Wearin' O' The Green

Are You Wearing Green Today?

By Phil Hecken

The wearing of green in professional sports (whether as a uniform, part of a uniform, as a warm-up, etc.) for St. Paddy’s Day has become a fairly common occurrence of late, especially in baseball and in hockey — driven (sadly) by the merchandise train. In fact, you can buy a green cap for every MLB team (some of which teams will wear on the field today); you’ll also see socks, bases, lockers, polo shirts, line up “cards”, and, well, maybe even this. But safe to say, there’ll be a lot of green on the field today, and it won’t just be the outfield walls and grass.

You should be familiar with how baseball began its “celebration” of St. Paddy’s Day.

The great Bill Henderson documented this in his wonderful “Game Worn Guides…” publication:

Those Reds celebrated their 40th Anniversary of Wearing Green last season, and that article documents how the rest of MLB have followed.

But the Reds weren’t actually the first team to “celebrate” St. Patrick’s Day. That honor belongs to the ABA’s 1971 Floridians, who didn’t actually wear green, but gave each player an “O-apostrophe” NOB. [Big thanks to Todd Radom for that nugget]

Recognizing St. Patrick’s Day was a-comin’, on Thursday, I thought I could try to gather a list (or at least a partial list) of some of the best St. Paddy’s jerseys/unis/caps/helmets, etc. ever worn, so I asked Twitter for help, starting with four of what I considered to be the “best” ones:

Those would, of course be the 1978 Reds, as well as Toronto Maple Leafs “St. Pat’s”, the Notre Dame Shamrock Series 2011 helmet, and the New York Mets “Mr. Met-rechaun”:

Now, the Notre Dame team didn’t wear that helmet for St. Patrick’s Day (though it would be perfect), and technically the Leafs “St. Pat’s” throwbacks weren’t a St. Paddy’s Day kit (though for the past couple years they’ve worn them around March 17th). Still, it is possible to come up with a decent list for the four major sports plus others. Here’s some of the best:

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Baseball:

Aside from the originators (and the Mets), I particularly like the Phillies 1981 Caps, and the Chicago White Sox, who actually have worn their green-hued unis during the season for their “Halfway To St. Patrick’s Day” game:

Honorable mention goes to the 1952 Dublin Green Sox, who sported this beaut:

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Football:

Since it’s not played during the holiday, there really aren’t many options here. However, aside from the ND Shamrock helmet, did you know the New York Jets began wearing green in 1963 because team president David A. “Sonny” Werblin was born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1910? I didn’t either, and I owe another cap tip to Todd Radom, who pointed me towards this article, in which he documents some early use of green in sports (I did know about the Floridians — from a Paul Lukas tweet some years back, but never knew about the Jets).

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Basketball

The NBA gave some of its teams green uniforms back in the mid-2000s, and a couple of those stand out:

Yes, the Bulls team wore those, not just the mascot. I believe the Raptors and the (already green-clad) Celtics both had special St. Patrick’s Day uniforms as well. Still, those Floridians…

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Hockey:

Lots of teams wear green warmup sweaters now, but the Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t just wear the white St. Pat’s unis, they have also donned green/brown ones:

One of the better warmups was worn by the Blackhawks some years back:

Honorable mention to the 1935-36 Pittsburgh Shamrocks

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Other Sports:

Rugby:

I confess I’m not sure of the provenance of this photo, as it was simply tweeted at me without any explanation; if anyone knows (and I’m sure some of you do), please post it in the comments.

Soccer:

I’m woefully deficient in my soccer knowledge, so I’m sure there have been other teams who’ve done or worn something shamrock/green/St. Patrick’s Day related.

Dead Hockey:

I’m pretty sure that doesn’t really count, but it’s great.

Curling:

Ok, that really doesn’t count. But I did wear special St. Paddy’s pants for curling last season.

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Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day today — and make sure you’re wearing green! Even if you don’t have a drop of Irish in you (like me), everyone’s “Irish” today, eh?

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[Special thanks to: Alex Cheremeteff, Gabriel Hurl, Beauty of a Game, Tom O’Grady, J.S., Hamburger Stand Now, Simon Harrow, RG Spore, Jim Vilk, Diddy, and of course, Todd Radom, for their contributions to this section.]

