Royals, Twins Wear Negro Leagues Throwbacks

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The Royals held their annual Negro Leagues throwback promotion yesterday, dressing up as the Kansas City Monarchs while the visiting Twins dressed up as the St. Paul Gophers. As you can see above, the Royals went the extra mile by wearing throwback helmets (complete with what I believe was MLB’s first-ever white C-Flap), and those lids looked pretty awesome. Here’s another view of them:

In that last shot, you can see that Royals outfielder Alex Gordon lost the “S” on his chest lettering (it was there earlier).

Here’s a short video clip showing how the whole package looked in action:

As for the Twins, their mono-navy Gophers uniforms featured pullover jerseys with point collars! Dig:

Unfortunately, the Twins wore their standard batting helmets, not a throwback design to match the caps:

Interestingly, all of the Twins went high-cuffed, but almost all of the Royals went pajama-style. Here’s a shot of the Twins:

Royals outfielder Billy Hamilton went high-cuffed, but I think he was the only one. Check out the pitiful parade of pajamists in this short video clip:

Too bad about KC’s lower-leg stylings, but aside from that it was a good-looking game. Kudos to the Royals for making it happen.

(My thanks Scott Campbell and Caleb Sousley for their contributions to this section.)

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ITEM! Hot diggity update: The A’s recently held their annual Dog Day at the Park, and one fan had the brilliant idea of bringing her weiner dog and dressing up as Uni Watch pal Hal the Hot Dog Guy! How great is that?

Hal adds the following:

You’ll notice I recently added green stirrups with yellow sannies. The black shoes are a part of the vending uniform, but I might see if I can sneak in some white ones after the All-Star break.

I had three caper sales tonight. The revolution is happening — slowly!

Hal is clearly the best thing to happen to hot dogs — and to Uni Watch — in many years.

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ITEM! New feature, “Meet the Contributors,” debuts: If you read the site every day, or something close to that, you’ve probably noticed that there are certain people who contribute Ticker items on a regular basis. If you’re the sort of person who spots patterns, you may also have noticed that some of these regular Ticker contributors have niche specialties. Ignacio Salazar, for example, tends to submit items relating to Houston. Ed Zelaski specializes in soccer items. Wade Heidt specializes in news from Canada. And so on. These names become part of the culture of Uni Watch.

As I mentioned in my 20th-anniversary post, one of the best things about Uni Watch is the sense of community that’s sprouted up around it, so I’ve decided to start an occasional featured called “Meet the Contributors,” which will showcase some of these prolific sources of Ticker content.

We’re going to start today with Josh Hinton (that’s him above, in the uniform he wears when officiating youth soccer games), who sends in a lot of soccer items. I sometimes jokingly refer to his Ticker blitzes as “the daily download,” but I don’t mean to make fun of him — I appreciate his contributions (although it can sometimes be overwhelming when he sends eight or nine consecutive emails in one shot!). I asked him if he could tell us a bit about himself and also how he first discovered Uni Watch, he readily obliged:

I am a teenage high school student who lives in Lexington, Ky., and I have loved soccer and uniforms my whole life. I’ve played soccer my whole life, too, and I’ve developed a passion for the game.

I first found out about Uni Watch in the Super Bowl 50 ESPN preview, and I have been attached to it ever since. I’ve always admired and respected how this site does what no politician, religion, or other prominent facet of our life can do — bring people of all backgrounds together over one uniting factor.

Please join me in thanking Josh for his many contributions to the site, and also for giving us some insights into who he is. I’ll do more “Meet the Contributors” segments in the weeks and months to come.

Update: Just as I published today’s entry, I realized that Josh is the guy behind a new Twitter feed called Kit Clash Account, where he’s taking his voluminous approach to soccer kit updates to social media. A good follow if you’re into soccer uniforms!

