By Phil Hecken
If you read Uni Watch on the weekends, and if you’re reading today, it likely means you do — you know that one of the recurring “features” on here is the colorizations. Usually, they occupy space in their own section, but occasionally they’re so good, they deserve the lede. Since I’ll be subbing for Paul beginning next Monday (July 23-August 22) during the weekdays, that means I probably won’t be running any “Colorize This!” segments for a while — not a promise, mind you, just those features are usually best served on the weekends. So today, we have the motherlode of colorizations from the “Big Three” (it used to be the “G&G Boys” — Gary & George — and they’re still here today, but John has joined their ranks for sure). So today, we’re treated to three ‘featurettes’ by the colorization trio of Gary Chanko, George Chilvers, and John Turney. They’re all great, and I’ll run them in the order in which I received them. As always, click on each photo to enlarge.
First up is John, who sent along three separate submissions:
This one is a quick and dirty one. I was not sure of the proper colors, so it may need to be corrected at some point.
Kicking the ball is Hall of Famer Ken Strong, but in this case it is for the 1936 AFL New York Yankees, not the NFL Giants who he is mostly associated with.
The Yankees’ colors were red, white, and blue, but there is no record I know of that says what the uniforms looked like, therefore they could be red jerseys, rather than blue.
I tried to use the shades of gray to determine and I think the jerseys were blue and the socks red with a blue stripe . . . but I am not sure.
The opponent, I believe is the Brooklyn Tigers whose colors were black and orange. I liked the way there was an orange helmet with orange stripes on the shirts and pants to go with the all-black uni.
I did a basic colorization and then filtered it to like like a 1930s era photograph.
If anyone knows what the Yankees unis looked like, let me know.
1934 Sneakers Game. Used Gridiron Uniform Database to choose colors for uniforms, Giants wore red that season. Not sure who ball carrier is (could be Nagurski), but #7 for Giants is HOFer Mel Hein and #56 for Bears is HOFer Bill Hewitt.
Acording to the book “Pro Football Chronicle” this is a 1926 shot of the Frankfurt Women’s Yellow Jackets. All I know about the Yellow Jackets was their color scheme was blue and gold.
So, I colorized this and put a filter over it to bring out colors . . . The original was blurry, but that’s what was normal for 1926 photoography.
Great stuff John!
Next up is Gary, who just has one ‘segment,’ but as always, a wonderful story to go with it:
“Was Shot, Almost Died, and All I Got was a Wayfarer”
It’s August 19,1949 and Eddie Waitkus Night at Shibe Park. The Phillies are honoring Eddie’s recovery from all that drama in the Edgewater Beach Hotel just nine weeks earlier.
If you don’t recognize the player, haven’t read Bernard Malamud’s novel, or didn’t see the movie The Natural, you can learn about Eddie, Ruth and the June 14 event, from this video summary.
Eddie was presented with a cart full of gifts and a brand new Dodge Wayfarer roadster (Victoria Ivory is the color). A local citizens committee sponsored the event as described in this newspaper article. Too bad the committee couldn’t persuade the Phillies treasury to cough up a few more bucks.
The Wayfarer was Dodge’s economy model that year. For a lousy $500 more (1949 dollars) they could have provided the top of the line Coronet!
If irreverent tee shirts were in fashion back then, I can imagine Waitkus fans sporting these in protest.
Although Eddie is in full uniform that night (the Phillies would change to pin stripes the next season), he didn’t return to the field until the following season earning Comeback Player of the Year honors as a member of the pennant winning Wiz Kids.
Photo original source here.
Wonderful job, and great background Gary!
And last (but not least), George also sent in three separate colorizations:
I’m sending you three of a kind here, Phil.
They are all old photos of football teams from my local Wigan area – just small teams of ordinary everyday lads.
The first one here is from around the turn of the century, Whelley Old Boys. My son played for Whelley Juniors FC, about 90 years later.
As can be seen the team are moderately successful as they have a fenced playing area, a refreshments hut (!) and required police presence (actually I suspect the bobby just was having a bit of a rest).
