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True Colors - Volume VII: Meet Don Stokes

[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]

By Phil Hecken

As most of you are aware, I love old photo colorizations, especially old time baseball photographs, and I’ve featured a number of posts over the years from a few of the colorizers I’ve “met” (and usually interviewed). You know the names: Chris Whitehouse (“ManCave”), George Chilvers, Larry Bodnovich, Matt Olbert (“Fenway Photoshops”), Mark Truelove, Gary Chanko; I’m sure I’m missing some. I also used to run a sub-lede segment called “Colorize This” which lasted for a couple years. Today, I would like to introduce yet another outstanding artist who colorizes the black and white photos of yesteryear: Don Stokes.

I interviewed Don (that follows) and also asked him if he could show us 10 of his colorized works, with short descriptions. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them all.

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Uni Watch: OK, standard question first — are you a Uni Watch follower (and if so, for how long?) and what first brought you to the blog?

Don Stokes: Yes, it started 2010 with Colorize This with some 1913 Washington Senators and have been following since.

UW: How old are you?

DS: 73 and live in Galesburg, Illinois.

UW: As readers know, I’ve always loved colorizations, and featured many (including one or two by you so far) on the blog. How long have you been doing them?

DS: Since 2009 off on on.

UW: I was first introduced to your work by Ron Bolton (OT Baseball Photos), who has contributed many pieces to Uni Watch. How long have you know Ron, and how often have you worked with him?

DS: I’ve known Ron going on 4 years in November. Actually I work with Ron almost on a daily bases as far as baseball research goes.

UW: Do you only use photoshop? Or do you have other programs you use, like Illustrator? When I did colorizations (and not well, I used GIMP, which is of course the “free” version of Photoshop).

DS: I started out using a program called Recolored then I went to Photoshop Elements 9 and now up to Elements 14. And I also use the on-line Pickmonkey photo editor to sometimes fine tune My work, but that’s just me. I also use a on line color picker to get all the color codes I need before I start.

UW: What attracted you to colorizations? Do you do any non-sports ones?

DS: I’ve done a couple of football ones for Ron Bolton but no other sports.

UW: Is this a hobby or do you do any of this professionally? If not professionally, would you like to try to turn it into a money making venture?

DS: Just a hobby and no intention of making any money for doing it.

UW: How long did it take you to “learn” to colorize? Do you use any ‘tricks’ or special techniques?

DS: I picked it up rather quick but always learning and some of my early stuff was pretty bad but I don’t really do anything special

UW: How long does an “average” colorization take? What picture took you the longest?

DS: The small ones without much surroundings maybe an hour. And the longest maybe 12 hours over a period of days.

UW: What’s been the most difficult or challenging photo?

DS: Doing crowds and some whole team uniforms take the most time.

UW: Where can we see more of your work? Do you have a website or blog? We can obviously follow you on twitter @ Dto716, but do you have any other social media presence(s)?

DS: Here you go.

UW: Great! Thanks, Don — ok, can you show us some of your work and give us some quick descriptions?

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1903 New York Highlanders

The 1903 New York Highlanders first year road uniforms with a mystery player finally revealed. Third player in the top row was for years was mistaken for Doc Adkins but is actually Bill Pounds who didn’t even make the team.

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Ty Cobb Sliding

Charles Conlon’s famous 1910 photo of Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers sliding into third base occupied by Jimmy Austin of the New York Highlanders at Hilltop Park in New York.

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1911 Washington Senators

The 1911 Washington Senators with 23 year old Walter Johnson at Hilltop Park in New York. The Senators have 11 losing season until Clark Griffith takes over in 1912 as owner, manager and player.

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Miller Huggins

Always been a Miller Huggins fan and this photo taken around 1927 is just a great photo with Miller probably thinking about how to keep his great player Babe Ruth in line.

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Walter Johnson and Babe Ruth

1926 Walter Johnson and Babe Ruth munching on some Ruth candy bars. I wonder if they tasted any good?

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Babe Ruth with Jack Barry and Rabbit Maranville

1935 Babe Ruth with Jack Barry and Rabbit Maranville at Braves Field. Jack played with Ruth in his rookie year with Boston Red Sox.

