By Phil Hecken
Yesterday evening the Houston Astros, as part of their 50 Anniversary of the Astrodome (also 50 years since they were renamed “Astros”) Celebration, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, played a throwback game in the Astrodome. Both teams wore throwbacks, as you can see from the splash photo. We’ll get to those in a second.
But first, in order to set the evening’s feel, the Astros had some throwback feel to the game, with the grounds crew and the “Spacettes” dressed in ‘period’ attire:
If you’re wondering what the Spacettes are holding, it’s a replica Astrodome, which was given out as a souvenir to fans.
Now, onto the game.
This is not the first time the Astros have thrown back to 1965. They did so against the Phillies in 2010 — I previewed that game at the time (if you want to see what the 1965 unis should look like, read that article). The also threwback to those uniforms in 2012 (you can read about that here). I gave them high praise back in 2012 for breaking out what I still consider to be (far and away) their best looking uniform set (the Astros are one of those rare teams who “got it right” from the start). Last night, they again wore throwbacks — but it was disappointing, because they wore them in a cream set (obviously to make them look more like yellowed wool uniforms); they equipped the Angels in 1965 period-appropriate uniforms as well, including the famous halo for the Angels’ caps.
While several of the Astros went high-cuffed, not all did, and that caused a rather disappointing mish-mash of styles. Most of the Angels when long-pantsed as well. Neither team wore a throwback helmet (although the Astros current lid is almost as good as a throwback). I did not notice, but it was pointed out to me that the Astros wore their current caps (which look like the original), but have the 3-D star. Disappointing. Also disappointing was the fact that the Angels wore red shoes and belts, as these are anachronistic with those uniforms. At least, both teams went NNOB.
How’d the game look? About as you’d expect, with a mixing of uniform styles and high-cuffery/pajamism.
Below are several photos from the game — click on any to enlarge:
Even with all the minor quibbles (as noted above), this was still a nice looking game and proof that for two teams who began their lives in 1961 and 1962 respectively, their earlier uniforms are still far better than their current ones — and ones that they could easily be wearing today and looking great in.
What do you guys think?
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Back today with our good friend and long-time colorization expert, Bruce Menard, with a fantastic baseball colorization. I also received one from Gary Chanko, but it’s good enough (and with a great backstory) to be a lede, so I’ll get to that one shortly.
Here’s Bruce (click to enlarge):
Good morning Phil,
Hey, that pic from this morning of Babe Ruth making his NL debut was my colorization.
I first worked on it a few years back, but I revisited it for a new edit for today. The original was pretty lo-res, so adding color was a challenge!
Maybe you could use it for “Colorize This!” for the weekend?
Description: 80 Yrs Ago Today: Babe Ruth Makes His NL Debut
Braves Field, Boston – April 16, 1935
~ I added some color to this great pic of The Babe crossing the plate after hitting his first National League home run off of Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants. The Braves won by a score of 4-2, and for a moment, it seemed like things might work out for The Babe back in Boston after all…
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:
First up today is Tyler Henninger with a some new looks for the Texas Rangers:
My name is Tyler Henninger and I am a big uniform watcher. I have created a concept for the Texas Rangers. The concept consists of a new primary logo, new home uniform, minor tweaks to the away uniform, a new home alternate, minor tweaks to the away alternate, and a Sunday throwback home alternate (Kinda like the Pirates). I have attached it below and was hoping you could respond with what you think. I added a powder blue throwback away uniform and changed the new primary logo.
And we close today with Garrett Heinrich who has many new Houston Texans looks:
Just some Ideas I did for my site after Arian Foster talked about using different unis.
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
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 Weeks 32 & 33 (click to enlarge):
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: Check out the strong stirrup game here. Those are ’57 Cubs rups — and they used to be mine — on the son of Megan Marshall. Here’s how they looked back then. … It could just be due to how he’s sitting, but Matthew DeLeon thinks the “B” on Kris Bryant’s NOB looks at an off-angle. … Five years ago yesterday, St. Paul artist Ray Barton, 80, passed away. He created iconic Minnie & Paul logo for $15 in 1961 (via Jimmy Lonetti). … The LA/California Angels minor league affiliate in Seattle used to wear halo caps too (also from Jimmy Lonetti). … Last night, the San Antonio Missions did an Autism Awareness jersey thingy (via MiLB Promotions). … The Indians went with red undershirts & socks with their new blue jerseys (via Jarod Miller). … Check out Mets reliever Alex Torres’s new protective cap (which is a different style than he wore last year with the Padres). Thanks to Paul and Marc Carig for that. He got into the game last night, and here’s how it looked (h/t Former Dirt Dart). Here’s an even closer close-up. … Northwestern Wildcats have just a hint of the Northwestern stripe in their leg bumper sticker. And on their shoulder blade stripes (thanks to Greg Mays). … Nice stirrups on UNLV yesterday (from Preston Faudere). … They may be wearing the accursed color of death, but dig the stirrups on the Muncie Central (Indiana) baseball team (via Andrew Walker). … To celebrate their third World Series win in 5 seasons, the San Francisco Giants wore gold lettering and numbers on their jerseys and caps (h/t Josh Herndon). You can see more photos here.
NFL News: This old photo of Jim Zorn & Steve Largent reminds Douglas Ford of Siegfried and Roy. Great jerseys those Seahawks had. … Check out the shredded sleeves on Art Monk, in what looks like the 1994 season (h/t Douglas Ford). … Check out the old facemask/helmet and jersey on Jackie Smith (thanks to Douglas Ford). Also from Douglas comes this wonderful mud photo of Jackie Smith.
College Football News: Last year’s Navy Football uniforms are on display at their complex (via Pam Chvotkin). … For yesterday’s Spring Game, Notre Dame football wore Fr. Ted patches (h/t Mark Cross). … Not much surprise here, but at their spring game, Ohio State still had seven stars (for their 7 Natl. Championships) on their collars (nice grab by Mark Lindsay). … Looks like Purdue will have some new white helmets this fall (thanks to Karl Kraebber). … The gacanefanblog asks, “New helmet” for the Beavers?
Soccer News: “The blue-ish La Liga ref uniform really clashing with Barcelona’s blue,” says Holy Calamity). Here is a better, close up view. While that looks bad, I’m told it was not that difficult to tell the players and ref apart.
Grab Bag: “Shawn Johnson just posted this picture…umm what is going on with that face mask?” asks Keenan Soto. Anyone? … “A couple years ago my wife bought me this mechanical pencil at a booth at the annual Atlantic Antic street fair in Brooklyn for $5,” writes William Olsen-Hoek. “It appears to be made of a red plastic material and is inscribed with the signature of Luke Hamlin who pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers between 1937 and 1941. I haven’t been able to find any information about the pencil nor have I found any similar objects from the same time period on the internet. Wondering if your network of experts might have a clue.” … This is gorgeous: A 1971 Central Districts SANFL jumper featuring stud buttons (from Graham Clayton). … Should the Pelicans be worried about their chances against the
Warriors Worriors (nice screen grab by Mike McCutcheon). … Check it out — Carey Price’s mask has a collar lace up design on the chin! (thanks to Wafflebored).
That’s going to do it for today everyone. If you didn’t see yesterday’s entry (with the USFL reimagined entries) or you want to vote again, click here. You guys have a great week and I’ll be back with ya soon!
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