A New Twist on Lists - Ranking the Leagues by Color Schemes, Part I

League Colors - 550 Hed
By Phil Hecken

I’m back today with reader David Firestone, with whom both Paul and I have worked before — but usually on items in the auto racing field. When I put out the call for reader pitches for articles, Dave responded to me with this:

I’ve had this project that I have been working on for some time, and I think you might use it for Uni-Watch. I take the color schemes of all 122 major league teams and rank them in order from best to worst.

Dave

Intrigued, I said “absolutely” — not knowing exactly how he’d go about this. What you’re about to see below is just half of what turned out to be a very ambitious project (I’ll have Part II of this down the road a ways), and it’s a basic way of looking at teams and their colors. I’m not sure too many of us ever thought of boiling teams down to just their color palette. Until now.

Click on each of the bolded names to see that specific team’s colors in full size.

As Dave explains below, much of his ranking is based on subjectivity — so if you disagree, that’s fine. Here’s Dave:

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Ranking the Leagues by Color Schemes
By David G. Firestone

We’ve had ranking lists on uniforms, and logos, but I think we should try something new. Let’s rank each major league in terms of color schemes. Now like most other rankings, this is subjective, so let me explain how I chose what I did for each league. I used SSUR as my reference point for this project.

I will take each team and take the primary uniform colors they use, and put them on a graph, such as this Pittsburgh Pirates example. I will then give a brief explanation on why they were ranked. I will take in to consideration how the colors work together, how they clash with each other, how many colors in total, and the overall appearance. There are a number of teams that use very similar color schemes, as such there will be ties during the rankings. Team color names such as Dodger Blue are acceptable. Goofy color names will have rank taken away from them.

Major League Baseball:

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1. Pittsburgh Pirates:

Pittsburgh

A bold color scheme, the colors work very well together, the yellow looks really good when compared to the black and the white.

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2. Kansas City Royals / Los Angeles Dodgers:

Royals
Royals

Dodgers
Dodgers

Blue and white is a simple, yet very elegant and very attractive color scheme.

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3. Philadelphia Phillies:

Phillies

It’s a darker shade of red than most, but it works very well and is very attractive.

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4. New York Yankees:

Yankees

The blue is a bit dark for my taste, but it is still a great look.

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5. Toronto Blue Jays:

Blue Jays

The blue is a bit too bright for my taste, but it is still a great look.

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6. Boston Red Sox / Atlanta Braves / Cleveland Indians / Minnesota Twins / St. Louis Cardinals / Texas Rangers / Washington Nationals / Chicago Cubs:

Red Sox
Red Sox

Indians
Indians

Twins
Twins

Cardinals
Cardinals

Rangers
Rangers

Nationals
Nationals

Cubs
Cubs

Red, white and blue is a bit cliche for American sports teams, but the colors work well, and it is a great color scheme.

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7. Baltimore Orioles / San Francisco Giants:

Orioles
Orioles

Giants
Giants

Orange and black is a bit tough to work with, but when the orange is the perfect shade it is very attractive. The Orioles have a great shade, but the Giants is a bit dark.

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8. New York Mets / Houston Astros / Detroit Tigers:

Mets
Mets

Astros
Astros

Tigers
Tigers

Not a great color scheme. The Mets have the best, The Astros are much too dark, and the Tigers blue is a bit too dark for the shade of orange they chose.

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9. Cincinnati Reds:

Reds

An otherwise great color scheme ruined by the needless addition of black.

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10. Milwaukee Brewers:

Brewers

Metallic gold and blue is not a good look, though if the gold was lighter it might work better.

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11. Chicago White Sox:

White Sox

In a word, bland.

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12. Tampa Bay Rays:

Rays

Two contrasting shades of blue is not a good look at all.

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13. Oakland Athletics:

Athletics

Green and gold don’t mix very well as it is, but the green is too dark for the shade of gold they chose.

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14. Arizona Diamondbacks:

DBacks

In addition to an odd mix of colors, they lost points for the ridiculous names they gave the colors. “Sedona Red?” “Sonoran Sand?” Really?

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15. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:

Angels

Two different shades of red, and silver do not make for a good look.

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16. Seattle Mariners:

Mariners

There are too many dark colors here, and they don’t mix well. The green and silver would work by themselves, but not when paired up with each other.

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17. San Diego Padres:

Padres

No. Redeeming. Qualities. Whatsoever.

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National Basketball Association:

1. Chicago Bulls / Miami Heat:

Bulls
Bulls

Heat
Heat

Red and black is a great color scheme and it works very well. My big problem with the Miami Heat is that the red is too dark.

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2. Portland Trailblazers / Toronto Raptors:

Blazers
Blazers

Raptors
Raptors

Red and black is a great color scheme, but the addition of silver to the mix takes it down a notch. It adds nothing and subtracts from the overall scheme.

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3. Boston Celtics:

Celtics

I’m not a fan of green, but this shade works very well.

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4. Houston Rockets:

Rockets

A good shade of red works very well.

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5. Philadelphia 76′ers / Detroit Pistons / Los Angeles Clippers:

Sixers
Sixers

Pistons
Pistons

Clippers
Clippers

Royal Blue and red is a decent scheme, but the blue is a bit too bright. The reds are a bit too bright also.

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6. Washington Wizards / Atlanta Hawks:

Wizards
Wizards

Hawks
Hawks

Red and Navy is a good color scheme but the needless addition of silver ruins it.

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7. Los Angeles Lakers / Golden State Warriors / Indiana Pacers / Denver Nuggets:

Lakers
Lakers

Warriors
Warriors

Pacers
Pacers

Nuggets
Nuggets

A good color scheme. The Lakers got it right, the Warriors lost points for “California Golden Yellow,” the Pacers needlessly added silver, and the Nuggets use two contrasting shades of blue which would work well by themselves, but are awful together.

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8. San Antonio Spurs / Brooklyn Nets:

Nets
Nets

Spurs
Spurs

In a word, bland.

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9. Charlotte Hornets:

Hornets

It worked well in the 1990′s but this is 2014, and the color scheme is dated.

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10. Dallas Mavericks / Minnesota Timberwolves / Orlando Magic / Sacramento Kings:

Mavericks
Mavericks

Timberwolves
Timberwolves

Magic
Magic

Kings
Kings

Blue, black, and silver, another color scheme that was cutting edge in the 1990′s, but now just looks dated and a bit cliche.

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11. Cleveland Cavaliers:

Cavalliers

Red and yellow is a good color scheme, but the red and yellow used here is much too dark.

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12. Phoenix Suns / New York Knickerbockers:

Suns
Suns

Knicks
Knicks

Orange and blue is difficult enough to work with, but the Knicks have an orange and a blue that is too bright, and a needless addition of silver. The Suns have two somewhat contrasting shades of orange, as well as too dark of a purple and the needless addition of black.

