphia Phillies infielders Dolph Camilli, Leo Norris, Chile Gomez, and Pinky Whitney 1936-37. It was a bit of a pain coloring the outlines of this jersey logo. And then I had to do three more just like it. And again, thanks for the dirt.

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Rube Foster

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The second-best Rube Foster in baseball, but such a great photo.

Red Sox Rube Foster, 1914-15. How much do you love that warm-up sweater?

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Leroy Robert Paige

Satchel Paige 1945

Satchel Paige pitching in Detroit in 1945. I really love working on that old glove leather.

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’37 Indians

Steve O'Neill (M) Mel Harder, Bob Feller 1937

The always smiling Bob Feller, Right, with Manager Steve O’Neill and Mel Harder at Fenway in 1937. But why are they wearing old Bears helmets?

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Big Train

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“His fastball looked about the size of a watermelon seed and it hissed at you as it passed.”
—Ty Cobb on Walter Johnson

This is one of the Walters Johnson images that I have restored for display at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland. The athletic director there noted that a good number of students probably had no idea who their school was named after. When we delivered the other photo, he was in the process of digging out a beaten-up old black and white blowup of Walter – a gift from the Class of ’64.

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And that will do it for this batch. Tremendous job, once again, Chris! I love all of those but the one of Satchel Paige is just infuckincredible.

Let Chris know how much (I think) you guys enjoyed these as well, in the comments below! I’ll be back with more from Man Cave further down the road.

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Cubs & Bucs Throw It Way Back…

Last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Chicago Cubs, and the two teams played a Negro League Throwback Tribute game, something the Pirates do often (and well). They, along with the Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City Royals (as well as other teams like the Tigers and Nats to a lesser extent) seem to always put on an aesthetically amazing game, and last night was no exception.

The Pirates, as they have done before, wore the uniforms of the Homestead Grays (a team which is also a throwback favorite of the Nationals). Our pal Chris Creamer had an outstanding write-up prior to the game, which you should read. He gives a terrific history of both teams represented last night. The Pirates, of course, have worn these uniforms before. The Cubs, however…

The Cubs played as the Leland Giants, and their uniform selection commemorates a three-game series between the Cubs and Leland Giants played in October 1909, which was the first time the Cubs played an African-American team. From the linked article,

Baseball historian Ed Hartig says former player Frank Leland organized, managed and owned several African-American teams in Chicago, beginning in the late 1880s. In 1901, Leland merged two teams, the Chicago Unions and Columbia Giants, to form the Chicago Union Giants, one of the top Negro teams in the Midwest.

In 1905, Leland renamed the team the Leland Giants, and two years later, he hired Andrew “Rube” Foster to replace him as manager. In addition to playing exhibition and barnstorming games, the Leland Giants played in the Chicago Baseball League in 1909 and won the city’s integrated semi-pro league championship by seven games with a 31-9 record.

After the 1910 season, the Leland Giants split into two Chicago teams, one remaining the Leland Giants, the other calling itself the Chicago Giants. The Leland Giants went on to be called the Chicago American Giants and played through 1952.

Let’s first take a look at the throwbacks worn by the Pirates (playing as the Homestead Grays):

The Grays wore several different uniform styles over the years, but this one is my absolute favorite. These had a slight cream tinge to them, and featured the classic headspoon and shoulder/sleeve piping with “GRAYS” in a Tiffany-esque font.

As Paul likes to point out, many Negro League uniforms feature contrasting-color pocket flaps, and these did as well. This is, for some reason I can’t quite explain, such an endearing feature of these uniforms:

Of course, batting helmets didn’t exist back when these uniforms were worn, so the Pirates wore their regular matte helmets, keeping the “P” logo on the front:

Most of the players went high cuffed, showing off solid midnight navy(?) socks. Sadly, not everyone rocked the high sock:


You may have noticed the Pirates wore caps with “G” logo, which is a great look. Unfortunately, the league’s cap supplier couldn’t resist sticking their advert on the side, really ruining the throwback look:

Still, it was a great look, and one that I think would look good on a modern uniform should some team ever want to add the shoulder/sleeve piping.

