There's No Service Like Wire Service, Vol. 27

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I have a big backlog of uni-notable wire photos, so let’s clear out of a bunch of them today. Almost all of these are from the Sporting News archives, and all were submitted by Mike Hersh. At the risk of getting a letter from the Bud Light legal team, here we go:

• This shot of Carmen “Specs” Hill, circa 1918, provides a good view of the Pirates’ front chest pocket.

• Whoa, check out the amazing striped cardigans worn by the San Francisco Seals. That’s Joe D., natch.

• As we noted earlier this week, the Sporting News sponsored its own baseball team back in the mid-1930s. Plus they also had a groovy delivery truck, their own line of baseball books, and spiffy vendors’ outfits.

• Guess there was no mistaking the Cuban team in this 1939 international tournament.

• Speaking of Cuban baseball, what’s going on here? The caption tells the story.

• You don’t often see Jimmie Foxx donning the tools of ignorance. That shot is from 1940.

• Add a new entry to the list of minor league teams that wore shorts: the 1952 El Centro Imperials. According to the caption, they were the second team, after the Hollywood Stars, to go shorts-clad.

• So much to like in this shot. Minor league ball, a cool bus, Wisconsin, and steak!

• Hoo baby, dig this awesome Rochester Royals uni! The Kings need to resurrect that as a throwback, pronto.

• Here’s Sammy Baugh and his New York Titans coaching staff. Not sure I’ve seen that cap before.

• And we’ll wrap up with one color shot, of Bob Jeter of the Packers. I can never get enough of those uni-numbered hats, and I’ll take one of the pullovers, please, too.

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Blue Jay Way, continued: In case you missed it yesterday, we had a really good examination of the evolution of the Blue Jays’ 1977 road uni design. One question left unanswered by that investigation was whether the Jays changed their “Toronto” wordmark from split to solid lettering at the end of spring training or after their first road trip. But now reader Cork Gaines has found a photo from the team’s second road game, which was played in Chicago on April 16, 1977. It’s a crummy microfilm image, but it appears to show solid lettering, so it looks like the Jays made the change in time for their first road trip. Great job by everyone to help untangle this history mystery!

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Bracket contest results: After crunching the numbers, Vince reports that our top five winners are as follows:

1. PYT, by Prashant

2. Yankee Tank’s Bracket, by Adam

3. Barron, by Barron Calvert

4. Spring Training, by Mark

5. Goblue, by Joseph S

These five winners get to choose from the prizes listed here and should get in touch with me to claim their prizes (top winner gets first choice, second place gets next choice, etc.). The prizes not chosen will be offered again for the annual reader-appreciation raffle in December.

My thanks to all who entered, and to Vince for running the contest again.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Good for Tim Lincecum, who went high-cuffed yesterday. But no orange stripes? According to a small item on this page, Lincecum thinks the stripes “make you look shorter, [and] that’s something I don’t need.” … Another day, another Nats snafu. Hell, it’s only the date of Opening Day, no biggie. … Notice any difference between the men’s and women’s NCAA championship T-shirts? Hint: The school sponsored by Adidas didn’t get saddled with logo creep (as noted by Michael Kinney). … A.J. Frey notes that SNY apparently never got the memo about the Ducks changing their name. … Holy moly, look at this amazing old Stall & Dean baseball uniform. Be sure to check out all the photos — so many great details! … And here’s something you rarely see: an old jersey with button-on sleeve attachments. Note the unusual style of the rear yoke, too. … Congrats to our own Robert Marshall, who supplied stirrups for the Visalia Rawhide. Miserable team name notwithstanding, that’s one tremendous jersey. … Here’s an impressively obsessive project: Documenting the Nikes worn by Jerry Seinfeld. “Regardless of what anyone thinks about Nike or Seinfeld, this is pretty cool,” says Shane Enos. “And you have to appreciate the amount of work that had to go into this.” Agreed, on all counts. … Good story about John Buck’s uniform number (with thanks to Tom Mulgrew). … Turns out that that new TCU helmet just a new option, not a replacement. That news is buried within this page. Key passage: “The new set of uniforms and helmet simply provide us with another option on what to wear each game. We now have four sets of uniforms and four different helmets, including our traditional helmet with the Frog, our new one and the two from the Pro Combat series” (with thanks to Chris Mycoskie). … “Decided to go all-out for this year’s Brewers home opener,” writes Jason Loomis. “Then of course the local news media spotted me and mocked me on Twitter. Go figure.” … Here’s a great find: video of the A’s first-ever game wearing the green and gold. Lots of other fun details, too (big thanks to Chris Falvey). … Here’s a beaut: The 49ers are looking for a naming-rights sponsor for a stadium that doesn’t exist (thanks, Brinke). … The Nats were on the road last night, but Brad Dugan notes that Pudge Rodriguez was wearing a red — i.e., home — catcher’s helmet. … Here’s something I never knew: Back in the late 1970s, Vanderbilt baseball wore Pittsburgh Pirates-inspired uniforms (with thanks to Lee Wilds).

