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The Cardinals announced yesterday that they’ve added a memorial patch for longtime player, coach, and manager Red Schoendienst, who died last week at the age of 95. The patch will be worn for the balance of the 2018 season. And as you can see above, the Cards took the interesting route of modeling it on the Stan Musial memorial patch that they wore in 2013.
A few thoughts:
• Obviously, many teams have had multiple memorial patches that just featured the honorees’ initials, or uniform numbers, or whatever. So you could say that those patches had the same basic formats or templates. But in terms of more “designed” memorial patches, this is the first instance I can think of in which a team has used the same basic design format for multiple people. Uniformity for this uniform element!
• In between the Musial patch in 2013 and the newly revealed Schoendienst patch, the Cards wore one other memorial patch. That was in 2015, when they wore a simple “OT” patch for Oscar Taveras. (As you may recall, that patch was somewhat controversial because of how Taveras died.) So it’s reasonable to conclude that the Cardinals are only using the number/signature patch format for special occasions — Hall of Fame memorials, so to speak — not for every occasion. I’d rather not be so morbid as to speculate about specific people’s deaths, but it’s not too hard to imagine which other St. Louis greats might eventually qualify for this treatment.
• This isn’t the first time the Cards have worn a patch featuring Schoendienst’s number. They did it once before, on April 17, 2015, when they wore a patch to celebrate his 70 years in uniform (click to enlarge):
• The most surprising thing about this new patch is how long it took for the Cards to start wearing it. Schoendienst died on June 6, but the patch didn’t debut until June 11 — a near-eternity in the world of modern uniform memorials, where teams often add patches within a day or two. (Just to be clear, I am not criticizing the Cardinals for taking too long, and I fully understand that they may have wanted to wait until they finished their road trip so the patch could make its debut at home. I’m just expressing surprise, not outrage.)
• The patch design has also been added to the Busch Stadium outfield wall:
I don’t recall if they included the Musial patch design on the wall. Anyone..?
Schoendienst was, by all accounts, a peach of a guy. RIP.
At least he wore the right cap: It was a tale of two jerseys last night in Milwaukee, as Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress wore the team’s “Brewers” jersey (above left) while the rest of the team was wearing the “Milwaukee” design.
Obviously, no team needs two navy alternate jerseys to begin with, so file this one in the “Serves ’em right” category.
(My thanks to the literally dozens of people on Twitter who brought this one to my attention last night.)
StripeRite update: My thanks to everyone who participated in yesterday’s StripeRite poll — we really appreciate your feedback.
Based on the polling, the next batch of StripeRite socks will feature the Houston, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh designs. But I want to run something else by you: The Pittsburgh design — a black sock with gold Northwestern striping — is based on the socks that Pittsburgh wore in the 1960s, and also as part of more recent throwbacks. But as several people pointed out to me, the team’s current sleeve striping is much more iconic than any sock striping they’ve ever worn. So what if we put their sleeve striping on a sock? Here’s how that would look, compared with the sock design I showed you yesterday — original sock on the left, sleeve-themed sock on the right (click to enlarge):
Just to be clear, the team has never worn the sock design on the right. But it’s arguably more Pittsburgh-y than the design on the left.
What do you think? You can vote here. Just like yesterday, please vote only if you think you might actually buy these socks. Thanks!
By Brinke Guthrie
Today at 11am Pacific Time, it’s the annual NBA championship parade in Oakland, following Friday night’s Golden State Warriors dismantling of the Cleveland LeBrons. They’ve got one more year in Oakland, then over to San Francisco and the new arena, which just passed the 50% completion mark. On that note, please check out this 1980s AJD “Lucky Stripes” mesh snapback trucker’s hat. Pair this with some Zubaz pants and you’re all set! (Or go for this Zubaz Warriors cap.)
Now for the rest of this week’s picks:
• Take a look at this Chargers jersey. The tag says, “Big League Threads, Scarsdale, New York” and “Designed and Tailored Exclusively for Pro Action by Medalist Sand-Knit.”
• Might not have even wanted to wear these: a cool pair of 1970s canvas sneakers featuring MLB team logos on the outsole. This one is from 1972 at the earliest, since it shows the Rangers.
• Eight different NHL stars are featured on this 1970s zippered pencil case.
• This 1970s Reds tie was offered by Burkardt’s Fine Stores for Men in Cincinnati.
• Here’s a 1970s Montreal Expos bracelet charm.
• This 1970s quilted Vikings jacket looks very nice. No maker’s mark on it, but the seller includes “West Wind” in the title.
• Nice treatment on this 1970s Oakland A’s pennant. Notice the logo is set inside the “O.”
• Check out the striping action on this photo of Eagles QB Roman Gabriel (which sounds just as out of place as “Rams QB Joe Namath” or “Chargers QB Johnny Unitas”).
• Not sure what “Wolfpack” refers to on this 1970s Chiefs jacket — maybe a fan club?
• This 1970s 49ers medallion is still sealed in the bag.
Seen an item that would be a good candidate for Collector’s Corner? Send any submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
And now a few words from Phil: Sunday is Father’s Day, and I’ll be continuing my annual tradition of posting photos of “Dads in Uniform.” It’s something I began doing in 2013, and continued in 2014, 2015, 2016, and again last year, and I’m looking forward to keeping it going strong.