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Bob Feller and Satchel Paige

Bob Feller and Satchel Paige (July 7, 1948) of the Cleveland Indians talking about pitching in the majors and 2 days later Paige would make his major league debut in relief against the St. Louis Browns.

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Walter Johnson, Patsy Gharrity and Steve O’Neill

1935 Cleveland Indians manager Walter Johnson and his coaches Patsy Gharrity and Steve O’Neill. Just love the photo and the Cleveland Indians road uniform.

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Stan Musial

Stan Musial at Shibe Park against the 1946 Philadelphia Phillies. Just a great photo of a Hall of Famer who I got to see play in many games at Chicago’s Wrigley Field an Old Sporstman’s Park in St. Louis.

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Jake Atz

Always liked this photo of Jake Atz in a 1907 Chicago White Sox road uniform. Jake only played four seasons.

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Wow. Great stuff, Don — thank you for sharing! OK readers, whaddya think?

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The U Goes Green…

Yesterday afternoon, the University of Miami Hurricanes unveiled a “new” uniform — the first-ever football uniforms made with repurposed and upcycled materials created in partnership with Parley for the Oceans (if Adidas and “parley” sound familiar, it’s because they’ve been making soccer kits with Parley before). But this is a first for a football uni.

The team will be breaking out these uniforms for their opener, September 2, versus LSU.

Here’s a couple more looks:

According to the corporate-speak press release,

Creating a unique look for the Canes, the Miami x Parley A1 uniform features “The U’s” home jersey orange colorway that is accompanied by accents that are an ode to the cause to end plastic pollution of the oceans. The jersey sleeve caps and the stripes white pants feature a wave print that fuses Miami’s signature dark green with the EQT green colorway that adidas x Parley has become synonymous with. Subliminal tonal palm trees on the sides of the jersey pay homage to South Floridian landscapes and the environment that enriches the biodiverse local ecosystem. The literal thread tying the Miami jersey to Parley is continued in a green stitched pattern within the white block numbers.

I couldn’t really find a photo that showed the sublimated palm trees, but we’ll just take their word for it. You can kinda sorta see the “wave” print on the sleeve caps:

The jersey is orange — similar to Miami’s new home jersey — but noticeably different with the green sleeve caps replacing the striping, as seen below. The pants look to have slightly different striping as well, with a green logo on the pants waist, as compared to an orange one for the new 2018 unis (new 2018 uni on left, parley uni on right):

Apparently the unis look good when wet…

“Our players and staff are excited to wear the new adidas Parley jerseys and gear for our season opener. We’re also excited that adidas and Parley are teaming up with UM to help promote sustainability around the world,” Hurricanes coach Mark Richt said in a statement released by UM. “Community service has always been an integral part of our football program, and this partnership with adidas and Parley helps us continue those efforts.”

Yeah, yeah. So what exactly is this “parley” uniform material?

Highlighted by elements of the ocean from top to bottom, Miami’s new special edition adidas x Parley A1 football uniform is composed of over 70% regenerated ECONYL® yarn; a raw material transformed from fishing nets and other nylon waste intercepted in marine environments. As a part of their partnership, adidas x Parley rework these various marine plastic waste materials into technical fibers that create the material framework of a durable, yet breathable fabric that is optimal for adidas performance apparel

You can read more about these new uniforms here.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot the hype video…

I don’t hate these. I prefer the new orange jersey (and its accompanying white pants) because I’m not a fan of the green sleeve caps, but these are nice as well. And hey, if these are made from “fishing nets and other nylon waste intercepted in marine environments” then that’s a good thing as well.