Clothed Like a Jaybird

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[Editor's Note: Last week I showed a photo of Blue Jays scout Al LaMacchia posing with a Blue Jays road jersey that had different lettering than what the team actually used for its inaugural road blues. Today we have a guest entry from Lloyd Davis, who's made some major research breakthroughs on this subject . — PL]

By Lloyd Davis

The photo of Al LaMacchia was intriguing, so I began searching the online archives of both the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. I couldn’t find an early picture of a player modeling either of the Jays’ unis (white or blue), but what I did unearth raises some interesting questions.

First, that LaMacchia photo was published in Canadian newspapers on Dec. 8, 1976. It was taken in L.A. during the winter meetings.

Just one day earlier, on Dec. 7, an item by Neil McCarl of the Star had reported that the Jays were looking at samples produced on spec, and that it would be another month before the uni design was finalized:

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I searched both papers’ archives several times and couldn’t find a word about that official, final decision. But it certainly raises questions about what Al LaMacchia was posing with.

Now jump ahead to the eve of spring training — Feb. 18, 1977. A wire service photo appeared, showing the Jays’ equipment manager with the team’s new uniforms:

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So it looks like they had the split-lettered roadies made up for spring training.

There don’t seem to have been many action photos in the two papers during spring training, especially when the Jays were away from their compound in Dunedin, Florida. But I did manage to find one in the Star on March 23, 1977 — a collision between right fielder Otto Velez and middle infielder Garth Iorg. It provides just enough of a view to confirm that the split lettering was being used in spring training, at least for this game:

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All of which brings us to one last interesting item. The very next day — March 24, 1977 — Milt Dunnell’s column in the Toronto Star included a note about lettering on the road jerseys, which was apparently causing legibility problems:

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So the Jays apparently redesigned their road jerseys to include the solid lettering at some point after March 23, but I can’t quite pinpoint when. I struck out in my attempt to find a picture of the road uniform from any point during the remainder of spring training. Also couldn’t find any definitive pics from their first road swing of the regular season, so it’s not clear whether they wore the split lettering for any games that counted.

Finally, Paul had noted that Al LaMacchia was a just a scout and that we therefore still didn’t know who was the first player to wear a Jays uniform, I couldn’t find a shot of a player modeling the uni, but here’s a studio portrait of manager Roy Hartsfield from the Star (I’ve lost track of the date, but think it ran in the paper circa the third week of February). This might be the closest we’ve got to an official debut of the Jays uni, as worn by uniformed personnel.
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Paul here. Great research by Lloyd, no? Incidentally, as long as we’re talking about the Jays, there’s been some chatter about them getting new uniforms next season, although I don’t have any further details.

