Hose Get Hosed

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Slump-buster move yesterday by the Giants, as everyone went high-cuffed — even skipper Bruce Bochy, as you can see in the top photo. They also opted to wear their primary cap instead of their orange-brimmed Sunday cap. Didn’t work, alas, as they got blanked by the Rockies, 5-0, but that’s what they get for wearing the solid black socks instead of the ones with the orange stripes, which surely would have resulted in a victory.

According to this piece, Bochy was asked if the high-cuffery was his idea. He said it wasn’t, “and I’m done with it.”

One other note: If you look at screen shot near the top of the page, it looks like the player on the left may have a the mark of the beast on his left sock. Or maybe not — it’s tough to say for sure. Might just be a stray piece of a napkin that got stuck on his calf or some such. Can anyone who watched the game fill us in?

Another question: Throwback games notwithstanding, when’s the last time an entire team went high-cuffed? It’s pretty rare — maybe even unheard of — to get the entire team to play along. Usually there’s one player, often a pitcher, who insists on going pajama-pantsed, no?

Meanwhile, speaking of socks, yesterday was “High Sock Sunday” in St. Louis — and it extended beyond the players. Additional photos here.

(My thanks to Sean Robbins, Richard Paloma, and Brinke Guthrie for their contributions to this section.)

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Good roundtable discussion about the Redskins’ team name (from Matt Busch). … Look at these awesome old soccer stickers (thanks, Kirsten). … As mentioned in Friday’s Ticker, the Rays dressed up in camouflage for their latest road trip. Here’s how they looked (from Kevin Kleinhans). … “Pepperdine’s Firestone Fieldhouse is getting a new floor,” writes Tim Stoops. “Last Thursday they showed off an older floor that was underneath the most recent floor. A fun peek at the school’s basketball history.” … New football helmet for St. Lawrence, a D3 school in upstate New York (from James Ferentz). … Nice Northwestern-striped stirrups for Hofstra (from Nate Collins). … I’ve seen lots of shots of the Hollywood Stars’ shorts over the years, but not this one. That’s one of many wonderful photos from this sensational online exhibit about baseball in L.A. Highly recommended (from Ben Traxel). … Whoa, look at the ref in this 1941 UVA football photo. Horizontal sleeve striping! Another shot from the same game reveals that the refs’ jerseys were actually cardigans. No hats, either (Nate Collins again). ”¦ Buck Showalter apparently wants the Orioles to adopt a road cap with a “B” logo (from Nick Kelly). ”¦ Nice piece on NASCAR paint schemes (from Russ Havens). ”¦ The Seibu Lions will be wearing late-1930s Tokyo Senators throwbacks in July (from Jeremy Brahm). ”¦ Also from Jeremy: The Tokyo Yakult Swallows will wear green uniforms for eight games in July through September. ”¦ In Aussie football news, the Gold Coast Suns and Western Bulldogs went color-vs.-color — or is it colour-vs.-colour? — last Friday. “Beautiful to watch,” says Leo Strawn Jr. ”¦ Special commemorative kit for the Peruvian team Universitario de Deportes. Omar A. says it’s to commemorate “some old guy.” ”¦ There’s a new book out about Japanese baseball uniforms. Maybe Mark in Shiga or some other Japanese reader can get a copy and give us the scoop? (From Seiji, who didn’t give his last name.) ”¦ Someone is conducting a Big 10 football helmet bracket (from Chris Flinn). ”¦ New Mexico and San Diego State played a red-on-red ballgame on Saturday. “Good God,” says a nonplussed Frank Mercogliano. ”¦ In a related item, the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps played white-on-white the other day (from Steve Bommarito). ”¦ New kit for Paris St. Germain (Jeremy Brahm again). ”¦ Michael Jordan wore No. 45 with the Birmingham Barons, but here’s a painting that mistakenly shows him wearing No. 23 (from Mike Latona). ”¦ Someone is trying to collect every baseball card showing a memorial patch or armband. Details here and here (from Matt Wilson). ”¦ Very impressive job by Andrew Pick, who designed and fabricated his bowling team’s shirts. “I did just about everything from designing the logo, ordering custom corresponding patches, and hand-embroidering my teammates’ names,” he says. Check out the very nice results here. ”¦ Exciting news from Bill Jones, who, along with three partners, has created a set of WFL football cards. That page also has a link to a podcast in which Bill and his cohorts are interviewed by the folks from Gridiron Greats magazine. ”¦ Oooh, look at this gorgeous old pair of stirrups. ”¦ Luke Frishman recently got bar mitzvahed, and the event had a U. of Wisconsin theme. Mazel tov! ”¦ According to an item in The Sporting News, Rick Barry wanted to wear No. 24 with the Rockets in 1978 but it wasn’t available, so he wore 2 at home and 4 on the road. And look — sure enough! “Has anyone else ever done something similar to this?” asks Jarrad Tauzin. Not that I can think of. Then again, I wasn’t aware of Barry having done it until now. ”¦ Retro-ish alternates for Wichita State baseball on Sunday (from Jesse Nienke). ”¦ Check this out: The Brewers’ Barrel Man character apparently dates back to 1901! And back in the ’40s they had a live mascot with a rather awkward Barrel Man costume (both of these from Eric Schultz). ”¦ “For some reason in Saturday’s San Jose Earthquakes match against the Colorado Rapids, Chris Wondolowski was wearing two flags on his sleeve in the first half,” reports Bryan Justman. “He was down to one flag in the second half.” ”¦ Charlie Charnigo was at an antiques store and spotted an Oilers bobblehead with a “gusher” logo. I like that better than their official logo. ”¦ Rangers head coach John Tortorella knew how to blouse his baseball pants quite nicely (from Alan Kreit). ”¦ New logo for the Sun Belt Conference (from Jay Winkler). ”¦ If you’ve always wanted to see a hockey jersey design that featured two deers humping, today’s your lucky day. “No story behind it, just thought it was awesome,” says Blake Pass. ”¦ The A’s wore three different jerseys for their three-game sweep of the Royals: gold on Friday, green on Saturday, and white on Sunday. “It’s reminiscent on the ’70s, when they’d wear the white tops only for Sunday home games,” says Richard Paloma. … The Nevada State high school baseball championship came down to a G.I. Joe team vs. a tequila sunrise team — yikes. Check it out, if you dare, in the slideshow on this page (from Demetrius Anagnostis).

