By Phil Hecken
This is what you get when I don’t have a main article prepared — unfinished business. But I do have a lot of little things, and of course, Day 4 of the Design-A-Baseball-Jersey Contest, to get to. So, lets start off with that.
MLB Jersey Contest, Day 4
Moving along, today we look at the fourth batch of entries in the “Design-A-Baseball-Jersey Contest” (if you happened to miss Monday’s article, refer back there for the full writeup). Thanks again to Alain Nana-Sinkham and Classic Old School for providing the winner with a custom made jersey based on his design. Another great batch today, so let’s get right to it:
Adrian Newman: Toronto Blue Jays. As a long time Blue Jays fan, it pains me to see their current uniforms in such disarray. I figured I’d incorporate the classic design with some of the modern stuff. But the basic equation is More Blue + Less Black = Better Look!
TJ Nicolaides: Philadelphia Phillies. A crisp white and red take on the Detroit Tiger’s home jerseys for the hometown Fightin’s. I scaled back the primary red and blue colors to clay red and denim, as seen in the Whiz Kids era.
Nat O.: Boston Red Sox. Baseball is a sport of refinement and classy gents. The intent of the jersey is to be playful and steer clear of the staid historicism that has become the norm for baseball. I played with a few plaids, and i’m not positive I have it exactly right, but it’s close to the look I was going for.
Joseph Obermaier: New York Mets. For our beloved Mets, a new road jersey. It combines the vest style made famous by the Pirates and Reds of the 50’s & 60’s and the pinstriped road grays of the Twins of the 90’s & 00’s. It may be the only combination they haven’t tried yet.
Mark Peterson: San Diego Padres. The Padres back to their unique roots of brown & Athletic Gold. Home jersey, 1″ sleeve trim with 3 stripes, ¾” collar, re-colored & modified Swinging Friar alternate logo sleeve patch. Vertically arched NOB with standard block numbers. Modified primary logo.
Jim Polacek: Kansas City Royals. For my Royals redesign I went with a two button pullover with royal-blue pinstripes. The lettering is royal-gold outlined in royal-blue. I wish I could have changed to color of the crown to royal-gold as well.
Alex Puncochar: Minnesota Twins. My design is probably not the best you will see, but the idea of it may please some of you Twins fans. My design keeps the pinstripes, but takes away the sleeves and adds the TC logo to the chest. Honestly, I’d love to see this design as a replacement for the throwback next year, as the Twins won’t have any special events to throw-back to.
Mark Rabinowitz: Detroit Tigers. Tigers road jersey with “Detroit” in Old English. Numbers on right sleeve pay tribute to 1960s Tigers teams (who also had these on their road unis). Excessive white outlining is gone. Logo on left sleeve based on 2005 All Star Game logo.
“RC”: Detroit Tigers. “Vintage” Detroit Tigers road jersey (no messing with classic home uniform) with stylistic elements from Detroit Stars negro league uniform (pinstripe button down, script “Detroit” with star over letter “i,” “URW wood” type font for player name and number, blue collar) with added 1927 tiger chest patch (which I love).
Anthony Rodriguez: Tampa Bay Rays. minor tweaks for the home version of the already minimalist Rays duds, this time based on the fauxback trend of recent years. I included the entire suite of threads (home, away, and alternate)
Scott Rogers: Washington Nationals. This Washington Nationals design adapts the iconic 1930s Homestead Grays jersey. Light cream jersey with navy placket/shoulder/sleeve piping. “Nats” lettering based on the ’35 Grays with light outlines for readability. Numbers based on the 1976-81 White Sox, an anachronism the Nats used to good effect on a 2007 Grays fauxback.
Daniel Schneeman: Houston Astros. I redesigned the Astros jersey because I dig their 1960’s shooting star design. The orange color was a little aggressive so I worked their modern red into it and paired that with a deep blue. I added some simple sleeve patches and a block numeral on a blue pinstriped uni.
Skott Schoonover: Chicago Cubs. The Cubbies have great home unis, but the roadies are terrible. So I combined all the best aspects of past uniforms. The lettering from the 1940 vest jersey, the sleeve patch from the Ernie Banks days, and the beautiful pinstripes, all in a pull-over.
Michael Schwartz: Colorado Rockies. Attached is my jersey — and complete — uni design for the Colorado Rockies. Basically I was looking to create a more traditional look and to emphasize their colors other than black for fans and tv viewers. Love to hear what you think, good or bad.