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ITEM! Uni Watch shout-out in highly unlikely place: Uni Watch’s unexpected but highly enjoyable 2019 broadcast tour (which has previously included Hal the Hot Dog Guy wearing a Uni Watch cap on TV, a fan at Fenway Park wearing a Uni Watch Purp Walk shirt on TV, and Uni Watch getting mentioned on the air by Mets TV and radio broadcasters) continued last night, as people watching the WWE Stomping Grounds show in Tacoma, Was., spotted someone in the crowd holding up neon-green sign that said, “HAPPY 20th UNI-WATCH.”

Reader Dan Fuller was attending the event and took the photo shown above of the guy holding the sign. Reader Dan Colacicco says he saw the sign on TV but wasn’t able to get a screen shot.

The irksome hyphen notwithstanding, it’s kind of awesome to see a Uni Watch shout-out at a pro wrestling event, of all places. Aside from a few random Ticker mentions, we almost never cover wrestling, and I’ve never been interested in it myself.

To the person with the sign: Thank you! If you’re reading this, please get in touch and tell me the whole story, okay? Okay!

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Membership update: We’ve done a handful of membership cards over the years based on horse racing jockeys’ silks. But Ben Garner requested something we’d never done before: He asked for his card to be based on the saddle cloth that Justify wore for last year’s Kentucky Derby.

I’d never really thought about saddle cloths before, so this was a fun learning experience. We had to omit the Woodford Reserve ad (our policy has always been that we won’t include uniform ads or maker’s marks), but the card turned out nicely — another one of our rare vertical designs. Big thanks to Ben for the creative request!

Ben’s card is part of a new batch that has been added to the membership card gallery. It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the 2,000th card, and now we’re already up to 2,255 — more than a quarter of the way to the next thousand!

Ordering a membership card is a good way to support Uni Watch (which, quite frankly, could use your support these days). And remember, a Uni Watch membership card entitles you to a 15% discount on any of the merchandise in our Teespring shop and our Naming Wrongs shop. (If you’re an existing member and would like to have the discount code, email me.) As always, you can sign up for your own custom-designed card here, you can see all the cards we’ve designed so far here, and you can see how we produce the cards here.

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ITEM! Cool stuff for sale: I have a few choice items that I’m looking to sell. I could put them up on eBay, but I’d rather give Uni Watch readers first crack at them. I’ll put the proceeds toward the shipping costs for this year’s year-end raffle.

First, I have a pair of Brooks Ghost 12 running shoes, size 9 regular (i.e., not wide), in grey/black. Worn for about five minutes at Uni Watch HQ. Here are some pics (for all of these, you can click to enlarge):

You can see more professional-looking photos here.

As you can see in that last link, these shoes retail for $130, but I’m looking to sell them for $85, plus shipping. If you’re interested, shoot me a note. Sorry, the shoes are now spoken for.

In addition, I have a New York Rangers skateboard and an NBA/Warriors “The City” throwback skateboard deck (i.e., a board with no wheels), both made by Aluminati. Pics here (click to enlarge):

The Rangers skateboard retails for $130, and the Warriors deck goes for $60. I would strongly prefer to sell them together as a set, because I only have one box that can fit them. I’m thinking $120 plus shipping sounds about right. If you want just one of them but not both, we can talk about that, but I probably won’t offer quite so much of a discount. Interested in one or both of these? Shoot me a note.

That’s it. Thanks for reading.

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: Reader @AZJoshM sent us pictures of Cardinals LF Lou Brock wearing the team’s 1975 side-of-helmet decal. Paul mentioned the decals a very long time ago, but without a close-up picture; a Cardinals blog did publish pictures earlier this year. … Here is a really detailed Twitter thread on Yankees C Gary Sánchez’s wristbands (from @KristofChalk). … Yankees manager Aaron Boone wears No. 17, but he switched to his old No. 19 for yesterday’s old-timer’s game. … Postgame jersey swaps are rare in baseball, but Cardinals C Yadier Molina and Angels 1B/DH Albert Pujols engaged in one after last night’s Cards/Halos game (from Mike Chamernik).

Football News: UConn revealed new uniforms yesterday. The uniforms have an American Athletic Conference patch. Although the school will reportedly join the Big East, which would mean uncertain conference membership for the football team, they are still expected to play in the American in 2019 (from Ari Solomon). … North Carolina is apparently changing to blue end zones (from James Gilbert). … We’ve Ticked the Giants’ logo-less helmets in the 1975 preseason before. However, we did not mention that they also wore the previous season’s uniforms (from Matthew Booksh).

