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Triple A-B-A, Douggie Style

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By Phil Hecken, with Doug Keklak

It’s been a while since I did a post with UW’s favorite yinzer, Doug Keklak, but Douggie’s back and he’s got a great piece for us today, on the All-American Amateur Baseball Association, or AAABA (“Triple A-B-A”) for short. Those of you who know (or know of) Doug, know he was born and raised in Johnstown, PA, and as you’re about to learn, Johnstown and the AAABA are almost synonymous — every year since 1947, with the exception of 1977, when a bit of bad weather forced its move to nearby Altoona, the city has hosted an annual baseball tournament. Doug will have more on the history of that tournament, via the first three links, and particularly the uniforms of this year’s participants, below. So now, without further ado, here’s Kek:


A few weeks ago, I spent the week back in my hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania attending the 66th annual AAABA Tournament. I won’t bore you with the history of what that is, but I will point you to three fantastic websites that tell it better than I can:

The Official AAABA website
The Unofficial AAABA website
AAABA history site

Note: this is not the first mention of the AAABA tourney in Uni Watch history. Back in 2008, Matt Bachovchin got mention of it and provided some links. I appreciate him doing this, bringing the tournament to light, and I am only expanding on what he started.

Now that you know what it is, I’ll get to the point of what’s near and dear to readers of this blog: the unis! There are plenty of stirrups to go around, which is always a good thing.

From a uniform standpoint, there are winners and losers, studs and duds if you will. I’ll give a brief synopsis and grade of uniform. So, in no particular order, here are the members of the 16-team, double-elimination bracket:

Johnstown-Martella’s: The runner-up from the Johnstown league sports a color theme you Mets’ fans might enjoy: blue, orange, white…and NO BLACK! They also have a very distinctive font that they adopted from the franchise’s time when they were known as the Johnstown Grays. They wore a blue BP-looking jersey and a very nice vest set. Grade A: always liked that font and the color scheme update is better than the played out red-white-blue look used by so many teams.

New Brunswick: The Matrix team brought this uninspiring uniform to the tournament and their style matched their play, the were eliminated in two days. Grade D: just too plain for me.

Philadelphia: I saw the Philly Bandits in two principal unis: this black one and this awful red camo thing. There is a player in both those shots, Dillon Moyer. That’s Jamie Moyer’s son. The elder Moyer was in town taking in the games and I got a brief chance to meet with him and say hello. He seemed like a nice enough guy. Grade D: the camo was awful (although Philly gets credit for having a legible number, more on that below) and the black over white was pretty dull. The saving grace to these kits was the hat as it appeared to be a slight take off on the Quad City River Bandits look.

Altoona: The Johnston Realty team made the short trip from Blair County for the week’s festivities and brought a black over white look that left a lot to be desired except the red accents gave it a little flair, albeit not much. Grade D: the gear looks kind of cheap, at least on the jersey. Also, white shoes with high red socks, not a good look.

Buffalo: Buffalo was represented by Team New Era. I had no idea that was their tie-in, I saw a few gentlemen wearing this hat around and honest to God, I thought they were reps for New Era! Of course, two seconds of Internet research will show you the company is based in Buffalo. I saw them in this blue over white. Grade C: I like the Twins-like blue jersey with red piping but the font doesn’t work for me. What about that cap? Is that logo creep?

Zanesville: Although the Junior Pioneers went 0-2 in the tournament, I’m sure they’ll be winners in the Uni Watch world. They were one of the teams that wear proper pants and stirrups as a team. It’s a nice uniform, all gray with hints of the Braves and the stirrups sort of remind me of the pre-silver and black White Sox. It’s always neat to see a “Z” on a ballcap too! The only negative were players that opted for red spikes. Grade B: good not great.

Toledo: The Lake Erie Monarchs brought a nice blue/gold motif. Grade B/I: jersey is good, I like the font and the scheme but didn’t get a good enough look at the hat or a look at the socks/stirrups (or lack thereof) to make a full judgment.

New Orleans: the NORD Boosters are one of the storied franchises in AAABA history. They won the tournament in 2009 and it was the 13th time they won it. For years, the squad sported the red-white-blue theme that so many had but around ten years ago or so, they switched up too a Oakland A’s scheme. They traditionally brought many different sets for the week, but this year, I only saw them in this crisp all-white home look and this gold over white. Aside from the white cap they do wear a green crown/yellow bill cap as well. Grade A-: I’ve always love their look but if I have to nitpick, you have to go yellow sani under those green stirrups! I won’t even ask the entire team to go with white shoes either (although I’d prefer it).

Baltimore: the Youse Orioles are AAABA royalty as they are the 2010 champs and the team has won tournament seven of the last eight years and 27 times total since its inception (I guess you could say they’re the Yankees of the AAABA!). As Matt mentioned back in 2008, they are the best team with the best unis. They went black over white, orange over white and gray vested. All with stirrups and three different styles to boot. Plus, EVERYONE got it, as in wore their uniform proper. Just look at that team photo, thing of beauty. Grade: A. I would have given these guys an A+ but I just can’t with them rocking that “O’s” cap. I would prefer the old cartoon bird but even would have accepted the current one. As an aside, I tried to convince a friend of mine that’s close with the team to sport the all-orange for the championship game. No luck!

As an aside, I was going through some old photos and found some I took during a family vacation that involved a stop at Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame. For years, the Baltimore team was sponsored by Johnny’s Auto Sales. Imagine this Johnstown boy’s surprise when I saw a AAABA uniform on display at the Hall! Of course, that cap has a special place in my heart for obvious reasons.

Maryland State: Calvert American Legion wore these awful camo unis complete with white numbers on the back, making them hard to read. Grade: F. I’m just not a fan of the camo.

New York: The Long Island Astros rocked the Houston cap with a pretty basic blue over gray look. Phil, you know of this squad? If so, you’ve got to convince them to get a tequila sunrise throwback in the mix (complete with striped hosiery of course!) Grade: C. Doesn’t wow me, but I can’t say I hated it either.

[I don’t follow them, but I’ve definitely heard of them. They made the local papers the week before they left for Johnstown. — PH]

Chicago: The Des Plaines Patriots brought a gold over white and blue over white look. Again, I like blue-gold schemes, but they may becoming the new red-white-blue in this tourney. I like the wordmark/logo. I’m unsure if the arches denote a local bridge or perhaps are a tribute to McDonalds (as Roy Kroc opened the first restuarant of the chain there). Perhaps some midwestern peeps can help out. Grade: B-. I like what I mentioned about, not crazy about the white panel cap and not a fan of teams going with gold batting helmets.

Livonia: Coach’s Corner/Canton Sports appeared to be wearing Under Armour compression shirts rather than actually baseball jerseys or BP jerseys. I like the blue-gray and that they didn’t go with red (or a lot of it, there might be some trim) but it’s a pretty cheap design with one sponsor on the sleeve, one on the chest. I like the hat, mainly because the logo reminds me of the old interlocking Mississippi State logo which I loved.

Columbus: I couldn’t find a better shot of the Columbus Braves (the fielder here) so they’ll have to get an incomplete.

Johnstown-Delweld: the league champs brought with them a variety of looks this year. They have long incorporated the Tigers’ style “D” in their look. I saw them in gold over white, gray vested, white vested and blue over blue pins. Notice they have three different caps too: blue/gold bill, gold/blue bill, white/blue bill. Grade: A-. Yeah, I know, call me a homer! Love those striped stirrups, just wish everyone would rock them. Minus grade because, as I’ve said before, I hate gold batting helmets.

Cleveland: the Old Brooklyn Hurricanes came to town with what looked like an interpretation of something the U would wear. However, too much BFBS for my liking. Grade: D. I appreciate the Olde English style lettering on the cap but would preferred a more liberal use of orange and green. Plus, from certain angles and lighting, the letters didn’t get picked up at all and it appeared as if players were simply wearing plain black shirts.

