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Throwbacks in Milwaukee

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By John Ekdahl

The Milwaukee Brewers wore uniforms belonging to the 1923 Milwaukee Bears and the Washington Nationals wore Homestead Grays uniforms last night at Miller Park. More pictures are available here.

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Walsh May

Misty May-Traenor and Kerri Walsh ditched their bikinis because of the chilly London weather. It’s odd seeing teammates with different sponsors especially in the Olympics, isn’t it? You can see Walsh with the Oakley logo on her right shoulder. Check out this gallery to see May-Traenor with the Nike logo in the same spot.

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Ralph Lauren is taking a pounding on Twitter for the USA Olympic uniforms they produced for the opening ceremony.

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In case you missed it, here’s Paul’s update on Penn State’s possible uniform changes that appeared on Thursday.

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This month “Benchies” also appears Monday through Friday at Uni-Watch.

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Gee, when you’ve been around awhile you learn really good stuff…

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61 comments to Throwbacks in Milwaukee

  • Pierre | July 29, 2012 at 8:39 am |

    Penn State should introduce a navy blue alternate helmet this season and ease into a uniform change gradually. Their plain uniforms are so associated with the school that it would be hard for fans to embrace a sudden, dramatic change. Nevertheless, even with updated changes they should stick to something simple in design.

    • Curt Rogers | July 29, 2012 at 11:13 am |

      As plain as they are, anything Penn State does to those Unis will be considered radical. But keep it simple. Navy blue alternate helmets and pants (to be worn on the road), and put the “cat” logo on both helmets. Maybe NOBs too. Would be very little change in reality, and still look very “traditional”, but it would look and feel like a lot.

  • Patrick_in_MI | July 29, 2012 at 9:24 am |

    I asked this late last night, maybe Phil was asleep: Did COTD go with Paul on his vacation?

    Also, did the Grays wear the curly fry batting helmets or did they go full throwback? Of course full throwback would mean no batting helmets or white guys at all but you know what I mean. Looks like Milwaukee’s batting helmet M is just an upside-down W also.

    • Ricko | July 29, 2012 at 10:23 am |

      There’s almost a “history” of such a thing.
      In the early days of batting helmets, the letter decal didn’t always match the softcaps.
      The Milwaukee Braves are the first team I think of when I think of that (sans serif “M” on helmets being the most obvious of those differences)…

      Makes me wonder if someone involved with the Brewers didn’t think something similar would have been the case with Milwaukee Bears’ mythical helmets.

      If so, it’s an interesting bit of arcane uniwatching.

    • Ryan B | July 29, 2012 at 10:42 am |

      And correct me if I’m wrong, but I could’ve sworn I saw mismatched number styles on the Brewers, too. At least that’s what I could see from the highlights.

    • G-PoNg | July 29, 2012 at 11:51 am |

      I saw the nationals had their normal batting helmets.

  • scott | July 29, 2012 at 9:28 am |

    Shouldn’t that be Homestead “Grays”? After all, that’s how it’s spelled on the uniforms. I’ve never understood how Americans started spelling “gray” with an “e”. It would be like if spelling “color” with a “u”.

    • John Ekdahl | July 29, 2012 at 10:06 am |

      Heh. Fixed.

    • The Jeff | July 29, 2012 at 10:16 am |

      The English language is full of words which are spelled in ways which make absolutely no sense. What’s one more?

      But, yes, it should be Grays. The “Greys” are the gray-skinned aliens:

    • George Chilvers | July 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm |

      “I’ve never understood how Americans started spelling “gray” with an “e”. It would be like if spelling “color” with a “u”.”

      Maybe because both of those spellings are the correct ones ;)

    • Le Cracquere | July 30, 2012 at 10:18 am |

      In my lifetime, “theatre” has become an increasingly popular American spelling. To some extent it’s an affectation, sure.

