Helluva Fella, That Feller


As I think most of you know, late last year the Indians announced that their Bob Feller memorial patch would look like this. Everyone here seemed to like it (although I thought the Hall of Fame induction date and maybe even the uni number were superfluous). But then in early February it turned out that the team had gone with a much plainer design, which was not well received in our comments section.

Why the switcheroo? The answer, or at least a portion of it, came on Friday, buried toward the bottom of this article (which was sent my way by reader Mike Menner). Here’s the key passage: “The Indians want to honor Hall of Famer Bob Feller by wearing a silhouette of him pitching, including his high leg kick, on the sleeve of their regular season uniform jerseys, but they’re having trouble getting copyright permission.”

I wanted to know more, so I contacted Bart Swain, the Indians’ PR director, who explained that the silhouetted image on the patch is based on a photograph that’s owned by Photo File, and the team hasn’t been able to strike a licensing deal with them.

My initial thought was, “Eh, big deal — so you find a different photo and make a silhouette of that.” Like, the Indians must own the rights to some good photos of Rapid Robert, right? But then I did a bit of Feller photo research, and there’s no getting around it: The Photo File image really does seem to be the best, most iconic shot of him. There are a few similar images, but they’re not quite as good. It’s easy to see why the Indians might think, “If we can’t have that one, let’s just scrap the whole concept and come up with something else.”

Photo File, of course, is in the business of selling and licensing photos, so it’s not as though the primo Feller image is off-limits to the Indians — it’s just a matter of whether the team is willing to pay a licensing fee (as others have done). Swain, the Tribe’s PR guy, told me that negotiations with Photo File are ongoing, so it’s possible that the silhouette-based patch design may end up being used after all. Either way, this is probably one of the most convoluted design processes ever for a memorial patch. Which I guess is what happens if you don’t just go with a black circle, right?

Feller, incidentally, was somewhat notorious for being an autograph mercenary in his later years. He’d show up anywhere, anytime, for an autograph session — if the price was right. On some level, he’d probably be amused by the haggling going on over his likeness. And he’d also probably wonder why he isn’t getting a cut.

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142 comments to Helluva Fella, That Feller

  • Joey Guns | February 22, 2011 at 8:18 am |

    See you can pre-order a Carmelo jersey already? Pretty impressive. The 00 is obviously a mockup.


    Paul, did you realize this? Conundrum for Knicks equipment manager: Shelden Williams and Shawne Williams on the same roster

    • Aaron | February 22, 2011 at 11:18 am |

      I can’t wait to see She Williams in action.

    • Sam D. | February 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm |

      No team really does that anymore. Both of their jerseys will simply read “Williams.”

      • Robb | February 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm |

        Per Knicks Store Anthony will wear # 7.

  • Pierre | February 22, 2011 at 8:23 am |

    I remember when LSU wore those God-awful purple pants (for only one game, thankfully) on the road against Kentucky in ’95. The Tigers wore them with white jerseys and gold helmets. I can’t begin to describe how ugly the uniform looked. Gerry DiNardo was the coach.

    DiNardo, if memory serves me correctly, also introduced a white helmet (with gold jerseys?) in the ’97 Independence Bowl. I remember that some alums were not happy with the way DiNardo screwed around with the traditional Tiger uniform…one of the many complaints about DiNardo.

    • NickV | February 22, 2011 at 8:36 am |

      Making it even worse, it was DiNardo that made a HUGE deal about having the NCAA allow circumstances where LSU could resume wearing White jerseys at home in order to return to the LSU tradition in doing so that went back into the mid-1950s and Paul Deitzel and the 1958 Championship season and the “Louisiana Saturday Nite in Tiger Stadium” stuff ….. The big deal being that LSU eeded to get back to wearing it’s hallowed White jerseys with Gold pants and Helmet at home ….

      There was quite a bit of energy put into that effort which ended up with Road Teams having a veto as to whether or not home teams could wear White-at-Home. Vandy was the only team that refused to allow LSU to wear White at Home in that era – due to hard feelings about diNardo runing out on Vandy to cme to LSU. That precipitated DiNardo dressing them in Gold jerseys – he said aloud that he did not like too much Purple in the uniform.

      So after all of that ….He gets the team to wear White at Home, and promptly dresses them in this hideous, non-traditional, crappy Purple Pants/White ejersey outfit. Nauseous ….. So much for “Tradition” …..

      But then again, with all of his imagination, he dressed his Vandy teams in copy-cat Colorado unis – solely because he was formerly an assistant at CU.

