Big MLB throwback day yesterday, as four teams turned back the clock. First up was the Cubs/Brewers game at Wrigley, which found the Cubbies wearing their 1937 unis. As you can see above, that meant zippered jerseys and absolutely spectacular striped hosiery. Here’s another view:
The Brewers didn’t exist in 1937, so they wore uniforms based on a minor league Milwaukee Brewers team. The most interesting thing about this uni was the letterspacing on the chest insignia. The “A” was all by itself in the middle of the placket, which made the chest wordmark look like “MILW A UKEE”:
Most players went high-cuffed, with the very conspicuous exception of Brewers shortstop Jeff Bianchi, who really needs to get with the program:
Lots of additional photos here.
Meanwhile, over in Kansas City, the Orioles and Royals wore Negro League throwbacks — Baltimore Black Sox for the O’s and KC Monarchs for the Royals. Interestingly, the Monarchs’ design was blank on the front:
Some KC players wore solid stockings, while others wore stirrups:
As for the Orioles, their I loved their Black Sox unis — the jersey, the cap, the whole package:
The only bummer is that the Orioles wore their standard non-throwback batting helmets:
Lots of additional photos here. Meanwhile, in case you missed it, Phil pointed out something interesting in yesterday’s entry: The Orioles will be wearing Negro Leagues throwbacks again on May 30 when they play the annual Civil Rights Game in Houston against the Astros, and then they’ll be wearing 1990s throwbacks against the Cubs when they visit Wrigley on Aug. 24. So they’ll be wearing throwbacks at least three times this season as the visiting team, something I believe is unprecedented.
(Big thanks to Gene Sanny for the Jeff Bianchi screen shots.)
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PermaRec update: I recently got to interview a 90-year-old former student from the Manhattan Trade School for Girls and see some pages from her old art portfolio (including the illustration shown at right). The best part is the bit where she told me how pouring milk in her iced tea turned out to be one of the formative aesthetic moments of her life. Get the full scoop over on Permanent Record.
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’Skins Watch: Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who happens to be a longtime ’Skins fan, thinks the team should keep its name (from Tommy Turner). … Here’s more about those “Siouxper Drunk” T-shirts at the U. of North Dakota from last week (thanks, Phil). … This is fascinating: As you’re no doubt aware, lacrosse has deep Native American roots, and two of the best current collegiate lacrosse players are the brothers Miles and Lyle Thompson, who play for Albany and are Onondaga Indians. Lacrosse Magzine recently ran a photo spread on Miles Thompson, which showed him with a ’Skins blanket on his bed. But check out the accompanying note: “I actually got rid of this blanket after my older brother Jerome Thompson Jr. enlightened me on what the real meaning of a ‘redskin’ is and how it affects our people. I am no longer a Redskins fan, but I still am a fan of RGIII” (big thanks to Kevin Mueller).
Baseball News: The Cubs made a pretty big mistake on one of their Wrigley Field centennial murals (from Gil Neumann). … Good question from Casey B, who wonders if there are any ballparks that still have the old “No Pepper Games” signs. If not, which was the last one to have them? Has anyone ever charted their disappearance? … Last week I mentioned that Babe Ruth used the jersey he wore in Pride of the Yankees for personal appearances later in his life. Now there’s a whole article about that specific jersey — good stuff (from Tom Shieber). … Here’s a great 1979 article on the Pirates’ Stargell Stars (big thanks to Todd Radom). … Want some vintage striped stirrups? Somebody on eBay is selling a whole box of them. … Check out the jerseys worn by the 1976 Fukuoka Taiheiyo Club Lions — they look more like football jerseys! “Can’t imagine why these didn’t work,” says Keith Olbermann. … The Nats apparently have their own strength and conditioning logo. Does every team have something similar? “That’s Wilson Ramos, holding his own bobblehead,” says Alan Borock. … Speaking of bobbleheads, the Rangers gave away a bobble with an embarrassing typo yesterday (from Don Silsby). … Michael Hersch has made a baseball-themed version of the 2048 game. “Instead of numbers, the squares are lettered A-K using cap logos. I had to get creative and find some minor league teams to fill in some of the letters.”
NFL News: Good catch by Dustin Tingue, who notes that the Bills appear to have a new number font for their practice jerseys. Here’s a practice shot from last December, for comparison. … “On last week’s episode of The Middle, the recurring character played by Norm Macdonald came up with a great idea of selling NFL shower curtains,” says Chris Flinn. “His way to get around the NFL licensing rules was to drop a letter on all of the team’s names, so they show Begals, Gants, and Cots shower curtains throughout the episode.” … A Bills fan has gotten a tattoo of late team owner Ralph Wilson (thanks, Mike).
College Football News: Embarrassing-looking new helmet apparently in the works for N.C. State. “As an alum, not sure how I feel about these,” says Jacob Schuurman. As a non-alum, I’m pretty sure I know exactly how I feel.
Hockey News: If you’re a Blues fan, you really need to bid on this super-wide-lapelled suede jacket. I love how the auction listing describes it as “this cool suede affair” (entertainingly garish find by Mike Powers).
Soccer News: Arsenal wore a specially embroidered shirt for the FA Cup Final (from Yusuke Toyoda). … Also from Yusuke: “Bayern Munich wore next season’s kit for the season-closing German Cup Final. But this will be the only time they’ll wear this design with the European champions patch, since they failed to defend their Champions League title.” … The rest of these are from Trevor Williams: Nike has created a commemorative Arsenal jersey that incorporates 20 years’ worth of old designs. … New USA training jersey. … New kits for AS Monaco and Atlético Madrid.
