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Here’s something you don’t see every day: Minnesota pitching coach Todd Oakes wore a surgical mask while visiting the mound during yesterday’s game against Illinois. “He has leukemia,” explains reader Tim Burke. “He just had a bone marrow transplant and is apparently very susceptible to disease right now.”
First, let’s get all the snarky comments out of the way. Yes, it’s a shame he didn’t get a mask in Gophers colors. And no, I can’t believe Nike hasn’t provided him with a swooshified mask.
Now that we’ve dealt with that, I’m pretty blown away by Oakes’s determination. Very impressive that he’s working at all!
As long as we’re talking college baseball, here’s something else from yesterday:
Thing of beauty, eh? That’s San Jose State from yesterday’s WAC conference tourney, but it’s understandable if the uni gave you a KC Royals flashback (gold number notwithstanding, natch). “That’s pretty big-time right there,” says reader Frank Mercogliano. “They’re not throwbacks — just one of their road uniforms for this year.” According to San Jose State’s SID, “[Head coach Dave] Nakama replaced the unis when he arrived and this is one of his selections. We also wore them once at home.” Very nice.
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column is about the surprising location of the second-largest baseball card collection.
The knish is in the oven: Just thought you’d like to know.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The 1940 Oneonta Indians either had a puzzlingly simple jersey or else something was missing from that guy’s uni. “I have no idea what the scoop is,” says Todd Radom. “I was doing some research on vintage Phillies and came across it.” … Both teams in yesterday’s Braves/Twins game wore their BP caps. Anyone know why? … Menswear designer Alexander Julian, who designed the Hornets’ original uniforms, would like to design the new Hornets’ unis (thanks, Phil). ”¦ Speaking of Julian, here are two really good articles about him: one about his work for the Hornets and another about his work for UNC (both from Josh Hansen). … Steelers WR Plaxico Burress is launching a new line of fancy socks. ”¦ Check this out: a patent for a backless baseball cap (from James Gordon). … Awesome stirrups for Northern Kentucky University, although this dude is wearing them backwards (from John A. Gray). … I’m quoted in this article about Chicago sports uniforms. … New uniforms for United Airlines. … Rob Delaney doesn’t like long, baggy baseball pants (from Kyle Tarbet). … Two microbreweries are facing off in a court battle over their similar logos (from Patrick Barnett). … Speaking of beer, the Brewers and Leinenkugal are teaming up to create a new brew that will be called Bernie’s Barrelman Ale (from Ben Fortney). … Have I mentioned lately how good Hamilton Nolan is? Probably, but just in case: Hamilton Nolan is really, really good. Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Check out this home plate ump wearing a cast on his arm. … Oooh, I gotta get me one of these (thanks, Kirsten). … Here are some photos of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ new field being painted (from Daren Landers). … Kevin Poss notes that Braves catchers Evan Gattis Brian McCann “appear to have a little bromance going with the hair-beard combo.” … Some very interesting eBay finds by Michael Clary, including a Reds rain slicker and a pair of super-cool NFL tray tables. … Why stop at desecrating the flag when you can also desecrate the Declaration of Independence while you’re at it? In case you can’t read the chest insignia, that’s the Lake Elsinore Storm (from Bryan Spangenberg). … Oooh, this is pretty cool: a gallery of MLB lifetime passes (from Adam Brodsky). … Ben Fortney has discovered a site devoted to really nice photos of stadiums and arenas around the world. … New kit for Man City (Phil again). … A revival of the play Good News! in Connecticut features some 1920s-style football uniforms (from Dave Sikula). ”¦ “I was watching the music video for Blink 182’s single ‘Adam’s Song,’ writes Danny Boyle. “In the video is a person wearing a cap that looks like a cheap Rays hat. But the video was made eight years before the Rays changed from green to blue.” Anyone know what cap that might have been? ”¦ So this is weird: The Mets’ stadium is surrounded by banners featuring notable past and present Mets. Inexplicably, one of the players featured is Keith Miller, basically a four-A player who had an utterly inconsequential career. So why is he on a banner? Possibly because he went on to become David Wright’s agent. ”¦ Also from Joe: This has got to be the best stirrups match-up of the year. That’s St. Louis University High (SLUH) and Hazelwood West, both from Missouri. (That noise you hear in the background is Mark in Shiga pointing out that the “27” on the black-jerseyed player is positioned too low. And he’s right!) ”¦ This is pretty awesome: 1932 footage of a box lacrosse game. Says Bobby Pinkham: “I always knew box lacrosse, particularly in Canada, was the summer version of hockey, but I never knew teams wore the actual sweaters (yes, sweaters during the summer!) of their affiliated pro hockey teams — in this case the Maple Leafs and the Canadiens. Pretty cool stuff, huh?” Indeed.
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— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) May 22, 2013