      • Pierre | February 22, 2011 at 9:20 am |

        BTW, for those who think LSU never wore gold jerseys until Gerry DiNardo’s arrival, they are wrong. During the 1957 season, LSU had a gold jersey (with purple and white stripes, just like on their helmets and pants) as part of their regular kit. They wore them at least twice…against Florida and against Vanderbilt, both on the road.

        The pictures are small, but check these out (on the upper left)…



      • Jim TN | February 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm |

        When DiNardo was at Vanderbilt, he made a huge deal out of the rivalry with Tennessee. (Sort of in the same way that a hammer and nail are a rivalry.) He refused to even say Tennessee. Once, at a press conference, one of the microphones had a piece of orange tape on it. He refused to speak until the orange tape was removed.

    • NickV | February 22, 2011 at 8:39 am |

      I’m not sure if that Purple Pants Game at KY was even televised ….. I do remember the hideous highlights, and if I am not mistaken, they may have even lost that game …..

    • Ashley | February 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm |

      I am the one who sent in that pic. I did attend the game, and it was televised by Tigervision. Back in those days I taped all of our games on VHS, but obviously not this one as it was on PPV.

      I also think there is a pair of these pants in the LSU Athletic Department hall of fame.

      I actually don’t think they would have looked as bad had they put stripes on them. But, the plain pants with our normal jersey was just hideous.

      • StLMarty | February 23, 2011 at 1:40 am |

        That was a popular look in the 90’s. Nebraska, Missouri, etc.

  • Jeremy Brahm | February 22, 2011 at 8:25 am |

    If you can get a screen grab of the Youtube video here, you can get Matt Stairs in a road Chunichi Dragons uniform.

    Right at the beginning of the video.

  • Kevin | February 22, 2011 at 8:31 am |

    Bob Feller was signing at a card shop here outside of Chicago about 3 years ago andI’m a big Feller fan so we went to see him. The Photo File picture was the one that he was signing. He said it was from his first time in Yankee Stadium. He was a super nice guy and really seemed to like sharing stories from his playing days. I have no problems giving the older players a few bucks for their autographs since they didnt make the big pay day players are making now.

    • Lose R | February 22, 2011 at 11:58 am |

      About 8 years ago there was an old timers game during spring training. I think it was held at City of Palms Park, and Feller was by far the oldest timer there. He sat in the aisle in the stands for 6 innings, signing autographs for everyone for free, and was very friendly for the entire time.

    • Tony | February 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm |

      I had a different encounter with Bob Feller. I attended the Equitable Old Timers game at Fenway Park in 1987. Mr. Feller was standing near the dugout and I approached him for his autograph (I was 14). He looked me up and down, got a sour look on his face, and told me he would only sign for people wearing Cleveland Indians gear. Then he walked away. Maybe if I had offered him some money?

      • =bg= | February 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm |

        yeah i always saw quotes with Feller where he was dissing modern day players.

  • Joe Hilseberg | February 22, 2011 at 8:36 am |

    “But I guess nobody with the Orioles reads Yahoo Sports, because on Monday he had the same typo on a different BP jersey.”

    This pains me on so many levels…not my Orioles!

    • RS Rogers | February 22, 2011 at 9:24 am |

      Given Peter Angelos’s reputation for nitpicking the most minor of aesthetic details – I’ve been told firsthand that he regularly checks the color of the infield dirt and personally measures the grass to make sure it’s within 1/10 of an inch of where he wants it – you’d think that the one consolation Orioles fans could count on would be mistake-free jerseys.

      • jdreyfuss | February 22, 2011 at 10:48 am |

        Maybe he just doesn’t know how to spell Duchscherer and keeps “correcting” the clubhouse staff?

  • Adam | February 22, 2011 at 8:37 am |

    So I was checking out the Knicks website to see what number I think Carmelo will wear (since both 15 and 22 are retired) and I noticed that the Knicks apparently had a different idea of how to treat the outline that results from the mesh numbers of the newfangled adidas jerseys. In all the player profile photos, the numbers have a white and then blue outline, instead of the blue then white they currently use, as seen below.



    • Andy | February 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm |

      Those numbers are supposed to go on the blue jersey, but someone has sewn them on the white jersey by mistake, is what happened there.

  • NickV | February 22, 2011 at 8:42 am |


    Thank heavens the MELO trade is finally done
    – Enough Already ….