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Collectors Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

Here we have a pair of 1970s Pittsburgh Penguins salt and pepper shakers because why not? They are three inches tall and the logo shown was used from the 1968/1969 through 1971/1972 seasons. Now for the rest of the week:


• This 1970s Rawlings Miami Dolphins jersey featured #22 for RB Mercury Morris, though it doesn’t show his name being on the back- I don’t think kids jerseys did that at the time. I remember going to the Sears near our house in Dallas for a felt number kit- punch out the numbers from the sheet and your trainer, er, mom sews ’em on. Not sure if she put my last name on the back, but I think she did! (If you look closely you can see “17” on my sleeves; I think I did that for Don Meredith for some reason- he had already retired by the fall of 1971.)

• Of course, these days baseball bobbles resemble a specific player. It wasn’t always like that, and early on they had a generic little kid look to ’em, as you can see on this San Francisco Giants 1960s paper mache bobble.

• Fans of the Brew-Crew will like this 1970s Brewers baseball sponsored by The Golden Arches.

• Nice 1980s poster of Walter Payton, though he never wore Puma to my knowledge. All the Payton shoe pix I ever saw were either Roos or taped up.

• This shirt says “NFL Alumni Baltimore Colts” on the chest. Since it is a size medium- did it belong to the punter or kicker?

• This 1970s Champion Minnesota Vikings T has some interesting stripe placement.

NFL Game Plan by Tudor from the mid-1970s is an absolutely terrific board game, and I highly recommend it! Between this one and the SI board game from the same era, I was the master of my domain.

• Niners fans will want to check out this 1970s 49ers watch from Bulova, still in the box.

• This 1970s L.A. Lakers light switchplate has also never been removed from the package.

• The facemask on this 1970s Placo Bucco Bruce helmet plaque is riding a little low- I bet it’s just loose and can be fixed easily.

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Griffins Design Contest

In case you missed it, I’m running the third annual “Grand Rapids Griffins Jersey Design Contest,” in which readers are asked to submit jersey design concepts for a third (or alternate) jersey for the team.

Like past years, the team is asking for a jersey (only) design, but other than that, it’s pretty wide open.

All of the details are here in this post, but the important big detail is the contest submission deadline, which is TODAY Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 (by 11:00 pm E.D.T.). Everything else you need to know is in that post.

Update The jersey of the winning designer will be worn on December 29, 2018 and not February 15, 2019, as previously announced.


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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball News: I’m all for this brown-gold-and-orange “tequila sunset” Padres concept. What say you, Dads fans? (From @BBTB2018). … Braves P Bryse Wilson made his first MLB start last night wearing No. 72. He’s  the third player to wear that number this year (from Daren Stoltzfus). …  If you have a few hundred bucks laying around and the time/ability to drive down and pick it up from Great American Ball Park, you can own this Reds logo spotlight that’s being auctioned off. Note the caveat: Does not function. … The White Sox are giving away a Blackhawks mascot bobblehead tonight (from Griffin Smith). … The Stockton Ports, the A’s Single-A affiliate, are planning a British Night promo, and OT Sports has a first draft of the jersey design. … Brendon Yarian was at the National Silver Ball Tournament, an 1860s base ball tournament that took place in Mumford, New York earlier this month and took a ton of photos. … Michael Goldberg found this 1930s Ohio Oil baseball uniform (including red pants!) and a nifty Astrodome pennant at an antique store in Woodstock, Illinois. … Mikey Brethauer found this Mets knockoff shirt at a discount store in San Francisco. Not quite Paul’s “Meats” shirt, IMO.

Pro Football NewsAs the NFL season inches closer, another thinkpiece has been published on the intersection of militarization and football, and how merchandising plays a role (from Phil). … Since he’s been coaching in the CFL, Saskatchewan Roughriders coach Chris Jones often wears all black. However, coaches wore specific T-shirts this weekend for the league’s “Diversity is Strength” campaign, so we were treated to the rare site of Jones coaching in color (from Wade Heidt).

College Football NewsHere’s a look at some of the new jerseys and helmets that have been introduced so far (from Phil). … Virginia Tech has already unveiled their new jerseys, but here’s a good look at how the shoulder striping will look on the back (from Andrew Cosentino). … A few HBCU teams have unveiled new Under Armour jerseys (from Phil).