134 comments to Hose Get Hosed

  • Ryan B | May 20, 2013 at 8:11 am |

    Buck Showalter apparently wants the Orioles to adopt a road cap with a “B” logo (from Nick Kelly).

    YES. A thousand times yes. Even though we already have a “B”-capped team in the AL East (my beloved Red Sox) I am all for this.

    Now only if Showalter could convince the front office to bring back those awesome old-school striped stirrups…

    • Chance Michaels | May 20, 2013 at 10:21 am |

      What’s amazing to me is not only does he want the Orioles to wear a cap with a “B” on it, but that he’s been wearing this cap while they get around to it:


      Can anybody tell me what this is from? It’s been sold by the Orioles for a decade at least, but originally at their brick-and-mortar shops. Only recently has it been an online item.

      It’s billed as a “Cooperstown Collection” cap, but it doesn’t fit with anything I’ve ever seen before, either for the AL club or the International League club that preceeded it. Might the Orioles be on the verge of adopting a fashion design as an actual on-field cap?

      • DJ | May 20, 2013 at 10:29 am |

        1963 was the only year the Orioles didn’t wear some sort of bird on the cap. They wore the “B.”


        • Chance Michaels | May 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm |

          Yes, but in 1963 they wore a block “B”. Not the gorgeous modified Old English “B” on Showalter’s cap.

          I’m still trying to figure out where Buck’s cap design comes from.

        • Arr Scott | May 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm |

          I can’t find any source for this, but somehow I came to believe that the “Showalter B” is supposed to represent either the minor-league Orioles or the team that moved to New York 110 years ago.

        • Chance Michaels | May 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm |

          The early American League team wore blank caps (although their chest logo has been adapted to a fauxback). All the pictures I’ve seen of the old International League club feature bird cap logos. Not that I’m an expert in that club, but I’m not aware of any photos showing that cap logo.

          You could be right, but it seems odd that the Orioles are selling it without any attribution, if it is indeed supposed to represent an historial team.

      • dutchterp7 | May 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm |

        I think a photo was posted on this site within the last year or so.
        On American Needle’s site it says it’s from 1955.
        I’ve seen a handful of pictures of players wearing it but only on their helmets, including manager Paul Richards on opening day in a shot with Senator’s manager Chuck Dressen. (Not sure why a manager was wearing a helmet.)
        1955 is accurrate because the pictures show their road uni’s with “Orioles” on them. They didn’t have “Baltimore” on them until 1956.

    • Arr Scott | May 20, 2013 at 10:39 am |

      Another thousand times yes. And the Orioles already have the perfect B for their road cap scattered literally all over Camden Yards:


      • The Jeff | May 20, 2013 at 11:37 am |

        Ugh… they’d be better off borrowing the B that the Ravens use.

        • Jet | May 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm |

          As much as I love all the iterations of the Baltimore birds caps… if they’re going to have a “B” road cap, I prefer that ’63 version to the “Cooperstown” version. I know it’s very generic-looking and simple but just something about it in the context of the entire uniform works for me.


      • Arr Scott | May 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm |

        If The Jeff hates it, I take that as proof positive that my idea is the acme of good taste. (Kidding, The!) But I’ll go one step further: The Orioles should wear a B cap at home, and a bird cap on the road. That way their uniform would always “read” Baltimore Orioles, instead of Oriole Orioles and Baltimore Baltimore.