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13. Milwaukee Bucks:

Bucks

The only time Red and green work is at Christmas, and the silver does not help at all.

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14. New Orleans Pelicans:

Pelicans

Dark blue and gold don’t work, red and gold works well, the trifecta just looks awful.

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15. Memphis Grizzlies

Grizzlies

Three unattractive and contrasting shades of blue-check. Stupid color names-check. Dead last in the NBA-check.

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Thanks, Dave — that’s certainly a unique (and very interesting!) way of looking at the teams in the various leagues. I’m sure it will generate a fair amount of discussion (and hopefully not too much controversy) in the comments — I’m glad Paul’s not “around” to see #13 in your MLB rankings.

Readers — now it’s your turn…what say YOU?

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all sport uni tweaksUni Tweaks Concepts

We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today — a rare weekday appearance!.

So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way. The number of concept submissions has been way down recently — so readers — if you do have a concept you’d like featured, please begin (again) sending them in!

Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.

Click on any to enlarge:

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First up today is Oliver Kodner, who has a concept for the old ABA team, the Spirits of St. Louis (what a great name!):

Spirits of St. Louis Logo - Oliver Kodner
Spirits of St. Louis original logo

Spirits of St. Louis home - Oliver Kodner

Spirits of St. Louis Road - Oliver Kodner

Dear Donald Sterling, or, Steve Balmer? Adam Silver…. kidding, Hey Phil.

With some of that LA Clippers talk, I was thinking of a relocation to St. Louis, and a nice rebrand of the Spirits, so I decided to upgrade the old Spirits logo into something good looking.

Oliver Kodner

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And we close today with Douglas Eidsmore with some tweaks to the 49ers:

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KaepTweetUni - Douglas Eidsmore

Hello Phil.

Here are a couple of photos of my Niner redesign.

I replaced the truncated white stripes with a single gold band at the bottom of the sleeve for two reasons; the white stripes were hardly visible and I wanted gold on the jersey since the teams colors are red an gold.

I widened the red stripes on the helmet and pants so that red is the dominant triple stripe color not white.

And I made the face mask a flat gold color instead of gray so the mask and helmet present a unified image.

I welcome your and your readers comments and feed back.

Thanks

Douglas Eidsmore

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And that’s it for today. Let’s get back on the concept wagon, folks, ok? OK!

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Too Good For the Ticker
Too Good…

for the Ticker

Some neato Baltimore Orioles history/mystery(?) today from Dave Holland, who sent me the following e-mail:

Phil-

Sorry this is too late for the flocked helmet section, but it might make a good sleuth project.

Attached are photos of the Orioles 1955 helmets with an old style “B”. These are taken at Griffith Stadium in DC and at Yankee Stadium.

I’ve never seen any pictures of these worn in a game. The only ones I could find are helmets, not hats. Why is manager Paul Richards wearing a helmet, anyway?

American Needle Wear touts these as being worn as a hat in 1955, but their picture doesn’t support that claim. New Era doesn’t carry this cap.

Also attached are Buck Showalter wearing one and a rare photo of their full 1955 road uniform with “Orioles” in orange (with their 1955 home uni thrown in for good measure.). The previous inaugural year uniform had a different script in black and starting in 1956, the road jersey would have “Baltimore” on the front.

I’ve done all the research I can, hopefully another Uni Watcher can provide more info.

Thanks for filling in for Paul,

Dave Holland

Here flocked helmet images, with the “Old Style B” he sent to accompany the e-mail (click to enlarge):

1955 (5) 1955 (4)

1955 (3)

1955 (2) 1955 (1)

Here’s Buck Showalter sporting the same Old Style B on a cap:

1955 hat Buck

And finally, here are some nice looks at some early Orioles uniforms:

1956-57 Road
1956-1957 Road Uniform

1954 Road 1955 Road (1)
1954 Road Uniform — 1955 Road Uniform

1955-57 Home(1) 1955-57 Home
1955 – 1957 Home Uniform

Sweet pictures, and a bit of a mystery to boot!

Thanks to Dave for bringing this to our attention!

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Great stuff. OK, now onto the ticker…

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[Today's ticker was mostly complied by Garret McGrath]

Baseball News: Does it get any prettier than this? Reader JediJeff sent in this post of pictures of all the Chicago Cubs programs from 1948 to the present. … The Atlanta Braves and Oakland Athletics will both wear throwbacks from 1914 this weekend (thanks, Phil). … The Norfolk Tides are going to be in gnome uniforms on Friday (thanks, Phil). … Cute story: Yesterday’s lede mentioned the Nolan Ryan bobblehead giveaway the Mets had. Kenny Kaplan is very good friends with Nolan Ryan’s son Reid. “When I got the bobblehead I sent it to Reid who gave it to his son Jackson.” So here is a picture of Nolan’s grandson with the bobblehead, Jackson Ryan. … You don’t think proper hosiery instantly makes a uniform look better? Well, here’s Matt Carpenter on Monday and here’s Matt Carpenter last night (thanks to Matt Larsen). Very odd that he’d wear red sanis though (h/t to Trent Knaphus for the screenshot). … The Phillies and Angels both wore Jim Fregosi patches last night (thanks to Harrison Tishler). Here’s how they looked on the jerseys (thanks, Paul)

NFL/CFL News: Tennessee Titan Justin Hunter’s NOB has been changed to JAG: Just Another Guy after failing to convert a route in last Saturday’s preseason game against the Packers (from Andrew Costentino). … Program from the Baltimore Colts NFL intrasquad game on August 12th, 1957. … Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith was wearing some sort of access pass on his belt prior to last Friday’s preseason game, (thanks, Paul), which reminded Paul of John Madden’s old look. … The Toronto Argonauts have revealed their alt uni (via Ed Zelaski. More here (thanks to Seth Moorman).

College/High School Football News: LSU has updated their jersey numbers for this coming season. … The Rutgers Scarlet Knight has had a Big Ten Conference makeover which means he went BFBS (from Justin Lesko). … Stephen F. Austin State University in Nachogdoches, TX has posted pictures of their new uniform (from Chris Mycoskie). … The University at Buffalo will wear alternate black helmets for their game on September 12th against the Baylor Bears (thanks, Phil). … College Spun ranked the top 10 most iconic college football unis of all time (thanks, Phil). … Uni Watch friend Andrew Lind has documented the evolution of Nike college football uniforms. … Diamond Ranch Academy in Utah has a bizarre football field design and uniforms. The numbers have a snake skin design on them to go along with a diamondback logo on the back of the helmet. Says submitter Dom Lewis, “The font used in the word “DBACKS” on the back of the uniform is clearly from the MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks.” Paul & I both think we’ve seen that field before, but those unis are a new one. Yowsa. … The Kansas Jayhawks are getting new red, er crimson chrome unis (there’s a video link in that tweet), with a hat tip to Chris Boykin. Cuz, you know, KU didn’t have enough unis and combos already. Here’s another look (via Cyclone Uniforms).

