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Like a Sunset Going Down

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By Phil Hecken

As many of you know, I love the Houston Astros “tequila sunset” jerseys — it was a great look for a “space age” (or cutting edge) team like the Astros, and I was sad to see it go as a uniform element.

But what made it great was that it was such a unique look — no one in Major League Baseball before or since has worn anything even close to that. I would think that if two or three teams had adopted the rainbow guts look at the time, it would have looked awful — probably ruining it not only for everyone else, but for the Astros as well. We wouldn’t look back so fondly at those uniforms today as we do.

We know the look is still popular amongst college teams — particularly adidas-clad teams — who have created the tequila sunrise look for several of their schools in the past couple of years. Admittedly, it looks better on some teams than on others.

It’s not even a recent phenomenon — the 1981 ASU Sun Devils and even the minor league Tucson Toros (1980) had a variant.

I didn’t realize, however, that this mid-70s phenomenon would remain so popular today, as evidenced by several tweets I saw (and Paul R/Ted) yesterday:

I’m sure there are many, many more out there. (In fact there are — ranging from pretty awful to not so bad).

The look, in my opinion, worked because it began during the height of the polyester/sansabelt craze — the jerseys were (and for the most part still are) pullovers, the pants unbelted. And they especially worked back in the day because players wore proper hosiery. To me — if you’re going to go for this look, the uni has to fairly resemble that worn by the Express (click to enlarge):

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That look nailed all the right elements: a nice color scheme (athletic gold to orange to red), dark contrasting color for the sleeves and stirrups, even the white shoes work. And of course, pullover and sansabelt uniform. Because I think we’d probably agree it doesn’t nearly “work” as well as a look when you wear the uniform baggy, with belt and black shoes (and it doesn’t look all that great with the sansabelt either, if you wear it in a modern cut):

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How about combining the tequila sunrise look with colored pants? Is that “too much” of a good thing, or is it “fitting”. Regardless, this is a look that really needs no belt and should show hose:

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What do you guys think of the “tequila sunrise/rainbow guts” as a uniform look? Is this a relic of another time that should have been left there, or a great new way to inject a bit more color into the uniform palette? Is it fun when just one or two teams have this “signature” look — or should everyone (or many) teams have an alternate look like this — since we all know you can never have too many alternates? Is it too much color or just enough? Should one team (coughAstroscough) try and bring this look back — and if the Astros (or anyone did), should any other teams’ as well? Or would that just ruin it for everyone? If you look at the high school teams sporting the look above — some have magnificent stirrups, while others go pajama’ed — do you guys think this look basically demands socks/stirrups?

As always, post your answers in the comments below.

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I’m pleased to continue with a favorite 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 image to enlarge):

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Classic Ballpark Scoreboards – Series II
by Gary Chanko

This week the series continues with a ballpark that soon will be no longer, the much maligned Candlestick Park.

The demolition of the Stick is happening now. Rick Monday’s ardent wish is finally a reality. They’re not imploding the structure, instead its being dismantled in pieces. Souvenirs might still be available, but hurry.

Candlestick Park

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Home of: San Francisco Giants (1960-1999), San Francisco 49ers (1971-2013), Oakland Raiders (1960-1961)

Last Baseball Game Played: September 30, 1999
Last Football Game Played: December 23, 2013
Closed: August 2014 Demolished: Started February 2015

Also known as:

– Candlestick Park (1960”“1995, 2008”“2013)
– 3Com Park at Candlestick Point (1995”“2002)
– San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point (2002”“2004)
– Monster Park (2004”“2008)

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Did you know? The ballpark’s location at Candlestick Point is named after an indigenous North American shorebird, called the Candlestick.

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Throughout a four decade history as a ballpark, Candlestick Park had three primary nemeses: the wind, aka “the Hawk,” the cold, and the fog.

The wind problems subsided a bit after the horseshoe enclosure, but also lost was the ballpark’s true ambience. It was never intended as a football venue.

Despite all the negative player and fan reaction, the ballpark at the start was widely admired for its modern design, unobstructed sight lines, and scenic location. Except for the weather demons and the 1971 remodeling for football, the Stick in its original configuration was a great ballpark and might still be around today.

The illustration takes us back to that original configuration and the new state-of-the-art scoreboard just prior to the first game ever played. It’s opening day, April 12, 1960. The Giants with Mays, McCovey, and Cepeda in the lineup take on the St. Louis Cardinals.