Grab Bag: Has crazy has the camo thing become? So crazy that Ralph Lauren now offers a camo sport coat (from Tommy Turner). … A religion website has posted a slideshow of really ugly vestments (from Jeff Hunter). … Good article on whether high school softball players should wear facemasks (from Yusuke Toyoda).
By Phil Hecken
The Cubs and Brewers will be hooking up today in the third (of nine) throwback games celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Wrigley Field. If you’re not familiar with the celebration, you can read more here and here. We know what the Cubs will be wearing, but (as of Friday night when this post was drafted), the uniforms for the Brewers were still a mystery.
I’ve asked my buddy (and Brewers uniform historian) Chance Michaels (blue shirt, second from right – also in slightly less formal attire, with Paul and me at a Mets game) to give us a rundown of the uniforms the Brewers wore during the 1930’s, and specifically the 1937 season.
So, without further ado, I’ll turn this part of the article over to Mr. Michaels, as he takes a look at the…
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By Chance Michaels
There are times when my own sports obsessions lead me in some strange directions. I think I might be the only Milwaukee baseball historian left cold by glorious tales of the Braves, their legendary heroes and their world championship in 1957. On the contrary, I’ve always been much more interested in the club they deposed; the Milwaukee Brewers of 1902-1952. That team was known colloquially to their fans as the “Brews”, a name I now use to separate them from their modern namesake. The Brews were charter members of the American Association, the top minor league in the first half of the 20th Century, and their success on the field (and at the ticket office) paved the way for the majors to move to Milwaukee.
In my capacity as an early Milwaukee baseball researcher, I was asked to work with the club last year on their 1913 throwbacks, honoring the Brews’ first pennant. I wasn’t specifically consulted by the Twins when they planned their 1948 throwback game later in the season, although photos from my site were used as reference and the uniforms were recreated from a jersey in my collection. So for a time, I felt pretty plugged in and got to watch the process unfold.
Unfortunately, Miller Park isn’t hosting any Turn Back the Clock games in 2014, but I knew that didn’t mean we won’t see the Brews this year; back in November I heard from a source at the club that they’d been asked by another team to participate in one of theirs.
And then in January, the Chicago Cubs announced that the Milwaukee Brewers would be joining them in a 1937 Turn Back the Clock as part of Wrigley Field’s centennial.
Still, we didn’t know what to expect. The Cubs unveiled their uniforms as part of the initial announcement, but no word on what the visitors would be wearing. For four months, we could only guess.
If the Brewers were to wear 1937 uniforms, what would they look like? It’s not an easy question to answer. 1937 was the first year for new unis> in Milwaukee, as the Brews traded red-and-blue trimmed togs for a simplified number with solid blue “M” and blue piping. Pictures of the road uniforms from that period, however, are hard to come by. The Milwaukee papers didn’t send photographers on the road with the team, and there doesn’t seem to have been much cooperation with papers in Toledo or Kansas City or Minneapolis as I would have hoped. Most of the pictures of road uniforms I do have from that year were taken in Spring Training, as the team was wringing one last use out of the previous season’s flannels.
So for months we could only speculate. Then, last Wednesday, four days before the game, this little tidbit appeared on the Cubs’ site:
On Sunday, May 18, the Cubs will wear a throwback uniform from 1937, the year during which Wrigley Field’s iconic scoreboard was installed and the ivy was planted on the newly-constructed bleacher wall. The 1937 jersey features a zip-up front and the uniform marks the first year the team switched from a navy blue to a royal blue color on its uniforms.
The visiting Milwaukee Brewers will wear a 1937-inspired retro uniform as well.
Okay. That was confirmation. Maybe. No pictures yet, no details. And what we did learn was slightly worrying. What, exactly, is “a 1937-inspired retro uniform”? Do they mean “old style in a modern cut”, or do they mean that the uniform itself isn’t really faithful to the Brewers’ original 1937 togs? Perhaps they were planning something entirely different, like the “1920s-ish but not actually what the Brewers wore in the 1920s” throwbacks from their first TBTC games in 1993. We still don’t know.
This long wait also indicates that there won’t be much merchandise relating to this game (if any). Last year, 1948 jerseys, caps and t-shirts were widely available, even more so for the visiting Brewers than the host Twins. This year? Nothing.
We’ll have to wait and see. I’m writing this on Friday night, still with no announcement. After being so involved in last year’s throwbacks, the anticipation is killing me.
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On the flip side of the coin, we DO know what the Cubs will be wearing today, since they’ve already revealed their throwback. From the looks of that, Majestic has done a pretty good job — so let’s take a quick look at some originals:
Looks like Majestic has gotten this one pretty darn correct, right down to the zipper! (The Cubs, by the way, were the first ‘modern’ baseball club to incorporate the zipper into the uniform, and 1937 was the year it was added). From Dressed To The Nines:
The zipper, in its earliest form, was invented in 1891, but it was not until the 1930s that the handy fastener was added to the baseball uniform. The 1937 Cubs were the first big league club to switch from a button-down jersey to the zipper-front style, but other teams soon followed Chicago’s lead. The zipper fad reached its peak in 1940 and ’41, when half of all big league clubs had zippered jerseys. The zipper was an integral part of the tunic-dress uniform worn during the 12-year run of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), as the device was used to cinch the uniform snugly around the waist. The last major league club to wear a zipper-front jersey was the Philadelphia Phillies in 1986.
I know whatever the Brewers wear should look pretty awesome — and we know the Cubbies will look great. Really looking forward to this one!
Big thanks (again) to Chance for his efforts to bring the Brew Crew’s unis to light.
