Patchwork: Share and Share Alike

In yesterday’s Ticker I linked to this old Red Wings photo and explained that the sleeve patch was for the Detroit sestercentennial (yes, that’s the term for a 250th anniversary).

That led Gridiron Uniform Database co-founder Bill Schaefer to post a comment pointing out that the Lions wore that same patch in 1951. He wondered if the Tigers had also worn the patch that year, and it looks like they did.

That got me wondering: How many other examples are there of a patch that has been worn by multiple teams in the same city? A few of us kicked this around in yesterday’s comments and came up with the following:
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Interesting, right? Are there more examples out there? I’m sure there are. In fact, with the explosion of “Expressing support for [x]” patches, I bet there are lots of very recent examples. But remember: We’re looking only for cases that involve multiple teams in the same city wearing the same patch (not just expressing support for the same cause). If you have some of those to contribute, let’s have ’em.

As an aside: This is the second day in a row that I’ve inserted a table into the blog. Aren’t tables great? I love tables!

(Big thanks to Bill Schaefer, Mike Engle, Matt B, Chris H, and everyone else who contributed to the discussion of this topic yesterday.)

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ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column is about the unusually large concentration of uni-notable events on the upcoming calendar.

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Raffle results: The winner of the Harlem Globetrotters jersey is Chris Bakewell. When I asked him to make a $25 donation to the Peace Corps and send me proof of having made it, as stipulated in yesterday’s raffle terms, he responded by making a $100 donation! “Ugly jersey, great cause,” he said — well put. Congrats to Chris, and thanks to all who entered.

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Two Dollarama: A few weeks ago I reprinted an ode to the JFK half-dollar, which I had originally written back in 1997. At the conclusion of the piece, I wrote that once we got the half-dollar back into mainstream use, “Then we’ll get started on the $2 bill.”

I never got around to promoting or writing about the $2 bill (or getting the 50-cent piece back into mainstream use, for that matter), but now, thankfully, someone else has. The lovely and talented Heather McCabe recently launched a site called Two Buckaroo, a daily blog that chronicles the reactions Heather gets from cashiers, bartenders, and so on as she pays for small purchases with $2 bills.

Many of the cashiers Heather engages with say something like, “Wow, didn’t they stop making those years ago? Are they still legal?” Maybe you’re thinking that right now yourself. In fact, the Jefferson $2 bill is still very much in production, as it has been for most of the time since 1932 (there was a 10-year gap when it was discontinued, from 1966 to 1976, but then it was brought back to life). But much like the JFK half-dollar, it isn’t used much in everyday transactions and doesn’t get much respect.

Two Buckaroo aims to change that, or at least provide some good food for thought. It’s a genius concept for a media project — one I wish I’d thought of myself. (And yes, a couple of the most recent entries are a little raunchy — although certainly not veering into NSFW territory or anything like that — but that’s just an odd blip, not an indication that Heather plans to be working blue.)

Meanwhile, in a weird coincidence, reader Art Savokinas sent in the following submission yesterday: “A local pizza place in Exeter, Pennsylvania, uses half-dollars to advertise by placing stickers on the back of them. They have been doing it for over 20 years.” Hmmmm — I like that they’re putting JFKs into circulation, but I don’t like that they’re defacing them. Two sides of the same coin, eh?

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Research query: Do you collect those seasonal Hess truck toys, or maybe you know someone who collects them, or maybe you used to collect them when you were a kid, or maybe your brother collected them, or maybe you have fond memories of finding one of them under the tree at Christmas, or maybe you stumbled into a big display of them at the Hess station and knocked them over, or maybe you whacked someone on the head with one of them? Basically, if you’ve had any experiences whatsoever with Hess trucks, I’d like to talk with you. Thanks.

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Tick-Tock: Today’s Ticker was compiled and written by Mike Chamernik.

Baseball News: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Jerry Blevins was traded from the A’s to the Nats yesterday and responded to the news with a funny uni-centric tweet (from Michael McLaughlin). ”¦ Apparently Baseball Reference doesn’t know if the Marlins’ secondary color is blue or orange (from Britton Thomas). ”¦ “Great mesh pill box,” says Mikey Brethauer. ”¦ Albie Pearson wore No. 6 during his only two years with the Senators in the late 1950s, but David Firestone found a 1958 card where he’s wearing No. 7. ”¦ You’ve heard of birds on the bat? Check out Rice’s new jersey — owls on the bat! ”¦ It seems that former outfielder (and current Rays first base coach) George Hendrick has a thing for visors and windbreakers (thanks, Jake Kessler). … Check out this Pearl Jam concert video — was Eddie Vedder’s T-shirt based on the old Roberto Clemente memorial patch?” If so, I rather like it for its simplicity,” says James Ashby. … Jerry Wolper’s latest find: a 1955 Braves highlight film.

NFL News: The Saints are selling a team-branded football with “Since 1960” on it. “The Saints played their first game in 1967 (and I think the franchise was granted in 1966),” says Scott Held. “Someone at the slave factory making the footballs must’ve gotten a smudged fax or something.” ”¦ These are some of the zaniest mascots you’ll ever see. It’s no wonder most of them didn’t stick around (from Phil). ”¦ “I’ve seen the Bears wishbone logo get split or partally broken off before, but this is the first time I’ve seen the whole thing gone,” says Robert Bacon. “Guess it was so cold that the decal, frozen solid, just popped off after hit.” ”¦ Rob Selg found a pair of Hamburg Sea Devils shorts at a Salvation Army. The Sea Devils played in NFL Europe from 2005 to 2007. ”¦ “Still seven months to go,” says Brinke about the construction of the Niners’ new stadium, “but at least they have the sponsor logo up!” ”¦ Even though Peyton Manning was stuck in the training room during last Wednesday’s practice, he still wore his helmet in the cold tub so he could listen to play calls from his offensive coordinator.