A Few Things to Know

• When it opened in 1960 Candlestick could claim the first modern-day scoreboard installation and also the largest at the time, 94-ft high x 164-ft wide. The ubiquitous Longines clock was in its usual spot atop the scoreboard.

• It was the first MLB ballpark constructed entirely of reinforced concrete, and the first to be located in a purely suburban area.

• The “Cars Love Shell” scoreboard advertisement was part of a nation wide promotion at the time. If you visited your local Shell service station back then you could have picked up this nifty 33 1/3 record give away.

• A radiant hot water system was installed in the lower box seat areas to provide some warmth from the cold. Unfortunately it never worked.

• Sadly, The Beatles last full concert, but not publicly announced, was held at Candlestick Park in August 1966. Fittingly Paul McCartney became the closing act for Candlestick Park in August 2014.

Next time Classic Ballpark Scoreboards travels to the Midwest for a visit to Lake Erie.

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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.

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Don’t Forget The Latest Contest

In case you missed it or were distracted by Paul’s ESPN contest to design a uniform for the future Las Vegas hockey design, Jim Vilk & I are hosting another uniform re-design contest on UW.

You can read the full details here, but basically the idea is to “free up the great names, colors and logos of the USFL and reuse them” for other teams in current leagues — all teams/leagues are open (except football, since the USFL was a football league).

I’ve received a few submissions over the past week, but not the usual number I receive for a contest such as this. Fear not, however, because the deadline is April 15th, so you still have plenty of time.

Just wanted to make sure you guys didn’t miss this one.

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all sport uni tweaksUni Tweaks Concepts

We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.

So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.

Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.

Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.

And so, lets begin:

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First up today is David da Vinci with some new Milwaukee Bucks concepts:

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Paul & Phil,

I’m perplexed by and cautiously optimistic about the Milwaukee Bucks rebranding effort, so I’ve put together two sets of uniform concepts – one containing their newly-unveiled color scheme, and one containing the belovedly-retro Irish rainbow color scheme. Cream is a nice, vintage color to add to their palette, but the blue and black could certainly go either way depending on how they plan to incorporate them and their execution. We’ll see!

Thanks!

D.

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And we close today with Matt Armstrong who has an idea for the Atlanta Hawks:

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Hey Phil,

The Hawks have been changing the way everyone, including this life-long Hawks fan, looks at them this season. I was definitely excited when they updated their logo by giving a nod to the Dominique era with the new “paceman” logo. I was less than thrilled that they didn’t make a similar change with their uniforms. Their current unis are pretty bland, and I didn’t like the move to not have “Hawks” on any of their versions. I did a quick, rough idea of a direction I feel Atlanta should go to go along with their revitalized logo and team. Go Hawks!

