Uni Watch Father’s Day 2021: Our Dads in Uniform

By Phil Hecken

For the past eight years it has been my privilege and pleasure to run photographs of our fathers dressed in uniforms — whether they be sports uniforms, military uniforms, or any other uniform. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and I’m pleased to again run this feature. This year I let readers know they could submit photos of their dads, grandpappys and uncles.

We got some of each, and we even had two kids (separately) salute their dad, as well as a father posting a tribute to his dad, while his son (separately) sent his own submission in, honoring his father. As always, this one-day special tribute post will stand alone (no uni news, no tweaks, no scoreboard, no ticker), and I hope everyone enjoys this, even if you didn’t submit this year.

Happy Father’s Day everyone!

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Jim Vilk

This is a 1952 team photo of Iola from the independent KOM (Kansas Oklahoma Missouri) League. I’m pointing to my Uncle Joe, who went 26-6 that season. He’s no longer with us, but his league record for wins in a single season will last forever.

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Joe Wagner

Phil –

Attached is a picture of my dad, Richard Wagner. This was taken in Tokyo during the Korean War. He served as an MP in the Army and was stationed in Tokyo for his entire tour. According to him, he was fortunate the most action he ever saw was “busting up drunk soldiers on leave.”

Dad passed away last July at the age of of 85. This will be my first Father’s Day without him. We miss him every day.

– Joe Wagner

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Jimmy Corcoran

My Father started getting custom made suits and coats around 1972 when he saw the movie Super Fly, he loved that high mod look and couldn’t get it buying clothes off the rack. He would usually see a movie or a celebrity wearing something he liked then have his tailor make it for him. He had the high waisted suit Jonathan E sported in the 1975 film Rollerball but chose not to wear the bolero hat James Caan wore with it. Though I can still remember every football game I saw my Father play in I am not sure about this coat? I’m not sure if it was based on a something Elvis Presley wore on tour or one he saw in a Fred Williamson movie? I just know my Mother hated it. Happy Father’s day to all the Uni Watch Dad’s

Jimmy Corcoran

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Neal Manor

Hi Phil,

I’m a long-time lurker on Uni Watch and have never participated in the “Dads in Uniform” tribute for Father’s Day. I’ll be one of those first-timers this year. The attached picture is my grandfather, Leroy Joseph Manor, who passed away February 25, 2021, four days after his 100th birthday. He retired in 1978 as a 3-star Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force.

Here’s my short description, taken from his obituary (beautifully written by Grandpa’s son, my Dad):

Roy was a patriot by nature; his love of country was true but quiet, neither expedient nor flashy nor mercenary. He abided by a deep faith and religious commitment, profound but private. He was gentle and humble and kind; there was no pretense. Roy was a raconteur; his stories over coffee and dessert riveted and entertained. He never made himself the object of those stories; he never failed to recognize, and express appreciation for, the people who were a part of and contributed to his success.

Thank you for your interesting and engaging work in the Uni-verse. Now back to lurking…

Neal Manor

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Robert Brashear

This is my late father, Robert S. Brashear, as an 18 year ol US Navy recruit during WWII in either San Diego or Oakland where he followed PCL baseball when on leave.

Submitted by son Robert L.Brashear

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James Brooks

Hi Phil!

Here’s one from my dad when he played high school football, I think on senior night! I’ve always loved his high school’s colors, my grandma and grandpa wearing both colors of his #2 jersey, and my grandpa’s hat!

Thanks,

James

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Matt Kamer

Meet the 1983 Blessed Sacrament Eagles; my dad as coach. In addition to awesome stirrups and elastic-band pants, you’ll notice the hat logo is different from the jerseys. My dad hand-drew the interlocking ‘BS’ for the hats, saying it “looked more like baseball.” In prior seasons, the hats actually were the navy that you see my dad wearing; probably a better overall look. But one year I suggested we go “full powder” as MSB was peak powder at the time. Maybe not as good as navy, so we later returned to navy hats and added a white squatchee.

-Matt Kamer

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Jamie Galindo

My dad, Dino Sr., served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He’ll tell you some interesting stories. My brothers, also fathers, served as well. Dino Jr. was an active Marine from 1990-96. He’ll tell you he’s still serving because “Once a Marine always a Marine.” Gabriel was in the Army from 1997-2008. He’ll tell you he did two years at Leavenworth. On the outside.

Thanks for posting these photos.

Jaime Galindo

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Christopher Hickey

Happy Father’s Day, Uni Watch!

I really appreciate Phil for starting this tradition.

I have this B/W scrapbook photo to share of my father, the late John S. Hickey MD, wearing the crimson and gray of St. Joe’s Prep (Philadelphia, PA) football.
While his image is not so sharp, there are some nice aspects to those uniforms that are clearly visible. Enjoy!

When his playing days were over, he went onto college, the US Navy, medical school, marriage and fatherhood…11 children.

Team Hickey celebrates him today and will remember him always.

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“Acoustic Rob”

Phil,

Here’s a picture of my maternal grandparents taken in January 1943. Pa was a Seabee and is out on the town in his Navy uniform. They had been married for three weeks when the picture was taken.

Please credit this to my screen name of “Acoustic Rob.” Thanks!

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Lukas Hoffland

My father, John Hoffland (on the right), in the spring of 1966 following boot camp after being drafted into the Army. He served domestically from 1966-68, and was honorably discharged after reaching the rank of Sergeant (E-5), before going on to spend most of the remaining several decades of his life wearing the uniform of a journalist and TV news director.

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Dennis Jones

Phil

Attached is the photo of my Dad and Grandmother 1953.

2nd Lt. Edwin R. Jones
U.S.M.C. has his Wings
Pinned on by his mother
Mrs. Dennis Jones Littlefield, TX
03/31/1953

The picture ran in the Lamb County Leader Newspaper.

Dennis Jones
Yes I was named after my Grandfather.

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J Hoover

This is my father, Gene (left) and Uncle Kenneth in my Grandparent’s backyard in Harrisburg, PA sometime in 1945 or 46. Dad was in the Navy at the time.

Dad loved baseball and football. Some of my fondest memories are with Dad at Cotton Bowl games in the early ’80’s and at Cowboys games at Texas Stadium. One of our first was Roger Staubach’s final win in 1979. Our last game together was the Thanksgiving Bounty Bowl against the Eagles in 1989. Dad’s favorite thing was sitting in the backyard listening to baseball on the radio. I’ll end with…I miss him.

