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M's & BoSox Wear Throwbacks to Honor Negro Leagues of 1946

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By Phil Hecken

Last evening the Seattle Mariners and the Boston Red Sox played a throwback game to honor the Negro Leagues. The Mariners played as the Seattle Steelheads, while the Red Sox played as the Boston Royal Giants. The teams said the year to which they were throwing back was 1946.

The uniforms were plain for both teams, although Seattle’s had some side piping down the pants. Boston’s uniforms were gray with navy trim, with blank blue caps. Seattle went with a creamish color for their uniforms with “Seattle” across the front in black block letters trimmed in gray. Their cap had a cream “S” and was black. Of course (and thankfully) both teams went NNOB.

Take a look (the first three are from Seattle Mariners photographers Ben Van Houten and Kaia D’Albora, and are tremendous hi res). Click all images to enlarge:

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Nice right?

Interviews with players seemed indicate both teams were pleased to wear the throwbacks.

One thing was very disappointing. Some of the Red Sox wore their regular helmets for this game:

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It’s troubling because the Mariners had blank helmets prepared for the Red Sox, some chose not to use them. I was tipped wise to this well before the game by Kevin Martinez, who is VP of Marketing for the Mariners, who told me:

One thing you might notice is there are no logos on Boston’s caps or helmets by design. Unfortunately, we learned last night that some Boston players may not wear the new helmet as they are more comfortable with their everyday helmet. I guess it has something to do with all the pine tar that’s on their everyday helmet though I’m not sure. We will see what happens but know we have helmets in the dugout to match the turn back uniforms.

Of course there were several Red Sox who played along and wore gorgeous stirups, and some who did wear the blank helmet. The Mariners also had some guys high cuffin it.

It would be nice if everyone could wear the stirrups (and I’ve noticed that other teams, for their Negro League throwbacks do seem to all wear high cuffs with stirrups or socks), and I was surprised some of the Sox wanted to wear their regular helmets. Other than that, it was a great looking game.

You can see more photos here.

[Big thanks to Kevin Martinez and Nathan Rauschenberg of the Mariners. They had sent me a ton of photos from the game, but my Internet connection was spotty and slow, so I was only able to download the three I ran today]

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And now a few words from Paul: Hi, people. Nine years ago today I clicked “Publish” and posted the first entry on this website. At the time, the site was an experiment — I didn’t know if there was enough uni-related news out there to sustain a daily blog format. And even if there was, I wasn’t sure I wanted to produce and process all of that content on a daily basis. If anyone had told me that the site would still be going strong nine years later, or that we’d have published something almost every single day during those nine years, I would have laughed.

But here we are. To everyone who supports the site in any way, whether by guest-writing, submitting Ticker items, commenting, or just reading, please accept my thanks for your interest in my little project. And please join me in thanking the rest of the Uni Watch team — webmaster John Ekdahl, “Collector’s Corner” columnist Brinke Guthrie, interns Mike Chamernik and Garrett McGrath, and of course weekend editor and bench coach Phil Hecken — whose crucial contributions and behind-the-scenes efforts make Uni Watch a better place.

We usually mark the site’s birthday by having Purple Amnesty Day — the one day of the year when I accept orders for Uni Watch membership cards with purple-inclusive designs. But since the birthday fell on a Sunday this year, I’ve moved Purple Amnesty Day to tomorrow. There’ll be some surprises, too — you’ll see.

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colorize thisColorize This!

Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.

Our old colorizing friend George Chilvers is back with just a single colorization today. You’ll never guess for which soprt.

Here’s George (click to enlarge):

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Poland v Hungary 1929 Central Europe Cup

Hi Phil,

Let’s take the Amazing Colourising Time Machine for a weekend spin, and we’ll set the dial to 1929, and the place to Krakow in Poland where we can clarify a slight issue.

You see the caption to this picture says it is 1929 Poland v Hungary, Central European Cup. But there was no such game – on 4 August 1929 Poland played Czechoslovakia in that tournament in the Cracovia Stadion, the game ending 2-2.

So we can ask one of these gentlemen who they were playing. I speak Polish so I’ll do the talking. You just admire the magnificent shirt badges.

George

Thanks George! Great stuff — as always!

