By Phil Hecken
In a bit of a nod to their roots, yesterday the Oakland A’s — celebrating their 50th Anniversary of their relocation to Oakland — unveiled a new, kelly green alternate jersey, as well as a new cap. The jersey, of course, is the big news. It’s gorgeous.
Let’s take a look at that first (you can click any images below to enlarge):
Although it is difficult to see in the lighting, the jersey has a decidedly more kelly green hue than their current dark (hunter) green alternate. It is a button front, featuring the work “Oakland” in script, and the wordmark is outlined in gold. Numbers appear in block font at the bottom left, also in white with gold outline. The sleeve features a gold/white/gold piping, and there is a 50th Anniversary patch on the right shoulder. The back features NOB in white/gold, and the numbers have the same colorscheme as well.
Here are some additional angles:
The A’s have announced they will wear these jerseys every Friday home game, something they’re dubbing their Green Fridays initiative. You’ll note [t]he jersey includes “Oakland” on the front, an innovative inclusion to feature the name of our home city on a home jersey. While not the first team to do this, it’s rare in baseball for sure.
You can get a sense of how much lighter (kelly) the green is when compared to the darker (hunter) green background:
The patch, as mentioned above, will be on the right shoulder. It’s a fairly attractive patch, rendered in green and gold, with OAKLAND at the top, the number 50 in the right center, and ATHLETICS at the bottom.
The dates 1968-2018 are at the patch bottom with the famous Oakland Oak image between the date. To the middle left is what I am 99% positive is an image of the Oakland Tribune Tower (interestingly, I could not find any information on this, though I admittedly did not search very deeply — but it wasn’t mentioned on the official A’s site). You will note this patch is different from the 50th anny logo we’d seen unveiled previously. Hmmmm.
The A’s also introduced a new cap: it’s kelly green as well, with a kelly green brim, and a white “A’s” on the crown. This cap is not only lighter than their other caps (their two current caps feature either a gold brim or an all green cap with A’s in white outlined in gold. The new cap harkens back to the style worn in 1968, although that featured only the letter “A” and not the “A’s” it does now:
Here’s a couple more looks at the uni, including some shots of the jersey back (and cap back):
And here’s a couple videos from the fashion show/unveiling:
A’s fashion show today: the new kelly green alternate jersey: pic.twitter.com/ytGNLQgrH9
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) January 26, 2018
This video has a filter that makes the jerseys seem even *more* kelly than they probably really are, but that’s OK by me…
There's an elephant on the catwalk!! The A’s unveiled a Kelly Green alternate jersey today that will be worn by the team during every Friday home game in 2018. What do you think A's fans?? #GreenFridays pic.twitter.com/wliU7Dk81c
— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) January 27, 2018
And there you have it. For their 51st season in Oakland, their 50th Anniversary Season, the A’s have returned slightly to their roots — bringing back the gorgeous kelly they had when they began play in the City of Oakland, and introducing a cap that’s not a faux- or throwback, but evokes the 1968 feel. The A’s had been progressively darkening their green over the years, so this is a nice change. It’s a shame this will only be worn on home Fridays.
What do you guys think?
More Gridirons on Diamonds
Earlier this year, I ran an article about archivist and historian Ronnie Bolton, who specializes in Old Time Baseball Photos, but shared with us some great football played on baseball fields. I mentioned then that he’d probably be back periodically, and I’m pleased to have a follow up with some more (colorized!) gridirons on a diamond.
With the Super Bowl coming up next weekend, this one features the “Steagles” — a team created by the temporary merger of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles, during the 1943 season. Ronnie’s not sure who colorized the photo below, but if anyone does know, we’d love to give proper credit!
Green Bay Packers vs Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Eagles/Steelers (Steagles), December 5, 1943, Shibe Park
Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Tony Canadeo carries the ball against the Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Eagles/Steelers, or as the press dubbed them the Steagles, a nickname that would stick, in a 38-28 Packers win in the season finale.
Because of WWII, many NFL teams rosters were depleted as a result of their players taking part in the war effort, so the Steagles were comprised of players from the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Minus the 1943 season, the Eagles were the only professional football team to call Shibe Park home, playing there in 1940 and then from 1942 through 1957.