College Football News: A reader who goes by Sernks sends along a photo of a collection of “Beat [School]” and other buttons. ”¦ UCF will wear white unis for the Tortilla Chip Bowl. ”¦ Chris Flinn notes that even junior colleges have bowl game sponsors. ”¦ Here’s the patch for the Military-Industrial Complex Bowl, and here’s what Colorado State and Washington State will be wearing for the Branded Activewear Bowl. ”¦ A guy on Twitter (@Hokie20) is trying to get UCLA and Virginia Tech to go color-vs-color for the Car Manufacturer Bowl (from Evan Stewart). ”¦ Check out the uniforms Temple wore in the 1979 Garden State Bowl. “I was pleased to see that Temple’s use of the block/checker pattern today is a throwback to a design they used to wear,” says Patrick Reynell. “But what is the deal with the huge white stripe on the shoulder pads? Just doesn’t go with the pant pattern at all.”

Hockey News: One of the linesmen in Tuesday night’s Blackhawks/Stars game wore an outdated jersey with no number (from Steven Luft). ”¦ Kyle Geralds created an interactive Prezi page that breaks down all the uniforms from the original Mighty Ducks film. Really detailed work, highly recommended. ”¦ The Penguins will unveil their Stadium Series uni on Friday at 2pm Eastern. For now they’re offering teasers, like this patch. ”¦ Here’s how Upper Deck makes NHL trading cards (from Trevor Alexander). ”¦ Charles Noerenberg checks in with a few items: the Wild altered the lace-up collar on their green jersey. It’s unclear if it actually is laced or if the lace is just sewn in, but it’s undoubtedly there to evoke a vintage feel; two Wild players wore helmets with mismatched shades of green; and last Wednesday Flames captain Mark Giordano appeared in a postgame interview wearing the team’s new alternate jersey, which was notable because they’d worn their regular home jerseys during the game! Did someone have Giordano don the alt just to goose jersey sales?

Soccer News: Nigeria’s World Cup kit was leaked (from Trevor Williams). ”¦ “There was soccer uniform-themed lingerie at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which was absolutely ridiculous,” says Yusuke Toyoda. “I mean, nobody uses a truncated icosahedron ball any more.” ”¦ Yusuke also noticed that Napoli wore its yellow third kit instead of its home blues on Wednesday.

College Hoops News: According to This page (type ctrl+f “Untucked”), the upcoming Sundance Film Festival will include a short documentary on Marquette’s iconic 1977 uniforms. Would this be the first movie devoted to a uniform design? A milestone in cinema! (From John Cary.)

Grab Bag: The University of Arizona is forcing a Virginia high school to change its logo (from Tommy Turner). ”¦ Schutt helmets will have some really wide stripes in 2014 (from Michael Princip). ”¦ Anthony Nuccio saw some Nike shoes and a shirt designed by a Native American artist at the Field Museum in Chicago. ”¦ A recent episode of How I Met Your Mother showed two characters wearing Washington Generals jerseys with non-matching uniform numbers (from Chris Flinn). ”¦ Not sports-related but a fun read: Deadspin critiqued the new Williams-Sonoma catalog (and, by extension, the whole lifestyle-porn industry). ”¦ Semi-uniform related and somewhat amusing: A Masshole wearing a Larry Bird jersey/suit snuck down to ringside and even got into the ring post-fight at the Pacquiao-Rios bout in late November. ”¦ A story on how a girl’s old Bat Mitzvah T-shirt ended up in Africa includes this line from the the girl’s husband: “I haven’t read the NPR story [on how American clothes are donated to Africa] yet, but when I see news photos about Africa, I’ve seen people wearing Chicago Bulls jerseys; I’m sure there’s not an NBA store in Botswana” (from Adam Soclof).

162 comments to Patchwork: Share and Share Alike

  • The Jeff | December 12, 2013 at 7:56 am |

    Tables are better when they have food on them. ;)

  • Kevin W. | December 12, 2013 at 7:58 am |

    I think the Indians wore something for Cleveland’s 150th in 1946

    • Paul Lukas | December 12, 2013 at 8:16 am |

      Yes, they did. But the Browns didn’t. And neither did any other Cleveland team, to my knowledge. So that doesn’t fit what we’re looking for here.

  • DenverGregg | December 12, 2013 at 8:03 am |

    The $2 bill, bane of my existence. Cost me at least $20k on Jeopardy back in Y2K (what I had bet and lost on the 3d and final episode, plus any later show winnings) as I wrongly thought it had been discontinued and changed the right answer to the wrong one.

    Love the Sochi hockey sweaters for the Czechs, Yanks, Finns and, of course, the Swedes. Would be nice if the host country had a better look this go-round.

    • arrScott | December 12, 2013 at 8:22 am |

      Great story! What were your air dates?

      • DenverGregg | December 12, 2013 at 8:57 am |

        June 16, 19 and 20 of 2000.

        • BurghFan | December 12, 2013 at 9:08 am |

          That’s a nice thing to have done, and very belated congratulations.

        • Rob S | December 12, 2013 at 10:23 am |

          Looking at the archive

          At least you were in the ballpark, Gregg!