I have mentioned before about seeing things only when you colourise them. In this one in the original I couldn’t figure what the line across the top was, nor the diagonal scratches. I then realised the photo was taken in the goalmouth, with the bar above and the net behind.
Number 2 for you.
This picture was taken in 1913/1914 and is Abram Parish Church AFC. Poignant in that that season was the last before the horrors of the next four years. Abram was a mining community, so come the advent of War these lads would have had the choice of working down the pits with all the dangers that entailed, or going of to the killing fields of France and Belgium. Not a good choice to have to make.
Let’s hope that most, if not in fact all, of them saw it through safely.
And last but by no means least, number 3 of the series for your delight and delectation.
We have now passed over the War Years, although we are heading towards economic decline.
This team, again focussed around the local church and its social life, are St Thomas’s AFC from 1926/1927. They proudly proclaim themselves as runners-up in the presumably prestigious Broughton Cup. So, they lost then?
I am really taken by the guy second from the left at the back, who thinks he is a gangster. He’s obviously been watching too many of those newfangled moving pictures.
Cheers to all – hope you’ve enjoyed this trilogy. I’ve enjoyed doing them as they have done what I hope to achieve in colourising – bringing life back into these old images.
And thank you George — another bang-up job!
Big round of applause, please, for our Colorize This! triumvirate! I’ll be back with them when I’m back on weekends, but I may throw in a few during the weekdays over the next month. Hope you all enjoyed this tremendous set today.
Did you say, “2 Utes”?
Yesterday I featured an article showcasing several new helmet concepts for the Utah Utes football squad. In that post, I inadvertently mis-identified the creator (although I later corrected it) — turns out, the helmet designs were the genius of Justin Dahl, not Ben Hatfield. Justin believes Ben may have sent the concepts to Paul, but they were not his work (he never took credit for them, I had just assumed they were his).
I received an e-mail yesterday from Justin:
I enjoyed your article about what is a Ute and the headdress helmet. I was actually the creator of the helmet. You can see my post here.
I hadn’t seen that Chiefs helmet before but I have had people send me the Illini helmets after I posted it.
I posted an idea I how I think Utah could use the helmets and give back to the tribe. Utah has a great relationship with the tribe and they go out of their way to make sure the Utes are well represented by the University.
Just wanted to make the correction and throw Justin a bone for his efforts. Great ideas! Sounds like the Utes and the University have a good working relationship — and one that even those of us who oppose some Native American iconography can really get behind. If you read the comments in the second linked article, you’ll notice that Justin mentions he “talked to the licensing people about it. They thought it was cool but wouldn’t happen.” Too bad. Perhaps some of the readers might want to contact the athletic department (their e-mail addresses are embedded in most of their names) and let them know about Justin’s design. Just a thought…
Also yesterday, I mentioned that reader “Walter” had suggested a question as to what Penn State might wear in the upcoming fall season (in the wake of the Paterno/Sandusky child rape mess). I also mentioned that at the time, my pollster, James T. Huening, hadn’t yet responded to my request for a reader poll — I knew it was only a matter of time, and sure enough, he has come through.
Please take a moment to let your thoughts be known (every day the details of this whole situation become more sickening and sordid). As of now, there are still plans to play football this fall in Happy Valley. So, if the Nits take the field … what will their unis look like?
MLB Uni Tracking – The 2012 Royals
I haven’t featured any uni tracking since last year (and I haven’t even done any myself this year, since the Mets have mercifully returned to their blue-dominate uniforms, with just three options — home pins & creams, and road grays; yes, they had a couple *special* unis like “Los Mets” but for the most part have kept it simple). But…
there are still trackers out there, and one of them, Mike Vamosi has been tracking the Royals for the past few years. He’s back today with a mid-season report:
I don’t know if you are still doing the MLB UniWatching I’ve been keeping track of what the Kansas City Royals have worn for the third straight year. I’ve attached the excel document that I’ve used to track like in seasons past. Knowing you like an explanation I’ll provide that before for you and the readers, thanks I continue to enjoy the site and a loyal member.