        Sort of like how I wish the Nats would use their redesigned DC logo as a road cap, so that their grays would “read” as Washington DC.

        • The Jeff | May 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm |

          So, should the Yankees come up with a Yankees script so their uniform doesn’t “read” as New York New York?

          For the record, my issue with the B that you linked to is that it’s too complex. It’s an illegible blob as a cap logo.

        • Arr Scott | May 20, 2013 at 3:29 pm |

          Nah, the way the Yankees uni “reads” as New York, New York is a feature, not a bug. But this isn’t a universal rule. For some teams, this sort of visual pun seems to me to work; for most, a more straightforward approach is better. For the Orioles, “Baltimore Oriole” is actually the name of the bird as well as the name of the team, so having unis that scan as saying “Baltimore Orioles” appeals to me. Same with “Washington DC.” And, when you point it out, “New York, New York.”

          The Texas Rangers might be the only other team I’d push this idea for: combine Rangers jerseys with a T cap, and then Texas jerseys with a silver star-in-circle cap logo reminiscent of a Ranger badge.

    • Will | May 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm |

      According to local, long time Orioles reporter Tom Davis, the old English “B” was never a cap but solely a batting helmet design worn by the team. From what I recall seeing on the label on the hat in the store, it’s from 1955.

  • Natron | May 20, 2013 at 8:13 am |

    The Twins tried a slump buster yesterday too… They wore their white-front BP cap.

    It also failed miserably.

    • dilbert719 | May 20, 2013 at 9:38 am |

      Which is a shame, because that’s a surprisingly good look for them.

    • Lose Rem | May 20, 2013 at 10:20 am |

      heck, just like the A’s, the Twins wore three different unis this weekend, but they got swept by the BoSox.

      Blue on Friday
      Cream on Saturday
      Pinstripes on Sunday

  • BSmile | May 20, 2013 at 8:22 am |

    “And back in the ’40s they had a live mascot with a rather awkward Barrel Man costume”

    Oh man, that’s fantastic!

  • Will | May 20, 2013 at 8:32 am |

    Last year, the Braves started wearing high socks on Mondays sometime in June I think to break a long Monday winless streak. It worked.

  • Bernard | May 20, 2013 at 8:32 am |

    I remember the Pirates trying the high cuffed slump busting thing recently. According to this article it was in May 2010. No pics unfortunately, and I can’t say whether or not there were any holdouts. BurghFan?

    • Paul Lukas | May 20, 2013 at 8:38 am |

      Lots of teams have done things like this, but there’s usually a holdout or two. The Giants reportedly had ZERO holdouts yesterday. That’s what I’m intrigued by.

      • Tom Nawrocki | May 20, 2013 at 9:17 am |

        Barry Zito started for the Giants yesterday, and he always goes high-cuffed, ever since his days in Oakland. He’s also got to be about the most veteran player on the Giants, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it all started with him, and he got everyone to buy in.

        Incidentally, in the photo at top, Giant second baseman Nick Noonan has just gotten accidentally kneed in the throat by Carlos Gonzalez on a pickoff play. Noonan was all right, and stayed in the game.

      • random reader | May 20, 2013 at 9:48 am |

        I seem to recall the Indians all going high-cuffed for one game last season or the season before that to honor Jim Thome.

    • BurghFan | May 20, 2013 at 8:41 am |

      I don’t remember, and the Google archive only goes through 2007. Searching post-gazette.com for “pirates socks may 2010” doesn’t help. Sorry. (Hope you and Jenny are well.)

      • Bernard | May 20, 2013 at 9:21 am |

        We are, thanks. Hope all is well over in Sq. Hill.

  • Harvey Lee | May 20, 2013 at 8:37 am |

    Re:Rick Barry, the University of Houston mens BB team, Phi Slamma Jamma, wore even numbers at home and odd numbers on the road.

    • Paul Lukas | May 20, 2013 at 8:39 am |

      Right. Lots of teams did that. But that’s not what Barry did, and it’s not what we’re talking about here.

      • Geen | May 20, 2013 at 10:23 am |

        What Harvey said. Barry couldn’t have 24 because of Moses Malone.

        • DJ | May 20, 2013 at 10:34 am |

          Right. And when you saw the Rockets roster in print, Barry would be listed as “2/4.”

      • Sammy | May 20, 2013 at 11:56 am |

        I think Harvey’s comment was intriguing, and shouldn’t have been dismissed so quickly. I was unaware of Houston’s wearing of even numbers at home and odd on the road. Paul, what are the other teams who have done so in the past? And what was the reasoning behind it? I was able to find references to Georgetown and Tennessee both doing it, but who else? And was Houston the last team to practice this even/odd numbering?

