By Phil Hecken, with Aaron Johnson
As promised, this Saturday we’re wrapping up the WFL contest, which took place during the end of the summer and in which we asked readers to submit designs for WFL teams, if they were still playing today, 40 years after the league began its all-too-brief life.
As you’ve undoubtedly seen, the designs were outstanding, and the participation was even higher than expected. Today, we’re going to show the winners of the voting (for teams for which at least three submissions were given).
Here’s Aaron with a few words:
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the World Football League uniform design contest. When I initially reached out to Phil, I thought this would be a cool and unique way to remember the WFL 40 years after its only full season and have some fun with it. I had no idea we would get the response we did (we received over 150 entries!). I hope both the designers and readers enjoyed this contest as well.
Each team that received at least three submissions was voted on…and over 7,000 votes were cast.
Congratulations to the winners!
Our first set of winners come from this batch of entries. You can see the winning design, along with the vote tallies, below:
Winner: Steve B. Creations
Winner: Gene Sanny
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Southern California Sun
Winner: Brian Phillips
The next set of winners comes from this set of entries. Winning design & vote tallies below:
Winner: Gene Sanny
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Winner: Curtis Peddle
Winner: Gene Sanny
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Winner: Bryan Ross
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Winner: Robert Kramer
Winner: Jeff Provo
The final set of winners comes from this set of entries. Winning design and voting tallies below:
Winner: Thomas Felsmaier
Winner: Jeff Provo
And there you have it — congratulations to all the winners, and everyone who participated. How about a big Uni Watch golf clap for everyone — including Aaron — for this great contest!
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 – Eighth in a Series
by Gary Chanko
Dodger Stadium and Jarry Park are this week’s featured classic scoreboards.
Home of: Los Angeles Dodgers
Opened: April 10, 1962; One of the cathedral ballparks
Now over half a century old, Dodger Stadium is the third eldest among major league ballparks. The recent renovations restored much of the original mid-century modern design elements, including the restoration of the original hexagonal shape of the stadium’s outfield message and scoreboards.
For more information about Dodger Stadium beginnings, The Walter O’Malley Official website provides a comprehensive history of Dodger Stadium planning and construction.
The original hexagonal shaped scoreboard was and is unique. This scoreboard illustration recreates the pre-game display before Koufax’s second no hitter in 1963.
A Few Things to Know
• Described at the time as the “world’s largest scoreboards,” they measured 75 feet by 34 feet. The original scoreboard, message board, and auxiliary scoreboards used 400,000 feet of wire and 17,000 lamps.
• Fair Play provided the original electronic scoreboard units above the left and right field pavilions. The right field board displayed in game score information. An optical display board, similar to the concept tried in Shea Stadium, was considered but rejected because of untested technology.
• When it opened in 1962, the Union Oil advertisement above the scoreboards was the only in-ballpark signage.
• Dodger Stadium has the only hexagonal scoreboard in major league baseball. One of the original scoreboard concepts, however, was a vertical design. Fortunately the architects chose the hexagonal shape which echoes the design of the outfield pavilions.
Parc Jarry Park
Home of: Montreal Expos
Last baseball game: September 26, 1976; Now a tennis stadium complex
Jarry Park Stadium (its correct full name) was home to the Montreal Expos for the franchise’s first eight seasons. Originally intended to serve as the temporary Expos ballpark for only a few seasons, improvements to Jarry Park’s original 3,000 seat ball field were minimal. Construction delays for Olympic Stadium kept the Expos in Jarry Park until 1977.
The million dollars spent on bringing Jarry Park close to major league standards included the scoreboard in right field. The scoreboard provided basic information and some cartoon animation. It defined minimalist scoreboard architecture.
The scoreboard illustration depicts the display for the 1970 season opening day.
A Few Things to Know
• Although Jarry Park lacked many fan amenities, it did feature a “fascinating, bilingual scoreboard.” Only 60 feet wide and 24 feet high, the scoreboard wasn’t all that large compared to other major league scoreboards at the time. But it did utilize the latest electronics with animation capabilities.