The Cubs, playing as the Leland Giants, sported a look that’s rarely been seen on a baseball diamond:

The light gray uniform featured a full (functional) collar, meant to replicate the the 1905 Giants (that’s an EFF replica), as well as a bold red sash with “Lelands” in script across the chest:

The jersey buttons also did not traverse the entire rubicon of the shirt, instead stopping mid-belly — mimicking the style of the time:

The team wore a plain black cap. It too, was infected with NE logo creep:

The pants were plain, and it looked like every player went high cuffed:

Some couldn’t resist a bit of styling with royal cleats and sweatbands, however, kinda ruining the aesthetic:

The team even created (or had commissioned) special matte black helmets for the game, a nice “extra mile” touch opposing (road) teams don’t often do:

Of course, there was almost an “OOPS” moment:

I have to wonder why the EQ manager even had the blue lids in the dugout though.

And a TRUE “Oops” moment as Wade Davis was wearing his regular Cubs pants, instead of the plain throwback version everyone else wore (h/t to Joe):

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And of course the game itself was not without almost immediate uniform controversy:

That was Cubs starting pitcher Eddie Butler, who went to the mound wearing long white undersleeves (a no-no — as this is deemed to interfere with the batter’s vision and the white ball). Many of the position players (and manager Joe Maddon) were also wearing long white sleeves, but the pitcher can’t.

All in all, a terrific looking game, by both teams. Here’s a couple videos so you can get a feel for how the unis looked in action and on the field:

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In Search of…
…the “Perfect” Baseball Card

Earlier this year, I ran a post in which reader Ray Hund described his quest — and “rules” — for a “Perfect” baseball card. I had asked readers to submit their own submissions for what they considered to be their own version of the perfect card. I’ll run these periodically. If you have a submission for your own “Perfect” baseball card, shoot me an email with a short(ish) writeup and of course, an image (or images) of your own perfect card.

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We begin today with Larry Soles, with a Rock of a card:

Dear Phil,

The 1989 Topps Baseball Card is, without a doubt, my favorite design of all time. This particular card combines my favorite card design, the excellent powder blue Expos uniform, and a nickname. What a perfect trio.

Rock

Larry Soles

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And we conclude today with Dave Robb, with a Swingin’ card:

Dear Phil,

My favorite team is the A’s. My favorite all-time-any-sport uni is the A’s all white w/pullover tops from the 70’s. Looked through all the Topps cards of the era. Came up with this one. What better captures the essence of the A’s of 1972 – and the essence of Joe Rudi and Gene Tenace – two extremely key players in 1972, ’73 and ’74 – than this 1973 Topps card? Of course it’s not Rudi. Of course it’s Tenace. How could Topps make that mistake?

Joe Rudi

Keep up the great work

Dave Robb
Santa Rosa Ca

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I received these two this week, but once again, we’re on empty — so if you guys would like to continue with the this little segment, please send me your “perfect” card, my e-mail address is above.

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LAST CALL!!! FAUXBACK CONTEST REMINDER

In case you missed it, last weekend I announced our latest jersey design contest — all the deets are in that link.

Several of you had posted questions in the comments that may be best addressed to me in an e-mail if you’re concerned about meeting the parameters of the contest (questions as to whether a team that existed before 1990 but moved and changed names and others — such as one formed in 1989 being eligible). If you’re looking to do something like this, please send me an email and I’ll be happy to address it.

REMINDER: DEADLINE IS TUESDAY JUNE 20.