    That said, this is just one more reason to absolutely DESPISE the NBA. They will eventually have 6-7 teams with any chance to compete, and the balance of the league will be the equivalent to the “Washington Generals” that are paid to lose to the Globetrotters every night.

    For this we get to pay top dollar to watch half of the fans in your hometown gym act like Kobe/Lebron/Melo sycophants, cheering them as your team gets trounced, while Chris Broussard on the ESPN/WWL has verbal climaxes describing how wonderful the situation is. Add that to the “flexible” fouls called and traveling rules, and you get a pretty corrupted product ….

    All so the league can play 100 games treading water until the LA/NY Finals, with a little Celtics on the side.

    I’d rather watch the Landry/Easton HS JV game in an unheated gym ….

    • LI Phil | February 22, 2011 at 8:46 am |

      until the LA/NY Finals


      in what future decade will that occur?

      • NickV | February 22, 2011 at 8:59 am |

        That’s what they are aiming for – I hope it NEVER happens.
        Though I’d stomach that before I’d pull for anything involving Lebron in the Finals …..

      • jdreyfuss | February 22, 2011 at 10:50 am |

        The way this season’s going, that might end up as LAC, not LAL.

      • Rob S | February 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm |

        If you still consider the 1970s “the future”, although I’d have to question the sanity of any such person…

        Hard to believe the Knicks and Lakers have only met three times in the NBA Finals since the Lakers moved from Minneapolis – ’70, ’72, and ’73. Of course, they had to escape the tedium of the Celtics winning it all 11 out of 13 years in a row.

    • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 10:12 am |

      “That said, this is just one more reason to absolutely DESPISE the NBA. They will eventually have 6-7 teams with any chance to compete, and the balance of the league will be the equivalent to the “Washington Generals” that are paid to lose to the Globetrotters every night.”

      So tell me, do you like baseball? ‘Cause things are almost the same there.

      Do you also despise the brash chest-pounding of the players?
      ‘Cause, yeeeeaahh, that never happens in any other sport….

      Flexible fouls? Is that like Eric Gregg’s strike zone?

      Traveling? Well, you got me there. Dang Jordan…

      I’ll admit Melo should have just ripped the proverbial bandage off instead of slowly pulling it for the past several months, and I’ll admit the NBA is far from perfect, but why do they seem to get singled out on this board more than any other league? Every professional sports league has major flaws.

      • Perry | February 22, 2011 at 10:26 am |

        It’s not quite as bad in baseball, actually. In the last 10 years the NBA has had 5 champions and 5 other teams in the finals. Baseball has had 9 different winners in 10 years (only the Red Sox won 2), and 6 other teams in the Series.

        • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 10:39 am |

          Yeah, that’s why I added the “almost.” But there are several teams who, like the Pirates, are on the other side of the abyss. And you know the league and the media salivate over the Sox/Yanks or Yanks/Dodgers as much as the NBA and the media salivate over the Celts/Lakers or Knicks/Lakers. Probably more.

        • Gusto44 | February 22, 2011 at 10:48 am |

          You’re right on those numbers, Perry. National writers have used those numbers too, but that doesn’t equal parity. Problem is, those numbers are inflated by MLB doubling the number of playoff berths in the mid 90s.

          The vast majority of those smaller market teams who reached the Series fell back quickly into reality. The Padres, Rockies, and soon, Rays fall into this category. True parity occurs when teams like the NFLs Steelers or Packers can seriously compete for the title for a long period of time, not 2-3 years.

          The Twins have been a consistent winner and playoff participant for years, but have been a disaster in the postseason, failing to be a serious contender.

        • Aaron | February 22, 2011 at 11:21 am |

          Have there ever really been more than 6 to 8 teams seriously contending in the NBA in any given year?

        • LI Phil | February 22, 2011 at 11:59 am |

          please gusto

          and in re:MLB…

          yes, they “doubled” the number of playoff spots to a whopping eight — which is four less than football (and watch that go to 16 in the next CBA), and half the number allotted to basketball and hockey

          football has (or had, we’ll see what happens) so damn much parity that half the teams who make the playoffs one year don’t even make it the next…thanks to free agency, among other things…

          now, there’s nothing wrong with “any team can win” … but there’s so much player turnover that half the guys on your team one year may be gone the next…don’t know about you, but i like the idea of building dynasties and keeping them together

          the twins win because they have a good model, a bit of luck, a weak division and a great manager and a few great players

          ask a cubs fan or a mets fan if they’d trade the twins success (even if they’re one and done to the yankees every year) for their own … it’s not money in baseball — otherwise you’d certainly have been celebrating a cubs world series victory at least ONCE in the past 102 years

          i feel bad for pirates fans…i don’t think there is any franchise in the history of sport with as many consecutive losing seasons, is there? that can’t ALL be the fault of yankee spending, can it? could it possibly be the fault of pirate ownership/management?

          nah…it’s easier to play big/small market and blame that

        • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm |

          “that can’t ALL be the fault of yankee spending, can it? could it possibly be the fault of pirate ownership/management?”