George Scordo: Colorado Rockies. The Rockies need to settle on a uniform combo and stick with it for the foreseeable future. I took a font that has significance to Colorado and went with a fairly simple uni design. The font is the same type as the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (DRGW) used to use. I kept the current Rockies color scheme as well as the basis of the Rockies’ logo (the purple mountains) but edited the logo to look more classic.
Christopher Slocombe: Toronto Blue Jays. Back to the Jay’s “glory days.” New to the uni are the Canadian flag and the logo on the sleeves. Sleeve strips are now just one color, same with pants stripe. The alt hat is now the main hat. Finally on the front, the player’s number replaces the logo.
Thomas Stafford: Seattle Mariners. I went with a retro look complete with a cut-off jersey, stirrups and the inclusion of patches on the sleeves. Have a good one.
Nathan Stewart: Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore Orioles home jersey inspired by the off-white Giants’ homer. The orange is darker than today’s and closer to what was used. Sleeve patches are the “happy bird” of the 60’s and an original design commemorating the War of 1812 Battle of Baltimore (9/13/1814) shaped like Ft. McHenry.
Rich Stromwall: Minnesota Twins. I’m a Twinkies follower who’s always felt that their classic TC mark should be more prominently featured. Mix in some powder blue and…voila! A new road getup.
Sam Stuber: Pittsburgh Pirates. I decided to tweak the Bucco’s uni just because they’re my fav. I got rid of the sleeves and added stripes and their older logo to the undershirt. Also, I thickened the stripes and simplified the number font. Hope you like! :)
Great job, again, by all the submitters — make sure you give them props in the comments below. Tomorrow we’ll have the final set of entries; I hope next week to run Alain’s final nine, and upon which you guys will be voting. I know it’s going to be a very difficult task to narrow it down, so keep the comments coming.
From The Ricko Files…
A few days ago, Rick Pearson sent me a couple great nuggets from his files, and thought it might be fun to share. I concur.
First up — the Pitcher Montage. Rick thinks this comes from the 1971 season, and even he can’t identify all of the pitchers. Your mission, should you choose to accept — can we, as a group, ID them all? A few of them (Juan Marichal, Bob Gibson, Fergie Jenkins, for example) should be easy to spot. Some of the others I (and Rick) have a pretty good idea. But neither of us can get them all. Can you help?
Next up is this 1985 Wilson Uniform Catalog. Says Rick, “Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of 1985, peruse this collection of color, especially lots of powder blue, on the front-back covers of a catalog I dug out of The Ricko Files. Contract wasn’t close to MLB-wide; notice in cutline that Wilson provided unis for 17 teams. Among others, the Indians, White Sox, A’s, Dodgers, Orioles and Mets are missing. And those are models, so don’t anyone get knotted up trying to ID the players.” Pretty amazing how completely different (although obviously some haven’t changed much) unis look and were worn only 25 years ago. There are also at least two mistakes — in other words, two teams are shown wearing uniforms or accessories that their respective big league counterparts did NOT wear in 1985. There may be more. Can you spot them?
And, from the same catalog, look what you could order from stock (Ricko says, “Look! You could even make up an all-navy Indian! If, y’know, you wanted to”).
Great stuff Rick. Thanks for sharing.
Colorization Tutorial Update
Based upon the number of positive comments by those who would like me to do a “colorization tutorial,” I will definitely prepare one (please refer back to yesterday’s post (scroll down) for more information on the concept.
As I previously stated, there are no special skills required — but you will need a LOT of time and patience — today’s “hed” photo appears in that CNN/SI “Best Player By Uniform Number” article (more on that in the ticker). And just trying to get the Giants players took me about an hour so far — and I still screwed up the pants stripes. What I thought I’d do is to start the tutorial with an “easy” picture and then show you the technique for a couple of more intricate ones.
I’ll try to get that prepared next week, but if not, I’ll have it when I return to weekends — if anyone has some B&W photos (baseball or football, please, although hockey is OK) — that the think would make for a good colorization subject, post the URL/linkies below.
The key to a good colorization is to have a large enough photograph (and obviously, quality is important too) to work with — anything that is 1000×1000 pixels or greater resolution is perfect.
For those who think they’d like to give it a shot, I’ll be doing the tutorial using a program called GIMP — (you can download it here for free). It’s similar to Photoshop, and in many ways, I feel superior. For anyone who has used Photoshop, the interface and tools are similar — even if you have no clue how to use it, I recommend downloading it and at least familiarizing yourselves with the icons. There are also a ton of Gimp tutorials (which is how I learned), so you may wish to check some of those out in advance.
Sounds like a plan, yes?