So there you have it. If you’re ever in Johnstown, PA in early August, you must check out this tournament. It’s good old-fashioned wood bat baseball played hard by 17-20 year olds. If you do, let me know. I’ll give you a food tour that will have your mouth watering: Murphy’s (wings), Orchard (pizza and wings), Ann’s Pizza, Coney Island Lunch, Rey Azetca (Mexican), Scott’s by Dam (tacos) just to name a few!

Special thanks to Brian Varmecky for the great photography. If the photos aren’t linked from the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat website, they were snapped by Brian.


Awesome Douggie! Looks like a great time. There are few things in life better than baseball played for the love of the game. And maybe next August I’ll take ya up on that baseball and food odyssey. Road trip anyone?


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Moving along, today we look at the second batch of entries in the “Design-A-Baseball-Jersey Contest” (if you happened to miss yesterday’s article, refer back there for the full writeup). Another great batch today, so let’s get right to it:


Mike Duncan: Seattle Mariners. Our goal was to create a clean and simple retro upgrade for the Mariners. We reinstate the blue/gold color scheme, but use the darker blue they currently feature. The stripes on the sleeves and socks reference the original Pilots uniform. And, of course, the trident is back! — Mike & Brandi Duncan


Mike Engle: Chicago White Sox. Chicago city flag gets adapted for use as a White Sox jersey. Wrap-around stripes, Old Roman font, and a riff on the current sleeve patch.


Danny Finocchio: New York Yankees. My concept is a New York Yankees pullover road jersey. It has a retro 80’s feel to it, and I feel as though a concept like this could have been a completely viable option in that era.


Mason Fiske: Houston Astros. We all know many people want to see the Astros to return to its glory days with the 1970s color-splashed uniforms. BUT I think the organization wants to maintain its current traditional mindset, so I don’t foresee that happening. With that in mind, I wanted to create a more traditional design with current script and logos as well as eliminating the NOB, but return to its original color palette to give some distinction to the roots of the organization.


Mike Forman: Philadelphia Phillies. My take on the Phillies alternative. As an aside, the Liberty Bell logo is criminally underused by the Phils organization.


Darnell Frazier: Chicago White Sox. I picked the White Sox since they’re my fav team. I’ve loved their uniforms, but they needed more. So I called upon the jerseys of the 50’s to help. I melded their road grays with their black alts an added red trim on the logos and numbers to really help them standout.


J.R. Gain: Chicago Cubs. The Cubs’ home pinstripes are a signature style. However, they’ve never had a signature style for the road. This alternate design hopes to fix that. It takes influences from the juggernauts of the 1900s, NL champs of the 30s and 40s, and a team that broke a 39-year post-season drought.


Bruce Genther: Toronto Blue Jays. A traditional style jersey with raglan shoulder seams and button front. The design trades in the ugly black and gray uniform of today and brings back the bright columbia blue of the past. A new script of columbia blue trimmed in navy across the shirt front with a small underline and the introduction of a new Blue Jay logo placed above the team nickname. I have also brought back a traditional varsity style full block four inch number on the left shirt front below name. navy on columbia trim on each sleeve end, 1/2 inch sleeve end. The back of the jersey displays the player’s name in three inch plain block navy vertical arch letters above a seven inch varsity full block player’s number of columbia blue trimmed in navy.


Alex Giobbi: Philadelphia Phillies. Front: a. P (based off the Tigers D) b. Numbers on opposite chest (like the Reds) c. Black pinstripes (like the Yankees) d. Liberty Bell Sleeve Patch (like the Rays patch); Back: No name on back (Yankees). I also added blue as a secondary/accent color. That’s the New Phillies concept.


Chris Giorgio: Colorado Rockies. I chose the Rockies because A) I’ve always hated their colors (mostly the purple) and B) never liked their generic font. I redesigned their logo to update the mountains and made a classier script logo for the home jersey. I kept the pinstripes at home.


Clint Glaze: San Diego Padres. This is a redesign of the current San Diego Padres road jersey, replacing the odd “San Diego” wordmark with a script that matches the “Padres” wordmark of the home and alternate jerseys. The sky blue color from the primary logo has also been added to supplement the gold and navy.


Chris Gough: Baltimore Orioles. I wanted to do a team where I could do a new script so I chose Baltimore. Then I realized to change the script would mean I had to change everything. My favorite would be the home white but the gray one is cool too.


Robin Griffiths: Colorado Rockies. I’ve tried to get a more classic look for the Rockies so changed the font for the CR logo as the current one doesn’t say “baseball” to me, adopted more traditional piping, ditched purple (yuck) in favour of a deep blue and simplified the sleeve patch.


Andrew Grinberg: San Francisco Giants. The Giants are my favorite team and have the best uniforms in MLB, so no drastic changes. I have always loved the San Francisco script from the old batting practice jerseys and the sleeve patch is the perfect place to put the best logo ever in sports.


Mike Hass: Milwaukee Brewers. My entry is for the Milwaukee Brewers. This uniform has sparked much debate in the UW community, so I used a yin-yang approach to make both sides happy. The logotype contains elements of old and new. Barrel Man, the Wisconsin silhouette, and cream color palette felt very appropriate for Milwaukee.


Kevin Hastings: Washington Nationals. I abhor the home uniforms of my home town Washington Nationals. So I thought I’d look to the past and give the jersey a cleaner look. The Capitol dome logo was used by the Senators in the 50s and 60s. Sorry I didn’t get a side view in there, but it would be plain white. Great contest, thanks!


James Huening: Chicago Cubs. First off, I wanted to limit the red to the primary logo, the way it was when I was a kid. Logo: I’ve never been crazy about the current logo, but this harks to that in a way. Plus, it’s fairly unique in that the tail goes from right to left. (This is actually a modified version of an old Orlando Cubs logo that I scanned from a jersey.) Classic sleeve patch: one of those “got it right the first time and have gotten it wrong ever since” things. Number on front: balances things a bit, otherwise it’s a “left-heavy” jersey. What? No pinstripes? I wanted to do pinstripes AND piping, but my artistic skills are rudimentary at best so I couldn’t make it work.


Michael Ivall: Toronto Blue Jays. For this design, I wanted to bring the Blue Jays back to the best years, and create something “Classic Old School” if you will with a up to date feel. Staying with “Jays” as opposed to “Blue Jays” and using a similar look to the Blue Jays of the early 90s. I think it taps into the popularity of today’s marketing of the team. The logo itself is all new again taking elements from the past, and coming away from the newer cartoony logo.


Jake BC: Atlanta Braves. I couldn’t be more proud of my hometown Bravos right now, and i really enjoyed seeing them in the powders earlier in the season so my submission is more or less just a small tweak of that. Powder blue top, 3 stripes (blue-white-blue) on the sleeves and collar, and the current script “Atlanta” logo from the navy blue tops.


Ed Johnson: Washington Nationals. A design for a Washington Nationals road jersey, an update of a design I originally submitted to Paul for his “Design a DC Baseball Jersey” contest in 2004. Inspired in part by the 1910s-30s Nationals, the 1956 Reds and the 1953 Nationals yearbook cover.


Great work on those fellas! OK — the second batch of contestants is now in the books — make sure to check back tomorrow for the third set. Don’t forget to post your thoughts in the comments below, and give props to all the contestants for their efforts.


cc week 4 Collector’s Corner
by Brinke Guthrie

This summer, Baskin-Robbins rolled out an MLB helmet promotion. And it got me to thinking, no one does that anymore, do they? Free sports stuff with a purchase? Everything’s all so…so licensed. Slurpee always did a lot back in the day. Gas stations also used to be great places to get sports stuff, from the classic Sunoco NFL 72 album, to Union 76 Nick Volpe Dodgers prints from ’64 and Marathon Oil Kentucky Colonels prints from ’71. Volpe even did the Beatles. This great artist passed away in 1992.

Big set of WHA Slurpee cups from 73-74. Three hundred bucks and they’re yours.

Great set of Dairy “Qween” NFL helmets.

• Get your 1950 ESSO NFL handbook here.


• Can’t say I have seen these Cowboys “Kissing” bobbles from the 60’s. While we’re on bobbles, here’s a terrific Mets guy for PL.