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Kreindler’s Korner

I had the distinct pleasure of featuring the wonderful artwork of artist Graig Kriendler on two occasions over the summer and fall of 2017, and more recently, in August of 2018.

For those who don’t wish to click the links, Graig paints baseball heroes (and regular guys) from the past, and is an immense talent.

Occasionally, I will be featuring his work on Uni Watch.

Here’s today’s offering (click to enlarge):

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Title: “Menacing Mathewson and Marquard”
Subject: ‘Home Run’ Baker, 1913
Medium: Oil on linen mounted to board
Size: 11″ x 14″

“If you desire one truth that is self-evident and beyond all rebuttal”, sportswriter Grantland Rice claimed, “you can stand by this: John Franklin Baker can hit.” The man from the small farming town of Trappe, Maryland had built the muscles in his back, arms and wrists by working at his father’s farm, tending livestock and harvesting crops. Those physical attributes were on display very early in 1908 – his first full season with the Athletics. In only his fourth game that year, Baker hit a grand slam homer over the right field fence in Boston. It was the first time since the 1907 season that anyone had cleared the fence of the Huntington Avenue Grounds with a homer. On May 29, against the same Boston pitcher, Frank Arellanes, he slammed a ball 340 feet, and over the right field fence and out of the newly constructed Shibe Park. He was the first person in history to do so. When the park opened, the Public Ledger reported, “As to the extent of the outfield it is sufficient to say that the first slugger to put a ball over the fence will insure that his name will have a place in baseball history.” Though the home run was all abuzz amongst fans for weeks, it was not until after the 1911 World Series that he would truly make a place for his name in the annals of the sport.

It was during Game 2 in New York against the Giants that ‘Home Run’ Baker was born. Hitting a go-ahead two run homer off of Rube Marquard’s 1-1 fastball in the sixth inning, Frank and his ‘White Elephants’ took that contest, 3-1. The defeated pitcher wrote in a newspaper column that he took full responsibility for the loss. Teammate Christy Mathewson, who had won the opener in the series, agreed. In his own ghostwritten column in the New York Herald, through sportswriter Jack Wheeler he claimed that Rube’s one pitch cost the Giants the game. “Victory hung on that one ball”, Wheeler wrote for Matty, “and Marquard served Baker with the wrong prescription.”

The next game saw the confident Christy take the mound for the second time in the series, this time in the enemy territory of a Shibe Park filled with 38,000 fans. With the Giants up by a run in the A’s ninth, Baker casually stepped to the plate with one out and nobody on. The Christian Gentleman threw two curve strikes to the slugger. Upon laying his next pitch – a fastball just like Marquard’s the game before – Baker slashed a line drive into the right field crowd, landing in the next-to-last tier of the upper grandstands. Mathewson kicked the dirt and proceeded to unravel. The A’s would eventually win that game in the eleventh, and end up taking the series in six games.

Baker had hit 11 homers during that regular season, and the two in the back-to-back World Series games made it 13 total – a kingly number during the dead-ball era.

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Thanks, Graig! You can (and should!) follow Graig on Twitter.

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The View From The Net

You probably know Brinke Guthrie (who I jokingly refer to as my tennis “doubles partner”) more for his “Collector’s Corner” segment that runs weekdays on Uni Watch, but for the past decade or so, I’ve collaborated with Brinke on many tennis-related segments for this blog — but always for the “Majors,” which also comprise Tennis’ Grand Slam. But the tennis world doesn’t just revolve around the four majors; there are other tourneys held throughout the year, and Brinke will occasionally look at the “uniforms” (a/k/a fashion) for the smaller events. Today is one of those days.

Here’s Brinke:

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Uni Watch tennis desk. Last weekend (scroll down) we covered the Fila gear that’s predominant at the Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open. Those finals (both ATP and WTA) are scheduled for today (ESPN2) and then tomorrow, the action moves all the way over to Miami for the Miami Open, in its first year at Hard Rock Stadium.

Make no mistake, the Miami Open is a very big deal, and it’s a coveted title. For the 5th straight year, Lacoste is the major on-site fashion sponsor, and leading the men’s charge is men’s world #1 Novak Djokovic, a six-time winner in South Florida. The Djoker has his own signature line from Le Croc, and he’ll be wearing the Center Geo Polo in two different colorways. (My bet is orange for the other.) Gone are the days of the cotton tennis shirt- this one is 92% poly and 8% Elastane.