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Louis Sch

Hi Guys.

My Dad. Jerry. Rutherford NJ.

Army WW 2. Hero for sure.

Thank you for doing this.

Louis

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Bryan Hoover

Good Morning Phil,

Attached you will find a photo of my father, Fred Hoover, retired Hall of Fame Athletic Trainer at Clemson University. In this photo, circa 1951, my father, located in the middle, was a Junior majoring in Physical Education at Florida State and had the opportunity to officiate high school JV and Varsity football games in the Tallahassee area. Many uniform items to point out, including my father wearing what appears to be high top cleats. Happy Father’s Day Pop and as usual, looking sharp!

Bryan Hoover

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Graham Block

Phil,

Here is a picture of my dad, Brian Block Michigan class of ’73, from February 1973 in his track uniform. While the hair is gone and the muscles are smaller, that uniform top is still in great condition in a keepsake box. Happy fathers day pops!

-Graham, Michigan class of ’10

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Edward Paul Gardner

Phil – here’s a photo of a baseball card of my Dad. Hope you can use it Sunday!

When my Dad turned 60, we sent him to Cardinals Fantasy Camp. Dad had a blast with Whitey, Red, and the Mad Hungarian. He had his only baseball card made. He gave me a ball and glove the day I was born. He always had time to play catch. We still go to spring training and baseball games across the country. I love him dearly and am grateful for the relationship we share – much of it through baseball. Happy Father’s Day to him and all the fathers!

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Jon Smith

This is my dad, Johnnie Smith, playing industrial league, fast pitch softball for the MKT “Katy” Railroad team in Denison, Texas in the late ‘60s. That’s his ’66 GTO in the background.

Jon Smith

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Zachary Hoover

Hey, Phil:

First time submitter! Attached is a picture of the 1935 University of Minnesota baseball team. My grandfather, Ted Brissman, is third from the right in the middle row – he played catcher. He passed away just after I was born in 1980, but I was given a treasure trove of his baseball and WWII scrapbooks just this past weekend. Some really great stuff!

Thanks for doing this,

Zach Hoover.
Winter Garden, FL

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Tim Donahue

Sir:

Good evening. I am writing in regard to your dad’s in uniform post. Attached please find a 2 photos of my grandfather, PFC Daniel F. Donahue, Jr., US Army. Per your request here is the write up:

PFC Daniel F. Donahue, Jr., a native of Norristown, PA served in the China, Burma, India theater during WWII as an infantryman with the 475th Infantry Regiment, 5332d Brigade, Mars Task Force formed from the famed Merrill’s Marauders. Of the 14 million who served during WWII, only 250,000 served in the CBI. The unit lived off air drops and conducted long range penetration missions. His main job during attacks was to act as a runner, taking orders from the Commander and running them to positions when communications broke down. He came home to Pennsylvania and worked as a mailman in Conshohocken. He died in 2006.

Very Respectfully,

Timmy Donahue

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Taylor Eenhuis

Here is a picture of my dad, Brian Eenhuis, when he was a senior in high school in 1983. He is #10. Happy Father’s Day, dad!

Love, Taylor

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Allan Chandler

This is my dad, Emerson Chandler(back left) in his Yale Freshman Hockey uniform from 1939. After graduating from Yale, he served in the Navy during WW2. Along with hockey, he loved playing baseball and was also a great fisherman.

-Allan Chandler

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Ted Machnik

Dear Phil.

My father Józef, left in the photo, served in the Polish Army in World War II which began on September 1, 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. He fought for seventeen days before being wounded and captured. He spent 5 and 1/2 years as a POW and an additional 4 years in Germany as he could not return due to political situation in Poland. Emigrated to the U.S. in 1950 and became a proud naturalized citizen. As many in the “Greatest Generation,” he rarely spoke of those days. I miss him every day.

The uniform he and his colleague are wearing indicates they were members of the Polish 60th Infantry Division.

Thanks.

Ted Machnik

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Christopher Patterson

Hey Phil,

Here’s a submission for Father’s Day on Sunday. I have attached the photo and the text is below. Thanks for doing this. Take care.

This is my grandfather, Edward “Bubby” Lyons, as a corporal in the Army sometime in the mid-1940s. He passed away on May 14th, 2021. He lived in South Louisiana for his entire life, and was in the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame for being the only person ever to have served as mayor for two different towns in the state.

Chris Patterson

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Todd Willis

This my Dad, Samuel T. Willis, Jr. He was the Coach of my Rec League team the Redlegs in this photo from 1978 in Warner Robins, GA. He coached many of my baseball and basketball teams. I am the kid with the glasses on the front row. My Dad passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) in 1989 when I was a Senior in high school.

Thanks for doing this.

Todd Willis

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Ian Lee

The casino my father works at just did an interview with him for a YouTube video and I was able to get a screenshot that showed a better picture of him in his work uniform, so if you could use this picture instead I would appreciate it.

2020 was HARD on the fami-Lee even before the Pandemic became a “big deal,” and through it all, my father has remained stronger than I will ever be. Through losing his job over a mental crisis (long story) to supporting my mom through Pandemic Breast Cancer Treatments (which suck even more than normal ones as I have come to learn), my father has remained a calm, strong rock for us.

Dad, I’m glad that you are finally able to work at a place that appreciates you as much as mom and I do, and whenever you feel like you’re a bad dad (which I know happens often), just look back on all the support you’ve given us just this year alone.

– Ian

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John Kimmerlein

Phil,

Thanks for doing this again–always one of my favorite UniWatch features throughout the year.

I have run out of photos of my father and grandfather in uniform (athletic and military) and your extension to uncles is timely. Just the other day I became a great-uncle for the first time and going forward I will be “great-uncle John” to this wonderful child–and likely others. Besides the obvious feelings of joy all-around, I also could not help but feeling a bit older–my own “great-uncle John” (whom I am named for) fought in France in WW1! Time truly marches on.

Here he is with a buddy before going overseas. Fortunately he returned in 1919 uninjured and lived a long, happy life

John K

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Marlowe Bangeman

Hello! Here is my note:

This is my wonderful dad, Eric Bangeman. His favorite of all the sports is rugby. Though he never played, his love lives vicariously through myself and my younger brother. Here we are together after I spend 80 minutes rolling around in the mud and he proudly watched after refereeing a previous game. Love you dad ♥.