NBA News: New NBA city Charlotte is a All-Star game candidate city and has a prospective logo. … Possible leak alert: “Is the Team USA basketball leaking their 2014 roster early by selling these jerseys?” asks Matt Nelson. … The Sacremento Kings have officially unveiled uniform updates for 2014-15 season (via Tony MacLopez).

Grab Bag: An article about the never used Wichita State University Shockers logo (from Gavin Shank). … Uni Watch reader Tim Cross flew in a Steelers plane on his Bermuda trip. … Paul sends in this Gawker article entitled “Army Workout Clothes Get More Fly–Still Stank, Though.” … “I was browsing reddit earlier tonight and found this link for quite the unusual St Louis Blues jersey,” writes Jason Tierney. “Additionally the comments section some high quality links to some of the uglier jerseys known in existence.” … Here’s a first look at the Notre Dame Hockey practice jersey (from Warren Junium.

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winooski_plantsale_raffle_2007_logo_1Raffle reminder: Remember, we’re currently raffling off three copies of this visual compendium of baseball uniform history.

Full details here.

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And that going to do it for this fine Wednesday. Hope everyone has a good one and I’ll catch you all tomorrow!

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“Steve Ballmer has been confirmed as the new owner of the LA Clippers. The transaction has closed. Since the Clippers name is overwhelmingly mired in memories of losing and Donald Sterling, I wonder if the Clippers will use the fresh start as a catalyst for a re-brand. Can/should we launch a design contest?”
–Mike Engle

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The Best MLB Giveaways of 2014

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By Phil Hecken

You fine folks may recall last year I was contacted by then-seventeen-year-old Joe Mueller who wanted to give us a taste of Major League Baseball giveaways — which he did, and it was great.

When I put out the call this year for reader pitches for articles during Paul’s summer break, Joe again contacted me, hoping he could not only write about the best MLB giveaways of 2014, but the worst as well, I welcomed him back with open arms. Joe’s a year older (and wiser) now, and I’ll have two articles from him this summer. The first focuses on the “best” giveaways, and it’s below. Enjoy! (Click on most of images to enlarge.)

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The Best MLB Giveaways of 2014
By Joseph Mueller

Thanks again for having me! Today I’m going to list the best giveaway from each team. While some of these are the best giveaway from each team in my mind there are others that are very iffy.. I stay away from the theme tickets, social night at the ball park or any other special at the night which required the purchase of an additional ticket. I also tried to stay away from calenders and regularly scheduled t-shirts. (Free Shirt Friday, T-Shirt Tuesday) I’d love to hear your own opinion and if you have any questions for me I’ll be happy to respond. Now to get into the promotions.

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Arizona Diamondbacks:

Arizona

Bob Brenly lead the Diamondbacks to their only World Series title in 2001 and now color commentates the Diamondbacks’ games. I love this promotion not for the person but rather for the clothing mash-up. The Diamondbacks put Brenly in formal pants for the broadcasting and then a jersey for managing. I do also love that jersey and color scheme, so whenever it’s used it’s a plus in my book.

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Atlanta Braves:

Atlanta

Two things I love in one, bobbleheads and throwback uniforms. The Braves nailed this one. The Braves clearly paid attention to the detail because the bobblehead looks almost identical to the picture featured to the back right.

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Baltimore Orioles:

Baltimore

The Orioles channeling the 1954 team decided to give this awesome cap away against the Rays eariler in the year. The better part about this promotion is that the Orioles will be wearing throwing it back against the Cardinals and some of them even wore beautiful stirrups!

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Boston Red Sox:

Boston Boston2

In a shocking move the Red Sox decide to have giveaways this year. As much as it pains me to say this as a Cardinals fan the 2013 World Series ring is pretty sweet. World Series rings are a popular seller from my experience. The main differences between this ring and the authentic rings are the lack of a name and plain ‘Boston Strong’ in lieu of the circular Boston Strong logo. Also I’m not 100% sure if the Bearded Brothers engraving on the inside of the ring is in the giveaway.

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Chicago Cubs:

Chicago C

The Cubs are doing promotions from various eras to honor the 100th anniversary of Wrigley. For the 1910′s the Cubs decided to go with this Federals jersey and it’s beautifully accurate. The pinstripes, logo and even buttons. The only problem for some is the 100 years of Wrigley logo on the left sleeve. I personally don’t mind it but some of you might.

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Chicago White Sox:

Chicago W

I might be in the minority but I love this logo and this look for the White Sox. If only they went back to this logo and uniform set…

[Beach Blanket Bingo giveaway? If so, it's genius! -- PH]

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Cincinnati Reds:

Cinnicati

My favorite player of all time. I loved his intensity, his pure talent, and his lack of taking performance enhancing drugs in an era filled with them. This bobblehead commemorates his 500th homerun against the St. Louis Cardinals on fathers day with his dad in attendance. It was truly remarkable and an honor to watch. The Reds also did a great job recreating those away jerseys.

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Cleveland Indians:

Cleveland

To honor the 20th anniversary of Progressive Field Cleveland decided to hand out a commemorative poster of the park. Maybe it’s because I’m a ballpark enthusiast, maybe it’s because I’m majoring in architecture, or maybe it’s because of both but I love these sorts of things.

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Colorado Rockies:

Colorado

Something the Rockies lack is creativity. This year they have 10 bobbleheads, 9 of which are gnomes, 6 purple jerseys, and 9 purple t-shirts and a rally cap giveaway. While the rally cap is unique I don’t think that it’s any better than the Todd Helton bobblehead. For me it’s just meh but that’s better than all the rest.

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Detroit Tigers:

Detriot

More lovely throwbacks. This time it’s a 1984 Detroit Tigers World Series champions jersey. The back is the number 84 with the name Champions. I wish they would’ve put a player’s name and number who was on the team but it’s not the biggest of my concerns. As to why it’s an away jersey I have no clue because the Tigers did win the World Series at home.

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Houston Astros:

Houston

Pretty cool father son bobblehead based on this photo. Some might be wondering why the son is included in the bobblehead and that would be because he is the Astros’ president. The detailing is also phenominal from the stripes on Ried’s shirt to the stripes on Nolan’s shirt.

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Kansas City Royals:

Kansas City

Pretty cool throwback by the Royals. His name is Mr. Royal and appeared in the 1970′s. Maybe the Royals will wear throwbacks the day they give this away.