          No and yes.

          I feel bad for my fellow Pirates fans too…but I don’t feel sorry for ownership for pocketing the money instead of investing it in the club, then singing the small market blues.

          Dynasties are fine, as long as any team can be a dynasty. But that’s one thing that does seem to be tied to market size. Think the Royals could ever be a dynasty the way things are now?

          I’d rather have the “any team can win” scenario. Make a run, and if you win cherish it because it’s not easy to repeat. If you fall short, you may not have to wait too long to make another run (unless you’re the Pirates, Lions, Browns or Clippers).

      • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 10:55 am |

        “Traveling? Well, you got me there. Dang Jordan…”

        Yes, Jim, before Michael Jordan came into the league, the traveling rule was strictly enforced.


        • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 11:08 am |

          They used to let them get away with three steps. After Jordan, it was four.

        • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 11:42 am |

          Right. It was all on Jordan. The rule was strictly enforced before then. Nobody else got away with traveling. Not Dominique Wilkins. Not George Gervin…


        • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm |

          I didn’t say that. I just said they’d occasionally let them get away with three (Doc almost always dunked in two steps, though, as I repeatedly showed my dad on replay after replay). All I said was that Jordan stretched it to four.

        • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm |


        • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm |

          Oh, I see. You’re not saying it all began with Jordan, you’re just saying it all began with Jordan? That makes perfect sense.

          Look, I’ll agree that he took three steps with some regularity. Not all the time, but often enough.

          But you make it sound as though he took three steps every time he had the ball. That’s simply not true. And maybe he took four steps now and again, but not as a rule.

        • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm |

          Not every time, I’ll agree, but wasn’t he the reason they allowed the hop step?

          At least I didn’t say he took five steps.
          Oh wait…
          And I know, that was defintiely the exception.

        • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm |

          None of these are Jordan’s. They’re so bad they’re funny. But they also are the exception, not the rule.

        • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm |

          Dude that posted the “5 steps” video needs to go back and count the actual number of steps.

        • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm |

          Almost five and a half, followed by one dribble then the shot.

          At least he knew how to “crab dribble.”
          And to bring it back to what matters on this site, he dressed a lot better than his son does now:

        • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm |

          Only 3 of those took place while the ball was being carried.


      • NickV | February 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm |

        It is also pretty crappy in MLB baseball, as evidenced by the bottom 10-15 teams being real time MLB “farm teams” that develop stars awaiting their moving up the free agent chain to NYY/Boston/NYM/LA etc.

        What’s even worse are the true MLB stars developed by smaller market teams whose fans have to endure the constant never-ending ESPN/WWL speculation as to when the home-grown stars will leave – whether they really end up leaving or not.

        What makes the NBA a bit worse is that it takes only 1 or 2 star players shifting teams to create a contender at a previously hopeless team, and that the gravitational pull always seems to be away from smaller markets to the fixed, gotta-be-good teams franchises (that the NBA admits openly the blatant “need” for certain, chosen cities to become “strong franchises”) just like what we saw this week.

        This simply is not the case in MLB. It takes alot more than 1-2 players to make a MLB champion, moreso than the NBA with 5 guys on the court …. Also, we are not treated to half of every Baseball Tonite broadcast being an ongoing disertation on how the MLB “needs” certain franchises to become “strong franchises”, the way we hear almost EVERY DAY in NBA coverage ….

        Maybe I’m just sick and tired of hearing the NBA Chris Broussard-types climaxing over the move, the “forcing of the move”, the mechinations of the move, the details of the anticipated move, the “reasons” for the move (“his fiance wants to move to NYC to exploit the career possibilities given the proximity to the hip hop industry …..”)

        Enough already, you can have it.

    • =bg= | February 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm |

      what is this “NBA” thing people are referring to?

      Meanwhile; we’re live @ Scottsdale for the Giants workout.
      BEAT LA.


  • Seth H | February 22, 2011 at 9:08 am |

    Re: “Lamebrain” who designed the Hershey Bears ring.