Thank you! Happy fathers day :)

Marlowe Bangeman
she/her/hers

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Rhys Bangeman

Here’s a photo of my dad suiting up for an old boys rugby game so he can remember why people with really crappy knees should stick to reminiscing about playing sports.

Retired from refereeing and playing (until I’m old enough for an old boys game) my dad sustains his passion and aptitude for rugby by coaching/assigning referees and teaching his son the best ways to break the laws of rugby.

Happy Fathers Day

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Ed Kozak

My father, Edward Kozak, was an artilleryman in World War II, serving in the European Theatre with the 44th Division. He always said he was fortunate, because the Allies were always shooting at the Germans, but the enemy, being in retreat, rarely shot back at him. Luckily the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan; otherwise he would have been shipped out to the Pacific to fight the Japanese like so many others. Fortunately he was soon mustered out and started a family with his bride, my mom, instead. Here’s one of his Army photos.

Thank you,
Ed Kozak, Bolingbrook, IL

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Nick Kissoff

Phil,

Here’s a pic of my dad, Victor Kissoff, circa 1953 in his high school yearbook football action photo. He was a defensive back for the Waite Indians in Toledo, Ohio. Never got to see a color photo of these that were purple & gold, so I can only imagine how it looked. After his two hip operations he never looked quite that fast!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

Nick Kissoff

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Howard Bosworth

Good Morning Phil

Thanks for running feature yet again this coming Fathers Day

John Snyder was my step dad. He was a good man and welcomed me when he and my mother were married and blended families.

We watched a lot of sports on TV, especially the Knicks and he told me about his beloved RPI hockey team where he graduated school.

I miss him very much.

Happy Fathers to all

Howard Bosworth

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Jason Gomez

Attached are my Dad (bottom) Vietnam, upper right my Grandpa Gomez (Dad’s Dad) upper left my Grandpa Poock (Moms Dad).

My Dad was first generation to be born in the states, enlisted right after he graduated from high school in Kansas City, Missouri, spent 1967 in Vietnam. He ended up contracting Malaria and the Army did a bad job of informing his family because he ended up being listed as MIA, when he finally made it home my grandmother did not believe it was him. He ended up joining the National Guard, became a Principal, had 2 other boys besides myself and was married for 47 years until his death this past January from covid.

My Grandpa Gomez, came to the US for a better life in the 40s, and back then, you could join the Army and you could become a citizen. Grandpa served in the Pacific Theatre. He settled in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a mechanic for Consolidated Freightways from the time he returned until his death from cancer in 1985, a few months before his Royals won their 1st World Series.

My Grandpa Poock grew up on a farm in Iowa, farming was all he knew. He joined the Army after Pearl Harbor and fought against the Germans in Europe, which he said at first was hard because he was full German and only 2 generations removed from his grandfather immigrating to the USA from Germany. Grandpa was never one to brag about his time in the Army, so I went most of my life not knowing. After I returned from Iraq, he opened up more and shared his uniform with me (which I received after his death). He retired from farming in 1986 after my grandmother had a massive stroke, he learned how to build things out of wood, and was amazing at it. He lived on his own after she died in 2007, and kept driving up to age 94. He passed in 2018, just 2 years shy of his 100th birthday.

So, I am a 3rd Generation Army Vet, and I am very proud of it. I owe them a lot.

Thank you for doing this,

Jason Gomez

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John Marretta

My Dad, John R. Marretta, at boot camp. Fort Dix, New Jersey 1957.

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Fox Marretta

me and my dad, John F. Marretta refereeing some wrestling.

I am Fox. Now I’m five.

Mom helped me send this

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Kary Klismet

This is a photo of my grandfather, Peter M. Klismet, Sr., on his wedding day. Grandpa served as a medic for the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He died when I was twelve, but we bonded over sports before then. He retrieved the only foul ball for me that I’ve ever brought home from a professional baseball game – a Denver Bears minor league game at old Mile High Stadium when I was four. He hopped some construction barriers and ducked security to snag it. It’s still a prized possession of mine today.

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That’s all for 2021! Thanks to all who submitted and as always, this was another wonderful way to honor our dads on Father’s Day. Stay safe everyone, and I’ll catch you next weekend.

Peace,

PH

Diamondbacks Debut ‘Las Serpientes’ City Connect Uniform

By Phil Hecken

Good Saturday morning, Uni Watchers, and Happy Juneteenth (now a Federal holiday!). I hope everyone had a good week and you’re all getting set for a nice Father’s Day tomorrow. As always, I’ll be running the annual (and very special) “Fathers in Uniforms” piece tomorrow, so please be sure to check back in for that.

Now then. Last evening the Arizona Diamondbacks, playing as Las Serpientes (yes, in Spanish, serpiente is feminine), debuted their “City Connect” uniforms jerseys and caps. In case you missed it, earlier this week Paul had his review of the merch, er, “uniforms,” and he and Chris Creamer discussed these in pretty deep detail on their latest podcast (which I recommend giving a listen to if you haven’t already). So, I shant rehash too much of the details. Suffice it to say, I was expecting the worst but was somewhat pleasantly surprised at how the unis ended up looking on the field.

Among the many videos the D-backs released, this one gives a very good look at all the details of the uniform cap and jersey, and let’s start here:

One of Paul’s biggest complaints, and legitimately so, was that during the unveiling of these jerseys & caps, no player was ever shown wearing team pants (lending more and more to the retail-driven nature of these uniforms), but we knew they were going to be white. Notice how little of the pants were actually shown in the video above (I mean, no one’s going to buy team pants, so why bother). And I’ll be honest — I really thought “Sonoran Sand” (I’m Calling It Tan™), which is the color of the jersey and the cap crown, was going to pair very poorly with white pants. You be the judge, but I don’t hate it.

Not awful, right? A couple things to note from those two photos: (1) clearly the uniform looks much better with high-cuffed pants (although those look like solid black socks, not the “special” socks shown in the video above). (2) The D-backs, like the Cubs, did not create a special helmet to wear with their CC unis. The prior three teams to sport CC uniforms all did (Red Sox, Marlins and White Sox). The D-backs, a/k/a “Serpientes” also became the third team (out of five) to wear normal uniform pants with their caps & jerseys.