Yankee fans/East Coast media feel free to boo my Royals 2012 UniWatch. This is the third season in which I’ve followed what the Kansas City Royals have worn on a daily bases including keeping track of how they’ve fared record wise in certain threads. I’ve kept this real simple in terms of home games the cell is white, home day is as close of the powder blue I could find, gray with Royal blue for road games and Royal blue with white lettering for day road games. A couple times this season KC has gone with Kansas City Monarchs (Negro Leagues) or Kansas City Blues (American Association) which are noted by color or notes. I’ve also color coated the opponents in what their uniform would be home or away for if a difference existed, ex. Cardinals represented by navy when they played in KC but red when games played in STL. I also went with a All-Star themed color for the break with Royal blue and gold.
And here is Mike’s 2012 Kansas City Royals Uni Tracking.
If any of you fine readers out there are also uni tracking your teams, please feel free to send me your graphics/spreadsheets/notepad etchings, etc., and I’ll be happy to run them here.
Man, we can HEAR that outfit coming….
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We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.
So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.
Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.
Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.
You folks heard the call for concepts, and you’ve responded with vigor — just one huge set today, part 2 of 3 from my buddy, Terry Duroncelet
And so, lets begin:
I heard that the concepts have been slowing down as of late, so I thought now would be a good time to share some of the designs that I’ve been doing since last August. Here’s the second batch:
This is more of a fun idea that I had: what if the NFL allowed multiple helmets (apart from throwbacks and the like) for each team during the season? As I said before, the hydra effect can be a great thing when used in moderation. I used the blue (1954–1955) and white (1956) versions of the “bucked up” helmets that they used back then. And of course, bring back those striped socks.
Some of my favorite uniforms are those that have subdued graphics/strips/etc. with bright colors. I cut down on the extra stuff in Miami’s unis and used what I consider to be the true Dolphins aqua color. The sleeve cuffs and belts play off of each other.
Not that Da Bears need any tweaking, but I just couldn’t say “no” to those ’36 shoulders. I handmade the striping on the blue jersey and orange jersey versions, and kept everything else basically the same.
It’s not that the Bengals’ current unis are the worst, it just needs a little fine-tuning. No white side-panels, no giant “B” on the chest, more controlled “tiger sleeves”, and a more consistent pant stripe (although the Nikefied version of their 2012 pants makes the “stripe” look more like a tiger’s tail, so that’s an improvement).
A more classic Packers look with the return of the full five stripes on the home and roads, no striped collar on the green jersey, and a 1939 throwback (not that there’s anything wrong with their current ones).
The road uni’s sleeve cuffing comes from what they wore from 1970–1974, and has a higher level of blue, which is fine for Big Blue, but it does sorta remind me of the Cowboys (not that NY will be wearing their whites against Dallas very often anyway). Yes, the red jersey rears its head again, but with blue socks so it’s not too bloody ;)
I did away with the italicized numbers on the home and roads, slimmed down the pant stripe, switched to black cleats, and did this weird (in a good way) mash-up uni. Socks~1933 (first year of the franchise); Pants~1959-1965/2007-2011; Helmet~2007-2011; Fonts/Left-side helmet decal~Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. The mash-up is only a random idea, but I understand if people aren’t a fan of the ‘P’ on the left side. I don’t regret putting it there, but if given a second go, I’d probably leave it off.
Striped socks, more gold added to the pant stripe, and if you look closely, you’ll see that I used a black-to-purple fade effect on the helmets, similar to the Jaguars.
Nothing ultra-fancy, just a more consistent collar, and I eliminated the navy in its entirety.
And that will do it for this fine Sunday. Everyone have a great week — I’ll be handling the weekdays beginning July 23 (next Monday) — so if you have any ideas for posts, thoughts or suggestions, or would like to work with me on an article, drop me a line!
Thanks to the colorizers, the concepter (Terry D!), Ricko, any uni trackers out there, pollster James, and everyone else. Have a great week and I’ll catch ya for the weekdays next week.
“Sure, the old man raped children, but the publicity has already dragged his reputation through the gutter. He’ll probably never be able to hold down a good job ever again, and sending him to prison would deprive his innocent family of a husband and father. Why needlessly punish his wife and orphan his children?”
–R. Scott Rogers