  • Mike W. | May 20, 2013 at 8:42 am |

    I may have miss the thread but I’m surprised there wasn’t a whole front page article dedicated to the Cardinals stripped sock promotion yesterday at Busch:

    • Paul Lukas | May 20, 2013 at 8:43 am |

      Good point! I’ll add that to the main entry.

    • JimWa | May 20, 2013 at 8:44 am |

      Ugh … two minutes too late. :)

  • JimWa | May 20, 2013 at 8:44 am |

    Speaking of teams getting hosed yesterday …

    If I recall correctly, you pointed out last week that the Cardinals were giving out striped socks to kids under 15 yesterday. What I wasn’t aware of was it appears the team on the field was played along, with most (maybe all non-pitchers?) going highcuffed, with plenty stirrup striping to go around:


    • Minor League Guy | May 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm |

      for a while now there have been a few select players pushing for High Sock Sundays in STL, Wainwright and Jay i think being the most proactive, and i think it’s the first time i’ve seen all 8 position players (John Gast pooped on the party) wearing the high socks. And it looked absolutely gorgeous even all the way up in section 449.

  • Connie DC | May 20, 2013 at 8:55 am |

    “… New football helmet for St. Lawrence, a D3 school in upstate New York (from James Ferentz). …”

    Wait a minute. This is big. First of all, St Lawrence is a D3 football school but a big-time D1 ECAC hockey school. I know the item is about a piece of football gear, but for us college hockey fans, the Larries always command attention. And that’s the next point: The Larries! One of the best nicknames ever. And finally — how could you not mention this, Paul? —- St Lawrence has BROWN as one of its main colors. A brown helmet (something that for no good reason that annoying school in Providence eschews) is to be celebrated always.

  • Jared | May 20, 2013 at 9:09 am |

    Jordan, did in fact wear 23 for a spell while playing baseball. Not sure under what circumstances, but his is him wearing 23… http://www.halloffamememorabilia.com/images/products/p-506473-michael-jordan-basketball-card-1994-stadium-sports-69-chicago-white-sox-aw-40894.jpg

    • terriblehuman | May 20, 2013 at 9:38 am |

      Keep in mind though, that baseball cards are often doctored, especially if they went to print before the season and no game photos are readily available.

    • terriblehuman | May 20, 2013 at 9:42 am |

      I should add, I see a lot of baseball cards with Jordan wearing 23, but I haven’t been able to find a news photo. It wouldn’t surprise me if card companies took photos from spring training, put him in white pinstripes and added “23” in anticipation of a Major League call-up.

    • Marc-Louis Paprzyca | May 20, 2013 at 9:45 am |

      He did in fact play for the White Sox when they would play exhibibtion games against the Cubs. He wore 23. This is fact.

      • terriblehuman | May 20, 2013 at 9:54 am |

        Are you sure? Here’s Jordan in the Sox-Cubs exhibition wearing 45: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGteqwozc78

        • DJ | May 20, 2013 at 10:22 am |

          That’s correct. Jordan wore 45 when he played for the Sox against the Cubs.

    • Marc-Louis Paprzyca | May 20, 2013 at 9:46 am |

      It was pre interleague play. The Cubs and White Sox would play most years.

    • Keith | May 20, 2013 at 9:55 am |

      If I recall correctly, that shot is from the 1993 all-star game celebrity home run derby. Jordan wasn’t a “player” but a “celebrity” at that time.

    • Jon | May 20, 2013 at 10:03 am |

      He wore #23 only in exhibition games and pre-game festivities for many years before actually playing baseball for the club. He was actually at spring training with the Sox in 1994 before being sent down to the Barons on March 31st. As most of you probably know, Robin Ventura was the longtime #23 for the White Sox, so MJ getting that # full-time was never an option. He was always #45 when truly playing with the White Sox and Barons.


    • terriblehuman | May 20, 2013 at 10:24 am |

      As far as I’m aware, Jordan never wore #23 while playing for the White Sox/Barons. But he did wear #23 for a Blackshawks game:

    • Ryan | May 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm |

      I can make out a 45 on the brim of his helmet on the left-most image of him.

  • Steve | May 20, 2013 at 9:10 am |

    Regarding the Jordan painting, it looks like all of the uniforms (and hats) he is wearing with 23 are Sox uniforms, not Barons. One of them even has a Comiskey Park patch on the sleeve. I’m not sure if he wore #23 or #45 when he played for the Sox in exhibition games (At Wrigley or Spring Training), but this could be the reason.

    • terriblehuman | May 20, 2013 at 9:39 am |

      I’m trying to jog my memory, but I don’t remember Jordan ever having the opportunity to wear the white pinstripes as a member of the major league team.

      FWIW, this is him wearing 45 in the Wrigley exhibition game: http://binaryapi.ap.org/623b0c83d88f4db5ae96874892100b04/512x.jpg

  • Cody | May 20, 2013 at 9:10 am |

    The Braves also all went high cuffed for Chipper Jones Day last season, if my memory is correct.

