By Phil Hecken
Back again with Part III of the WFL uniform contest. If you missed Part I click here, and Part II is here. Very briefly, for those of you unfamiliar with the origin of the contest, the idea was for readers and designers to come up with a uniform for any WFL team had that team remained in existence today (you can read more here and here).
Our first weekend featured teams who had five (or more) designs submit concepts for teams. Last weekend, we took a look at (and vote on) teams for which there were four designers. Today we’ll see the remaining concepts — there were two teams with three concepters, four teams from whom two folks submitted designs, and five teams with a single concepter. Since voting for teams with two or one team is pretty much out, we’ll have voting only for the best design for teams with three uniform designers. The others will just be shown. OK? OK Let’s begin.
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FLORIDA BLAZERS – POLL (Vote for One):
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JACKSONVILLE SHARKS – POLL (Vote for One):
And now we’ll move on to teams with two or one single concepter each:
New York Stars
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San Antonio Wings
And finally, we move to the “single team” entry concepts.
And there you have it folks — our final look at the WFL design contest entries.
I’d like to thank each and every person who submitted a concept for this contest, and also Aaron Johnson, who came up with the idea more than a year ago. I think it was great fun (even if it was a LOT of work on my end) and I also think the designs themselves were spectacular! Well done one and all.
OK, there were still two sets above you can vote on, so if you haven’t already, scroll on back up and do so now!
Classic Ballpark Scoreboards
I’m pleased to continue with a new weekend feature here at Uni Watch, “Classic Ballpark Scoreboards,” which are created by Gary Chanko. You probably know Gary best for his wonderful colorizations, but he has been a solid contributor for many years, and this is his new project. This segment will appear every Saturday on Uni Watch.
Here’s Gary (click on images to enlarge):
Classic Ballpark Scoreboards – Sixth in a Series
by Gary Chanko
Old Comiskey Park and Baker Bowl are the subjects of this week’s look at classic ballpark scoreboards.
Old Comiskey Park
Home of: Chicago White Sox
Last baseball game: September 30, 1990; Demolished:1991
The lollapalooza of scoreboards has to be Old Comiskey Park’s outrageous exploding carnival of lights and sound. In case you missed it or want to relive the scoreboard experience after a White Sox home run, watch this 1977 Super 6 movie footage.
Again it was the creative mind of Bill Veeck behind the design of the 130 foot long scoreboard known as “The Monster.” The Monster was created after the 1959 season. It was not a new scoreboard, but simply created by adding on to the structure of the existing scoreboard. Veeck estimated the scoreboard attracted an added 5000 fans a game during its inaugural 1960 season.
Like all the scoreboards of this era, Old Comiskey’s design experienced change over the years. This graphic illustration recreates the scoreboard layout from the seventies era.
A Few Things to Know
• A William Saroyan play, The Time of Your Life, was Veeck’s inspiration for the exploding scoreboard.
• Pinwheels from the scoreboard were salvaged and are preserved in the Chicago History Museum.
• In the 1970s a Pitch-O-Meter was installed above the Elgin clock (goodbye Longines) that reportedly gave an accurate pitch speed. It also had the capability to display the 20 second countdown between pitches, but this function was apparently never used.
• In 1982 the scoreboard received a final cosmetic and technical upgrade with the installation of Diamond Vision screens.
• The legacy of the exploding scoreboard lives on in the new Comiskey Park or U.S. Cellular Field as it’s now named.
Home of: Philadelphia Phillies
Last baseball game: June 30, 1938; Demolished:1950
While Old Comiskey Park was identified with an exploding bells and whistles scoreboard, Baker Bowl’s scoreboard, and adjoining right field wall, was best known for something quite different: soap products to end B.O. Yes, that B.O.
Built in the 1890s, Baker Bowl incorporated the latest in ballpark technology at the time and was praised as one of the best. However the field was shoehorned into an oddly shaped rectangular city space and was ridiculed as a “band box.” The right field wall was only 280 feet from home plate.
The unremarkable manual scoreboard was called the “home of the thin man” in Ed Burn’s 1937 article because of the narrow space it occupied along the outfield wall. And while the scoreboard was insignificant, the right field wall was notable. It was the home of world’s largest soap advertisement!
The illustration recreates scoreboard and right field wall with that famous Lifebouy ad as it appeared in a June 1937 game.
A Few Things to Know
• Batted balls rebounded off the scoreboard’s sloped roof sometimes rolling all the way to the left field foul line.
• The right field wall height was a ridiculous 60 feet (Fenway is a mere 37 feet!). The original masonry outfield wall was only 20 feet high. In the 1920s a tin covered wooded frame and wire fencing extensions were added to moderate the balls flying over the short wall.
• The advertisement says, “The Phillies Use Lifebouy.” Legend is a cynical fan hopped the fence one night and added, “And they still stink.”
• During this era Lifebouy Soap ads also appeared on the outfield walls in Fenway Park, Crosley Field and possibly ballparks.
Next week the series moves farther west to look at Sportsman’s Park and Anaheim Stadium.