Cub Power, baby.

• A complete set of Tudor Bengals from the 70’s.

Reds World Series mugs from ’75 and ’76, 2 of the greatest teams in history. Had both of these, too.

• Check out the Astros pennants here and here.

• Now this is what real football players look like. Ray Nitschke getting ready to kill a QB.


ticker 2Uni Watch News Ticker: Starting off today is Marc Nelson, who thought it might be a good idea to emulate the infamous Billy Ripken baseball card by creating one of his own *Photo has been removed by request*. Says Marc, “Although my daughter’s tee ball team was the Yankees, I couldn’t resist making an homage to one of the all-time great baseball cards.” OK, then. I’m sure your daughter and her friends appreciate the gesture. … Ryan Perkins asks, “What can purple do for you? Joe Webb takes a breather late in the 4th Quarter of Sunday night’s preseason game.” … More news on the Rangers new Third Jersey comes from Terence Kearns, which will be unveiled this November. … Paul Bielewicz has a theory about the Yankee batting helmets: “it appears the Yankees are phasing out the use of the ‘Batting Helmet’ logo in favor of the ‘Print’ logo on helmets. I’ve collected some evidence (see attached photos of Granderson and Pena). Approximately half of the team are using helmets with the ‘print’ logo, including A-Rod, Granderson, Cervelli, Kearns, Pena, and some of the recent call-ups. It appears that anyone who gets a new helmet gets one with the ‘print’ NY logo. My guess is that by next season, the ‘Batting Helmet’ logo will be history.” For a comparison of the Yankee logos, click here. … An interesting bit from the New York Times was noticed by Phil Johnson. Last week the NYT ran an obit on Harold Connolly (former Olympic hammer throw champ) and they have a pic of him throwing the hammer in ballet shoes. Here’s the full obit. … Adam Soclof notes that last Wednesday, Hapoel Tel Aviv forward Itay Shechter earned a yellow card when he celebrated a goal by pulling a yarmulke out of his sock, which was crocheted with the Hapoel Tel Aviv logo. The Champions League game was in Austria, sparking speculation that this was a thumb in the nose to the Nazi history of Austria’s past. A rematch is scheduled tonight and Schechter is questionable due to injury. Says Adam, “The Ochocinco-esque stunt has a precedent: Ghanaian player John Pentsil brandished an Israeli flag during World cup play in 2006; he also hid it in his sock. … Awesome stuff from Aaron Duncan, who went to a KIT League game back this summer between the Farmington Browns and the Marion Bobcats. He sent a link to the photo set. The browns are wearing uniforms based on the 1953 St. Louis Browns. They play at Wilson-Rozier Park in Farmington, MO. If I’m not mistaken this facility is an old WPA project from the 1930’s but it is maintained very well including some more modern updates such as seats. “Here is a link to a photo of pitcher #24 Branden Eaton who was kind enough to let me take a photo of his uniform.” … Michael Orr sends along more EPL kit reviews. … Yesterday’s “Design-A-Jersey” post triggered something in Jason Fuller‘s brain~pan. You see, he had a website back in college that paid homage to the Rainbow-guts. “This goes to show that I was/am very dedicated to Astros nostalgia, and that back then I kept my massive beer consumption just barely at the level where I could somehow perform low-level html coding. It was last updated 11 years ago.” Now how’s that for repressed memories. … Alan Kreit snapped this picture in Lakeside Lodge and Grille, Bolton Landing, NY. No other ID provided, but it’s a great shot. … Yesterday featured a ticker item on male and female mascots of minor league teams, with a few also being mentioned in the comments. Add one more: Greg Netherwood notes the Rochester Red Wings have had a male mascot (Spike) and female mascot (Mitsy) for the last few years. … Chris Maples, while flipping through rookie pictures of the Sacramento Kings, noticed they have centered the number on their jersey, as well as a new collar. … And a whole mess of good stuff from Terry Duroncelet: “Upon looking for action shots of the uniform the Knickerbockers wore from 1952-1961, I found a BFSLS (Black For Spike Lee’s Sake) version made by Nike, a pic of the original uni obscured by an equally awesome warmup, a black and white pic of the jersey with a huge ass number, and a strange Duke uni with red trim. I apologize for this next pic being so late, but here is the Juventus FC road shirt for 2010/2011. Last but not least, I found this twitpic of Chris FastGuy wearing a customized Nike Pro Combat Hyper Strong girdle. The thing that makes this girdle cool is the knee padding, which encourages the traditional padded-below-the-knee look of yesteryear (note the Chucks). In short, I had a pretty good weekend.” Nice — that Marion Motley pic is worth the price of admission. Here’s a larger shot I had saved a while ago.


Phew. Apologies on the length of this post, but we had a lot of stuff to get to. Back tomorrow with round three of the Design-A-Baseball-Jersey entries.


Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets. — Yogi Berra

156 comments to Triple A-B-A, Douggie Style

  • RS Rogers | August 24, 2010 at 7:15 am |

    Minor nitpick, but it’s a pet peeve: On the Altoona AAABA writeup, “The Johnston Realty team … brought a black over white look that really didn’t leave much to be desired” means that the uniform was nearly perfect, not that it was kind of sucky. When something leaves much to be desired, that means it’s bad, that it’s lacking in desired qualities. It doesn’t mean that it leaves you desiring to have it.

    And deepest apologies for my inability to restrain myself from this outburst of pedantry. It’s like its/it’s or “could care less” for me.

    • Kek | August 24, 2010 at 8:39 am |

      No, you’re absoultely right. I meant to say “left a lot to be desired”. If you could, Mr. Phil….

      • LI Phil | August 24, 2010 at 9:05 am |


  • scott | August 24, 2010 at 7:18 am |

    Knew nothing of the AAABA tournament until reading this post. See what you can learn by reading Uniwatch?

  • muskiejim | August 24, 2010 at 7:35 am |

    Congrats, Mr. Hastings, we have a winner!

    • muskiejim | August 24, 2010 at 7:40 am |

      Oops… I totally meant Haas.


    • Kevin Hastings | August 24, 2010 at 10:27 am |

      Ha – TEASE!

      The Mike Haas design is excellent.

      • Kevin Hastings | August 24, 2010 at 10:33 am |

        And by Haas, we both mean Hass

    • Broadway Connie | August 24, 2010 at 10:48 am |

      That Tim Hastings Nats uni is fabulous.

  • RS Rogers | August 24, 2010 at 7:38 am |

    I’m not sure it’s possible, and I doubt it’s fair, to compare single-jersey entries against those who, to my mind, missed the point and gave us whole-wardrobe redesigns without telling us which jersey they’re actually entering in the derby, so I’ll just say to today’s whole-wardrobe entrants that I think y’all did awesome work, and in many cases I wish the teams you did would adopt your unis. Especially Gough‘s Bal’mer set. I’d wear that – and I both love the current O’s unis and hate the Orioles!

    Among the single jersey entrants, more great work. I’m particularly impressed with Duncan‘s Mariners, Glaze‘s Padres, and Hass‘ Brewers. Hass would get my finalist vote today. Of all the entries so far, Hass’ Brew Crew Jersey is the first that I’d actually want to buy myself if it were ever made.

    Probably just me, but the Brewers script reminds me of thisold Hamm’s Beer logo. Which to me is a good thing. My only nitpick would be that the front number needs a blue outline for consistency and legibility.

    • J.R. | August 24, 2010 at 8:40 am |

      As an entrant in this, I gotta admit I was a little peeved when I saw the whole redesign entries. I think that both the Baltimore and Toronto ones are very good, but they should’ve limited it to just one jersey.

      • The Jeff | August 24, 2010 at 8:53 am |

        The same thing happened with the NFL jersey contest.

        I think it’s just the nature of the designer beast. You start working on something like this, and you just can’t stop with one jersey when you have this whole vision for an entire uniform set.

        Honestly, with most baseball uniforms following one of like 3 templates, I don’t really see much of a point in designing a new jersey without changing the rest of the uniform to go with it.

