Uni Watch has written several times about the annoying stretch gussets in MLB’s new Cool Base jerseys. But that’s nothing compared to the black underarm gussets being showcased by Georgia in the College World Series. Like a horrific car wreck that you can’t stop staring at, the design is sort of addictively nauseating (or is it nauseatingly addictive?). And now that the Bulldogs have earned one of the final berths in the CWS, we’ll probably see more of it.
And who’s behind this stroke of design genius? Guess.
Speaking of the Georgia unis: Anyone else think it’s a little weird to see the same “G” logo from UGA’s football helmet appearing on the school’s baseball cap? It’s true that lots of schools do this (including another CWS team, Miami [which really needs to lose that pant-leg logo]), and cross-sport consistency is an admirable goal, but the Georgia “G” is different, because it was specifically conceived as a football logo — in fact, the rights to it are owned by the Green Bay Packers. So it’s odd to see it on a baseball cap.
Uni Watch Book Club: Reader Kevin Zdancewicz checks in with news of a new book that should be of interest to everyone reading this: Now Batting, Number… : The Mystique, Superstition, and Lore of Baseball’s Uniform Numbers, by Jack Looney. Uni Watch hasn’t yet procured a copy, but it looks v-e-r-y promising. Full report to follow soon.
Uni Watch News Ticker: In a major uni-related tragedy, the minor league Danbury Trashers — who had the coolest hockey logo ever — are now in limbo due to their owner’s mob-related racketeering indictment (he worked in “waste management,” just like Tony Soprano — hence the team’s name). … Good catch by James Huening, who writes: “I noticed during Saturday night’s Cubs/Reds game on that Aramis Ramirez didn’t have a left-sleeve patch like everyone else. It reminded me of 2003, when he first joined the Cubs and his blue alternate jersey had the National League patch on the left sleeve, instead of on the right. … Helmet Hut, the premiere source for vintage football helmet info and authentic reproductions, has come out with an awesome line of WFL helmets. … Great article here (you may have to register, but it’s free) about the Institute of Heraldry, which designs all the logos and seals for Federal agencies. … Some of the Twins wore flag cap patches last night, in honor of Flag Day. … Hosiery Alert!: Matt Dubroff notes that France’s Zinedine Zidane appears to be wearing stirrups. … Sick of the World Cup yet, or never cared to begin with? Although not safe for work (if your boss is around, don’t click), this uni gallery should rekindle your interest (with thanks to Ed Walsh).