  • terriblehuman | May 20, 2013 at 9:29 am |

    re: Japanese baseball uniform book – Amazon Japan lets you order in English and ship to the US: http://amzn.to/12OYLnb

  • Brian | May 20, 2013 at 9:32 am |
  • Nick | May 20, 2013 at 9:40 am |

    It looks like the mark on the players calf in the Giants picture is a Nike swoosh. Some sock’s have the manufacturer logo on them and thats what it looks like here

  • MEMAL | May 20, 2013 at 9:44 am |

    Andrew Pick: WOW! The amount of detail and nuances in the shirts is just staggering! Great job! Favorite part of today’s post for me.

    That new St. Lawrence helmet has got to be the ugliest flat black helmet I’ve seen so far. Over usage is ruining that fashion faster than anything I can think of in the ten seconds I took to type this sentence.

    • DJ | May 20, 2013 at 10:26 am |

      My eyesight isn’t what it used to be, but that helmet looks brown to me.

      That said, there are times where the Anaheim Ducks uniform seems to me to have a very, very dark brown look to it.

      • The Jeff | May 20, 2013 at 10:58 am |

        You’re right, it’s matte brown, not black. At least that’s what color matching it in my graphics program tells me. The RBG values across that helmet are definitely shifted more towards red & green (and therefor, brown) than they would normally be for a matte black helmet. That could be the result of the lighting, but if brown is one of the team colors, then it’s probably legit.

        • JTH | May 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm |

          Yep. Scarlet & brown are the colors, I believe.

  • ThePonchat | May 20, 2013 at 9:54 am |

    Re: The Portland Timbers v. Vancouver Whitecaps match…it was rather comical on Twitter following Merrit Paulson, who is GM (or owns the Timbers) comment about the situation. His first comment was something along the lines of: “It was our understanding that Vancouver was to be in blue.”

    Whoever ran the Whitecaps Twitter responded with: “We wear white at home.”

    Numerous other soccer talking-heads got in on the action. Needless to say, it is rather disappointing that it happened. It’s rather easy to ensure something like that does not happen.

    • terriblehuman | May 20, 2013 at 10:03 am |

      They are the Whitecaps after all. And it was silly to wear the change kits when the usual green doesn’t clash with either blue or white.

    • DJ | May 20, 2013 at 10:18 am |

      As I recall, MLS sends each team a “technical memo” three days before the match, which among other things, alerts the teams as to which uniforms both teams and the officials will wear. In creating the memo, MLS first determines what uniform the home team will wear. This should have prevented the screw-up.

  • Carolingian Steamroller | May 20, 2013 at 10:04 am |

    It only seems like “All the good teams wear a city initial cap” because 4 out of 5 teams in the Majors qualify. Only 6 teams use something other than a city initial on their caps: The Angels, A’s, Orioles, Blue Jays, White Sox, and Diamondbacks. I’m not counting the Indians since they only wear Chief Wahoo at home, and they’ve basically been de-emphasizing it for the last few years in favor of the block C. Last year out of ten playoff teams two were non-city initial teams. Which would be 1 out of 5, the exact same ratio as in all of baseball.

    • PburghNo1 | May 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm |

      This brings up an interesting thought…maybe this has been answered before, but I often wonder whether the cities/teams with tht are alliterative, i.e. Pittsburgh Pirater, Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins, are using the city name or the team name on the hat. Is that P on the Pirates hats really there to represent “Pittsburgh?”

      • The Jeff | May 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm |

        I really doubt that any team would ever make an official declaration. The only way to know for sure is if the team relocates and doesn’t change the logo. We can safely assume that the Angels’ A logo represents “Angels”, but the Pirates’ P will forever be a mystery.

      • terriblehuman | May 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm |

        Since the Marlins wore “F” on the hat before the name change, I’d have to assume “M” is for Miami. Or both.

        I think the Phillies qualify because the nickname is self-referential (i.e., they wouldn’t be the Phillies if they played in any other city).

      • Carolingian Steamroller | May 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm |

        It does make for something wonderfully ambiguous. While odds are the city name takes precedence it is a nice touch for team with alliterative names.

      • Ry Co 40 | May 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm |

        “Is that P on the Pirates hats really there to represent “Pittsburgh?””

        it’s the opposite of whatever is on the jersey. if it’s the home “Pirates” jersey, then the “P” stands for “Pittsburgh”… and vise versa… //obviously ;-)

    • walter | May 20, 2013 at 6:00 pm |

      I would hope teams would make a cap to stand apart from their opponents; I know they’re more derivative than that. Why else would so many nicknames start with an “R” yet the letter only appears on the Rockies’ hat? Conversely, there are an awful lot of A’s and Cs. In a perfect world, your favorite team has one hat and marches it out, day after day. Producing all those mutations (which would be better left in the margins of bored high-schoolers’ notebooks) cheapens the brand.