      • kevin | August 24, 2010 at 11:13 am |

        I am a submitter, too, and I agree – the contest was for a singular jersey. I can see adding a cap and pants and socks. Jacket, too! But one jersey – “one design per entrant” as I recall. That said – I don’t think you have anything to worry about, Mr. Gain.

        • johnsmitiscrying | August 25, 2010 at 7:27 am |

          Sorry about that, probably should have made it clearer that the white was the jersey I was submitting.
          I started of wanting to do a grey one, but when I did the logo I liked the Oriole script more and doing only one jersey leaves too many unanswered questions.
          Compare it to Guess I kind of took the comp as an excuse to rebrand and had too much fun with it.

          Anyway, Gains, I love the bear logo and the stripes, Glaze’s one is good all round, thin stripes are cool, Hass’ has a beautiful feel to it and arm patch is really nice. Love the look of Huening’s one too, the lettering balances nicely with the number and looks really clean. Cisko’s one would look amazing if it was made and Cumming’s one looks very athletic. Cant wait to see whats to come.

          When does the design a NBA jersey competition start…

  • Adam Wood | August 24, 2010 at 7:56 am |

    Gotta say that I fell in love with J.R. Gain’s jersey. Not a cubs fan, but I would wear it. Love the wool look of it.

    • scott | August 24, 2010 at 8:04 am |

      That would be a great look for the Cubs.

      • Mark in Shiga | August 24, 2010 at 9:40 am |

        I like it too — a while ago I started my own Cus jersey redesign, and it includes that vertical blue “CHICAGO” strip down the front, which

        Not a fan of the names on the backs, but I guess I can concede them on the road if they keep them off the home jerseys.

        Now the Huening Cubs — that’s a jersey I’d wear! I have one of those Orlando Cubs vests with the ’30s-esque script “Cubs”, and it looks great. Classic number font, clean look — that could be a great home alternate right now.

    • marc | August 24, 2010 at 9:46 am |

      I literally gasped when I saw that one. Love the old-timey-ness. Great work, J.R.!

    • Hank | August 24, 2010 at 9:49 am |

      To me, Day 2 entries are a bit below par from Day 1. That being said, my Fav 3:

      James Huening: Chicago Cubs

      Chris Giorgio: Colorado Rockies.

      Chris Gough: Baltimore Orioles

      Good effort by all involved.

    • kevin | August 24, 2010 at 10:23 am |

      Hate the Cubs, love that jersey!

  • Dave Bloomquist | August 24, 2010 at 8:00 am |

    Overall, today’s entries are light years stronger than yesterday’s (tough to admit as that’s when my flat-falling entry appeared)

    But the standouts to me were:
    Gain’s Cubs
    Gough’s Orioles
    Hass’ Brewers
    Huening’s Cubs

    I was particularly impressed with Hass’ Brewers. The font is original but the added element of the classic Keg Man patch is brilliant. I’m so enamored with the MB glove logo, it amazes me that I like this so much without it, but I do.

    Very impressive day 2, gentlemen!

    – Dave

  • Piping Mike | August 24, 2010 at 8:22 am |

    It’s interesting that someone commented abot that today’s entries are “light years stronger” than yesterday’s because I was preparing to post the exact opposite. I though yesterday was much better – at when comparing the better halves of each. That said here are my top 3:

    Fiske Astros – Like the return of the color, while not being over the top. Simple, clean but good color and appropriate detail.

    Gain Cubs – Like the call to the past. It would loook good without being too gimicky.

    Gough Orioles – Overall it’s similar to the current look but it definitely adds something. The current O’s are bland and plain. The trim of the mock up and other elements spice it up just enough.

    • Piping Mike | August 24, 2010 at 8:26 am |

      Let me add that I like the Hass Brewers too. I just missed them the first time too. (Kind of glad I did as it would have been tough to go from my top 4 to a top 3 out of this group.)

  • Dave | August 24, 2010 at 8:35 am |

    Mike Ivall, nice job on the Jays’ set. Except for the milk man home white hat (never been a big fan of those on anyone), it’s a really nice job of fusing the classic and the new. Very professional.

  • Piping Mike | August 24, 2010 at 8:38 am |

    I think Marc Nelson should change the spelling of his name to Mark. That K would stand for Klassy.

  • Frosty | August 24, 2010 at 8:42 am |

    Talent, Talent, Talent.
    All jersey submissions: bravo.
    – Hess’s Brewers (by far…yes – the Hamm’s Logo!!)
    – (gulp) The Cubbies “Orlando” take…better without pins. Shit…they should be looking to change things up, ’cause it hasnt worked in 101 years.
    – Yesterdays St. Louis roadie with the 1′ braid. Phenominal.

    I am thoroughly enjoying seeing them, and am sharpening my scissors for any greats I can personally try to DIY.

    Have fun all –


    • RS Rogers | August 24, 2010 at 9:13 am |

      If Frosty is down with Hass’ Brewers jersey, I think those of us with entries yet to come in letters K-Z can pretty well pack it in and go home. Darn you, Mike Hass, and your Cream City awesomeness! Of course, Hass failed to incorporate Gertie the Duck anywhere on the jersey, so technically it’s not quite the most perfect baseball jersey ever designed. When the contest is over, I’d love to see Mike Hass show us a “Milwaukee” road treatment in the same vein.

      To Frosty, my highest ambition with my own entry is not so much to win – one never expects to compete against the talent hereabouts – but to make you think about reaching for your DIY scissors. When it gets to the R’s, please let me know if I succeeded!

      • Frosty | August 25, 2010 at 9:17 am |

        RS –
        Can’t wait man! I wish I had the wizardry with the computer than many folks do…I’ve re-designed the Crew’s stuff 30 times in my head, and of course have created a few.
        Hit me at if you are open to some early feedback.
        Take care –


  • divino codino | August 24, 2010 at 8:52 am |

    Phil and Doug,

    Marc Nelson has no class/judgment/conscience, but we expect more from Uniwatch administrators. I hope you at least had second thoughts before you posted this obscenity.

    I urge you not to post this kind of thing in the future.

    • The Jeff | August 24, 2010 at 9:00 am |

      Could you seriously not pick up on the tone of “OK, then. I’m sure your daughter and her friends appreciate the gesture.”

      That was a “hey, look at this idiot” posting if ever there was one.

      /besides that, it’s just a word. No one was hurt by this guy making an “obscene” (pfft) baseball card of his daughter.

      • LI Phil | August 24, 2010 at 9:11 am |

        thank you THE

        i debated putting this one in at all, but it’s not my call as to what constitutes “taste”

        im sure the submitter thought the exercise was tongue-in-cheek funny, though personally i disagree

        it’s not a photo i’d ever post myself (after the “here’s why you lost, kid” post, i refrain from posting any photos of children, period); however, this was a reader submission expressly sent in for the ticker…obviously he wanted it posted or he wouldn’t have sent it in

        again, i did debate putting it in at all, but i try not to censor reader submissions for the ticker

      • Piping Mike | August 24, 2010 at 9:29 am |

        “No one was hurt by this guy making an “obscene” (pfft) baseball card of his daughter”

        Uh, how about the daughter? Her name’s attached to it, along with her photo. Talk about a set up for teasing and embarrassment.

        And what about the idiot dad himself? Go apply for a job at a place that does Google background checks. Yeah, they’ll really want you if they see that move.

        I envision this one goes down in UniWatch lore, perhaps even getting it’s own name. ‘Pulling a Nelson’ perhaps?

        My guess is, Nelson will soon realize what a stupid move he made and will request the link be taken down.

        • The Jeff | August 24, 2010 at 10:03 am |

          I don’t know about you, but I sure as heck wouldn’t want to work for any company that would fire/not hire someone over one picture on the internet. Fuck that.

          As for the daughter, that could go either way. Some kids may very well find the bat to be cool. Assuming anyone outside of UniWatch even sees it. We aren’t exactly mainstream here.

