Big MLB throwback day yesterday, as four teams turned back the clock. First up was the Cubs/Brewers game at Wrigley, which found the Cubbies wearing their 1937 unis. As you can see above, that meant zippered jerseys and absolutely spectacular striped hosiery. Here’s another view:
The Brewers didn’t exist in 1937, so they wore uniforms based on a minor league Milwaukee Brewers team. The most interesting thing about this uni was the letterspacing on the chest insignia. The “A” was all by itself in the middle of the placket, which made the chest wordmark look like “MILW A UKEE”:
Most players went high-cuffed, with the very conspicuous exception of Brewers shortstop Jeff Bianchi, who really needs to get with the program:
Lots of additional photos here.
Meanwhile, over in Kansas City, the Orioles and Royals wore Negro League throwbacks — Baltimore Black Sox for the O’s and KC Monarchs for the Royals. Interestingly, the Monarchs’ design was blank on the front:
Some KC players wore solid stockings, while others wore stirrups:
As for the Orioles, their I loved their Black Sox unis — the jersey, the cap, the whole package:
The only bummer is that the Orioles wore their standard non-throwback batting helmets:
Lots of additional photos here. Meanwhile, in case you missed it, Phil pointed out something interesting in yesterday’s entry: The Orioles will be wearing Negro Leagues throwbacks again on May 30 when they play the annual Civil Rights Game in Houston against the Astros, and then they’ll be wearing 1990s throwbacks against the Cubs when they visit Wrigley on Aug. 24. So they’ll be wearing throwbacks at least three times this season as the visiting team, something I believe is unprecedented.
(Big thanks to Gene Sanny for the Jeff Bianchi screen shots.)
PermaRec update: I recently got to interview a 90-year-old former student from the Manhattan Trade School for Girls and see some pages from her old art portfolio (including the illustration shown at right). The best part is the bit where she told me how pouring milk in her iced tea turned out to be one of the formative aesthetic moments of her life. Get the full scoop over on Permanent Record.
’Skins Watch: Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who happens to be a longtime ’Skins fan, thinks the team should keep its name (from Tommy Turner). … Here’s more about those “Siouxper Drunk” T-shirts at the U. of North Dakota from last week (thanks, Phil). … This is fascinating: As you’re no doubt aware, lacrosse has deep Native American roots, and two of the best current collegiate lacrosse players are the brothers Miles and Lyle Thompson, who play for Albany and are Onondaga Indians. Lacrosse Magzine recently ran a photo spread on Miles Thompson, which showed him with a ’Skins blanket on his bed. But check out the accompanying note: “I actually got rid of this blanket after my older brother Jerome Thompson Jr. enlightened me on what the real meaning of a ‘redskin’ is and how it affects our people. I am no longer a Redskins fan, but I still am a fan of RGIII” (big thanks to Kevin Mueller).
Baseball News: The Cubs made a pretty big mistake on one of their Wrigley Field centennial murals (from Gil Neumann). … Good question from Casey B, who wonders if there are any ballparks that still have the old “No Pepper Games” signs. If not, which was the last one to have them? Has anyone ever charted their disappearance? … Last week I mentioned that Babe Ruth used the jersey he wore in Pride of the Yankees for personal appearances later in his life. Now there’s a whole article about that specific jersey — good stuff (from Tom Shieber). … Here’s a great 1979 article on the Pirates’ Stargell Stars (big thanks to Todd Radom). ”¦ Want some vintage striped stirrups? Somebody on eBay is selling a whole box of them. … Check out the jerseys worn by the 1976 Fukuoka Taiheiyo Club Lions — they look more like football jerseys! “Can’t imagine why these didn’t work,” says Keith Olbermann. … The Nats apparently have their own strength and conditioning logo. Does every team have something similar? “That’s Wilson Ramos, holding his own bobblehead,” says Alan Borock. ”¦ Speaking of bobbleheads, the Rangers gave away a bobble with an embarrassing typo yesterday (from Don Silsby). ”¦ Michael Hersch has made a baseball-themed version of the 2048 game. “Instead of numbers, the squares are lettered A-K using cap logos. I had to get creative and find some minor league teams to fill in some of the letters.”
NFL News: Good catch by Dustin Tingue, who notes that the Bills appear to have a new number font for their practice jerseys. Here’s a practice shot from last December, for comparison. … “On last week’s episode of The Middle, the recurring character played by Norm Macdonald came up with a great idea of selling NFL shower curtains,” says Chris Flinn. “His way to get around the NFL licensing rules was to drop a letter on all of the team’s names, so they show Begals, Gants, and Cots shower curtains throughout the episode.” ”¦ A Bills fan has gotten a tattoo of late team owner Ralph Wilson (thanks, Mike).
College Football News: Embarrassing-looking new helmet apparently in the works for N.C. State. “As an alum, not sure how I feel about these,” says Jacob Schuurman. As a non-alum, I’m pretty sure I know exactly how I feel.
Hockey News: If you’re a Blues fan, you really need to bid on this super-wide-lapelled suede jacket. I love how the auction listing describes it as “this cool suede affair” (entertainingly garish find by Mike Powers).
Soccer News: Arsenal wore a specially embroidered shirt for the FA Cup Final (from Yusuke Toyoda). ”¦ Also from Yusuke: “Bayern Munich wore next season’s kit for the season-closing German Cup Final. But this will be the only time they’ll wear this design with the European champions patch, since they failed to defend their Champions League title.” ”¦ The rest of these are from Trevor Williams: Nike has created a commemorative Arsenal jersey that incorporates 20 years’ worth of old designs. ”¦ New USA training jersey. ”¦ New kits for AS Monaco and AtlÃ©tico Madrid.
Grab Bag: Has crazy has the camo thing become? So crazy that Ralph Lauren now offers a camo sport coat (from Tommy Turner). ”¦ A religion website has posted a slideshow of really ugly vestments (from Jeff Hunter). ”¦ Good article on whether high school softball players should wear facemasks (from Yusuke Toyoda).