    • Derek | May 21, 2013 at 4:39 am |

      The Angels “A” might equally represent Anaheim, their home city despite the Los Angeles in their current name. They were the Anaheim Angels previously, and also had a “CA” when they were the California Angels.

  • terriblehuman | May 20, 2013 at 10:06 am |

    re: new PSG unis:

    Note the guys wearing red/white/blue hair dye (and in one case, goatee dye) in honor of David Beckham playing his final match.

    I know we always have ceremonial patches. How often do we see ceremonial hair dye?

  • Jim Mason | May 20, 2013 at 10:13 am |

    I don’t remember the exact details, but I believe it was the 1997 Cleveland Indians who all went high-cuffed for Jim Thome’s birthday, and continued the rest of the season that way, all the way to the World Series.

  • Cort | May 20, 2013 at 10:15 am |

    That Coronado high school baseball team, with the GI Joe uniforms, is wearing the new Houston Cougars logo as a sleeve patch, which is surprising, because that logo is less than a year old, and it’s really, really, really stupid-looking.

  • Chief Noc-a-homa | May 20, 2013 at 10:18 am |

    High-hos(ed) Mondays only worked last season for the Braves.. but totally agree with Paul: go with the striped ‘rups and the other team will simply submit.

  • Chief Noc-a-homa | May 20, 2013 at 10:24 am |

    And yes, in reference to entire teams go high-cuffed (including skipper, bench coach, pitching coach, etc..), the Braves did it last season to break their Monday slump (0-forever). Seemed to work.. here’s a photo:


  • Stirpey | May 20, 2013 at 10:36 am |

    Completely off-topic:

    This picture is from Boring Pittsburgh…They removed all (read: most) of the corporate advertising from the Pittsburgh skyline. Check out the before and after, it’s pretty beautiful–Pittsburgh is actually blessed in the sense that the advertising that is currently on the buildings is fairly minimal, but still cool to see nonetheless!


    Before: http://www.sohopittsburgh.com/information_links/pittsburgh.jpg
    After: http://boringpittsburgh.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/steel-building-pittsburgh-skyline-11.jpg

    • Stirpey | May 20, 2013 at 10:37 am |

      I’ll leave it up to the eagle eye’s but I found 3 logos still on buildings…two of the same company on different buildings, and one other…

  • Carolingian Steamroller | May 20, 2013 at 10:51 am |

    Since 1960 only a tiny minority of MLB teams have not used a city initial on their caps in some official capacity. No NL team failed to employ a city initial cap until the 1994 Astros. Since 1977, the number of team employing only something other than a city initial has hovered around 6 every year. It dropped to 5 in the late 1980’s and reached a maximum of 8 in the late 2000’s before dropping back down to six this year. Oakland, Baltimore, Toronto, and the White Sox are the only clubs to do so consistently.

  • HHH | May 20, 2013 at 10:59 am |

    That “gusher” logo on the Oilers bobblehead is exactly why I’m addicted to Uni Watch. I absolutely love seeing obscure prototype sports logos that for some reason or other were scrapped. It instantly puts me in a good mood whenever I see stuff like that in the ticker. Makes you wonder what could have been if the team actually adopted that logo.

    I think the gush of oil spurting out the top gives the logo more personality and character and a sense of movement. Ricko once made a comment on here for the rename the Redskins contest that “Washington Monuments” was a nice name but the Washington monument is a terrible mascot because it just sits there and does nothing. I think the same point can be made for the Oilers logo that they went with. It’s a big stiff motionless oil derrick. The oil gush version is ten times as dynamic and interesting.

    • The Jeff | May 20, 2013 at 11:06 am |

      I think it’s probably a good thing that the Oilers didn’t use the gusher logo. I could totally see Jerry Glanville convincing the team to make that part of the logo black and then switching to black jerseys in 1987. Celestia only knows what the Titans would look like today if that had happened.

    • Valjean | May 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm |

      Second that (about the logo), absolutely great to see. As a certified bobble nut I can attest that many designs back in the ’50s and ’60s — when pretty much all of these were made in Japan — had some delightful quirks. (I have a cherished Padres nodder with the swinging friar … on the cap.) I long suspected some of the instructions were lost in translation. The possibilities with “oil derrick” would be legion.

      That Oiler bobble is truly a white whale regardless. Note the price tag too.

  • Phil P | May 20, 2013 at 11:08 am |

    Soccer related uni observation. So, the end of the Euro season is upon us, and my fave team, FC Porto, won the championship for the third straight year. They’ve gotten into the habit of having a patch on their shirts signifying their championship status, so for this year they had one for winning back to back titles. Well, they’ve gotten their threepeat logo up on their site http://www.fcporto.pt/Loja/Loja.asp and it’s interesting to observe how the patch has three blue stripes (the more traditional look for them) when this year’s shirt has two blue stripes with a field of white in the middle. So, I’m wondering if the patch is indicative of going back to tradition next year.