If anyone is interested in purchasing a digital copy of these posters, Gary is working on an online purchase option. In the interim you can contact him directly at Classicscoreboards@gmail.com.
Each Saturday or Sunday, Alex Gerwitz will be tracking the kit combinations (shirt/shorts/socks) of the teams in the English Premier League from the previous weekend and the current weekend.
Here is the EPL tracker for 7 – Part 2 (click to enlarge):
Division II & III Games
By Rob Holecko
We’re back for another weekend of exciting UWFFL action. Today our feature matchup sees the (3-0) Dallas Outlaws heading up north to take on the (2-1) Duluth Frost Dragons.
Long time Uni Watch viewers will recognize the Frost Dragons primary artwork, as they are an expansion team, however they feature the dragon that was a key part of the winning entry design by Brett Callero in the initial UWFFL design contest for the San Francisco Reign Fire back in Spring 2013. The Reign Fire have been taken over by new management team this season, however Callero’s design lives on in the new Duluth franchise.
In other games, the Winnipeg Winterhawks color uniforms apparently didn’t come in (sound familar?) so they are debuting a new black alt this week at home against Wichita, and in other big games, Staten Island takes on St. John’s, Charleston faces Delaware, Calgary and Seattle square off, plus there is a big rivalry game in Iowa as the Kansas City Crop Dusters break out a special one-off with a “Beat Iowa” slogan-NOB as they try to put the pesticide on the Corn.
Head on over to uwfantasyfootballleague.com to vote on all of today’s action.
If you’d like to compete in the UWFFL head on over to our Google+ page for prosepctive expansion teams and submit your concepts today. We’ll be back with UWFFL Premier League action tomorrow.
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: It may be off season in the college baseball ranks, but that doesn’t mean teams aren’t thinking about 2015 merch now (thanks to Coleman Mullins). Yes, that’s Marshall and yes, one of those caps is camo. … From the “We’ve seen these before, but once more can’t hurt” file: 1978 MLB Japan tour photo, featuring lots of pill box caps. Says submitter Jeff Flynn, “Pillbox hats galore, most with 5 stripes instead of 3, a couple of years after they were used on the field. Mets, Phillies, Padres, Reds, Pirates of course, TIGERS (AL didn’t wear the pillbox hats!). Interesting that Tug McGraw is wearing pillbox while his teammates behind and in front of him are not. Plus, ever seen that Expos hat in the back left? Looks like a pillbox structure without the stripes and with a blue top! John Candelaria is wearing a completely different version of the Pirates’ bumble bee throwbacks (different font, more pinstripes). This is all National League other than the one Detroit Tiger, wonder what’s up with that. Great names in this photo too and how about that scoreboard, looks like ‘Yokohama Stadium.’ You could play a ‘find the anomalies’ game with this pic, I’ll bet I’ve missed some.” … “Morgantown Professional Baseball” is holding a “Name the Team” contest (from Brice Wallace), with “oline” voting. Some pretty brutal choices, but I love “Coal Sox” and “Moonshiners,” myself. … I wouldn’t normally ever post a photo of an infant, but I’ll make an exception in this case, and that is an amazing knitted O’s cap (nice spot by Brady Phelps). … Talk about dedicated! Our pal Chris Creamer has charted MLB wins/losses by jersey color (prior to last evening’s Royals/O’s game). … During the Royal’s/O’s game, Omar Infante was wearing Terrance Gore’s helmet. Says submitter Jared Hinton, “Trying to channel some of his speed?”
NFL News: “Just watched the bit that was linked to (yesterday) morning about the Bucs and all the travel logistics,” writes John Koziel. “Found it interesting when they interviewed Brian Ford, COO of the team, the logos on the 2 helmets in the background seem to be 2 very different sizes. Hard to tell if the helmet on the right is from past years or not(can’t get a good look at the facemask color), but just found it odd.” Definitely last year’s helmet — nice spot! … NFL shoe fine update from Kyle Hanks: Bruce Irvin got fined for shoes too. He wore white ones while the Seahawks are a black shoe team. “Of course, there were lime green, navy blue, and pink shoes on the field, but apparently white is just one step too far,” Bruce says, adding, “What’s weird to me is that I know that other Seahawks (specifically Jeremy Lane) have worn white shoes in the past and I’ve never heard of them getting fined.” … Reader and optometrist Mike Hoster saw yesterday’s UW that included a piece on NFL players not named Bob Griese who wore glasses on the field. Mike writes, “A few years back, we were combing through our archives for unique vintage advertisements. (Certainly about as “fun” as an assignment will ever be in the realm of optometric publishing.) Being a life-long Dolphins fan, I was both surprised and excited to see an American Optical ad from our July 1980 issue featuring Bob Griese and Dorothy Hamill.” Great stuff! … Michael Crespo noticed that J.J. Watt’s helmet appears to have an air valve in the front of his Riddell Speed Helmet. He asks, “Do you know if anyone else has this or the reason behind it?” … Jeff Flynn spotted this ABC Monday Night Football poster and noticed that the Steelers helmet has the logo on the wrong side. Way back when and up to today, the sticker has always been on the right side of the shell only. On another note, does anyone remember “Bud Ice”? Holy shit that was awful beer. … Yesterday’s Uni Watch mentioned qb’s not gripping balls by the laces (Everett Golson). Kyle Martinek notes that on MNF, Jon Gruden talked about his camp and how they’re using laceless footballs due to the uptick in quick strike offenses in which the QB often doesn’t have time to adjust the ball to throw on the laces. … Douggie Keklak was watching Eric Dickerson: A Football Life, and got this screen grab of a serious jersey malfunction.