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Pocket veto: Yesterday afternoon I wrote a little something for today’s entry. It went like this:

I like pocket schedules. I don’t collect them, like some folks do, and of course I realize there are plenty of online resources for checking a team’s schedule, but I like having a Mets pocket sked on the bulletin board that sits right above my desk, so I can check who they’ll be playing at a moment’s notice. I’m on the team’s mailing list, so sometimes they send me a few skeds during spring training; if they don’t, I call the ticket office and ask them to pop a few in the mail for me. It’s never been a problem.

Until now.

Back around March 10, I called and asked for some pocket schedules. The response: “Sorry, they haven’t been printed yet.” Okay, no biggie. So I called again in late March, around the 28th or so. The response: “They still haven’t come in.” Hmmmm. I called again yesterday and was told, “Nope, still don’t have ’em.”

Now, I realize pocket skeds aren’t the biggest issue in the world. But this seems like the kind of basic nuts-and-bolts item that any single-A team could do in its sleep, especially nowadays — just get the intern to fire up the right software package with a calendar template, drop in the file with this year’s schedule, make sure the ticket-ordering info reflects the new prices, e-mail the whole thing to the printer, and then go back to guessing the over/under on when Beltran’s knee blows out. Simple as that.

But that’s apparently too challenging for the Mets. Fucking idiots. And the Wilpons wonder why everyone ridicules them.

So that was that. A few hours later, I went to the Maple Street Press gathering in Queens. There was a table set up with a bunch of stuff — some for sale, some for giveaway. And look what they just happened to have.

So the good news is that the Mets have pocket schedules after all. The bad news is that nobody told the ticket office. Typical.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: The Orix Buffaloes will wear three different throwback designs this season (thanks, Jeremy). … NCAA football zebras have been showing up for some spring practices, and they’re wearing their new stripes (major thanks to Chris Buttgen for providing our first look at the new design). … Anyone know why Benjamin Stewart was NNOB on Monday night? (As noted by Chris Jowdy.) … Some crank at Michigan State is lobbying for BFBS jerseys. Not only is he uni-idiotic, but this college student still hasn’t learned that plurals don’t take apostrophes. Moron (with thanks to Michael Thompson). … The Florida Panthers’ arena is getting a new naming sponsor (with thanks to John Muir). … Cubs starter Andrew Cashner looked inside his cap several times during the 2nd inning of yesterday’s Cubs/D-backs game. Play-by-play man Len Kasper noticed it and said he’d try to remember to ask Cashner about it after the game (as noted by Jim Walaitis). … Here’s a good view of the Wisconsin sesquicentennial patch that the Brewers wore in 1998 (with thanks to Thaddeus Lewandowski). … Kyle, who didn’t leave his last name, found a SF Giants bike jersey. … Alan Saunders reports that the Altoona Curve have introduced what may be the world’s first reversible cap. … “Opening Day” logo? Okay, if you insist. “Opening Weekend” logo? Nuh-uh. “Opening Series” logo? Come on now (as noted by Brian Young). … This double-swoosh collar thing is getting out of hand (screen shot courtesy of Will Melbye). … Andruw Jones had a nice game last night. But not this nice (good catch by Brandon Boemann). … Everyone knows I like high-cuffery, but Fernando Rodney was taking it a bit far last night, even for me (big thanks to Kyle Mackie). … In a related item, Austin Prather reports that Brandon Phillips is being bombarded by low-cuff peer pressure, although he’s trying to hold out. … Lucas Demrow notes that Rod Barajas is still wearing catching gear trimmed in Mets orange, even though he hasn’t been a Met since last July. … The White Sox beach blanket knock-offs keep on coming. That’s UVA (obviously) from last night’s game. No indication of why a Virginia team would be wearing a White Sox-based design (with thanks to Dave Forbes). … Brad Hall, who serves as Stadium Operations Director for Na Koa Ikaika Maui of the North American League (Independent Baseball), sent along shots of the team’s rather bold jerseys. … I’ll have the NCAA pool results tomorrow.