Generally, he always color matches his Lacoste clothing with his personalized Asics sneakers. BTW, here’s a terrific website to keep track of who wears what in pro tennis.

Lacoste will also be selling co-branded tournament merch at Hard Rock Stadium, in plenty of vibrant Miami colors.

Lacoste has quite a few sponsored pros on both tours, including Dominika Cibulkova, who pairs her Lacoste Women’s Spring Tennis Dress (91% Polyester, 9% Elastane. Mesh: 88% Polyester, 12% Elastane) with Nike shoes.

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Thanks, Brinke!

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Uni Concepts & Tweaks

After being dormant for a while, the Uni Tweaks/Concepts have returned!

I hope you guys like this feature and will want to continue to submit your concepts and tweaks to me. If you do, Shoot me an E-mail (Phil (dot) Hecken (at) gmail (dot) com).

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I got the following concept from John Elbertson, who decided the New York Islanders need a new, updated look. Here’s John:

Phil,

For this Islanders concept, I wanted to take a number of their design decisions in the last 20 years and streamline them into one distinct look. The home and road jerseys keep the swooped arm striping and the lighthouse shoulder patches from the Fisherman reboot. The NY logo is from their Stadium Series jersey, but with the four stripes moved to the blade of the stick, like on the current alt.

The third jersey in this set is a nod to the 1997 jersey, one of my favorites, with the original logo and the ’90s color scheme. All I actually had to fix was the wavy name and number. Like they used to tell us in art school, you need to put a leash on that dog.

John

Thanks John. OK readers (and concepters). If you have some tweaks or concepts, shoot ’em my way with a brief description of your creation and I’ll run ’em here.

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One Right Thru Jimmer Vilk’s Uprights…

…Barefoot Kickers

Gene Sanny writes,

“Doing a little research for an electric football team, and I wanted a barefoot kicker, so I looked up Tony Franklin of the eagles. Turns out he wore varying lengths of socks. Super short, mid length, and my favorite, all but the foot, which is amazing looking. So then I had to look up the only other one I remembered, Rich Karlis… Seems from pics he just went with one style, the top with stripes.”


Thanks Gene.

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Li’l Help?

What you see above is from an e-mail sent to UniWatching by Dan Matthews. In the e-mail he writes,

Good afternoon,

Picked up a beautiful jersey at a thrift store today. Just gorgeous, and a good uni-sleuthing project. Extra bonus – there was a sale on all clothing. As much as you could fit in a paper shopping bag for $3.00 total, so I got this for around a quarter.

If anyone knows the age of this, please let me know. I included pictures that I thought would be of interest. I mean – just check out that piping.

Thanks

Dan

Thanks, Dan. It’s a beautiful jersey — Dan included several more images, including the tagging, which I’ve put into this album. If anyone can help Dan out with his questions, please post your thoughts in the comments down below. Thanks!

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And now a few words from Paul

Hi there. It’s been a busy week. Here are some things you might have missed:

• Thursday was my last day at ESPN. They let me write a farewell column featuring my favorite things I wrote for them over the past 15 years.

• I also wrote a piece for The Wall Street Journal about pepperoni. It’s paywalled, but you can get a two-month subscription for only a buck.

• We’re auctioning off another amazing one-of-a-kind Uni Watch jersey made by Wafflebored. It’s a blind auction, but I can tell you that the current high bid is more than $100 but less than $160.

