HBO’s Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts Of Flatbush debuted last Wednesday, but I was in St. Louis at the time and didn’t get around to seeing it until Saturday. Aside from all the relatively familiar sentimental musings about my home borough (I teared up, right on cue, during the sequence where Dem Bums finally won the Series in ’55), there was a wealth of interesting uni-related material. Check it out:
- I wrote about pinned-on uniform numbers in my last ESPN column. But check out this shot, which shows prospects being evaluated either at a tryout session or during spring training. As you can see, some of them have numbers pinned over the pre-existing uni numbers. Kinda feels like the baseball version of this.
- Here’s a spring training shot. Note the two guys with the big “VB” on their jerseys, which I assume stood for Vero Beach.
- My favorite shot in the entire show: Jackie Robinson in an absolutely killer UCLA football uniform.
- There was a roughly 20-second sequence that showed the Hollywood Star wearing their pinstriped shorts (here’s another view). Oddly, the voiceover narration made no mention of the shorts — the script simply noted that L.A. was a minor league town until the Dodgers arrived. Very strange.
- Interesting shot here. Note that Jackie Robinson and Junior Gilliam are wearing sanitaries but no stirrups.
My only gripe: There wasn’t any footage of Burt Shotton managing in street clothes.
Travel Advisory: In the 14 months since this site launched, I’ve gotten out of town for a long weekend here or a work-related trip there, but I haven’t taken a proper vacation. That will change this Thursday, when I head off for — well, never mind where I’m heading. The point is that I’ll be visiting friends, road-tripping hither and thither, and not thinking too much about uniforms. My goal is to not log on to the site even once during the eight days I’ll be gone. We’ll see how realistic that turns out to be, but you get the gist — I need a little break.
But fear not — things will continue apace. While I’m gone, several teams of bio-engineered chinchillas, fortified on Balco-quality “nutritional supplements,” will be running on treadmills to keep all the wheels and gears turning. A crew of illegal immigrants, working under the dual threat of deportation and being forced to watch Lou Dobbs broadcasts, is at this very moment learning to mimic my writing style, so fresh content will continue to appear each day. And the major sports leagues have all agreed to hold off on any major uni-related announcements until my return.
The one major change is that Vince will be in charge of things while I’m gone, and will also be assembling Ticker material. So from the 19th through the 26th, if you’ve got a question, an observation, or a contribution, don’t send it to me — send it to Vince at uniwatchintern at gmail dot com. Vince will also be equipped with a Bat Signal-like communication device to get in touch with me, so in the unlikely event of an emergency (Jose Cruz Jr. going on the DL, for example, or Bruce Froemming splitting his pants), I’ll be brought up to speed.
I will engage in one major bit of Uni Watch business while I’m away, however: Next Tuesday, July 24th, I’ll be passing through Toronto and will convene a party upstairs at the Imperial Pub and Library. Festivities will commence at 8 p.m. — hope to see all you Ontarians there.
Membership Update: I want to take a minute to point out some of the really great details that Uni Watch art director Scott M.X. Turner has been working into the membership cards lately. When recently asked to do an old-school Patriots treatment, for example, Scott did some photo research and noticed that the Pats routinely featured wide-spaced lettering on their nameplates back in the day, so he matched that style. And dig this EPL design, complete with the logos on the numerals! It’s little details like these that have made this project so much fun for us — and, we hope, for you.
One thing I’ve noticed is that designs that looked horrible as actual uniforms look really great on the back of a membership card. In addition to the Blues treatment shown above, check out this and this (plus comments section stalwart Teebz wanted us to do the Islanders’ seasick typography for his card, which I’m sure would’ve looked totally boss, but the type was too tricky to render, so Teebz settled for an all-star design [based on this]).
Uni Watch News Ticker: Uni-related quote of the day, from Barry Bonds after yesterday’s Giants loss: “It’s an embarrassment for me to be wearing this [expletive deleted] uniform ’cause of the way I’m playing.” Not sure, but I think the expletive was “polyester.” … Big non-sports uni news out of the UK, where it’s recently been announced that trial judges will no longer wear wigs. Additional info here (with thanks to Bernie Langer). … Big article here about the jeweler who made Barry Bonds’s earring. … Latest minor league theme-night brainstorm: Star Wars Night, courtesy of the West Michigan Whitecaps (further details here). … The new Lightning logos will apparently look like this (a minor improvement, I’d say, but I’d rather have seen an overhaul). And the Sharks’ name/number treatment will now look like this (thanks in both cases to JR Boucicaut). … On Friday I ran a photo of this 1971 serving tray, which Vince was nice enough to pick up for me at a yard sale. That prompted the following note from Richard Stover: “That tray was a Shell gas station promotion. For a fill-up, they gave you a glass [additional examples here and here). I remember getting a Broncos glass from my sister, who had moved to Colorado, so it must have been a nationwide promotion. A few extra bucks and you could buy a tray. I’m 50 years old, and like almost everything else I had as a kid, I replaced my cracked, broken tray with one purchased on eBay. But my New England Patriots glasses somehow survived.” … Garrett Malcolm was attending a Padres/Orioles game in San Diego and happened upon a gent wearing this jersey. “He told me that it was game-worn, and was from the early ’40s, when the Orioles were a minor league team. The number on the back was 7, and I think you’ll agree that it is just a beautiful piece of work.” Indeed. (Quick, someone put a drool cup under Joe Hilseberg!) … Anthony Pellegrino attended a Phillies game on Friday night and snapped a pic of a combo you don’t see very often (thankfully): stirrups and mandals. … Vince notes that someone did a really bad radial arching job on Curtis Thigpen’s jersey (compare to this). … Good catch by Andrew Stebbins, who notes that the MLB.com shop lists this as a Chad Cordero jersey, when it was actually Francisco Cordero who made the All-Star team. … Several sources are reporting that Kansas’s new football jersey will look like this. … The Brewers did their annual Cerveceros promotion yesterday (with thanks to Jared Simon for the screen grab). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Short TV news clip here regarding Wisconsin’s attempts to police its motion-W logo. … Also from yesterday: Jose Reyes has been wearing orange shoelaces. … Still more from yesterday: Adam LaRoche’s pirate sleeve patch was partially torn off on Saturday night.