Matt Armstrong

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And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Major League Baseball Properties has reached three critical extensions with New Era, Nike,’47 Brand for officially licensed on-field and fashion apparel. The agreements will end in 2019. Check out the nice stirrups from Presbyterian College. Appropriate, notes Ronnie Poore, since the school’s nickname is “Blue Hose”. … MLB has a video of Bo Jackson mic’ed up talking to Adam LaRoche’s son in spring training. Submitter Ed Lafayette notes the “E” at the end of his name is looking a little unfinished. … Lehigh Valley will wear Star Wars jerseys depicting Hans Solo frozen in carbonite May 8 at Coca-Cola Park (via Todd Zolecki). … The Civil Rights Game on 4/15 has a side patch this year instead of TBTC caps (from Andrew Jenkins. … Wow — check out these Classic Cardinals unis for The Winning Team (1952) starring Ronald Reagan & Frank Lovejoy (h/t Joseph Matlock. … Check out the MLB logos on Don Mattingly’s socks (from Gabe Ortiz). As Paul notes, “You have to have your pants hiked up *really* high for those to show.” … Here’s a ‘new one’: Phillies OF Don Lock, late 1960s, with his hat size written on his batting helmet brim (h/t Pat Costello). … Here’s a closeup of the new Mariners sleeve patch (h/t The Emblem Source). … The Greensboro Grasshoppers were decked out in Back to the Future unis yesterday (via William Gentry. … Check out Chase Utley’s new cleats for the 2015 Season (via Tyler Freeman). … Reader Will Scheibler was digging around the Library of Congress site, and found these great shots: Opening day Ebbets Field 1914 (from “Hauling flag–Ebbets field”); Opening Day at Hilltop Park, NY; and NY Highlanders (AL) & Phila. Athletics pre-game (baseball) – 1908; … Oklahoma wore 1994 throwbacks yesterday (via OU Baseball). … Check out this awesome video of Major Leaguers doing the Field of Dreams speech made by James Earl Jones (Terrence Mann). One of my favorite movies, and possibly the best baseball movie lines ever. … The Dodgers have mowed the shooting ball from their logo into their outfield grass (thanks, Paul, via Ken Weimer). … Beautiful George Herman Ruth photo restoration from Bruce Menard (who else?). … Here’s a great writeup on Darren Meenan of the 7 Line, who you may know is the guy behind bringing all those t-shirted Mets fans to your stadium. … In another attempt to show that Montreal got jobbed with the Nats can still be baseball town, the Reds and Blue Jays hooked up last night in Olympic Stadium. Fans PACKED the house. And I do mean packed. They’ll play again today. … Todd Radom reminds us “Montreal Expos symbol-a mod-like “M” encompassing an “e,” italicized for forward motion” … “Here’s a pic of Tim Raines (middle), and with an earflap!” exclaims Mike Engle. “That has to be pretty rare. Raines generally used a flapless helmet in his career.” … Bit of a kerfuffle between adidas and MLB, which led adidas to erect a billboard across the street from Wrigley. Two words: service time. … “Literally stumbled across U.S.S. Maine’s Baseball Club in 1898/Cool Old Photos of the 1898 USS Maine baseball team picturing 10 team members who went down in Havana harbor,” writes Greg Glade. “Even I thought it was amazing.” … Here’s a GIF album of swings and windups of players throughout baseball history (from Mike Chamernik). Nothing to do with unis, but it would be great if you guys could all vote for Marcia Herold in the WFAN Fantasy Phenom challenge — she’s trailing, but if we can put the full Uni Watch movement behind her, perhaps she’ll move on.

NFL News: This article seeks to put to rest five historic myths about the Browns’ uniforms (sent in my numerous readers). … Did you know local jersey retailers are terrified of Chip Kelly? Apparently they’re “afraid to order shipments of new uniforms due to Kelly’s constant roster churning” (from Scott Lederer). … Latest rumor going around is that these are the new Browns jerseys (h/t ”@Believeland1994). Like everything concerning the Browns, take it with a grain of salt. Supposedly those are in a Dick’s warehouse.

College Football News: If you’re into concepts, check out these 25ish or so mockups for Auburn football. … Those also exist for Alabama. … Could new football uniforms be on the way for UConn? … Boise State will honor Kellen Moore, but they won’t retire his number. … Should USC fans be more open-minded about uniforms?

NBA & College Hoops News: Looks like there is yet yet another Bucks logo leak out there (via Conrad Burry). … The Pacers and Hornets played a beautiful color vs. color game last night (h/t D. Brown). … The Spurs wore their Los Spurs unis last night. More photos here. … From the Clippers ’15 Playoffs marketing scheme, is this a new alt logo? (h/t Conrad Burry). … Good analysis of the Bucks new logo and colors here (by Brian Sanford). … The semi-finals of the NCAA tournament are today (in case you’ve been living under a rock) — and there are lots of prognosticators out there who think they can predict the winner. Well, check out this really in-depth piece that might help predict the winner. Says submitter Mykel Kovar, “In the post, I analyze each championship game that has been played since 1939.” … The Empire State Building is getting into the Final Four spirit, lighting up each side with the colors of one Final Four team (h/t Heather Zeller).

Hockey News: “I saw you had the new Bakersfield AHL logo on the site (yester)day but seemed to have missed this,” says Adam Hainsfurther. “Most interesting parts about the new team is it will share the name of ‘Presenting Sponsor’ Barracuda and the company’s logo is included in the team’s logo in two different places.”

Soccer News: Germany’s Women World Cup kit is “better than the men’s because it has proper black shorts,” writes Holy Calamity). I have to say — those kits do look great with black pants. … Did the new USA home kit accidentally get leaked? If so, me likey — looks 100% better than the bomb pop.