• Now that my free agency has begun, Uni Watch could really use your support. If you have the inclination and the means, please consider ordering a membership card, purchasing some of our fine merchandise, or making a donation. Thanks.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: The Bama Uniform Tracker reports that, after a one year absence, the script gray uniforms have returned (from College Sports Design). … From the way-back machine: pretty cool photo of Bo Jackson in a powder blue Auburn jersey (from GOAT Jerseys). … Here’s a very cool look at a logo for the 1903 Philadelphia Athletics. (1902 American League Champions) According to Alex Cheremeteff, it’s the first use of the white elephant. Also, in 1902, John McGraw declared that Ben Shibe had a “white elephant on his hands.” The “Hey Rube” was for ace Rube Waddell: 24-7, 2.05 ERA. … Oh my. Check out these red & white striped unis for the Alaskan Baseball League from the 1980s (from Alan Poff). … Here’s a neat drawing of the Chicago White Sox Spring Training in 1911, when they trained in Mineral Wells, TX (from BaseballHistoryDaily). … It was Curtis Granderson’s birthday yesterday, and the Marlins wished him a Happy B-DayPaul notes Curtis has “been writing this same thing on his underbrims since he was a kid.” … Interesting softball uniforms for the FSU ladies (from Victory Cheeseballs). … Here’s Miller Huggins and the New York Yankees arriving in style at spring training camp in New Orleans. (photo dated March 16, 1923). From Bruce Menard. … Here’s a look at the Tri-City Valley Cats 2018 Championship ring (from Ignacio Salazar). … A youth baseball team in California still wearing the Indians cap that is now retired (from Griffin Smith). … Tweeter Frank McGuigan writes, “I know you don’t care about retail merchandise. But, anyone who buys this is a sucker. They slapped a Phillies 3 on a Nationals uniform.” … Nice new pins for the Wichita State Shockers (via Paul). … Check out who was coaching first base for the Brewers yesterday (from Josh Clayton).

NFL News: I’m not sure if there’s anything new in this article about the new NY Jets unis Paul hasn’t already reported, but this quote is scary telling: “This is a complete redesign, not a tweak. The colors are new. The logo is new. The design is new. The primary jersey is kelly green, with numbers that ‘kinda look like Oregon’s.’ There’s also a primarily-black alternate jersey.”

Hockey News: Check out this photo of the NHL All-Stars vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 1968, from GOAT Jerseys. IDs: All-Stars: Gordie Howe (9), Bobby Orr (5), Bob Baun (8), and Maple Leafs Wayne Carleton (2). … Carey Price was honored Saturday night for breaking Jacques Plante’s franchise wins record. Captain Shea Weber presented him & his family gifts including a team-signed 315 jersey & Plante family members give Price a 315 silver stick (from James Beattie). … Also from James, the Toronto Maple Leafs again wore their St. Pat’s throwbacks vs. Ottawa. … The Tampa Bay Lightning busted out the St. Paddy’s day warmup jerseys last night.

NBA News: Ha, this tweet is pretty funny: “Hey @Cavs, let us know if you want a More Natural, Better Sports Drink than @Gatorade… that can spell too” — it’s doubly funny because that comes from Body Armor, a rival sports drink. From Josh Claywell. … Really cool old video here of Wilt Chamberlain and Boston’s Larry Siegfried sharing the same towel during the 1967 playoffs. “A nice – albeit weird – display of sportsmanship” (from Jim Vilk).

College/High School Hoops News: Jimmer Vilk (and probably many others) will hate the look of these Salt Lake City Stars uni numbers, which are almost illegible (from Michael Manker). … On Friday night, Arizona State and Oregon played a beautiful looking color vs. color game (from Daniel). … Tweeter Josh Berger notes, “UWBadgers coach Greg Gard was wearing a pin with ‘4’ on it yesterday. Today it’s ‘6’. I think it’s the session number for the @bigten tourney. Which is a weird thing to have a coach wear on a pin.” Casey Collins explains, “Every member of the team not in uniform on the bench must wear one as ‘their credential’. They are only allocated so many. The number does stand for the session. Same protocol in the NCAA Tourney.” … Pretty rough-looking ACC tourney final between FSU and Duke yesterday, in gold vs. white (from Ben, who added, “Who on earth gave the ok for this jersey matchup?”). Interestingly, Ryan Kelly notes “The Noles have never worn gold in an ACC Tourney championship game.” After losing to Duke by 10, they may never again.

Soccer News: This image, found on Reddit, is a pretty cool adaptation of the new FC Cincinnati team — parodying Mr. Red(legs). From CoachKT. … Barcelona are reportedly set to break their long-standing tradition of having three jerseys next season. Club officials have taken the surprising decision to reinstate a ‘Catalan shirt’, that will be used for big games and occasions. … Vfl Wolfsburg wore special “diversity” jerseys for yesterday’s match vs Fortuna Düsseldorf. Wolfsburg have had a rainbow captains armband all season, Düsseldorf‘s captain wore one yesterday (via Paul). … Fun fact: the letter J is ‘jota’ in Portuguese, so by having DIOGO J on his shirt, Diogo Jota has also effectively got his whole name (from Riles).