      However, it’s also worth mentioning that Noah Webster was a crank, and the spelling “reforms” he imposed were a) inconsistent and b) tended to leave the spelling situation more chaotic than he found it. It also took a hellaciously long time for his variant spellings to take firm hold outside of New England. So maybe American orthography has shallower roots, and is more prone to spontaneous reversion, than we realise [sic].

  • Joseph Gerard | July 29, 2012 at 9:29 am |

    Kerri Walsh still looks pretty good after having kids since the last Olympics.

    • Ryan B | July 29, 2012 at 10:40 am |

      “Kerri Walsh still looks pretty good after having kids since the last Olympics.”

      Fixed it.

      • Ryan B | July 29, 2012 at 10:40 am |

        Drat. Strikethrough text doesn’t work, apparently.

        • JTH | July 29, 2012 at 9:27 pm |

          Drat. Strikethrough text doesn’t work, apparently.

          Nope. Not at all.

    • Phil Hecken | July 29, 2012 at 10:55 am |

      “Kerri Walsh still looks pretty good after having kids since the last Olympics.”


      you didn’t just say that, did you?

      yeah, i guess you did

    • Tony Miller | July 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm |

      Noticed last night that Walsh was wearing a wristwatch on the court — I think she did in Beijing, too. Is that normal behavior for volleyball players? I’d think that, with the amount of ball-forearm contact, most would not put objects of value on those appendages.

      • The Jeff | July 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm |

        That does seem like an odd thing to do, not just for the value, but for the ball bouncing off at an odd angle factor as well.

        I’m not seeing any wristwatches in the US/Serbia Mens game that’s currently being aired. I think there’s one guy on the Serbian team with a sweatband on, but that seems to be it.

        • Tony Miller | July 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm |

          I’ve never seen one in indoor play — but then, a lot of the indoor volleyball I’ve seen has been either HS or college play, which usually means that anything vaguely resembling jewelry is banned.

          In the USA/Korea women’s match yesterday, it looked like there were a few bracelets/earrings/etc., but nothing near either the size or the value of Walsh’s timepiece.

      • Matthew Radican | July 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm |

        I would imagine she is getting paid to wear the watch by some company.

  • DJ | July 29, 2012 at 9:34 am |

    Mostly white shorts for the US men’s basketball team today. An upgrade.

    • Curt Rogers | July 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm |

      Amen to that. Those mismatched-in-the-back shorts they’d been wearing made it look like there were three teams on the court at times. Awful. Glad they ditched those.

  • Johnny O | July 29, 2012 at 9:44 am |

    During the USA/France basketball game, when a player is shooting a free throw, you can see the words “Inspire a Generation” written on the rim. Ugh.

    • Ricko | July 29, 2012 at 9:52 am |

      “Must have self-serving crap everywhere possible.”
      That’s the new rule, it seems.

    • DJ | July 29, 2012 at 10:18 am |

      How much do you care to wager that someone at NBA HQ saw that, had an idea, and is now writing a memo to David Stern about having “NBA Cares” decals on the rims next year?

      • The Jeff | July 29, 2012 at 10:23 am |

        Dude, that’s perfect. Hey NBA, put your lame ass ads on the rims and leave the uniforms alone!


      • Phil Hecken | July 29, 2012 at 10:37 am |

        ““NBA Cares” decals on the rims next year?”


        maybe they’ll float those as trial jersey ads…

        • DJ | July 29, 2012 at 10:43 am |

          I think they would consider the rim as part of the court, where (for now) ads are forbidden. That’s why I think they’d go with the NBA charitable initiatives like “NBA Cares”, the NBA Green initiative, and the like.

  • Tony C | July 29, 2012 at 10:00 am |

    Montario Hardesty of the Cleveland Browns will wearing the #20 this upcoming season instead of #31 which had worn the previous 2 seasons

  • Ricko | July 29, 2012 at 10:04 am |

    When they can wear those great-looking vintage Grays unis, why do the Nats have to bother with appropriating the unis of one, and possibly two, MLB franchises that are still in existence?