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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 Jason Baublitz with a Ravens concept:

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Phil,

This is my concept for a new Baltimore Ravens uni. I wish the would switch to black jerseys for home and Purple for alternative. What part of a raven is purple anyway?

Jason Baublitz

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And we close today with Alex Struck who has a slightly new look for Arizona’s baseball team:

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Hi Phil,

I have a Uni Concept for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Their current uniforms are pretty bland, and the “Dbacks” moniker is bush-league. So I created a Home, Road and Alternate uniform that is more in line with the Southwest’s style and the Diamondback’s history.
Using Copper and Turquoise in their color scheme invokes Arizona’s history of copper and turquoise mining, and give a unique southwestern flare that has been missing from the Diamondback’s uniforms since they went conservative and dropped their original look for “Sedona” Red.

Thank you,

Alex Struck

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

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EPL Tracker

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 36 & 37 (click to enlarge):

EPL Tracker Weeks 36 & 37

Alex adds: This week’s tracker. Also, here’s a link to my season ending team recaps, the first 7 are completed and the rest will be done as each team completes their final away game.

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Check out this old Ron Cey photo/uni. Says submitter Alex Allen, “My brother-in-law came across this photo while watching his son play AAU basketball at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma, WA.” …”Starting them wrong young,” read the e-mail from Dustin Semore, who adds “Pajama pants AND a random colored digi-camo for a little leaguer. Difficult to see, but it looks like the numbers are ironed on, so the digi-camo is visible under the numbers. There’s no piece of this uniform that is remotely pleasing to the eyes. Except that a youngster is playing baseball. He just has to learn how to properly dress for the occasion.” … Tweeter Keith Leventhal notes the “Interesting move by the #MNTwins to give away hats in #Rays colors while playing the Rays.” I think this had been discussed in the comments and the caps aren’t necessarily in Rays colors. Hey Arr Scott, you know more? … Here’s a look at the Durham Bulls in C3PO uniforms yesterday (via Tim Flynn). Here’s a bit more on that. … The Rock Cats were also doing the Star Wars thing (via Christopher Hurtgen). Here’s another look. … Vanderbilt broke out some gorgeous gray unis yesterday (h/t Tres Lawless). … The Savannah Sand Gnats wore Pink Jerseys for Pink in the Park (from Jeff Berger). … The Reds broke out their camo unis yesterday. Says Brinke, “Watching the Giants at Reds tonight, I pointed to the camo and she said, ‘those look like someone threw up on him’.”

NFL/Football News: “RIP Garo Yepremian” says Douglas Ford. “Check out the navy blue jersey Garo is wearing on the 4th card. Is that a pro -bowl jersey? If so, that is some whack font.” … The Arizona Rattlers of the AFL used the Las Vegas Outlaws logo from the XFL during their game last night (thanks to Cody Bryant).

Soccer News: “My buddy Michael Hitchcock invested in English football club Alfreton Town back in January,” writes Jonathan Collura. “They just changed the logo (which depicts town namesake King Alfred). The king was on the club’s original badge back in 1959. They also have a fan vote for next season’s kit (by U.S. manufacturer UN1TUS (the same company did his PFL kits).”

Grab Bag: Via twitter, James Gilbert writes, “Don’t think this is a good idea.” It didn’t take long for ESPN to run this: Under Armour stops selling shirt bearing similarity to Iwo Jima Memorial (thanks, Paul). … This is neat. Clint Richardson is into Auburn Uniforms. “Think you’ll like this,” he writes. “Lately, I’ve been working on documenting every Auburn football, baseball, and basketball uniform. It’s been in spurts with school and all, but I finally finished every Under Armour design – and combination for baseball – since they took over for the 2006 season. They’re all my site, under their own tab, but here are the individual links: Football, Baseball, and Basketball.” … Goodyear had Support the Troops tires with pink lug nuts (thanks to Clark Ruhland). … Check out this grooms cake of Wrigley Field! (nice find by Coleman Mullins). … The New England Revolution went with special military appreciation tops last night (from Mike Slavonic).

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Let me be the first to wish Paul, and Uni Watch, a HAPPY NINTH ANNIVERSARY! It’s amazing what you’ve done and how UW continues to be the place for those who Get Itâ„¢. Congrats, buddy! Here’s to the next nine!

