Photo by Ben Axelrod; click to enlarge
Busy day on the MLB front yesterday, as the Indians and Cardinals both unveiled some additions to their wardrobes.
Let’s start in Cleveland, where we’ve known for a while now that the Indians would be scrapping Chief Wahoo for 2019. Yesterday they made it official, announcing a series of uni-related moves for next season. One at a time:
1. As you can see above, they’ve added a new red alternate home jersey and a new red-brimmed block-C cap.
2. The red-brimmed cap shown in that same photo above is the new designated home cap, replacing the Wahoo cap.
3. The navy alternate road jersey, which had featured a script “Indians” insignia, will now have “Cleveland” lettering. Here’s the new jersey, following by a before/after comparison:
4. As you’ve probably noticed already, all jerseys will carry a 2019 MLB All-Star Game sleeve patch. Caps, too. We’ve seen the logo before, but here’s a closer view at how it looks as a patch (both photos via @923TheFan; click to enlarge):
They’ll come up with a new sleeve logo for 2020.
5. The red alternate cap has been scrapped.
All in all: Nothing too earthshaking. One thing that really jumps out at me is that the ASG sleeve patch looks great. Lots of logos lose something when rendered in embroidery, but this one seems to gain something. I really like it.
I know many of you Cleveland fans think the block-C is boring and plain, and I agree with you. Wahoo’s demise was long overdue, but the team deserves a more dynamic logo than this. Here’s hoping they come up with one soon.
Meanwhile, in St. Looey, the Cardinals are bringing back the powder blues — sort of. They’ve added a Saturday road uniform, which is basically the same as their cream Saturday home uniform — but in powder blue:
The Cards have been hinting at this one for a couple of weeks. Unlike their original powder blues from the 1970s and ’80s, which featured pullover jerseys and sansabelt pants, this uniform will have button-front jerseys and belted pants. And as with all Cardinals jerseys, the birds on the bat will be chain-stitched.
I’ve known about this one since the summer, when team owner Bill DeWitt III (who’s a big uniform guy) got in touch with me to pick my brain about the project. At the time, he was uncertain about whether he’d go forward with it, but he eventually decided to pull the trigger.
Contest reminder: In case you missed it last week, ESPN.com’s hockey editor has asked me to have a design contest for the potential new NHL franchise in Seattle. Here’s the skinny:
• Your entry must include a team name, a primary logo, full home and road uniforms (jerseys, pants, socks, helmets), and an inaugural-season logo that can be worn as a patch. If you like, you can also include secondary logos, an alternate uniform, and a center ice design, but those aren’t required.
• You can draw upon Seattle’s rich hockey history or start from scratch. Up to you!
• Your designs can be created in any digital or analog medium (Illustrator, Photoshop, crayon, whatever) and can be submitted in any standard digital format (JPG, PDF, TIFF, etc.). You can also create a video presentation, upload it to YouTube, and submit the YouTube link as your entry.
• The files you submit should be named after yourself (PaulLukas.jpg, for example). If you’re submitting multiple files, please either number them (PaulLukas1.jpg, PaulLukas2.jpg, etc.) or use some other designation (PaulLukas-homeuni.jpg, PaulLukas-logo.jpg, etc.). Files that don’t follow this format will not be considered.
• In keeping with longstanding Uni Watch chromatic policy, entries with even a hint of purple will not be considered.
• Email your entry to Uni Watch HQ (note that this address is just for contest submissions — please don’t use the usual Uni Watch email address). If you have more than one concept, feel free to enter as many times as you like.
• Deadline: Monday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. ET.
The best entries will be showcased in one of my upcoming ESPN columns. Good luck!
ITEM! Pre-holiday sale: In my continuing attempts to
sell through a big pile of unsold caps find the right price point for our flex-fit Uni Watch alternate cap, we’re running a one-week sale. The cap, which originally sold for $29.99 and was then reduced to $24.99, is available for only $19.99 from now through Cyber Monday (i.e., next Monday, Nov. 26). Move fast to get it at this discounted price.
While we’re at it: Our Uni Watch classic cap, available exclusively from Ebbets Field Flannels, is currently in stock in all fitted sizes plus the adjustable version. Get it here.
Also: In case you missed it yesterday, we launched some new Marquette-colored Naming Wrongs shirts for the Bradley Center, and you can see all our Uni Watch product conveniently listed on one page here. My thanks, as always, for your consideration of our merchandise.