Wait…It’s Not Memorial Day…
Last night, the Los Angeles Angels and the Tampa Bay Rays broke out their Memorial Day camouflage a few days early, much to the surprise of many (the move was not announced until yesterday morning).
Shockingly, they chose to wear the camo gear on Armed Forces Day, which is actually (if you have to wear camo), an entirely APPROPRIATE day to honor the military, since yesterday was, ya know…Armed Forces Day.
Not that the camo looks particularly good. (And note the Angels are wearing it on their red alternate jersey, while the Rays are wearing it on their gray jersey). Unfortunately for anyone more than six feet away, the camo actually served its purpose on the Rays unis, rendering the names completely and numbers almost completely unreadable.
You can see more photos here.
There are few items on which Paul and I are 100% in agreement, but this camo-shit it one of them. And since he can say it better than I, the following is from Paul with regard to the early breaking out of the camouflage uniforms yesterday (on ACTUAL Armed Forces Day):
This is nuts. Every team, including the Angels and Rays, will already be wearing these jerseys on Memorial Day. They couldn’t wait?
Now, Armed Forces Day is a real thing. But it’s not a Federal holiday and it’s not a major part of our culture — most Americans have no idea of when it is, or that it even exists.
Maybe more people should know and care about it, or maybe not — that’s a debatable point. The same thing could be said about Arbor Day, Constitution/Citizenship Day, Emancipation Day, and a bunch of other non-Federal holidays that are observed to varying degrees around the country — none of which are acknowledged in the sports world. Only military-related holidays get this level of uni-related observance. It has become an obsession bordering on a fetish.
The problematic issue here, as I’ve said many times, is not whether military members deserve to be honored; it’s whether the military deserves to be celebrated again and again and again, to the near-exclusion of all other sectors of society. It has gotten way, way out of hand, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Thanks Paul. I couldn’t agree more.
…and there’s ANOTHER Throwback game today…
this one will feature the Baltimore Orioles playing the Kansas City Royals in Kauffman Stadium, and it’s a Negro League throwback game! The Orioles will be playing in the uniforms of the “Baltimore Black Sox” and the Royals (who do throwbacks often and as well as anyone) will play as the “Kansas City Monarchs.” The approximate year for these teams is mid-1920s for the Royals (Monarchs, and late-20s for the Orioles (Black Sox). Above you can see the uniforms Majestic has come up with for the game.
I always love the throwback games, and especially the Negro League games, since (IMHO) they had really great uniforms we don’t get to see enough of. And this year, the Royals are adding a new twist to the Salute to the Negro Leagues. From their website,
In celebration of the Negro Leagues, the Royals have partnered with the Negro League Baseball Museum for the 1st annual “Dressed To The Nines” event. All fans are encouraged to come to Kauffman Stadium wearing their Sunday best to honor the tradition of attending Negro Leagues games Dressed to the Nines!
Can you imagine fans coming to the ballpark in their “Sunday Best” as opposed to tees, tanks, cutoffs and $200 polyester shirts? It will be interesting to see how many fans play along. I’m NOT one to hop on this “you fans should wear [insert whatever color shirt, camo, whatever] to this game” (even if said shirt is sitting on the chair when you arrive), but I think this “Sunday Best” is a great idea. Plus, the first 10,000 fans get a free fedora — and who doesn’t love a fedora?
You can read more about the festivities here and here. I’m sure Paul will have some great game (and stadium) shots for us tomorrow!
It’s interesting that the Royals opponent today is the Orioles — since they will be involved in the 2014 Civil Rights game on May 30 (and will be wearing the uniforms of the Baltimore Elite Giants) and the Cubs 1990’s throwback game on August 24th (wearing 1990s throwbacks). Has any team participated in THREE throwback games (including two wearing Negro Leagues uniforms) as visitors in one season? The O’s themselves are celebrating their own 60th Anniversary — and I’m honestly not sure if they’ll be throwing back in their own stadium — but a look at the 2014 promotions shows that on June 29th, they’re giving away a 1954 cap, so maybe they’ll be wearing throwbacks that day? And on August 8th, they’ll be doing a 60th Anniversary Fireworks and Laser Show (Postgame), so maybe they’ll bust out some throwbacks then?
Regardless, the O’s will be wearing at least 3 throwback uniforms this year. Who’s up for a few more?
We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.
So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.
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.
Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.
And so, lets begin:
First up today is Jason Adam, with some redesigns for the 2014 Cleveland
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As you know the Browns are about half way thru their uniform makeover process. I’m an artist and die hard Browns fan. I had initially planned on making these an unsolicited submission but….Until I get a job at Nike I figured I’d throw my own concepts out there for the redesign. This is called the Canine concept. It does away with the leg striping and instead gives some literal “teeth” to the uniform. In keeping with the classic look I didn’t want to change things too much but also wanted something that acknowledged the modern trends. These are the home, away, alternates, home alternates and throwback white helmet unis. I crave critique so I’m anxious for any/all feedback.
Next up is Tommy Mor with a new look for the Illini (which was sent in just days before the actual Illinois rebrand):
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As you know Illinois is rebranding on Wednesday. Here’s a concept I came up with for their football uniforms.
And we close today with Lammert Wijnsma who has some pretty darn cool “player logos” for Anthony Davis (be sure to click on the link below for a look at his full concept):
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I’m a graphic designer from the Netherlands and love the NBA. And especialy Anthony Davis, so I thought why not make him a logo! I think he’s the frontrunner for MIP this year with his amazing stats!
My idea is on my portfolio on Behance.
Just curious what you think of it. Because your an expert!