          Unless the other contestants were thinking about some rather unusual combinations (or were just horrible at math), here’s how their responses would break down:

          Mimi – $16,621
          (forgot the $2, $5, $10, and $50)

          Glen – $1,651,111!
          (forgot the $2, $5, $20, and $50, but the gap between 1,000 and 50,000 is even more baffling)

  • Rob Ullman | December 12, 2013 at 8:04 am |

    Pittsburgh’s sestercentennial being noted in 2008 by the Penguins and Pirates leaps to mind… I wanna say the Steelers recognized it too, but I’m blanking on what the patch looked like!

    • Paul Lukas | December 12, 2013 at 8:23 am |

      The Pens and Bucs both marked the occasion with patches, but they were completely different patch designs.



      Doesn’t fit what we’re looking for.

      • Rob Ullman | December 12, 2013 at 10:17 am |

        The Pirates’ patch was so lame I must’ve mentally blocked it out!

    • Rob S | December 12, 2013 at 8:49 am |

      Doesn’t quite fit Paul’s criteria of identical patches – the Pens used a round patch in Vegas gold, while the Pirates sported a rectangular patch in athletic gold.

      • Rob S | December 12, 2013 at 8:50 am |

        And, of course, Paul already responded. Need to refresh more often! >_<

      • Rob S | December 12, 2013 at 9:02 am |

        As far as I can tell, though, the only patches worn by the Steelers in 2008 were their regular logo patch, and the Gene Upshaw memorial in week 1. If they acknowledged Pittsburgh’s anniversary, it would’ve been with a helmet decal, but I haven’t had any luck finding evidence of one this morning.

        • Paul Lukas | December 12, 2013 at 9:07 am |

          I’m pretty sure they didn’t wear anything for that.

    • Joseph Gerard | December 12, 2013 at 11:34 am |

      I don’t even remember seeing the Pirates wearing a sestercentennial patch that year. Then again, with them having been losing for so long at that point, I was kinda blocking out the Bucs at that point anyways. I had only gone to two games at PNC Park at that point since it had opened–their fourth game at the park (a 3-0 win over the Astros, I was a sophomore in high school at the time and we went as a school trip) that was actually the first shutout at PNC Park, and this 16-inning beauty in 2007, also against the Astros, that saw the Pirates win 4-3 that I only went to because some coworkers wanted me to go with them and due to the weather they all ended up backing out. (And yes, I did stay the entire time.) My hope for them winning kinda waned after they had gone a decade without a winning season. I’ve been making up for it, though: since 2011 I’ve gone to ten Pirates games, seven of them at PNC Park. I don’t know what made me start going back, as the first game in that bunch was an April 2011 game against the Nationals that was coming off the Pirates having an 105-loss season, and it was before they surprised us later that season, but the winning has definitely encouraged me to go more often like I did as a kid when they played at Three Rivers Stadium.

  • The Jeff | December 12, 2013 at 8:07 am |

    A guy on Twitter (@Hokie20) is trying to get UCLA and Virginia Tech to go color-vs-color for the Car Manufacturer Bowl

    Ok, so I totally support this guy’s cause, but why is he calling VT’s color “Chicago Maroon”?

    • Scott | December 12, 2013 at 8:19 am |

      …because “Chicago Maroon” is the official name of the their maroon color.

      • terriblehuman | December 12, 2013 at 8:56 am |

        It’s weird to think of VT’s color as the same as U of C’s maroon. When I visited Blacksburg a while ago, I thought a lot of the signage looked more purple than deep red.

  • Kevin W. | December 12, 2013 at 8:10 am |

    But I don’t think the Browns, Buckeyes of the Negro League, and Barons of the AHL did.

  • Rob Ullman | December 12, 2013 at 8:10 am |

    Now that I think about it, the Pens and Bucs DIDN’T wear the same patch…the one the Buccos wore was a rectangle. CURSES.

    • Paul Lukas | December 12, 2013 at 8:23 am |

      See above, Rob — I replied to your original comment!

  • Scott | December 12, 2013 at 8:23 am |

    Re: the Hess trucks. I wouldn’t call myself a ‘collector’ by any means – but as a kid, it was like clockwork that I would get one every Christmas. I think I have all of them from about 1992-2002 boxed up in my attic. (I received them before then as well, but I would pretty much destroy them because I used to play with them…)

    I’m sure you’re looking for someone a little more hard-core to talk to, though.

    • Paul Lukas | December 12, 2013 at 8:24 am |

      No, you would qualify. Please email me!

    • Joseph Gerard | December 12, 2013 at 11:44 am |

      We don’t have Hess in Western PA–they do have them in Eastern PA on the other side of the Appalachian Mountains–so I can’t vouch for any of that stuff. (Although I have heard stories that they watered down their gasoline during their Amerada days.) But didn’t Hess recently put their retail operations up for sale? It would be perfect for someone like Phillips 66 to snatch up since it would fill some holes in their footprint.

      • Phil Hecken | December 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm |

        Their carbon footprint.

        • Scott | December 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm |


        • GOPer | December 13, 2013 at 6:03 am |

          …Because Phil NEVER uses any form of motorized transportation or electricity…

  • Eric Braun | December 12, 2013 at 8:24 am |

    Re: Vedder; yes thats a shirt he must have picked up in Pittsburgh. Ive seen many pics from Pearl Jams recent 2013 tour and was there the first show in Pitt. A few pics Ive seen (from diff cities) were backstage shots where there are a few different Pirates plastic helmets lined up.