College Football News: Reader Joel Husenits, who comments as “Georgy” (and runs “Commie Football”), thinks that the CSU Rams should make the green and orange “Ag Day” uniforms permanent. … SI’s Fan Sided has a list of the 10 best college football team logos. … Here are today’s helmets for Indiana football vs. Iowa (h/t Andrew Lentz). … And here are today’s Purdue helmets for the #HammerDownCancer game (thanks to @Jffdmrly). And also from Jff, a look at the unis they’ll wear. … Oooohhh, check out this time lapse video of the Mississippi State grounds crew painting the field before a game — including the special 100th year of Davis Wade Stadium midfield logo (from Dustin Semore), who adds “Also: it’s shot from an angle that showcases our new seating addition in the end zone.” … From Dave Doop: the Florida Gators will be going orange/blue/blue Saturday night vs. LSU. … This is cool: here’s a story about the people that have been making the Nittany Lion mascot costume for the past 24 years (nice find by Chris Flinn). … Ole Miss will be going blue/white/white tonight (via Shelby Coker). … In addition to wearing their black jerseys with “DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY,” Army will be wearing their camo helmets today. … Looks like Marshall has finally fixed their numbers! (from Clint Richardson). If you’ll recall, they began the season with gradient numbers (which, while acceptable to the NCAA, were very hard to read). … Check out this UC Health air care pilot helmet, modified to look like a Bearcats helmet (nice spot by Doug Smith). … Some of the guys on Mississippi State are gonna have “Stark Vegas” custom shoes (h/t Michael Erhlich). … UNC will be wearing white/white/white vs. Notre Dame. … Here’s a look at the all gold unis for Iowa State, to be worn against Toledo today. … Last night, Stanford wore their all black alternates vs. Wazzu. … Also last night, UNLV wore helmets with the breast cancer ribbon (via Jesse Granger).
Soccer News: Last night, Landon Donovan played in his last International Friendly, and he was given a jersey comprised of all the USA jerseys he’s worn in the past. Here’s another look at that shirt. If you’re interested, you can read more here.
Grab Bag: Couple funny ones from Brady Phelps: First, check out this
perfect unfortunate logo placement over Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz’ head. Also from Brady, a New Hampshire man has Patriots logos and the Super Bowl trophy tattooed on his head; he subsequently moved to Florida and was arrested. You can read more about that arrest on the Smoking Gun. … Douggie Keklak writes, “In the category of ‘stuff that may only interest me’ my alma mater Johnstown High School is playing a game with Westmont Hilltop tonight in which they are throwing back to Joe Johns Junior High and Southmont High School (two now defunct schools). The article also states that Johnstown will throwback to the school district’s two other closed junior high schools in the next few years. These are the same two teams that did a throwback game using the schools from the movie All the Right Moves a few years ago (that movie was filmed in Johnstown).” Pretty cool! … D-baggery reaching the highest levels? Apple is now reportedly going to remove all Bose equipment from its retail stores. Here’s a bit more on that (thanks Paul!). That article notes, “There has also been some controversy over NFL players being fined for wearing Beats by Dre headphones after the NFL signed an agreement with Bose that barred players and staff from wearing any other brand of headphones while on camera.” Of course, Apple bought Beats a short while ago. … Andrew Eichner noticed the Susan G Komen Foundation is partnering with a company that makes fracking drill bits to make pink bits. “No joke,” he says. “Here’s one article about the ridiculousness of it.” … Alex Hider notes For The Win has an article about hidden meanings in sports logos. Almost all of this is stuff that’s been seen hundreds of times before, except for No. 9. “When discussing the NFL shield logo, they show a version I’ve never seen before. It’s a post-2008 shield with pre-2008 lettering (the “L” still has the curl),” he notes. … Check out this YouTube video for the 2014-15 Calgary Flames Home Opener Ice Rink Graphic (From Sunny Moon). … Finally, here’s a first look at Baylor’s new home white hoops unis (via Erik Davila).
And that’s going to do it for this fine Saturday. If you didn’t already, make sure you cast a vote for the WFL redesigns (two to vote for today). Big thanks to everyone who participated in the contest — there were some truly outstanding designs, and to Aaron for the idea! Also, big ups for Gary, Adam and Rob for their segments. If you’re watching the NCAA football today (and you know you are), and you see a game worthy of the 5 & 1, shoot Catherine an e-mail at UW5and1@gmail.com. Based on the few uni combos we’ve seen already previewed, there are probably a few good…er, bad…candidates already!
Catch you guys tomorrow.
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