Oh, and sorry for the not so good english…
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
Baseball News: The ASU Sun Devils wore retro jerseys on Friday night. More details here. … “Wilson or Morse,” writes Brinke. “It was discounted since #38 Wilson wore it — now it’s Morse wearing it.” … From that 1937 All-Star Game footage, “I found out about this from an AP story (FDR Walking), but it shows a number of the 1937 All-Stars,” says Joe Makowiec. “It was shot by Jimmie DeShong, then a pitcher with the Senators.” … Frankenhat #152: “Found this hat at an Academy Sports in GA. Braves logo on the front, Tigers strap on the back,” (h/t Sic ‘em City). … In honor of yesterday’s Armed Forces Day, Wichita State busted out the camo (via Nick Helten). … The WKU Hilltoppers got some new uniforms for this weekend’s series (from Ethan Brown). … When the Mets’ Juan Lagares hit a home run today, his jersey was untucked (Thanks, Paul). … Ooooohhh: here’s an Astros St. Patrick’s Day spring training jersey from 1982 (nice find by Sully). … he summer collegiate Kenosha Kingfish (Northwoods League) on Saturday unveiled their uniforms for their inaugural 2014 season (thanks to Alan D. Poff).
NFL/Football News: Reader Adam Edwards noticed Michael Sam’s jersey number font doesn’t match the rest of the guys. He adds, “It looks like a really old jersey to me. The numbers are too wide. I couldn’t find a pic with another guy having a “9” or “6” in the same pic with Sam. Also the “NFL Equipment” patch on the collar is yellowed and old looking.” … The Jacksonville Sharks (of the Arena Football League) wore these “military appreciation” jerseys in yesterday’s Military Appreciation Night (h/t to Taylor Burck and Ryan Scott). … When he took to the field for the first time as a member of the Vikings, Teddy Bridgewater was wearing a watch (thanks to Benjamin Thomas).
Hockey News: An actual NHL “sweater” found, out of all places, on Uncle Joey on an episode of Full House. Year aired was 1993, episode 168 (nice find by Ryan Stone.
Soccer News: Yesterday, Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna wore two different color boots during the FA Cup final (h/t John Obarski). Apparently he’s been linked to a a transfer to Man City, so speculation is that he wore different colors (one for his old club, one for his new). On Twitter, it was mentioned that they are new Puma shoes, and “they come like that.” Anyone know more? … Yesterday, Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski wore boots dedicated to F1’s Michael Schumacher (from Mark Coale). More here. … Here’s WHOLE lot of Soccer news from Pat West: FIFA has released a document that along with having a lot of great historical info and stats of each team at the World Cup also has a breakdown of each team’s kits. The kits start on page 22. I will start off by saying that the kit pictures are pretty much horrible and provide no real detailed look at anything. They look like someone cut them out of Paint and then placed them in the document. If you zoom in it doesn’t help they just get pixelated. However, it does show each nations first, second and in most cases third team goalkeeper kits. The US is black, green and yellow respectively. Also there are a few things that differ from what has been put out there. Bosnia’s new Adidas kits have been leaked but not officially released due to their current contact with Legea not being up until the end of the month. When leaked they said that the white kit was the home kit and the blue was the away, but it turns out that it is the opposite and the blue is home and the white away. Also, in a few of the Puma release photos they had the wrong or different socks entirely matched up with the kits. I had already seen that Uruguay would be wearing their traditional black socks but the release photos had them in sky blue socks. In a new revelation to me the Ghana away kit officially has yellow socks even though the release photos were with red socks. Chile swapped the socks from their release photos to pair the more traditional white socks with the home kit and the blue socks with the away on the official list. Costa Rica who wear Lotto kits also did the same where they swapped in the more traditional white socks for the home kits and moved the red socks to the away which was not the case at their release. The different gear doesn’t surprise me for Uruguay or Ghana as it is common practice for a few nations to have different options to wear with each kit. I know for a fact that England has blue shorts they can match with their all white home look and the Argentina have more traditional black shorts and socks they can match with their home kit as well.
Grab Bag: Marcus Jordan has tweeted a picture of his Air Jordan Golf Shoes, with the direct link here (thanks, Brinke).
It’s actually tomorrow, but I think I’ve missed wishing Jim “Mothervilker” Vilk a Happy Birthday for the past eight years, so this year…I’m not going to forget.
Have a good one, Jimmer. The World Cup is just around the corner and College Hoops can’t be far off. Welcome to Jim-a-palooza!
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And THAT is going to do it for today. Everyone have a fantastic week, and for those of you who get to see them — enjoy the throwback games today — they should be great ones. Big thanks (again) to Chance Michaels for all of his research, to Paul for his thoughts on the Armed Forces Day camo, to the concepters, and Brinke for the French Open preview. If I’m leaving anyone out, well, thank you too!
Catch you next weekend.
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“My Oregon Ducks have abused the “alternate” uniform privilege to the point that they have worn so many uniforms, they really have no uniform in the strict sense, just a collection of matching ensembles. Be that as it may, however, the Ducks must be given credit — for better or worse — with having started the current craze of multiple uniforms and helmets well beyond the standard home and away or “special” one-game uniforms.”
— Buck Fontana
Paul here, making a cameo appearance before handing off the weekend baton to Phil. Just want to take a moment to point out that the first entry on this site was posted eight years ago today — May 17, 2006. So happy eighth birthday to the Uni Watch Blog, and my thanks to all of you who’ve helped make this project so much fun. I know we don’t always agree, but I love the exchange of ideas. Hope you do too.
And another, bigger milestone is fast approaching: May 26 will mark the 15th anniversary of the first Uni Watch column, which appeared in the now-defunct sports section of The Village Voice. If you had told me back then that I’d still be writing about uniforms 15 years later (or that I’d be doing it every day!), I would’ve thought you were crazy.