    He must have picked up a LOT of souvenirs, including many bottles of Franco Harris’ wine (drank like 3 during the show)and a few other Pittsburgh-centric t shirts Ive seen along the way

  • Connie | December 12, 2013 at 8:28 am |

    1. Really like Nigeria World Cup shirt.

    2. Denver Gregg was a two-day (almost three-day) Jeopardy champion!!

  • Bill Schaefer | December 12, 2013 at 8:35 am |

    So is that 1932 Braves photo the first evidence of a baseball cap being worn sideways?

    • Bill Schaefer | December 12, 2013 at 8:35 am |

      Oops. 1930 photo.

      • Dumb Guy | December 12, 2013 at 9:03 am |

        Yee-aH Booooooooooyyyy!!!

    • BrianC | December 12, 2013 at 11:06 am |

      Rabbit Maranville was the original gangsta!

  • Brendan in Eugene | December 12, 2013 at 8:38 am |

    Similar to the Saints football issue, the Oregon Ducks have sold sweatshirts that stated something akin to “UO Basketball since 1876” at various times. While I know that the date refers to the school’s founding, it is still off-putting to see an anachronistic date like that.

  • Matt D (the other one) | December 12, 2013 at 8:39 am |

    There’s a vender at the Regional Market up here in Syracuse that sells peaches for 3 dollars and gives out 2 dollar bills as change (from $5). I asked him about it this summer. He said he does it for the convenience of not having to count out bills and as a way to be remembered.

    I don’t know if he just brings a small bank of those bills who if he brings enough to last throughout the day.

  • Jason M (DC) | December 12, 2013 at 8:40 am |

    What we need to do is do away with the dollar bill, put the dollar coin in greater circulation, and increase the circulation of the $2.

    • terriblehuman | December 12, 2013 at 8:48 am |

      Co-signed. There’s a snack vending machine I’d like to use but I never have a crisp dollar bill and the credit card scanner is unreliable at best.

    • Chris Holder | December 12, 2013 at 9:13 am |

      I agree, as well. How many transactions nowadays even clock in below $1? You can’t get a soda at a gas station for less than $1.50.

    • BrianC | December 12, 2013 at 10:21 am |

      I’d rather have 10 one dollar bills in my wallet than 10 one dollar coins in my pocket.

      • Jason M (DC) | December 12, 2013 at 10:28 am |

        That’s what Americans have been saying for forever. When I went to the UK, I enjoyed having a 1-pound coin. And Canada has their loonies and toonies for $1 and $2. But with the cost of production and inflation, we eventually need to ditch the penny anyways. Maybe part of the problem with the design of the dollar coins is that they have generally been large. Perhaps we need a smaller dollar coin design.

        • mike 2 | December 12, 2013 at 10:53 am |

          We ditched the penny this year too


        • Mark in Shiga | December 13, 2013 at 7:42 am |

          I’d much rather see the government commit itself to maintaining the value of the dollar and eliminating inflation, but we all know that’s not going to happen any time soon.

          Another thing that would save a lot of money would be to require stores to post prices inclusive of sales tax. Then they could round the prices of items over about a dollar to the nearest nickel, and over $100 to the nearest dollar. Prices would contain at most 2-3 significant digits and customers would have a much easier time paying for things.

          Lots of places in Europe do this, as does Japan. Back before 1989, when there was no consumption tax, stores naturally rounded prices off, so no one was bothered by occasionally having to spend 1-yen coins when buying something small. Then suddenly everything required them and the mint had to produce a lot more of them. Since about 2004 they’ve gone to tax-inclusive pricing, which hides the fact that the government is grabbing money from consumers and store owners, but makes calculations and payments much easier.

      • Santa Claus | December 12, 2013 at 10:58 am |

        That’s why we need $2 coins as well. Fewer coins in your pocket. Works for the UK.

    • Will S | December 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm |

      Don’t miss the Canadian $1 bill at all and was a fairly easy adjustment. Although it’s been gone since the mid 90s I still miss the $2 bill and have no great love for the $2 coin (especially since a work vending machine doesn’t take it, but don’t like it much in general).

      Was looking for the last year the Canadian $2 was made and this little article about the $2 bill came up early in my search.

    • arrScott | December 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm |

      Seconded. Also, eliminating the dollar bill in favor of coins would reduce federal spending by $4.4 billion over the next few decades. That’s $4.4 billion in pure waste we could save, since bills cost the government much more to keep in circulation than coins. I take no politician seriously who rends his garments over debt or deficits who has not already cosponsored one of the many failed bills to eliminate the dollar bill.

      Since the whole “but it reduces the deficit” argument so rarely persuades so-called conservatives, the other pitch I make is that if we kill the dollar bill and move George Washington to a redesigned dollar coin, that frees up the quarter for Reagan.

  • Bill Schaefer | December 12, 2013 at 8:40 am |

    A little outside the box but the Calgary Flames wear the Alberta flag on their shoulders for the past several years. Any chance the Stampeders have done so as well? I don’t know enough about the CFL to answer that question.

    • mike 2 | December 12, 2013 at 10:52 am |

      I’m going to say “no”, only because the ONLY place I’ve ever seen a Canadian provincial flag is on the Flames jersey. Ever.

      • Teebz | December 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm |

        Ironically, both the Calgary Flames and the Alberta Pandas (women’s hockey) wear the Canadian flag on their shoulders.

  • Paul Lukas | December 12, 2013 at 8:49 am |

    Not uni-related, but interesting: One of the baseball trivia categories that get kicked around here in NYC is the list of players who’ve played for the Yankees and Mets.

    Based on the current offseason signings, that list is going to grow. The Mets have signed former Yankees Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon, and the Yanks have signed former Met Carlos Beltran. In addition, the Yanks apparently have their eye on two former Mets.

