By John Ekdahl
The Mets and Pirates honored the Negro Leagues in their rain-shortened game by wearing the uniforms of the New York Cubans and the Pittsburgh Crawfords last night. This is the second time this season the Mets have worn New York Cubans uniforms, both times as the away team. The first was on May 29th against Milwaukee, who wore uniforms belonging to the Milwaukee Bears. That’s Milwaukee “Bears”, not “Beers”. Phil has kindly identified the uniforms as the 1944 Cubans and the 1935 Crawfords.
There weren’t many pictures available, so here’s a couple screengrabs. Also, if anyone can find a place that sells the authentic Milwaukee Beers (not Bears) jersey, please let me know. I’ve been searching for years.
Update (4:09 PM): As most of you know, Paul has spent most of August working on his “Fire Hagin” campaign. He’s also made it clear that he doesn’t much care for the Sterling/Waldman comparisons because:
“Frankly, I don’t care about Sterling and Waldman — they’re Yankees fans’ problem, not mine. Also, their shortcomings have been widely chronicled and documented, while Hagin’s work has flown under the radar. And for better or worse, Sterling and Waldman are institutions who aren’t going anywhere. By contrast, Hagin is just the latest placeholder announcer keeping the second seat warm in the Mets’ radio booth. It’s important to get him out of that seat before he takes root.”
Well, I thought I’d pass this along anyway. My father and I were just coming home from lunch and caught this hilarious exchange:
John Sterling: “…and the pitch is fouled back and it’s coming right towards us…”
John Sterling: “Wow, that ball came screaming right over heads and hit the wall behind us inside the booth”
Susan Waldman: “Luckily, I can get under the table faster than anyone”.
Your move, Paul.