(Yes, it would have been better if I had just waited an extra nine days to launch the blog, so the two anniversaries would coincide, but I wasn’t thinking about that back then. Dang.)
I’ll have more to say about this on the 26th. I’ll also be unveiling a 15th-anniversary logo. Stay tuned.
Now here’s Phil with the rest of today’s content. — Paul
Phil here — let me be the first to wish the Uni Watch blog a HAPPY EIGHTH BIRTHDAY. And many more to come.
Today we’ll be taking a look at the twelfth, and FINAL, set of uniform submissions for the Lewis & Clark Design-a-Uniform Contest, for the team known as the “Settlers.” If you’re not familiar with the contest, please give that a read. The contest’s creator, W. Ross Clites asked readers to design uniforms for all of the teams in the Lewis & Clark League: “Captains,” “Diplomats,” “Explorers,” “Governors,” “Lookouts,” “Navigators,” “Pathfinders,” “Pioneers,” and “Travelers,” “Voyagers,” “Rivermen,” and finally “Settlers.”
You’ve been a very patient and fantastic audience for this project — and today is the LAST day you’ll be asked to select a uniform submission. After an average of 12-14 submissions per week for each and every team, today we have only four. So, rather than the usual “Vote For Three” — today it’s just “Pick Your Favorite” and that’s it. While the design-phase (for readers) is now over, Ross and his intrepid team will be back to show us the finished products. Over the past two Sundays, Ross has revealed the winning designs and shown us mockups, but once the actual uniforms/caps are created, we’ll see those (and based on what you fine folks have designed, they will be schweeeeeet!).
I’m sure you guys are familiar with the rules for voting by now, but just in case, here’s Ross, one last time:
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Alright boys and girls, here is how the voting is going to go for each Lewis & Clark Baseball League team:
1. The hierarchy of importance goes primary logo, then uniform design, and then all rest (i.e. hat design, secondary logos, etc.) Cast a vote for the design with your favorite primary logo, first and foremost. Do not fault someone for going outside the design guidelines. Changing a wordmark or adding a third color is not a disqualifier for good thought process.
2. Your votes will take the field of applicants down to a final two per team.
3. We, the LCBL Executive Board will make the final decision on the winning proposal. However — and this is big — design is never complete and collaboration is paramount to success. We will likely settle on a combination of the final two submissions. We might love the logo of one, but prefer the jersey scheme of the other. In this, you will both be winners with full prizes to ensue. The possibility does exist for a total victory, of sorts. One designer could present the best looking jersey, logo, hat, and all the rest. Do not get offended when your submission gets handed back to you with redlined edits. We hate to hand out homework to the winning look, but tweaks may be requested. It is a studio project and not a math equation; the “right” answer takes some massaging of details.
4. With permission from both finalists, our graphics department will meld the two submissions together (if necessary) and place it in our common platform. This is done as a common denominator showcase for all twelve to look uniform when the contest has reached its end.
5. Someone, not even in the top two, could see an element (such as an awesome secondary logo) appear in the final iteration. We would never select the winner based solely on a minor design element, but we will also not let it go to waste. In this, all submissions could be part of a bigger design team. This contest — and frankly this site — was created to identify the best possible combinations of logos and materials in the sports world. This rarely comes from one person’s mind; we will reward any of those that play a part in making our on-field product the best it can be.
Thanks, Ross. A few words about the submissions below:
Some of the contestants sent one single image, others sent multiple images. Some contestants sent descriptions (in some cases, very lengthy ones), others had little or no description. In an effort to make the voting as fair as possible, I have put those who sent multiple images into one single image, and no descriptions of the uniforms will follow.
If you’d like to see all the entries for the RiverMen and their write-ups/descriptions, I have hosted the entire set on Flickr. Keeping in mind Ross’ rules for voting, you may use these as an additional guide in determining which submission(s) you think are the best.
The submissions will be in alphabetical order and voting will follow. Please Vote For ONE submission today. Thanks!
OK folks. There you have it. Only four submissions, but they’re all good. Make your vote count! Here’s the poll:
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And now it’s your turn! Make sure to vote for your favorite.
Thanks to all the submitters — and to you fine Uni Watch readers and voters for making this a fantastic contest. I thank you for your time, and your patience, and I’m sure we’re all a wee bit sad, but mostly happy, that the contest is now over. Big thanks also to Ross for coming up with the idea for this.
You’ve all been aces!
U.W.F.F.L. Spring League
UWFFL Spring 2014 – Week 10
By Rob Holecko
We are back with another week of competition in our 2014 Spring Developmental League. Our thanks again go out to all of you who took the time to vote last weekend. Today we present to you eleven games to vote on, including this week’s spotlight game, a matchup of two teams that are, along with the Charleston Navigators, at the top of Group B, as the 4-1 Delaware Union take on the 4-0 Greenville Pointers.
Delaware, owned by Curtis Peddle, features team colors of “dark blue, Forty-Niner gold and white”, their uniforms display the UWFFL D-League Patch and feature triple-stitched twill numbering, and their logo is the D and U joined together (in union) with the football laces. The team’s theme song is “United” by Judas Priest from their 1980 classic album British Steel. They are wearing their road mono-whites against Greenville.
The Greenville Pointers, owned by Andrew Seagraves, hail from the upstate South Carolina area, and are one of only seven (out of 54) teams in the D-League to have won every game they’ve played so far, and therefore are in good shape to qualify for Fall UWFFL play. Their team colors are green and cream and their uniforms feature the City of Greenville’s logo as well as South Carolina’s Palmetto tree. The team name, of course, refers to the ‘Pointer’ breed of dog. They will be wearing their standard home green-over-cream combo for the home game.