    • Ben Fortney | December 12, 2013 at 11:01 am |

      Better question is Yankee, Met, Dodger, Giant… last time I was quizzed there were only 3 players. Not sure if that’s changed in the past couple years or not.

      • scottrj | December 12, 2013 at 11:09 am |

        And Casey Stengel makes four if the question is players who wore all four NY jerseys.

        • Ben Fortney | December 12, 2013 at 11:24 am |

          Yeah, the question was originally phrased as “played on all 4 teams” – Stengal’s usually the first that comes to mind, and there’s a very famous 2nd. The other 2 are much tougher.

        • scottrj | December 12, 2013 at 11:45 am |

          Yeah, but Stengel’s the only one of the four to wear all four jerseys while they were NY teams.

  • terriblehuman | December 12, 2013 at 8:50 am |

    re: $2 bills

    The only place I’ve received $2 bills as change was Monticello, which makes sense, Thomas Jefferson and all.

    • Joel K | December 12, 2013 at 9:06 am |

      I typically carry 10 two dollar bills in my billfold so if somebody asks for change for a 20 (it doesn’t happen often) I give them 10 twos. I also have a miss-cut two which is kind of interesting.

      • Connie DC | December 12, 2013 at 10:39 am |

        Wow, Joel, that is really something, in a distinctive-mode-of-public-service kind of way. Cool.

    • Michael Emody | December 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm |

      When someone hands me a $2 bill, I usually joke, “So you’ve been to the race track, eh?” If that doesn’t work, then a strip club reference is in order.

    • SWC Susan | December 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm |

      As I said last week or so in the comments, I always have some in my wallet for tips. Got it from dad. Used to be a lot harder to get, many trips to the bank ended with, “no, we don’t have any”. But now we have a salvage yard in Houston that pays out in $2 bills. So now I go to the back and get, “I have a $100 worth. Will you take them all?”!

  • Brian | December 12, 2013 at 9:02 am |

    The teams in the Branded Activewear Bowl should be Colorado State and Washington State, not Washington.

    • DenverGregg | December 12, 2013 at 9:13 am |

      Both should look good, but that game really ought to call itself the New Mexico Chile Bowl, especially when the participants are in red and green.

  • JT | December 12, 2013 at 9:05 am |

    $2 Bills are near and dear to all Clemson Tiger fans; we travel with them all the time. As the tradition goes “In 1977, Georgia Tech decided to stop playing football against Clemson. In a show of protest, students and alumni stamped $2 bills with Tiger Paws and used them in Atlanta to illustrate the money Tiger fans spent at athletic events. Today, fans still use $2 bills when attending away games.”

    • Jay Lite | December 12, 2013 at 9:53 am |

      Another reason the $2 bill is near and dear to Clemson fans…you can buy a grey Clemson K-Mart sweatshirt just like the one Dabo Swinney wears on the sidelines for only $2.00!

  • Dave G | December 12, 2013 at 9:09 am |

    The table says “Dodgers” not “Dodgers”

    • Paul Lukas | December 12, 2013 at 9:16 am |

      Thanks — fixed.

    • Bill Schaefer | December 12, 2013 at 11:19 am |

      Am I the only one really confused by this?

      • Rob S | December 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm |

        No, you’re not.

      • SWC Susan | December 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm |

        No, definitely not!

        • Connie DC | December 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm |

          The table also says “Yankees” not “Yankees”

  • scottrj | December 12, 2013 at 9:11 am |

    Re Albie Pearson: in 1957, the year before the Senators called him up, the number 6 was worn by long-time utility infielder Jerry Snyder. No one wore number 7. When the season started in 1958, however, Pearson wore number 6, off-season acquisition Bobby Malkmus wore number 7, and Snyder wore number 34 (for the handful of games he played before he was released). My guess would be the team hadn’t settled on uniform numbers when the Topps took the picture.

    More interestingly, Pearson overcame spina bifida to make it to the big leagues, but after winning AL Rookie of the Year in 1958 the condition caused his career to decline so precipitously that he wound up being the final player out of 28 the LA Angels selected in the expansion draft. So that was the number he wore throughout his stint with them. After which he became a fairly renowned minister.

    • Clarybird | December 12, 2013 at 1:02 pm |

      Whenever I hear Albie Pearson’s name, I always smile and think of this quote from “The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading And Bubble Gum Book” by Boyd & Harris: “Albie Pearson would have been, had he been only six inches taller, almost 5’11”. Here he is standing next to his favorite bat.”.

      • David Firestone | December 12, 2013 at 1:21 pm |

        I came across this when I was doing research on Pearson’s 1958 jersey number and stumbled across the card. It looks like, as least to me, like he was given a jersey with a seven as the second number for the photo shoot.

  • ChrisH | December 12, 2013 at 9:15 am |

    Regarding Temple’s uniforms mentioned in the Ticker:

    In the mid-1970’s they also had armpit-to-mid-waist Liberty Bell ‘striping’:

    • ChrisH | December 12, 2013 at 10:03 am |

      Also in 1976 they did use the “Philadelphia 76” Liberty Bell logo on their home game programs, and they did wear sleeve patches for (at least) their game vs. Penn State, but is was not the same one worn by the Philadelphia NFL and MLB teams that year:

      Anyone know more about those?

  • Fite Club | December 12, 2013 at 9:15 am |

    The local gentleman’s club gives $2 bills in change when you pay your cover charge or buy a beer with a Peter Gammons, errr, Andrew Jackson twenty. This is presumably so you’ll tip the dancers with them, giving them double what you might ordinarily tip with a George Washington.