          Seriously, it’s a throwaway ticker item. No one should even care, let alone make a big deal out of it.

      • concealed78 | August 24, 2010 at 11:18 am |

        Hypothetically, I wouldn’t make a baseball card like that especially to my daughter; maybe to my son if A) he was a teenager & he was really getting on my nerves or B) he’s more the wife’s son than mine.

        But that one is just tasteless. It’s a wonderful obscenity, but not used in that context. Imagine if some stranger called her that.

        • Ricko | August 24, 2010 at 5:41 pm |

          “I made up this card cuz, y’know, maybe pedophiles haven’t noticed how cute my daughter is.”

          Hello? Mr. BrainDead, what were you thinking?

          Funny, isn’t it, we have to go through an extensive approval process to adopt a puppy at the humane society. But to be a parent, zip, nada. We all have that right, no matter how big a knothead we are.


    • marc | August 24, 2010 at 10:00 am |

      For the record, my last name’s not Nelson.

    • Kek | August 24, 2010 at 11:37 am |

      For the record, I am not a Uni Watch admin. I simply wrote this piece as a user submission. My involvement with the ticker is limited to the links I send to Paul and Phil.

    • LI Phil | August 24, 2010 at 2:31 pm |

      the offending picture has been removed by request

      • Komet17 | August 24, 2010 at 9:43 pm |

        Thank you…

  • Bryan | August 24, 2010 at 8:53 am |

    In reference to the red trim on the Duke uni: the “Blue Devils” were a unit in the French Army back in WW I. so I assume the red is based on the French flag. Nice article here.

  • Andy | August 24, 2010 at 9:01 am |

    Out of today’s bunch I’m really excited about Mike Hass’ Brewers jersey. Seems perfect for Milwaukee.

    • Chance Michaels | August 24, 2010 at 9:54 am |

      I’d tend to agree. But I’m an admittedly easy mark – love me anything with the Beer Barrel Man.

    • marc | August 24, 2010 at 10:01 am |

      Agreed. Great stuff there.

    • Mike Hass | August 24, 2010 at 10:33 am |

      Glad to see all the positive thoughts. Personally, I really liked Finocchio’s Yankees and Duncan’s Mariners. You can’t do much to the home pinstripes, but the road jersey is definitely fair game, and I think that script looks much classier than the stale san-serif typeface.

  • Bernard | August 24, 2010 at 9:13 am |

    Everyone’s favorite yinzer, Doug Keklak, did a fantastic job on this AAABA writeup. I need to make it out to that next year.

    Afraid to invite a squad from Indiana, PA? ;)

    • Kek | August 24, 2010 at 11:33 am |

      thanks ‘nard dawg! I can’t recall if we ever had an Indiana team in the tourney. I know the ICL was a big deal out there when I was growing up, but IIRC that was an age-unlimited league.

      We used to get teams from Pittsburgh, but recently, they had been playing in the Tri-State League with Ohio teams and when they won, they actually represented Cleveland.

      Stay tuned though, although Miami didn’t get out of the regional, they were a new franchise this year and I have it on pretty good authority that some other teams may be added.

      It’s a great time, take a few days off that week, bring up a lawn chair and a cooler and watch some ball!

  • pru | August 24, 2010 at 9:19 am |

    When I saw Hass’ Brewers jersey, I immediately thought the team should switch to that. He has my vote for today. I am a die hard Cubs fan and would love to see Gains’ uni be made just so I could buy it (insert Vilk’s line here).

    I really love the colored placket look.

  • Bernard | August 24, 2010 at 9:23 am |

    1. Count me among the Hass Brewers admirers. That font is just cool, and the Brewers should go to creams yesterday.

    2. The font/script of Gough’s Orioles concept has, to me, a distinct tagger/graf writer feel to it. I’m not sure it would fly in real life, but I kinda dig it.

    3. I love that with Gain’s Cubs jersey, you get both “Chicago” and “Cubs” written out in a way that is visually interesting.

  • Terry Proctor | August 24, 2010 at 9:27 am |

    On the Blue Jays re-dos. To Bruce: That Blue is just too bright. Regular Victory Blue would look much better. To Mike: NO MORE BLACK!!!!! They’re not the Black Jays any more. Where did those idiots that did the marketing research on the Jays adding Black to their colo(u)r scheme come from? Oh, I kmow. They’re the ones that convinced Coca-Cola to change their formula. Dumb!!

    Those Knick uniforms should have had better lettering. The supplier, Thorp Sporting Goods on Fifth Ave., bought the plain uniforms from MacGregor and lettered them locally. Pretty bad look for an NBA club. I mean, one-color plain-block lettering with 8″ front and 10″ back numbers on a basketball jersey? Totally insane?

    And the Knicks wore another style of shorts with the bumblebee-striped jerseys. From 1953-1955 the shorts had a Royal waistband w/Orange half-belt and piping plus a Royal piping/White space/Orange braid/White space/Royal piping stripe around the bottoms.

    • Skycat | August 24, 2010 at 4:08 pm |

      Would love to see the Knicks update the bumblebee-striped look and, of course, eliminate the black piping from the road unis. The current incarnation looks like the merging of two different uniforms.

      • Mike Ivall Design | August 24, 2010 at 9:48 pm |

        Terry if you research blue jays, you will notice they do in fact have black on them.

        And I’m not sure if you think mine is black or not. Its not black its a midnight blue.

  • Mark in Shiga | August 24, 2010 at 9:45 am |

    Mike Ivall’s Jays — give the number the same font as teh “JAYS” on the front, and you’ve got a total winner. I assume white pants at home and navy pants on the road? How about with the royal blue alternate?

  • DenverGregg | August 24, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  • marc | August 24, 2010 at 9:58 am |

    To all who entered the baseball jersey design contest, fantastic work! Wish I’d had the time to get in on it myself.

    I absolutely loved the hand-drawn entries. I’m so tired the Illustrator/Photoshop-ization of graphic design anymore. Don’t get me wrong — I use both programs every day and they’re indispensable tools — it’s just that the ultra-clean look they provide gets stale sometimes. It’s just nice to see something hand-wrought for a change, like Mike Engle’s White Sox entry and Alex Giobbi’s Phils design. Excellent work, guys!

  • Ricardo Leonor | August 24, 2010 at 9:59 am |

    I guess maybe technically, it’s not “logo creep” if the corporate logo IS “the logo”…..I guess….

    • RS Rogers | August 24, 2010 at 10:22 am |

      “Sponsorship creep,” perhaps. It is an unusual case, though, since the sponsor is represented on an item the sponsor actually makes. Do any EPL teams, for example, have the name of a jersey manufacturer emblazoned on the front of their jerseys as the club’s primary sponsor?

  • Ricardo Leonor | August 24, 2010 at 10:00 am |

    My wife would crack me over the head with a bat if I did this:

    • Flip | August 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm |

      As well she should

  • Joe Obermaier | August 24, 2010 at 10:54 am |

    Great designs all,
    My favorites are Clint Glaze’s Padres and Mike Hass’s Brewers.
    Though I have to admit, there is something about Ken Hastings’s Nats and James Huening’s Cubs that is appealing…

  • Mark Rabinowitz | August 24, 2010 at 11:15 am |

    I really like Mike Hass’ jersey as well… the only change I’d make (and I mean the ONLY one) is to make the big “B” in Brewers the same font as the rest of the jersey. I never liked the one the Brewers wear now anyway (Times New Roman is NOT a uniform numeral typeface, and the logotype looks too much like the logo for the sitcom “Cheers”). That said, I am not conceding defeat just yet–my Tigers road jersey will show up on this blog on Thursday.

  • jeff bernstein | August 24, 2010 at 11:17 am |

    Loved Bruce’s blue jays

  • Mykal94 | August 24, 2010 at 11:22 am |

    remember yesterday when i said i was disappointed by the uni contest, i take it back. today i’m hard-pressed to find a tweak i don’t like. well done d through j. my top 2 though are duncan’s mariners and finocchio’s yankees (however sacrilegious it may be).