Auction Action, Sporting News Edition

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Mears Auctions recently sold a bunch of old Sporting News photos, and the increasingly indispensable Mike Hersh singled out a bunch of uni-notable shots, all of them baseball-related. Let’s take a look:

• Here’s a great shot of the Boston tricentennial patch as worn by the Red Sox (here’s the full auction listing).

• Another patch you don’t often see: Cleveland sesquicentennial (full listing).

• Love the tiger’s head logo worn by 1922 Vernon Tigers (full listing).

• Another team with a cool animal-head logo: the Waterloo Hawks (full listing).

• Here’s a weird one: A team in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, broke their lengthy city name across two lines (full listing).

• Lots of these Sporting News uniform photos have been showing up lately. I’d love to get my hands on one of those jerseys (full listing).

• I’m sure most of you knew this already, but the Dodgers’ interlocking “LA” logo was being used long before Dem Bums relocated from Brooklyn (full listing).

• Major find here — check out the pants striping. I’ve see rear-leg stripes on football pants before, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it on a baseball uni. Meanwhile, dig the thickly textured chenille chest logo (full listing).

• I love the variety of uniforms you get to see in all-star team portraits. That one’s from the 1950 Texas League all-star game (full listing).

• Here’s a chance to root for the home team — literally. This was basically a throwback game — full details here (full listing).

• Who’s that on the right? None other than Johnny Bench, as a minor leaguer in 1967 (full listing).

• We’ve often mentioned how Brooks Robinson had a sporting goods company (which, among other things, made the solid-orange uniforms that the Orioles wore in the early ’70s). Here’s Brooksie himself at his retail shop. Photo is dated February of 1969, which means Robinson was still a few months shy of his 32nd birthday — sure looks older than that in the photo, though (full listing).

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Time warp, continued: Yesterday I mentioned that the lowercase Padres logo that appeared on the team’s uniforms beginning in 1978 had actually appeared on the cover of the team’s 1969 program. Now Jon Helfenstein reports that it was also on the ’69 yearbook and media guide, plus Robert Walker says it was used on the team’s letterhead from from 1969 to 1984.

“It might also have been used in the latter part of the ’60s while the Padres were in the PCL, although I cannot verify that,” says Robert. Either way, it’s still fascinating to see that this logo — which is generally considered to be the very epitome of late-1970s design — actually predates that period by at least a decade. Just goes to show that we sometimes project assessments onto things to suit our preconceived notions.

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Research project: As most of you know, I’m not a sneakerhead and am not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to footwear. So here’s a question for you: When did it become common for MLB players to wear logo-branded cleats, instead of plain black (or other solid colors)?

Looking back at old photos, I can see that certain teams appear to have been consistently footwear-branded, like the 1972 White Sox. But I think that’s because the Sox wore red cleats, which were still uncommon then — they probably wore Adidas because it was the only brand available. I’m more interested in knowing when individual players started wearing footwear logos (presumably as part of their endorsement contracts). If you know about this chapter in MLB history, please speak up. Thanks.

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Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie

Great time of the year for sports, with NCAA hoops, the Masters, and the start of the MLB season. But it’s always the perfect time for fun items on eBay. Let’s take a look:

• Here’s a 1975 Southern California Sun pocket schedule, featuring what I consider to be one of the best sports logos ever.

• Take a look at these great retro reproduction NFL helmets for the Pack and the Jets.

• This 1940s baseball wind-up catcher was supposedly made “in occupied Japan.”

• Love the typeface on this 1971 Giants media guide.

• I wonder who wore this Shaw-Ott Drugs baseball uni way back in the day? (And they’re still in business!)

• Want a uniform with a little more flair? Try these striped baseball pants from the ’60s.

• Volvelle alert: You’re always on the ball with this 1969 NFL Penalty Spotter.

Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.