Hockey News: A three-on-three pickup lacrosse team in Vancouver has been told to hand over their jerseys that feature a modified version of the Canucks’ Johnny Canuck logo (from Phil). … Repost: The Chicago White Sox are giving away a Blackhawks mascot bobblehead tonight (from Griffin Smith).

Soccer News: Norwich City in England’s Championship has gone the Iowa route and painted their visiting locker room pink (from Alex Evans). … Brazilian club Inter went GFGS on Sunday (from Hit The Glass). … Fans at a Dutch Eredivisie league game between Excelsior and Feyenoord threw stuffed animals on the pitch Sunday. The toys were donated to sick children at a local hospital (from Alex Evans and Jamie Rathjen). … Louisville City FC signed Jose Carranza yesterday. However, they photoshopped him into a 2017 jersey — the sleeve ad is wrong and the 2018 jersey has gold accents (from Josh Hinton). … 3rd Degree has updated his 2018 MLS tracker.

Grab Bag: The Charlotte Hornets will be giving away a number of retro bobbleheads for their 30th “season” (from James Gilbert). … Ole Miss has a new alternate logo to go with their new “landshark” mascot and unofficial nickname (from Gregg Elkin). … Madison, Wisconsin’s transit department’s logo its (from Shawn Dobbins).

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Masked Defenders

[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally. Today, we have another entry from our own Jamie Rathjen, who’ll take a look at a subject that definitely doesn’t get much uni-coverage on Uni Watch. Enjoy! — PH]

By Jamie Rathjen

The above image is some of the American team, all mask-clad, from this summer’s women’s field hockey World Cup. Players in the sport, except for goalies, aren’t normally often seen wearing masks. Unlike its icebound counterpart, field hockey isn’t really a contact sport.

The Americans are defending a short (or penalty) corner, a situation in which the ball is fed from the end-line to the top of the semicircular scoring area for the attacking team to have a shot at goal. Four or five players from the defending team take up stations inside the goal, ready to charge out at the shot.

The sight of defending players quickly strapping on their masks, then just as quickly throwing them off to nowhere in particular after the corner has passed, is a common one in field hockey.

Part of the concern for safety at short corners is a common technique, the drag flick, used to strike the ball. Instead of simply hitting the ball, players stoop low, step in front of the ball, rest the ball against the head and shaft of the stick, and sweep the stick through the ball until the ball is pushed away into the air.

While hard to describe in text, the drag flick is well documented in YouTube videos. A drag-flicked ball can reach speeds of 75 miles per hour in the 16 yards between the top of the scoring circle and the goal.

Shots at short corners ordinarily may not go above the height of the about 18-inch high backboard around the bottom of the goal (which itself may be a neutral solid color, team colors, or at major tournaments covered in ads), but drag flicks are not considered the same as shots and may legally reach any height.
Additionally, modern field hockey sticks are made of carbon fiber, rather than the traditional wood, and the shaft of the stick is “bowed” (i.e., curved) slightly instead of being completely straight. Both of these developments serve to increase the speed of drag flicks.

Hence, the masks.

As ubiquitous as the masks may seem to observers – they can and should be seen in any league of a decent standard with the use of the drag-flick – they have only been worn for perhaps about 10 years at amateur club level and a bit longer at professional level. As recently as 15 years ago teams could be seen defending short corners entirely maskless.

Much like the adoption of helmets in the NHL of the 1970s, which saw players only required to wear helmets after several years of growing use, field hockey masks are commonplace but aren’t yet mandatory. The sport’s governing body, the FIH, does not require their use, nor does, for example, the NCAA or the English men’s and women’s top tiers.

Even at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia, one of the most recent international tournaments, players could be seen without masks.

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Additionally, masks are by no means standardized. The rules are flexible and allow both clear plastic as well as grilled masks – though without the top and back – of the type seen on goalies and in other sports such as ice hockey and lacrosse. Players of the same team can display great variety in their choice of mask. Some of the Australia players’ masks are even labeled with their names in this picture.