Grab Bag: “TheChive is releasing some ‘Rivalry’ shirts based on many MLB teams and their logo/colors/city/font,” says Coleman Mullins. Pretty cool crossover IMO.” … Pretty cool ”˜Star Wars’-Inspired History of the Iconic THX Audio Logo (thanks, Brinke). … “I’m sure this photo has been featured before but there is so much to enjoy about this color photo of Lucille Ball and Bob Hope,” says Mike Monaghan, who believes the photo is from 1956. … Here are the jerseys for the teams in the new South Division of the AUDL (American Ultimate Disc League), from Manzell B. … Check out this link to the Pitt Panthers Facebook page. “Coach Narduzzi asks 2015 graduates to pick up a ‘special gift’ from him,” writes Robert James. “A ‘Pitt’ script helmet iron on decal for their graduation caps. Cool stuff!” … If you haven’t been following the World Curling championships, you may have missed the fashion statements being made. … Looks like Chili’s is using 2016 FF logo year early (via Kyle Almekinder). … Over in the world of golf, John Huh has elected to leave the New Era sticker on his hat at the Shell Houston Open (nice grab by Matt Sottile). … Here’s the latest team to break out new camo unis (from Kyle Kalkwarf). … Hmmm. I hadn’t seen this appropriation of the Chief Wahoo logo from the Cleveland 90s hardcore scene before (via Mark Krugman).

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And that’s all for today. For all those who celebrate, a Happy Passover (and an Early Easter). Thanks to Gary for the Scoreboards and the concepters and all who submit for the Ticker.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“(T)his is clearly [nothing] more than some guy’s extortionate strategy for negotiating a payout from UK in exchange for ‘licensing’ (or ‘relinquishing’) his trademark ‘rights’ to ’40-0.’ Wrapped in the American flag, no less. Patriotism truly is the last refuge of a scoundrel. A pox on both their houses, I say.”

–scottyrj

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54 comments to Like a Sunset Going Down

  • Jerry | April 4, 2015 at 7:23 am |

    In the college football section, talking about Boise
    State, you say Kellen Winslow, when its actually Kellen Moore.

  • Kellogg's | April 4, 2015 at 7:26 am |

    I love the Bucks concepts and the Hawks concept.

    However, it’s the “PACman” logo, not “PACEman”.

  • Kellogg's | April 4, 2015 at 7:44 am |

    PS #MyVoteIsIn4MarciaHerold

  • arrScott | April 4, 2015 at 8:05 am |

    I think any discussion of the merits (or otherwise) of rainbow-gut jerseys should give special deference to anyone who actually wore said jerseys on the field of play.

    Like me.

    Gotta say, it still seems close to child abuse to force pre-adolescent boys to play baseball wearing rainbow shirts, as I had to do for two seasons in the early 1980s. Kids can be cruel, but good gosh the rest of the league was merciless in ribbing us for those ridiculous jerseys. (I then moved from the Astros to the Padres, which meant wearing a dark brown polyester pullover on sunny summer afternoons. Also close to child abuse, but for a different reason. Hottest darn shirt I’ve ever worn.)

    Nearly every photo of current college kids wearing rainbow-gut jerseys that shows their faces makes it plain that they’re engaged in knowing camp. It’s irony. And they’re old enough that (A) Their opponents aren’t actually going to spend the game mocking them for their shirts, and (B) They wouldn’t really care if their opponents did so anyway. And the photos of the modern Astros in throwbacks show professional athletes who are just willing to wear whatever the boss tells them to, because that’s what you do to earn your paycheck.

    So, were the original rainbow-gut jerseys any good? No. They were, and are, ugly as all getout. They do a poor job of communicating player name and number, which is a pretty basic and massive failure of design. But as Phil argues, they were distinctive and spoke to the team’s identity. (Not very good, but unique. That’s the Astros.) The ‘Stros get a pass with the original rainbow-gut unis. Everyone else should just stop. Don’t dress little kids in that jersey. And if you’re wearing your uniform with a smirk and a wink, stop it right now and wear something else. For a one-off, like many minor-league uni promotions, fine. Or as a tribute, if a former Astro coaches a college team, great. Otherwise, the pattern should be retired.

    • arrScott | April 4, 2015 at 8:06 am |

      BTW, totally kidding about giving special deference to anyone’s opinion, including mine. But I would love to hear from anyone who actually has worn rainbow-gut unis to play ball. Did you like the unis? Did you take it seriously, or was it kind of a joke?

      • Will S | April 4, 2015 at 10:19 am |

        Never played any organized baseball as a kid, but have played closed to a couple decades of Slo-pitch as an adult. When the team I was on didn’t have uniforms or many didn’t bother wearing the ones we had, I often wore my own uniform – usually a baseball jersey I found at the thrift store.