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Ridiculously short notice: The 2011 edition of Maple Street Press’s annual Mets magazine is out now (with a contribution from a certain uniform columnist), and the occasion is being marked with a gathering tonight. I’ll be there for the early stages of the evening, although I’ll have to duck out by 7:45pm or so. All are welcome, the $10 buffet can’t possibly be overpriced by more than, say, $8, and I hear the LaGuardia Airport Holiday Inn hookers are still charging off-season rates because the Mets haven’t had their first homestand yet (that’ll be all over once the ballplayers are around and start paying them big league money), so come on down. See you there!

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Double your cholesterol pleasure: It turns out that the great borough of Brooklyn will be hosting two beefsteak events over the next three weeks. The first one, which I recently mentioned here on the site, is the latest installment of the Brooklyn Beefsteak, which will take place in two seatings this Sunday at the Bell House. But now it turns out that the folks at Sheep Station — the site of several Uni Watch parties over the past few years — are doing a beeftsteak of their own, on April 21.

Both events are all-you-can-eat and -drink, and I believe both are including a free apron to take home as part of the admission price. The Bell House beefsteak will be a boisterous mass feed in a large space; the Sheep Station event will be considerably smaller and somewhat more refined (patrons are being asked to wear a jacket and tie, nice dresses, etc.), although it should still be plenty festive. Sheep Station tickets are a bit more expensive — $70, as opposed to $50 for the Bell House — but the higher price gets you roasted potatoes and, I’m fairly certain, a higher level of service. On the other hand, the Bell House event will have a live band. In short: Both shindigs should be plenty of fun, and good values to boot.

I’m friendly with the people putting on both beefsteaks and can safely say that they’ll all do a fine job. Can’t decide which one to attend? The obvious answer: Go to both. That’s what I’ll be doing.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: On Sunday I went down to check out the new Williamsburg Flea. Wasn’t planning to buy anything — just wanted to check out the scene — but ended up dropping $20 on an old All Detergent bucket that was too Warholian to resist. Then yesterday I got myself a nice palm plant and put it in the bucket. Not bad! … Oops, the Nats have done it again (with thanks to Andrew Cosentino). … And maybe they even did it again. Can that typo on Laynce Nix’s jacket be real? Maybe it’s a Photoshop prank, or maybe the missing letter is just folded under. Or maybe it’s jus the Nats’ latest snafu. … Good to see that illustrator extraordinaire Joe Petruccio has revved up his daily Mets sketchbook blog for another season. … New uni set for TCU football. “The new uniforms have a frog skin print on the numbers and an interesting collar (though you can’t tell from those pics),” says Jeff Gdula. “The helmets have also been changed: The frog is gone, leaving only the arched ‘TCU’ on the side, with a black stripe down the middle. Also, the helmets have frog skin. The number font will be exclusive to TCU as well.” … Nike has come out with green-soled golf shoes for the Masters (with thanks to Dennis Reid). … Elena Elms sent in two items relating to UNC baseball: First, this tequila sunrise jersey was worn by B.J. Surhoff in the mid-1980s. And the Tarheels did the pink-for-cancer thing the other day, but with a unique twist: pink sannies! “OK,” says Elena, “so it looked like someone threw a red T-shirt in the wash with all the whites.” … Speaking of UNC, here’s a slideshow of all of Roy Williams’s ties from the past season. … Interesting interview about Nike’s sweatback designs. Key passage: “We had to actually get some rules re-written to allow having graphics on a uniform and the amount of contrast that we were hoping for.” In other words, Nike is the tail wagging the uni-rulebook dog. Lovely, just lovely (with thanks to Cody Van Ryn). … Yesterday I ran a team portrait of the 1875 St. Louis Brown Stockings in pullover jerseys. Now Peter Nash has sent in a photo of a late-1880s Buffalo squad that shows two players in similar attire. Almost looks like the guy at top-left is wearing sansabelt pants, too! … There are lots of things you could say about this photo, but I’ll just say this: Great socks! (Big thanks to Mark Kaplowitz.) … Some Little League belts have dangerous levels of lead (thanks, Brinke). … Jan Danbom sent along photos of some interesting college softball stirrups, as worn by Cal Baptist and Concordia-Irvine. Also, look at this game between Dickinson State and Hope International — two teams with nearly identical uniforms. … Easton has entered the lacrosse helmet market (with thanks to Jeff Brunelle). … TicketStubCollection.com is on the verge of hosting its 5,000th ticket, and site founder Russ Havens is offering a prize package to the person who uploads the 5,000th stub. … “I noticed the webbing of Koji Uehara’s glove during the Orioles’ home opener,” writes Sam Cat. “A little Googling brought up this 2009 article, which mentions that the webbing includes a silhouette of his pitching motion.” … “Nike’s really stretching now,” says Nick Schiavo, and it’s hard to disagree after seeing this. … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Good photo showing how the Brewers’ grounds crew uses lighter-colored dirt to stencil the team logo onto the back of the mound. … Hey, look who’s Breathing Ethier: Nick Swisher (good spot by Shaun Tunick). … Here’s yet another jersey based on the White Sox beach blanket design.