  • Kevin B | May 20, 2013 at 11:31 am |


    The Indians have gone high-cuffed as a team before a couple of times, both in celebration of Jim Thome. Once it was for a two-month stretch which led to a World Series appearance.

  • David Dyte | May 20, 2013 at 11:35 am |

    The Brooklyn Cyclones used to go all high cuffed as a team rule, but that is no longer the case. I think the Staten Island Yankees might still have that rule in force.

    • Paul Lukas | May 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm |

      Lots of minor league teams are required to go high-cuffed. That’s one reason many players don’t wnat to go high-cuffed when they make it to the majors, because they view high-cuffery as “a minor league thing.” Their new teammates tell them, “You’re a big leaguer now, you can wear your pants down.”

  • Jet | May 20, 2013 at 11:57 am |

    I’m lovin’ all the Milwaukee Brewers mascot and logo info from yesterday and today!

    And props to Andy Cusack for yesterday’s Chicago White Sox redesigns, those are absolutely GORGEOUS!


  • Will S | May 20, 2013 at 11:58 am |

    Where can I get a ‘two deer humping’ hockey jersey and socks?

    Unique, tasteless, and tacky – right up my alley.

    Does the team have any extras they are willing to sell, or if not willing to say where they had them done up?

  • Micah | May 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm |

    That’s not a Swoosh, that’s just a piece of paper or something. Nike’s baseball socks have the Swoosh on the front of the sock, not the back like that.

  • Micah | May 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm |

    Oh plus I forgot to add this that the player is also wearing Mizuno cleats and its very rare for a player to mix brands like that, other than maybe Franklin batting gloves for any of the guys since its the MLB official BG and of course the Nike undershirt that almost all the players wear.

  • Chance Michaels | May 20, 2013 at 12:59 pm |

    Had a thought from this past weekend – all the branding around the Brooklyn Half Marathon went with a rather stark black-and-white design this year. In previous years the Brooklyn Half materials have been very colorful, this year everything was black and white. And I mean everything.

    Can’t help but wonder if our new pro team had some impact on that, as if black and white are seen as the borough’s colors now.

  • Chance Michaels | May 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm |

    I know I’ve seen that Oilers “gusher” logo somewhere, but I can’t put my finger on it.

    Isn’t there a photo somewhere of two female Oiler front-office employees (maybe even sisters?) holding a helmet with that logo?

    • Charlie Charnigo | May 20, 2013 at 6:36 pm |

      I thought I had seen it before too. I was hoping some one would have shed some light on it as SportsLogos.net did not have anything on it. And granted back then I doubt they were worried about accuracy. I should go back and take a pic of the entire display. They must have had 100 or more of NFL, MLB and NCAA nodders.

  • DC | May 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm |

    This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post about the Brewers logo contest. (I’d put it in that column’s Comments, but not sure many go back and read the previous post once a new one it up).

    Anyway, great reporting as always from Mr. Michaels, but one thing I never see mentioned in the telling of the contest story is that maybe 10-20 of the top submissions were displayed in the County Stadium concourse for several weeks (maybe longer) after the winner was announced.

    I remember this because I was a high schooler at the time and actually submitted a design myself. The Brewers sent me a nice thank-you letter that was good for 2 free game tickets. I unfortunately don’t have the letter (nor the design I submitted – which I recall in honesty as pretty hideous and similar in approach to today’s Marlins’ M) but I remember really preferring some of the designs that weren’t picked. I think this is one reason I never liked the winning logo – I actually thought some of the others were better.

    I’m curious if anyone ever took a photo of that display or if the Brewers kept those other designs.

    Anyway, just wanted to share this little extra tidbit.

    • Chance Michaels | May 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm |

      Wow – I’m glad you shared that!

      I didn’t mention it because I’ve never heard that story before.

      I would have loved to see it. Unusual that they would highlight the path not chosen.

      • DC | May 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm |

        I’m guessing they did so because they were all fan-submitted designs and wanted to give a nod to those designs that were in the running. Think of it as the bulletin board version of today’s online gallery.

        Oh how I wish I had taken a photograph of that display! (and kept my design and letter)

        • Chance Michaels | May 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm |

          My guess is that the team didn’t keep the designs, or they would have surfaced when they moved all their stuff out of County Stadium. It was a treasure trove of old promotional materials, giveaways and documents going back decades that all came to light at once.

  • Tony C. | May 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm |

    Paul’s worst nightmare?? http://i.imgur.com/iSwHAEq.jpg

    • Jet | May 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm |

      ALL of our worst nightmares. Some things you can’t un-see.