• The scoreboard layout consisted of 10 rows of 30 characters. Each character, which included French language accents, was configured in a matrix of 35 lamps.
• This 1973 sports editorial from the Montreal Gazette highlights the enormous fan appeal that developed for Jarry Park and questioned if the planned move to the new Olympic Stadium was a good idea. Buried in the article is a reference to Jarry Park having the worst scoreboard in the major leagues!
• Scoreboard advertising was limited to the O’Keefe Brewing Co, the Expos broadcast media sponsor. Advertising throughout Jarry Park was generally sparse.
Next in the series is a look back at two classic scoreboards with a connected past: Sick’s Stadium and County 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.
… 5 & 1
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the original Mr. 5 & 1, Jim Vilk, but after Mike’s QOTW earlier this week, it got his creative juices flowing, so to speak.
So, without further ado, the man…they myth…the legend…
World Series Five & One
By Jim Vilk
It’s a beautiful day for a baseball list…let’s make two! Here’s why: I find numberless jerseys highly annoying, so it’s safe to guess my &1 would be the only matchup from the first three decades of the 20th Century. There were some decent looks during that era, though, so I’m going to give you a Numberless Era 5&1 as well as a Numbered Era list. And away we go…
5. 1905 – Giants/Athletics. The Giants even came out with a special uniform just for the Series.
3. 1928 – Yankees/Cardinals. Love that single birdie on the Cards’ home jerseys.
2. 1917 – White Sox/Giants. Flag Code argument resumes in three, two, one…
1. 1908 – Cubs/Tigers. 106 years later, Cubs fans can cheer another victory!
And the bad one: 1915 – Red Sox/Phillies. The Bland Sawx have less red in their legwear than Philly’s home socks.
5. 1965 – Dodgers/Twins. Great caps, plus I like when they spell out the city on LA’s road jerseys.
4. 1944 – Cardinals/Browns. Not crazy about the “St. L ouis” on the road jersey, but I love everything else about this matchup.
3. 1971 – Pirates/Orioles. If the O’s had the white-paneled caps then, this could have been number one.
2. 1938 – Yankees/Cubs. Bonus points for the Yanks wearing the Worlds Fair patch.
1. 1983 – Orioles/Phillies. Surprised myself with this one, but not too much.
Enjoy the Series!
Each week, as we have done on Uni Watch for the past five seasons, we’ll be tracking the uniform combinations of the Oregon Ducks. Back for his third season is Tim E. O’Brien, who’ll show you what the Ducks wore in their last game, and add a few words of wisdom.
Here’s this weeks costume (click to enlarge):
Last night the Ducks took on Cal (who went blue/gold/blue) with another drab combo — black/white/gray. Not a school color in the bunch. And to top it off, Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariotta (and others) were wearing camo socks/leggings. Ugh. More photos here.
World Series Uni Tracking
Last night, the Royals and Giants played game three of the World Series, and the Giants wore cream (eschewing their regular season practice of wearing their orange alts) with the Royals in gray:
As they have been doing throughout the playoffs, the guys from the Diamond Uniform Database have been keeping track of the uniforms throughout. You can check out all the Wild Card, Division, and League Championship uniforms for all the teams here.
Here’s Rob Holecko with a few words:
The World Series shifted to San Francisco for Game 3, and while the Giants had been wearing their orange alts for home Friday games, they chose to stick with their standard cream home unis. So no alt jerseys for either the Giants or the Royals through any of the postseason this year, it appears. That should make many of you traditionalists happy, but I think seeing the Giants’ orange jersey or the Royals’ powder blue at least once wouldn’t have been a terrible thing.
Thanks to Matt Donnelly for the images.
Division II & III Games
By Andrew Seagraves
First, we will go to the Sonoran Desert where the Arizona Miners are hosting the Salt Lake City Spikes. This game not only has the drama of two Pacific Coast Conference squads who are in close proximity, but both have been known as the Spikes at one point in their history. The Promontory Point Spikes moved to Arizona and became the Miners, an expansion team took their place in the Salty Salty, and Bob’s your Uncle. Arizona will go 95% Stormtrooper this week with emerald green shoulder trim for Liver Cancer awareness while SLC while don pink socks for Breast Cancer awareness.