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Los Angeles Angels:

Los Angeles A(2)

Maybe this is my youth speaking but I love this shirt. The contrast between the red and blue is great. I’ll take five.

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Los Angeles Dodgers:

Los Angeles Dodgers

Vin Scully is arguably the best announcer in the game of baseball. To honor him the Dodgers are giving away an old fashion microphone with famous sayings accessible at the push of that little black button.

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Miami Marlins:

Miami

This is one of my favorite promotions all year for any team. A jersey set of salt and pepper shakers. The Marlins decided to use their white(salt) and black(pepper) jerseys instead of the gray or It’s even better that they have players with nicknames such as Salt for Jared Saltalamacchia and Pepe for Jose Fernandez. Pepe does not mean pepper but is rather Joe/Joey in Spanish as Jose is Joseph. The only thing that I’d change about this promotion is the big advertisements under the numbers. Honorable Mention: Marlins soccer jersey.

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Milwaukee Brewers:

Milwaukee

Sausage. The Brewers are known for their sausage races dating back to the early1990′s which started with only bratwurst, Polish Sausage, and Italian Sausage. In the late 1990′s hotdog was added and then in the 2000′s chorizo was added. This isn’t the first time the Brewers have done something like this it goes back to 2008. 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. (Various other teams do mascot races but only two other teams have given away mascot race bobbleheads. One is the Washington Nationals and the other is the Kansas City Royals.)

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Minnesota Twins:

Minnesota

Love this throwback jersey. I’m a bigger fan that they had a throwback day when they decided to give this jersey away.

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New York Mets:

New York M

Another great bobblehead of Nolan Ryan in another great throwback jersey.

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New York Yankees:

New York

To honor one of the greatest to play the game of baseball the Yankees decided to give out a bobblehead of Lou Gehrig giving his final speech. It’s such a classy move by the Yankees to honor such a classy person and athlete. As far as details go they are spot on. Everything is exactly how it was when he gave the speech. Minnesota also had the exact promotion on July 4th.

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Oakland Athletics:

Oakland

The Athletics are my favorite American League team because of the way they play and their uniforms which are present in this throwback uniform. The yellow sanitaries with the green stirrups with the white cleats is a thing of beauty along with all the other details. This goes along with the Rollie Fingers and Reggie Jackson bobbleheads given away in past years. Also if you haven’t noticed the A’s are big on having big numbers for the throwback bobbleheads for some reason.

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Philadelphia Phillies:

Phillidelphia

I absolutely love baseball stadiums. It’s one of my life goals to visit every stadium in the majors. I think that this giveaway does a fantastic job of showcasing the beauty of the park, even though I have not visited the stadium. This would look great on any Phillies fan’s wall.

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Pittsburgh Pirates:

Pittsburgh

The Pirates aren’t the best at advertising their promotions in fact they only have the months of June, August, and September up on their site. This is my favorites of the ones I found. It’s odd how it’s him in formal attire but I like it.

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San Diego Padres:

San Diego

To honor the 1984 National League champions team the Padres decided to hand out 1984 jerseys.(That makes 3 jerseys from 1984 given away this year) In hopes to make the game a family affair the Padres offered 5 different players’ jerseys which would be randomly given away. Those players included Gwynn & Nettles, McReynolds, Whitson, and Garvey. No matter who you got most people can agree that the 1984 jersey is 100% better than the current ones. If only the Padres would get new jerseys. A great identity promotion for a team losing its identity.

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San Francisco Giants:

San Fransisco

While it’s not as flashy as the current rings this 1954 World Series champions ring is pretty great. The Giants while still playing in New York beat Cleveland 4-0. The ring includes each game’s score on a pennant coming out of the stadium. Pretty cool to see the amount of detail put in by the Giants.

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Seattle Mariners:

Seattle

None of the giveaways are really that exciting. I do like the Felix Hernandez train because of longevity of the series. The Mariners have handed out a train a year since 2000 making a nice set and this a go to game if you have previous ones.

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St. Louis Cardinals:

St. Louis

The best Cardinals announce ever gets his own bobblehead. Similar to the Mike Shannon bobblehead that the Cardinals gave out last year and the Vin Scully microphone given away by the Dodgers, this bobblehead features a voice chip which says this whenever pushed.

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Tampa Bay Rays:

Tampa Bay

Probably the most unique promotion I have ever seen and I absolutely love it. I think that it shows the youth, fun and quirky personally of the Rays.

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Texas Rangers:

Texas

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m a sucker for giveaways featuring stadiums. This one is to honor the 20 years in which Arlington Park has been around. While the painting does look a little sloppy it’s still a fantastic promotion in my mind.

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Toronto Blue Jays:

Toronto

Pretty much all I look for to make it a good bobblehead is in this bobblehead. I love the nice accurate detailing of the white jerseys. I also love how they nailed all the armbands. Very well done.

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Washington Nationals:

Washington

The Nationals are used to giving away these types of bobbleheads. If you’re a fan of President Taft, the mascot races, or completing a set then this bobblehead is for you. BONUS.

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I’d like to thank Phil and Paul for having me again! It was a pleasure. I hope you all enjoyed it and I’d love to respond to your comments. If you’d like to reach me I can be found here. I also write regularly for mlpromotions.com and would love if you came to visit me over there. We will be releasing a big article about all the giveaways at the end of the baseball season so stay tuned for that. Again thanks for having me!

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Thanks, Joseph! Great stuff — looking forward to that “worst” list too! OK, readers — what do you think of these freebies? And which do you think is just about the coolest of all the free swag you can pick up at your local ballpark?

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Stros jerseyCollector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

Currently reading Dan Epstein’s fantastic book Big Hair & Plastic Grass (with Stars & Strikes on deck- your local public library can save you a lotta dough) – so we’re leading off with 1970s MLB merch.

• This bobblehead proudly displays the Astros Tequila Sunrise look.

• For my wife, who grew up near Oakland watching The Swinging A’s, here’s their classic Starter jacket.

• Always liked the Braves “Feather” jersey, and I still do.

• I had all of these 1970s Big Red Machine season albums….when they were actually albums.

• Not only was Reggie the straw that stirred the drink, he was also the candy bar.

• The Tribe looked quite snazzy IMO in this red jersey. (Paired WITH the red pants, though……er, no.)

• (The defining 1970s MLB uni moment, though- happened 38 years ago this past Friday. Rolling Stone has a nice article on The Clamdigger Look. Couldn’t find a single item on eBay with this look. Good luck!)

• Very cool 1970s NHL/NBC Sports hockey puck, looks like Bobby Orr on the graphic.

• My official breakfast cup, featuring 1970s NFL helmets from IHOP. Filled with Trop 50 OJ every morning.