Cleveland Browns vs New York Giants, October 22, 1950, Polo Grounds
An amazing colorization by Don Stokes of New York Giants Hall of Fame defensive back Emlen Tunnell being pursued by several Cleveland Browns players.
Despite the fact the Giants quarterbacks would complete just two passes on the day, they would beat the Browns 17-10 in front of 41,734. Halfback Joe Scott was the star of the game by rushing for 121 yards and a two yard touchdown run.
And these two teams would meet up again in the playoffs in a offensive showdown, this time the Browns would have the upper hand winning 8-3.
This additional photo from Ronnie is also of the Giants playing in the Polo Grounds — although the two photos are about a dozen years apart (this one is from 1938), the field position remained the same.
More Gridirons on Diamonds…
In response to last weekend’s lede, reader Brice Wallace had the following to share…
Loved the Jan. 21 stuff about multipurpose stadiums.
Your image of Metropolitan Stadium, with the outfield bleachers close to the football field, seemed foreign to me, but then I found that that configuration was used in the early 60s (when I was a youngster). By the mid-’60s, a permanent double-deck structure was put in left field. According to Wikipedia, “The big left field stand was originally planned to be capable of sliding toward or away from the gridiron (as Denver’s Mile High Stadium later would be), but that part of the project was never realized.”
But I also stumbled upon this interesting shot showing two different colors of the infield dirt during a football game:
[That comes from the article, “Met Stadium Memories”,] which is a nice quick read — PH
“What’s It Worth?” reminder: Paul here. In case you missed it the other day, I announced a new partnership with Grey Flannel Auctions. If you have a potentially valuable collectible, GFA will appraise it at no charge, and with no obligation. Think of it as an online version of Antiques Roadshow. Full details here.
By Anthony Emerson
Baseball News: Related to yesterday’s main post, the Tigers’ new jerseys are already in use for team promotions. Another shot here (from our own Kris Gross). … This is so cool: The Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Triple-A affiliates of the Milwaukee Brewers will celebrate 45 years of Colorado Springs baseball with six separate throwbacks, a different one for each month of the season (from Zeke Perez Jr.). … Absolutely gorgeous cream throwbacks for Kentucky, designed by Reece Wallace. More looks here. … The Hickory Crawdads, Single-A affiliate of the Rangers, playfully “rebranded” as the Hickory Crawmoms, which included changing their Twitter display name and profile pic while releasing a statement quoting Marge Simpson and Peter Griffin, to announce their Mothers Day Weekend uniforms. … The Indians had fun with Thursday’s XFL announcement, by photoshopping “He Hit Me” onto Brandon Guyer’s uni. Guyer led the Majors in HBP for the past two seasons. Clever from the social media team at The Jake (from Robert Hayes). … More MiLB news: the Greeneville Astros are now the Single-A affiliate of the Reds, so (naturally) they’ve changed their name to the “Greeneville Reds” and changed their logo to Mr. Redleg in a coonskin cap. They’ve also added a “Wishbone-G” cap logo (from Jay Stancil and our own Alex Hider). … A few days ago, Vladimir Guerrero was voted into Cooperstown, and he will become the first player inducted in an Angels cap. This led reader Patrick Sesty to write in with a question: Vlad wore No. 27…the same number multi-time MVP Mike Trout wears for the Angels. If the Angels retire Vlad’s number (an honor that in my opinion he’s more than deserved), do they ask Trout to change his number? Do they wait to retire Vlad’s number until Trout has left the club? What if Trout plays another 15 years in Anaheim? Do they “retire” 27 but allow Trout to keep using it, perhaps with Vlad’s permission? What if Guerrero doesn’t want to give Trout permission to use No. 27? Does Trout pull a Ray Bourque and switch to 72? Does anyone in the comments (particularly Angels fans) have any strong opinions either way? … The Royals are planning on giving out George Brett Pine Tar bobbleheads on May 19th (from Matt Shevin).