Our second contest will feature two Eastern Association teams as the Brooklyn Mariners take on the Youngstown Bobcats in the Big Apple. Youngstown has made the transition from the Central League in to the EA look easy as they are in the top tier of the table while the mainstay Mariners are tugging along right behind them. Both of these clubs have joined in the fight against Childhood Cancer as the ”˜Cats will add a subtle golden ribbon patch to their road white jersey while the Mariners will go full nugget as they go head-to-toe in Gold.
Other key matchups from across DII will have the Charleston Navigators square off against the Missouri Magnetic, the Winnipeg Winterhawks will go nose-to-nose with the Rapid City Badlanders in South Dakota, and the Big Tomato will come alive as the Sacramento Scorpions face the Portland Gamblers.
This is the league where YOU make the difference! Get on over to www.uwfantastyfootballleague.com to vote on these and many other great games that are taking place this weekend. While you are out with your friends, at the bar watching the game or even if you’re helping your grandma figure out the Googlebox; get them to help vote for your favorite teams in this weekend’s slate of games. If you’d like to try your hand at designing a team to compete in the UWFFL, head on over to our Google+ page for prospective teams and submit a concept today. We’ll be back tomorrow with UWFFL Premier League action!
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: WOW! “Came across this incredible shot of my buddy’s grandfather when he managed the Coors Beer semi-pro baseball team in 1940″ says John Romero. “Would love to see this one colorized!” Ditto! … New Fresno Grizzlies unis were unveiled Thursday night for the mens baseball team (thanks, David Taub). … The Foo Fighters are playing an August show in Wrigley, and their t-shirts have a Cubs flavor (from Kurt Esposito). Also from Kurt, this is how the Foo Fighters announced the show. …
Anyone up for making “I’m Still Calling It McCovey Cove t-shirts? It’s all a hoax (click on link for update, which still has the original article in the url — h/t Chris Schoenthal). … The Giants honored their Hall of Famers before Game Three. Looks like Willie Mays is still wearing that cap he loves so much. … In a bit of a break from their norm, the Giants wore their cream unis last night, instead of their “usual” orange Friday alts. … Old Glory suffered a serious tear during last night’s SSB. … Last night’s starter for the Giants, Tim Hudson, was wearing a UnderArmour baselayer (screen grab from Dave Garabedian). … How many Pandas are in this picture? … Some SF fans may need geography lessons (perhaps they consulted the Falcons?).
NFL News: The NFL’s Instagram account has been posting cool player stat graphics every Sunday, notes Britton Thomas. The images all have the correct fonts, and they’re even created using the jersey color worn on that particular day. For example, this Demaryius Thomas graphic from last week is navy, and this one from three weeks ago is orange. Britton also sends a few more examples. … Scott Mason was watching this 1978 Houston at Miami game and saw this inconsistency in the Oilers’ 7’s on #27 and #37. “Interesting to see such blatant differences in the NFL — forward to the 5:30 mark.” … Here’s a look at the decals the CFL will be wearing this weekend for the fallen soldiers after the attack in Ottawa and Quebec. According to Lucas Barrett, “the entire country will be watching. The largest Canadian flag will be there which covers the entire field (CFL field is wider and longer than NFL) for a moment of silence and anthems prior to the game for the fallen soldiers.” … “Did you notice Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was wearing one of the old Reebok Broncos jerseys Thursday night?” asks Mark Francis. “You’d think they could supply him with a newer jersey.” Well, that, or he likes that particular throwback (which looks like a repro of the sweet 1994 NFL 75th Anniversary jersey worn by Steve Atwater). … In 1956, Browns fans John Campbell and George Sarles came up with the idea of putting a radio receiver in the quarterback’s helmet — here’s a really great article on that.