    Why not just go with the Grays (home and road) for all their throwback games? Such a nice look, and certainly a team and a league worth honoring.

    • Ricko | July 29, 2012 at 10:05 am |

      Need to create some kind of helmet to go with them, though.

    • The Jeff | July 29, 2012 at 10:20 am |

      Meh. The Natinals should be wearing freakin Expos uniforms if they’re going to throwback to anything.

      The Grays weren’t even originally based in Washington. They were based near Pittsburgh and only called Washington their home for a few years near the end of their existence. If anyone should be wearing Homestead Grays uniforms on a semi-regular basis, it’s the Pirates.

      • Ricko | July 29, 2012 at 10:30 am |

        Yeah, I thought that, too, about Pittsburgh.

        But the Grays did play most of their home games in D.C. toward the end.

        I think maybe the Nats marketing gurus have told them never to mention “Montreal” or “Expos”…so they look around and said, “Well, shit, then the only way we can get in on the throwback thing is to use the history of other franchises.”

        As I said, if we don’t like history, just change it to suit us.

        • Jim Vilk | July 29, 2012 at 10:32 am |

          then the only way we can get in on the throwback thing is to use the history of other franchises

          The Tampa Bay Rays beg to differ…

        • Ricko | July 29, 2012 at 10:37 am |

          “As I said, if we don’t like history, just change it to suit us.”

          Yes, I’d better add…

          “…or invent it.”

        • Jim Vilk | July 29, 2012 at 10:40 am |


          Hmm, I can just picture a “’79 Nats throwback” right now.

        • Ricko | July 29, 2012 at 10:45 am |

          That would be a ’79 Rangers uni with navy instead of royal, wouldn’t it?

          Y’know, as if they’d never moved.

          Or maybe ’79 Expos with the same change?

        • Jim Vilk | July 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm |

          How about taking a little something from the ’79 Twins, Rangers and Expos, as well as something from the Nats?

          Pardon the real quick-and-dirtyness of it, but here’s what came to mind:

        • walter | July 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm |

          I’m pretty sure the only way you’re going to see the Nats in Expos’ uniforms is in someone else’s park. Two exceptions: If the National League sponsors a leaguewide anniversary along the lines of the AFL’s 50th, you might see Expos finery in Washington. Also, if Toronto comes to town with an interleague game on some auspicious date. Otherwise, don’t hold your breath.

        • Le Cracquere | July 30, 2012 at 10:28 am |

          There are still many hurt feelings among the remaining baseball fans in Montreal; at this early date, an Expos throwback day might feel more like rubbing salt in their wounds than a tribute. We might see some Expos throwbacks as time passes and passions cool.

    • Le Cracquere | July 30, 2012 at 10:23 am |

      As I’ve said before, the two Senators teams are worth a little recognition: since the Twins and Rangers aren’t even willing to acknowledge their existences, I’m fine with the Nationals’ picking up that gauntlet.

      And whoever retains the old trademarks, the Senators’ MEMORY belongs to the D.C. fans, at least in part. So it’s not unfitting that their current team honor it, especially since no one else will.

  • Kevin Hastings | July 29, 2012 at 10:44 am |

    “Natinals” — lame 2009 joke. Any other doozies?

    And the Nationals have been quite genuine in their honoring of former Expos, especially Gary Carter and Andre Dawson – who were specifically honored by Washington owners and management a couple seasons ago. Their names and numbers are honored behind home plate at Nats Park — alongside Senators and Grays.

    The District, as a largely African American city has a special love for the Grays – even if they were split with Pittsburgh. Honestly, both teams can and should wear them whenever the f they want. They’ve even played each other with both teams in Grays gear. I’d be up for that happening once in the 6/7 times they play each other every season.

    • Bernard | July 29, 2012 at 10:48 am |

      Has there ever been another Negro League squad that two separate MLB franchises have thrown back to?