And that’s all for today. Thanks to the M’s guys, George, Alex, the colorizers and anyone else who tweeted or e-mailed. You guys have a great week.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“Grey skies clear up if you let them.”
–Marty Hick

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42 comments to M’s & BoSox Wear Throwbacks to Honor Negro Leagues of 1946

  • Uni Troll | May 17, 2015 at 7:14 am |

    Whoah, nine years?

    Thanks, Uni Watch!

  • Mookie | May 17, 2015 at 7:23 am |

    How do I know this is the REAL anniversary and not another trick by Jessie to get more attention to his ASG pillbox concepts?

    Congrats regardless!

    PS I thought the site was 15 yrs old per the logo.

    • BurghFan | May 17, 2015 at 7:42 am |

      There were six years of writing uniform coverage elsewhere before the blog started.

      Happy Anniversary!

  • Nate | May 17, 2015 at 7:23 am |

    Here’s something weird about the Sox’s throwback hats: they were all blue, with white eyelets… but with a RED squatchee. The red squatchee was the only bit of red on the uniform. Was that intentional?

  • Ray Barrington | May 17, 2015 at 7:28 am |

    The Garo shirt in the link is a badly-airbrushed Detroit Lions uni. It’s almost forgotten he played there, but he did set a record at the time with six field goals in a game.

  • RobYaz | May 17, 2015 at 7:29 am |

    Happy Gordie Howe Day! Go knock some people out.

    • Mike Engle | May 17, 2015 at 2:59 pm |

      Am I missing something? I’d think Gordie Howe Day would be 9/17. Today IS, however, Carlos May Day.

      • RobYaz | May 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm |

        Nine years. Gordie Howe wore number nine. Maybe I should have said “Gordie Howe Birthday” or something else, I dunno.

  • arrScott | May 17, 2015 at 7:45 am |

    Wish I could defend the Twinkies. But light blue is not a team color, and that use of it with navy and white but no red just screams “Rays!” Even for the Twins history of oddly colored cap day giveaways, this seems to be about the Rays.

    Which is why I can’t totally dismiss the otherwise silly claim that their next cap giveaway is in Cardinals colors. Without this Rays cap, a mostly red Twins cap with a little navy is totally in line both with Twins team colors and cap giveaway history. But coming after the Rays TC cap, I can’t fault anybody for being cynical.

  • Thresh8 | May 17, 2015 at 8:12 am |

    Happy nine years here. I think I first stumbled on you at the Village Voice.

    I didn’t read yesterday’s apologia until now.

    However, you and your cohorts came clean on this, in under 24 hours. Elsewhere on the internet>, Judith Miller and James O’Keefe “commiserated…about being ‘despised’ by the mainstream media…united by ‘skepticism’ and their efforts to get at the truth.”

    The contrast is striking.

    • Thresh8 | May 17, 2015 at 8:18 am |

      Aw, geez. “Close your parentheses links behind you. We’re not trying to heat the whole paragraph, you know.”

  • Callum Johnston | May 17, 2015 at 8:21 am |
    • Alex Gerwitz | May 18, 2015 at 7:03 am |

      But it’s the same colored kit, so it’s recorded as the same. I did neglect to note it on the tracker, but I will for their season-ending recap.

  • Bernard | May 17, 2015 at 8:27 am |

    Anybody else getting killed with pop ups on iPhone/Safari? Mega fucking annoying.

    • Mookie | May 17, 2015 at 9:02 am |

      No. iPad 4 and iPhone 4s are pop up free for me. I get one on my dell laptop on my first click on the site but after that I never do the rest of that session.

    • Jim Vilk | May 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm |

      Wait until you see the refresh arrow before you scroll. If the page isn’t 100% loaded, you could end up getting popups or be sent to the app store. Hasn’t happened to me lately, but it did a few weeks ago.

  • Mild bill | May 17, 2015 at 8:59 am |

    “Starting them wrong young” could also apply to hanging out in a pool hall with Bama fans (just joking, please withold death threats).

    I think the Ravens will be contacting Jason about implementing his concept.

  • Shane | May 17, 2015 at 8:59 am |

    Red Sox are 2-0 in throwbacks this year. Might be a thing to look into, given how mediocre the rest of the season has been.