I didn’t mind the team keeping their existing “A” logo and placing it on the tan caps (both the “A” and the brim are black, and that logo is repeated on the left sleeve), and as Paul noted, this uniform is heavy on black elements, with a bit of brick red too. While I’d have preferred the flag patch on the right sleeve to have been rendered in that actual state colors of the flag, I didn’t mind the black/red representation.

I also have no problem with the team using black script for “Serpientes” — it’s so narrow (and dare we say…serpentine) that I’m not sure it would be particularly readable in any other color — it was hard enough to read at distance in black. I’d have preferred the number on front to be in black as well (it was red) — NOBs were rendered in red.

While that looks fine in a still photo — take a quick look at this video and see if you think the red is kind of washed out. I think in this instance a thicker (and darker) NOB would have been better. Another observation Paul had was that the numbers were not a custom font, but the team’s current number font. I’m not a big fan of the font, but I have no problem with them keeping it.

Paul pointed this out — although I would have noticed it regardless — but it’s kind of ironic that the D-backs were playing the Dodgers…a team whose script wordmark above a red number has been their calling card since before they moved to Los Angeles…and they wore a very similar jersey. The similarities were definitely noticeable (but not so bad as to look like a total ripoff):

All in all: let’s call a spade a spade. I’m not particularly fond of this “uniform” in large part because it’s not a uniform — it’s a new cap and jersey (I haven’t checked, but if the CC prices are the same for these, it’s $60 for the cap and I think $425 for the jersey). And while one cannot deny all these CC uniforms have been created to sell both those items, at least the two Chicago teams had a matching set of new pants. Arizona neither created a special helmet (as did Boston, Miami and CWS) nor special pants (CWS & CHC). So this one feels like even more of a merchandise grab than the others, if that’s even possible.

As far as a special CC uni goes? I’d actually rank this right in the middle (for me, my favorite has been the White Sox, followed by Boston and the Cubs, with the Marlins in dead last — it’s not as good as Boston and it’s probably about as good as the Cubs). I was surprised that it didn’t look nearly as bad as I thought it would — the tan, red and black actually worked well together. But I think I would have looked much better with tan pants, especially if everyone wore high cuffs. Maybe they were afraid they’d look too much like the old Padres sand uniform (which was largely reviled, but I rather liked). I think this might have even looked good with black pants, so long as they could pull it off as well as the Bumblebee Pirates (I’d love to see that tan jersey mocked up with black pants and tan socks).

You can see more photos here.

What did you guys think? And where would you rank these among the five CC uniforms we’ve seen so far? Was it as bad as you thought it would be or did it surprise you?

Guess The Game…

from the scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from Ed Truck.

The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).

Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):

Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.

The “BEST OF” Kreindler’s Korner

Hey guys & gals. You’ve enjoyed Kreindler’s Korner for several years now, mostly on the weekends, on Uni Watch, but with the recent coronavirus outbreak, Graig’s time is just too precious and he needs to tend to other things besides coming up with a new writeup each weekend.

So, going forward, for as long as the COVID-19 situation is bad in New York, I’m going to run a few “Best of’s” until Graig returns.

Here’s today’s offering:

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Title: “Jimmy Claxton, 1932” (color study)
Subject: Jimmy Claxton, 1932
Medium: Oil on linen mounted to board
Size: 5” x 7”

Jimmy Claxton owns the distinction of being the first African-American to appear in professional baseball during the 20th century. Growing up in Tacoma, WA (though born in British Columbia), his family had been classified as white, black and mulatto by various census-takers – his background consisted of black, Native American, Irish, English and French ancestry.

In 1916, as a teenage pitcher in Oakland, California, he came to the attention of Herb McFarland, secretary for the Oakland Oaks, a club in the Pacific Coast League. He was introduced to the club as part of an Oklahoma Native American tribe, and was summarily offered a contract. By late May of 1916, Jimmy had broken into professional ball when he pitched in two games of a doubleheader – allowing three runs, four hits and four walks in two and a third innings. Within a week of that performance, a friend of his revealed that he had both Native American and African American ancestry, and Claxton was released by manager Rowdy Elliott on June 3rd as a result. He hadn’t even been with the Oaks for a week.

He went on to pitch for semi-pro clubs up and down the western coast in the 1920s as well as cities in the Midwest, such as Good Thunder, MN and Eureka, SD. He found himself with the Cuban House of David (later the Cuban Stars) in 1932 before eventually barnstorming again with clubs like the Nebraska Indians and Chicago Union Giants. He continued to throw into his 50s for the South Tacoma Pines of the Valley League, and then finally called it a career after throwing in a few frames during an old-timer’s game at age 63 in 1956.

Here Jimmy is pictured with the Cuban House of David in 1932. This is one of 200+ such paintings of mine that were on display at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the spring of 2020.

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Thanks, Graig! You can (and should!) follow Graig on Twitter.

And now a few words from Paul: Hi there, and happy Juneteenth! In case you missed it this week, Uni Watch pint glasses are now available, and reader Bob Andrews has come up with a good idea for them, as follows:

I ordered a couple of the pint glasses yesterday. Maybe once enough of them are sold and distributed, you could schedule a “Post-Pandemic Porch Cocktails” event — everyone raising a (Uni Watch) glass to the “new normal,” whatever that means, and posting a pic.

I have to say, I love that idea! So here’s what we’re gonna do:

• I hereby declare that Thursday, July 8, will be Uni Watch Post-Pandemic Porch Cocktails Day.

• On that date, I encourage all Uni Watch readers to take some sort of photo of themselves enjoying a beverage on their porch (or stoop, or deck, or terrace, or sidewalk, or wherever). The photo can be like the one at the top of this section, or it can be a more traditional selfie that shows your face as well as your libation, but it should definitely include a view of your glass. Maybe I’ll even livestream the proceedings from the Uni Watch HQ porch.

• If you want to order a Uni Watch pint glass for the occasion (or a Uni Watch koozie, for that matter), that would be great! But feel free to use any glass you like, Uni Watch or otherwise. The idea here is to celebrate our comm-uni-ty and the return to some semblance of normalcy, not to move merchandise.

• When we get closer to the date, I’ll let you know where you can email or post your PPPC photo. Not sure yet if I’ll set up a Facebook page or something like that, or if I’ll just have you email the pics to me. But we have a few weeks to get that sorted out.