        One of these was like an Astros rainbow jersey (from thrift store – same colours, very similar pattern, some other name than Astros across the top of the chest) a blue or orange Astros cap, and baseball pants or shorts depending on the weather.
        Took it as seriously as I do any other jersey I like.

        Don’t like the rainbow pattern proliferating as much as it seems to have, but it’s not any worse than any other trend these days – too many jump on the bandwagon and it get overdone.

        With the super conservative mindset of MLB owners and many fans I’m not worried about it happening there, but it would be nice if one team owned it as a main uniform – if the Astros won’t the Rays should.

    • Thresh8 | April 4, 2015 at 8:38 am |

      I enjoy the Tequila Sunrise motif in almost all applications, and thanks for your input about being a kid in it. No point in doing this to youngsters.

      From my pre-teen athletic career (such as it was), we got a cotton tee, and same color cap. No mfr’s logo on the outside, and no label I remember on the inside. The only logo I remember was on the bats, the baseballs, and my sneakers. (Trying real hard to not sound like an old fogey about it. It’s just I had no idea who made what then, and likely wouldn’t have affected the development of my talent anyway!)

      Like anything else in fashion, it seems like chrome on a car. At some point there will be too much of it–see most any 1958 American sedan.

    • Jim Vilk | April 4, 2015 at 11:25 am |

      My brother and I wore a blue version for our softball team in the early 80s. I loved it, and I don’t recall other teams giving us grief about it.

      We wore the numbers high on the back, so seeing them wasn’t an issue. Not sure what our sponsor thought, though, as you could see “Richfield” pretty well, but “Auto Parts” was awash in the sea of blues.

      It’s a great look that a few teams could pull off…with one stipulation – never have two teams playing against each other in them. I don’t care if the color schemes are different. Do it like the ’80 Astros – home team gets the sunrise look, visitors get the racing stripe look.

  • arrScott | April 4, 2015 at 8:10 am |

    Like I said yesterday, those USA soccer jerseys are all kinds of ugly, and man do I love them so. Still, the size and location of the color bands may have unfortunate visual effects for our women’s team. The one positive thing I’ll say for Nike is that to date they’ve done a good job of making Team USA jerseys that work, or fail, equally well for our men and our women. And I really like the fact that both our real national team and our less-successful men represent our country in the same jerseys. I’m worried that this might be Nike’s first mistake in this regard.

    • terriblehuman | April 4, 2015 at 9:58 am |

      Yep, they’re ugly, but they’re good ugly.

      But here’s what I’m thinking with the US kit cycle. 2016, the men get a new uni for Copa America (and WC qualifying) because the Copa is a huge deal, but USWNT gets its own design for Rio 2016, because the Olympics are big for women. And in 2018, it’ll be one design that the men wear in Russia and the women wear in the 2019 WWC.

      • El Duderino | April 4, 2015 at 11:13 am |

        The ’94 USA uniform is good ugly. This jersey is ’94 Germany flat out ugly. UgoSlaviA was a solid jersey that just wasn’t ideal. This jersey is just incomplete.

        Anyway, here are my mock ups for the Women’s World Cup:
        http://canada2015mykits.tumblr.com/archive/2015/2

        I would appreciate yours and the rest of the Uni-Watchers opinions.

  • Matthew Toy | April 4, 2015 at 8:19 am |

    As someone that was born in Pittsburgh the same year the Pirates started wearing their “bumblebee” uniform set (1977) I’ve always enjoyed color on baseball jerseys. The Astros “tequila sunrise” jerseys happen to be my second favorite next to the bumblebees. So obviously I love that look and I encourage other teams in other leagues to do it.

  • Dootie Bubble | April 4, 2015 at 8:28 am |

    The Bucks Green/Green jerseys of yore were really nice looking. I’ve often wondered why Green/Green wasn’t a more popular color scheme.

    • Seth | April 4, 2015 at 11:04 am |

      Milwaukee has been overthinking the uniforms for far too long. I liked the “Breakout” layers of green they wore in the days of Sidney Moncrief and Terry Cummings, with a young Don Nelson as the fiery coach. (Like the Atlanta Braves years later, the Bucks would win the division title, then falter in the playoffs; although it was Milwaukee that ruined Moses Malone’s “Fo’ fo’, fo’ ” proclamation that the Sixers would just sweep through the 1983 playoffs.)
      So, kudos to David. (No blue, please.)