• Check out the cover art on this 1969 Atlanta Falcons media guide!

• Nothing quite symbolizes collecting NFL stuff from the 1970s quite like these helmet plaques. Here we have the Oilers, Giants, Falcons, Jets, Colts and Rams all in one set. A bit pricey, but if you dig these, here’s a half dozen teams in one shot. Interesting to note that of the six, three of the teams use precisely the same helmet look today.

• This 1960s pin shows you are a member of the Utica NY chapter of the NFL Touchdown Club.

• Take a look at this rather quaint (by today’s standards– I rather like the subtlety) NY Football Giants golf sweater by Etonic.

• Here’s a 1960s 49ers PPK jacket.

• The California Golden Seals NHL team is long gone, but their drinking glasses are still available.

• Great cover art on this 1979 Detroit Lions PRO! game program.

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And now a quick word from Paul: The Uni Watch 15th-anniversary patches are now in stock and available for ordering, and I don’t mind saying that they look pretty damn good. Full details here.

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Baseball News: “The York Revolution (Indy Atlantic League) had developmental disabilities day on Aug 10,” writes Charlie Charnigo. “The Ballyhoo on the back is a local youth sports academy, it also has the Special Olympics logo’s on both sleeves. There is a rhino on the front and it is to look like a rino busting out of a jersey. The numbers have the Special Olympics logo in them as well.” … Looks like the Indians are taking a survey on TBTC unis for 2015 (via Andrew Jenkins). … “Interesting article with great photos but one line stood out to me: ‘Ruth… and numerous other stars bought his photographs to fulfill their autograph requests’,” writes Jonathan Daniel. “Players at the time paid out of pocket to fulfill autograph requests? I never really thought about the mechanics of it, but I’m guessing there aren’t a lot of big leaguers who would consider doing that today.” … Here’s a Paste article on the 150 Years of Baseball Uniforms, which some of you may not have yet seen (sent in by Britton Thomas). … Mets reliever Jeurys Familia wore a pink arm sleeve while warming up yesterday (thanks, Paul). … There’s bad blood between the Nationals and Braves, which some of you may have noticed on Sunday night, when Bryce Harper dragged his foot through the Braves’ script A. But before that, Ervin Santana wiped his hands on the Nationals’ curly W (thanks to Yusuke Toyoda). … Jim Edmonds may have been a pajamist, but he also wore proper stirrups underneath (via @HighSockSundays). … How did this not end up in a Third World Country? Bradley Ridenour found this t-shirt over the weekend “at a store that specializes in selling closeouts, overstocks and internet returns.” … Looks like the Orioles still aren’t done wearing their 60th Anniversary stirrups (pics from Jack Krabbe). Here’s a little better quality shot (from Andrew Cosentino). Says Jack of the ‘rups, “Must be a Showalter thing. The owner doesn’t like stirrups.” … Speaking of Buck: here’s a uni notable ice bucket challenge: Buck wearing “angry” bird hat (thanks to Jordan Mayblum).

NFL News: You know what fashion jersey the world needs now? That’s right a camo Packers jersey (that was spotted by Christian Zummer at the Wisconsin State Fair). Nice touch with the camo shorts, no? … Here’s a photo of NY Giant Rashad Jennings and Pittsburgh Steeler Lawrence Timmons autographing and exchanging jerseys following their preseason game on Saturday night (thanks to Dane Drutis). … Good spot by Mike Klug who noticed the Cowboys posted this to their Instagram account yesterday. Says Mike, “Cute pic, but notice Witten’s daughter’s feet – clearly the Cowboys must be painting some of their training camp fields!” … Brinke is excited that the 49ers/Levi’s clothing is now on sale. … Oops — the ‘skins missed the correct flagging for this swoosh (from Chase Martin).

College/High School Football News: Reader James I. Bowie, a “sociologist who does quantitative analyses of trends in logo design,” wrote an article about the SEC logo he hopes we will find interesting. … Did you ever want to know why Purdue football players choose the number they will wear? Now you know (thanks to Kurt Esposito). … “Last year, Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, lost its equipment manager, Mike “Tug” (Tugboat) Garcia,” says Raymie Humbert. They dedicated the remainder of the 2013 campaign to Tug with a green decal on the back of their helmets…incorporating his initials and an anchor, and they won a state title. Now, alongside some other jerseys, Saguaro has rolled out a green tribute jersey for Tug. (Also note the Adidas tire tread pattern; Saguaro has an equipment contract with our favorite triple-stripe outfitter. They were also one of the first schools in the state to introduce and wear a matte football helmet!)” … Here’s a first look at the “Notre Dame Fighting Irish Mens Sideline Football Jersey”, so this is probably our best hint yet at what the on-field jersey will look like (thanks to Travis Bowden). … The UTSA Roadrunners have a new white alternate helmet (thanks to Jordan Rabinowitz). … The Georgetown Hoyas have released their 2014 white uni set (h/t Georgetown Hoyas). … Arizona State is going to be getting new uniforms in about a week. … Georgia State is trying out the Guardian Cap helmet safety pads. … Stephen F. Austin is doing a cool look back at football uniforms since 1923 in anticipation of Tuesday’s unveiling of the 2014 look (from Chris Mycoskie). … The San Jose State Spartans have a new matte gold helmet for 2014 (h/t David Wills). … Remember that Soprting News poll that asked for readers to pick the best NCAA football uni? Well, it’s over, and the Baylor Bears won. … While we have no idea what uniforms they will actually wear (yet), Oregon has released its schedule of what fans should wear to games (h/t Leland Privott). … If you care about such things, here are the cleats Michigan will wear against Penn State for their “Under The Lights III” night game. … Wow! Check out this incredible picture of the 1906 Oklahoma Sooners football team (from Trayton Miller).

NBA News: Artist, Jesse Nunez created soccer style jerseys for every NBA team. Says submitter Sunny Moon “Pretty cool artwork.” … Paul George changed uni numbers for this year (even though he’ll miss the entire season), now No. 13 (for PG-13) — thanks to Mike the Intern. … “Is this a first? Team issued basketball shorts with pockets?” asks Colin Sherrod. “Those clearly look like pockets. These are supposed the ‘authentic’ short Team USA will be wearing in the FIBA World Basketball Festival. I’ve never seen a pair of basketball shorts with pockets before.”

Hockey News: The Kings are going to retire Rob Blake’s #4 jersey before the January 17 game against the Ducks. … Check out this 1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL Program! Says Bruce Menard, who sent that in, “It’s rare that I send in anything hockey related, but I thought this had some great old logos.”

Soccer News: The state of the Pontiac Silverdome, 20 years after hosting World Cup matches (from Yusuke Toyoda). He notes, “The biggest find: a box of pamphlets from 1993 soliciting $75 season ticket deposits to help the not-yet-founded Major League Soccer choose franchise locations (and note the red/white/blue version of the league logo).”