Meanwhile: The Unified podcast is back! For this month’s episode (part of our slower summer schedule), Chris and I talked about MLB’s infamous 1999 “Turn Ahead the Clock” promotion. Remember, the uniforms for that program were supposed to represent the year 2021 — the future is now!

Plus we also assessed the MLB CC uniforms and had our weekly monthly reader-submitted question.

As always, you can listen to us on Apple, Google, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Spotify, or just use the player below:

The show notes for this episode, which include photos of many of the things we discussed, are here. Those photos (and some additional ones) also appear in the video version of the episode, which you can see here:

Okay, now back to Phil!

The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: ESPN has ranked the five City Connect unis that have been released thus far (from Nicklaus Wallmeyer). … Marlins OF Starling Marte appeared to be wearing his Pirates compression sleeve during last night’s game (from @JohnnyMaz7). … Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin, coaching his first home game at third in over a month, wore the road matte finish helmet (from @_RF30). … NPB’s Hanshin Tigers wore blue-accented caps and put down blue bases in honor of healthcare workers (from Jeremy Brahm). … The Montgomery Biscuits, Double-A affiliates of the Rays, will become the Montgomery Kimchi for Korean Heritage Night on July 16th (from Richard Grossman). … The Sylvan Lake Gulls of the Western Canadian Baseball League have unveiled their unis (from Wade Heidt). … Arizona is putting its College World Series patch on the chest of their jerseys because of a lack of space on the sleeves (from Rocky De La Rosa).

NFL News: The Calgary Stampeders have unveiled a truly beautiful new uniform to honor (honour?) the team’s 75th anniversary. The unis will be worn for six of the team’s home games (from multiple readers). … The Falcons gave graduates of the rookie development program baseball jerseys (from @gabecanes10).

Hockey News: The NWHL’s Metropolitan Riveters have a new logo (from our own Jamie Rathjen).
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College/High School Hoops News: Iowa men unveiled uni numbers yesterday (thanks, Jamie).
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Soccer News: The Chicago Fire have unveiled another new crest, after the last one was widely criticized. Fire fans, what say you? (from multiple readers). … The Chilean national team covered the Nike logos on their jerseys with Chilean flags due to a contract dispute between the Federación de Fútbol de Chile and the sportswear giants (from multiple readers, but special thanks to Tim Lewis for the article detailing the dispute). … FC St. Pauli of the 2. Bundesliga have unveiled their new home, away and keeper kits, one of which is a tie-dye design (from Kary Klismet). … J. League    side Júbilo Iwata has unveiled their new summer kitJeremy Brahm writes: [Júbilo] are using a libellula angelina butterfly [design] that is local to Iwata and can only move forward. It is also critically endangered.” … Also from Jeremy, Yokohama FC have unveiled their summer kit as well. … Really interesting new home kit design for Cambridge United. It sort of reminds me of kente cloth (from Ed Żelaski). … Also from Ed, Hull City have unveiled their new home shirt. … One more from Ed: Port Vale have also unveiled their new home kit.

Grab Bag: Thursday was National Mascot Day apparently, so Kary Klismet sent in the following mascot-related pieces: The history of Oregon’s duck mascot, the “quirkiest” mascots in California, a ranking of the SEC’s costumed mascots, and a Washington Post piece on the history of mascots. … Also from Kary, the Boston PD has new patches and dress uniforms.

Uni Tweet of the Day

It’s gotta be a Yellow sol jersey, right? Or the Eric Dickerson-era throwbacks?

And finally…

Everyone have a great Saturday. Catch you tomorrow with the annual Father’s Day “Dads in Uniform” special!

Peace,

PH

Tracking the Uniforms of MLB’s 1998 Season

Nowadays, Twitter is full of “tracker” accounts that keep track of which uniforms are worn in which games by specific teams, plus the NBA provides all that info on LockerVision and a few seasons’ worth of MLB and NHL uni-tracking info is available on SportsLogos.net.

But if you’re looking for, say, MLB uni-tracking data from 1998, you’re shit out of luck — or at least you were until now.

That link will take you to a spreadsheet that shows the game-by-game uniform choices for almost every game of the 1998 MLB season. It was compiled by Uni Watch reader Patrick Lavery, who did the research by following a YouTube account called SW561, which features tons of ESPN highlight footage from throughout that season (and many others). By watching the highlight videos, Patrick was able to determine which uniforms were being worn for almost every 1998 MLB game.

“1998 is the year I started seriously following baseball for the first time, so that’s why I chose that season,” says Patrick. “It’s a bit challenging, because not all scheduled games on a certain day are shown in the highlight packages (not much interest in an Aug. 1 Jays/Twins game, for instance), but boy has it been fun.”

Along the way, Patrick has uncovered a number of uni-notable finds from that 1998 season. For example, back in April I shared his discovery that the Mets wore blue helmets with their BFBS jerseys during the second game of a doubleheader on Aug. 18, something I had zero memory of myself.

Here are some additional things Patrick discovered about the ’98 season:

• I didn’t remember the Angels wearing their solid-blue alts on the road, but it appears they did for at least five games (and possibly more). Whether home or away, the blue alts were almost always worn on Saturdays, and always (even on the road) paired with an alternate helmet that matched the alt cap, with the light-blue/periwinkle bill.

• I always thought the Diamondbacks wore their white and teal alternate caps just a couple of times that season. I located footage for 68 of 81 home games, and in those games, the purple caps were worn 53 times, the white caps 10, teal 4, and black 1. Each home cap option (purple, white, teal) was worn with each home jersey option (primary, sleeveless, purple) at least once. Between cap, jersey, and pants, the Diamondbacks wore 13 different uni combinations in ’98, the most of any team. (Not to mention the purple home helmet with the “D” logo and the black road helmet with the “A” logo and a purple brim, both worn in ’98 only, and neither of which matched an actual cap style.)

• I’ve seen pictures from collectors of “game-worn” versions of the Orioles’ alternate (orange-billed) cap, complete with the ’98-specific bird, but I can’t find any evidence of them actually being worn in a game. I’m missing seven Orioles games from this season, but most are in September, and I would think the caps would have been worn well before then if they were to be used at all.

• Highlights are available for all Cubs games during the ’98 season, and they reveal an interesting trend: In the team’s first 117 games, they wore their blue alternate jerseys — the ones that are still part of their uni set today — just four times (Memorial Day on the road, two Sunday road games in June, and the home game on June 30). But starting on Aug. 9, they wore the alts for 21 of their final 27 road games (plus Game 2 of the NLDS in Atlanta). Weird.