    So I guess the people who designed the rings for the champions of Super Bowls 19, 24, 30, 39, 40 and 42 are “lamebrains” as well?

    • Adam | February 22, 2011 at 9:41 am |

      Yes, yes they are.

      • Adam | February 22, 2011 at 9:41 am |

        If they made the same mistake with the apostrophes that is.

    • The Jeff | February 22, 2011 at 9:52 am |

      Yeah I’m not seeing what’s so lamebrain about that design. It’s definitely not uncommon for championship rings to have multiple trophies represented on them if a team has been dominate for a few seasons. I guess the ’09 and ’10 aren’t really necessary, but I dunno if that’s enough to call it lamebrain. Championship rings are always a bit on the ugly side. It’s almost a rule.

      • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 10:48 am |

        There is only one Calder Cup. Showing two of them is stupid.

        the Super Bowl analogy is a poor one. NFL teams keep their Lombardi trophies.

    • Teebz | February 22, 2011 at 9:53 am |

      If you didn’t play for the team in 2009, do you get a ring with only one Cup on it? If no, then it’s incredibly dumb.

      • Chance Michaels | February 22, 2011 at 10:35 am |

        I’m not sure I follow that. Many championship rings refernce the team’s history, even if individual players weren’t a part of it.

        There were plenty of Packers on the 1967 Super Bowl II-winning squad who wore this ring.

    • ken | February 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm |

      The New York Islander’s 3rd cup ring has 3 cups with years on the shank. I think the 4th one did something similar on the top. (can’t find the photo evidence)

      And I remember seeing Yogi Berra’s WS ring from 1953 with the #5 on top of the ring. (to show the consecutive WS he had won)

  • Tim | February 22, 2011 at 9:21 am |

    Yesterday I posted my idea for an OKC Thunder rebrand on my personal site, wondering what people think?

    And if you like that check out my uni concept page where I have done my ideas for basketball, the BigTen and the entire NFL.


    • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 10:18 am |

      You probably just became JTH’s new bestest friend.

      Skimming through your other stuff, too. Good work!

      • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 10:44 am |

        Yeah, I like that — not crazy about the gray and black concepts, of course. A cream-colored alt I’d like to see, though.

        Maybe some standard-looking pants paired with vertically-striped socks?

        And I dig the Stars concepts, too.

    • Bernard | February 22, 2011 at 10:30 am |

      LOVE the OKC uniforms in the black/gray color scheme. I agree with what (I believe) Jim Vilk said yesterday – “City” should be below the number on the front of the jersey.

      • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 10:40 am |


    • NE | February 22, 2011 at 10:55 am |

      i like the okc thunder design, as long as marshall doesn’t mind you using their buffalo.

      • Tim | February 22, 2011 at 11:12 am |

        Yeah, it was a big influence on my design but like I say on my site, I created these from scratch.

    • jdreyfuss | February 22, 2011 at 10:59 am |

      I like those Texans uniforms. The stars on the sleeves really make them work. Unfortunately, Bob McNair is trying to do everything he can to differentiate his team from the Cowboys, so he probably wouldn’t let that go through.

      • Tim | February 22, 2011 at 11:13 am |

        Yeah, the idea came from the star/eye of the logo but you bring up a valid point, the ‘Boys do sort of own the ‘star’ in the NFL

  • Joe D | February 22, 2011 at 9:32 am |

    Post-Gazette article on Uni Watch’s favorite stirrup’d player:


    I loved the line, “But there has been a bit of a buzz around him in Bradenton, due in large part to his legs.” Unfortunately, Colin Dunlap was speaking of Corey Wimberly’s speed, not his leg attire.

    • MN | February 22, 2011 at 9:54 am |

      Man I really like those yellow jerseys.

      • RS Rogers | February 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm |

        Agreed on the sweet yellow jerseys. Almost makes the Pirates look like a professional baseball team.

        At this point, I understand why the Pirates ownership makes the decision year-in, year-out to field a sub-AAA ballclub. The marginal return on investment sufficient to field a break-even team is probably negative, so they’re happy to make a profit in the cellar rather than lose money in contention. But it need not cost anything to look good. So let the Pirates be the laughingstock of pro sports, fine, but bring back the pillbox caps, or the Clemente-era unis, or the old gold, or all of the above.

        • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm |

          No pillbox caps. Please.

          And if you want to make money with a small market team, sell. Or make your money in something else and use the Bucs as a writeoff.

          Count me in as liking the yellow jerseys.