    • The Jeff | July 29, 2012 at 10:53 am |

      “The District”? Really? Do people actually call it that rather than just “DC”?

      /they’ll always be the Natinals to me. Kansas City’s football team is forever the Chefs as well. Is that a problem?

      • DarkAudit | July 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm |

        Great googly moogly! ;)

      • Shane | July 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm |

        I’m with you, The. My fantasy baseball team has been called “Washington Natinals” for the past few years. And much like the actual Natinals, it’s not terrible this year!

      • Alex35332 | July 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm |

        Yes, “the district” is a common term for DC by people in the area, though more among people from the VA and MD burbs.

        Other common nicknames fewer people know would be, the DMV, Chocolate City (though that’s more a 60’s-70’s name), briefly in the 80’s there was New Columbia as part of the DC statehood thing.

  • The Jeff | July 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm |

    I just happened to flip on the Olympic coverage… that beveled metallic number font on the US Men’s volleyball jerseys is just brutal.

    • Shane | July 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm |

      I was complaining about that during the women’s game yesterday. Horrble.

      • The Jeff | July 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm |

        I actually like the reflective aspect of the metallic silver, but the beveling just ruins the whole thing.

    • Jim Vilk | July 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm |

      Mentioned last night that it looks like a rejected concept for the ’05 Nationals’ BP jerseys.

  • Connie | July 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm |

    Sorry about my inability to nest, but people in Washington do indeed talk about The District. Am at a soccer dtore with my two boys(Genghis and Attila) watching the superbly well-dressed Senegal soccer team.

    • The Jeff | July 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm |

      …but people in Washington do indeed talk about The District.

      Well that’s just silly. But then I’ve also seen someone refer to Toronto as “T-Dot” so, yeah.

      /and major kudos if you actually named your kids Genghis and Attila

    • Phil Hecken | July 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm |

      “Sorry about my inability to nest”


      im just glad i can get out of bed in the morning

    • Attila Szendrodi | July 30, 2012 at 1:34 am |


  • Joseph Gerard | July 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm |

    I wasn’t trying to be offensive, just stating that she still looked good after having two sons. A lot of women would envy her to still look good after having ONE kid, let alone two. (see: Jessica Simpson) Meh, Steelers training camp is underway and the Bucs have a shot at 60 wins before August. I only care about two Olympians, and neither of them are competing this year: one I went to high school with (Lauryn Williams) and our eternal Olympic hero.

  • Kevin Hastings | July 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm |

    +1 on the excellence of Senegal’s kits. Vibrant colors but clean.

  • Greg | July 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm |

    Hey wait a second, does “nouniads” take the weekend off? Keep reminding folks! Twitterpound the NBA into submission!

  • odessasteps | July 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm |

    I dont know why they didnt wear the expos throwbacks when they playwed in toronto tjis year. Perfect time.

  • walter | July 30, 2012 at 10:21 am |

    Speaking of Cardinals and as God intended, it looks like the bat boy gets itâ„¢, since Kevin Malarkey notes, “apparently the batboys haven’t gotten the memo that the Cardinals wear blue caps on the road (though the red undoubtedly looks better).”

    The team that upset the navy and red apple cart was the Braves, in going to their tomahawk uniform during the ’90s. They usurped the Angels’ look and colors to the letter.

    • Le Cracquere | July 30, 2012 at 10:34 am |

      The Braves were wearing those unis and colors long before the Angels were a gleam in the A.L. expansion committee’s eye, and continued to use that color scheme during the first decade of the Angels’ existence. Not sure you can fault ATL there.

      And I hope and pray that the Cardinals wise up and use the FAR better-looking road cap at home and away. If that’s too much for them, they could wear the navy cap at home and add a red brim for a nice, Musialesque look. But the tip-to-toe red looks horrible, and Cincinnati is the only team on whom it’s excusable.