Hard Hat Zone

Everyone knows John Olerud used to wear a helmet while playing the field, and so have a few other MLB players over the years. But check out this shot of a 1973 Clemson University game — the pitcher’s wearing a helmet! Dan Snider, who sent me the photo, explains: “They were in the process . . . → Read More: Hard Hat Zone

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Wear a Totally Bogus Synthetic Fabric

A few months ago, something called a “Cool Base” jersey began showing up in Major League Baseball’s online merchandise listings. According to the sales copy, “The 2006 season brings an innovative jersey to the playing field! The Cool Base jersey provides temperature control to keep the wearer cool, dry and comfortable. These jerseys feature . . . → Read More: If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Wear a Totally Bogus Synthetic Fabric

Uni Watch Exclusive: Someone Actually Watching NHL Playoffs!

Just when you’re thinking the world begins and ends with baseball, along comes a note from reader Mike Shanahan, who’s picked up on a hockey-related factoid. To wit: “The OLN broadcast crew had a close-up of Jay McKee’s skates during Tuesday night’s Sabres/Hurricanes game. They showed how he wears some kind of padding over . . . → Read More: Uni Watch Exclusive: Someone Actually Watching NHL Playoffs!

A New Tool — or Doohickey — of Ignorance

Kenji Johjima of the Mariners, like most catchers, wears his helmet backwards, but he often turns it around to face forward when congratulating a pitcher at the end of a game. Lots of other catchers do this too — nothing unusual about it. But something caught my eye when I saw this photo of . . . → Read More: A New Tool — or Doohickey — of Ignorance