Uni Watch News Ticker: Starting the show today is Tim Moore who notes what’s in the Lakers section of the NBA Online Store. None of the other selections have changed, but the customizable jersey maker has purple numbers on the home gold, and also their away purple with gold numbers instead white. It could be a mistake, but it sure is pretty. It looks to be a modern twist on the 78/79-98/99 jersey set. … The Oregon shoulder pad wings jersey is making its way as a new template for Nike to mass produce. That’s Yancy Yeater‘s alma mater West Liberty University, NCAA Division II in West Virginia. … Christopher Holder has an interesting twist to the “mascot pairs” — The Chattanooga Lookouts have a different twist, with both full-size and “half-size” mascot… Looie and Blooie, respectively. Blooie is billed as “half-sized, but not half bad” and leads what the Lookouts claim as the “only” 3.5 inning stretch in baseball. And as to what Looie and Blooie are supposed to actually be… I have no clue. … Another male/female mascot pairing comes from Chris Ashworth, who reminds us the mascot of the Phillies’ minor league affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Ferrous has a female counterpart, FeFe (named for the periodic symbol). Also, every Mother’s Day, the Philadelphia Phanatic bring out his mother for the annual “fall off the back of the quad” routine. … Matt Elston notes that CNNSi.com is listing what it considers to be the best NFL players by jersey number. … Brett Paci says “Carbon. Ducks. Finally.” Here’s the tweet — Check it out. … And a bit more on dual mascots, from Alex Carlson, who asks, “Were Phil and Phyllis (PHILadelphia) permanent mascots before the Phanatic, one time only deals, or were they the city’s mascots during the bicentennial that made an appearance at opening day, I don’t really know. Either way, the Phillies had male / female mascots in the 70’s. Also, the local minor league team near me from 1994-2005, the New Jersey Cardinals (NYPenn League) had only a female mascot: Claudia Cardinale.” … Several items of note from Dan Cichalski: “1.) Friday night I went to the Lakewood BlueClaws game at which they retired Ryan Howard’s number (Blog) or just pics; Of note: he follows team style and shows his socks, whereas with the Phils, he’s a PJ’er. Also, he was given a framed current jersey, though when he was there in ’02, he wore the original pinstripes. 2.) Back on 8/6, I was at the Batavia Muckdogs-Brooklyn Cyclones game. Batavia used to be a Philly affiliate, but a few years ago, after some franchise relocation in the NY-Penn League and affiliation shuffling, they became the Cardinals’ affiliate. But it looks like they’re still using the same uniforms, because those pants sure look like they have a Philly stripe on them. And, 3.) Related to a Monday ticker item on the D-backs in black and Ubaldo and the Rockies in gray, there was speculation in the ’07 NLCS that Arizona chose black to force the Rockies out of their favored black vests.” … While junk-shopping in Cleveland, Uni Watch Prexy Paul Lukas found a Ziggy glass that shows him wearing an old-style baserunner’s helmet. … Also from Paul, a pretty good exhibit on Steeler fans’ obsessions is showing at CMU’s Miller Gallery. … Mitch Teich, who actually interviewed Paul a few years back for the Milwaukee Public Radio show “Lake Effect,” wanted to pass along this video link, which seemed perfectly suited to Uni Watch – it’s a North Korean history of soccer/football cleats. … For all you hockey fans out there, Jonathan Guay was doing a lot of research Wednesday and “didn’t want to press back and lose the whole thing, so I attached a Word format document.” (which I’ve uploaded to Google Docs). Enjoy. … David Seiler asks, “is he wearing white chuck taylor’s?”. … One can never get enough of the Hanshin Tigers throwback striped socks — looks like the two “western” players are going pajama bottomed — WTF??? (with thanks to Bobby Dozier. … It’s gotta be the shoes, right? Brinke Guthrie brings us the footwear Dustin Pedroia would have worn in the ASG, had he not been wearing a walking boot. … Still more M/F mascots: Jamie Kilgore lives in Greeneville, Tennessee and they have the Rookie league affiliate of the Houston Astros. The home uniforms are pretty similar to their major league club. But they also have a male and female mascot; Tennessee Tex and Tennessee Tess. … And finally, Danny Kroll found a picture of that PNC vendor who some think looks like Paul (see yesterday’s ticker if you don’t understand the reference). Thanks, Danny.
OK, everyone, sorry for the lack of a main article today. Just been REALLY busy this week so I apologize for that. I’ll have a brand new post tomorrow (but please try to get ticker submissions to me early, as I’ll be away from the computer for a good portion of the afternoon and evening today). Thanks!
I don’t in general like the heavy stripe down the middle and around the collar, I personally think it looks like someone is spooning a mouthful of head soup. — Robert Marshall