  • Anthony | August 24, 2010 at 11:23 am |

    Just a quick note: it’s actually John Pantsil (sort of; see below), not Pentsil.
    Additionally, he has an interesting last name history; when he joined Fulham, there was a snafu with his name, which really should be “Paintsil,” but it was registered as “Pantsil” on his passport and Premier League registration!

  • Flip | August 24, 2010 at 11:30 am |

    – Best observation is from James Huening and his secondary Cubs logo.”Got it right the first time and have gotten it wrong ever since things.” Slap that on the current Cubs home unis, return to the three red stripes on the stirrups and you’ve got it right. Road uni still needs some help.

    – If the Yankees are going to keep the white trim on their road uniforms, Danny Finocchio’s concept (with a buttoned-up blouse) would be awesome.

    – Chris Giorgio’s Rockies submission is better than the club has now, but not as good as the one yesterday.

    – Clint Glaze nailed it for the Padres.

    – Return the Braves to their red-billed caps on their home uniforms and don’t mess with them. They’re as close to perfection as you can get.

    – Andrew Grinberg’s sleeve patch for the Giants couldn’t be better.

    I’m anxiously awaiting tomorrow’s entries. So far, some pretty damned good stuff.

  • Kevin | August 24, 2010 at 11:41 am |

    How is this:

    So Much better than this:

    It appears to be a good clean look, but one get raves and the other gets boos.

    • Kek | August 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm |

      Just one dumb guy’s opinion! But also, keep in mind, Matrix brought just that one outfit to the tourney while NO had multiple looks. If I had to grade individual unis within a team’s, I would have rated the plain white the lowest in NO’s closet. Plus, I dig yellow-green over the blue. Thanks for the feedback though.

    • Flip | August 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm |

      Is that Bryce Harper warpaint look catching on? Please say no.

      • Kek | August 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm |

        not like pajama pants….but a handful of guys were doing it

  • jeff d | August 24, 2010 at 11:41 am |

    Love the retro Brewers design. If Hass wins it all, I might have to hunt him down and steal that jersey.

    I also like the look of Frazier’s Sox uni. The red trim really pops.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | August 24, 2010 at 11:51 am |

    Clint Glaze: So simple yet so effective!

    Chris Gough: GREAT STUFF! I really love the Roadies!

    James Huening: MY MAN! You hit it right on the head. I probably would have liked to have seen the wordmark go across the chest…I still like what you did!

    Michael Ivall: I love the logos you designed.

  • Noelski y que! | August 24, 2010 at 11:56 am |

    Hell yes to the Mike Hass Brewers!

  • Pete Fall | August 24, 2010 at 11:58 am |

    Bruce Genther’s Blue Jays uniform is BEAUTIFUL. I love it. Nice work, man.

    I LOVED the Astros 60’s retro uniforms they wore earlier this season.

    Uniforms I Like: Yanks, Phils, A’s, Cards, Mets (the classic pinstripe, the others are trash)

    Uniforms I REALLY hate: Rockies, Nationals, Blue Jays, Brewers

  • JB Early | August 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm |

    Gee and I thought JR Gain’s Cubs was an 11 – Darnell Frazier’s ChiSox was good too. That Brewers some are drooling on is excellent. But I still like Gain’s – anybody wants to give me that one sz 46 plz.

    The usual UW fan gaggle of great work!

  • Mike Forman | August 24, 2010 at 12:03 pm |

    Mike Hass. No doubt about it.

  • Dave Mac | August 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm |

    The Mike Hass Brewers jersey was very intriguing. It was definitely my favorite of all the jerseys featured here the past couple days. It would be great to see the Brewers have cream jerseys in the cream city. The font and colors were also interesting. Good work!

  • Noelski y que! | August 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm |

    I remember something similar to those Dairy Queen football helmets being sold in Mexico. You buy some ice cream and you get a helmet but the best part was that the helmet decals were not on the helmet. You basically got to pick what color helmet you wanted and what decals you wanted to put on the helmet. If only I could find the helmet but I picked a Raiders helmet and put Charger bolts on it. A lot of kids in that town had some missed up combos now that I remember.

    • The Jeff | August 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm |

      As a Raiders fan, I find that mental image to be incredibly disturbing.

  • JTH | August 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm |


    The arches on that Patriots logo? I used to work in Des Plaines and I can’t recall any bridges of historical note. Maybe the negative space is supposed to represent a head-on view of a tricorne?.
    P.S. Thanks to everyone who’s had kind words for my Cubs concept. (Pretty Boy Paulie: I tried to do a full chest wordmark and due to my artistic deficiencies, it never looked right to me. Mark in Shiga: You’ve got an Orlando vest jersey? Any pics of that, by any chance? I have a road jersey. The logo came from the sleeve patch. I also have a cap. The cap I bought new, but the jersey is game-used.)

  • Maria | August 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm |

    Love the clean lines of the Mariners jersey (and the trident!)

  • Jet | August 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm |

    I like:

    Frazier’s WHITE SOX – normally I hate black but somehow this works for me

    Gain’s CUBS – sweet retro look

    Genther’s BLUE JAYS – move the number down a bit on the front and make the name a little smaller, otherwise sharp-looking.

    Hastings’ NATIONALS – very nice. Looks like it just needs perhaps a thin stripe at the end of the sleeves. I’m a sucker for the front piping every time!

    Ivall’s BLUE JAYS – I only like the logo redesign, not the unis.


  • Seattle Gramps | August 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm |

    Love the Duncans’ Mariners. If the M’s hadn’t jettisoned the awesome M/trident at the first sign of bizarr-o controversy (devil sign or something like that?), they’d have 3 Series Rings by now. Glad to see it back.

  • rpm | August 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm |

    nice submissions today, and again, alain needs an average of 1.8 per day to reach his nine. i love ginsburgh’s patch, and may make him one, but it isn’t really a jersey change. engle’s drawings i always like, and anything that takes the pins off the cubs is worth a reflection, so it came down to huening and gough for the (.8). but i digress. to go with callaway(1) & cummings(.8) from yesterday, i would have to say haas gets my yes(1), and gough has my bubble(.8) vote. he is oh so close with the o’s, but i think the road gray is his best work, and the home white is the submission. also, that sleeve patch has to go, the out of place green has always driven me nuts. so in my minds eye, which don’t mean squat, gough’s (.8) is uber tenuous. not to mention, um, 50 words. okay, i gots ta go meet the pineapple on a job site.

    • Piping Mike | August 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm |

      I like the try at logic by allocating 1.8 points a day. It really makes you realize that it’s an achievement to just get into the final 9.
      However, by narrowing to just 2 entries a day the potential is there to prematurely eliminate a deserving entry. For example, maybe your 3rd best entry yesterday is better than today’s top two. Based on how your nominations were presented, it seems like yesterday’s number 3 is already out of mind. The 1.8 points a day is an average and doesn’t need to be linear. Heck, it’s conceivable the top 9 could all come from 1 batch.

      • RS Rogers | August 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm |

        Were I in Alain’s shoes judging these, I would take an approach similar to comrade Marshall. Only instead of breaking down 1.8 votes per day, I’d use the Jeopardy! tournament format: Each day has a winner that advances straight to the finals. Then the top however many from all days go into a pool and the best 4 advance. That way if there are days when there’s only one standout and days when there are maybe 4 standouts, nobody is punished for being arbitrarily shown on a stiff-competition day.

        But like gravity, I’d also be a very harsh mistress: anyone who submitted a whole wardrobe-redesign package but didn’t specify in the blurb which one jersey they’re entering, instant DQ.

    • JTH | August 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm |

      This whole “schmoozing the client” thing isn’t exactly your forte, eh?

      Sure hope that check doesn’t bounce…

      • rpm | August 24, 2010 at 9:21 pm |

        not that my opinion matters, but i have others written down. but i also know from the football jersey contest, that if you have to many, it is unpossible to narrow, better to do the dirty work right away. in my mind’s eye the two 1’s look worthy of top 9 so far, but maybe not, and the .8’s are on a slippery slope in both cases as both are flawed. if anything i have pllllllllllenty of room to pick my nine if batch 3/4/5 is packed with talent, and the m’s section will have one for sure;)…but none of which matters cause i ain’t pickin’, alain is, i am just giving my 2 centabossussis.

        hm, what check, the deposit? besides, i drank enough italian lemon sparklies to empty any bank account. you should have gone with the change you talked about anyway.