    • Heather | December 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm |

      Regarding that, a bartender posted this comment on my site last week:

      “I get $2 bills…3 or 4 times a year. A patron once told me that he’d been to a strip club that made all their change with them so people would be forced to tip the dancing ladies more. I have no idea if this is true, but I find the theory wildly entertaining and now assume that everyone who gives me a $2 bill was at a strip club the night before :)”

  • michael patrick mclaughlin | December 12, 2013 at 9:20 am | Story on the Arizona cardinals uniform records. I found it interesting that the only one they have had success in is their bloodclots.

    Also that boston braves/redsox pilgrim hate patch is awesome. I need to find one.

  • michael patrick mclaughlin | December 12, 2013 at 9:30 am |

    The ranger just used their triple-A phase of the rule 5 draft to get Russel Wilson from the Rockies… you may have heard of him before His MiLB profile twitter feed

  • Daren L | December 12, 2013 at 9:31 am |

    The Montreal Olympics patch wasn’t worn by just the Expos and Canadiens either. The Winnipeg Jets of the old WHA also wore a similar patch in 1976, although I never understood why.

    Here is a link to Anders Hedberg’s jersey.

    • Daren L | December 12, 2013 at 9:34 am |

      Let’s try that link again – Anders Hedberg’s jersey.

  • aingle | December 12, 2013 at 9:36 am |

    It was the girl’s husband who had the Bulls quote in the NPR story not her.

    “MICHAEL: I haven’t read the NPR story yet, but when I see news photos about Africa, I’ve seen people wearing Chicago Bulls jerseys; I’m sure there’s not an NBA store in Botswana.”

    Read more:

    • Mike Chamernik | December 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm |

      Correct. In my haste I wanted to clarify that it wasn’t an editorial opinion, but I forgot that they talked with the girl’s husband, too. Fixed.

    • Michael Emody | December 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm |

      Funny thing about Botswana: if you love wasting time on Google Street View, you’ll know that GSV has done only two African countries so far- South Africa and… Botswana. South Africa was completed in time for the World Cup, but I can’t explain why Botswana was done before Egypt, Nigeria or my fav, The Gambia. Maybe the boarder crossings were unmanned and the Google driver just kept going.

  • Brian G | December 12, 2013 at 9:38 am |

    I believe the Leafs and Jays wore a Toronto sesquicentennial patch in 1984.

  • Chad | December 12, 2013 at 9:49 am |

    That is definitely a Clemente shirt that Eddie Vedder is wearing. PJ spent 5 days in Pittsburgh before they opened their tour here in October. He mentioned at the concert that he spent time at the Clemente museum during the week.

  • quiet seattle | December 12, 2013 at 10:05 am |

    That Rice alt jersey is a disaster.

    The concept is completely unoriginal, of course, and the birds are rendered in too fussy detail.

    And one owl would’ve been plenty.

    And why ‘Temple’ AND ‘Owls’?

    And the number font clashes with the Olde English script.

    And, furthermore, it looks like a polyester golf shirt.

    Start over.

    • Clarybird | December 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm |

      And it looks like “hice Owls”.

      • Dumb Guy | December 12, 2013 at 4:22 pm |

        I thought “kice Owls”

  • hwsprague | December 12, 2013 at 10:28 am |

    My dad was the TE on that California Golden Bears team who played in the ’79 Garden State Bowl against Temple. Don Sprague #83 (not pictured). Those were sweet unis on both sides. My dad broke his cheek that year and the equipment staff at Cal came up with a facemask to suit someone who needed protection around the eyes, but also needed to be able to see a pass thrown in his direction (no center bar like a lot of linemen wear). This new protection worked, and several years later turned into the “Deion Sanders look” among many other players.

    • Connie DC | December 12, 2013 at 10:42 am |

      Great story.

  • Mike Engle on Android | December 12, 2013 at 10:37 am |

    Not quite what you are looking for (different cities), but too curious to ignore: Check out NHL Patches dot info and you will see that both the Buffalo Sabers and the New York Islanders wore the same patch advertising the 1980 winter Olympics at Lake Placid. But not the Rangers.

    • Paul Lukas | December 12, 2013 at 10:52 am |

      Same state, though — I say it counts! I’ll add it to the table.

      • Mike Engle on iPad | December 12, 2013 at 11:07 am |

        Well then at that rate, here’s another example from the NHL. A little off the deep end, but you tell me if it counts for you.
        October 7, 2001. Sabres at MSG for the Rangers’ home opener. This is less than a month after 9/11. The Rangers ditched their normal Rangers word mark for “New York” going diagonally in the normal font, and the Sabres ditched the goat head in favor of a “New York” word mark going diagonally in their normal font!
        I know you aren’t normally interested in different patches for one event (the Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics all had completely different patches for the Marathon bombing), but for one game, it was an aesthetically unique occurrence.

        • Paul Lukas | December 12, 2013 at 11:50 am |

          That’s interesting, but I’d say it’s not quite the same thing. I vote no.

        • Tom V. | December 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm |

          Something related to Rangers going with New York on their home jerseys. Most other teams use the same crest on both home and away jerseys, so when NHL went white on the road and color at home, most teams just had to switch which jersey they wore, but the Rangers had to create completely new jerseys, because before the switch they had White Rangers jerseys and Blue New York jerseys, after the switch they had the opposite. Did any other teams have to do that?