College Hoops News: “As a University of Arizona alum,” writes Nick Heisterkamp, “the schools team shop at beardown shop.com has not bothered to replenish the basketball shorts from the 2013/14 season only offering 1 color in 2 sizes and they have zero basketball uniforms available as well. Then, the official Arizona Men’s basketball twitter sent this tweet (yester)day. Could a new uniform set be forthcoming? Sure seems like it.” … You knew this was coming: the Hate Map of College Hoops teams. Dook rocks the Dakotas!!!

Grab Bag: “From Beta Boston, a Boston Globe website focusing on business and innovation, comes news of a Sports Fan Etsy,” says Tom Mulgrew. “Admittedly, I had to look up the meaning of etsy.” … Yesterday’s Shorpy, featuring “Congressional pages — Senate-House basketball,” a.k.a. “How a Ball Becomes Law,” (full story here), was pretty sweet (thanks to Charles Rogers). … Here is an infographic highlighting the limited-overs international uniforms worn by the Australian men’s cricket team between 1977 and 2007 (thanks to Graham Clayton). … Robin Williams as a cheerleader for the Broncos (from Alan Kreit) who adds, “He always kept us happy.” … And from Brinke, this, and this.

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“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
–Robin Williams

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“So relax! Let’s have some fun out here! This game’s fun, OK?…

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By Phil Hecken

…It’s fun, Goddamit!” — Crash Davis, Bull Durham

Yesterday the Cubs, continuing their throwback-to-each-decade-in-Wrigley’s-existence promo, turned back the clock to 1988, for their game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Of course, the Tampa Bay Rays weren’t in existence in 1988, so instead of throwing back to a minor-league team, they had some fun with the whole idea and “created” a uniform they “might” have worn, had they been in existence in that year.

We’ll get into them in a minute or three. But first — the Cubs.

The Cubs, in theory, selected 1988 as their year in the 80′s, since that was the year they entered modern baseball. The uniforms the Cubs wore in 1988 looked like this (for these and all images, click to enlarge):

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As you can see, the uniform is similar to today, with pinstripes, and the same “C-ubs” logo, but with a different (angry bear) patch, and a pullover jersey with sansabelt pants. You can also see that the stirrups were ribbons (and as you’ll see, it’s possible that 2-in-1′s were also worn). The unis were quite tight-fitting. How’d the 2014 Cubs do?:

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Pretty well! They got the pinstripes, the pullovers, the sansabelts, the “angry cub” sleeve patch. Everything.

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Very nicely done! I have to say, over the past four or five years, I’ve given a lot of grief to Majestic for their treatment of throwbacks, but these were pretty spot on (as have been most of their throwbacks for the past couple years). These were great. Just one problem — the players.

If you saw in the splash photo, almost ALL the Cubs wore 2-in-1′s (if you’re not familiar with what that is, look here or here). They were “created” in the 80s to emulate the look of the ribbon stirrups that were popular at the time. They’re a single sock, with the pattern made to look like a stirrup. Dig:

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Yuck. Not only did they wear 2-in-1′s, the wore them wrong. Because the players cuffed their pants too high, the top portion (the solid color) of the sock was showing. Even if you accept the fact that the 2-in-1′s are legitimate baseball hosiery, they were NEVER to be worn with the upper portion showing. Player fail.

But wait, you say — even though the Cubs were throwing back to 1988, didn’t one of the greatest pitchers of all-time, a guy who played for the team in 1988, and who just went into the Hall of Fame this year, Greg Maddux, wear 2-in-1′s? Is it possible they were doing it to “honor” him as well?

That’s actually the rationale I heard yesterday as this game was being played. Indeed, Maddux wore 2-in-1′s and he pitched for the Cubs in 1988. I searched for photos of him from this year, and while I found some of him in 2-in-1′s, it appears he was wearing actual ribbon stirrups in 1988:

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It’s tough to tell, but the top two photos clearly show Maddux wearing ribbon stirrups, while the bottom two may show him with 2-in-1′s. So, if the Cubs indeed wore these to honor Maddux, then I’ll give them a plus for that — but a minus on the guys who cuffed their pants too high.

Still, it looked like the players were having fun with this one — so more power to them!

Now…about those Rays…

If you read yesterday’s Uni Watch (and I know you did), then you know that these uniforms were designed by Stuart Sternberg. Sternberg described the uniform thusly:

The new road “fauxback” uniforms the Rays will debut for today’s ’80s Day game against the Cubs were designed by principal owner Stuart Sternberg, who admits he was inspired by the 1978 Padres. “Pure ripoff,” Sternberg said. “With a little, you know, here and there.” The pants (beltless, by the way) and most of the jersey are light blue, with the sleeves, trim and socks yellow. Sternberg, who also designed the original Rays logo and the first fauxbacks, was quite pleased with his latest. “The retro uniforms I’m in love with,” he said, “and clearly the rebranding and logos worked out beautifully.”

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We’ve covered the other Rays’ fauxbacks before — you know, the ones they’ve worn the past three years and that look like this:

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The difference (which we’ll get to momentarily) between yesterday’s fauxback and the previous one was pretty much just a color swap. They took the navy blue primary and made it a powder blue, took away the powder blue sleeves and made them gold yellow, and changed the cap. They also removed (or didn’t add) the City of St. Petersburg patch. They also, um, had the “ZIM” patch for recently deceased (2014) Don Zimmer — if they were wearing that patch in 1988 it would have been pretty scary. Oops.

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How’d those look on the field?

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OK! Now, I happen to think these uniforms are horribly awesome — so I was incredibly pumped to see them. There are clearly a number of problems with them, not the least of which is the fact that we are required to suspend disbelief to accept that not only did the Rays have a team (and uniforms) in 1978, and that not only did this mythical team exist into 1988, they kept essentially the same uniforms (and uniform style) from a decade earlier — a design that was (admittedly) a ripoff of the 1978 Padres. Logic dictates the trajectory of the “1988 Rays” uniforms might have evolved along these lines. Nope — the team that didn’t exist was caught in a uniform timewarp of 10 (design) years. But still, the unis were great. Awfully great, but great. And clearly it looks like the Rays are having fun with this.

Although they did create new caps for this uniform, the went with the ’1978′ batting helmets, which actually didn’t look too bad at all:

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The other concern raised by several in yesterday’s comments, and elsewhere, was the fact that these Rays began their “real” baseball life as the “Devil Rays” so therefore, shouldn’t either the dark blue 1978 fauxbacks, or these 1988 jobbies, have said “Devil Rays” instead of just the shortened (and current) version? To which I say, “so what”? They’re making this all up, they should be able to call themselves “Rays” for their mythical team.

