I’d planned to use today’s entry to write about my visit yesterday to Lelands auction house. But now I’ve decided to save that for later in the week, because I want to talk about last night’s Brewers/Cardinals throwback game.
The basics: The Brewers hosted a 25th-anniversary reunion of their 1982 pennant-winning team last night (note how there appears to be some dispute amongst the oldsters regarding the tucked vs. untucked protocol, with tucked apparently winning). Since the Cardinals were in town, they re-created the ’82 World Series by having both teams wear ’82 throwbacks.
It’s nice that the that the Brewers wore pullovers with no names on the back (instead of their regular Friday throwbacks, which are based on the ’82 design but have button-fronts and names), and that both teams had period-appropriate elastic waistbands. But there were also several things that were, well, not so nice.
And no, I’m not referring to the obvious problems like the jerseys being too baggy, the sleeves being too long, or most of the players leaving their pants at their ankles (with some welcome exceptions on each side) — that’s all pretty much par for the throwback course these days.
What I’m talking about is this:
• Most damningly, whose bright idea was it to have the Cards insignia on a white-outlined patch — a format they have never worn at any time in their history — instead of directly embroidered? (Over on the Chris Creamer boards, someone pointed out that the Cards were stuck with insignia patches one other time this season [I think that was for a throwback game in San Diego], but a previous set of ’82 throwbacks, worn for a 2005 game in against the Devil Rays, came a lot closer to getting it right.)
Actually, I know whose idea it was: I’d been told a while back that the Brewers ordered up the uniforms this way (the home team is usually in charge of both sets of unis for throwback games) and refused to budge even when the problems were brought to their attention by people in the Cardinals’ offices. Lame-o, Brew Crew.
(Special thanks to Nicole Haase, who attended the game and provided many of the photos seen above. Check out her full photo gallery here.)
Membership News: After a lot of hard work (most of it by Scott, let it be duly noted), we’ve just about caught up with all the membership orders. Except for Alan Saunders (we’re making a slight tweak to your design — should be done later today or tomorrow), Ben Hixon (ditto), and Taha Jamil (I’m still waiting to hear what design treatment you want), every entry on the active roster is now linked to a finished design. Check out the full slate of cards in the design gallery.
The design shown above is probably my favorite of the entire membership project. I thought long and hard when considering whether to honor the request — after all, it shows the back of a helmet, not the back of a jersey (and as many of you have learned, I’ve turned down quite a few requests that didn’t match our basic design format). But it was just too good a treatment to pass up. Plus it honors one of the uniform world’s subtlest and most enduring details. Great idea by member Casey Shaeffer, great execution by Scott. Just don’t get any bright ideas about asking us to reproduce the airbrushed design on NHL goalie backplates — that’s beyond our reach.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Yankees have added a “10” sleeve memorial for Phil Rizzuto. … The latest development in the skirmish over NFL photographers’ logo-creeped vests is reported here. … Forgot to mention yesterday that the Eagles’ 75th-anniversary patch looks pretty good. … Lots of uni-related minor league promotions listed here (with thanks to Dan Sherman). … Speaking of which, Natron reports that the Rochester Red Wings did the Hawaiian shirt thing on Sunday. … And in still more minor league news, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs unveiled their new uniforms yesterday. “My boss says to tell you that the new unis are nothing but a cash-grab,” says Kora Manheimer, who works for Minor League Baseball and provided the images I’m about to link to. “They have home, road, Saturday, Sunday, and alternate!” A bit excessive, I agree, but you’ve gotta like that Sunday uni, what with the pig’s head chest logo and the piggy tail cap (too bad they didn’t put the tail on the back of the cap, though). Additional images here, here, and here. Oh, and here’s my favorite. … Way back in December, I wrote an entry about the profusion of NCAA mascots who are depicted wearing sailor’s caps. Now Tim Donovan, while poking around the excellent Victory Pennants site, has found another: the Penn State lion. … Cool eBay item here (good find by Jeremy Brahm). … The Astros will wear a different uniform from each era of Craig Biggio’s career on the season’s final weekend. Details here (with thanks to Ryan Patrick).