        • Rob S | December 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm |

          Actually, no. 1978-87 is the only time the Rangers have had “New York” diagonally across the front of their regularly-worn road jerseys, and they were always blue.

          Each time the NHL has changed its rule about home and road colors, New York has had “Rangers” diagonally across both jerseys each time, so no such changes were ever made.

  • Teebz | December 12, 2013 at 10:39 am |

    Because I’ve rarely seen a sports personality so involved, reigning IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight boxing world champion Wladimir Klitschko was standing in front of riot police as part of the crowd in the Ukraine yesterday.

    I know he has political aspirations after his career in boxing, but I’ve never seen an athlete literally put himself in harm’s way like this.

    • Paul Lukas | December 12, 2013 at 10:55 am |

      Another boxer — the great lightweight Alexis Arguello — fought in the Nicaraguan jungle with the Contras for several months in the midst of his boxing career.

      • Teebz | December 12, 2013 at 11:03 am |

        Ok, that’s pretty cool. Not that he had to fight, but that he gave up his sport to fight for something.

        I know a ton of athletes took part in the World Wars and Pat Tillman’s story isn’t lost on me, but I’ve never seen many athletes involved in a civil uprising.

        Good call on that one, Paul. :o)

    • ChrisH | December 12, 2013 at 11:12 am |

      Roosevelt Grier and Rafer Johnson both wrestled with an actively shooting Sirhan Sirhan after he fired at RFK, I think.

  • Mike Engle on Android | December 12, 2013 at 10:39 am |

    I need to teach my phone that the Buffalo hockey team is spelled Sabres.

    • Rydell | December 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm |

      Just curious Mike which version do you prefer the mobile version or the regular for the site?
      I just started viewing this site on my android maybe I just need to get used to it because I’m so used to the laptop or I could be doing something wrong in terms of viewing this site on my android

      • Mike Engle on iPad | December 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm |

        My favorite experience of reading Uni Watch is using my iPad, on normal view. If the mobile setup could enable replying to a comment, then that would change the calculus.

        • Rydell | December 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm |

          Oh ok I thought my settings were off I wondered why there was no reply option, thanks for your help

    • walter | December 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm |

      Why does Buffalo choose that spelling of “Sabre”? Is “Saber” not acceptable?

  • Scott Davis | December 12, 2013 at 10:42 am |

    I always make it a point to bring a stack of $2 bills with me when I go to the flea market. People with almost always be willing to barter down to insanely low prices just so they can get their hands on some. (Little do they know that they can just go to any bank and get them themselves)

  • ChrisH | December 12, 2013 at 10:47 am |

    Can you add the Philadelphia NASL team of 1976 to the table? They too wore the bicentennial patch:

    • Paul Lukas | December 12, 2013 at 10:56 am |

      Will do!

  • mike 2 | December 12, 2013 at 10:48 am |

    The Mark Giordano thing came up last week – it was explained in the comments that they were doing a “shirts off our backs” charity auction after the game so he changed right away.

  • Bando | December 12, 2013 at 11:14 am |

    One of Apple co-founder and generally fun guy Steve Wozniak’s longstanding habits is walking around with uncut sheets of $2 bills he special orders from the US Mint, which he then proceeds to spend by standing at the counter of a store and cutting out how many bills he needs with a pair of scissors. It’s pretty fantastic.

  • JimWa | December 12, 2013 at 11:18 am |

    No DC football franchise name update … I’m offended. You don’t care about anyone but yourself.

    • arrScott | December 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm |

      Mike Shanahan is clearly just trying to get himself fired at this point, benching RG3 and all. (If he’s fired, instead of resigning, the Skins have to pay him next year’s salary and he will be free to take other head coaching jobs in 2014.)

      So my prediction: If Snyder still hasn’t fired Shanahan by next Tuesday, the coach is going to hold a press conference and announce his opposition to the team name. And if that doesn’t get him fired, he’ll tell the press he thinks the team’s new name should be either the Bald Eagles or the Cowpokes.

  • JoeSchmidt | December 12, 2013 at 11:27 am |

    The Marquette Hoops Untucked short film was done by Danny Pudi from Community, a proud alum. Very much looking forward to it.

  • Al Gruwell | December 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm |

    When I lived in Iowa, we would take cans and bottles back for deposit. If you took back a bag of cans, you got a $10 bill and a $2 bill, and a new bag for the empties. If they were mixed cans and bottles, you got the skunk eye, as they had to separate them there.
    If anybody wants to plunk down the cash for a polyester shirt, Rice is selling the “Owls on the bat” version for $168. Seems a bit much, especially with no chain stitching.

  • Jet | December 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm |

    What makes that 1930 Boston tricentennial patch even more delicious is the fact that it’s on the Braves jersey with the indian head in the middle!

    I’m loving these 1950’s baseball highlight films (1955 Braves). That A’s one yesterday was a hoot – making a team that won 52 games sound like world-beaters!


  • Mike Engle | December 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm |

    Hey Paul, I think I found another cross-sport patch for your table.
    The Sandy Hook School shooting inspired the Red Sox and Yankees to wear a patch, and for the Patriots to wear a helmet decal. Essentially the same design (black ribbon and the Newtown seal), but with a different spatial layout?
    Now that I’m thinking of this, I remember that the Football Giants just hand-wrote SHES on their helmets.

    • TBone | December 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm |

      Great find! I hope that one counts for the table.

  • Clarybird | December 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm |

    It looks like one of the lenses of the crazy Philadelphia Eagles mascot’s goggles was broken.

    • Dumb Guy | December 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm |


      That’s the only one of those mascots I even remotely care for.

