By Phil Hecken, with UW Pollster, James Huening
A couple weekends ago, James T. Huening and I suggested a number of worst uniform combinations in the history of sport, and asked you for your suggestions for those we may have missed. You came through with flying colors, no pun intended.
Today, we’re back to vote upon those suggestions, and we need you to help determine the worst ever combination. To refresh, the worst combination isn’t necessarily the worst uniform of all time (that honor goes to the Caribous (sic) of Colorado), but the worst pairing of pants and jersey out of several possible combinations. We have lots of nominations, and you can vote for up to three. And while “worst” is always a matter of taste, we think you’ll agree that what follows is pretty bad. Please note that at the end of the poll, there is an “OTHER” option — use that to ‘go off the board’ if you feel there’s a combination that is worse than those listed.
So with that, here are your candidates for the “honor” of “Worst Uniform Combination” of all time (you may click on the picture for a larger version, if you dare):
Thanks for participating. We’ll be back in a week or two with the results. Big thanks, as always, to JTH for setting up the poll.
Several of our readers, myself among them, are “uniform trackers.” Others are uniform historians. Today, I’m joined by Jerry Wolper, who posts as “Burgh Fan” who’s undertaking a bit of both. You see, Jerry is on a quest to literally “back track” the uniforms worn by the “Bumblebee Bucs” of the late 1970s-early 1980s (specifically, 1977 through 1983). We’re aware the Bucs wore at least 10 different uniform combinations (cap/jersey/pants/stirrups), but it is possible they wore more. And Jerry wants to document them all. But a project of this magnitude, a most worthy one, may require a bit of assistance from the Uni Watch faithful.
I’ll let Jerry explain:
by Jerry Wolper
I’ve started the Buc Tracker project of listing what colors the Pirates wore from 1977-83.
The good news is that the two Pittsburgh newspapers of the time have their archives available via the Google News Archive. Unfortunately, not every issue is there, there were games where photos didn’t run, and, of course, not every photo includes the whole uniform. Since they only had one set of (gold) helmets, we can’t pull cap colors from photos when they’re on offense. It’s also unfortunate that the only other paper from a National League city that’s similarly archived is the Montreal Gazette. (The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune have paid archives available, but all I’m willing to invest right now is time.)
I’ve gotten through the archives of the Pittsburgh papers for 1977 and found:
• They did wear the striped whites on the road that year.
• Obviously, multiplying three colors of jersey by three colors of pants gives us nine combinations. My recollection is that after 1977, they always wore the black cap with the white jersey, and the black stirrups with the white pants, and I’ll stand by that until I see evidence to the contrary. In 1977, though, they’d wear either color accessory next to the white. (For simplicity’s sake, I’m calling the striped shirts and pants from ’77-’79 “white”.) I’ve seen these combinations as well as the standard nine:
• Gold/White/Gold/Black (7/6, 8/11, 8/16)
• Gold/Black/White/Gold (7/8, 8/12 g.1)
• Gold/White/Black/Gold (7/25, 9/5 g.2)
• Gold/White/White/Black (8/31)
• On September 12, Chuck Tanner was photographed in a gold cap with the gold jersey and pants.
If you want to help, or just have questions, you can E-mail me. I’m putting this all in spreadsheets on Google docs, so that anyone with a Gmail account can collaborate. When this is finished, we should be able to add a page to this blog so that people who wonder what the Pirates wore in that ’78 game they saw against the Mets can look it up.
Thanks Jerry. Like I said, a very worthy undertaking and one with which I hope you get lots of assistance. E-mail Jerry directly (or me) if you’re interested.
I guess the boys didn’t realize the World Cup is on the telly…Here’s Rick:
As the NHL and NBA finally wind down, life sometimes can be reduced to an empty search for something on TV between baseball games. All those channels and nuthin’ on. Didn’t Springsteen write a song about that? Well, there’s always Daunte Culpepper and the UFL, I guess.
Enjoy your Saturday Benchies.
A (inter)Plague upon the Land
It should come as no surprise that this baseball purist detests Interleague Play (“interplague”), and there are many reasons I needn’t get into that I do. Suffice it to say that what may once have been kind of a fun novelty is basically worthless nowadays. Sure, there are a few good games here and there, especially between “natural” rivals, but the expanded Interplague format has, for example, the Mets playing as many games against the Yankees as they play against the Padres — a team who they could possibly be fighting for a Wild Card (another thing I hate) berth come this fall. But for the most part, the novelty has run it’s course and we’re reduced to such thrilling matchups as Blue Jays versus Rockies and Nationals versus Tigers. Yeah — those are big rivalries.
Anyway, over the past few years, my biggest peeve with Interplague has been the fact that it seems a license for at least one team to break out the softball tops — maybe it isn’t any more common (I’m not tracking every team) than “normal,” but it sure seems that for every Interleague series, one of the teams will feature a dark colored alt.
Don’t believe me? Yesterday, there were 14 interleague games. In 10 (yes TEN) of them, at least one team wore the dark alt. Now, I’m *sure* some of the following 10 games feature a team who *usually* goes with the *dark alt* on either a semi-regular basis, has a starting pitcher who favors them, or it’s just *Friday*…but here were yesterday’s interleague offenders:
• Mets v Orioles: Do the O’s normally go black on Fridays? I know the Mets (at home, anyway) often do.
• Astros v Yanks: Gee, the Astros wearing the brick tops? There’s a big shock.
• Cubs v White Sox: Another big shock — Chisox in black tops.
• Phillies v Red Sox: Yes, I’m aware that the Red Sox wear red tops on Fridays. Yes, they look ridiculous. But they put a world of hurt on the Phillies, so it’s all good.
• Braves v Twins: The Twins have such gorgeous new unis, yet the insist on running out the blue top. Maybe they still have some of those to move.
• Brewers v Rangers: The good: Brewers in throwbacks. The bad: guess.
• Marlins v Rays: In the battle for Florida, the Rays win the uni matchup. But in a slugfest, the Marlins win the game.
• Rockies v Jays: I’d say there was a pretty good chance one of these teams will be in black every day. Of course, since Jiminez tossed his no-no, the black vest is a given.
Of course, the preceding nine games featured one alternate-toting team. But the tenth game actually featured a TRUE softball matchup…
• Giants v A’s: Green over gray versus orange over cream. Visually, not a treat. Especially since hunter and traffic cone go so well together. C’mon fellas, one colored top is bad enough, right? (Thanks to Brinke Guthrie for the screen grab.)
Maybe the numbers won’t be so lopsided (10 out of 14) today and Sunday. But it just seems like teams go out of their way to sport their alternate tops when the leagues meet and greet. I certainly won’t be surprised to see at least one game each day with BOTH teams in their dark alts.
Since it appears our man on the street, Jim Vilk won’t be getting his interwebs back in time to assist with tomorrow’s planned “5 & 1” (that’s the five best and one worst) uniform matchup for the World Cup,
I’m looking for a volunteer(s) UPDATE: I’ve got my volunteers. Anyone who is familar with Jim’s inimitable style and wit knows that during the college football season and the olympics, his 5&1’s are a waste of column space like nails on a chalkboard a welcome treat. If anyone has interest in subbing for Jim to coordinate a “5 & 1,” World Cup edition, for tomorrow, Give Me a Shout. Otherwise, I may have to do it myself…and we don’t want that, do we? We’re all set for tomorrow. Thanks to the gentlemen who replied.
Thanks to Pacific Rim Correspondent Jeremy Brahm for the graphic — which, by the way, contains something many of us many not know: “The World Cup ball for each match has the country names on the ball,” says Jeremy. That one is France vs. Uruguay. In the words of the late, great Johnny Carson…”I did not know that.”
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: Bit of a twist to the traditional GTG today. No scoreboard. Well, there’s a scoreboard, but it’s not displaying any scores. Hmmm. Might take a second, but you should be able to figure it out. Ready? Guess The Game From The Scoreboard Date, location and final score, please, and be sure to link to your answer. And, as always, if you enjoy the game, please send me some new scoreboards! Drop me a line. Thanks!
A Few Words From Ben…
Every Friday, it seems, around one in the morning, Uni Watch Stalwart Ben Traxel posts some pretty genius musings for uni (and other) related events for the week. Since he posts so late in the evening, very few of us get to actually read these little thoughts. Well, no longer. Here’s the first installment of “Ben’s Musings”. Here’s Ben:
• Three leagues I simply CANNOT get enough of: ABA, WFL, WHA.
• Paczki unpopular? Welllllll…I own 25 different stirrup styles, and none are Paczki. Just not on my diet.
• By the skin of my teeth. Thursday post. Wwwwwwaaaaaaahhhhhhhooooooooo!!!!!
• Colorado and Nebraska…two down, ten to go. This purple Wildcat ain’t too peachy bout the whole damn thing neither.
• Two soccer games. Two goals. Two ties. When’s hockey season start?
• Guys getting traded just to immediately retire on a certain team…thumbs down. If you retire, you are no longer on any team. If you want to retire in a certain place, simply have your agent call a pressy in that city. Trade? Silly.
• I don’t think there is ANY color on the Marlins jerseys. Those things are dreadful.
• Why would Izzo even think about it? Blows my mind.
• Did anyone actually see that Patrick Kane goal live and not instantaneously have some question in their mind as to what actually happened?
• My favorite baseball card of the day.
• I’m buying this book as soon as I’m done with this post.
• The ballpark I most want to play game 3 of the RPM battle.
Thanks buddy. I’m sure only 3 or 4 of us actually got the references, but they were great. Next week the musings will be uni-related, right?
And on that note, we’re going to put a nice fat bow on this tiny post. Enjoy the interplague and the World Cup everyone. USA! USA! USA! (sorry Brits). Game starts at 2:30 pm EDT on ABC. Everyone have a great Saturday!
Interleague play? Don’t like it. They only have it because of two teams [the New York Mets and the New York Yankees]. It’s all about the money. — Carl Everett