Grab Bag: Interesting bit on Penn State Men’s Lax: “For some, a jersey number is just given to them aimlessly, for others, they make a conscious choice in their number, but within Penn State Men’s Lacrosse, there is a number that is given with a direct purpose and responsibility … that number is 16,” (from María Canales. … Check out these bowling team uniforms sponsored by Red’s Cafe (from Mr. Hilbert). … Ireland & Wales engaged in a nice Christmas in March match yesterday in the Seven Nations Cup (from Kevin Shaw). … North Carolina women’s lax went BFBS vs Florida yesterday (from James Gilbert). … I was actually watching The Players Championship yesterday when David Feherty said Tommy Fleetwood looks like “a homeless person that just robbed a Nike store.” Reader Justin Hicks was too, and sent in this screen shot to confirm Feherty’s analysis. … BYU & Pepperdine played a “color palette special last night in Volleyball (from Jim Vilk). … Privateer supercross racer Michael Akaydin was wearing custom gear to look like the Indianapolis Colts at the supercross race inside Lucas oil stadium yesterday (from John Flory). … “Possible New Alternate Pitt Panther Logo” asks Jeffrey Slater, who adds, “I spotted these hats in a Pittsburgh area Rally House store this evening (3/16). My guess is that this in the new alternate Panther logo for the University of Pittsburgh. They were on Nike licensed hats and had script “Panthers” on the back. I know that a reveal is scheduled for 4/7/2019, but maybe somebody didn’t get the memo. Do you see any resemblance to the Black Panther logo?”

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Birthday Wishes go out to our own R. Scott Rogers, who turns 29 today. And since I won’t be doing the blog on Thursday, I want to also give an EARLY Happy Birthday to our awesome leader, Paul Lukas — a better “boss” and friend one could not possibly have. Enjoy gentlemen!

39 comments to Wearin’ O’ The Green

  • Graf Zeppelin | March 17, 2019 at 7:59 am | Reply

    If the Islanders had gone with that second design in 1995, they might still have it today.

    Speaking of which, the Jets may be on the verge of a Gorton’s Fisherman-level catastrophe. Nothing about that blurb bodes well.

    • Daniel E | March 17, 2019 at 2:40 pm | Reply

      100% agreement on the Isles concept. That’s an excellent design. I always liked the aqua color in those unis, though I suspect a lot of people would find them dated-looking at this point.

  • Nestor Chylak | March 17, 2019 at 8:32 am | Reply

    The Floridians were an interesting case. In 1970 they dropped “Miami” from their name and just became “The” Floridians, splitting games between Miami, Tampa/St. Pete, Jacksonville and West Palm Beach.

    Also the only known case of an owner firing an entire team and keeping the coach.

  • Wade Heidt | March 17, 2019 at 8:34 am | Reply

    A bit more stuff related to Toronto St. Pats uniforms. Some detail about the St. Pats mask Garret Sparks wore when he played last night.

    https://www.nhl.com/news/toronto-maple-leafs-goalie-garret-sparks-has-mask-with-snake-made-of-shamrocks/c-305864550

  • Wade Heidt | March 17, 2019 at 8:44 am | Reply

    As it is St. Paddy’s Day, I would like to take this annual opportunity to shout out to the team that wears St. Paddy’s Day uniforms all the time and every game.

    Top o’ the morning to the Western Lacrosse Association’s Victoria Shamrocks.

    https://ds-web-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/6363b3d8-577a-4a40-8d54-55850f4610be/p-2cdf78b3-ecc8-4cf6-acd4-81524e419e9b/1539632579-full.jpg

    Luck of the Irish to you this upcoming season.

    But not too much luck. Go Bellies!

  • Jamie Rathjen | March 17, 2019 at 9:04 am | Reply

    The rugby picture you posted is Ireland’s rugby union team against France (sorry that wasn’t explained).

    Reverse image searching it turns up that it’s from Getty with a date of Jan. 1, 1987, which is definitely wrong, but I don’t know what it actually should be.

    Soccer teams don’t particularly do anything special for St. Patrick’s. A few would perpetually fit the theme of today’s entry, including the Irish national teams of course, Celtic, Hibernian, and Shamrock Rovers.