Basketball News: Four jerseys from NC State’s 1974 national championship team, which were owned by a former Wolfpack tennis player after being rescued from an equipment sale in 1985, are now to be reunited with SG David Thompson’s No. 44 jersey, which was kept by the school because his number was retired, in a display in the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame (from Miles Cliatt). … The floor from the MECCA in Milwaukee, or a reproduction of it, is currently installed in Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh, Wis., the home of the D League’s Wisconsin Herd, which is hosting a new women’s team called the Wisconsin Glo this summer (from G.J. Marmet).

Soccer News: The Women’s World Cup has a new ball for the knockout stages (from Jim Vilk). … Let’s go to Germany with Josh Hinton: New kits for 2. Bundesliga team SV Sandhausen (left to right: GK, second, first, third), 3. Liga teams FC Ingolstadt 04 (third kit) and Preußen Münster (from left to right: second, first, third), and Regionalliga Südwest team Kickers Offenbach (first on left). … Josh also has the third shirt for Belgian team Club Brugge, which shows the team’s now-annual wearing of a charitable slogan instead of an ad during preseason, and 90th-anniversary sleeve badges for Italy’s Serie A. … There’s also a new second kit for Northern Irish team Glentoran and second (on left), third, and goalie kits for Scottish League One team Airdrieonians. … The NWSL’s Washington Spirit retired No. 15 for midfielder Joanna Lohman, which is now the only retired number in the league. Lohman, who is a lesbian, received a framed shirt with rainbow numbers. … The NWSL also revealed its 2019 championship game logo last week. Since 2017 the league has used the same generic logo each year with something location-specific added, much like the Super Bowl. … Brazil’s men’s and women’s teams have worn four different combos in their last five combined games since June 14. … New away kit for Celtic (from Ed Zelaski).

Grab Bag: Reader John Muir tells us that a fan regularly shows up at cricket matches at Lord’s in London with a guitar made from a cricket bat. Here he is at yesterday’s South Africa/Pakistan World Cup match. … These stadium-conversion videos show Twickenham Stoop, the home of English rugby union team Harlequins, having a field hockey pitch laid down and marked for a doubleheader of the British men’s and women’s national teams this weekend.

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What Paul did last night over the weekend: One of my best friends moved from Brooklyn to Providence on Saturday. She doesn’t drive, so I volunteered to drive her U-Haul truck. Once we got to her new apartment and everything was unloaded, we dropped off the truck and then went off to get some libations and snacks to enjoy in her new backyard.

Around the corner was a liquor store with this excellent sign (for all of these, you can click to enlarge):

Even better, next door to the liquor store was a uniform store! In this case, that meant work uniforms, not sports uniforms, but still:

The shop’s script logo was repeated on signage all over the parking lot, which I quite enjoyed:

A few blocks away we encountered another great sign — or at least it used to be great. Imagine how beautiful this must have been before the graffiti guys came along:

I especially like the quote marks on the bottom line.

When we got back to my friend’s place, I noticed something odd about the price sticker on a bag of peanuts I’d bought. Look how the “FOR” is backwards but the “.69” is not:

Weird right? (And before you give what my pre-calc teacher, Mr. Braz, called “the right wrong answer,” no, the .69 isn’t reversed, because (a) then the decimal would be in the wrong place, and (b) nothing sells for 96 cents.)

We did other fun stuff during the weekend, but that’s enough content for today. Hope your weekend was fun, too! See you back here tomorrow. — Paul

37 comments to Royals, Twins Wear Negro Leagues Throwbacks

  • Russ | June 24, 2019 at 7:37 am |

    I recall a previous comment (I think related to the ongoing series of Reds’ throwbacks) that the home team did not want to pay for the road team to get throwbacks, so only the road team just wore standard road uniforms.