Thanks.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: House of Rep’s Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were both wearing LSU baseball gear in a joint interview late Thursday evening. Looks like Pelosi was also sporting a Seersucker Thursday jacket. … Also at Thursday’s game, Rep. Ryan Costello was sporting a Reading Fightins jersey. … Ernie Ballard, the Media Relations Director at LSU, added this: “Saw the note about the LSU gear at the baseball game. The university did provide t-shirts, hats, and LSU towels. The shipment arrived and many players wore the LSU hats. The Congressmen who organized the game had placed an order for LSU t-shirts separately as well, but that shipment didn’t arrive. The LSU shirts we sent were to supplement what they had already ordered. The LSU Alumni Association D.C. Chapter did get more LSU shirts on the day of the game and delivered them to the stadium. As you noted, most the players chose to wear uniforms from their home districts with many wearing the LSU hats we sent. I just wanted to clarify that the shipment from the university did arrive and was distributed for the game.” … The Ogden Raptors have new uniforms for 2017. For the 1st time since 1994 the front wordmark is new. You can read more and see photos here (from Sean L). … Regarding the Texas Rangers more prominent use of the color, Bob Gassel notes, “I wonder if this gave them the idea to make red a more prominent uniform color.” … “I noticed the attached patch on the [Las Vegas 51s] 2013 road jerseys, here’s why I think it’s a little weird,” says Matthew Moschella. “Cashman Center is a convention complex, of which Cashman Field/Stadium (used interchangeably, not unlike the Mets script logos) are a part of. I’ve never once heard the team reference Cashman Center. It’s always Field or Stadium. Also, it was on road jerseys. But not at home. I could understand that in the Majors, but the Minors? It seems a bit off.” … The Nippon Professional Baseball (NBP) All Star game jerseys are out. Based on the 2 host teams, Chiba Lotte Marines and Chunichi Dragons (from Graveyard Baseball). … The Padres blog “Gaslamp Ball” has a good explanation of why the team mixes colors and eras of unis. … As you know, Father’s Day weekend (which technically begins today) will feature MLB teams in costume again. Here’s a look at some of the footwear adidas guys will be sporting (from Paul Murphy). … Hats off to Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy, who was going without the New Era advert on his cap last night (from Ryan Ziegler). … Color vs. color action last night between the Astros and BoSawx (from Nate Gilbert). … Here’s a look at the Cubs Anthony Rizzo wearing six different throwback unis (from MBD Chicago). … I’m guessing at one time this was a Troy Tulowitzki jersey (from Dante Mileta). … TREMENDOUS skyline at sunset image from Comerica Park last evening (nice grab from Beau Parsons). … The new “Star Wars”? The Toledo Mud Hens wore Sgt. Pepper’s-themed jerseys last night (thanks, Mike).

NFL/CFL/High School/College Football News: “Looks like new white unis for the University of Albany this season,” says Jason Palatsky. “V shape neck, no gold lining outside ‘UAlbany’ and different material.” Here are some additional looks at the uni, including an *anthracite* uni that may be new as well. … A Las Vegas man on trial for two murders has requested to wear a Tony Romo jersey in the courtroom (from Kary Klismet). … Several Chiefs will be testing out the new, potentially safer, state-of-the-art football helmet by Vicis in training camp. … The Giants plan to wear their all-white Color Rush uniforms and throwback ‘GIANTS’ logo helmet for their Week 14 home game against the Cowboys in December. … An Amite HS (LA) player wore an FSU inspired helmet (with LSU colors) to a Jimbo Fisher (FSU) football camp (from Broc).

Hockey News: Yesterday’s Hockey News section of the ticker referenced Dennis Dejordy wearing Rangers pants while playing for Chicago. “I believe he was wearing Buffalo Bisons pants,” says Ted Arnold. “Dejordy played for the Bisons and the BlackHawks in 62-63 and 64-65 before making it to the NHL with the Blackhawks more or less for good in the 66-67 season.” … Another response from Jeffrey Kruger: “Black Hawks goaltender Denis DeJordy wore Rangers pants during a game against the Canadiens during the 1964-65 season. ‘I don’t know the explanation for this wardrobe malfunction except that during the 1964-65 season, DeJordy played 30 games for Chicago and seven games for the AHL’s Buffalo Bisons,’ says Kevin Vautour. ‘I believe the Bisons had players from both the Rangers and Chicago on their rosters and had uniforms similar to New York‘.” … On the Twitter, the Carolina Hurricanes note “20 years ago (yester)day, a logo became a lifestyle.” (thanks Mike). To celebrate 20 years in North Carolina, the Hurricanes’ 2017-18 season will feature a 20th Anniversary Team, Top 20 Moments, a Platinum Puck Promotion, community initiatives and more. … More Vegas than before? “I just got this email from the Vegas Golden Knights. It might be more of a uniform preview – the Knights’ alternate logo is clearly visible on the player’s shorts.”