    • Kevin | March 17, 2019 at 12:18 pm | Reply

      I’m still confused why that picture has anything to do with St Patrick’s day though – that’s what they wear all of the time unless there is a clash (fairly common in the 6 Nations tournament) where the tradition is for the host to wear their alternate – and I think back then Ireland had a basically white jersey with green trim – the opposite of that one. Same badge on that one too.

      • Jamie Rathjen | March 17, 2019 at 2:46 pm | Reply

        It doesn’t specifically have to do with St. Patrick’s, no.

    • Tim | March 18, 2019 at 12:14 am | Reply

      France v. Ireleand March 21, 1987 from other pictures which look to be taken on the same day and can be found on Getty.

      https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/brendan-mullin-passes-to-teammate-trevor-ringland-of-news-photo/502146624

      This was back when the Six Nations Tournament (England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Italy) was the Five Nations (Italy wasn’t a part at that time). Nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day, other than there are rounds of the six nations where Ireland sometimes plays on St. Patrick’s Day.

      For the record, Ireland lost to Wales yesterday, giving Wales the “Grand Slam” (winning all its games in the tournament) and elevating them to #2 in the world (behind the New Zealand All Blacks) prior to the Rugby World Cup in Japan in September.

  • Stephen Rigby | March 17, 2019 at 9:04 am | Reply

    I’ll be really disappointed if the Jets go back to Kelly green before the Eagles seeing as us Philly fans have been asking for a return to that colour for years. If NY do go with the Kelly I just don’t see the Eagles doing that in any form which is a great shame as the Randall Cunningham era unis are absolutely beautiful

    • MJ | March 17, 2019 at 10:07 am | Reply

      This fellow Eagles lifer agrees that kelly green is infinitely better than “midnight green”, which is morphing into teal or even a bluish-aqua-green with every passing year. But with this current set being the one that we used for SB LII, it’s going to be harder to change. What I’ve never understand is why ownership kept it all these years – the color was apparently chosen by Jeff Lurie’s now ex-wife. You’d think that the new Mrs Lurie would endear herself to Eagles Nation forever by suggesting that her hubby rid himself of this very public vestige of his previous marriage.

      • Stephen Rigby | March 17, 2019 at 10:35 am | Reply

        Agreed mate, I’d do anything to spite my ex ha ha. Annoys me that Nike keep changing the shade of the midnight green, either revert it back to the dark shade or go back to Kelly which almost everyone wants.

  • Ian | March 17, 2019 at 9:14 am | Reply

    The best part of that Grateful Dead uni is the name/number referencing the song The Eleven.

    I’m still waiting for a team to make Phish-related unis. Perhaps the Short A Vermont Lake Monsters?

  • Bill Schaefer | March 17, 2019 at 9:20 am | Reply

    Gene,
    There’s also Frank Corral of the Rams who kicked shoeless.

  • MJ | March 17, 2019 at 10:08 am | Reply

    Grab bag, 1st sentence: Penn STATE lacrosse, not (U)Penn lacrosse.

  • Patrick | March 17, 2019 at 10:18 am | Reply

    The 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers wore a beautiful Green uni.

    • Patrick | March 17, 2019 at 10:32 am | Reply

      And upon further research, the NFL Brooklyn Dodgers also wore green unis from 1930-1937.

  • Matt Beahan | March 17, 2019 at 10:24 am | Reply

    No pics to hand, but c. 1967 the Celtics played a St. Patrick’s Day game at the Boston Garden wearing their green road jerseys (but with the white home shorts), and on 17th March 1986 the Utah Jazz wore their green uniforms (that had been dropped in 1984) for a home game against the Pistons (who wore their usual blue road unis).

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | March 17, 2019 at 10:56 am | Reply
  • LI Matt | March 17, 2019 at 11:34 am | Reply

    On the barefoot kickers: my guess is the NFL’s uniform police told them they had to wear socks on both legs, and that was how they complied.

  • PETER WUNSCH | March 17, 2019 at 12:10 pm | Reply

    Re: 1968 NHL All-Stars: The league let the most senior player wear his number and others got the left-overs. That is why Bobby Orr wore #5, instead of his usual #4

  • RICKAZ | March 17, 2019 at 12:17 pm | Reply

    I could have sworn that the Dodgers wore Kelly Green caps on St Patrick’s Day before 1978. Not entire uniforms, but just the caps. The owner was Irish, Walter O’Malley, and they broke out green hats in Vero Beach, FL.