  • Clarybird | December 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm |

    Funny that the University of Arizona was forcing Appomatox HS to change the similar “A” logo, when the Tampa Bay Bucs probably couldn’t give two shits that the school football team has completely hijacked their helmet logo (see the video at the 00:07 second mark).

    • The Jeff | December 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm |

      Calling yourselves the Raiders while wearing Cowboys colors and using the Bucs logo…

      The ghost of Al Davis does not approve.

  • Defo Maitland | December 12, 2013 at 12:59 pm |

    Another one for your table, Paul. The Stampeders and Flames wore identical patches in 1987/88 leading up to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary

    • Paul Lukas | December 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm |

      Good one! Will add.

  • David Staples | December 12, 2013 at 1:08 pm |

    More $2 bill stories. The Ted’s Montana Grill chain (started by Ted Turner) used to give out crisp $2 bills as change. I received them at several of their restaurants in Florida and Georgia, so I assumed it was a corporate thing.

    Also, at the church we attended in Orlando, quite a large number of people there would always carry a $2 bill in their wallets or purses in case they encountered someone who needed money. Their reasoning was that it was more than just a $1 bill or change, and its uniqueness kept them from spending it. Pretty cool habit, I thought.

  • Todd | December 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm |

    I tried to tip my local bartender with a $2 once and she wouldn’t accept it. She is big on it being bad luck. I did end up sneaking one in as a tip once, and the next time in I got it back as change. It is an ongoing battle that I will never win.

    • arrScott | December 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm |

      This is a story that needs to be stolen and used by a novelist. If James Crumley were still alive, it’d be perfect local color for one of his PI books.

  • name redacted | December 12, 2013 at 1:17 pm |

    Barcelona sell rights to the inside of their kit.

  • Rydell | December 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm |

    The haircuts in the old Red Wings photo are great and very popular in today’s fashion world

  • Joe Nguyen | December 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm |

    I give out $2 bills as the lucky money in the red envelopes during Lunar New Year. It may not be as fruitful as the 10’s and 20’s that some others give out, but I’ve been told that the kids (and adults) really like the uniqueness of it. I’ve got a stash of $2 bills ready to go in my desk for the upcoming New Year next month!

  • Mark in Shiga | December 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm |

    The number 7 on that Albie Pearson card sure has some weird perspective. It might just be a trick of the camera, but it looks like the number was designed not to have a 3-D effect (like the New York Rangers do) or a slide shadow (like the Mets did until recently), but to actually incorporate perspective so that the number appears to be rising up from the bottom.

  • Bill Schaefer | December 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm |

    Not trying to be overly picky here but the patch on the 1951 Tigers’ sleeve doesn’t look right in the link. I’m sure it’s intended to be the same patch but it doesn’t seem to match the Lions’ and Wings’ patches.

    Is it actually different or did Dressed to the Nines not get it 100% accurate?

  • Rydell | December 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm |

    Mike Engle on Android | December 12, 2013 at 10:39 am | Reply 

    I need to teach my phone that the Buffalo hockey team is spelled Sabres.

    Rydell | December 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Reply 

    Just curious Mike which version do you prefer the mobile version or the regular for the site?
    I just started viewing this site on my android maybe I just need to get used to it because I’m so used to the laptop or I could be doing something wrong in terms of viewing this site on my android

    • Mike Engle on iPad | December 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm |

      If I have something to say for the first time on an article, mobile mode is fine. Easy to read and less graphically intense. If I see something to which I want to respond, I feel like I have to ditch my cell phone in favor of my iPad or computer. That is a huge shortcoming.

      • Rydell | December 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm |

        Gotcha, thanks for your help

    • Coleman | December 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm |

      Request the desktop version when on your mobile/tablet. Much easier to navigate/comment.

  • Jeff | December 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm |

    So apparently Beyonce is a fan of Texas …

    and since I didn’t see this in the comments after an admittedly brief scan … this is horrendous …

    • arrScott | December 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm |

      How bad is that Jaguars helmet design? So bad that it actually looks better on a Hummer than on a football helmet. That’s gotta be very nearly a first in the history of the visual arts.

  • jfi | December 12, 2013 at 9:19 pm |

    I know this is late in the day but I believe both the Cubs and White Sox had patches in 1968 for a Chicago centennial of some denomination. :)

    • Paul Lukas | December 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm |

      Look again at the table.

  • traxel | December 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm |

    Does it count that the Royals and Cardinals both wore the Joplin patch? Same state, same game.

    • michael patrick mclaughlin | December 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm |

      If you do it that way than they Royals and the Giants wore the “B” strong patches against the Red Sox this summer

  • wayne | December 12, 2013 at 11:12 pm |

    UGH!!! NFL homecoming? What the crap??!?!

  • michael patrick mclaughlin | December 13, 2013 at 12:45 am |

    Just sent this in for a submission tomorrow… USA u-18 hockey is hosting a star wars night.. heres their jerseys

  • Cary O'Reilly | December 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm |

    The Reds had the all star game in 1988, Cincinnati’s bicentennial, so they wore that patch, which unfortunately makes no mention of the city’s history.

  • kwmoore | December 15, 2013 at 12:29 am |

    Speaking of “Owls on the Bat”, my high school baseball team used to have “Bronchos on the Bat” on two of our three jerseys(the third was our alt jersey which simply had our town name in script with a tail.
    Regarding the Generals’ jersey item, if you’ll notice closely, they are two different jerseys. The left one would be like game worn or replica gamer. The right hand one is the overpriced souvenir store replica.