The Indians, facing elimination in yesterday’s ALDS game against the Astros, wore Chief Wahoo one last time before going down in defeat. With Wahoo being retired next season, yesterday’s season-ending loss means we have probably seen the last of Wahoo on an MLB diamond. (I say “probably” because there’s always the chance he could be revived as a throwback, although that seems iffy at best and unlikely anytime soon.)
By fairly amazing coincidence, yesterday was also Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The symbolism of Wahoo’s final game taking place on those holidays is almost too perfect. You couldn’t script it any better. (And as reader Ryan Madden points out, the Braves were also eliminated yesterday, and the ’Skins got blown out by the Saints, which seems like an apt metaphor for colonialism. Freaky.)
To my fellow anti-Wahoo activists, I say this: Let’s not gloat. For one thing, there’s a lot more work to be done on this front, so this is no time to be spiking the football (sorry for the mixed-sport metaphor). Moreover, there’s a fan base out there that’s doubly sad today — in part because their favorite team’s season just ended, and in part because a logo they’ve been rooting for, in some cases for many decades, is being mothballed — and we shouldn’t be rubbing this in their faces on today of all days.
So to you Cleveland fans who grew up with Wahoo and will miss him, I say this: I feel for you, because I understand the close emotional connection we can have to our favorite teams’ symbols, even if those symbols are problematic. That connection is a big part of what Uni Watch is all about. So while I’m glad to see Wahoo’s demise and think it was long overdue, I understand why some of you may be mourning today. Hang in there.
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Lakers Lore leak: As you may recall, the Lakers used last year’s “City Edition” alternate uniform to introduce their own uni rubric, called the Lore Series, with a different Lakers legend being honored each season. Last year’s Lore uni was for Kobe Bryant. And based on retail leaks that have been circulating over the past few days, this season’s will be for Magic Johnson. After asking around a bit, I’m convinced that these leaks are legit.
At present, we’ve only seen the shorts, not the jersey. As you can see above, they have Johnson’s No. 32 on the waistband, along with Lakers-styled “M.” Here’s a closer look:
Here’s a side view, along with a closer look at the pinstripes, which spell out SHOWTIME3X5X:
Personally, I’ve never liked pinstripes on basketball uniforms, and this design is unlikely to change my mind.
(My thanks to Rafal Niewiadomski and Instagrammers @lakers24ever and @shahinourian for this one.)
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By Brinke Guthrie
I grew up in Louisville back in the days of the ABA and was a huge Kentucky Colonels fan. Then we moved to Dallas, and I traded my allegiance to the Chaps. This Chaparrals T-shirt is current, not vintage, but it still has that retro feel with the old Chaps logo, and I love it all day long. A separate listing offers the same design in additional colors. Long live the ABA! [As an aside, the Chaps logo ranks very high among my all-time favorite team logos. So much better than today’s “intimidating” mascots. — PL]
Now for the rest of this week’s picks:
• The Rams are currently 5-0, and Rams fans won’t go wrong with this vintage bobblehead. (The seller has several additional teams, including the Chiefs who are also 5-0.)
• One more for the Rams: Nice, bold-looking set of 1970s stickers here.
• This Louisville Slugger bat bank includes signatures of stars like Mattingly, Puckett, Cal Ripken and others.
• This 1970s Boston Bruins puck (made in Czechoslovakia!) is still in the package.
• Here’s a 1970s Steelers helmet buggy — and nope, no helmet sticker on the other side!
• Teddy bears, baseballs, mugs, and more are in this lot of Minnesota Twins items.
• We’ve got an assortment of 1970s St. Louis Football Cardinals mugs/glasses here, including one that says “Big Red KMOX 1120.” Guess that could be the baseball Cards, too?
• Speaking of radio, WJR co-sponsored these 1970s Detroit Lions bumper stickers along with your friendly neighborhood Marathon dealer.
• This 1970s Detroit bumper sticker is for the Tigers. Notice the familiar Tiger logo has a bat in his teeth- never seen that before.
• This Cleveland Browns bumper sticker from WWWE in Cleveland was sponsored by Shell.
• No question, that’s Ray Guy of the Ray-duhz — the only player I recognize on this vintage Sears/NFL pillowcase.