  • Duck Hater Paul | April 4, 2015 at 8:37 am |

    Sorry Phil, I must respectfully disagree. Tequila sunrise sucked then, IMO, and suck now. I remember being so glad when they disappeared from the Astros landscape, and I am not even an Astros fan. Even their lame costumes since then has been better.

  • Phantom Dreamer | April 4, 2015 at 8:42 am |

    Give me more teams like St. John’s and Kent State wearing the pullover jersey with pinstripes and racing stripes look over any team wearing the Astros rainbows. It’s just too much.

  • DJ | April 4, 2015 at 8:43 am |

    Another morning spoilt with popup ads that use the App Store to take you away from the site and don’t let you return. Do you need the revenue that much?

    • Jim Vilk | April 4, 2015 at 11:11 am |

      Make sure the page loads all the way before you do anything. Once you see the refresh arrow you’re safe. Found this out last night after a few frustrating trips to the App Store.

      Even so, those popups need to go.

      • Jim Vilk | April 4, 2015 at 2:45 pm |

        I take that back. I waited, and it just did it again. I’m done on here for today.

  • Rich | April 4, 2015 at 8:51 am |

    As an Astros fan, I like the tequila sunrise, though it’s not their best look (the shooting star design of the ’60s and early ’70s was). And I don’t mind the proliferation of the tequila sunrise.

    I have two problems with it, though. One, the shoulder/chest space often takes up too much of a jersey, which forces the numbers to be split between that top space and the stripes. Look at the original Astros design. The number fit perfectly in the middle of the stripes and didn’t start in that top area. Whenever I see the numbers creeping into both areas, I immediately want that team to stop wearing them.

    Two, the Astros have done a lousy job with the tequila sunrise throwbacks in recent years. As Phil mentioned, they’ve been too baggy. Also, the font the Astros have used on throwbacks has been the wrong font. The Astros are supposed to wear them later this year, and based on early photos, they may have finally gotten the font right after 15+ years of blowing it.

    • Stan Bunting | April 4, 2015 at 9:17 am |

      Yes, the number is problematic with the rainbow uniforms, and when teams get it wrong and the number is split it looks horrible.

      The original original Astros version had the big white circle on the back for the number.

  • wfy | April 4, 2015 at 8:51 am |

    The Nats didn’t job Montreal, MLB & Jeff Loria did.

    MLB then jobbed DC & The Nats by making them subsidize the cowardly Peter Angelos & Baltimore OriolesAngelos gets to broadcast Nats games on his subpar channel and keep most of the revenue. he’s currently suing the Nats & MLB TO keep from having to pay a market rate. Washingtonians are punished by his greed, incompetence and belief that Baltimore can’t support a major league team. He’s a terrible sportman.

    my hope is that he’ll screw it all up so bad that the Orioles will fail and be forced to move – how about Expos Deux!

    • Thresh8 | April 4, 2015 at 9:12 am |

      Thanks for clarifying that. Jeffrey Loria is now 0 for 2 in running an MLB team anyplace but into the ground. However, let’s not forget Bud (Not My Brewers) Selig’s hand in the strike of 94.

      Your idea of Toronto and Montreal being in the same division? Hadn’t thought of it, but there’s nothing like a good rivalry. Works in the NHL and CFL.

  • The Jeff | April 4, 2015 at 9:04 am |

    If the Astros don’t want to bring back the rainbows, I say let the Tampa Bay Rays do it. I think multiple shades of blue with a stingray silhouette instead of the star would look pretty good. They could just call it a “1982 throwback”.

    Then they can wear powder blue with racing stripes for “1987”.

    • Jim Vilk | April 4, 2015 at 11:28 am |

      YES

  • Attila Szendrodi | April 4, 2015 at 10:11 am |

    Thumbs down for the Astros rainbow guts. I don’t mind the pattern when used with similar color (fading shades of blues or greens) but the dark blue with various shades of rust screams late 70s to early 80s to me. And as you guys know I loathe most design elements from that culturally terrible era.

    • Jim Vilk | April 4, 2015 at 11:44 am |

      As Olivia Newton John sang, have you never been mellow? ;)

      If you were talking early 70s, I could almost agree with you. But we’ll just have to agree to disagree here.