College & High School Football News: In news sure to thrill MANY, Pitt is bringing back the “Pitt Script helmet for today’s homecoming game! (h/t to too many to name). Yeah, they’ve only swapped out decals on the current metallic gold helmet, but it’s a start! And they’ll be wearing them for the rest of the season too. … Pink has reached HS unis. According to Mike Reilly, This is in Pittsburgh in a rivalary game between North Allegheny HS & North Hills HS. NH is red & white typically. … This is actually a pretty heart-warming story: A fire in Simon Kenton’s field house damaged much of their equipment, so a bunch of high schools (who happen to be their opponents), banded together to provide them equipment for last night’s game (thanks to @layflyer for the tip). … Penn State’s James Franklin wants throwback uniforms once a year (from Mike Slavonic). … WVU will be going gold/white/gold today in Stillwater (h/t Jason Bernard), a combo they’ve not yet worn (here’s a photoshop of how this will look, from Zack D’Ulisse). … LA Tech will wear these brand new white helmets for today’s game (thanks James Poisso). … Presbyterian College has new gray Nike Pro Combat jerseys they’ll be debuting this weekend (h/t CJ). … “Soberskie,” Soberman” or “O’Beerno” are not new recruits for the Utah Utes. Utah Highway Patrol officers will be handing out anti-DUI jerseys today to remind tailgaters to find a designated driver before they start drinking alcohol. … WKU will be wearing all black vs. ODU today. … Steve Johnston was covering a High School game last night and noticed that Downers Grove South (IL) has their own take on Oklahoma State’s logo. … Two Louisville (Ky.) high school football teams ”“ Manual (in red) and Male (in black) ”“ went color on color Friday night (from Josh Claywell).
Basketball News: HOLY CRAP! Penn State hoops will be wearing a pink and black alternate uni this season (honoring the original colors from 1887) — great spot by David Gutting. That sound you heard was Larry Bodnovich hitting the floor. Here is what they will look like in action (they’re expected to wear them at least twice this season). … “Why must basketball jerseys have sleeves?” asks Paul Lee. “In other countries, athletic clubs field teams not just in football, but also basketball, volleyball and other sports, e.g., Barcelona (Spain), Boca Juniors (Argentina), not unlike high schools where the same mascot is used for all sports. I bring this up because even though Adidas has been pushing sleeves for NBA basketball because they’re primarily known for soccer jerseys, in countries fielding world-famous soccer (futbol) squads, their basketball counterparts still wear sleeveless jerseys.” … Here’s a look at all of Kansas’ hoops unis for 2014-15, including throwbacks (from Dirk Diddy). … Has the Cleveland script been removed from above the skyline on the Cavaliers’ court (or is that just a video game version)? — or…has it?
Hockey News: Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz gave his players the day off on Thursday, so the team went curling at the Calgary Curling Club. Hilarity ensued, including Alex Ovechkin ripping his jeans (not preferred curling attire). Some video of the event is there too. Great stuff from Max Weintraub ), who notes there’s an “awful lot of uni-watching news” in that link. … Check out the special throwback jerseys Hershey Bears will wear at their home opener (from Stan Capp). … The Detroit Red Wings will be wearing camo for warmups on November 7 (reprinted from yesterday’s comments). … An eBay user auctioned a Caps prototype jersey from 2005, which includes an early version of ‘Weagle’ logo.
Grab Bag: Here’s a really neat graphic showing the logo history of VMI (from Ethan Ritz). … “An example of when you DON’T want a fan wearing your hat,” writes Brice Wallace. “I’m talking about you, West Virginia University.” … A varsity girls volleyball team at North Hollywood High was forced to forfeit a previous victory against an opponent because they wore uniforms with a dominant color that is not one of the school’s official hues. Nike had no comment. … Here’s a bit more on that logo/trademark dispute over the “cowboy” used by Oklahoma State, New Mexico State & Wyoming. … “One of the few things that cricket is known for in America is that they play in all-white,” says Aram Gyan. “But in the shorter version of the game, anything goes. This site has gone through every domestic Australian uniform since 1982. A lot of bold yellow, red, and brown combos. Also includes cricket’s version of the infamous Chicago White Sox shorts.”
Whew! That will do it for today. Thanks to Aaron, Gary, Jim, Tim, Rob, Andrew, Matt and all of you fine readers (and all those who participated in the WFL contest). Great stuff. Back with more tomorrow.
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