  • Phil | February 22, 2011 at 9:59 am |

    Here’s hoping Wimberly makes the team and that Neil Walker decides to go high cuffed this season as he did briefly last season.

  • ronnie poore | February 22, 2011 at 10:22 am |

    c’mon photo file, show a little heart. negotiate a nominal fee with the Indians and donate the the fee to charity. i know you’re in business to make money, but you’re coming across as a greedy villain in the Bob Feller patch deal. this is a chance to make yourselves look good, and generate positive publicity for your company.

    • JimWa | February 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm |

      What do photo file and MLB have in common? They’re there to make money. If memorials were for nothing but to memorialize, we’d never see anything but black armbands anymore. Sadly, they’re just as much about marketing as anything else out there.

      No villain here. Just businesspeople being businesspeople.

  • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 10:50 am |

    “John Moist recently got back from a Cubaball tour and sent in a bunch of photos.”

    Thought that said Cubsball until I clicked on it…

    What’s up with the off-centered numbers on this team?

    Hey Tiki, what does this “G” stand for?
    This time, do some research…

    • jdreyfuss | February 22, 2011 at 11:02 am |

      I think we need to add “Hey Tiki, what does this “_” stand for?” to every caption of a sports uniform with a stylized letter logo.

  • mmwatkin | February 22, 2011 at 11:04 am |

    When I first saw the Eephus League logo, I thought there was a section in today’s post about G4 TV.


    • Bethany | February 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm |

      *shudder* You just ruined my own logo for me!

      Thank you for hte shout out, Paul! You are the best.

      • Simply Moono | February 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm |

        Bethany, I have a question: Do you have a Facebook or Twitter account? Not trying to be creepy or anything, just curious. My Twitter is linked to my username.

        • Bethany | February 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm |

          Sure, it’s @eephusleague.

  • NE | February 22, 2011 at 11:04 am |

    im sure the whole copyright issue can get messy but couldnt someone from mlb just not have traced the image so detailed? (every wrinkle in the pants) & they wouldve been ok? seems odd to be able to copyright someones throwing motion. have selig dress up in old gear & someone take a pic of him throwing like feller, then trace that. idk.

    • Rob S | February 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm |

      “Okay, Bud, just hold it there… get the leg up just a little bit more…”

      “AAAAHHH! I just threw out my back!”

      • RS Rogers | February 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm |

        Feature, not a bug.

  • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 11:13 am |

    “Here’s an interesting story that raises questions about the practice of shipping phantom-championship T-shirts to impoverished nations”

    Favorite item: “…A man walking along a dusty road clad in a faded blue T-shirt that read: ‘Cubs Suck.'” They actually had leftovers of those to send overseas? ;)

    Always wondered why they didn’t just shred the shirts. I’ve heard of places that do that and use the shreds for pillow stuffing. The league could donate a bunch of pillows overseas just as easily as a bunch of shirts.

    • Jim Vilk | February 22, 2011 at 11:17 am |

      Favorite “line,” not favorite “item.” Wouldn’t wear one of those shirts…just laughed at the thought of seeing that over there.

    • RS Rogers | February 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm |

      Always wondered why they didn’t just shred the shirts. I’ve heard of places that do that and use the shreds for pillow stuffing. The league could donate a bunch of pillows overseas just as easily as a bunch of shirts.

      Genius! Since the people of impoverished countries have exactly as much need for pillows as for clothing (that is, zero), this idea makes sense. As a bonus, the domestic manufacture of pillows plays no meaningful role in the development of indigenous industry and technological innovation, so unlike dumping clothing onto poor countries, dumping pillows wouldn’t actually do any harm.

    • =bg= | February 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm |

      I know they got a lotta shirts c/o Jim Kelly and Scott Norwood.

  • interlockingtc | February 22, 2011 at 11:17 am |

    Formal wear for the rivalry game….the gentleman on the right wearing a lovely dress…


  • LI Phil | February 22, 2011 at 11:46 am |

    did we somehow miss this one?

    art daley, longtime packers reporter, passed away at 94 the other day

    • Johnny O | February 22, 2011 at 11:51 pm |

      Very sad news. Can you imagine all that he saw? Amazing.

  • Jonathan | February 22, 2011 at 11:55 am |

    I didnt’ take a picture of it, but the baseball team from St. Joseph’s University (the D-1 school in Philadelphia) was also wearing striped stirups this past weekend (with their road uniforms) as they played in Norfolk against Old Dominion

  • dan | February 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm |

    At about 10 minutes into this video, Canucks’ back-up goaltender Cory Schneider talks about his mask design and the messages on his back plate and then reveals that he writes messages on the back of his blocker.

  • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm |

    Dan Cichalski — Nice job, but you’re definitely missing some of Matt Stairs’ unis in your roundup.

    For example, he wore four different ones while he was a Cub, not three.

    Home alternate
    Road alternate

    • JimWa | February 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm |

      If home/road pants with the same alt top count as two, then I would think he’d have A LOT more than are pictured.

      I wonder where Jeff Bagwell ranks among the Rickey Hendersons/Matt Stairs of the world for # of unis worn. I can only assume he holds the one-team record!

      • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm |

        I guess I misread that ticker item. He’s only tracking the jerseys, not the full uniforms. The ticker referenced Joe Smith’s uniforms.

        “Remember Friday’s post about Joe Smith and his many uniforms? Smith’s MLB counterpart appears to be Matt Stairs, who’s worn at least 46 different jerseys

        • Paul Lukas | February 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm |

          Yeah, but that’s a bit of an apples/oranges thing. In the NBA, a different jersey always means a different pair of shorts. In baseball, though, they mix and match — a solid alt jersey can be worn at home or on the road.

        • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm |

          That’s not the point I was making, Paul. I was simply explaining why I thought Dan was tracking full uniforms worn by Matt Stairs — because I misread the ticker item.

      • jdreyfuss | February 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm |

        Biggio started earlier and stayed longer. If Bags has more than anyone, Biggio must have at least as many.

  • mike 2 | February 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm |

    More outdoor game photos – this time the Calgary Hitmen vs the Regina Pats


    The calgary jerseys mirrored the flames jerseys from sunday, but in black and grey. Very nice look IMO. The Pats are throwing back to a 1950s design when they were an affiliate of the Habs. The patches are for the pricess patricia’s canadian light infantry, the regiment that is the Pats namesake.

    • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm |

      Too bad the Hitmen didn’t go pink & black for the occasion.

      • Bernard | February 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
        • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm |

          No, like so.

          Actually, just the colors with that same fauxback pattern.

        • Bernard | February 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm |

          If only we could get their coach to use a megaphone.

    • Rob S | February 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm |

      Well, that explains the CH logo.

      Those Hitmen jerseys look pretty sharp; the black and gray looks a little better than the dark red and gold the Flames wore.

  • KT | February 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm |

    I broadcast a few youth hockey games on Monday and saw these on the backs of the players:


    First I couldn’t figure it out, then I remembered reading about them.

    • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm |

      Good to know.

      I’ve seen those before as well. I always kinda wondered what they were all about but I never bothered to ask anyone.

    • JimWa | February 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm |

      Nothing to see. Keep moving forward. No subliminal messages there, folks. I have no idea what you’re talking about (though I sure would like to stop and pick up a big mac on my way home tonight).

  • LI Phil | February 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm |

    note to photog…

    next time…give us the full shot, please

    • pflava | February 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm |

      Judging by the left leg, the full photo is bound to hold disappointment.

  • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm |

    Would you believe me if I told you the player on the left in this photo is Juan Pierre?

    • Simply Moono | February 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |

      The state of MLB hosiery is in the terlet =(

  • LI Phil | February 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm |

    nice writeup on the origins of the buffaslug from our friends at icethetics

    • Mark K | February 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm |

      I swore there was a link on here (that didn’t work) to something like this last week – I guess it wasn’t a dream after all!

  • steve | February 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm |

    That’s not Aaron Baddeley’s caddie. It’s Fred Couples caddie, Joe LaCava, who is a big NY sports fan.

    • Stevens24 | February 22, 2011 at 8:01 pm |

      He has a Giants NY on the other side also.

  • SeanMcSean | February 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm |

    That photo of the helmets is just a reminder of how ridiculous the alignments are. Put Milwaukee back in the AL Central where they belong, and Minnesota in the AL West. No reason for one division to have 6 teams and another only 4

    • LI Phil | February 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm |

      other than the fact that with two 15-team leagues, you’d have to have at least one interplague EVERY SERIES…either that or a hell of lot of off days

      • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm |

        Also, shifting the Twins out of the Central and to the West would be a bad move.

        If you’re going to move anyone, it should be the Royals.

  • SeanMcSean | February 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm |

    oh, that is a good point I hadn’t thought of.

    I’d like no interleague play. And I’d like to have equal divisions. Maybe it is an either or type deal, but instead we get both. Yay

    • Aaron | February 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm |

      I’d also love to see a return to a balanced schedule, but that probably isn’t going to happen either.