• I found footage for 159 of Cleveland’s 162 games, and I can say with confidence that they did not wear their navy home alternates — the ones with the red “Indians” script — at any point in 1998. My suspicion is that after blowing Game 7 of the 1997 World Series in those jerseys — the second time in three years that they lost the Series wearing them — they decided to unofficially mothball them for a year at least. The navy “Cleveland” road alternates, which were added in 1997, were worn for only five out of 79 road games in 1998.

• I don’t have a complete record for Astros or Blue Jays games, but I took a leap of sorts and filled in almost all of their contests because it appears both teams, with very few exceptions, only wore their alternates on Sundays. In fact, it looks to me like those two teams plus the Angels and Royals were the only teams that wore their alternate jerseys on any kind of schedule. For the Royals, that meant some (but not all) Sunday home games. I don’t have any documentation of the Royals wearing the alts on the road that season, but I’m missing info for about 10 road games (they received less national coverage than any other MLB team in ’98), so it’s possible that they did so.

• The Padres wore their navy alts for a whopping 97 of the 153 games I have info on. The “primary” pinstriped home unis were worn for only about a quarter of the home games. Can they still truly be called “primary” in that case?

• The Mariners seemed to be one of the teams that left cap/jersey selection up to that day’s starting pitcher, at least at home. Randy Johnson (before he was traded) almost always wore the green-brimmed cap with the regular home jersey; Jamie Moyer opted for the solid navy cap paired with the sleeveless jersey. I seem to remember the Diamondbacks had this policy around this time as well.

• The Cardinals wore the bird-on-bat alternate cap both at home and on the road in ’98, for most (but not all) Sunday games.

• Interesting stuff with the Devil Rays for their inaugural season. As you know, they mostly ditched what the 1998 style guide said they would do, which was wear a purple-brimmed black cap with the Ray logo at home and a solid-black version of that same design on the road. Instead, they took the “TB” design that was supposed to be their alternate cap and made it their primary, right from the beginning of the season. I saw the purple-brimmed design that was supposed to be the home cap only once, on Aug. 23 (paired with the black alternate jersey). The originally designated road cap did start to show up in road games in late August and through September, but I don’t have any record of it being used prior to that.

• Although this isn’t something shown on the spreadsheet, I found it interesting that the Mets went NNOB for the first two games of that year’s Subway Series against the Yankees. You can get a good view of it in this video clip:

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Good stuff from Patrick!

As an aside, although Uni Watch didn’t yet exist in 1998, I remember that Mets/Yanks Subway Series well. The Mets went NNOB to give the series more of an old-timey flavor (it was only the second year of interleague play, so teams were still experimenting a bit), and someone in management liked it so much that the Mets went NNOB as a season-long thing the following year. But the players didn’t like it and fans weren’t nuts about it either, and by mid-’99 it had already been decided that the NOBs would return in 2000.

Again, you can check out Patrick’s 1998 spreadsheet here. He tells me he may soon do something similar for 1999.

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ITEM! Really fun pint glass idea: I received a note yesterday from reader Bob Andrews, as follows:

I ordered a couple of the pint glasses yesterday. Maybe once enough of them are sold and distributed, you could schedule a “Post-Pandemic Porch Cocktails” event — everyone raising a (Uni Watch) glass to the “new normal,” whatever that means, and posting a pic.

I have to say, I love that idea! So here’s what we’re gonna do:

• I hereby declare that Thursday, July 8, will be Uni Watch Post-Pandemic Porch Cocktails Day.

• On that date, I encourage all Uni Watch readers to take some sort of photo of themselves enjoying a beverage on their porch (or stoop, or deck, or terrace, or sidewalk, or wherever). The photo can be like the one at the top of this section, or it can be a more traditional selfie that shows your face as well as your libation, but it should definitely include a view of your glass. Maybe I’ll even livestream the proceedings from the Uni Watch HQ porch.

• If you want to order a Uni Watch pint glass for the occasion (or a Uni Watch koozie, for that matter), that would be great! But feel free to use any glass you like, Uni Watch or otherwise. The idea here is to celebrate our comm-uni-ty and the return to some semblance of normalcy, not to move merchandise.

• When we get closer to the date, I’ll let you know where you can email or post your PPPC photo. Not sure yet if I’ll set up a Facebook page or something like that, or if I’ll just have you email the pics to me. But we have a few weeks to get that sorted out.

This should be fun! Please join me in thanking Rob Andrews for this excellent idea.

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: The Geneva Red Wings of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League have some gargantuan uni numbers (from Kurt Blumenau). … On Tuesday, umps made Tigers P Casey Mize change his glove, saying it was too light. Yesterday, Tigers manager AJ Hinch said they overreacted (from Mark Kunz). … The Worcester Art Museum has a new exhibit about the history of baseball jerseys. Paul will be doing a livestreamed presentation in connection with the exhibit on Aug. 12 (from Kary Klismet). … At a “Low A East” game between the Carolina Mudcats and Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Mark Wheeler caught an old Carolina League ball.

NFL News: EA Sports revealed the Madden 22 cover, featuring Bucs QB Tom Brady and KC QB Patrick Mahomes. Both have previously been cover athletes, Brady for Madden 18 and Mahomes for Madden 20. This is the first time Madden has had two cover players since Madden 10, which featured Troy Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald (from multiple readers). … The NFL now has an official “spirits partner,” so get ready a lot of NFL stars pitching you Crown Royal, Smirnoff, and Bailey’s (from John Cerone).

College/High School Football News: Pitt has unveiled new “ice white” unis (from multiple readers). … The 2021 Vanier Cup logo has been revealed. The Vanier Cup is the Canadian football university championship (from Wade Heidt). … Wisconsin appears to have some sort of new all-white uni in the works (from multiple readers).

Hockey News: A reader who wishes to remain anonymous discovered some 1936 NHL footage between the Rangers and Habs that appears to be color-vs-color (though the footage is in black-an-white, natch). Great find.

NBA News: Here’s a look at the new Wilson NBA game ball, which will replace the Spalding ball next season and will also be used during the upcoming draft combine (from Marcus Hall). … If the Cavs, Heat and Lakers were to retire LeBron’s numbers, with the Lakers retiring both 23 and 6, he would become the first player in NBA history with four retired numbers (thanks, Phil).