  • OrangeAndBlueForLife | March 17, 2019 at 12:47 pm | Reply

    St Paddy’s day provides an interesting conundrum in Cincinnati (normally a big St Paddy’s day city): FC Cincinnati plays Portland Timbers, who’s primary color is green. So what would likely be a sea of green at Nippert Stadium won’t have much at all. Shirt company Cincyshirts.com addressed this last week (while also opening a (IMO completely unnecessary) Catholic/Protestant can of worms):
    https://cincyshirts.com/blogs/news/green-orange-st-patricks-day-and-fc-cincinnati-opening-day

  • timmy b | March 17, 2019 at 12:59 pm | Reply

    I’m still calling it St PaTTy’s Day, even if it is rwong.

    -timmy b, now and then contrarian.

  • Gary | March 17, 2019 at 2:26 pm | Reply

    li’L Help

    LA SALLE college, late 1950s (?) See 1958 yearbook (https://digitalcommons.lasalle.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1014&context=explorer) Sports start about page 147.

    • Dan Matthews | March 18, 2019 at 6:54 pm | Reply

      That looks like it as far as I can tell. Thanks, Gary!

  • Daniel E | March 17, 2019 at 2:50 pm | Reply

    For a couple years when I was in college, I attended a church pastored by a guy who had a very iconoclastic personality. One of the ways that personality trait manifested itself was his suggestion that, because we were protestants, we should wear orange for St. Patrick’s Day rather than green.

    As a bit of an iconoclast myself, I always appreciated that take (though I know nothing as to its historical accuracy). Plus, I was attending the University of Tennessee at the time, so I was already predisposed to wear orange, and that just made it even more fun.

  • ChrisH | March 17, 2019 at 4:22 pm | Reply

    Danica Patrick’s 3/17/2013 NASCAR Chevy had some shamrocks added to her familiar green and orange paint scheme:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/livemusicphotography/12494166904/

    Drivers in all forms of auto racing long considered cars painted green to be unlucky.

    • Noel | March 18, 2019 at 1:28 am | Reply

      You need to be good and lucky.

      Given the amount of sheetmetal Danica went though during her NASCAR career, I’ll suggest she was neither.

  • RICKAZ | March 17, 2019 at 4:44 pm | Reply

    With these green MLB caps, it got me thinking that I would love to see an article on why MLB is so boring with colors. Why are the A’s the only team with green. Even teams who have adventured to more unusual colors still have their primary caps be black, blue (navy or royal), or red. I miss the D-Backs purple. I was hoping for a comeback of the teal/aqua hats for the Marlins, but nope. Even a true maroon or burgundy would be great instead of the slightly darker Sedona Red of Arizona. Come to think of it, their primary hat is black. I greatly enjoy the college baseball uniform diversity over MLB.

  • MovesLikeJagger | March 17, 2019 at 5:51 pm | Reply

    The Jets’ green came from owner Leon Hess, who also built the Hess Oil and Chemical Company, which went public in 1963, which is about the time the Titans were rebranded as the Jets.

    • Graf Zeppelin | March 18, 2019 at 7:42 am | Reply

      According to Sonny Werblin’s obituary:

      David Abraham Werblin was born in Flatbush on March 17, 1910. As a Jew he relished the fact of having been born on St. Patrick’s Day. The Jets’ colors, green and white, were bestowed on the team “because they’re my colors,” he once explained.

      See also Bill Chastain, “100 Things Jets Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” (Triumph Books 2010) at 185.

  • Daniel Tarrant | March 17, 2019 at 7:43 pm | Reply

    IMO, the old Cincinnati Reds St. Patrick’s uniforms look so good I wish that at least one MLB team would adopt a simple green-and-white color scheme.

  • JenInChicago | March 18, 2019 at 1:15 am | Reply

    I saw this from Todd Radom…..

    (Has this been addressed, if so, forgive me, I can’t see EVERYTHING on the interwebs….)

    https://twitter.com/ToddRadom/status/1107018832634355712

  • Jay | March 18, 2019 at 9:54 am | Reply

    The Salt Lake City Stars are a G-League team but you have them under “College” in the ticker.

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