NBA/G-League/High School/College Hoops News: The NBA used to run a bumper for Goodyear, where the blimp tips in a ball on the rim. That’s offensive goaltending, as defined by NBA rules. The ad has been fixed so that the blimp rebounds and dunks a ball legally. That’s from this Reddit thread (thanks, Mike).

Soccer News: No pics (yet) unfortunately, but according to Conrad Burry the new, predominantly navy Gold Cup USMNT kit will be unveiled on July 1st. … Interestingly, and related to Conrad’s news, Andrew Dockery writes, “Stumbled across this on eBay the other day. Listed as 2017/2018 jersey. Wrote it off as fake until this news came out. Any chance it’s real?” Dear God, let’s hope not. … It’s more likely that this “leaked” shirt is going to be the new jersey (from Michael D.). … They did the same for last year’s pre-match jersey (from Donald Wine II‏). … Arsenal fans waiting for news on their first summer signing will have to wait, but those curious as to what that player will be holding up with a big cheesey smile upon his official confirmation has become clear with the unveiling of the new Arsenal jersey in all of it’s forms for the upcoming season (h/t Mikey Traynor). … Wolverhampton took the kit launch to a whole new level – literally. Most teams play it safe and unveil new kits from the surface of Earth, but Wolves raised the bar by launching the 2017-18 home kit, unveiled Thursday, into space (from Ted Arnold).

Grab Bag: Sure, why not! There’s a jersey for errythang now: “Something interesting from a sport I would not have though would have jerseys, surfing,” says Marcus Myers. “Interesting this is something new in a sport were clothing is such an important part of.” I knew surfers frequently wear wet suits, but a quick google image search for “surfer” definitely shows a “jersey”. And apparently some of these become walking billboards Sigh. … The University of Utah will be adding Men’s Lacrosse as a varsity sport in 2018-19. Here’s an article, which includes a look at their uniform (from Joel Mathwig). … It’s hard to get much more ‘murica than this (h/t Robert Hayes). He adds, “This takes soda box artwork to a new level.” … “So Utah Athletics can’t seem to get their logo straight. They have no real direction or design awareness in their athletic department,” proclaims Blake Beamer. “I’ve attached their logo from the website and it is a circle (perfect). However, on a lot of the graphics and what not coming from Utah Athletics, logo has been stretched vertically. The @utahathletics account on Twitter shows the stretched logo as well.” … Thanks to Jimmer Vilk, we can all sleep better knowing the Akron Zips volleyball mascot, Zippy, is a lady Zip.

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And that’s it for today. Tomorrow with be the annual “Fathers in Unis” tribute to our dads, and the one day I do the blog when we’ll have no other content — no sub-ledes, no ticker, no bitchin’ about the MLB Father’s Day costumes … no nothin’ (sorry). If you’d like to send me a picture of your dad (or granddad) in uni with a brief write-up, I’d love to include it — but PLEASE get it to me by early afternoon as it’s a long column and I might not be able to include your piece if it comes in after that. OK? OK.

Until then…

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“If you’re gonna make a ‘I’m calling it Murph’ t-shirt

it better be in PROPER Padre colors of brown and gold!!”

— Jet

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Reading the NHL Tea Leaves

The NHL and Adidas continue to release teasers in advance of next Tuesday night’s uniform unveiling. Lots of rear-view photos were released yesterday, and they appear to show lots of small changes taking place for various teams (and also reinforce what the Adidas logo creep will look like). One thing at a time:

1. The Blue Jackets appear to be getting a new NOB font:

It appears to be a version of the font used on their alternate logo. Can’t say I love it, but I didn’t love the outgoing NOB font either. Whaddaya gonna do.

2. New NOB treatment for the Bruins as well:

3. The Red Wings, who have always used direct-sewn lettering for their vertically arched NOBs, are apparently switching to nameplates:

4. No more Ree-box — and, more importantly, no apron string piping — for the Predators:

5. No more Ree-box for the Avs either, and the white outlining on the collar appears to have gone by the wayside as well:

6. Looks like the Flames’ italic NOB lettering will no longer be italic:

Did I miss anything? Yeah, probably. If you’ve spotted other changes in the works, feel free to post them in today’s comments. In any event, we’ll see the new designs next Tuesday, and I’ll get to see them in person at the unveiling in Las Vegas (where the weather forecast for next week continues to be ideal for a hockey event).