    • RS Rogers | February 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm |

      And I’d like to see the end of the DH, a 154-game schedule, three 10-team leagues with two 5-team divisions each, and pickoff throws counted as balls the same way fouls count as strikes.

      As to the current alignment, the numbers may be a bit screwy, but the current groupings are by far the most sensible in the history of baseball’s divisional play. Simply having Atlanta not be in the NL West pretty much demolishes any argument against the current alignment; everything else (Minnesota playing in the Central, etc.) is gravy.

      • Aaron | February 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm |

        I do like ending the DH, but I can’t get on board with the rest of it.

        I also wouldn’t mind seeing the leagues go to two bigger divisions and cut out the wild card (thus the divisional round) of the playoffs, too.

        • Aaron | February 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm |

          And just because I’m really bored at work, here’s how I would split up the divisions.

          The current East and West teams would stay put, so then we just have to divvy up the Central teams. And no AL/NL switching this time around.

          PIT, CIN, MIL, CLE, and DET would go east. CHC, STL, HOU, MIN, CWS, and KC would go west. In a perfect world I probably would’ve sent the Cubs west and the Brewers east, but I didn’t want to break up the Cubs-Cards. The Sox going west is a little bit easier because of the geography of the AL.

        • Aaron | February 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |

          Obviously that was supposed to read “sent the Cubs east and the Brewers west.”

        • NE | February 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm |

          go 3 leagues (federal league) but keep tradition-
          play everyone outside your league 3 times (60 games), the play the other 102 or 94 inside the league
          … i just realized how much i hate this idea.

    • LI Phil | February 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm |

      there is actually an easy solution, but it involves adding two more teams

      then you could have two, perfectly balanced, 16 team leagues with either 4 4-team divisions (like football) or 2 8-team divisions

      not gonna get into it now … but aside from the obvious problems of expansion and the dilution of talent (and many feel MLB might be better off contracting two teams, rather than expanding) … 32 is absolutely the perfect number

      • DJ | February 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm |

        In terms of talent dilution, I think the only way that wouldn’t happen is if Cuban players had unfettered access to the Big Leagues. Waiting for the day…

      • RS Rogers | February 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm |

        “Talent dilution” is obvious hogwash, but I’m on board with not going to 32 until Cuba opens up, simply because I want one of the expansion teams to be in Havana, and I want that team to be named the Cuban Missiles. (Los Cohetes de Cubana or whatever.) There are a very few things on my personal list of “I hope I live long enough to see that,” and an MLB team in Havana is maybe #2 on the list.

  • Thomas Harris | February 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm |

    It is official Carmelo will be wearing #7


    • Mike Engle | February 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm |

      Begs the question: what’s the hidden meaning?
      (A) One more than LeBron
      (B) Split the difference between 22 and 15, his high school and Syracuse/Denver numbers
      (C) Other
      (D) No meaning whatsoever

      • JTH | February 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm |

        He was a big Kenny Walker fan as a kid?

  • LI Phil | February 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm |

    thank gawd the wild were only wearing camo for warmups (or pre-warmups) at the X

    hey paul…that locker room look familiar?

  • Michael Koch | February 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm |

    Ohio State and Illinois went color-on-color tonight


  • Mark H. | February 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm |

    Wonderful 8MM home movies shot at Super Bowl VII. Includes Helmet Carts in action!


  • JJD | February 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm |

    My eyes! Seattle U. and University of Washington are going red vs. purple tonight. Not right.

    And evidently UW’s Matthew Bryan-Amaning forgot his #11 jersey at home and he’s wearing a nameless #55 jersey instead.

  • Casey (Davis, CA) | February 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm |


    The caption says it all.

  • concealed78 | February 22, 2011 at 11:33 pm |

    Found this article for other reasons, but just now noticed some White Sox player sporting some pretty nice stirrups; pic courtesy of Big League Stew:


    Pretty dumb article.

  • =bg= | February 22, 2011 at 11:40 pm |


    Try this air hockey game. Absolutely got creamed, the puck’s goin’ 500 mph.

  • BuckeyeChief | February 23, 2011 at 5:33 am |

    Paul and co, I don’t know if you guys saw this yet, so I figured I’d post it:

    Article about ad’s on football jerseys; I figured it’s a good read.

  • hhsparent | February 23, 2011 at 9:05 am |

    Negus Webster Chan goes to Huntington Prep, not Huntington High School