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Of course, all the defenders may sport more or less identical looks as well.

As short corners become an ever more potent offensive opportunity in field hockey – by my estimation, they accounted for about one-third of the goals at the recent Women’s World Cup – we can only hope that safety measures keep up.

(My thanks to my good friend Alicia Gibbs, a lifelong field hockey player, for her invaluable assistance with this piece.)

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Thanks, Jamie!

FUN ONE and (not) Done

Last evening, the Mets and Phillies played in Williamsport, PA, just as had the Pirates and Cardinals last season, to “kick off” the Little League World Series. It’s one of the very few good ideas MLB has done under the tutelage of Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner.

It’s the second “Little League Classic” — a primetime game hosted in Williamsport, Pennsylvania that coincides with the Little League World Series — as part of a renewed partnership and focus on encouraging youth participation in the sport. Of course, both teams are dressed in special “fun” uniforms (which ALL teams will wear over three games, beginning next Friday, as part of the “Players Weekend.”) IF…they had just had the two teams playing in the LLC wear the uniforms (actually, just jerseys, caps and socks) on this one night, I’d have given the promotion two big thumbs up. But, since they’ve essentially turned it into a league-wide money grab, I can’t get too excited. But for one night it’s fun — and there’s much more to it than just the garish jerseys and caps.

Here’s what the Phils and Mets wore:

Interestingly, the New York Mets OWN social media tweet which led off this section shows a cap the team didn’t even wear. The cap crown was ALL orange, with the brim being royalish blue. Insert hashtag “ThatsSoMets” here.

Like last year, the uniforms were garish and bright and loud — perfect for 11 and 12 year olds, but wholly inappropriate for grownups. But perfect for one game in Williamsport, where all the teams who are playing in the LLWS were — they had prime seats in the stands and they were all honored on the field prior to the game, all dressed in their own designated unis.

The players met, chatted with, signed autographs for, and sat with, players from the participating nations (and sections), which was very cool, I’m sure for both big leaguers and little leaguers.

Of course, this must have all been triple-ly cool for the Mets Todd Frazier, who you may remember WON the LLWS in 1998 with Toms River, New Jersey. He got to throw out the first pitch last night.

But after all the pregame ceremonies and fun were (almost) over, it was time to play ball, and well, the uniforms (which we saw last year on the Mets — same jersey but slightly different cap; the Phillies were one of the teams who got both a new jersey and cap this year — here’s what they wore last year) were as garish as ever:

The Phillies were the designated home team, and as such, wore their white pants, while the Mets — as the road team — wore gray pants:

Of course, players (mostly all) had NickNOBs:

The Mets moved their Rusty Staub patch from the right shoulder to the jersey chest…

… to make room for the “Thank You/I Play For” patch, which was on the right shoulder of both teams (and will be on all teams’ right shoulders beginning next Friday):

It should be noted the teams wore their regular helmets, which in the case of the Mets and Phillies, was fine, since the jersey torso (for both teams) matched.

Of course, it being one of those “special” games, Stance gave the players (many of whom went high cuffed) special socks. The aforementioned Todd Frazier went the extra yard and wore cleats emblazoned with the names of his 1998-LLWS-Winning teammates:

This was very cool — the entire (non-starting) starting staff spent a couple innings in the stands with the LLWSers during the game!

As I said earlier, if this were just a one-game thing, it would be extremely cool. But both the Mets and Phils will do this again, next Friday, against different opponents, for three more days. And all 28 other teams will do so as well, each wearing godawful garish unis.

It was fun once. From here on in, it’s a money grab. I won’t be watching any games beginning Friday and through next Sunday.

If you want to see more photos (including some good shots of all the little leaguers, on and off the field, in the unis they will wear) click here.

And now a few words from Paul: Less than a week now before my moving date, so Uni Watch HQ is a bit of a shambles (and Uni Watch girl mascot Caitlin is none too happy about it). Looking forward to setting up shop in Uni Watch HQ’s new location!