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Be sure to head over to http://www.uwfantasyfootballleague.com to vote on the other ten games, and we’ll see you next week.
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Baseball News: This article from the archives of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the twilight years of Honus Wagner features a nice gallery of photos (thanks to Jonathan Daniel for the find). … Also from Jonathan, he just found an antique shop with lots of Seattle Pilots stuff. Nice! … From Jonathan as well: more vintage uniforms, this time from the Houston Buffaloes. … In a “typically Cubs-ish move,” one of the Wrigley Field murals accidentally uses an image of Comiskey Park (nice find by Matthew Robins). … The cat who saved the little boy in California from a dog attack will “throw out the first pitch” at a minor league game in Bakersfield, CA (spotted by Patrick O’Neill). … There are typically “Cubs-ish” moves, and there are typically Mets-ish moves (via Joe Velardi). These guys should just assemble a circular firing squad and put us ALL out of our misery. … “As was covered on here before, on Sundays the Charleston Riverdogs (single-A affiliate of the Yankees) wear seersucker uniforms,” writes Derek Summerville. “One thing that I noticed is that every uniformed person goes high-cuffed — EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Just the way baseball is meant to be.” … Ticker-intern Garrett McGrath explains that he is “no longer a Yankees fan” since the Yankees will be giving away cowboy hats on August 10th, which happens to be Garrett’s birthday. … Interesting observation by Jimmy Lonetti, who asks whether on the recent cover of ESPN the Magazine, “Is Yankee pitcher Tanaka wearing his game belt?” The “buckle looks gold tone and a little ‘dressier’ than a regular black baseball belt. Was it just used for the photo shoot?” … Here’s video of a throwback to 1850 game from basball’s Hall Of Fame Weekend in 1939. The game starts around the 1:10 mark in the video (wonderful find by Joanna Zwiep. … Technically a non-uni story, but Matt Bruback’s injury led him to develop a belt that helps hildren with autism and ADHD, improving concentration, focus, and sensory deficits (great spot by Paul Lee). … Also from Paul, Nats pitcher Ross Detwiler noticed a warning label stamped on his team-issued belt that reads, “WARNING: This product may contain a chemical known in the state of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.” … “A friend was at Fenway tonight, and posted on FB that Justin Verlander strolled into the stands to schmooze,” writes Gordon Blau. “But in the accompanying photo, Verlander is wearing his home uniform. Weird.” Hmmm. Is it possible that’s not Justin Verlander? A doppelganger perhaps? Is there a Doppellander loose in Boston??? … According to Samuel Lam Coco Crisp has the Majestic logo on both sleeves, and it’s been like that all season.
NFL News: “Saw this in the background of the equipment room in an interview on the NY giants website,” writes Kyle Costa. “They were interviewing Andre Williams. Design for a new uniform?” … Reader Tony Crespo saw this guy with a Bucs-themed bogey helmet while he was driving home from work in Orlando.
College Football News: The Oklahoma State University Cowboys will have new turf and a new field design for the fall season (several of you sent this in, including Jeffrey R Hartwig, Nick Pierce). For more info, click here.
NBA News: Are the Charlotte Hornets (who are slowly but surely revealing new bits of their identity) going to have a honey-comb pattern for their court? It’s entirely possible based upon that picture (nice spot by “catchphrase jones” @peanut_chillman).
Hockey News: The Adirondack Flames (an AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames) were introduced yesterday (h/t Dave Plante). The best news is, because they’re the “Adirondack” Flames, they can use the old Atlanta Flames’ logo! More on the new team can be found here. … Following up on a ticker mention from yesterday, Paul Wajgel notes there are many NHL players who tilt their visors, “the one that I know of is Niklas Kronwall.”
Soccer News: Here’s a fantastic photo of soccer superstar Pele (at age 14!), second from the left, bottom row. Not sure what team that is, but credit Sully (@pal3327) for the find. … Check out the jerseys on these ladies (from a new book on the history of the Dick, Kerr Ladies), spotted by Jay Sullivan. The book is available on Amazon today. … “Looks like West Bromwich Albion (Premier League) will shit-can the pinstripes after one season and revert back to the traditional thicker blue and white stripes,” writes Joe Hollomon. … Here is a look at some of the club kits that will be worn during the 2014-15 season.
Grab Bag: Ooooohhh – Check out the Illini’s “modernized” throwbacks for Big Tens this weekend (here’s what they threw back to), via Ben Dodds. … The “Microfiber waistband with authentic Reebok vector logos” (and “Reebok logo on leg”) are sure to be “key selling points” on whatever this Reebok garment is (via Kyle Speicher). … Dennis Haysbert (of “Major League”, Allstate commercials and “24” fame) wears clothing with his own initial logo on it (from Derek Summerville). … Last night was Metallica Night at AT&T Park (thanks, Brinke). More here and here.
And that will tie a neat bow on today’s post. Once again, a big, fat, HUGE Happy Birthday to the Uni Watch Blog. It’s been an incredible, wonderful project Paul, giving us all our daily dose of Athletics Aesthetics, since the weekly (or bi-weekly) column is never ever enough. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the even bigger 15th Anniversary coming up at the end of this month! Excelsior! Clearly, you Get It™, and we’re all the better for it. Here’s to (hopefully) two more terms!
Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Lewis & Clark redesign contest(s) — and to all you fine readers for supporting (and voting) or just putting up with it.
Enjoy the Preakness, puck & hoop playoffs, MLB and more today. I’ll catch you guys and gals tomorrow.