  • DJ | May 17, 2015 at 9:08 am |

    The stacked Diamondbacks word mark on those concepts might look good on paper or a computer screen, but I don’t think a human being would find such embroidery comfortable to wear.

    • Jim Vilk | May 17, 2015 at 12:59 pm |

      The Diamondbacks should either change their nickname or just go with “Arizona” on all their jerseys.

      That road concept looks fantastic, Alex.

  • Bruce Menard | May 17, 2015 at 9:09 am |

    Congrats on 9 years to Paul & Phil and everyone who makes Uni Watch such a great site. Cheers!!! ~B

  • scott | May 17, 2015 at 9:20 am |

    Gee, I don’t see anything at all “plain” about those turn-back-the-clock uniforms. I think it’s much more drab and boring to see the Pirates wearing a black top all the time. Is it automatically more exciting visually for the Angels to wear a red jersey or the Rays to wear a powder blue top? Not for me. Give me white and gray any day.

  • Coleman | May 17, 2015 at 9:37 am |

    Thanks to all who keep this site going on a daily basis. I get my Uni Watch fix every morning even before my coffee fix.

    Here’s to many more!

  • dutchterp7 | May 17, 2015 at 10:17 am |

    Best wishes on 9 years.
    I understand hyperbole and such, plus I think stirrups look good, but I always get a chuckle when the word “gorgeous” is used to describe a baseball player’s socks.

  • hmich176 | May 17, 2015 at 10:29 am |

    Congratulations on 9 years! Thanks for all your efforts guys!

  • Derek | May 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm |

    I feel sorry for all the Junior/Little League players who are donning the camo jerseys. They have idiot parent-managers who think the jerseys look cool and are uniforming the kids that way. Shame on them!

  • Jim Vilk | May 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm |

    I speak Polish so I’ll do the talking. You just admire the magnificent shirt badges.

    How would you say “I’d wear that” in Polish?

    • Komet17 | May 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm |

      According to http://www.poltran.com:

      “JA co (żeby; który).”

      • George Chilvers | May 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm |

        Never trust online translations.

        I think it’s “ChciaÅ‚bym to nosić”

  • Mike Engle | May 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm |

    Happy Uni Watch Blog Anniversary, Paul and Team!

  • tim | May 17, 2015 at 4:39 pm |

    Royals are having a Negro Leagues Salute today with fans encouraged to Dress to the Nines.

    The Royals tv broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre blasted the Yankees for not wearing Negro League jerseys as well. The other broadcaster Rex Hudler said it may be due to copyright dispute.

    The grounds keepers including retired George Toma went with Monarchs throwbacks as well. http://pic.twitter.com/nEWgFOEphE

    Last thing I noticed is how the uniforms have become more form fitting. KC as home of the Negro Leagues baseball museum, has done the throwback uniforms for at least 15 years. When it began, they wore the uniforms as they did at the time, very baggy. Now they are a more traditional cut save for more players wearing high cuffs and stirrups.
    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/3b/f3/10/3bf310559f5ce0646dde6636475a131c.jpg

    • scott | May 17, 2015 at 8:47 pm |

      Would the Yankees have been asked to wear New York Black Yankees uniforms? If so, they could have accommodated the Royals in a similar way they did for the Tigers in 1996 and the Red Sox on the Fenway Park centennial in 2012.

  • Uni Troll | May 17, 2015 at 5:55 pm |

    On Jason Baublitz’s concept…

    Color-on-same-color almost never looks good. Toss in an oversize helmet logo (creeping onto the facemask, even), loud colored numbers and some Wrong Sock Syndrome…and you have a uniform concept that’s sure to be loved by millions.

    Until the next weird fad changes their minds.

    Thanks for submitting this, Jason, but there’s a reason that more timeless designs tend to find approval here.

  • The Dan | May 17, 2015 at 6:03 pm |

    That Auburn site is pretty neat, but those helmets look grey/silver. Make those things look a bit more white and it’s phenominal.

  • Lose Rem | May 17, 2015 at 6:53 pm |

    Had a tour of the clubhouses at Fenway today, thought you might enjoy this ad for the Rawlings S100 helmet located in the visitor’s clubhouse: http://i.imgur.com/YWGtX5P.jpg