• My annual college football season preview column, which was originally slated to run this Wednesday, has been pushed back to next Monday, Aug. 27. This means it technically won’t be a “preview,” because there’s a small slate of FBS games this weekend, but the “kickoff” games aren’t until next Thursday, Aug. 30, so my ESPN editors and I (well, mostly the editors) decided on the Aug. 27 pub date.

• While we’re at it: My annual NFL season preview column will run on Sept. 4 — the day after Labor Day.

• I’m very happy to report that our new batch is StripeRite socks is now available for pre-orders, and I don’t mind saying that the three designs look my-t-fine. Dig:

Not bad, right? The product will ship in two weeks, but you can pre-order now. Enjoy!

• In case you’ve somehow missed it up until now, the Uni Watch flex-fit “alternate” cap (shown at right), featuring custom Uni Watch inner seam taping, can be ordered right here.

• If you’re interested in any of the hundreds of LPs and CDs I’m selling and want to come over for a personal shopping session, please get in touch ASAP. After Tuesday or Wednesday, I’ll have to box up whatever hasn’t been sold.

• Similarly, if you’re interested in any of the other stuff I’m selling, please get in touch pronto.

Griffins Design Contest — ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT…

…To Submit Your Design!

In case you missed it, I’m running the third annual “Grand Rapids Griffins Jersey Design Contest,” in which readers are asked to submit jersey design concepts for a third (or alternate) jersey for the team.

Like past years, the team is asking for a jersey (only) design, but other than that, it’s pretty wide open.

All of the details are here in this post, but the important big detail is the contest submission deadline, which is Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 (by 11:00 pm E.D.T.). Everything else you need to know is in that post. That’s less than two days from now, so be sure to get that design finalized and sent in to me!

Update The jersey of the winning designer will be worn on December 29, 2018 and not February 15, 2019, as previously announced.


The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: Nationals mascot Screech appeared to be wearing a yarmulke for Jewish Community Day yesterday (from Mike Rosenberg). … Not strictly uni-related, but here’s a good article about Japan’s national high school baseball tournament (NYT link), which is both very good looking and a quintessential part of the country’s sports culture (from Ted Arnold). … The single-A Delmarva Shorebirds, an Orioles affiliate, became the Delmarva Scrapple and wore special jerseys, hats, and hosiery, but kept their Orioles-striped pants (from Billy King). … There was a mini Uni Watch meetup in Pittsburgh yesterday. “Keklak, Ullman, RyCo (with his daughter Jordan), Ricko, Hilseberg and yours truly,” says Jason Bernard. … Reader Max Weintraub sent us a picture of the vintage company team of the then-W.H. Nichols Co. of Waltham, Mass.

Football News: In this video, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is wearing a shirt with a (possibly) white-facemasked Vikings helmet. Regardless, the Gridiron Uniform Database tells us the team hasn’t worn light-colored facemasks, except with throwbacks, since 1984 (from Mark Eiken). … New uniforms for the Canadian Junior Football League’s Saskatoon Hilltops (from Wade Heidt). … Also, new jerseys for Division II Northern Michigan (from Jerry Nitzh) and the FCS’s Alabama A&M (thanks, Phil). … Reader Adam Meyer‘s old high school, Western Reserve HS in Mahoning County, Ohio, now has very flag-themed helmets. But that’s not all: the school’s logo poaches both DePaul and the Cardiff Devils of the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League. Nothing escapes Uni Watch (from, respectively, Griffin Smith and Cal Roberts).

Hockey News: Here’s what each NHL team does with the hats thrown on the ice for hat tricks (from Al Kreit). … Also posted in football: the helmet logo of Western Reserve HS in Mahoning County, Ohio, partially poaches the logo of the Cardiff Devils of the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League (from Cal Roberts). … Speaking of poaching logos, the Canucks made a youth box lacrosse team give up their jerseys, which feature Johnny Canuck, after a tournament in Langley, B.C. this weekend (from Will Leslie).

