By Phil Hecken
Most of those who submit uniforms or tweaks for the “Concepts” section usually only send in one (or two, or five) concepts — but occasionally I’ll receive an entire set of uniforms for a league. That’s what happened with what you’re about to see today.
I got an e-mail recently from Greg Seher, which read as follows:
If you’re still looking for some fan made concepts here is a link to an updated version my entire MLB set (you previously shared them back when people we speculating on the Astros rebrand a few years ago).
Anyway, I’ve rendered them in more detail now, and changed a few of them, included some hypothetical expansion teams, as well as some more major changes for teams like Miami, Tampa, and Cleveland.
Thanks for all the good work,
Greg sent me an entire set, which I will link to at the end of this article — but since a good number of them don’t have any *major* changes, I’m just going to show off those that do. What’s most interesting (to me anyway) are the “new” teams he has created for the major leagues — he’s expanded the number of teams to 36, so those are highlighted below as well. Sit back and enjoy (all images can be enlarged by clicking on them). Descriptions of each uniform follow:
Thanks for the look at those concepts, plus the new teams. If you would like to see the full set, you can click here.
Classic Ballpark Scoreboards
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):
Classic Ballpark Scoreboards – Series II
by Gary Chanko
Classic Scoreboards journeys to the Bay Area for a look at the Giants initial west coast home ballpark, Seals Stadium.
Home of: San Francisco Seals (1931-57), Mission Reds (1931-37), San Francisco Giants (1958-59)
First MLB Game Played: April 15, 1958
Last MLB Game Played: September 20, 1959
Demolished and Almost Forgotten: 1959
Located in San Francisco’s Mission District, Seals Stadium was rated among the finest of minor league ballparks of its era. The ballpark was initially home to two minor league teams, San Francisco Seals and the Mission Reds. Oddly it was constructed with three team room facilities, one for each of the minor league teams plus the visiting team.
The ballpark was the home of the San Francisco Giants during their first two seasons after relocation to the west coast in 1958. Original plans called for the Giants to play only one year in Seals Stadium.
Because the Giants occupancy was so temporary, no major renovations were made to Seals Stadium. An estimated $75,000 was spent to add left field bleachers, repaint, move in the outfield fences, and increase the lighting output. The lack of upgrades was particularly the case for the 30-feet high, manual scoreboard in centerfield. The display was limited to the game line scores for the National League. The only electronics appear to be ball-strike-out indicators.
Looking back at what happened with Candlestick Park, some say the Giants would have been better off staying downtown or simply improving Seals Stadium. There were plans prepared for a downtown ballpark, but lacked the necessary political support. A good overview of previous San Francisco failed stadium concepts can be read here.
This scoreboard graphic depicts the Giants first game in Seals Stadium played on April 15, 1958, an 8-0 shutout of their new west coast rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
A Few Things to Know
• Seals Stadium never had an outfield warning track!
• 1946 ballpark improvements included a Plexiglas backstop – a baseball first! It didn’t last. Noise of balls clanking off the solid material and glare caused the return of traditional netting.
• The highest game attendance, 23,192 occurred during the Giants first game in Seals Stadium. If you were there, you would have seen Orlando Cepeda hit his first Major League career home run.
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.
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Just one today.
Hey Paul & Phil,
Big fan. Thought I’d take a stab at colorizing one of those sweet Steelers training camp images. This one was screaming for it.
That’s it for today — but hey colorizers — there are some great shots in that gallery, if anyone wants to take a stab at some of the others.
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: Star Wars night tops for the Clinton Lumberkings June 20th (h/t Evan Kenney). … Here’s a look at the new road uniforms for the Brooklyn Cyclones for the ’15 season. Brooklyn opens the 2015 season one week from yesterday at SI (via MiLB Promos). … Here’s a look at some bat knob decals for Notre Dame (thanks to Warren Junium). … Paul had a great lede yesterday with the MLB 4th of July unis, and a Minnesota paper has penned an article entitled “Making a buck on the flag” which echoes Paul’s thoughts. Also weighing in on the flag-themed unis is the Washington Post (thanks to Tommy Turner). … Has adidas invented a better baseball bat? adidas thinks so. … Check out the jerseys to be worn by the Potomac Nationals for their Star Wars game tomorrow (h/t MiLB Promos). More from MiLB: what if the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders were still the SWB Yanks? They were, last night. … Next Friday (6/19) – Ugly Sweater Jerseys as the Lakewood BlueClaws celebrate Halfway to the Holidays! Plus post-game fireworks too! (via Lakewood BlueClaws). … Speaking of ugly sweaters, check out what the South Maryland Blue Crabs wore last night (h/t Greg Jensen. … More from MiLB Promos: The Daytona Tortugas wore some terrapin jerseys last night, which they’re auctioning off for charity. … Yesterday marked the 45th Anniversary of the no hitter Dock Ellis pitched on acid (h/t Marty Hick). If you haven’t seen this No-mas video commemorating the event, do yourself a favor and watch it now (h/t TRiCKETT). … Here’s the uniform patch that will be worn by all teams in the College World Series (h/t The Emblem Source). … There are a few things wrong with this jersey, spotted at the SD County Fair yesterday. “78 Winfield” “85 style” “red & black”. Wow. (h/t RJ’s Fro). … Oooohhh, check out this 1977 This Week In Baseball video (from 06-14-77). Says submitter Kevin Clark, “Go to the 13:27 mark to see the Giants in orange jerseys and sanitaries with white spikes. Go to the 17:30 mark to see the Royals playing in Milwaukee wearing blue Brewers jerseys.” … This 2015 College World Series Preview includes “Weird Uniforms.” … “(Yester)day’s Uni-watch on the upcoming July 4 uniforms for the A’s reminded me that this year looks like a version of what the A’s uniforms wore from 1998-2001 on July 4 home games (Before all teams did it),” writes Richard Palmoa. “NOTE: In 2001, they had Oakland on the home white in navy with red outline. I also recall the A’s asked MLB if they could wear the jerseys for home games after 9/11 but were rejected.” … The Cedar Rapids Kernels will wear these jerseys you can bid on at the game (via MiLB Promos). … If you thought Clark the Cub is a bad mascot, wait till you see the mascot from 1988 Iowa Cubs (thanks to Arrin Williams). … Fansided has decided to do a Major League Baseball uniform power rankings. Hmmmm, I wonder where they ever got that idea. Even the title sounds eerily similar. … Got two neat old photos from Phil Lawson: Carlton Fisk with the Waterloo Hawks and an old one of the Tri City Triplets or Leeks outta NC near Greensboro. Also from Phil, here’s a real old Tri City Triplets photo. You can see even more photos here.
NFL/Football News: The Jacksonville Jaguars have done some crazy shit with their stadium over the past couple of years, so now they’re building a house on their stadium grounds. … Looks like the Denver Broncos have lots of hats they can wear at training camp. … Crossover? A DIY Red Sox helmet? Sure, why not (h/t Mike Davis). … Do we need to add another acronym to the UW lexicon? Check out this POB jersey (“Pronounciation On Back”), a great spot by Mr. Nurfsen). Or perhaps there’s more to the story (thanks to RJ’s Fro). … You know those awesome socks the Stillers wear with their “bumblebee” throwbacks? Turns out they aren’t really socks at all (thanks Ryan Connelly). … NFL punter Andy Lee is changing his number to 8 to honor his daughter, who lived just 8 days. … Check out this great Sticker Album: 1984-85 Jeno’s Pizza NFL Helmets (h/t PressRoomGFS). … Look at this awesome uni matchup between the Rams & Falcons (h/t RN’s Funhouse). … New matte helmets for SUNY Buffalo? (via Andrew Schmitt).
NBA News: If you’re into the Celtics, then Phil Lawson has a bunch of cool photos for you: here’s a shot of Larry Bird and Dave Cowens; also from Phil: a comparison of Celtics uniforms from different eras. Finally, here’s a photo of Cox Falcons VA Beach 1965 unis.
Soccer News: Whoops. It seems as though the nation of Chad had arrived in Nigeria without jerseys, ahead of this weekend’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Super Eagles, because their training kits and equipment was left behind by the airline in France. … “Italy and Croatia played in an empty stadium,” says Erik Bogh. “We were shocked when this happened in Baltimore, but apparently this happens 3-4 times a year in Europe. Usually not in such a high profile game though.” … If you’re going to paint yourself in a USA “bomb pop” jersey, you better make sure you include the fucking swoosh (via US Soccer WNT).
Grab Bag: “As I was reading (yester)day’s ”˜Skins Watch entry it occurred to me that I don’t recall ever seeing anything about the Iroquois Nationals on Uni Watch,” writes Kevin Mueller. “As you know lacrosse has deep Native Americans roots, with many of the top players coming from the Six Nations. The Iroquois Nationals is the only internationally sanctioned Native American team ”“ they have played under the sanction of the Federation of International Lacrosse since 1987, and have competed in the World Championships since 1990. (interesting side note ”“ they were refused entry to the 2010 Worlds in Great Britain, which refused to accept their Iroquois Confederacy passports). They took 3rd in the 2014 tournament.” … Here’s a look at the 10 Year anniversary logo for the DC Circulator, or as John Muir says, “Or, this underwhelming image that could assumed to be a logo.” … Golfer Rory McIlroy just increased his jersey collection by three (thanks to Alex Bauer), who adds, “Interesting to see a golfer get football and basketball jerseys. They also have the new Bucks jersey.” … Reader Rick Deemer noticed this Bauer logo on a pizza place while driving in Buffalo yesterday. … “Just wanted to give you a heads up about Phoenix International Raceway’s track renaming for Jeff Gordon,” writes Aimee Dulebohn. “The official logo is attached.” Here’s a more on that. … “I noticed that Ryan Smith of the Chicago Wildfire (of the AUDL) wears his first initial after his last name (Smith R instead of the more common R Smith),” says Alex Rubin. “Thought you might find that interesting.”
And that’s all for today. Everyone have a great Saturday and I’ll catch you guys tomorrow. Thanks to Greg and Gary and Brian, and everyone who submitted for the ticker via e-mail or Twitter.
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“Why is there blue on the Giants (4th of July) jersey? This is totally wrong. Blue is the color of the bad guys. I’m super mad. Why does MLB hate America? Why is MLB letting the terrorists win?”