After all, there is certainly precedent for a team beginning life with one name, changing it, then changing it back (as the Reds/Redlegs/Reds) have done. Maybe there was a push after 1989 to name the team simply after the animal “Devil Ray” due to the harmful effects of the sun’s rays? Then they came to their senses in 2008 and returned to just “Rays”? Who knows.

Interestingly, a couple weeks ago, Rob Holecko came up with a mythical 1978-1997 Rays->Devil Rays progression. Perhaps they could have gone with something like this for their fauxback.

There was also some internal discussion amongst the CorC (a secret, sub-UW-society) as to why they didn’t just go with a minor league team (for their throwbacks). Well, there were (at least) two minor league teams in the Tampa/St. Pete area in 1988 — the Tampa White Sox and the St. Petersburg Cardinals — both of which probably would have posed some issues — so they went with the mythical Tampa Bay Rays instead. And it was good.

I really enjoyed the uniforms yesterday — even the Cubbies miswearing of the 2-in-1′s. This game is fun, OK?

“And don’t hold the ball so hard, OK? It’s an egg. Hold it like an egg.”

Readers, what say you?

[special thanks to Cork Gaines and Jamal Wilburg for two of the photos used above]

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And now a quick word from Paul: The Uni Watch 15th-anniversary patches are now in stock and available for ordering, and I don’t mind saying that they look pretty damn good. Full details here.

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Baseball News: The Braves will be wearing this “Pete” patch, in honor of Pete Van Wieren, for the rest of the season (h/t Mike Nessen). Who is Pete Van Wieren? Now you know. … This is neat! Apparently based off of Paul’s tweet, C. Trent Rosecrans has mocked up possible pillbox caps for the 2015 All Star Game. C’mon Reds, make it happen! … Todd Radom notes that the pillbox style was known as Anson for the 1981 Pirates. … From Bruce Menard, feast on this 1953 Bowman Color Baseball Card 5¢ Box – featuring Joe DiMaggio. Also from Bruce, check out The Mick and the Yankee Clipper (with Jerry Dior’s patch), from 8/9/69. … On Friday night, the Baltimore Orioles had a 60th anniversary celebration in which they wore 1954 throwbacks. They looked awesome. Also, that night, Gary Thorne pulled out the sleeve patch from 2011 (to honor the late Mike Flanagan) and used it as a lapel pin for the Orioles 60th anniversary celebration (great grab by Jack Krabbe). … On Friday, The Ogden Raptors wore camo for Military night (thanks to Tyson Jex). … The York Revolution wore 1969 York Pirates (AA Eastern League Champions) tribute jerseys & caps on Friday. … “My father-in-law shared a State College Spikes (short season A, Cardinals) program with me that he picked up recently at a game,” writes Mike Wissman Check out the photo I found on the back page — it’s your ‘Play Ball Family Of The Game’!” … Is that the MLB logo on Curtis Granderson’s right sock? Sure looks like it (thanks, Paul). In fact it definitely is (thanks, Brinke). … “It strikes me as odd that the Oakland A’s use two different button layouts on their alternate jerseys,” writes Peter Fahey. “Even though the basic designs are the same, the gold jersey uses a large gap between buttons on the placket as if lettering was to be included there. In contrast, the green one uses evenly spaced buttons, as common sense would dictate, because there is nothing actually sewn on the center of the jersey. Is it possible to ask Mr. Vucinich from the Oakland staff about this discrepancy?” It’s especially odd since the A’s old green jersey used to spell “Athletics” across the rubicon (and would need the uneven button spacing), since changed to A’s on the left breast and placket piping while the gold jersey never had anything but an “A’s” in this style. You’d think if anything, the uneven spacing would be reversed. … JD Denison was looking at the “A Visual Compendium of Baseball Uniforms” print and found a mistake: The Mariners TATC jersey (second from the bottom, sixth from the left) is listed as having been worn in 1999. It was actually worn in 1998. The 1999 Mariners TATC jerseys were red. … Despite the dearth of players to actively wear the Iso-BLOX protective cap, the MLB union is working to get better head protection for pitchers. … The Brewers broke out their ‘retro BP jerseys’ (again) on Friday night. … The Brewers did their annual ethnic heritage celebration yesterday, and it was Cervaceros Day at Miller Park (h/t Jeff Ash). … One added benefit of the O’s throwback game — on Sunday, Zach Britton was still wearing the striped stirrups! (via @ColonelWill). … I’m not exactly what the “Perfect Game All-American Classic” is, but it was played at Petco Park yesterday (h/t Brady Phelps). If you dare, you can see more photos and tweets here. … The Toronto Blue Jays wore red caps & jerseys yesterday because “Canada Baseball Day” (more photos here).

NFL/CFL News: The new CFL “third” uniform unveilings have begun – here’s what the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be breaking oot (Mike Styczen will have a full breakdown on the new CFL unis shortly). … Check out the backplate on Hakeem Nicks. Connor (@CKruggs) wonders if he brought his NY Giants gear with him. … Here’s what the Panthers 20 Seasons logo looks like on their field, and on their jersey. … The Eagles have finally adopted the “Elite 51″ style uniform from Nike. Look at that collar — woof! … On Friday, we revealed the Bucs awful number font was “reflective.” Here is how reflective those jerseys looked under the lights (big thanks to Samuel Lam for those grabs) — full gallery here. … Johnny Ek had this on Saturday, but ICYMI: During Friday night’s Washington football team game, there was an upside-down “3″ on the field (thanks Rydell Commisso). … Red Zone adverts (h/t @TheRealBirdGang) is really getting out of hand (via CJ Fogler). Here’s some more on that (thanks, Brinke). … Looks like the Jaguars didn’t update their logo for the area where the ref goes under the hood to check a replay (nice spot by David Gambill). … According to this article, then-Chiefs offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz (now with the Giants) spoke at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Day School, the only Hebrew day school in Kansas City, where he was presented with a personalized yarmulke with his uniform number and HNoB (that’s “Hebrew name on back”.) No photos though (thanks to Gregory Koch). … Reader Kenneth Warren was watching the Browns preseason game and noticed what appears to be an error in the height of the uni numbers. … On Saturday night, Kevin Dorsey of the Packers was missing TV numbers on his jersey (from Taylor Meiklejohn).

