I recently challenged Uni Watch readers to redesign those crummy jerseys that the Baseball Hall of Fame gives to its new inductees. A handful of readers responded, and today we’re going to look at the best entries I received.
One reader at a time (for all images, you can click to enlarge):
Best Pinstriped Design: Joe Hilseberg
“I think this calls for something simple, clean, and timeless,” says Joe. I agree, and I think he nailed it very nicely.
Joe goes on: “I think it would be really cool is to have sleeve patches of all the teams the inductee has played for. As you can see, I mocked up what it could look like for the current class. I just used the logos I had on hand for the teams, but it would be better to use era-appropriate logos from the player’s time with the team.”
Best Non-Pinstriped Design: Adam Cain
I really like that Adam included separate home and road versions. “I like the ‘Cooperstown’ lettering but couldn’t convince myself it belonged on a home white, so I went with standard road grey,” he explains. “The chest patch shown on the home white would also be on the caps. The number would of course change with the year of the class.”
Best Non-Jersey Idea: Alex Rocklein
Alex decided to skip the jersey idea altogether and bring back baseball sweaters. Not a bad idea, since the Hall’s election results are always announced in January. “It even looks great with a shirt and tie underneath!” notes Alex, and he’s right.
Those were my favorite entries. Any of them would be a huge improvement over the current jerseys. Your move, Hall of Fame!
Want to see more? Here are all of the submissions we received (if you can’t see the slideshow below, click here):
Party reminder: Uni Watch gathering this Sunday, Feb. 19, 3pm, in the back room of the Douglass (which is the same place we used to meet at, Sheep Station, but with a new name). Phil will be there, I’ll be there, I may have theoretical T-shirts to sell, etc. Come join us!
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Delving once again into the inconspicuous: Lately I’ve become intrigued by windshield wiper design. Look at these two sets of windshield wipers shown above, for exampe: The wipers on the left are anchored close to each other and move in tandem, while the wipers on the right are anchored on opposite sides of the car and face each other. And for the car on the left, one of the wiper arms is straight and the other is bent. The more you look, the more you’ll discover that no two cars seem to have the same wiper configuration.
Wiper design seemed like an interesting niche to explore, and I wanted to learn more about it, so I did what I usually do when I want to learn more about something: I wrote an article about it. It’s up now on the science/tech website Ars Technica, and you can check it out here.
Big thanks to my Ars Technica editor, Eric Bangeman, for making this story happen. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Eric is a longtime Uni Watch reader and Ticker contributor. He specializes in rugby items (he has a rugby contribution in today’s Grab Bag, in fact) and was wearing an Australian rugby jersey when I met him at a Uni Watch gathering in Chicago back in 2007. He’s frequently invited me to write for Ars, but I’m not the most science/tech-y guy, so we could never come up with a good topic — until now. Glad we finally got to work together, Eric!
By Alex Hider
Baseball News: We’ve seen this before, but once more won’t hurt: Here’s an awesome video from the 1967 World Series showing an ump swiping a Cardinals player’s hat after the final out (from Erik Spoonmore). … The San Francisco Cardinals? (From Tony Hansel.) … Looks like Notre Dame will be sporting kelly green pullovers this season (from Anthony Adamo). … Good to see that Eastern Michigan will once again be making heavy use of their script E logo this season (from Cam Newton).
Pro Football News: Weird Photoshop work on the Saints’ throwback unis in this Facebook graphic (from Ray Garofolo). … Found at a Cleveland K-Mart: A vintage T-shirt from the new Browns’ inaugural season (from Matt). … East High School in Rochester, N.Y., has a special display for alumnus Ronald Williams, who went on to become a tight end for the Super Bowl XXXIV champion Rams. The display includes this gold-colored football. Balls like this one were gifted to the high schools of every Super Bowl champion before last year’s Super Bowl (from Joseph Bailey). … May have been mentioned this before, but check out the orange goalposts the old World Football League used (from Steve B.).
Hockey News: Sabres C Sam Reinhart was wearing a cap with the team’s early 2000s logo in a recent postgame interview (from Moe Khan). … The Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL wore pretty bold uniforms in support of the Jayden DeLuca Foundation for pediatric heart disease (from Brett Thomas). … Louise Brooks FC found this WHA All-Star game prototype jersey.
College Hoops News: William & Mary wore special warm-ups on Saturday for Charter Day, which celebrates the school’s founding. The shirts read “Chartered 1693” (from Gregory Koch). … Virginia Tech wore maroon at home last night, forcing Virginia to wear white on the road (from Andrew Cosentino). … Washington State and Colorado went color-on-(almost) color (also from Andrew Cosentino). … The Syracuse women wore pink yesterday against North Carolina (from Cam Newton). … Louisiana Laffayette’s floor is…interesting (from Jason Jones).
Grab Bag: DC United of the MLS has a new kit that is apparently full of Easter eggs (from Pablo Maurer). … A high school football team in Canada says a special decal helped reduce concussions last season (from Tony Arnoldine). … Players for the Adelaide Crows of the AWFL are wearing concussion sensors behind their ears (from Graham Clayton). … Some interesting points raised in this opinion piece about Nike’s pro-equality ad campaign (from Douglas Ford). … France’s rugby team wore its alternate kit against Scotland yesterday. France is the only rugby national team that does not currently have a jersey advertiser on the front, but the one worn on Saturday did have an ad ”” from the French Rugby Union. It said, “France 2023,” in support of France’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup (from Eric Bangeman).