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It’s one of the surest signs of spring: the appearance of the annual Uni Watch MLB Season Preview, the 20th edition of which is now available over on ESPN. As usual, it has the full scoop on what you can expect to see on the diamond this season (including all of the sleeve patches shown above). Many of you have told me it’s always your favorite column of the year. Mine too! Check it out here.
Lucky fella: The Tugboat Captain got me a lot of great presents for my birthday. Here are three of them:
1. The first piece of writing I ever had published was a letter I wrote to Sport magazine in 1977. They had run some sort of reader survey that they wanted people to fill out and mail in, and the last question asked you to identify your age group. The lowest age range was 18-27, or something like that, so I tore the survey out of the magazine, put it in my typewriter, typed, “I AM THIRTEEN,” and then sent it in with a letter of complaint. They ended up publishing the letter in their December 1977 issue, which was a huge thrill at the time. Somewhere along the line I lost my copy of that issue, but the Captain got me a new copy of it (for all photos, you can click to enlarge):
In retrospect, I’m a bit appalled that the letter makes me sound like a snotty know-it-all (I guess not a whole lot has changed, eh?), but it’s fun to have this issue back in my library.
2. The Captain got me three vintage summer shirts, each with a nice amount of green. Looking forward to wearing them when the weather warms up:
3. The Captain also made me a wonderful mocha cake with a coffee-rum buttercream frosting, which she decorated with five bowling pins and four bowling balls, for 54. It is soooooooo good!
And there was more. But as wonderful as the Captain’s gifts were, all the kind words from Uni Watch readers meant almost as much. Thanks for making my special day extra-special, people — much obliged.
Baseball News: Gatorade has developed a skin patch that helps tell wearers when they’re dehydrated. It’s been tested by the Mariners, among others (from the Tugboat Captain). … Gorgeous uniform with magnificent striped stirrups for Stetson University (from Nick Lineback). … Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, located just a few blocks from Uni Watch HQ, will be the site of a throwback base ball game with players wearing 1860 Brooklyn Atlantics throwbacks on April 7. … Mariners skipper Scott Servais says the team might stop wearing its new BP cap after spring training because the upside-down trident logo is turning out to be bad luck (from Tim Dunn). … New matte batting helmets for Middle Tennessee State (from Jeff Kowalek). … New matte black helmets for the Great Lakes Loons (from Ryan Keberly). … The Royals will wear this 1920 KC Monarchs throwback cap — and presumably a matching uniform — on May 6 (from @kcklo63). … In yesterday’s softball game between Central Arkansas and Mississippi State, all of the CAU players had “Wilcox” NOBs. That’s because Mississippi state has a cancer-strikcken player named Alex Wilcox. The jerseys will be auctioned off to help cover her medical expenses (from Chris Mycoskie). … Here’s our best look yet at the All-Star Game BP caps and jerseys, via a video game leak.
NFL/CFL News: Former NFL OL John Malecki, who played for several teams, including the Steelers, has a Steelers-themed welding hood (from Eric Wagers). … Some new uni number assignments for the Browns (from Robert Hayes and our own Alex Hider). … Who’s that with the No. 0 TV number? It’s Gale Sayers, No. 40, who apparently lost the “4” (from Brad Eenhuis). … “After 46 years at the same location, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum will be fully transferred into Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton by May 2018,” says Wade Heidt. “Here is an article about the refurbished, state-of-the-art Hall of Fame.”
College and High School Football News: LSU punter Josh Growden rode his scooter to practice in full uniform, apparently because he was running late (from Kenny Ocker). … A major high school recruit has a highlight video that, among other things, shows a team wearing three different pant colors at once (from M. Taylor Smith).
Hockey News: The officials’ locker room at the NCAA West Regional in Sioux Falls has a memorial to honor the late official Butch Mousseaux (from Bryan O’Nolan). … In a 1978 music video, Tony Banks of Genesis was wearing a Canucks jersey. Further info here (from Brian Jones).
Pro Basketball News: Good piece on the things NBA players write on their sneakers (thanks, Brinke). … G.I. Joke uniforms for the DuBois Dream. … The Mavs have added a “Mr. C” memorial mark to their court for team owner Don Carter, who passed away last month (from our own Kris Gross). … Pro skateboarder Nyjah Huston, who has an endorsement deal with Nike, was shown wearing an old Cavs replica jersey with the Adidas maker’s mark covered up. … Warriors G Steph Curry is switching to a low-top sneaker. Key quote: “I just want to get to a point where I can get my ankles strong enough that when I’m out there on the court with my new shoes, I’m looking good in my new shoes and I ain’t got to wear these braces to dumb it down” (thanks, Brinke).
College Hoops News: ESPN’s Bomani Jones doesn’t like the trend of shorter shorts (from Jason Hillyer). … Kary Klismet notes that some Nike jerseys have unusual armholes that come to a point. Anyone know more about that template? … Douchebags. … Andrew Cosentino doesn’t like that Michigan players Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Duncan Robinson wear pink shoes. “I’m all for players expressing themselves as individuals, but it looks so much better when everyone on the team wears the same color!” he says.
Soccer News: Las Vegas Lights FC and Reno 1868 FC, both in the USL),have announced that the winner of their upcoming match will win the Silver State Cup (from Josh Hinton). … New second-choice kit for Wales. “People actually thought the old one was cursed or something (it was almost-black with lime green accents),” says our own Jamie Rathjen. “Not only did they never win in it, when they weaseled out of it and got permission to wear a one-time yellow kit instead, they did win.” … New jerseys for Dinamo Tbilisi (from Ed Zelaski). … West Brom is switching from Adidas to Puma (from Josh Hinton). … Also from Josh: There’s a “name the team” contest for the new USL franchise in El Paso. … And one more from Josh: Stoke City’s new home kit has leaked.
Grab Bag: This is from a few days ago, but I think we missed it: The College of Holy Cross is phasing out knight imagery. … New logo for the U.S. Open tennis tournament. … Orangeville Transit in Ontario is holding a logo design contest. … A man says he was removed from a commercial flight because his T-shirt had a logo that featured guns. … Netflix has designed its own typeface (thanks, Alex). … Yesterday’s Grab Bag had an item about the Yale lacrosse team using head scarves to restrict peripheral vision. “Drag racing has been doing this for some time,” says David Firestone. “It’s called the Clydesdale effect. I discussed it some time ago. I do find it odd that a sport where peripheral vision is needed would use the Clydesdale effect, though.” … Pro golfer In-Kyung Kim’s missing golf clubs, which she used to win the Women’s British Open in 2017, were found selling for $60 each at a used sporting goods store in California. Also, she apparently wears bright magenta mittens in between shots. Anyone know what that’s about? (From Kary Klismet.)
What Paul did last night: It would take way too much time and space to fully explain the story behind what’s going on in this next photo. But let’s just say that this month’s installment of Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co.’s monthly residency at Otto’s Shrunken Head was even more entertaining than usual. It made for a nice extension of my birthday (click to enlarge):
Whatever you did last night, I hope it was just as much fun, and that your weekend is even better.