By Phil Hecken
One of the things I’m very grateful for as the Weekend Editor is the chance to bring you a look at projects being undertaken by Uni Watch readership. One of the projects of which I’m the most proud is the Gridiron Uniform Database — the joint project of Tim Brulia, Bill Schaefer and Rob Holecko. If you’re not familiar with that, you will be.
The Gridiron Uniform Database (GUD, for short) eventually morphed into the Diamond Uniform Database (DUD — a project still under construction)…both of these ambitious projects seek to document every uniform worn by the NFL and MLB since the inception of these leagues. The GUD, at first, didn’t have enough data for the “early” years, and the DUD is still lacking a satisfactory graphical element, but both are well underway to becoming the premier databases of their kind (not that anyone could ever outdo Marc Okkonen’s “Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century”, but their project seeks a more complete documentation of uniforms). What is, or rather was, still lacking, was a similar basketball uniform database.
Shortly after I feature the launch of the DUD, Jim Vilk said something to the effect of “I’m waiting breathlessly for a Basketball database,” to which I sarcastically quipped, “Don’t hold your breath.” Little did I realize throwing down this sort of gauntlet was all the crazy guys at the GUD and DUD would need … so, today, they boys from over there have some huge updates and want to announce the beginning of their newest project. And on that note, and with enough of my yakking — I’ll now turn this over to Rob Holecko (with Bill Schaefer), who’ll clue you fine readers in on what they’ve been doing: