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Monochrome In Baseball, Part II

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By Phil Hecken

A little over a month ago, I brought you a look at Monochrome In Baseball, which looked at the use of solid color uniforms (jerseys and pants) throughout baseball history. Today I bring you Part II — which will look at the use of monochrome in the game today…and it’s possible use in the future.

In the first part, it was noted that monochrome enjoyed a relative popularity during the early part of the twentieth century, only to basically die off from the late teens and early twenties until the late sixties and seventies, when, buoyed by the introduction of polyester double-knit materials, several teams returned to the fashion statement. By the eighties, monochrome was again “dead,” returning to the game only for a few throwback games here and there.

But is monochrome, as a baseball fashion statement, truly dead — or is it just in hibernation? Just this past season, several teams have already thrown back to monochrome uniforms from their 1970’s past, and the Baltimore Orioles have threatened promised to throw back to their all-orange uniforms worn only a few times in 1971 and 1972.

Now, we must ask ourselves: is the public really clamoring for a look at these again (or is this just a marketing gimmick) and, if so, is this signaling perhaps a return to a modern monochrome uniform (or several) in our near future?

I won’t offer opinions on those colorful uniforms of the past, but I will say this: I truly think one or maybe a very small number of teams — teams who already have an alternate or three — could probably pull off the monochrome look on a very limited basis. However, for the solid top and bottoms to look even half-way decent, there would need to be a few rules on how these uniforms should be worn, otherwise all bets are off. We’ll get to those shortly.

Before we look at the major leagues, lets take a look at some monochrome in other leagues throughtout the world that wear (or have worn) monochrome uniforms in the past. They will serve as fair warning a guide as to what might (and what definitely won’t) work if MLB were to return to solid color unis.



Cuba is perhaps best known for it’s all-red uniforms, but the Island has a very colorful history of solid colors. The World Baseball Classic and the Olympics often show the Cuban National Team in it’s patented bright red uniforms, although sometimes they simply elect to wear red pants with a white jersey. Sometimes the socks are matching red, othertimes blue…and many times the pants are tailored “pajama style” — which, quite frankly, looks awful.

There are other solid color combinations in Cuban beisbol, however, that aren’t red — royal blue (and note the orange pajama’s on the other player), and almost powder blue (slightly reminiscent of the Phillies powder blues), navy blue (note the dark pajamas on the batter), hunter green (with gold raglan sleeves), orange (with royal raglan sleeves), and still more blue (with pinstripe raglan sleeves).

Those are quite the uniforms, yes? Now, again, I don’t want to cast too much of a pall over them with my editorializing, but I think most of us would suffice it to say they probably wouldn’t look good in our major leagues. The raglan sleeves and pants stripes do break up the monochrome look a bit, but the pajama pants really detract from the overall appearance. Clearly, some form of socks or stirrups over sanis is needed to break up the monotony of color below the waist. I also think it’s safe to say that with the option to wear colored pants, the “reverse softball” look is probably very tempting.

Let’s move on to the other side of the world for our next two looks at monochrome.



Korea is another nation for which the monochrome look has been tried. Like Cuba, there are several variations, including a powder blue look (note the stirrups and white cleats), a darker blue combination, a similar darker blue look, this time with matching cap, sleeves and stirrups, and (although not shown in monochrome) a red and black look (which I do believe comes with matching tops and bottoms) and a totally crazy orange pinstripe look that is somewhat reminiscent of the Bucs bumblebee pins of the 1977-79 era.

Although none of those photos show pajama-clad players, I think we can agree that the uniforms where there is contrast in colors between the stirrups and caps and the uniform itself is a much more pleasing look to the eye than the all same-color uniform and accoutrements.

Finally, let’s look at Korea’s neighbor to the south.


Taiwan: (Chinese Taipai)

Taiwan also has (or had) it’s fair share of monochrome unis, including a darkish powder blue ensemble (with two-tone cap and dark socks), the seemingly standard all dark blue uniform (with matching cap and stirrups), and … just a really — really — loud bright yellow uniform (complete with pajama bottoms, the mark of the beast, and really odd black side panels).


Clearly, monochrome is still alive and well in other parts of the world, and apparently, making a comeback (at least in terms of throwbacks) here in the United States.

As we wind down this second look at monochrome in baseball, we now must ponder the question: “Should monochrome be reintroduced into the major leagues?” If the answer is yes, then we must next ask, “If so, who should wear it?”

As we have seen in the past, and we must ponder for the future, monochrome is a very tough look to pull off — but I think it has been successfully done in the past and can be again. Certainly, if teams were to reintroduce it (or introduce it for the first time), the pajama bottom is a look that must be avoided at all costs — socks, and preferably stirrups really need to be worn to break up the monotone of the solid uniform. As we will see when I show you mocks for all 30 teams, not only are socks (stirrups especially) a must, they look much better when they are of a contrasting color — as should caps and undersleeves be as well. And the socks/stirrups should also be, preferably, darker than the uniform — failing that, stripes or patterns should be employed on the socks.

Picture everything most of us detest about the leotard look in the NFL, and how much better the look is when the socks are a different color than the pants. The same holds true for a monochrome look in baseball.

That’s going to do it for this second look at Monochrome in Baseball. Coming next time: teams who might try the monochrome look, teams who have tried it before, teams who would do better by ditching the black alt and should try something new, teams for whom it’s next logical step and teams who have no business wearing it and who would never in a million years be caught dead wearing it.

But that’s for next time.

What say you, readers, should the MLB re-explore the monochrome look? If so, is it something that maybe only one team (possibly a team from the past who has gone mono before) should explore, or would a handful of teams possibly find it to their liking? I hate the softball look (mismatched top and pants) but as long as teams are going to have an alternate, why not wear an actual alternate uniform?

The floor is yours.


Benchies HeaderLast weekend we learned that Mick may have been the inspiration for Softball Guy This weekend, we find out he’s definitely NOT the inspiration for Golf Guy. Although, he may have a 28 handicap and insist on hitting from the tips… Here’s Rick:

Ever notice that just when things are looking really great, there’s always something that, y’know, takes the edge off it?

Here’s your full color Sunday Benchies.


uni template 2Back again with more Uniform Tweaks, Concepts and Revisions today. Lots to get to, and if you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way. Still finding the tweaks have slowed to a trickle, so if you have something you’d like to show, give me a shout.


Just one huge set of tweaks today, and it comes from Daniel Rerko, who actually sent along eighty-seven NFL separate tweaks. Last weekend, we looked at the second batch. Today features Round III. Says Daniel, “I am sending you a gallery of 87 uniform tweaks for NFL teams on Flickr. Some of them are terrible, but some of them turned out pretty well. I hope you enjoy!” We’re just about halfway through those and now we’re moving into the homestretch. Here then, is the third set:

Houston Texans — White helmet, alt. logo on sleves: I like the HT alternate logo on the sleve. Also, the white helmet really makes the uniform look good.

Seattle Seahawks — A lot of old elements, modern blue, two alts.: Basically the old uniform with dark blue and a darker green.

Indianapolis Colts — No more shoulder stripes: Making it even more plain by adding sleeve stripes instead of the shoulder stripes.

Tennessee Titans — Solid stripes, pant stripe matches yoke, possible new Alternates: Home and Alternate with a white shoulder yoke… just to see what it is like.

Miami Dolphins — Miami U green instead of dk. blue, modern stripes: A weird design, along with the replacement of the dark blue accent color with a Miami U inspired green. Another one of those designs that was fun to design, but should never be on the field.

New England Patriots — red white and blue: Patriots=Patriotic colors.

New York Jets — Modernized stripes, old logo, old colors: The 90’s logo,the old, brighter colors, with some extended shoulder stripes.

Cleveland Browns — Logo, Modoernized, white helmet: When I think of Cleveland, I think of big ugly dogs. So, let’s put one on the helmet! I also messed around with some more modern sleeve striping.

Chicago Bears — Block numbers, helmet stripes, high TV numbers: The Bears need block numbers. I also added some helmet stripes and some striped socks that match the sleve stripes on the home uniform.

Oakland Raiders — Shoulder Yoke, silver numbers: A Titans-inspired shoulder yoke with sivler numbers on the away uni.

Tennessee Titans — Solid stripes, pant stripe matches yoke: Every uni has white pants, with a side stripe that matches the color of the shoulder yoke. Also, a new away alternate with a dark blue shoulder yoke to contrast the usual away uniform.

Green Bay Packers — Sleeve Stripes, Sock stripes: Some really complex sleve and sock stripes.

Dallas Cowboys — White Helmets, same colors, same uniforms: The stripes from the white uniform applied to the color uniform, all together with a white helmet.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers — No more orange, older socks: The old uniform design, with the new colors and the new logo applied to it.

New England Patriots — Army Colors: If I could think of any team that should be wearing the colors of our modern patriots, it should be the Patriots. I would only like to see this uniform in some sort of Armed Forces tribute game.

New England Patriots — Silver stripes: Some silver wouldnt hurt on the uniform, while I decided to make the helmet white.

St. Louis Rams — Blue and white: Cutting down the uniform to only two colors. The very dark blue and white give the rams a decent look, along with relocated TV numbers.

St. Louis Rams — Old Uni, New colors, Gold alt.: Old uniform with the new colors, and a hideous gold alternate.

OK. That’s all for today. Back with more next time. Keep sending them my way.


uni tracking header 1Back at the beginning of the 2010 season, I announced the 2010 Uni Tracking that a number of us do. Last year, I devoted about four full weekend columns to it, and that was probably a bit much for most of us to take in one dose, so this year, I’ll occasionally post the updated tracking of certain teams as the trackers send them in. So, if you’ve been doing your due diligence with your team, send me your mid-season tracking reports, and I’ll post them as a “sub article” on the weekends. OK? OK!


Got another pair of tracks for today. First up is Mike Vamosi, who is another of our KC Royals trackers:

The Royals tracker did a much more flashy version than my word edition that I’ve tried to update daily.


Next up is everyone’s favorite Yinzer, Douggie Keklak, who is, sadly for him, tracking the Bucs:

Not sure if you got any Pirates’ submissions but I thought I’d send you mine anyway. It’s tough being a fan right now. Although I’ll always be loyal to my team, it’s hard to be excited about the game when the Succos are well on pace for a 100-loss (and then some) season. One might say “why even track the unis on a team like this since they are so bad” but what the hell, it’s fun.

To paraphrase the line from the Player Haters’ Ball skit from Chappelle’s Show, “what can I say about this team that hasn’t already been said about Afghanistan?”

Through June, the club is 27-51. The lone bright spot is how they apparently have the Cubs’ number, going 9-3 against the Northsiders.

From a uniform standpoint, things are pretty much as they were a year ago with one small twist. In April and May, the club experimented with wearing the Black Alts midweek (twice on a Wednesday and once on Tuesday). Last year, they were worn on Fridays with an occasional road Saturday due to a home team going with black. The team is also wearing the pinstriped vest/sleeveless exclusively during Sunday home dates again. The team reverted to a Fridays-only policy for the black alts in June.

Two special throwback unis have been worn to date: a Pittsburgh Crawfords Negro League Throwback and the all black combo from the mix and match era during the recent turn back the clock game in Oakland. The team lost both those contests. They also wore their Stars and Stripes hat, along with the rest of MLB, for their Memorial Day contest (a win over the Cubbies).

As for the rest of the splits (again, through June 30):
Home Whites: 12-11
Road Grays: 10-25
Home Pins: 3-2
Black Alts: 2-12 (1-6 equally at home and on the road)
Other: 0-2 (loss in Crawfords and loss in 70s era throwbacks)



Thanks gentlemen.

OK, trackers, keep sending them in. Pretty much any format will do (although since these are just mid-season updates, screen grabs are fine), but since I have Google Docs, I can pretty much post any format (word, excel — almost anything but Microsoft Works, which for some reason, doesn’t upload into a displayable format for the web). More next time.


the traxman comethAfter a week in which he could find very little to annoy me, Senor Traxel (or is it “Herr” or “Monsieur” — who knows where his World Cup loyalties lie) — is back with more musings, misgivings, malaprops and mysticism… Normally the Trax show runs on Saturday, but Ben had a late Friday night, if you know what I mean. “Kids won their game tonight 2-1. Pitchers dual. That pitching machine was cranked up to a nasty 45.” Sure it was Ben ;). He also assures me that, “No, I didn’t get a five finger discount.”


Anyhoo, without further ado, here’s Ben:

Favorite baseball card of the week. Looks like a sphincter jacket. With a vest. Hot look in those days.

I did it! I found a photo of the inside of Olympic Stadium that looks good.

Someone mentioned I like square toed shoes. I’d have to say this one sure looks perty.

So I was at Busch Stadium last weekend. Had a great Dad day teaching one of the kids to keep score (or at least as much as I know). The scorecard cover was quite nice before our scribbles. The gift shop had some creepy terrestrials in the sky. And Larussa just made a weak attempt at stirrup simulation. The hotel we stayed in had a pretty good view but the really interesting thing was how you can spot the remnants of the old stadium. Notice the gray square inside the decorative semicircle. That was the old location of the Musial statue. And the rounded sidewalk that goes through the painted on arch was right up against the now gone multipurpose spaceship looking 1966 venue.

I think these guys must have shot down those gift shop beasts and had ”˜em taxidermitized.

Don’t see many white helmets out there. Throw in a name below the number and that’s quite a combo.

If I could talk my country club into having these as the carts, I’d definitely make more birdies.

I heard Wayne Hagin for a year in St.Louis. I feel for ya Mets fans (never thought I’d say that). He sure can make a guy miss these fellas.

Think rpm could sport this sweater as well as Buckner?

Any pic of the White Sox in their collared years is worth a peek.

Can you find the three different A’s in three different unis?

Couldn’t find anything to really get under Phil’s skin this week. Maybe this will do the trick. I think Minaya just asked Wilpon if they could please, PLEASE ditch the black.

It’s July. It’s hot. I’m headed to a swim meet for the next seven hours. Enjoy your all-star week all!


Thank you Ben. And nah, you didn’t get under my skin — not the way you usually do — keep mentioning country clubs and shooting 74’s though, and you’re off to a good start.


vilk 5 & 1 flat 2Because today’s World Cup Final would be the “sixth” (five plus one) game, the final 5 & 1 for the World Cup (probably a best of) will be next weekend. Instead, I’ve invited Mr. 5 & 1 himself (practicing to join the Cavs next season) to come up with a new twist — and it’s most timely in light of a certain ex-Cleveland athlete’s sudden departure from his beloved hometown team. We present: the Top 5 & 1 Worst…LeBron James ad parodies:

5. From the front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: — The small print by his hand says, “7 years in Cleveland, no rings.”

4. From an ad that usually says, “We are all witnesses”: — Couldn’t find one that I saw before saying, “We were all suckered.”

3. Who’s worse? — Consensus is, it’s still Art.

2. Another “Witness” takeoff: — Wonder if the swoosh would sell shirts of this?

1. Give this guy credit for coming prepared: — Sometimes simple is best.

And the worst LeBron parody:

A defacing of a “Homebillboard: — Points off for sloppiness. Couldn’t just buy some black spray paint?


That’s all for today. Enjoy the World Cup. Time to watch and then say goodbye to soccer for another four years.

In case you missed it yesterday, there’s a new “design a baseball jersey contest” taking place. Details here.

Everyone have a great Sunday.


In the next 15 or 20 years, I hope I’ll be the richest man in the world. That’s one of my goals. I want to be a billionaire. I want to get to a position where generation on generation don’t have to worry about nothing. I don’t want family members from my kids to my son’s kids to never have to worry. And I can’t do that now just playing basketball. — LeBron James, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 10 Dec., 2005

122 comments to Monochrome In Baseball, Part II

  • Mike | July 11, 2010 at 7:37 am |

    Good Morning… American working in Singapore at the moment and I was actually keeping track of the whole Lebron fiasco from afar. Out here, the news didn’t even register, but what I thought was funny was that I walked into the Nike store at a mall today and Lebron’s face is still plastered on a wall dedicated to Nike Basketball (along with Kobe). And then I thought, all of this merchandise is outdated since Nike’s going to have to come out with a redesigned logo for him since he’s changed his number from 23 to 6. Seeing as how this isn’t exactly news (he announced the change sometime during the season), I’m curious to see what they come up with.

    • Jeremy Brahm | July 11, 2010 at 8:29 am |

      Well LeBron had not changed his number because he was still in #23 with Cleveland. Nike can’t change it that quickly, he probably told them as well when he told the NBA that he was changing.

      Got to Singapore once, would like to go back to visit just the flight is sooooo long.

  • Oakville Endive | July 11, 2010 at 7:44 am |

    What 18 NFL tweaks – and not one of the Bungels – you’re proving me wrong.

    Like all the tweaks – they’re all interesting – the Rams going to two colours is a nice look.

    • Jim Vilk | July 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm |

      I agree. I also like that Jets tweak.

  • Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 8:03 am |

    Remind me at Thanksgiving that if someone suggests we “go around the table and say what we’re thankful for,” I should say I’m thankful I live in a market where we’ve had the pleasure of watching/listening to Joe Mauer’s act and not Lebron James’.

    (That’s not a Minnesota/Cleveland comparison, that’s a homegrown superstar athlete comparison).


  • Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 8:16 am |

    The trick to envisioning/designing a monochrome uni for a current MLB team is to design something that works with pajama pants. Why? Because, like it or not, that’s the way it’s most likely going to be worn/seen.

    Stirrups in MLB remain, for the moment, an aberration. Unless we’re planning on something as improbable as the team reverting to mandatory uni rules like those of the Big Red Machine, anything designed with socks as a critical element in making it “work” isn’t likely to see the light of day.

    Shoot, the Rays (the one team out of 30 that seems to be paying any real attention to their socks at all) couldn’t keep stirrups up (pun intended) for two weeks. Most of their players who opted for stripes are now wearing navy blue tubes.


  • Jeremy Brahm | July 11, 2010 at 8:26 am |

    The All yellow shot for Taiwan is a practice uniform of the Brother elephants

    This one will work for you.

  • JB Early | July 11, 2010 at 8:35 am |

    Monochrome Рonly those great dark throwbacks. Other than that РNo way Jos̩.

    NFL Tweaks: Why the Ny Jets stick w/ that lame green/white is beyond me. Other than an owner’s bad taste & dreamed of $, wtf does green have to do w/ a Jet? Do Over!

    I am rooting for the NL because my good friend Anja lives there in Venlo. Her daughter however is half Spanish – fun ensues. . .. Go Dutch

  • StLMarty | July 11, 2010 at 9:15 am |

    I never really considered the powder blues as being monochrome. I put them in the same camp as the grays.

    Does Lebron want his family to worry, or not?

  • Gusto44 | July 11, 2010 at 9:42 am |

    Can’t confirm this, and wouldn’t bet money on it, but I thought the Pirates also had multiple all-star game players in different uniforms during the multicolored uniform era.

    I agree, monochrome should not be a daily look, and teams with dark versions should avoid them in the heat of summer.

    • Geeman | July 11, 2010 at 5:08 pm |

      A great study would be of the A’s All-Star pictures from the 1970s (which you can get from the Mets yearbooks of those years). They usually had a lot of players on each squad, and they always mixed it up. Did they plan this? I think the Pirates mixed it up too. Even the Indians did that one year, with one player in red and one in blue.

      But think the Orioles always wore orange or white in unison.

  • Ricardo Leonor | July 11, 2010 at 9:49 am |

    I agree with StlMarty….I don’t really look at powder blues and think monochorome…at least not in the context used here…to me it’s just another “shade of grey”, that being said, I think the powder blue Rays look isn’t bad. I also like the Blue Jays monochrome. It would probably be an improvement over all the crap they wear now..

    The orange uni from Korea is AWESOME! I like it. Not in monochrome, but pair it with some white or cream pants, two thumbs up…are you listening San Fran!!

    Last but not least, I was watching a few minutes of CFL football yesterday on ESPN. I don’t believe I had watched any CFL since like maybe 1988 when ESPN would air some games on tape delay. I took 2 things away from it. One of the ads on the unis looked horrible. Two, I know it’s 12 on 12 football…but the extra receiver / db made the game look like it was 20 on 20…and they get a running start like Arena ball….interesting…

    • Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 10:17 am |

      Always thought that CFL/AFL running start thing wasn’t all bad for the defense, even though the offensive player has a running start.

      It’s pretty easy to time the snap count.


      • mike 2 | July 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm |

        The running start is easier to time but its harder than it looks to defend. The defender is stopped and the receiver is near full stride, knowing when he’s going to cross the line isn’t as helpful as it looks.

        Also remember that its four or five guys with a running start.

    • S. Bennett | July 11, 2010 at 11:22 am |

      The BEST rule the NFL could take from the CFL is the “no fair catch rule”. Instead, there is a 5 yard buffer zone around the returner that opponents are not allowed to enter until the returner has touched the ball. It’s a GREAT rule that gets rid of lame ass fair catch plays and gives us constant access to one of the most exciting, chaotic situations on a football field.

      It’s awesome. NFL should do it.


      • Jim Vilk | July 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm |


  • Mykal94 | July 11, 2010 at 9:51 am |

    To paraphrase the line from the Player Haters’ Ball skit from Chappelle’s Show, “what can I say about this team that hasn’t already been said about Afghanistan?”
    It’s bombed out and depleted.

  • M.Princip | July 11, 2010 at 9:53 am |

    Diggin’ Rerko’s NFL tweaks today. Standouts are the Seahawks, Raiders, and the Jets. Love the idea of going back to the 1978-97 Jets logo, yet in white.

  • Oakville Celery Root (alias Endive) | July 11, 2010 at 9:56 am |

    One thing to add to the LeBron discussion

    There’s been a lot of comparisons to baseball free agents. I think one thing that distinguishes basketball from the other three major sports – is the importance of the star player – it’s a far more certain element in basketball than the other sports – i.e. if you’re going to be good in basketball – you have to have at least one elite player – if you don’t have one – you have no shot. Whereas both football and hockey are truly team games – large team games – where coaching plays a considerable role with a team’s success – and every year – you get the “surprise” team – and baseball – has this unpredictability element in terms of player performance – mysterious fall offs and sudden rises – seem to permeate baseball – Basketball is pretty well constant.

    Up here in the GWN – where basketball is the 4th sport – it’s takes a lot of criticism -for being very predictable. i.e. you already know what 3-4 teams will by vying for the Championship – so sadly – despite the aspirations of the Cavaliers owner – the reality is they now have no hope of winning – until the next elite (top 5) player falls into their laps – which may be a long time.

  • jim greenfield | July 11, 2010 at 10:18 am |

    The Buc tracker should note the three game winning streak during which all the players went high cuffed. Of course, after the first high cuffed loss they went back to PJs and began a twelve game losing streak. I think they may have felt like BALL PLAYERS for three games!

  • DJ | July 11, 2010 at 10:39 am |

    It’s spelled “Taipei”, not “”Taipai.”

  • Michael | July 11, 2010 at 10:58 am |

    I don’t get all this LeBron backlash. Fact: He took LESS money to sign with the heat! Fact: He chose to join the Heat to play with his buddies & the chance to win rings! So this IS NOT ON LeBron all he just made a business & personal decision in his best interest. This IS ON Cavs mgmt! If Gilbert was that way in public how was he in private? He didn’t betray anybody if anything the Cavs have betrayed him! They didn’t build a team he felt could win championships or get him on board with a plan to take a step back to clear cap room in order to bring in 2 other max players. The Heat, Knicks, Bulls & Nets all did this to try & get him! I think in his heart LeBron wanted to stay for his hometown area but the Cavs made that impossible so he did what was best for him! This is no different than college recruiting when a stud in state kid does not always go to that’s State’s U! As an alum or fan you’re disappointed (maybe even anger at first) but you get over it because it’s the kids choice. LeBron made the best decision based on the circumstance for him now just respect that & MOVE ON!

    • Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 11:23 am |

      Other than Cavalier fans, don’t know that many are finding fault with him signing elsewhere.

      The gripe is the sorry self-absorption of it all. And the related pandering* to athletes that is getting just ridiculous.


      (*feel free to read that as “ass kissing” or “jock sniffing to the point of absurdity”).

      • Jim Vilk | July 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm |

        My brother and I are actually excited at the prospect of starting over. We’d rather see a good team, than a superstar with a bunch of secondary players. Plus, I like Coach Scott better than Coach Brown. This isn’t the end of hoops in Cleveland.

        There are some folks here that understand his leaving. We didn’t all cry in our beers or set stuff on fire the way they showed on TV. But, no one that I know liked the way he left. Makes me miss guys like Brad Daugherty and Mark Price even more.

      • Geeman | July 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm |

        Absolutely. Had the same conversation with a young sports fan at brunch today.

    • S. Bennett | July 11, 2010 at 11:40 am |

      A few Lebron points

      You can’t be “the king” if you go to play at other people’s castles. Can you imagine, for a second, Michael Jordan doing that? Instead Jordan would avoid playing with those guys so he could crush them every time he faced them. Show who the top dog really is.

      This is 100% a business decision, NOT a personal decision. ALL of his personal aspects of his life are entrenched in Ohio, not Florida. If he wanted to stay, he could have stayed. He held all the cards.

      It’s not all on the Cavs management – he was there seven years – his fingerprints would be all over every deal made. Conclusion: He’s not much of a GM.

      How on earth did the Cavs make it “impossible” for him to stay? If he wants to be on a winner, he has the best chance of any player in any league to make it happen all by himself. He should be the drawing card that pulls others to him. He’s the “KING” , remember? He told us so.

      Over and above the fact he left is the way he did it. Completely self serving – pointing out that it was for reasons outside basketball is the first of many red flags that wold keep me a healthy distance from this mess of an individual. If he wants to be an executive producer, that’s up to him. Bit if he’s the massive “brand” he clams he is, he should be able to play in Timbuktu and earn the billions he thinks he deserves .

      The NY vs. LA vs indiana is bullshit these days. It’s all a mouse click or a remote flick away for the vast majority of fans. If this were 1980, Ok. But this is an age of globalization. The massive majority of people who claim to be LBJ fans will never see him live, be it in Miami or NYC or Cleveland. So it simply doesn’t wash. Play better, they’ll come to you.

      Did I mention the complete lack of tact in his public shunning of his host city? Gutless and classless.


      • inkracer | July 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm |

        I really don’t understand all the hatred towards Lebron. He made a choice to play elsewhere, just like Bosh, Boozer, and Amare. He chose to not say anything to any of the other teams so that his decision wasn’t leaked.
        If we are going to bring professionalism into it, then we need to bring the Cavs’ owner’s actions into this as well. If he quickly (and publicly) flies off the handle, simply because a (now former) player signed with another team, what is he like behind closed doors?
        In the end, we are sitting here talking about someone who plays games for a living?

        Can we get back to talking about what brought us all here in the first place? (The Uniforms)

        • JTH | July 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm |

          It’s really that hard to understand? If you’re going to jump ship, do it with class. Issue a press release. Tweet it. Whatever. Don’t stage the ultimate “look at me” party to announce it.

          The whole dog & pony show was actually fairly creepy.

        • Inkracer | July 11, 2010 at 7:59 pm |

          So he didn’t do it with class, (his former owner certainly didn’t use class with his message after Lebron announced where he was playing) I still don’t see a need for all the hate. He was a FREE AGENT. He could (and did) choose to play where HE wants to.

          There are things to get worked up over, where someone is going to play, and how it was announced aren’t worth getting worked up over.

  • mike 2 | July 11, 2010 at 11:59 am |

    I think the monochrome could work today.

    Here’s what I take from the photos above:

    1. monochrome works best in dark colours. Navy blue, black work much better than blood red or gold

    2. trim looks like crap on monochrome. Take away the pant stripes, sleeve stripes and sansabelts from the Pirates and you have something that looks timeless, not something that screams 1970’s.

    Just my view – YMMV.

    • S. Bennett | July 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm |

      What you need to remember about monochrome of yesteryear is that it existed for a very practical reason – teams were busy and while on the road, did not have the access to laundry facilities like they do today. If you slid into second on day 1 of a 2 week trip, you were playing with that dirt for a fair few days before you had a chance to wash it out. Dark colours hid stains.

      Once they got regular access to laundry facilities, they ditched the darks. Coincidence? I think not!

      but just imaging playing in 95+ degree heat in navy wool. It’d be interesting to find out how many guys went around all season with navy blue-dyed skin. Ooof!

      Today, the monochrome doesn’t work for me. looks too softball. BTW, I don’t consider powder blues any more monochrome than greys or whites (which I agree *are* monochrome, but… you know what I mean.)


    • Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm |

      All you have to do is click through the links on the Cuban uniforms to see how minor league/town team/1950s softball that look really is, given the way players wear their unis thesedays…and that’s the way things are.

      Doesn’t make much sense to design a 100′ wide, one level rambler for a lot with a 40-degree incline.


    • LI Phil | July 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm |

      i too, think monochrome could work today — under limited circumstances, and with a few rules — but i disagree about the “95 and humid” argument — the chisox haven’t worn a “standard” top in what, two months? give or take — so obviously, heat has nothing to do with it

      regarding stripes, i disagree with mike; while i don’t think sansabelt stripes look good, i think you need pants stripes (even thin ones) to break up the monotony — big fat wide ones? no

      finally, with regard to ricko’s pajama pantsization of my blue jays suggestion, that’s my biggest fear — the monochrome look cannot work if teams are going to wear their pants like this instead of doing something like this (which i wouldn’t even argue for — just using it as an example)

      i also think it would look better with the darker colors, but it (as you will see in the next segment) works better if the socks/stirrups are a darker color than the pants…which is tough if you’re wearing black pants

      good points so far — im not saying i WANT ever team to go monochrome, i’m just broaching the possibility of it down the road for a team or maybe two

      • Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm |

        Don’t get me wrong. I loved the collared, non-stirrup White Sox of the late ’70s. Especially in the mono navy. So different. So unique. So instantly recognizable. In that sense, right up there with the sleveless, mono gold, white shoed A’s, the mono-red Indians or the bumblebee era Pirates. And a number of others.

        But with ankle length pants monochrome is just a bitch. Watched Twins at Toronto when Blue Jays wore they’re powder blues…jammie style.

        All I could think was how much the Jays looked like the maintenance crew at Sea World. Or something.


      • flip | July 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm | I know you were using this link only for descriptive purposes, but how your software program allowed you to put anything but NW stripes on a Braves uniform is beyond me. Surely it’s defective.

  • interlockingtc | July 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm |

    Phil, I support the monochrome look under your conditions. I think your adaptations look great. Look at all that wonderful color! It’s electric out there, fun. Even the Yankees in the all black look cool. (The only example that doesn’t work is Colorado…too bleak. How is it that all black looks good, but black and purple looks bad?)

    I think every team should give it a shot. But if it’s done with pajama pants then all bets are off.

  • Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm |


    Jerry Wolper, who’s retroactively uni-tracking the bumbelee Pirates, e-mailed me black & white photos of a couple more variations from the “Basic Nine.”

    So here is yet another upate on the Pirates Montage…


    • Gusto44 | July 11, 2010 at 1:14 pm |

      Thought I had seen every Pirates combo during the 70s, but can’t ever recall the all yellow uniform teamed with the yellow hat as pictured in the Chuck Tanner photo. To answer the question posed in today’s column, yes, I would add black pants with a double yellow stripe for today’s Pirates to complete the monochrome look. The black alternate jersey already contains double yellow striping, so it would look fine.

      • LI Phil | July 11, 2010 at 1:35 pm |

        actually…for the pirates, i would propose something like this

        a modern update (with throwbackish elements) of their current uni

        • Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm |

          Couldn’t resist. Had to see what that might look like with maybe the only original stirrup sock in the past 40 years…and the far more traditional white sani.


        • LI Phil | July 11, 2010 at 2:00 pm |

          actually tried that look in an earlier attempt

          i think that could work (maybe) for the redsox and orioles (as you’ll see eventually), but not so much for the pirates

        • Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm |

          As I said, seems a shame to ditch the only innovative stirrup sock design since the advent of double knit. Plus, it does divide the uni at the knee…as opposed to the Laurie-Petrie-stirruped-black-stretch-pants look (that would be Mary Tyler Moore on the “Dick Van Dyke Show”). ;)


        • Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm |

          What sucks, of course, is given that most MLB players apparently think dealing with stirrups and sanitaries is just too, too much work, it would end up looking like this..


  • CWac19 | July 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm |

    Not uni-related, but certainly related to the “style” of sports. In my opinion, Bob Sheppard’s passing is worthy of mourning by Uni-Watchers of all stripes. The man was emblematic of all that was and could be right with the pro sporting experience. I am, frankly, embarrassed by the antics of “modern” PA announcers, particularly for hockey and basketball. Much like a good stirrup or an understated gray flannel, sometimes less is more, and the game can stand on its own, without laser light shows or giant video screens. Dubbed “the voice of God” by Reggie Jackson, Mr. Sheppard has been missed at both Giant and Yankee games since he stepped away from the booth. The generic voice at the new Stadium is representative of the unfortunate corporate “aura” of the team I love (despite its warts). Mr. Sheppard was a class act and is a great loss.

    Interested to hear others’ thoughts,incidentally, about the divergent paths the Yankees and Giants seem to have taken in replacing Mr. Sheppard. The Giants, I believe, have a “sound-alike,” who falls short of the real thing, but who is true to Mr. Sheppard’s style (correct me, please, if that has changed or I’m flat-out wrong.) The Yankees seem to have grabbed someone out of accounts payable to announce the line-ups. Is a sound-alike warranted? Someone with a more distinguished delivery?

    • Ben Fortney | July 11, 2010 at 1:53 pm |

      As a Mets fan, yet another reason it’s so hard to hate #2 in the Bronx is his request that a recording of Sheppard be used to introduce him. What a class idea.

      Couple other random thoughts:
      A few years back when Sheppard was on medical leave the Yankees had PR man and former catcher Rick Cerrone do his best Sheppard impersonation. It was pretty close to the real thing from what I remember.

      I’ve always held that Sheppard’s voice should be welcoming you to the HOF in Cooperstown – if it isn’t already.

      A while back there was an article about Sheppard’s favorite names to recite. #1 Mickey Mantle. #2 Alvaro Espinoza.

      Before his medical issues Sheppard used to do the readings at my aunt’s church. It was a shock the first time she heard it echoing through the (non baseball) cathedral. How about that for the “Voice of God.”

      Finally, growing up in NY the two voices I associate with baseball are Bob Murphy on the radio and Bob Sheppard over the PA. RIP to both.

      • mtjaws | July 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm |

        I went to a game at YS in 2008, and when I heard the introductions, I couldn’t tell if it was live or taped. But then I heard he wasn’t there the whole year, so assumed it was all pre-recorded. I don’t know if the replacement guy sounded exactly the same, or maybe I’m misremembering it, but it was odd to me that they were using someone who wasn’t actually at the game.

        That said, now that Sheppard has died, I think Jeter should tip his cap to him and retire the recording too.

  • LI Phil | July 11, 2010 at 1:39 pm |

    oh…and speaking of teams being “too hot” wearing black — today the mets have decided (obviously to break a slump or some such nonsense), in 90 degree heat, to wear their black tops — so clearly, a monochrome uni wouldn’t make that much of a difference — although i would say they should ONLY be worn on the road and at night…

    of course…the mets shouldn’t wear black at ALL, but why if they’re going to…why not go all the way? (stupid asses)

    • Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm |

      Having wore both all-dark and dark-shirt-over white (or gray) pants for softball tournaments where there are no dugouts—only benches—and you can play as many as six or seven games in a day without seeming to EVER get some shade…dark pants with a dark shirt is FAR hotter than just the dark shirt.

      With a dark shirt you feel it on your shoulders, mostly. When pants are dark, too, it’s like there’s no escape. You feel it on your quads, even your calves sometimes. Just…rugged.

      That’s why I’ve long said the guys who have it toughest is the umpiring crew. They don’t get to spend half the game under a roof.


  • Ben Fortney | July 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm |

    Ahhh, monochrome. I guess today’s as good a day as any to come off of comment hiatus, now freshly relocated to our nation’s capital.

    Great work once again Phil. As a fellow photoshop maven, you have to share your recipe for creating those mockups. I’ve spent a little time attempting it, and cannot get anywhere near the results you’ve produced.

    I’m a proponent of the monochrome – alternate socks and sleeves, of course. With some of the outlandish styles that have been attempted the past 20 years, why not have a solid alt for certain games? Would it look any worse than some of the softball combos that have been trotted out? (insert Prince in softball top link here) Hell, even that Yankee one looks good. I’m curious what an Athletic all green would look like, my guess is better than their BFBS.

  • traxel | July 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm |

    No 74 this week. It was a 75. I didn’t mention last weeks score for a reason. Blahch! I go with the casino theory. I only tell about the times I win. If I’m quiet for a while, well…..don’t bring it up.

    • Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 2:22 pm |

      Crap, was gonna dedicate today’s “Benchies” to Traxel and the other “linksters” at UW and forgot.
      (smacks forehead)


  • Mykal94 | July 11, 2010 at 2:22 pm |

    Looking at this page here: , there are two new NCAA conference logos I haven’t seen before. The first one on the left (still trying to figure out which conference that is) and the SEC one.

    • Mykal94 | July 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm |

      No, I believe the first one on the left is SEC and the other one is SBC as in Sun Belt Conference.

      • The Hemogoblin | July 11, 2010 at 2:33 pm |

        The one on the left is for the ACC, not the SEC. The SEC logo is next to the Sun Belt Conference logo.

  • jesse | July 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm |

    Giants @ Nats today, SF wearing alt. cap (orange bill)w/ road grays. Do they normally do that?

  • traxel | July 11, 2010 at 2:37 pm |

    If stirrups are dead, then here’s a possibility. Not nearly as good, and a rather large compromise. In much the same way Phil and Ricko proposed the undershirt sleeves in football, I’m sure everyone’s thought of it, we could just stripe the bottom of the pants. Here’s a quick example.

  • Jack H. | July 11, 2010 at 2:51 pm |

    To add my two cents: I think that monochrome obviously looks better with teams who wear darker colors (black, navy blue, even royal blue) than they will on teams wearing bright colors (red, orange, purple).

    For example, I think the White Sox could pull off monochrome much better than the Cardinals (how silly would that look)? Now, they’d need to change some things on their jersey– I think the black “S-0-X” they use now as an alt would be TOO dull… just too much black if the only spot of white is going to be the S-O-X- logo. I could see them pulling off something like this in black.

    • flip | July 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm |

      But those gold A’s, Padres and Pirate uniforms look so good.

  • Hotspur99 | July 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm |

    Contractions: I’m, you’re, IT’S. Possessive pronouns: His, hers, ITS. Is there a requirement that, if you write on the internet (even for professional sites like ESPN or semi-professional sites like Uni Watch), you HAVE to screw that up? Is it really that bloody difficult?

  • Jim Vilk | July 11, 2010 at 3:11 pm |

    How appropriate that today, Netherlands and Spain both went monochrome.

    I’ll comment after the game. Gotta soak up every last minute of soccer.

    • traxel | July 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm |

      Monochrome, color vs. color, and a BORING first half.

  • Pflava | July 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm |

    Boo to the all monochrome World Cup Final. Would have been SO much better with Spain in their standard red and Netherlands in their change strip (which is superior to this years crap version of the orange home).

  • Bob from Akron | July 11, 2010 at 3:32 pm |

    Mr. Vilk,

    There’s a “HOME” billboard on Front St. in Cuyahoga Falls that I pass on the way to Akron (near the Gorge Metro Park). Someone recently defaced the billboard to read HOMELESS.” Got a little chuckle out of that.

    I’m currently watching the World Cup final…will this be the last time we hear those lovely vuvuzelas?

    For your halftime enjoyment, I thought I’d pass along this video entitled “The Lord of the Rings…The Fellowship of the Vuvuzela.”

  • Flip | July 11, 2010 at 3:46 pm |

    Don’t know why the reply button wasn’t working on this:
    Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm |

    Couldn’t resist. Had to see what that might look like with maybe the only original stirrup sock in the past 40 years…and the far more traditional white sani.


    But I’ve always liked that stripe pattern, don’t know why it never caught on elsewhere.

    Sticking with Ricko and going back to his defense of the pajama look, I’ve long wondered how comfortable the ChiSox clamdigger pants were. The floppy collars may have been one thing, but I wonder why the pants didn’t catch on.

  • mike 2 | July 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm |

    One more reason to love the CFL

    Insanely long beer cup snake at the Winnipeg – Toronto game on Friday night.

  • JTH | July 11, 2010 at 4:39 pm |

    Good lord, why haven’t I been watching these matches on Univision this whole time? (I just wish I could turn on some English subtitles.)

  • Ryan B. | July 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm |

    Just FYI–Spain, wearing navy blue, is switching into their primary red shirts for the trophy presentation and pictures.

    We’ve seen this before–just saying. :)

  • Kurt Allen | July 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm |

    Spain ditches the blue kits for the red ones AFTER THE GAME???

  • Mike Engle | July 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm |

    Never seen this one before…instead of “locker room” t-shirts, the Spanish have red jerseys with a star to wear.

    • Jim Vilk | July 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm |

      I love that idea. Much better than the usual t-shirts and hats we see after most championships. This looks classy.

      • JTH | July 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm |

        Except that it looks like a bunch of them put on t-shirts anyway.

    • Doug in GA | July 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm |

      Makes sense to me. The red is their primary kit and the star represents the World Cup title they just won.

      • Mike Engle | July 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm |

        Only “issue” I have is that they won in the game in navy, so they should let the lucky shirts have their day in the sun. Last time I checked, the Yankees don’t carry a set of pinstripes to celebrate in in case they win a World Series on the road.

        • Inkracer | July 11, 2010 at 10:09 pm |

          I’ve always liked the stars that soccer teams put on there unis to signify a championship. I know the Islanders do something similar, and it’s something I wouldn’t mind seeing other sports and teams do. I think it’s a nice way to tie in team history with a current uniform.

        • Jeff P | July 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm |

          Unfortunately, it looks like the isles have taken it off of their new set. I personally love the idea.

  • tenz | July 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm |

    Regarding monochrome uniforms and pajama pants: Honestly, to my eye, the pajama pants don’t hurt the monochrome uniforms much more than they hurt all-white or all-gray uniforms, or, for that matter, softball-style uniforms. The pajama pants are just unattractive and damaging to any uniform design. For example, the photo-shopped Blue Jays monochrome looks far better with the stirrups, but so does the everyday Blue Jays uniform.

    And I have to say, the collared White Sox uniform of the 1970s, when they were all navy, was fantastic to my eye. With the Phils being my favorite team, the classic 1950-69 Phillies uniform ranks as my single all-time favorite, but that all navy Sox uniform is absolutely my #2 all-time. A beautiful recreation of one of the team’s early 20th century looks with amazing “Chicago” lettering on the chest, and I think the navy cap, jersey and pants was a great combination. And I tend to agree that no stripes helped the overall look.

    Likewise, I thought the photoshopped all-navy Yankees looked very good. I realize we’ll never see it, but it looked good.

    This is one fan who would take monochrome uniforms over the softball look every time.

    • Gusto44 | July 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm |

      Agreed, those White Sox uniforms of the 1970s were timeless, the only misstep was the short pants. I think Wilbur Wood went 24-20 one of those years, one of the most unlikely pitching records you’ll ever see.

      • LI Phil | July 11, 2010 at 9:13 pm |

        indeed he did — i thought i remembered that, but bb reference confirmed it…

        one thing i did not know — he started out his career 0 and 9 (and 1-10)…pretty amazing he wasn’t shitcanned (im not sure if he was a reliever then or if he was sent to the minors)

        whoop–check that…that is listed below — he was pretty much a reliever until 1971, when he started 42 of 44 games…so maybe that’s why he wasn’t permanently demoted

        still…odd to see a guy who won 164 games (he lost 156) start out 0-9, even as a reliever

    • tenz | July 11, 2010 at 10:45 pm |

      Yes, I agree the 1976 White Sox shorts were a mistake and I wish they were never a part of that particular uniform. They focused a lot of negative attention on the design unnecessarily. But that was Bill Veeck — you didn’t always like his ideas but you were seldom bored

  • Jim Vilk | July 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm |

    Pflava | July 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    Boo to the all monochrome World Cup Final. Would have been SO much better with Spain in their standard red and Netherlands in their change strip (which is superior to this years crap version of the orange home).

    I was hoping for the navy over white vs. the orange over black. I do love the Spanish red and the Dutch change kits, though.

    Whew. Already missing the Cup. Wasn’t the prettiest game, but the best team won.

  • LI Phil | July 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm |

    Mike Engle said:

    the Yankees don’t carry a set of pinstripes to celebrate in in case they win a World Series on the road.

    god let’s hope we never have to worry about that eventuality

    /who’m i kiddin?

    • rpm | July 11, 2010 at 7:45 pm |

      um, they are la roja, what is wrong with putting on a red shirt with their first star? sometimes i think you people have your brain~pans filled with oatmeal.

  • rpm | July 11, 2010 at 6:06 pm |

    that was a pretty sweet sweater ben. next time, you should come up for the 4th…
    chelsea bagger &
    goo-goo g’bagger
    heavenly bagger &
    dagger bagger &
    the bagarazzi
    bagyshnikov &
    and of course…
    rolling thunder &
    the natty bagger
    last but not least, the team afraid to play…
    team scaredy bags

    • Jim Vilk | July 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm |

      That was fantastic. You should come up with a commemorative cornhole stirrup.

    • traxel | July 11, 2010 at 11:20 pm |

      Niiiice. Would’uv been great to have been there. We’ll do the baseball game up right in a few weeks. Maybe some afterwards festivities too. Why wasn’t the robot in the glasses wearing stirrups? ;(

      • rpm | July 12, 2010 at 12:34 am |

        i was, salmon bellies home, just no sanis or shoes.

  • LarryB | July 11, 2010 at 6:33 pm |

    The monochrome look can be ok in my opinion. I guess it does not bother me as much as others that is.

  • Brad | July 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm |

    The Padres sand jerseys and pants, worn during this past weekend’s three game series at Colorado (as the Rockies wore their black jerseys), certainly qualifies as a modern Padre monochrome look evolving from their 1972-73 gold home/away uniforms and the 1978 alternate gold top and gold pants pictured in today’s entry. BTW, in the ’78 season, the Padres wore the gold tops with the white pants at home more than the all-gold look pictured today, which was a road game at San Francisco. The ’78 uniform was one of only a few in MLB history in which the city name and nickname were on the jersey front.

  • scott | July 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm |

    1965 ASG being shown on MLB Network right now. Already a uni oddity as Willie Mays leads off the game wearing a Cubs helmet.

  • Frankie | July 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm |

    MLB Network is showing the 1969 (?) All-Star game right now. It’s hard to tell because the footage is grainy, but it looked like Willie Mays was wearing a Cubs batting helmet. It most definitely was not a Giants one. I don’t know how to do a screen grab, but if anyone does and happens to be watching, he was the first batter of the game.

  • Frankie | July 11, 2010 at 8:28 pm |

    And Juan Marichal wore a Milwuakee Braves helmet.

  • jesse | July 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm |

    saw this cap, and it looks like MLB Properties has changed the MLB logo on the rear of the cap for the Cooperstown Collection.

  • LarryB | July 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm |

    The posts about why are people so upset about Lebron leaving. I guess some just do not get it. People are Cavs fans and not Lebron the ego maniac fans. The guy grew up in Akron and promised the Cavs a championship. The way he dumped them on that sickening hour plus special was disgusting. He could have been one of the most loved or favorite all time Cleveland sports people. Not now. He blew it. There is no guarantee he will win any in Miami. It would be great if the Cavs are the 8th seed and Heat 1st seed and Cavs beat them.
    The talk about loyalty and things like that were all lies.

    • Oakville Endive | July 11, 2010 at 8:46 pm |,0,5931688.column

      I think this columnist articulates well – what most of us have expressed frustration at all weekend long (albeit on an blog about uniforms)

    • Rob Ullman | July 11, 2010 at 9:06 pm |

      Being from Akron, I get it. I could never stand Jordan, thought he was an arrogant prick pretty much his entire career, and the fact that every promising Cavs season ended thanks to him was salt in the wound. I worked at a grocery store not too far from Richfield Coliseum where many of the late-80s Cavs players shopped…nice buncha guys for the most part, wish they coulda won it all.

      The problem with Lebron James is that he’s just a bum. Yes, of course he has the right to play wherever he wants to, but you’d think he’d have the common human decency to not eviscerate the miserable, tortured sports fans of Cleveland in the embarrassing manner that he did. He’s lived there his whole life…he knows what’s gone on for the last fifty years. So yeah, maybe he’s perfectly justified in going to Miami…but I’m likewise perfectly justified in thinking he’s a complete jagoff and hoping he never wins a damn thing.

      Truth be told, I was pretty sure this would happen sooner than later when I saw him sporting his Yankees cap at Jacobs Field during the playoffs a few years back. Lebron, who was 12 years old in 1996, listed his favorite childhood teams as the Cowboys, Yankees and Bulls. The bum has been a front-runner his entire life. The people of Northeast Ohio deserve better.

      • rpm | July 11, 2010 at 10:13 pm |

        this was well to balanced, coherent, and thought out to be posted here.

  • LarryB | July 11, 2010 at 8:36 pm |

    One thing about monochrome unis that I just learned a few weeks ago. Ohio State at one point had white pants white jerseys and white helmets. I saw this on the Big Ten film vault. I had never seen pictures of them in all white like that. I forget the exact year they wore the all whites. Had to be late 40’s or until 1952. In 1952 they went to gray helmets.

    It was in b&w on the Big Ten show/

  • Oakville Endive | July 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm |

    It’s nice to see , for the second consecutive week, the Edmonton Eskimos have gone with a more traditional look (from a distance similar to the G. Bay Packers) – and avoided the monochrome – all green cucumber look.

    Overall good start for the CFL – got to love the BC Lions playing outdoors – so why do they have to move back to BC Place?

  • LarryB | July 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm |

    TCM now has Speedy with Babe Ruth in it and Harold Lloyd. I have seen it before and just noted it was on after checking that grainy film on the MLB of the 65 all star game.

  • LarryB | July 11, 2010 at 9:05 pm |

    After Babe hit a HR he was greeted at home plate by a player/batboy wearing one of those big sweaters.

  • Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 9:23 pm |

    Cubs and Dodgers on ESPN?
    What, are the Yankees and Red Sox off?
    Or did they both get rained out?



  • LarryB | July 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm |

    and then the had a street fight and one group of guys came out of a sporting good store wearing old football helmets and other sports uni equipment for the battle.

  • LI Phil | July 11, 2010 at 10:13 pm |

    Flip said:

    http://farm5.static…. I know you were using this link only for descriptive purposes, but how your software program allowed you to put anything but NW stripes on a Braves uniform is beyond me. Surely it’s defective.

    point well taken…stay tuned for part 3 (or 4 — haven’t decided if the AL or the NL will be first) — but i shall henceforth adapt the rups to the proper style

    /good catch

    • rpm | July 11, 2010 at 10:35 pm |

      while i agree the RANGER stripes are the way to go on the bravos, it is still fun too see something that tries to stretch the way we look at things, even if i come away saying no no no no no.

  • LI Phil | July 11, 2010 at 10:15 pm |

    crap — flip posted this ‘descriptive purposes pic as his link

  • Jim Vilk | July 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm |

    OK, finally got around to reading the whole thing today. Love the striped raglan sleeves. I’d like to see one or two MLB teams try that. Same with monochrome – a couple of teams could easily pull it off (Phil knows one of the teams I’m thinking of…).

    As for the pajama look ruining it, I’d say try it anyway. Some of us here think white and gray unis are ruined with pajama pants, what’s the difference with monochromes?

    • Mike Engle | July 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm |

      White and gray pajama pants wearers at least sort of look like fashion-deficient baseball players. A super-baggy pajama-length uniform in another color probably wouldn’t look like a baseball uniform at all.

      • Ricko | July 11, 2010 at 11:00 pm |

        Yeah, in navy, like they work at Valvoline.
        In athletic gold, like crash-test dummies.
        Or in orange like they’ll get out as soon as they get ahold of their attorney and make bail.

        The problem with the baggy monochromes is they look like coveralls/jumpsuits. The tighter unis of the ’70s don’t look like that.

        Not that the whites and gray aren’t the same cut, but those are colors we’re long accustomed to seeing on a baseball field.


        • Jim Vilk | July 11, 2010 at 11:17 pm |

          Yeah, but baggy whites make me think of someone who works in a clean room, or a male nurse. Baggy grays can look sorta janitorial as well, or like Oscar Madison. That’s why baggy monochromes wouldn’t faze me too much.

  • Jim Vilk | July 11, 2010 at 10:43 pm |

    Oakville Endive | July 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Reply
    “It’s nice to see , for the second consecutive week, the Edmonton Eskimos have gone with a more traditional look (from a distance similar to the G. Bay Packers) — and avoided the monochrome — all green cucumber look.
    Overall good start for the CFL — got to love the BC Lions playing outdoors — so why do they have to move back to BC Place?”

    I’m guessing if they want another Grey Cup they have to move back.

    I like it better when the Eskimos don’t look like the Packers. The cucumber look doesn’t bother me, and the road whites with green pants have really grown on me.

    • Oakville Endive | July 11, 2010 at 10:59 pm |

      Not sure I buy the logic – Montreal plays in Molson stadium , but still gets Grey Cups at the Big “O”

      I just don’t understand – how half a billion can be spent putting on a retractable roof – when a lot of the teams in the league struggles with god awful stadiums.

      • Jim Vilk | July 11, 2010 at 11:11 pm |

        I’m not saying I agree with the logic. Especially the retractable roof. That’ll be open all of, what, two days a year?

        I heard rumblings of the Ti-Cats wanting a new stadium. Aside from having to park in someone’s front yard, what’s wrong with Ivor-Wynne? I’ve loved going there, seeing the place smack in the middle of a nice neighborhood. Uh, I mean, neighbourhood.

  • Jim Vilk | July 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm |

    By the way, here’s a nice way to say goodbye to World Cup. Lotsa nice…unis in this video:

  • silverscreentest | July 12, 2010 at 12:54 am |

    Does the Nation think Strasburg plays in Boston?

  • Matt | July 12, 2010 at 9:58 am |

    As an A’s fan I’d happily swap the BFBS for something styled like the 1971 era monochrome yellow with vest, probably with their solid green road cap. I’m not saying wear it all the time, but on occasion. On the other hand, the monochrome yellow doubleknit pullover doesn’t work for me, and could you please stop showing that monochrome green uni? Ouch.

  • G-Breezy | July 12, 2010 at 11:21 am |

    I dont get why there are posting NFL uniforms in uni-tweaks during BASEBALL season. It makes me sick… :-/

    • Jim Vilk | July 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm |

      Then post some of your own baseball tweaks.

  • Bill Scheft | July 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

    Two monochromatic items. 1) If someone can get the 1967 Red Sox Impossible Dream DVD, there’s a brief video highlight of a late summer game in Kansas City, where the A’s are wearing wedding gown white pants, vests and HATS (which were normally worn only by the coaches and back then were all white with no kelly bill). Don’t ever remember seeing this in-game combo before or since.
    2)Orioles rare early 70s all-orange unis were custom-made by Brooks Robinson’s local sporting goods store.

  • Michael Abramovitz | July 14, 2010 at 11:39 am |