This year, based on a suggestion from reader Bill Hetrick, I’ve decided to add photos of equipment your father used and passed down to you. For more details on that, look here.
If you’d like to have a photo of your dad (or uncle or granddad!) featured this Sunday, or if you have a piece of equipment he passed down to you, please send me an email along with a photo (just one, please) and a short description (100 words or less) by this Thursday, June 14, midnight Eastern. I’ll run all the submissions this Sunday. Thanks.
Naming Wrongs reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, we have new Naming Wrongs designs for the Corner (shown at right) and for two CFL stadiums. Full details here. In addition, in case you missed it last week, we also have new designs for the Georgia Dome, the Omni, and McNichols Arena. You can get the scoop on those here.
This will likely be our last round of Naming Wrongs shirts for a while, in part because designer Scott M.X. Turner is busy getting ready to move across the country and in part because we’ve now crossed off every stadium and arena we had on our list. We may still do more designs if we get specific requests for them (or if some new corporate venue names are announced), but this should hold us for now. My thanks to everyone for their support and enthusiasm for this project.
Holiday shirt reminder: Although our respective heads of state aren’t exactly presidents of each other’s fan clubs at the moment, the United States and Canada remain close allies with lots in common.
That includes the two major holidays that we celebrate in early July — Canada Day on July 1 and Independence Day on July 4. You can get Uni Watch shirts for either holiday (or both holidays!) by ordering now — the Independence Day shirt is here and the Canada Day shirt is here. Thanks.
By Alex Hider
Baseball News: IHOP is temporarily changing its name to the International House of Burgers, and the Phillies had some fun with that announcement (from Andrew Cosentino and Mike Chamernik). … Little League baseball now has a Q&A section on its website about C-flaps (from Justo Gutierrez). … Giants P Derek Holland has been wearing Steph Curry basketball shoes with cleats (from Brinke). … Brady Phelps, a podcast host and San Diego sports fan, is producing caps with the Padres’ unused “proto-Friar” logo. He says he will tweet details when they are again available (from Borchert Field). … Ernie Banks served as the honorary captain for the NL at the 1983 All-Star Game at Comiskey Park. He wore a jersey with a NOB (which the Cubs didn’t add to their jerseys until ’93) and the wrong number font (from @MBDChicago). … Zac Brown Band released a whole bunch of MLB-themed merch (from Ignacio Salazar). … The Staten Island Yankees will play as the Pizza Rats for Saturday home games. The name is inspired by the 2015 viral video. … The Lakewood BlueClaws will wear military appreciation caps on June 14 (from John Cerone). … The Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League will also wear military appreciation jerseys on June 14 (from Steve Johnston). … Frisco RoughRiders players couldn’t decide which color belt to wear last night (from Chris Roland). … The Rangers have an upcoming Beatles promotion that includes Rangers-themed Beatles giveaway caps (from Ignacio Salazar).
NFL News: The 49ers are opening a team-branded public gym in San Jose (from Brinke). … Reader Bill Kellick came across some 1960s Giants photos on eBay that appear to show players wearing “LIB” decals on at least one side of their helmet. According to Pro Football Journal and Adam Prince, that stood for the Long Island Bulls, an Atlantic Coast Football League team with whom the Giants had an affiliation. … O.J. Simpson once went FNOB in an RC Cola ad (from Pro Football Journal). … Oilers DT Curley Culp had a white facemask back in the day when the rest of his teammates wore grey (from Pro Football Journal). … Houston rapper Travis Scott recently released a pair of limited-edition Houston Oilers Jordan sneakers. Reader Rodney Flores has a buddy who owns a sneaker shop, so he made some Oilers-themed T-shirts for the sneakers’ release.
Hockey News: The DC Metro has unveiled a special edition fare card in honor of the Capitals’ Stanley Cup championship (from William F. Yurasko). … The ice at Bowling Green’s hockey arena is already ready for next season (from Pat Dougherty).
NBA News: Magic Johnson’s purple jersey and shorts aren’t the only mismatch in this photo — Sixers Steve Mix and Mo Cheeks have completely different number fonts on their jerseys (from Tom O’Grady).
Soccer News: As usual, we have a lot of kit unveilings and leaks from Josh Hinton, including Watford’s new home kit, Olympique Marseille 2018-19 home kit, Juventus’s 2018-19 third kit, Middlesbrough‘s 2018-19 home kit, and new Adidas cleats for the World Cup. … Deportivo La Coruña, a Spanish team who was recently relegated from La Liga, unveiled their new home uniforms yesterday (from Ed Zelaski). … Here’s an in-depth look at the world of soccer apparel (from Mark Coale).
Grab Bag: This is what golfer Justin Thomas will be wearing at the US Open (from Griffin Smith). … Domino’s Pizza is going to towns around America and making corporate-advertised pothole repairs. KFC had a similar program nine years ago (from @OlegKvasha). … Savino Del Bene Scandicci, an Italian women’s volleyball team, has some pretty wild zebra-striped uniforms (from Jeremy Brahm).