Soccer News: UEFA has warned players and coaches not to remove advertising bottles from postgame press conferences. In the past few days, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo replaced Coca Cola bottles with water, and France’s Paul Pogba — a devout Muslim — removed the Heineken bottle placed in front of him (from Max Weintraub). … For Pride Month, the United States Soccer Federation has replaced the red stripes in their crest with rainbow colors (from Kary Klismet). … Manchester United’s new home kit and third kit have leaked. As a United fan: I love them. … Barcelona’s Champions League kits have been leaked. … Brazilian side Corinthians have unveiled their new home kits. … Portuguese giants FC Porto have had all three of their new kits leaked. … Paris Saint-Germain’s away kits have leaked. … Atlanta United have unveiled their new third kit, which they’re calling the Unity Kit. It features messages of encouragement in various languages. However, soon after its launch, it was pulled from shelves because the Hebrew phrase was incorrect (kit launch from multiple readers, incorrect Hebrew from Bryant Singleton). … The entirety of MLS will wear Juneteenth numbers tomorrow (from Jeff Wilk and our own Jamie Rathjen).

Grab Bag: F1 driver Charles Leclerc will wear a new helmet design during Sunday’s French Grand Prix, inspired by the design he wore during his karting career (from Megan Brown). … The Air Force Materiel Command Headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio has a new exhibit detailing the history of Air Force uniforms and the command’s role in that history (from Kary Klismet). … Texas and Louisiana both enacted new laws this week requiring the national anthem to be played at sporting events.

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Our latest raffle winner is Dave Moravcik, who’s won himself a Uni Watch hoodie. Congrats to him, and major thanks to Ben Hollett for donating the hoodie.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy Phil’s content over the next two days (including his annual Father’s Day special on Sunday), have a great Juneteenth and Father’s Day, and I’ll see you back here on Monday. — Paul

MLB and MiLB Teams Plan Throwbacks for Juneteenth

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The Giants yesterday announced that they will celebrate Juneteenth this Saturday by wearing San Francisco Sea Lions throwbacks. The Sea Lions played for one season — 1946 — in the West Coast Negro Baseball Association. Their jerseys featured a cub, instead of a sea lion, because they purchased their unis from a defunct team called the San Francisco Cubs. Here’s how they looked back in the day (click to slightly enlarge):

According to Bill Henderson’s uniform guide, this will be the second time that the Giants have dressed up as the Sea Lions. They wore a grey version of this throwback for a Negro Leagues throwback game in Atlanta in 2014.

As you can see at the top of the page, the throwback cap is blank, which is era-appropriate — except for the maker’s mark. Sigh.

It’s not clear, at least to me, whether the Giants’ Juneteenth opponents, the Phillies, will also be wearing throwbacks. Normally I’d say, “I hope so,” but in this case I’m hoping the Phils just wear their regular road greys because Aaron Nola will likely be taking his turn in the starting rotation that day, and I’m once again obsessed with his cap saga.

Either way, at least one other team will be wearing Negro Leagues throwbacks for Juneteenth. That would be the Mariners, who’ll be dressing up as the Seattle Steelheads:

The visiting team for that game, the Rays, will be wearing their regular uniforms, not throwbacks. (Also, note that the photo in the tweet shown above is from a previous Steelheads throwback game that took place in 2015. This year’s version of the uniform will presumably include the Nike logo.)

At least one minor league team will also be commemorating Juneteenth with their uniforms, as the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos dress up as the Negro Leagues’ Pensacola Seagulls:

Juneteenth, incidentally, in addition to becoming a widely recognized celebration around America in recent years, is also now about to become an official federal holiday. That distinguishes it from Ma’s Day, Pa’s Day, and Armed Forces Day, none of which is an official federal holiday — yet for some reason those three all get the annual MLB uni/merch treatment. Maybe Juneteenth will be given that status next season.

Speaking of federal holidays: Still waiting for those Labor Day uniforms.

Update: Reader/commenter Brian Schmidtke reports that the High-A Lansing Lugnuts will be dressing as the Negro Leagues’ Page Fence Giants on Juneteenth:

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New podcast episode: Unified is back! Did you miss us? For this month’s episode (part of our slower summer schedule), Chris and I talked about MLB’s infamous 1999 “Turn Ahead the Clock” promotion. Remember, the uniforms for that program were supposed to represent the year 2021 — the future is now!

Plus we also assessed the MLB CC uniforms and had our weekly monthly reader-submitted question.

As always, you can listen to us on Apple, Google, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Spotify, or just use the player below:

The show notes for this episode, which include photos of many of the things we discussed, are here. Those photos (and some additional ones) also appear in the video version of the episode, which you can see here:

Please consider supporting this episode’s advertisers: Homefield Apparel (15% off with checkout code UNIFIED), Aced Out (20% off with checkout code UNIFIED), 3rd Base Clothing (15% off with checkout code UNIFIED), and Winning Streak Sports (sorry, no discount, but still good products!).

Enjoy the episode, and thanks for listening.

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What might have been: Here’s something I’d never seen before: When the Panthers joined the NHL in 1993, their gloves were originally slated to depict claws! The photo above shows a prototype; you can see additional photos of it here.

Putting team-related graphics on hockey gloves is not a phenomenon I’m familiar with. Have other teams done it?

(My thanks to Brandon Weir for this one.)

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Oh. My. God. See that wooden football in the video embed shown above? It’s the result of a completely amazing woodworking project, all of which is shown in the video. Believe me when I say that it’s completely worth watching — compelling stuff. Uni Watch’s highest rating!

(Big thanks to John Chapman for this one.)

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Cap update: We continue to sell through the remaining inventory of Uni Watch caps. As I mentioned a few days ago, we’re temporarily out of shipping boxes, but we have more boxes on the way, so orders placed over the next few days will ship out either this weekend or next Monday. Thanks in advance for your patience.

Here’s what we have left, broken down by size:

7: 1 cap
7-1/8: Sold Out
7-1/4: 4
7-3/8: 3
7-1/2: Sold Out
7-5/8: Sold out
7-3/4: 6
7-7/8: 5
8: Sold out

Once they’re gone, they’re gone! So if you want one (or more than one), get your order in now.

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Pint glass reminder: Thanks for all the enthusiasm about the new Uni Watch pint glass, despite its slightly imperfect print quality. (If you missed my explanation about that, look here.)