Monday Morning Uni Watch, MLB Edition

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The first weekend of the MLB season brought an unusually large number of uni-notable moments. Here’s a full accounting:

• The Rockies weren’t supposed to have a purple jersey this season. In fact, just last week team owner Dick Monfort said any return of the purple “won’t be until 2012″ during a Twitter-fest with fans. Guess he was just playing coy, because the world’s most accursed color was out in full force for the team’s opener on Friday. The purple jersey has mysteriously been added to Colorado’s entry in the MLB Style Guide, too (it wasn’t there before), so I guess this is now an official part of the team’s wardrobe this season. Weird that they kept it under wraps.

• One aspect of the Padres’ new road uniforms wasn’t apparent until they wore them on the field: They’ve switched the NOBs from nameplates to direct-sewn lettering. Remains to be seen if they’ve made this change throughout their uni program, but it seems like a reasonable assumption.

• The Phillies waited until shortly before their opener to announce that they’re wearing a “B” patch in memory of the Buck brothers, who were part of the team’s ownership group.

• Mildly stunning sight atop Cliff Lee’s cap: a squatchee! As you may recall, he went squatchee-free for pretty much all of last season. Maybe this was just his way of dressing formally for Opening Day.

• What’s worse than an undershirt with a swoosh on the collar? Guess. That’s Jimmy Rollins on Saturday.

• As promised, the Indians all wore Bob Feller’s No. 19 for pregame introductions on Friday, plus they put the number on the back of the mound (but what’s the deal with the stencil font?). As for the new cap, I’ve been saying all along that the “C” needs some white outlining, plus I didn’t realize they’d be wearing blue undersleeves (and presumably blue socks) with this uni combo — red would be much better. Also, if you have a new red cap, can’t you get some matching batting helmets? Weak.

• Kerry Wood and at least one other Cub (not sure who) saluted Ron Santo by wearing “10″ caps during pregame introductions at Wrigley on Friday.

• The Pirates’ Chuck Tanner memorial patch — announced on Thursday and worn for the first time on Friday — sure is huge.

• By contrast, the Mariners’ Dave Niehaus patch, which we hadn’t seen on an actual jersey until Friday, is a bit on the small-ish side, which makes a lot of its nuance and detail hard to discern.

• Speaking of the Mariners, just peachy to see that the untucked phenomenon has now spread to pitchers. Sigh.

• We got our first on-field look at the A’s new gold alternate jerseys, and hot damn do they look sweet.

• Has Hanley Ramirez always worn a mouthguard, or is that a new thing?

• The first uni glitch of the season came on Saturday afternoon in Toronto, where Blue Jays infielder Yunel Escobar wore the wrong cap. As you can see, his cap also had a “K-A” inscription. Not sure what that was about — anyone?

• The next uni glitch came a few hours later in Philly, where Astros first base coach Bobby Meacham mistakenly wore his BP jersey, instead of his brick-red alt jersey.