College/High School Football News: Here is a nifty little slideshow of Wyoming helmets from 1969 through today. … Here’s an example of a memorial patch on a high school team from 2000. Says submitter Raymie Humbert: “Note the ‘KV 50′ memorial patch and the ’50 on the back of player #54′s bumper. This was Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Arizona.” … Ugh: Pearland High School in Texas has introduced a gray uniform with gray numbers (thanks to Chris Mycoskie). Chris notes this is a clear violation of first rule mentioned on page 3 here. “Now will officials actually enforce it?” he adds. … The Marshall Thundering Herd released a shot of their all green unis for 2014. Clint Richardson, who submitted this, thinks those numbers might be illegal. Marshall says “no”. Here’s another look (from Graham Nesselrode). And another and another (from Coleman Mullins). … Also from Clint Richardson, new home, away and “blackout game” uniforms for Middle Tennessee State University. … Also getting new uniforms are the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks (h/t @TheNotRealLeo). … GT posted a picture of this billboard with the same uniforms and the new ACC logo. Submitter Daniel Hargis says, “this billboard shows the GT helmet has a white facemask. Either this is new or the Tech marketing department is being lazy and not showing any attention to detail, which it has been guilty of for years (especially since they have Russell as it’s uniform provider).” … This is the new University of the Incarnate Word helmet (via Chris Mycoskie). Since I knew you’d ask. … “This is my high school in Northwest Indiana,” says Gary Moore. “Our school colors are black and gold, there is much uproar on Facebook about the new field being yellow instead of gold.”

NBA News: On Friday I mentioned that NBA fans (per Darren Rovell) could get a refund on their Andrew Wiggins jerseys if the item was in original condition an still had its tagging. Well, he amended that to note the jersey can be returned with or without tags (thanks, Brinke). … Reader Mike Wernsing, Jr. saw this picture of Mitch Richmond with the Golden State Warriors. On his jersey he had a Captain “C” patch. “Thought that was odd with him only playing for 3 years in Golden State (to have the Captaincy patch),” says Mike, but then “vaguely remember something in the ticker a few days ago about Chris Mullin with a C patch also.” … NBA Rookies get style advice “the Rest Of Us Can Use” (from TommyTheCPA. … From this weekend’s Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement: both Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond posed with mid-90s alt unis, Mourning in the red Heat number and Richmond in the Kings’ black/purple checkerboard getup (from Yusuke Toyoda).

Soccer News: Most of the new Euro league kits have been released for their upcoming season, and here is a nice roundup of Barclays Premier League kits for 2014-15. … Interesting note from Gabe Oppenheim about the Liga MX (Mexican top flight soccer league) unis this year: “I’m watching Jaguares de Chiapas vs Leon right now. What makes Chiapas unis so interesting is that they’re covered in nature-conservation messages (in Spanish). One says, ‘Guard the water,’ another says ‘the rainforest is green’ and a third (the biggest one) says ‘Protect Nature’.” … “I was at a soccer game on Monday between my own team IFK and rivals AIK,” says Magnus Olsson. “AIK has Costa Rican World Cup player Celso Borges on their team but I did not expect him to play due to injury. He however did, and this was apprarently something that AIK did not count on either which resulted in an odd uni-issue.” … Southampton are going back to manufacturing their own kits (which Uni Watch has discussed before), after a dispute with Adidas (nice find by Gabriel Luis Manga). … Bogotá side Independiente Santa Fe wore throwbacks on Saturday, which doesn’t happen really often in soccer, notes Fernando Cardenas. If you want a look at the team regulars so you can compare, you can find them here. He adds the throwbacks don’t “really look that throwback (the red team) for two factors: 1. sponsorship, Honda Motors’ logo actually looks a bit funny because it had to be placed lower; 2. The team’s consistent look throughout time with red solids and white sleves.”

Grab Bag: A British food company is under fire for a new logo, which just happens to look like an ejaculating dick a phallus (thanks, I think, to Brian Wulff). … There’s a new kit for the Welsh rugby team Ospreys (from Eric Bangeman). … The Leicester Tigers have a new home shirt (via @TheLupineOne). … Back in the mid 1990′s South Australian National Football League team Norwood experimented with zip-up jerseys, but the idea was quickly abandoned (thanks to Graham Clayton). … Here’s the new BLK white kit for USA Rugby, shown with no adverts as it is for Women’s rugby World Cup (thanks to Adam Ingle). … This is pretty funny: A couple of uni-related gags in NBCSN’s new Ted Lasso promo (nice find from Yusuke Toyoda. … Check out this Bears jersey cake given to the cousin of Ryan Lindemann. “It was made by his sister-in-law,” says Ryan. I pointed out the GSH was missing and was harassed.” … Ooooohhhh — nice! The World Hockey Association has a Hall of Fame website that contains great photos and program covers (great, great find from Dave Hembree).

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And that’s it for this fine Monday. Lots to discuss in the comments today, so don’t be shy. Hope everyone had a good weekend. And Paul, hope you’re enjoying The Pine Tree State.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken

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“The team formed as the Devil Rays. Their pretend history as a team presumably founded in the 60′s is kinda dumb when it uses the current name and colors. They’re basically saying that the entire Devil Rays era was a fluke, kinda like the blue/white/red Detroit Pistons’ teal era.”
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Tampa Bay Wearing

By John Ekdahl

Tampa Bay will wear their “fauxbacks” against the Cubs today. At least one sports commentator is not amused:

ESPN’s Keith Olbermann, who is friends with Sternberg, nevertheless named the Rays the “worst persons in the sports world” for “denying their Tampa Bay Devil Rays history” and putting “Rays” on the fauxbacks. Sternberg said “somewhere down the line” they’ll do something Devil Rays-related but “not enough time has passed.”

Anyway, these road fauxbacks were designed by Stuart Sternberg.

The new road “fauxback” uniforms the Rays will debut for today’s ’80s Day game against the Cubs were designed by principal owner Stuart Sternberg, who admits he was inspired by the 1978 Padres. “Pure ripoff,” Sternberg said. “With a little, you know, here and there.” The pants (beltless, by the way) and most of the jersey are light blue, with the sleeves, trim and socks yellow. Sternberg, who also designed the original Rays logo and the first fauxbacks, was quite pleased with his latest. “The retro uniforms I’m in love with,” he said, “and clearly the rebranding and logos worked out beautifully.”

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The New York Times has a great article about Rickie Fowler’s toned down style this week.

Rickie Fowler wore purple for the third round of the 96th P.G.A. Championship. A few years ago, the purple might have had a brilliant fuchsia hue or maybe something magenta. It would have been something eye-catching, for sure.

Perhaps amethyst, mulberry, orchid or lavender.

But Saturday his pants and shirt were just a standard purple, with a lot of plain white accents and a tiny flash of muted yellow mixed in.

The shoes? White. The hat? White.

How our little Rickie is growing up.

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This isn’t exactly Uni-related, but big news out of the racing world. Tony Stewart hit and killed a driver who had gotten out of his car to confront him while on the track. Bizarre indecent, we’ll see what develops.