Basketball News: Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage, an English-born Australia international who has spent more time playing in China and Australia than the U.S., has many things to say about the state of the WNBA, including the covered-in-ads uniforms. Full article here (from @JayJayDean).

Soccer News: Premier League team Fulham wore their second kit from two seasons ago against Tottenham Hotspur. The original version was red/white/black, but it appeared this weekend as mono-red (also from Josh Hinton). … On the subject, other PL teams that could resurrect last season’s kits as thirds this season include Brighton and Hove Albion (left) and Cardiff City. … Spain’s La Liga now apparently has a sleeve patch commemorating the previous season’s champions, to be first worn by FC Barcelona. Spain joins other major countries in doing so, but Italy has the longest tradition with the scudetto patch (from @TheMomo510). … New Scottish amateur team Isle of Arran AFC played Killie (i.e., Kilmarnock) United, the first-ever game between inhabitants of the island and non-islanders, and it was not full of contrast: red/black vs. maroon/red (from @IV159QZ). … Brazilian Série A teams Botafogo and Atlético Mineiro played each other yesterday. Both have three shirts that are black and white striped, plain black, and plain white, though I will stop short of agreeing with that tweet’s assertion that a matchup between them cannot visually work out (from Andy Beller). … We’ve got a couple of commemorative shirts. First is North Carolina women’s coach Anson Dorrance, who got a shirt for 1000 career wins. That total includes his concurrent time in charge of the school’s men’s team in the 1970s and ’80s (from James Gilbert). … In Scotland, League Two team Peterhead’s striker Rory McAllister got a No. 100 shirt (and the team usually wears NNOB) for being the first to reach 100 goals since the country’s top four tiers became the Scottish Professional Football League in 2013.

Grab Bag: Division I’s Belmont University just switched to Under Armour from Nike and revealed uniforms for all its fall sports at once (from mborgel1). … Also posted in hockey: the Canucks made a youth box lacrosse team give up their jerseys, which feature Johnny Canuck, after a tournament in Langley, B.C. this weekend (from Will Leslie). … Australian rugby league team Canberra Raiders wore a special charity shirt this weekend (from Shane Dobson). … You can now buy glow-in-the-dark belts as worn by the military, something which people in said military compare unfavorably to the prevalance of camouflage in sports (from Greg Franklin). … Not sure who sent this in becuase it was RTed last week, but it’s good stuff that hasn’t made it into the Ticker: Australian Football League team Hawthorn said they are getting rid of their white clash jumpers (a change of jumper is third choice in the AFL, behind a change of shorts), while a Carlton club legend wishes his team would do the same.

Bowling Green Rolls Out Two New Helmets for 2018

By John Ekdahl

This appears to have slipped by us earlier in the week, but Bowling Green State University has unveiled two new helmets for the 2018 season. The redesigned “lightning orange” helmet will be used as their standard. The white helmet with an American flag design inside the “BG” will be their annual Military Appreciation helmet.

For the third consecutive year, BGSU football will wear commemorative helmets when the team recognizes the military during Heroes Day Sept. 8 against Maryland. The helmet will recognize the students who attended BGSU and died while defending our country.

On each side of the while helmet, the BGSU logo is overlayed with the colors of the United States of America. Down the center of the helmet is an orange stripe that includes the names of 111 students from Bowling Green State University who have died in the line of service. On the back of the helmet, the number “111” is shown at the bottom of the stripe down the center. A year ago, the team introduced a brown Military Appreciation helmet and the Falcons wore an orange version in 2016.

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Great story here on Jeremie White, a young graphic designer, who was able to help the Vancouver Canucks redesign their jerseys in the late 1980s.

Jeremie White was 20 when he decided he was the graphic designer who could offer the Canucks the updated jersey they didn’t even know they wanted.

The next step was convincing Brian Burke, who, in 1989, was the director of hockey operations for the Canucks. White contacted Burke’s secretary and for the next few weeks begged for a five-minute meeting.