  • Scott Zielan | August 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm |

    Great to see Jamie Moyer in the UC Irvine cap, though I’m not sure of his connection (if any ) to UCI. Go Eaters!

    • Kek | August 24, 2010 at 9:22 pm |

      His son Dillon, accepted a scholarship to play there. He was drafted by the Twins in the 22nd round but don’t think he signed.

  • interlockingtc | August 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm |

    I hate softball tops, but D. Frazier’s White Sox red and black pairing looks great!

    B. Genther’s Blue Jays is really nice, but a little busy. That cool bird head should probably be a shoulder patch and the numbers should be navy.

  • Scott Zielan | August 24, 2010 at 12:54 pm |

    Love Clint Glaze’s redesign of the Padres road jersey. Would like it more if the jersey were gray with a gold outline around the San Diego script.

  • timmy b | August 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm |

    I even remember the year…

    In 1971 ARCO gas stations in Pennsylvania gave away (with an 8 gallon or more ourchase) a beautiful 8″ x 10″ portrait of Pirates and Phillies players. I think there were 15 players in all and each week was a different player.

    I remember that Lewistown (then with a population of roughly 11,000) was the break point for distribution. West of Lewistown, you got Pirate portraits. East of Lewistown, you got Phillie portraits. As for Lewistown itself, they were lucky. ARCO dealers (maybe 6 or 7) there distributed BOTH sets!

  • dwight | August 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm |

    Deadspin take on Oregon – thought you would all get a kick out of this:

    “But I look forward to another year of this team wearing unis that give Japanese children Parkinson’s disease.”

  • Steve | August 24, 2010 at 1:26 pm |

    It’s been fun reading this blog but I am tired of the fan fiction design contests. I would love to see these listed as separate entries so I can just skip them over.

  • pflava | August 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm |

    As someone with an entry in this contest, I’m kicking myself now for taking it too literally and showing only the jersey (even though the rules clearly said you can include the whole uniform for visual purposes). Oh well.

    I’m loving the old tyme Cubbies entry today. Outstanding!

    • Dave Bloomquist | August 24, 2010 at 2:14 pm |

      I just want to play devil’s advocate here. Having done this and the NFL contest, I feel it’s easy to make your jersey look good with the pants/helmet/hat. But as with McPelican’s winning Seahawks entry, the truly great designs stand on their own.

      Take a look at Hass’ Brewers entry (clearly, by the comments, today’s winner). Jersey only and damn fine looking!

      • Mike Hass | August 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm |

        Anyone who saw Madmen last night would know you don’t always win by overproducing, in fact sometimes you lose!

      • Ricko | August 24, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

        The rules allow for showing the entirety of the uni, but from the cpntest name you’d think the idea was to design a workable jersey. That for one thing, probably would mean sticking to the team’s current colors and, likely, logos.

        But, that isn’t in the rules, so…

        We’re a little bit in the “Is it ethical? No, but it’s legal” area, aren’t we.


        • pflava | August 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm |


        • kevin | August 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm |

          I would say it is completely ethical and, of course, legal. It was suggested that we might create a whole look. We were also reminded that it was ONE jersey that the contest was about and only ONE entry was allowed.

        • Ricko | August 24, 2010 at 5:28 pm |

          Right. And if someone comes to you and says, “Design a new jersey from my college football team”, shouldn’t your first question be, “What are the school colors?”

          Cuz, y’know, that’s kinda gonna define your design universe at that point, isn’t it.


    • Terry D. | August 24, 2010 at 6:05 pm |

      @pflava Is your username derived from the percussion rudiment?

      • rpm | August 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm |

        we were not asked to design something that teams would okay, we were asked to design a jersey, that in a fantasy world we would want them to wear. again, you are putting what you want with what is.

        yes, sometimes less is more, but i also appreciate when someone puts the time into an overall concept, or creates their own template, that is no small task to do nicely. but it is our job, or alain’s, to look just at the jersey as far as what we like. and to be honest, as much as i like mr. haas’ jersey, i do wonder how it would look with pants. would the blue and gold be of different widths on the pants? not that it matters for this, but i wonder. and sometimes when people answer that for me, i penalise them, in haas’ case, he got a pass, and i just judged the jersey. i get more pissed when someone cheats the 50 words, cause i could have used an extra sentence, but i hit 50 on the nose, count ’em wednesday.

        • Ricko | August 24, 2010 at 11:23 pm |

          Indeed. But if, for example, we change the team colors, we are in fact redesigning the entire uni branding of the team. And I have no problem with that at all; that’s entertaining creative gymnastics.

          Just saying, that makes “Design a Jersey” something of a misnomer. We shouldn’t have to read the rules to learn the concept is broader than the name implies.


        • rpm | August 25, 2010 at 5:29 am |

          weekend uni redisgn, i am with you. fantasy uni design, i am completely opposed to your take.

  • Jim Vilk | August 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

    Love those Johnstown-Delweld unis. Well, the gold ones, at least. Make that a gold monochrome look and you’d have an A+ grade.

    As for today’s contestants, my favorites are both White Sox designs (kudos from a fellow Crayola user, Mike!), Genther’s Blue Jays, Hass’ Brewers, Hastings’ Nats and Huening’s Cubs. If I had to pick one it would be Mr. Hastings.

    I like JR Gain’s idea for the Cubs, but the way some guys wear the jerseys unbuttoned at the top now, that could be a mess. And of course, honorable mention to Mason Fiske for bringing back the orange to the Astros.

  • Ben Fortney | August 24, 2010 at 3:06 pm |

    Submissions: Props to Ivall’s Blue Jays and Hass’ Brew crew. Could see both of those on field in 2011.

    • Ricko | August 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm |

      I’m sure Mike Haas’ idea was about loving the late lamented royal and athletic gold and melding it with a “brewery-oriented” style of the current unis.

      But my first thought was, “Would love to see that rendered in navy and beer gold because it STILL would be a nice piece of work.” But maybe, yeah, with a dark border on the gold numerals…for legibility’s sake.


  • Ricko | August 24, 2010 at 3:58 pm |

    Forgot to mention Huening’s Cubs.

    If the Cubs ever were to drop the pins (not real likely, been wearing them since 1957 while, for a long time, the other team in the city’s style was to be all over the map with uni changes) and the round logo (also first appeared in ’57)…
    That is one fine looking uni you crafted there.

    Would be a drastically new “look” for the Cubs but still wildly traditional, as unis should be for a team that still calls one of the most iconic ballparks home.


  • John | August 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm |

    The Washington alternate jersey has promise. But the dome on top of the baseball looks like a dunce cap. Unless of course that was the intent.

  • Skycat | August 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm |

    My vote goes to Gain’s Cubs, but Hass’s Brewers is not far behind.

  • UmpLou | August 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm |

    Spike and Mitsy will be joined by the Famous Chicken Friday night….unless they get the night off!

  • Ricko | August 24, 2010 at 4:24 pm |

    Someone yesterday mentioned the ’66 Astros’ home jersey wordmark was “kitchy hand-lettered”.

    That the way everyone feels these days? That a generic computer font such as used by the Oklahoma City Thunder is preferable to something that might might have been hand drawn? With, y’know, imagination?

    Or that something designed on a computer is far superior to anything created any other way?

    If that’s the case, then folks like rpm, out there pushing paint around for a living, have just been de-validated…and probably ought to go apply for work at 7-11. Or something.


    • Ricko | August 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm |

      Y’know, I’m gonna answer my own question.

      It probably is. Better by computer, that is.

      All part of the video-gamization of sports.
      If a computer can do something perfect, then let the computer do it.