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Just call it the Murph: In the month or so since I announced the return of the Naming Wrongs T-shirt project, I’ve gotten a fair number of requests from San Diego fans who want a shirt for Qualcomm (né Jack Murphy) Stadium. Scott Turner and I were already talking about the best design approach to take for that — we were just discussing it yesterday afternoon, in fact — when the word came down that Qualcomm’s naming rights deal has just expired.

According to that article, the stadium is likely to remain in use for at least another 18 months, due to contractual agreements with San Diego State University (which plays football there) and the Holiday Bowl. After that, its future is uncertain, and there’s a decent chance it will be demolished. Although Qualcomm no longer has legal rights to the name, there are no immediate plans to come up with a new moniker, because doing so “could create hassles with outdated stationery, brochures and confusion among residents and potential users of the stadium, such as monster truck shows and international soccer games.”

Oh, please. Just call it the Murph. We’ll have a shirt advocating for that (along with several other new designs) in a few days.

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Membership update: Seven new designs have been added to the membership card gallery (including Evan Blanchard’s card, shown at right, which is based on the uniform worn by the Michigan State marching band). I still have one open slot on the current sheet. Assuming that slot is filled by a new order at some point in the next couple of days — or even if no new orders come in, actually — the printed/laminated versions of these cards will mail out toward the end of next week, after I get back from the NHL unveiling in Las Vegas.

Remember, a Uni Watch membership card now entitles you to 15% off of any of the merchandise in our Teespring shop (if you’re an existing member and would like to have the discount code, email me). As always, you can sign up for your own custom-designed card here, you can see all the cards we’ve designed so far here, and you can see how we produce the cards here.

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LAST CALL for Father’s Day pics: Phil here. Sunday is Father’s Day, and I’ll be continuing my annual tradition of posting photos of “Dads In Uniform.” It’s something I began doing in 2013, and continued in 2014, 2015, and again last year, and I’m looking forward to keeping it going strong.

If you’d like to have a photo of your dad (or granddad!) featured this Sunday, please send me an email along with a photo (just one, please) and description. I’ll run all submissions this Sunday.

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The Ticker
By Paul

Baseball News: A season and a half in, and the D-backs still haven’t solved the problem of their road uniforms looking like the umps’ uniforms. … LSU player Kramer Robertson has a serious cleat collection (from Wesley Eustis). … 20th-season skyline jerseys tonight for the Oklahoma City Dodgers (from Justin Mitchell). … Unbeleafable: The Cubs are selling leaves of 2016 ivy from their outfield wall for — get this — $200 per leaf. Plus shipping. Have I mentioned lately that late-phase capitalism is an example of something that has succeeded too well? (Thanks, Mike.) … The Dodgers have a traveling fan club named after the team’s Pantone shade of blue (from Hugh McBride). … Previous Tickers have reported on the bill recently introduced in the New York City Council that would require the Mets and Yanks to extend protective netting down both foul lines at their ballparks. The bill hasn’t yet been passed, but the Mets are going ahead with the increased netting on their own. According to the team, the netting “uses enhanced technology that increases transparency and is 97% invisible.” Additional info here. … The Pirates will wear Negro Leagues uniforms tonight (from Jared Grubbs). … Cardinals P Brett Cecil has changed uni numbers (from Erik Spoonmore). … Whoa, check out these sensational 1940s softball uniforms (from Sports Paper). … New uniforms for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, a short-season Single-A team (from Ian Gerig). … Contrary to what had been reported, Democrats and Republicans did not wear LSU uniforms for last night’s Congressional Baseball Game. Instead, they wore uniforms from their home districts and states, as per usual. Maybe the LSU gear, which was being put together quickly and rush-delivered, didn’t arrive in time. Uni Watch reader Jason Mott attended the game and reports that some players did wear LSU caps, at least early in the game. Also, California Congresswoman Linda Sánchez wore No. IX, for Title IX.