    Do you have information if that is standard? So, since the Royals want to host a joint-Negro league throwback every year, I assume they are responsible to foot the bill for both teams, but the Reds don’t want to pay for however many road teams to get fitted with throwbacks.

    Would it be the Twins choice to save some money and just use their standard batting helmets, or is it the Royals who give the Twins a limited budget to work with.

    Not sure if the teams are selling the Negro league throwbacks (I’m not aware of it), but presumably that would help (or fully) pay for fitting the entire team in the throwback.

    I’m not trying to start a debate on whether they should or should not sell additional jerseys to fans, but just curious about the economic incentives behind teams running these types of promotions.

    • Paul Lukas | June 24, 2019 at 7:50 am |

      Yes, my understanding is that all of this is on the home team. So the Royals chose to give themselves a net set of batting helmets (which they might save and wear again at a later date, of course) but opted not to splurge on helmets for the Twins.

    • Kst8cats | June 24, 2019 at 12:14 pm |

      The jerseys are to be auctioned off and all of the proceeds will go to the Negro League Museum in KC. I don’t know if the batting helmets will be too.

  • DenverGregg | June 24, 2019 at 7:49 am |

    Odd to see both teams in a baseball game wearing white hats.

    Dad joke time: Alex Gordon didn’t even have to go to Vegas to lose his “S”.

  • Dave V | June 24, 2019 at 7:53 am |

    That Leader Uniforms sign (the Est 1938 one) must become a UW t-shirt! “Uni Watch. Est. 1999. Serving All Your Uniform Needs”—Make it happen!

    • Iain | June 24, 2019 at 9:01 am |

      T-shirt is a great idea. At the very least it is the perfect slogan for Uni Watch.

  • Joe Rodgers | June 24, 2019 at 8:17 am |

    Paul: See you back here tomorrow.
    Mickey Callaway: #^#%**!!}%!?

  • Dumb Guy | June 24, 2019 at 9:09 am |

    Perhaps the snack store was using the Monarch 1136-03 price gun.
    You will note in the comments that there may be some confusion when trying to dial in letters on a price tag. Backwards letters really mean Frontwards “opposite” letters (if you get my drift), so one can assume an error could easily be made.

    https://www.pricegun.com/monarch-1136-03/

    • Paul Lukas | June 24, 2019 at 9:21 am |

      Good info — thank you!

  • Wade Heidt | June 24, 2019 at 9:22 am |

    A shout out to Josh Hinton for his contributions. Congrats on your new Twitter feed! There are a lot of soccer teams around the world, usually a kit change for a team each year, and a lot of leaks. So much material to look out for and you’re always tirelessly on top of it.

    I have more knowledge of soccer uniforms now because of the “daily download”.

    • Jamie Rathjen | June 24, 2019 at 10:33 am |

      Yes, well said. To put some numbers to it, I think there are roughly 600 teams in Europe’s top-tier leagues, which means over 1,000 new kits every year just in Europe.

      Now that I’ve mentioned that, only three of the eight teams in the Ticker with new kits today are top-tier, which gives a sense of the volume of our task.

    • Josh Hinton | June 24, 2019 at 10:34 am |

      Thank you Wade, it means a lot! I spent years trying to find reliable resources and accounts for kit leaks and releases, and I created Kit Clash Account on Twitter as a way to parlay that information to the Uni-verse!

  • John Spunkington | June 24, 2019 at 9:42 am |

    The peanuts are nice.

  • Alex D | June 24, 2019 at 9:42 am |

    Former Retail worker here. My best guess for the “for” being backwards was the band on the pricing gun was flipped when someone replaced the ink roller.

    • MotorCityJeff | June 25, 2019 at 8:43 am |

      Agree, I worked in retail too while in college. The letters are on a separate band placed vertically which would explain why the numbers are correct. Here’s a sample image of the bands on the guns I used back in the 90s: https://images.app.goo.gl/EQm1J3FSVBvuw27X7

  • Brian | June 24, 2019 at 9:57 am |

    Hal is the man!!!