      Humans drop balls, and mistakes when they’re announcing games and, horror of horrors, sometimes officials miss calls.

      And sometimes it rains and the players uniforms get allllllllllll muddy.


      • kevin | August 24, 2010 at 4:42 pm |

        To do a proper script font I will always do it by hand. Can’t envision doing it any other way.

    • mike 2 | August 24, 2010 at 4:57 pm |

      I’ll answer this because its something I’ve been thinking a bunch about lately.

      Its a triumph of form over substance. You can use computerized tools to create a uniform, or a design, that’s technically perfect and looks great on the page and sparkles and dazzles people. People are entranced by the perfect presentation and don’t ask questions like whether the underlying design is any good.

      To me, its no different than a well-designed Powerpoint (the bane of my existence) that hides bad content in a presentation, or a slick CGI movie that hides the fact that the plot and dialogue suck.

      A crappy design produced in Madden looks better than a great design produced in pencil crayon. If I was the owner I’d rather have the great design than the great presentation.

      • RS Rogers | August 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm |

        If a Powerpoint has bad content, then it is by definition a badly designed presentation.

        And I’m going to disagree: a crappy design produced on computer does not look better than a good design produced in graphite or wax. No one – and I mean literally no one in human history – ever looked at a Matisse or a Rembrandt or a Hokusai and said, “I sure wish someone else had done that picture, maybe using Corel Draw instead.”

        Good design is good design; bad design is bad design; and half-assed production shows through no matter what tools you use.

        I’m actually more bothered by the flip side of Ricko’s observation: a fair bit of the “quirk” or “individuality” in designs made with the tools of prior eras are simply mistakes or technical flaws. It’s kind of like LP diehards circa 1991 complaining about CDs, “But you don’t hear the scratches or hisses any more!” Yeah, and that’s a good thing. Willie Nelson didn’t write record skips into his songs, and when you go hear a symphony at the Concertgebouw, they don’t pipe in needle scratches over the sound of the orchestra.

    • Mike Hass | August 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |

      Good design is good design, regardless of how it was made, and vice versa. The computer is just a tool meant to enhance the execution of a design. If you’re only using the computer because you don’t know how to draw or come up with a clever concept, well, that’s when you end up with the Oklahoma City Thunder uniform.

  • CortM | August 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm |

    I would buy that Brewers jersey in a heartbeat. Half a heartbeat if it were made out of flannel.

    It doesn’t look like anyone has commented on it, but there was something so jarring about seeing that sweet little girl clutching a bat with that particular message on it that I spent the rest of the day feeling depressed.

    • LI Phil | August 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm |

      couple people commented on, and i have removed the link from the ticker

      • Ricko | August 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm |

        Aw, darn, it was such a great argument that schools are the problem these days…because it certainly isn’t the quality of the parenting going on out there.


  • Jimwa | August 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm |

    I think all the uniform designers are providing great efforts. I couldn’t produce this stuff given 10 times the time they had to make their creations. Kudos to all.

    That said … I look through all today’s entrees, and my favorite from today is … still Cummings’ Cardinals treatment from yesterday. It was just that good. Again, I’m a Cub fan, and I don’t WANT to like it. But thus far, there’s no comparison.

  • pflava | August 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm |

    I have to say, after looking at today’s entries again, that Brewers jersey is sweeeeeeeeeet. It has really grown on me. My only small nitpick is that I’m not sure the gold front number would show too well on the white background and could maybe have benefitted from a blue outline. I would love to see the road version.

  • mike 2 | August 24, 2010 at 4:59 pm |

    And further to yesterday’s discussion on crackers, this was posted on KSK yesterday

    I think Rough Riders would have been a better choice. You can’t have enough football teams name Rough Riders.

    • Ricko | August 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm |

      Only the South (at least back then) would still point with pride to its rich tradition of uneducated, narrow-minded, dog-kickin’, cock-fightin’, possum-huntin’, chicken-stealin’, new idea-fearing white trash.


    • Mark Rabinowitz | August 24, 2010 at 5:30 pm |

      Poor Dr. Richard Molloy… all he got for naming the team was season tickets for the *1976* season? They went 0-14 that year (head coach John McKay was once asked about the team’s execution and he replied that he thought it was a good idea, that’s how bad they were).

    • Jim Vilk | August 24, 2010 at 9:54 pm |

      I agree, Mike. We don’t have a Rough Riders or a Roughriders in the US. As long as no one comes up with Ruff Riderz. I could see some arena league team slapping a dog-on-a-motorcycle logo on its helmets.

      • Ricko | August 24, 2010 at 11:25 pm |

        Or a patch advertising condoms.

  • traxel | August 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
    • Jim Vilk | August 24, 2010 at 9:55 pm |

      Is that “powder red” on that jersey?

      • traxel | August 24, 2010 at 10:25 pm |

        You know, Phil’d look even better with roadie pin pants. Powder red road pin pants with that camo jersey.

        • Jim Vilk | August 24, 2010 at 10:34 pm |

          I could see him in a pin jersey over camo pants. It could be a whole mix-n-match set like the old Pirates.

        • traxel | August 24, 2010 at 11:00 pm |

          Ahhh. Now that would be just about perfect. Powder red camo pants, a road gray pinstriped topper, and a black flat bill lid. Backwards. Long Island wouldn’t be big enough for him.

  • traxel | August 24, 2010 at 7:04 pm |

    JTH said he really wanted pinstripes on his submittal. I quickly fixed one up for him.

    • Jim Vilk | August 24, 2010 at 7:38 pm |

      OK, wasn’t expecting that one…

      And you know, I think I’d wear that.

      • LI Phil | August 24, 2010 at 8:20 pm |


        you’d wear anything that isn’t tie dyed

        not because it doesn’t look good, but because of what *it* stands for

        • Jim Vilk | August 24, 2010 at 9:48 pm |

          Nope, we discussed that before. Tie dye made me nauseous long before I knew the culture of it. 3-year-old Jim was saying, “I wouldn’t wear that.”

        • traxel | August 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm |

          I think jimvilk would look quite dapper in JTH’s new pinstriped suit. I hope it wins and you get to borrow the end result some day.

          I’ve been thinking, just like school, T and V come at the end of the alphabet so our submittals will come last (assuming jimvilk submitted one…) The fun banter will be burned out by then. Geez. Thanks Phil.

        • Jim Vilk | August 24, 2010 at 10:37 pm |

          Sadly, I didn’t enter. Phil has my first tweak, though, but it probably won’t run until next week.

        • LI Phil | August 24, 2010 at 10:52 pm |

          “it probably won’t run until next week the cubs win the series.”


        • traxel | August 24, 2010 at 11:03 pm |

          I want to see it. On UW. Above the fold.

    • JTH | August 24, 2010 at 10:53 pm |

      How about argyle?

      • traxel | August 24, 2010 at 11:07 pm |

        Is it a Cubs historic element we can rejuvenate? Maybe put it in the hosiery.

  • Yostal | August 24, 2010 at 10:10 pm |

    Not a frequent commenter, but I wanted to note as a native Livonian that the Coach’s Corner hats and jerseys are largely inspired by the athletic apparel of Detroit Catholic Central. The way the interlocking CC, complete with the serifs and the general thickness of the strokes is very CC inspired and it would not surprise me if this was the inspiration.

  • Griff S. | August 24, 2010 at 10:20 pm |

    A good friend of mine I used to play ball with is on the Youse Orioles, never thought I’d see him on the UniWatch blog!

  • Jonathan Guay | August 25, 2010 at 2:06 am |

    Bud Selig statue unveiling ceremony in Milwaukee. I like the fact that every player got a jersey from his own era! Well that’s a guess (I didn’t look up the players on the picture, but you can see three different designs).

    Sorry I can’t get the link to work… Also crappy picture but only one I could find with all guests… seems the link on the Brewers site won’t work at the moment.

  • M.Princip | August 25, 2010 at 8:56 pm |

    Really like Mason Fiske’s Astros, and Chris Gough’s Orioles concepts. Honorable mention goes to J.R. Gains’ Cubs.