Uniforms in the wild: Scott M.X. Turner, who designs our membership cards and Naming Wrongs shirts, is a superb photographer who posts lots of really interesting photos on Facebook. The other day he posted a doozy, and it happened to be uni-centric:
So much great stuff going on in that shot! I mentioned to Scott that I wished I could see what was going on in the areas that were cropped out, and he said, “Here’s an earlier shot, with an even more unbelievable element on the right side of the frame”:
By Alex Hider
Baseball News: With the Indians’ new threads ready to go, here’s a look at the Tribe’s uniforms through the years (from Phil). … The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are moving down to the rookie-level Pioneer League, and will now be known as the Rocky Mountain Vibes — complete with anthropomorphized s’mores logo mascots (thanks to all who shared). … The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Midwest League have a new 25th-season logo (from Brian Kerhin). … The Single-A Potomac Nationals had hoped to build a stadium in the DC suburb of Woodbridge, Va. After the local authorities put the kibosh on the deal, the team has its sights set on Fredricksburg, Va. The team is currently using a generic “Fredricksburg baseball” logo in emails to fans (from R. Scott Rogers). … The mascot for the Orix Buffaloes of the Japanese Pacific Leauge wears No. ∞ (from Jeremy Brahm). … After the Yankees traded for P James Paxton last night, MLB.com Photoshopped him into a Yankees uniform — but neglected to Photoshop out his beard, which would be a serious no-no with the Bronx Bombers (from Andrew Gordon). … Here’s one writer’s five simple rules to eliminate clutter from MLB uniforms (paywalled link).
NFL News: The Rams and Chiefs went mono-yellow vs. mono-white last night. Many coaches and players on both sidelines wore LAFD caps (complete with New Era logo creep) and other emergency responder caps, to support the efforts to fight the California wildfires. More on the caps here. … The Bills will be wearing their standing buffalo throwback uniforms on Sunday against Jacksonville (from Mike Chamernik). … The Broncos will be going with their Color Rash jerseys on Sunday (from Phil). … Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster was wearing custom thigh pads with his number and the Steelers’ logo on Sunday (from Jeff Perilman). … This time-lapse video shows how one designer photoshopped new Eagles WR Golden Tate into his new jersey (from James Gilbert). … Lindsay Resnick was at a sporting goods store in Georgia and spotted this Falcons banner that had the team’s current logo and old wordmark. … Texans S Tyrann Mathieu had T-shirts made for his teammates on defense, inspired by the NWO logo (from Ignacio Salazar).
College and High School Football News: Florida State will wear garnet jerseys and pants with gold helmets this weekend (from Phil). … West Virginia offensive lineman Joe Brown had a backward Big XII logo on his jersey on Saturday (from Brian Young). … Washington State WR Calvin Jackson wore some nice striped socks — or is that tape? — on Saturday (from Jay Jay Dean). … There’s a controversy over a high school game in Illinois, where a parent of one of the players showed up in a referee’s uniform and apparently affected the game’s outcome (from Jason Hillyer).
Hockey News: Rangers backup G Alexandar Georgiev was caught on camera chewing on his sweater (from Al N. Kreit). … St. Lawrence and Clarkson are playing a Thanksgiving game in Lake Placid, and have a logo to mark the occasion (from @OlegKvasha). … The Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL will wear wheat-themed sweaters on Friday night (from @TeebzHBIC and Tyson Kehler).
NBA News: Heat SF Josh Richardson was ejected from a game on Sunday for throwing his shoe into the stands (from Mike Chamernik). … The Grizzlies and Mavs went blue vs. blue last night (from Ernad Selimagić).
College Hoops News: Minnesota wore BFBS jerseys on Sunday night (from Tommy Everson). … Here’s another look at the throwback uniforms Ohio State will wear on Friday in St. John’s Arena — the school’s old basketball stadium (thanks to all who shared). … Brian Bowen, the high school player whose recruitment opened an investigation into payments from apparel companies to high-profile recruits, is suing Adidas. He’s seeking damages and a restraining order that would prevent the company from sponsoring DI programs (from Josh Hinton). … Navy is giving away “ugly Christmas sweater” T-shirts to fans at an upcoming game. … The Virginia Tech women debuted their new “Hokie stone” uniforms last night (from Andrew Cosentino). … Nevada’s Instagram page has a photo that appears to show several unreleased jerseys (from @Jorgy_26).
Soccer News: Aldyr Schlee, who designed Brazil’s iconic uniforms, has died (from Ryan Swift). … No photos, but according to this story German club Borussia Dortmund will wear one-off uniforms on Dec. 21 that read “Danke Kumpel” (thanks pals) to commemorate the closing of the last coal mine in the region (from Anthony Zydzik). … Madison FC of USL League One has a new logo (from Diego Bauzá). … Nike is now selling American football jerseys for prominent soccer clubs. Here’s PSG’s version (from @florian_mcgill).
Grab Bag: This blew my mind: Did you know there’s an “8” hidden in the negative space on the eight of diamonds? … Some female Marines have been issued new dress blues (from Tim Dunn). … R. Scott Rogers went down a YouTube rabbit hole and found this video of a Scandinavian aviation blogger explaining the history and elements of a pilot’s uniform. … There’s a new book featuring great shots of Muhammad Ali in his hometown of Louisville (NYT link). Additional info and photos here. … The midterm elections truly were a blue wave (WaPo link), at least in terms of campaign logos and signage, which featured a disproportionate amount of blue. … House Democrats may propose new guidelines that would allow representatives to wear religious headwear on the House floor, which would overturn a 181-year-old ban on hats. … Not uni-related, but curling fans will appreciate this story: A Canadian gold medalist was kicked out a Calgary curling club because he showed up to the rink drunk and began breaking brooms (from Ted Arnold).