We’ve already sold a few dozen of these. They’re available here. My thanks, as always, for your consideration of our products.

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ITEM! Hoodie raffle: Due to an ordering/sizing error, Ben Hollett has ended up with an extra 2XL Uni Watch hoodie and has generously offered to let me raffle it off, so that’s what we’re going to do today.

This will be a one-day raffle. USA mailing addresses only. To enter, send an email with your mailing address to the raffle in-box. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. Big thanks to Ben for doing this!

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Culinary Corner: One of my few gripes about our current neighborhood is that we don’t have a good butcher. Or at least that was the case until about two weeks ago, when a Halal butcher shop, run by a super-nice Uzbek family, opened right around the corner from us. Their beef is insanely marbled and ridiculously inexpensive. This shell steak and ribeye cost a total of $17:

Of course, just because it looks good doesn’t mean it eats good, so last night we fired up the grill. Good beef doesn’t need anything besides salt and pepper, so that’s all we added:

As you can see there, I overcooked them a smidge (at least by my standards), but they were still soooooo good. Plus we had enough leftovers to provide tomorrow’s dinner. A win-win!

Having a good, reasonably priced butcher literally a two-minute walk away is gonna be potentially dangerous. Since they’re Halal, they don’t carry pork, but I can’t wait to try their lamb and goat. I’m envisioning a very meaty summer.

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The Ticker
By Paul

Indigenous Appropriation News: A Pennsylvania court has ruled that a school district’s use of “Redskins” for its sports teams does not violate a state law that prohibits discrimination, overturning an earlier decision by the state’s Human Rights Commission (from Mark Gatti). … The baseball team at Keller High School in Texas, whose teams are called the Indians, wears a Chief Wahoo sleeve patch (from @spiders_six). … A provision in the new Connecticut state budget proposal would disqualify towns from their usual share of casino slots revenue if their public schools use Native American mascots (thanks to all who shared). … The Seneca Valley school district in Pennsylvania will no longer use Native American iconography (from Timmy Donahue). … Montrose (Colo.) High School has announced that it expects to retire “Indians” as its team name in anticipation of a new law to ban Native American mascots and sports team imagery (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: A group of alumni and community members has petitioned West Canada Valley High School in Newport, N.Y., to drop “Indians” as its team name.

Baseball News: As promised, the Phillies wore their red spring/BP tops on the road last night. … Katie Sekelsky, who’s been on a run of Jeopardy! wins this week, is an artist/illustrator whose work has been featured by the Pirates (from the great BSmile). … Can’t make it up: The American Association’s Milwaukee Milkmen will be playing this Sunday as the Milwaukee Sweet Teats (thanks to all who shared). … The Nationals have worn their red caps with their home script-“Nationals” jerseys for the past three games. It’s a combo they’d never worn previously (thanks to all who shared). … I hadn’t noticed until last night that Cubs OF Jason Heyward, like several other MLBers, has his jersey sewn shut. … Former MLBer Tim Raines attended last night’s NHL playoff game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights and wore an Expos cap and a Canadiens mask and polo (from Will Radie).

College Football News: Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi is hinting about a mono-white uniform (from Sebastian Smelko). … Boston College has unveiled its first Adidas uniforms (thanks, Phil). … Can’t make it up: The LA Bowl — a new bowl game that was supposed to debut last year but was postponed due to the pandemic — has sold its naming rights to comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

Hockey News: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Yesterday’s Ticker included a link to an article about the Jets’ arena getting a new advertised name. Buried at the end of that article is this: “In a separate statement on Monday, True North [which owns the Jets] announced it had signed a five-year deal with Bell MTS to provide telecommunications services for the 2021-26 seasons. As part of the deal, the Bell logo will remain on the Jets’ helmets for the next five seasons.” Sigh. We all knew from the start that the “It’ll just be for one year” thing was bullshit, but this is still a depressing development. … New logo for the NAHL’s Amarillo Wranglers (from Kary Klismet). … Cross-listed from the baseball section: Former MLB player Tim Raines attended last night’s Canadiens/Golden Knights playoff game and wore a Montreal Expos cap and a Canadiens mask and polo (from Will Radie).

Soccer News: Here are the new uniforms for the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams. Additional info here. … New home shirt for La Liga’s Athletic Club (from Ed Zelaski). … Also from Ed: New badge for the re-established Russian club Amkar Perm, which played in the Russian Premier League from 2004-2018. … One more from Ed: New shirt advertiser for top-level Polish side Wisła Kraków. … Finland wore “Get Well Christian” warm-up shirts at Euro 2020 yesterday, in support of Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, who collapsed on the field a few days ago (thanks, Jamie). … Also from Jamie: “The USWNT’s Carli Lloyd received a framed shirt for making 300 national team appearances. She reached the milestone in April, but only three players, all American women, have done it. Canada’s Christine Sinclair is at 299 and will probably get 300 at or before the Olympics.” … The rest of these are from Kary Klismet: New home kit for Barcelona, plus their away kit appears to have leaked. … Providence City FC of the New England-based amateur FA1 League and Forward Madison of USL League One have both unveiled new Pride shirts. Forward Madison’s is for pregame warm-ups. … New away uniforms for Queen of the South of the second-tier Scottish Championship. … New stadium under development for Holstein Kiel of Germany’s 2. Bundesliga.

Grab Bag: Here’s a bunch of sensational pics by a photographer who specializes in taking shots of South African drum majorettes. … For many years I lived just half a block from where the NYC Marathon runners would pass by each November, which was always fun. But then in 2018 I moved to a different part of Brooklyn, which isn’t near the marathon route. Now it looks like Brooklyn will be getting its own marathon next April, and the tentative route will pass just a few blocks from Uni Watch HQ — nice! … Here’s what Roger Federer will be wearing at Wimbledon (thanks, Brinke). … According to this paywalled Wall Street Journal article, Nike’s latest track shoes are so fast that other footwear companies are letting their endorsement-contract runners wear the Nike footwear at the U.S. Olympic trials so they won’t be at a competitive disadvantage. … The city of Walla Walla, Wash., is holding an online vote to choose a new flag (from Kyle Tarbet). … New rugby union alternate kit for the Utah Warriors (from Brandon Sparks). … New patch and dress uniforms for the Boston police department (from Timmy Donahue). … New cricket uniforms for England (from James Welham).