• Perhaps as a result of Meacham’s above-mentioned gaffe, the Astros wore their road grays on Sunday. According to reader Robert Reid, this is the first time in over three seasons that the ’Stros have chosen to wear their grays. “During that period, the Astros have only worn their gray tops when the opposing team wore a home red (or, in the case of the Giants, orange),” says Robert. “Otherwise, the Astros have worn their brick red tops for every road game.” Until now, that is.

• D.J. Carrasco’s Mets logo stirrups made their regular season debut on Sunday.

• In that same game, Randy Choate looked like a bike messenger or something. Dude’s been in the bigs for over 11 years and doesn’t even know how to cuff his pants evenly? Sad.

• Barry Zito, bless him, is still wearing the striped socks.

• The Nationals continue to be the world’s most typo-prone team. They’ve already misspelled one of their own players’ names and the word “honoring” on a dedication plaque. Way to go, guys.

• Marlins catcher John Buck has a new mask.

• You may recall that the Blue Jays “pioneered” the phenomenon of Astroturf logo creep last year. Now the Rays have done likewise. Pa-fucking-thetic. Can the Scott’s Turf Builder ad for grass fields be far behind?

Phew, that’s a lot of news for one weekend! Some good, some bad, but all baseball — ain’t it great to have it back?

(Special thanks to Peter Bauck, Ted Hill, Jim Walaitis, Brad Bierman, Scott Lederer, Dan Cichalski, Jon Bradford, Chris Mayberry, and James Poisso for their contributions to today’s entry.)