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“I guess we should all get behind the practice of sports teams wearing camo alternate uniforms and selling replicas of them to the public since, you know, that’s the only way to honor our servicemen and women. I’ve been trying to think of other ways we might honor them, and darned if I can come up with any.”
[Editor's Note: Last Friday's piece on jersey retailing prompted longtime reader Brian Erni to share some thoughts about his jersey-buying habit. — PL]
By Brian Erni
I can pinpoint exactly what started my jersey collection: a Pirates T-shirt my mom made for me when I was five or six. I had this gold Pirates tee, and my mom took a tube of black T-shirt paint and wrote “Bonds 24″ on it. I loved it and wore it nearly every day. This was in the early ’90s, before you could really get player-specific gear, especially for an out-of-town guy (Bonds was my favorite player).
Once I had the gold tee, she made me a black one with yellow paint. I loved them, and I loved the idea of the variety. When I played Wiffle ball outside with my dad, I could wear one “on the road” and one “at home.”
As I got older (nine or 10) and merchandising ramped up, I slowly started to collect what are now known as shirseys (God, I hate that term). My dad would get them at the now-defunct Herman’s Sporting Goods at the Smith Haven Mall. I loved wearing them before and after baseball practice, and I thought it was cool to have items that weren’t just the typical Mets or Yankees shirts that you’d see living here on Long Island. I had tons of first basemen (Frank Thomas, Fred McGriff, etc.) because I played first base at the time.
Fast forward to 1998. The first authentic jersey I purchased was the snow white Mets replica, at Shea. For whatever reason, this unlocked something within me. I was determined to collect as many Mets jerseys as I could (a sizable task, given how many different jerseys they wore in the late ’90s). It led to some obscure purchases, because soon it wasn’t just about complete-ism — it was about a statement, almost as if I had to prove my intelligence on a jersey level: Who else has a Derek Bell authentic jersey? I do, because he tore the cover off the ball in April and May of 2000! Then I moved on to hockey (Anyone want a Tim Connolly or Brad Isbister Islanders jersey? Because I have ’em.)
Honestly, it became crazy. Even after I stopped using “kid money” — i.e., saved-up Christmas or birthday money, summer job money, or begging my parents into submission — I kept it going. When I got my first real job, my first purchase was an authentic Johan Santana jersey. At one point I had over 200 jerseys.
A few things happened, though, that got me unhooked. One, although it sounds trite, is that I got married. I realized part of my jersey obsession was based on wanting to hold onto the past. Islanders jerseys reminded me of going to the Coliseum with my dad on weeknights; Mets jerseys reminded me of their 1999-2000 teams that sort of made me believe anything was possible in baseball. The jersey purchases were steeped in nostalgia and, frankly, habit: A new jersey comes out, mindlessly fork over money. It was like I was competing against myself. When I began looking forward with my life, instead of nostalgically looking back, I realized it’s really unfeasible to carve out money in your budget for jersey after jersey.
Secondly, there were the constant cash grabs. Honestly, it was the Stars and Stripes jerseys that did it for me. I saw more and more jerseys come out and thought, “Wow, another $250 just because the script is rendered in camo? These leagues and teams really think I’m an idiot.” And by buying the jerseys, I was proving them right! So I stopped.
Third, in October of 2012, I pulled the trigger on a team-centric tattoo: visual elements of Shea Stadium that come together in a half-sleeve. Throwing on a jersey over it seemed like overkill.
Also, Uni Watch had an effect on me. Paul framed this issue quite eloquently when he said the NFL and other leagues send the message that you’re not a true fan if you don’t have a jersey. That’s a load of horseshit. I can easily wear a $20 T-shirt and still be a fan. I can always wear a black V-neck and still be a Mets/Jets/Islanders/Nets fan. Since 2008, I’ve kind of realized just how much corporations think they own you, and one way I’ve tried to break that cycle is by curbing mindless spending.
I’ve now thinned out my collection by about half. I sold many of them via private sales to friends or on eBay (including some wompers like a Mercury Mets jersey, the Mets 2009 fauxback, and a Piazza Marlins jersey). Others I hang onto, either due to sentimental value or because I find myself wearing at night when I watch a game at home.
Paul here. My thanks to Brian for sharing his story. Personally, I’m intrigued by his final line — putting on a jersey just to watch a televised game at home? Do lots of you out there really do that?
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With grilling season right around the corner — not to mention Father’s Day — wouldn’t it be nice, just hypothetically speaking, if T-shirts like these were available? I’m speaking just theoretically, of course. If you feel similarly, let’s discuss.
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IMPORTANT! Today is Purple Amnesty Day — the one day of the year when you can order a purple-inclusive Uni Watch membership card (like Leon Davenport III’s U. of Washington basketball treatment, shown at right).
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grudgingly reluctantly teeth-clenchedly happily accept your purple orders until 11:59pm Eastern tonight. Non-purple membership orders are also welcome today, of course. All orders, purple or otherwise, can be made here.