Eventually Burke caved and White went on to help design the uniforms that were recently voted the most popular vintage Canucks jersey by fans.

His design was the team’s official jersey from 1989-1997.

Vancouver is celebrating their 50th anniversary this season, and the fans have voted for Jeremie’s jersey to be worn for a number of games.

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Southern University unveiled their new Under Armour football uniforms yesterday. More pictures are available here.

For the first time in its history, Southern will show off the spoils of a major apparel and equipment deal, debuting the school’s new Under Armour football uniforms at fan day, Sat. August 18, 2018 at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. It’s a five-year deal that outfits all 15 intercollegiate teams, from football to bowling, with everything from game equipment to practice shorts. The deal also covers The Human Jukebox, cheerleaders and allows fans to purchase authentic gear from the university bookstore — another first.

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Jim Thome, and his beautiful high socks are being honored this weekend at Progressive Field. The Indians retired his #25 jersey yesterday, as well as recognizing him for his Hall of Fame induction last month.

As the festivities wound down, Thome removed his gray suit coat and exchanged it for his white “25” Indians jersey. Of course, he was wearing his trademark red socks. They did not go well with his suit pants, but no one seemed to mind.

Thome grabbed a bat and assumed his left-handed stance at home plate and mimicked hitting another home run with his colossal swing.

Thome and his son, Landon, went into a home run trot. Fireworks were shot off from behind the center field fence. Music from The Natural played over the Progressive Field sound system.

Everyone was joining in on the high socks fun.

Here’s a good closeup of the patch the Indians were wearing:

Tito being Tito:

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Nats Roll Out New Bullpen Cart

By John Ekdahl

From the Washington Post:

The Washington Nationals’ newest addition rested right outside the dugout as afternoon turned to evening Friday, its wheels still, its headlights off, its back ready to carry a reliever or two.

Or not.

“Absolutely not. I am not taking that thing,” Nationals reliever Koda Glover said when asked whether he would ride the team’s new bullpen cart to the mound. “Because I have two legs that work. I mean, come on, I don’t need to get in a golf cart to drive me into the game.”

C’mon, guys. How can you not ride this thing?

Major League Baseball has talked a lot about attracting younger fans, and I can’t think of anything better that would get young kids into watching baseball than these themed carts or cars. I still remember the Yankees old Datsun carting relievers to the mound growing up. Now, according to the years this was in operation, I was much too young to actually remember this, but it’s still seared into my memory somehow. Perhaps it was old clips they showed or my father talking about it.

I always thought the Yankees lost their Datsun contract and that resulted in the car’s retirement, but according to this 2012 article in the New York Times on the history of bullpen carts, it was something else:

But once nearly every big league team had a bullpen car; it was typically a tricked-out golf cart with a gigantic replica of the host team’s cap as the roof. The Yankees used a pinstriped Datsun in the 1970s before rats chewed the engine cables. (The Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan once said: “I could never play in New York. The first time I ever came into a game there, I got in the bullpen car and they told me to lock the doors.”)

Listen, we all recognize it’s weird and silly, but everyone loves bullpen carts. Can relievers just play along for the fans?

Also, some guy published a brief history of the bullpen cart for ESPN way back in 2007 that you should check out.

And finally from John Muir last night: “When Trevor Gott came into the game for the Nats, the TV team speculated the cart could make an appearance. Gott didn’t use it, but the cart decided to go for a spin.”

Eh, we’ll take it for now.

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Here’s an interesting article documenting the NBA’s most popular jersey every year, dating back to 2005. This is not something I pay much attention to, but I guess I’m a little surprised Curry outsells LeBron, at least in the past few years. We’ll see what slapping his name and number onto a Lakers jersey does this season.

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So this might be just me, but since the MLB is going to continue this silly Players Weekend spectacle again, why not let the umpires change their cap logo to something fun for them?

Like this:

How perfect would that be? They all seem to do it the same way, too.

I don’t know, if this is all just a cyncial cash grab, I have to imagine that cap would sell.

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Hey! Look at this!