  • Matt Beahan | April 4, 2015 at 10:33 am |

    Don’t forget that the Bucks also used the Tequila Sunrise pattern for their warm-ups and as uniform detailing for almost 20 years:

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7619/16842854830_f04ff32d56_b.jpg

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3346/13016697754_12d03af81a_b.jpg

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7387/13016486523_44e3ed5fc1_b.jpg

  • Will S | April 4, 2015 at 10:44 am |

    Think the Neshaminy Redskins with the red, white and dark blue reminded me more of the Montreal Canadiens 1912-13 style throwback than the Astros rainbow look. Must have been having the same colour scheme along with having fixed sized thin striping.

    With that colour scheme they probably would have been better off going with a full throwback Canadiens look for their jerseys by having it extend all the way up the jersey – it would have been at least a bit different from the trend.

    • Johnny | April 4, 2015 at 4:58 pm |

      I thought of Ottawa’s barbershop pole throwbacks…

  • DenverGregg | April 4, 2015 at 10:56 am |

    Hans Solo? Did he yodel?

    • Chewie | April 4, 2015 at 11:17 am |

      *unintelligible Wookiee noises*

  • Asher | April 4, 2015 at 11:15 am |

    If that Browns uni is actually one of their new uniforms, I’m gonna cry. That looks like a mid-major D-1 alternate uniform (like for Bowling Green).

    • The Jeff | April 4, 2015 at 11:22 am |

      I’m thinking it’s probably a fashion variant. Maybe close, but not field accurate. The number font seems reasonable given the new wordmark and the shadowing ties into “history” because, you know, they did that for like one season back in the 50’s or whatever, but there’s just no way in hell they’re actually going to put CLEVELAND on the jersey in that large of text. Talk about looking like a high school team.

  • RobYaz | April 4, 2015 at 11:23 am |

    I think that’s the first time I’ve heard them referred to as tequila “sunset” jerseys.

    I think it’s one of the few occassions that a “white” jersey looks great with colored pants.

    And, the Naked Gun is the best baseball movie ever ;) “Even the guy running the scoreboard says he’s out, and he’s way up there in the mezzanine!”

  • Joel Horn | April 4, 2015 at 11:44 am |

    “Tuscan” Toros? It’s Tucson!

    • Phil Hecken | April 4, 2015 at 11:47 am |

      GAH! How in the hell did I type that? Sorry — now fixed.

      • arrScott | April 4, 2015 at 2:32 pm |

        Could be worse: I once spelled the capital city of the True North Strong and Free “Ottowa.” In print. In a newspaper near the 49th parallel. Misspell “Tucson” and you annoy a few retirees. Misspell the capital of a NATO ally and you cause an international incident. Contrary to their reputation, Canadians can and do get angry. Very, very angry. Like, Hulk-runs-away-in-fear angry.

        • Will S | April 5, 2015 at 9:22 am |

          At least you weren’t in charge of a certain incident before Game 2 of the 1992 World Series. That one didn’t sit well back then – especially coming from a country that is often “wrapped up” in it’s own symbols.

          Having just a one letter typo and actually having the correct city as capital would be an “incident” soon forgotten except by the most insecure and petty with way too much time on their hands. Not that we don’t have more than our fair share of those kind of people.

  • KC | April 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm |

    Neshaminy HS seems more “Team America F Yeah” than tequila sunset, what with the alternating/repeating bands of color and not a color gradient.

    • Rob S | April 4, 2015 at 6:39 pm |

      Best part about that Neshaminy tweet was Paul’s response:

      “Interesting uniform. Too bad about the team name.”

      And yeah, that’s more stripes-for-stripes’-sake than a true TS job.

  • Ted E | April 4, 2015 at 1:09 pm |

    For me the tequila sunrise unis will always be part of my youth and only seeing them when the played the Phillies since for a couple of years I spent summers in Ocean City NJ and we would go to as many Phillies games as possible. It will always be the picture of Nolan Ryan I have in my head (regardless of his stints elsewhere). The same picture is in the article (or close to the one I have).

    So happen to like them BUT, the pajama bottom look is just awful. If Houston is gonna wear them, then wear them. Pullovers, pants unbelted and proper hosiery. Any other variation is a travesty and worn by any other team looks awful.

    Re Major Leaguers doing the Field of Dreams speech: Most of the time I wonder if MLB “gets it” marketing wise and every so often they surprise me. This ad is one of those times where I am beyond pleasantly surprised. It’s simple, no over the top popular music though sometimes that works in the right context, no “Sports Center” moments.