NFL News: The NFL reportedly has extra security in place to make sure that Tom Brady’s jersey doesn’t get stolen again (from our own Brinke Guthrie). … According to the New York Post, new Giants coach Pat Shurmur is already dressing better than Ben McAdoo (thanks, Paul). … Barcelona star Andrés Iniesta appeared in a TV advert as a pro football player, and wore interesting unis with player names on the back and front (from Albert Iosifovitch Rojov). … Cross-posted from the MLB section: Cleveland had fun with Thursday’s XFL announcement, by photoshopping “He Hit Me” onto Brandon Guyer’s uni. Guyer led the Majors in HBP for the past two seasons. Clever from the social media team at the Jake (from Robert Hayes).
Hockey News: Georgia Tech will launch its new hockey jerseys on Monday. … Joe Werner noticed a weird inconsistency on his Coleco table NHL game box: the picture of the game on the box featured a Devils logo on the outer shell of the game, but a Colorado Rockies logo on the scoreboard (highlighted with red circles; here’s a closeup of the Rockies logo). In addition, the box featured a Devils logo. Strange, because the Rockies relocated to Jersey to become the Devils. … Wisconsin hockey added a “JJ” decal to their helmets in honor of Jim Johannson, who passed away on Wednesday (from María Canales). … The Kootenay Ice of the WHL are wearing anti-bullying jerseys as part of their Pink the Rink promo tonight (from Wade Heidt). … Also from Wade Heidt: The Niagara IceDogs of the OHL held their Pink the Rink promo last night, and had pink jerseys and helmets.
NBA News: YouTube TV is using a New Jersey Nets logo as the thumbnail for a Brooklyn Nets pregame show. I wonder who’s responsible for that? (From Dennis C. Abrams). … Isaac Harris of NBA.com has a great interview with Mavs equipment manager Al Whiteley, mostly about the design process for the Mavs’ City Edition unis but also about a ton of other stuff too. Highly recommended (from @profjimmyc). … Speaking of the Mavs, they debuted their new
city jerseys alternate unis, but still fell to the Trail Blazers … DeMar DeRozan tore his new Raptors alternate jersey after missing the game-tying shot last night (from our own Mike Chamernik). I’m not sure we can blame this one on swooshie.
College/High School Hoops News: Steve Angle noticed that Michigan’s shade of maize on uni numbers and NOBs didn’t match. “You would think that multi million dollar companies like Nike and the university would be able to color match numbers and name” he says. … Did you know that the Tar Heels’ shorts in the 1960s featured a reverse tar heel logo — dark foot, white heel? Doesn’t really make sense that way…tar and pitch are dark-colored, shouldn’t they be depicted as darker than the foot? (Excellent spot by James Gilbert).
Soccer News: Soccer blog The Gentleman Ultra has ranked the top 10 Italian national team kits of all time (from Ed Żelaski). … The Philadelphia Union have slightly updated their crest, secondary logos and colors (from Mark P.). … Cross-listed from the NFL section: Barcelona star Andrés Iniesta appeared in a TV advert as a pro football player, and wore interesting unis with player names on the back and front (from Albert Iosifovitch Rojov). … Penn FC, a USL team from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania formerly known as the Harrisburg City Islanders, launched their first home kit as Penn FC yesterday afternoon (from Chris Bratton).
Grab Bag: NASCAR driver Terry Labonte was inducted into the NMPA Hall of Fame last evening, and Reddit’s NASCAR sub tweeted out this awesome tidbit: in 1982 Labonte led the 1982 Winston Cup points total, but owner Jim Stacy didn’t like Labonte’s firesuit, so he pulled Labonte’s sponsorship with Labonte in the lead (from Christian M. Zummer). … Halo Resourcing, a British job recruiting firm, seems to have stolen the logo of Halo Burger, a Michigan-based burger chain. Halo Resourcing’s logo was launched in 2017, while Halo Burger’s logo was designed in 2016 by the Detroit design company Skidmore Studios and was even featured on the design blog Brand New (yeoman’s work from Ryan Keberly). … Actor and occasional-pro-wrestler Stephen Amell had an…ahem, interesting use of a cancer ribbon on his new anti-cancer logo (from James Gilbert). … Denver University men’s lacrosse equipment manager John Mead worked with Warrior to help create the new Denver helmet; the gold cage and black matte inside is meant to cut down on glare and make the ball easier to track (from Tyler Till).