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Back on Friday I linked to this 1969 Padres program cover. At the time, I was fixated on the “Professional Baseball” notation on the MLB centennial logo, which I’d never seen before. But Frank Bitzer points out that I overlooked something much more obvious and important: Look at that Padres wordmark! That logo didn’t appear on the team’s jerseys until 1978, but it turns out that it was being used on program covers — and maybe elsewhere? — during the team’s inaugural season. So a logo that we generally think of as perfectly epitomizing the ’70s actually debuted in 1969. Fascinating! … It now turns out that the Michigan/Notre Dame tilt on Sept. 10 will indeed be a throwback game. According to that story, the Irish will be wearing a design that “hearken[s] back to the Joe Kuharich Era,” which I hope means they’ll go with this. More info on the Michigan design here. … The Nats’ recent fanfest event included a display by Phil Wood, who has a big collection of Washington Senators uniforms and memorabilia — including a rare white cap! Check it all out here (big thanks to Mike Mazzucchelli). … Here’s le Grand Orange endorsing le Grand Orange Crush (awesome find by Todd Radom). … New logo for Tim Lincecum. … Hey, guess who isn’t wearing camo? The Army baseball team, that’s who. They do have new gold jerseys, though (with thanks to Ryan Yanoshak). … You can’t start the baseball season without the requisite number of articles about laundry clubbies (with thanks to Sam Graves). … New uniforms for the Rochester Red Wings (with thanks to Joseph Lombardo). … Brad Wray spotted someone wearing this odd Yanks/Bosox hybrid logo. “It didn’t look homemade,” he says. … Oooh, check out this old CFL gumball helmet kit. “Never seen that before, not even a single helmet,” says Mike Hersh. … Christian Cisneros notes that Tim Lincecum had a new cap last Thursday. “He’s usually superstitious about that kinda stuff,” says Christian. “He’d worn his old hat since ’07, but he probably kept the World Series patch on that one.” … Last week I linked to this shot of Georgetown player Ralph Dalton wearing super-high-tops. “Here he is in his player exclusive of the team-exclusive Georgetown Terminators,” says a reader who prefers to remain anonymous. “The Terminator was essentially a shoe that was designed around Georgetown. The general release of the Terminator had ‘Nike’ on the back, while the Georgetown version had ‘Hoyas’ on the back. No other team wore the Terminators. They either wore Air Force 1s, Dunks, or the ‘Big Nike,’ which is what Rony Seikaly is wearing in that photo (albeit the 3/4 cut). The Big Nike was essentially the exact same design as the Air Jordan 1.” … When Jim Thome came to bat against Kyle Drabek on Saturday, the TV folks mistakenly posted his career numbers against Drabek’s father, Doug Drabek (good spot by Eric Davis). … Last week I linked to a 1970 helmet decal catalog from a company called Angelus, which Mike Hersh had won on eBay. Now Chuck McLaughlin reports that Angelus is still in the helmet decal biz. … Ryan Connelly’s long-running Ryberto’s DIY project recently took a more professional turn when he got New Era to make him a few dozen Ryberto’s 5950s. “I fudged around on the New Era web site and made some calls until I got hold of a contact. Then I engaged in a bunch of back-and-forth design e-mails, found out the final cost, signed off, and two months later got these beautiful hats. Some are for cousins and friends, but mostly they’re for my Uni Watch pals. Here’s Rob Ullman wearing his.” … The new version of Madden will show players sidelined after they receive concussions. … More Notre Dame news: They’re trying the new super-stretchy pants. For details, scroll down to the “Dressed for Success” section on this page (with thanks to Kevin Barrett). … Brown women’s lacrosse goaltender Maggie Suprey is apparently taking eye-black tips from John Randle. “She glared at me as I was taking the photo, and I felt a chill run down my spine,” says Tris Wykes. … Fascinating observation by Matt Fedorka, who writes: “I was screwing around on Google Street View and I looked at the outside of the TD Garden in Boston, where there were two images of Boston Bruins players who I believe to be Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez. I knew they blurred out the faces of people on the street but didn’t know they did it on advertisements too. Also, and maybe more interesting, the B on Thomas is blurred out, but not the B on Fernandez. The faces of other players along that stretch were also blurred, but the B was left intact on both the jerseys and on other forms of Bruins advertisements.” … Over the past few years, Mets studio analyst Bob Ojeda has cultivated a signature look of going open-collared, without a necktie, but this season he’s wearing a tie. … Check out the awesome vertically striped socks worn by Oscar Robertson’s high school back in the day (big thanks to Mike Baucom). … Buried at the bottom of this article is the following: “[T]he Mariners are encouraging fans to wear white shoes to the home opener Friday to honor Dave [Niehaus], who favored such footwear” (good spot by John Doodigian). … My new hosiery hero: Samm McAlear of the Academy of Art in San Francisco (which, as you can see, goes with the ultra-rare double-decker SNOB). … Just what the world needed: a purple football field. … Dan Cichalski made MLB-themed cupcakes for Opening Day. … Rugby news from Adam Ingle, who reports that Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth went CNOB — that’s contracted name on back — on Sunday. … Also from Adam: Plenty of good rugby kit-builder sites available here, here, here, and here. … Great stirrups being worn by the Northern Iowa softball team (big thanks to Calvin Alger). … Wilson Pollacia reports that Arizona State will apparently be unveiling new football uniforms on April 12. … Japanese baseball teams are wearing black ribbons, for obvious reasons (thanks, Jeremy). … My old fanzine pal Steve Mandich has started a new blog devoted to Ichiro. “It’s gonna follow him game-by-game throughout the year, but also look at other stuff related to the man — art, music, memorabilia, and, yes, uniforms,” says Steve. “At the same time, I’ll be tracking Mariners uniforms during the season as well.” … Heresy or just clever? Little of both, methinks. Much like Under Armour’s faux flannels, this cap shows that UA is willing to engage in some surprising (to me) retro moves. Interesting (thanks, Kek). … Ladies and gents, your 1875 St. Louis Brown Stockings. Look at those belts, those collars! Also: Pullovers! (Astonishing find by Richard Stover.) … Nuggets players wore assorted green accessories yesterday, to help promote the NBA Green initiative.