    It’s simple and sometimes that is all you need to get your point across. If they wanted to take this further, I know there are other lines from other movies, age appropriate of course that could work. Clean up the “baseball if fun” scene from Bull Durham and I think that could work.

  • StLMarty | April 4, 2015 at 1:57 pm |

    I loved that Astros jersey as a kid. I emphasize… When I was a kid. I also chugged Hershey’s chocolate syrup straight from the can (Yeah, I said can). In other words, my judgement was impaired.
    These days, I still think it’s a neat design for a shirt, but I don’t think it works as a jersey. i suppose it could work on a hockey sweater.

    • Jim Vilk | April 4, 2015 at 2:42 pm |

      If Hershey’s didn’t have high fructose corn syrup I’d still chug it from the can. So now I just put a spoon of Ovaltine or Nesquik in my mouth and let it melt.

      So…can we get our hopes up for a Tequila Sunrise edition of the UW T-shirt Club?

      • Stan Bunting | April 4, 2015 at 6:43 pm |

        Now that would be epic!!!

  • hofflalu | April 4, 2015 at 2:41 pm |

    Funny, I just wrote a column for my city’s arts/culture magazine about throwbacks and my efforts to get a Nolan Ryan Astros jersey.

    Anyway, *I* have always liked the look, but I’m also a fan of more color/striping/patterns on baseball uniforms. Probably nostalgia bias, having first been exposed to baseball (and sports) in the mid-1980s. I’m, I guess, “pro-tequila sunrise” and like seeing it on more and more teams, but…at the same time, it seems like almost a lazy copycatting of the Astros’ signature look. Really, that’s what it ended up being, and I don’t know that the rainbow guts would have become a regular design element like racing striping or thick sleeve-end stripes. It *seems* like a look for the ‘Stros, as opposed to a concept others in MLB would adopt.

    My preference for MLB? See the Astros bring more of the rainbow design into their look, and maybe do the “retro Sunday” thing of wearing the tequila sunrise jerseys once a week during certain home games. Otherwise, I’d like to see more imagination in baseball uniform design: take cues from the concepts of the ’70s and go in additional directions, while working with the modern cut of uniforms (the pajama look, etc.). Basically, get away from the minimalist trend of uniform design, with narrow striping and lots of white & grey (and even extending to the myriad of non-throwback alternates now in the game).

  • Aram | April 4, 2015 at 4:15 pm |

    One minor quibble with yet another great “Classic Scoreboards” segment – it’s odd that you say Candlestick was the first suburban park. I’ve always thought that suburbs were outside a city’s limits, Candlestick is within the city of San Francisco. To the immediate north is the decidedly non-suburban Hunters Point industrial/port area, and to the west are residential neighborhoods of the City.
    If we’re just going by ballparks in residential areas not (relatively) near a city’s downtown core, then one could argue that contemporaneous ballparks like the Polo Grounds (in residential Washington Heights), Wrigley Field (as far from the Loop as Candlestick is from downtown Market Street), or Milwaukee County Stadium (home of the Braves at the time) were “suburban.”

  • Johnny | April 4, 2015 at 4:54 pm |

    Lots of love for the Astros. Not much for the late 70s White Sox.

    The first thing people bring up are the shorts, which they only wore for a handful of times. I loved the concept of navy pants to highlight the white socks.

    The collars and font were unique and fun. The full navy was a throwback/fauxback to uniforms most people love.

    I’d rather have a huge swing and a miss than a called strike. Way too many jerseys are forgotten because they were boring.

  • John Dougherty | April 4, 2015 at 7:29 pm |

    I met Marcia Herold, first just on Twitter, then in person a few years back while in the city for a Yankees game. She’s awesome!!! Keep voting for her!!!

  • umplou | April 4, 2015 at 9:23 pm |

    Anyone here who CAN’T find Casey Stengel in the Ebbets Field pic?

    And Bruce Menard’s Ruth restoration/colorization is amazing!

  • Chris | April 4, 2015 at 10:18 pm |

    Booker on Kentucky changed his sneakers at halftime. He was wearing a blue pair in the first half and is now wearing a white pair.

  • Lindsay Resnick | April 5, 2015 at 2:19 pm |

    When is that “Keep calm” crap gonna go away already? It was old and overplayed three years ago.