Baseball News: Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom made his MLB debut last night and had a very interesting NOB. That made deGrom the second Met this season to wear a lowercase “d” — the first one being, of course, catcher Travis d’Arnaud (who, unfortunately, just went on the DL, otherwise the Mets could’ve had an all-lowercase-“d” battery last night). And no, that’s not an upside-down “P” — the Mets got real lowercase letters this season. It’s just that the “d” and the upside-down “P” look pretty much identical. Okay, this is the part where all you start debating whether the use of lowercase letters in NOBs is awesome or awful — have at it! (My thanks to Cork Gaines and Phil for the deGrom screen shot.) … Great article about some old uniforms on display at the Wayne County (Ohio) Historical Society (from Jonathan Daniel). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Another Yankee besides Jacoby Ellsbury is wearing a Cool Base jersey: Masahiro Tanaka. … You can see all the Memorial Day G.I. Joe cap/jersey pairings by scrolling down a bit on this page. … The Padres responded to the San Diego wildfires by hanging this jersey in the dugout (from Brady Phelps). … Douglas Byrd High School in North Carolina just renamed its field after a deceased coach. As part of the field’s dedication, the umpiring crew wore the coach’s number. Interesting to the umps taking part in a memorial gesture tied to a specific team (from Ryan Burns). … Green camo, striped stirrups, and black sannies, all in one photo. That’s from the Idaho state baseball tourney (from Grady Harmon). … Oh baby, how great is this: Pregame footage from the 1937 MLB All-Star Game (big thanks to Tom Shieber). … “No pics, but I was watching MLB Network last week and saw Jose Reyes wearing a Spider-Man shirt during BP,” says Andre Torres. “C’mon, man, that’s ridiculous. No reason for that to make an appearance on the field, even pregame. Team event = team uniform (even if it’s a BP one) to me.” Hmmm, maybe it’s because Reyes has a spider web tattoo. … New uniforms for Western Kentucky (from Josh Claywell). … Hmmm, will the Cubs’ Memorial Day cap have a blue brim or a red brim? “I’ve tried getting to the bottom of it, but I’ve pretty much been blown off or given stories,” says Johnny Cushing. “Based on my phone calls, my best guess is that the blue one is correct.” … More G.I. Joe, this time for Alabama (thanks, Phil). … Speaking of G.I. Joe, did you know Armed Forces Weekend is about to start? Actually, it’s not — there’s no such thing — but the Angels are celebrating it anyway. Why not just declare the whole calendar Armed Forces Year and get it over with? … Old-timey throwbacks two nights ago for Indiana (from Harrison Hamm). … Here’s some absolutely awesome home movie footage of the A’s Camera Day from 1968 and 1971. Yes, the web page says 1969, not ’68, but the uni designs and personnel clearly date the footage to ’68. Either way, great stuff — not to be missed! (Big thanks Rich Paloma.)
NFL News: Rut-roh — are the Bills bringing back the neck roll? Sure hope not (as spotted by Dirk Walker). … The Dolphins wore white jerseys for 14 of their 16 games last season, but a little birdie tells me they may be wearing more aqua this season. … New rookie uni number assignments for the Jags and Steelers (thanks, Phil). … Jon Dies was at a friend’s house and found this cool-looking NFL board game in the basement. … Several new football helmet models have been given five-star ratings — the highest in the industry (from Michael Princip).
Hockey News: Reader Jean Labbé notes that Rangers winger Carl Hagelin wears his visor tilted upward. Does that really do him any good? Are there any other players in the NHL who wear their visors this way?
Soccer News: Here’s a close look at the differences between Nike’s authentic and replica soccer jerseys (from Mark Coale). … Here’s an interesting site devoted to potential soccer kits of the future (good find by Paul Kos). … New kits for Inter Milan, Ross County, Levski Sofia, Grasshopper Club Zürich, and EC Vitória (all of those from Trevor Williams). … Also from Trevor: While Nike jersey prices are skyrocketing, they have made quality T-shirt jerseys, at least for Brazil, at a much lower price. … New yellow away kit for Liverpool. … “Apparently Chile is not happy with Puma for several reasons,” says Ryan Burns. “They claim designs weren’t submitted to FIFA on time. Several players said the uniform is too tight and uncomfortable. And lastly, a recent shipment to the national team included about a dozen articles that actually belong to Ghana. Good news is they’re still planning to sell an ‘authentic’ shirt to the public for a mere $180.” Ryan gleaned all that from this article, which is in Spanish. There’s an admittedly iffy Google translation available here. … Anyone recognize this maker’s mark or this maker’s mark? If so, please post the answer in the comments — thanks. … Companies pay tons of money for those jersey ads, but can you actually remember the EPL teams’ shirt sponsors? (From George Chilvers.) … Iran’s soccer federation told its players not to participate in the customary jersey-swap ritual at the World Cup because it’s not packing extra jerseys for Brazil (from Yusuke Toyoda).
Grab Bag: Some good Houston sports-themed T-shirts here (from my buddy Rob Walker, who says, “I’m sorely tempted by the home run scoreboard tee”). … As part of its ‘Do Something’ craft series, The Guardian has made a paper doll of 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome (from Sean Clancy). … No photo or video, but Coleman Mullins says, “My grandfather is watching Fox News and they were just discussing advertisements being placed on women’s tennis players’ chests. Sounded like a bunch of prepubescent boys talking about boobies for the first time.” … Also from Coleman: Sports-shaped pancakes! Uniform contracts with public universities are usually public documents, but the Ohio State student newspaper is reporting that the school’s new headwear contract with Lids is full of redactions due to “trade secrets.” “They’re speculating that we will see this practice increase as vendors bid against each other for these types of deals,” says Kevin Mueller. … Great question from Brinke: Why is the circle-R trademark symbol in the Levi’s logo usually clipped off at the top or at the side? I confess I’d never noticed this before, and now I’m intrigued. … The Flint Tropics live on in the form of this youth travel team from West Virginia. “I wonder how many of those kids have seen the movie, know where Flint is located, or know anything about the ’70s,” says Brice Wallace). … The state of Ohio is issuing bright yellow license plates to shame DUI offenders. … Good article on the guy who paints the infield grass at Charlotte Motor Speedway (from Dan Tarrant).