NFL News: Looks like the Rams are going to have multiple shades of blue this season (from Dan Kennedy). … New facemask for Broncos LB Von Miller. … Don’t think I’ve ever seen a bobblehead with such an extensive facemask before (from Jordan Fischer). … Earlier this week it was reported that the Cowboys would be wearing their blue jerseys more often this season. Now it turns out that “more often” just means once on the road during preseason (who cares), at home on Thanksgiving (which is now standard), and once on the road against the Giants (which apparently means the Giants plan to wear white at home).

College Football News: New jerseys for Minnesota State. … Penn State will wear throwbacks for the Sept. 30 game against Indiana. As you might expect, it’s not exactly a radical departure from their regular uniform, although the numbers on the helmets are nice (from Mike Slavonic).

Hockey News: The good news is that The Nashville Tennessean ran a commemorative section saluting the Predators for their excellent 2016-17 season, which culminated in a trip to the Stanley Cup Final(s). The bad news is that the photo they put on the cover of the section is a file photo from the previous season. The uni-related giveaways are the All-Star patch and the blue helmets (thanks, Alex). … If the American team will wear a Bills-themed jersey for the World Juniors, then should the Canadian team wear a CFL-inspired jersey? And if so, which CFL team should it be based on? (From Ted Arnold.) … Great find by Chris Mayberry, who writes: “I’ve seen pics of goalies wearing different socks (Johnny Bower usually wore blue socks home and away, hidden by the pads) but here’s a shot, probably from 1962 or so, of Blackhawks goalie Denis DeJordy wearing Rangers pants, which is particularly odd because he never played for the Rangers.”

NBA News: Nothing particularly new or earthshaking, but I’m quoted a few times in this article about NBA uni ads. … Brian Begley has been working on a bunch of NBA uniform concepts for the upcoming Nike era. He put his own logo in the ad-patch spot. … New 50th-anniversary logo for the Nuggets. No word yet on whether it’ll be worn as a patch, although commemorative patches may become problematic league-wide now that ad patches and maker’s marks are being added, which won’t leave much real estate for memorials and anniversaries (thanks, Mike). … The Bucks’ new D-League G-League affilliate, the Wisconsin Herd, will unveil their new logo next Thursday (thanks, Mike). … Great find by Mike Monaghan, who spotted former Buffalo Braves player Ernie DiGregorio wearing an “Ernie D” nickNOB. … The WNBA’s Seattle Storm have formed a partnership with the women’s health organization Planned Parenthood. It’s not clear if PP’s logo will be making an appearance on the team’s uniforms.

College and High School Hoops News: New court for Waukegan High School in Illinois, alma mater of our own Mike Chamernik. … New court design for George Fox University, a D3 school.

Soccer News: No photos, but NYCFC will have rainbow-patterned corner flags as part of an LGBTQ pride promotion tomorrow. … New away kit for Real Madrid (from Ron Mexico).

Grab Bag: One of the most effective marketing slogans of recent times is being retired. … In a related item, a Fox News anchor caused a stir by appearing on camera in a pantsuit, which had long been verboten on the network. … Really interesting piece about the bunkers at the U.S. Open. … New logo for Skype (thanks, Brinke). … The city of Columbia, S.C., is considering a new flag design (from Joel Mathwig). … You can also vote on a new flag design for Pocatello, Idaho, whose flag was recently judged to be the worst in America (from James Gilbert). … Nike is eliminating 1,400 jobs — that’s about 2% of its workforce — and cutting a bunch of sneaker styles. It’s not clear how many of the newly jobless will be Asian children (thanks, Brinke). … The Bat Signal was projected over L.A. last night in memory of actor Adam West (thanks, Mike). … Twitter rolled out a redesign yesterday, and a lot of people weren’t too happy about it, although I’m sure everyone will adjust soon enough. … At one point yesterday the PGA Tour’s website showed the U.S. Open leaderboard with the 2016 U.S. Open logo (good spot by Kurt Crowley). … At the World Cup of Pool — yes, that’s a thing — Team Finland’s jerseys have one long sleeve and one short sleeve. … Longtime reader/pal Martin Hick is part of a croquet league in St. Louis. His dad passed away earlier this year, and another player in the league lost his own dad a few weeks ago, so they recently memorialized their pops by adding a stripe of black tape to their mallets. RIP.

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My mom has been having some health issues, so I’m going out to see her today. Play nice while I’m away and have a great weekend. I’ll see you next week.