    • The Jeff | May 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm |

      Why is a NASCAR driver playing hockey?

    • JTH | May 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm |

      What? I think there are swooshes on the skates (they appear to be an old Nike/Bauer pair) but I don’t see any purple, so what’s the problem?

    • JimWa | May 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm |

      If only it were an ad for Chicco’s Bail Bonds …

  • Juke Early | May 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm |

    I was set to comment on Buck’s cap, the ongoing Redskins BS, and the wonder that is Kate Upton.
    But after reading through the comments, I just want to say – if this ain’t the best blog site on the web, it sure is damn close.

  • Rob | May 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm |

    How does one “properly blouse baseball pants?” It doesn’t appear that Tortorella did anything in particular, they just look a little roomy, that’s all.

  • James A | May 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm |

    As it regards the links to the memorial patches and armbands on baseball card pictures, I had no idea that e. e. cummings collected baseball cards.

  • Micah | May 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm |

    In yesterday’s Cubs vs Mets game, the broadcasters were talking about David Wright’s orange undershirt and how he is the only Met to always wear that color. They were inquiring whether he had worn that since he has come into the league. Well, Paul and UW readers know the answer to that! :)

    • FormerDirtDart | May 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm |

      He wears an orange t-shirt quite often, but he doesn’t always wear one.
      He is often the only Mets player wearing an orange t-shirt, but, he is not the only player that wears one.
      I don’t believe he has worn the orange shirts since he came up, rather only in the last few years. I have the distinct impression that I first noticed his wearing of orange t-shirts after he wore those ghastly orange shoes the first time, in the All-Star game a couple of years ago.

      • Paul Lukas | May 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm |

        He has worn it for at least three or four years now.

        Back in the black jersey days, Cliff Floyd and Mike Cameron sometimes wore orange undershirts, and of course John Franco always wore one (but that was different, because it was a tribute to his dad).

        Lately Marlon Byrd’s been wearing one. I’m pretty sure he’s the only other Met besides Wright to wear one at present.

        • Micah | May 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm |

          Totally forgot about the black jerseys, but now remember Cliff Floyd wearing that orange undershirt. Its interesting Byrd’s wearing the orange but its a not visibly branded, aka the Swoosh on the collar like Wright’s. Kinda makes sense, as it looks like he’s done with Nike, wearing different cleats, BG’s and glasses now. He used to wear all Nike.

  • Douglas King | May 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm |

    It may be too late to catch you today Paul, and you may have already answered this in a previous comment section, but, if you could have ranked the AL’s Uniforms what would your order have been?

    I never paid attention to the name next to the league and thought you were the one who came to the conclusion that the white panel on the O’s cap was a bad design element (which seemed inconsistent with your assessment of them back when they unveiled the look). It wasn’t until today that I noticed you only ranked the NL. I assume you would keep the Indians where they were, as well as a few other teams but I’m curious to see just what the order would have been.

  • The Ghost of Ross Gload | May 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm |

    Regarding Chris “Two Flags” Wondolowski: I suspect he’s wearing a short-sleeved jersey over a long-sleeved one in that first picture. Perhaps it was a bit chilly in the South Bay over the weekend?

  • Paul Lukas | May 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm |

    Here are some of the fan-submitted Mavs designs that have been created in response to Mark Cuban’s blog post last week:
    How about this two-tone design (although it would help if the designer hadn’t misspelled Dirk Nowitzki’s name):

    • JTH | May 20, 2013 at 5:11 pm |

      without a contrasting-color waistband or side panels or… well, any color below the armpits, that 2-tone “nowitski” design looks kinda like a nightshirt to me.

      Aside from that, not a bad effort.

      I’m kinda digging the one with the hat that appears to be vomiting out some blue and green stuff.

  • DylanPHF | May 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm |

    To me, the new Sun Belt logo looks like a cleaned-up version of the B1G Basketball Tourney Logo.

  • Jason H. | May 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm |

    New kits for Queens Park Rangers, who were relegated from the Premier League this season: http://www.qpr.co.uk/news/article/200513-return-of-the-hoops-828827.aspx. The third (green and yellow) shirt is interesting. It’s the color scheme of owner Tony Fernandes’s Formula 1 team, Caterham: http://www.caterhamf1.com/gallery/2013/spanish-gp-sunday-12th-may#2013-spanish-grand-prix-sunday-(8).

  • Frank from Bmore | May 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm |

    If the O’s do use a B cap, why not use the B from the away jersey?

  • Derek | May 21, 2013 at 4:41 am |

    The 1901 Milwaukee Barrelman depicted, lends itself to the phrase “pisswater” for their beer.

  • Capital Z | May 21, 2013 at 4:56 am |

    The high pant cuffs were actually a practical development… They had an impact on running. Why players these days want to put sails between their legs shows they don’t care about running.

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