  • RICKAZ | June 24, 2019 at 10:27 am |

    Really unfortunate that KC goes to the trouble of having such great Negro League Uniforms, and even helmets, but the players don’t respect this by going high-cuffed. This shouldn’t even be an option for Negro League and throw-back games.

    • Winter | June 24, 2019 at 11:40 am |

      I just have trouble imagining that the pajama look is actually more comfortable. I would just worry about tripping over myself.

  • Alex C | June 24, 2019 at 10:29 am |

    Related to the price gun, when did stores switch from using the ¢ cent symbol to using a decimal for items priced less than $1? It seems pretty rare nowadays, at least in my observations

    • Gary-O | June 24, 2019 at 1:25 pm |

      How often do you see something like this: .69¢ Someday I’m going to plop down a penny and say “keep the change.”

      • Paul Lukas | June 24, 2019 at 1:38 pm |

        Yes, that’s one of my peeves as well!

    • mike 2 | June 24, 2019 at 2:21 pm |

      About the same time that the cent symbol vanished from keyboards

      (as a Canadian, I have no skin in the game, we abolished the penny about seven years ago and noone misses it)

      • Le Cracquere | June 24, 2019 at 4:16 pm |

        No one would miss it here, either … with the exceptions of the zinc companies that supply most of the U.S. penny’s content, their lobbyists, and their Congressmen.

  • dave t robb | June 24, 2019 at 11:20 am |

    Re: NY Giants 1975. Brings up one of my fave trivia questions. What NFL team in the ’70’s played in four different home stadiums in 4 years. NYG “73 Yankee Stad ’74 Yale Bowl ’75 Shea “76 Giants Stad NJ.

  • Jim Vilk | June 24, 2019 at 11:21 am |

    I love the KC batting helmets. Next team that does a redesign, keep that look in mind.

  • Brian | June 24, 2019 at 1:23 pm |

    “The irksome hyphen notwithstanding, it’s kind of awesome to see a Uni Watch shout-out at a pro wrestling event, of all places.”

    Well, when the URL is:
    https://uni-watch.com/

    I can see why. Not to be “that guy” but…

    • hyphen | June 24, 2019 at 2:17 pm |

      COMMENT OF THE DAY!

      Well, when the URL is:
      https://uni-watch.com/

      • Paul Lukas | June 24, 2019 at 2:22 pm |

        Unfortunately, uniwatch.com isn’t available.

        But if it were, then everyone would just say Uniwatch, which is also wrong.

        Uni Watch — two words, both capped, space in between, no hyphen. Always been like that, always will be like that.

  • RICKAZ | June 24, 2019 at 1:30 pm |

    I would love to see the white hat back in MLB. Usually it’s with a colored bill. The only time I can think of an all white hat was the white hats for the A’s coaches. I remember Joe DiMaggio as a coach with the white hat and vest jersey. Has any team ever had an all white hat for their players? I guess the problem with a white hat would be when wearing gray flannels on the road, where a separate road hat would make sense. Of course the Montreal Expos wore a hat with a white front panel with the road uniforms, but those were light blue and not gray. When they went to gray uniforms in 1992 they changed to all blue hats.

  • Dave | June 24, 2019 at 2:40 pm |

    The horse Justify won last year’s Kentucky Derby, not this year’s. Justify won the Triple Crown in 2018 and retired undefeated after last year’s Belmont.

    • Paul Lukas | June 24, 2019 at 2:44 pm |

      Right you are. Fixed!

  • Steggz | June 24, 2019 at 6:30 pm |

    The cricket bat guitar has been at every game of the World Cup. Not sure it’s ever been at Lord’s before. It’s definitely one of the most traditional cricket grounds going round, so I don’t think it’s likely to be a long-running occurrence there.

  • Tyler Evans | June 24, 2019 at 6:49 pm |

    Am I crazy or in the Twitter link video for the KC jerseys with this lead in “Check out the pitiful parade of pajamists in this short video clip:” is the first player missing the ‘S’ from ‘Monarchs’?

    • Paul Lukas | June 24, 2019 at 7:06 pm |

      Go back and read the 2nd graf of today’s post, Tyler! ;)