Goddang kids today, with their backwards caps and baggy pants. No respect for the game, I tells ya. And what’s with the Crocs?! I suppose he has an endorsement deal with them and gets all his shoes for free, freakin’ spoiled athletes nowadays”¦..
Seriously: How come everyone’s All-Star BP jersey has their team logo on the right sleeve (additional examples here, here, here, here, here, here, and here) except for the Rangers’ players, who wore the Texas state flag? Yes, that’s what the Rangers normally wear on their game jerseys, but that’s not the point — the flag is not the team’s logo. Seems inconsistent, no?
But that’s nothing compared to all the bumper crop of All-Star inconsistencies that can be found in today’s ESPN column, the first of two ESPN installments this week (the other one will run on Friday). See you over there soon.
July Raffle: Reader James Craven attended MLB’s Fan Fest on Saturday and came away with a few copies of a new DVD called Yankee Stadium: Baseball’s Cathedral, which he describes as “an excellent piece of video with Chazz Palminteri narrating.” He’s generously offered to raffle off two of the copies he scored, an offer I’ve happily accepted.
To enter, send a blank e-mail with your name and address to uniraffle [at] earthlink [dot] net (not to the usual Uni Watch e-mail address, please) by 10pm this Friday. One entry per person, but everyone enrolled in the Uni Watch membership program at the time of the drawing will automatically get three bonus entries.
I’ll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck to all, and big thanks to James for donating the DVDs.
Uni Watch Signal Flare: Hey, is Ryan Etgen out there? If so, Ryan, please drop me a line. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Pretty cool 1930 cheerleader/marching band catalog here. ”¦ Also cool (but overpriced): this 1962 MacGregor catalog. ”¦ And if you liked my recent entry about the 1963 Rawlings uni catalog, here’s the 1964 version. ”¦ The jacket Lou Gehrig wore on the day his iron-man streak ended is going up for auction (with thanks to Chris Mercanti). ”¦ Looks like the lowercase “c” on John McDonald’s NOB may have thrown off the Blue Jays’ seamstress (with thanks to Christian Otto, writing all the way from Germany). ”¦ Cool story here about bike customization based on which jersey the cyclist is wearing (thanks, Bryan). ”¦ Here’s another example of purple as a form of silent protest (with thanks to Jim Borwick). ”¦ Mike Engle attended MLB’s All-Star Fan Fest and took a ton of photos, which he’s organized into several albums. Go to this page and check out each album listed in the left-hand column. ”¦ Interesting football uni being worn by Norview High in Norfolk, Virginia (with thanks to Tris Wykes). ”¦ The Mountain West Conference has a new 10th-anniversary logo (with thanks to Rob Montoya). ”¦ The Sonics-no-more don’t have a new name yet, but that isn’t stopping the NBA from selling new OKC merch. Jeez. Incidentally, Jim Mcglynn notes that Sonic Drive-In’s corporate HQ is in OKC, which would have made the “Sonics” name problematic (or ideal, depending on how you look at it). ”¦ While looking for something else, I came across these Des Moines Bruins throwbacks, which look like some of the best throwbacks I’ve ever seen. Hot stuff! ”¦ Yesterday I linked to this tag from these shorts. That led, of course, to some additional info from sporting goods historian Terry Proctor: “Those shorts are part of the ‘SandMark Collection’ of basketball uniforms introduced in 1969 by SandKnit. They offered 10 complete uniform packages, including jersey, shorts, knee-length stirrup hose, warm-up jacket, and warm-up pants. Each uniform component was coordinated to make a complete uniform statement. The shorts shown were a one-color version of the SandMark style worn by the Seattle SuperSonics. Probably the most memorable SandMark combination was the ‘Race Car’ set worn by Marquette that featured the large tackle twill circle with numbers inside and the racing stripes down only one side of the uniform. We sold this uniform to two high schools. Pretty wild stuff as we headed into the 1970s.” ”¦ “I am an employee at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located in Beaver Stadium,” writes Michael Cook. “Recently we redesigned a display that contained a jersey worn by Larry Johnson during his 2,000-yard rushing season at PSU. As I was looking at the jersey, I noticed something on it that I’d never seen before: Just above the TV number on each sleeve is the letters ‘PSU’ in a small blue patch exactly matching the color of the jersey.” ”¦ Mike Treat says he thinks the green shoes being worn by Junior Griffey in this shot are from the 1999 All-Star Game, but he can’t confirm it. Anyone..? ”¦ Can’t remember if I’ve linked to this before, but the Magic have a new 20th-anniversary patch. Not sure if it’ll be used on jerseys, but that seems like a pretty safe bet (with thanks to Mark Victor Malazarte).