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ITEM! New T-shirt: It’s been a while since we’ve had a new Uni Watch T-shirt design, but we have a new one today. As most of you know, I love vintage clothing labels, so I worked with longtime reader/designer Andrew Harrington to create a design that mimics the look of a woven label (click to enlarge):
Nice, right? We’re calling it our “Designer Label” design. And thanks to some changes Teespring recently made to their interface, we’re able to offer it in a much wider range of colors, styles, and products. We have men’s tees, women’s tees, sweatshirts, long-sleeve tees, coffee mugs, and smart phone cases, all with lots of color options:
You can see the full range of available products here. My thanks, as always, for your consideration, and doubleplusthanks to Andrew for his great work on this design.
ITEM! Headwear price drop reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, we’ve decided to cut the price from $29.99 to $24.99. If you’ve been on the fence regarding this cap, hopefully this will push you over the fence, or something like that. You can order yours here.
In addition, our friends at Ebbets Field Flannels are currently offering a site-wide 20% discount (use the checkout code PLAY18), which effectively reduces the price of the Uni Watch classic cap from $49 to $39. All fitted sizes are in stock — get yours here.
By Alex Hider
Baseball News: These are the caps and T-shirts the Astros wore following their sweep of the Indians yesterday (from Ignacio Salazar and Guy Coolman). … Check out the duds worn by the 1873 Navy baseball team — those patterned socks, the bow ties, that giant chest logo. Good stuff (from Dan Cichalski).
NFL News: It appears that the Saints have now joined the ranks of the teams with blank nose bumpers, joining Washington and Kansas City (from @Michael Geddes). … Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has been wearing “OBJ” cleats inspired by the Nike’s “More Uptempo” sneakers — aka the shoes that have the giant AIR on the sides (from Charles Noerenberg). … A pair of New Orleans and Washington players had a bit of difficulty trading jerseys after last night’s game (from Eric Juergens). … President Trump is selling football jerseys with a “Stand Up for America” insignia, echoing his stance against demonstrations during the national anthem (from Phil).
College Football News: Louisville will wear uniforms inspired by Kentucky’s own Fort Knox on Oct. 27. More photos here. … Texas Tech will wear all-white 1974 throwbacks against TCU on Thursday. … Speaking of throwbacks, Oregon State will turn back the clock on Oct. 20.
Hockey News: Does anyone know what’s written on these strips of stick tape inside of the Islanders’ penalty box at Barclays Center? It looks like they may say “Sharks,” but why would they be there? (From John Muir.) … Speaking of the Isles, it appears they’ve dropped the orange outline from their helmet numbers. … The Ducks wore 1993 throwback jerseys during pregame warmups last night. As you can see, the jerseys had the Adidas logo on the front (from Nick Terranova). … Once the Ducks game started, the team wore their new retro-inspired alternates, and G John Gibson initially had a retro-colored catching glove but then switched gloves. … David Westfall was at a University of Nebraska-Omaha vs. Manitoba exhibition game on Sunday and noticed that all the UNO players had full face guards while Manitoba players had just eye guards, due to rule differences. … This would be correct if this shirt were referring to the Capitol Building. Unfortunately, it’s referring to the hockey team (from William F. Yurasko). … The Wall Street Journal editorial board is not happy that the Flyers’ new mascot, Gritty, is being adopted by left-wing workers’ groups.
Soccer News: Arsenal has signed a kit deal with Adidas, which will take effect following the 2019 season (from Ted Arnold and Fred Vaughn). … The Pittsburgh Riverhounds played Pinktober and wore pink-trimmed uniforms against FC Cincinnati on Saturday, and the Florida State women wore pink last week (from Brian Henke). … More Pinktober: Louisville City FC midfielder Magnus Rasmussen has new pink boots for cancer awareness (from Josh Hinton). … Historical note from Denis Hurley: “In 1990, Sampdoria, normally blue and white, had to create a third kit for a European Cup Winners’ Cup game and chose red, with the kit designed by a star striker. However, as their rivals Genoa wear blue and red halves, Sampdoria couldn’t have the blue and red parts touching and so added a white trim.”
Grab Bag: Sports Studio, a Hollywood-based company, provides many of the athletic uniforms and costumes used in movies and TV (hard paywall) (from Dennis W. Alpert). … Pinktober socks two days ago for UVA field hockey (from our own Jamie Rathjen).