By Phil Hecken, with Jimmer Vilk
Last Sunday, right before the holidays, Jimmer Vilk offered up his wonderful assortment of gently used clothing to the Uni-verse, and today we name the lucky winners.
My inbox exploded all last week, as many of you hoped to be bequeathed some of Jimmer’s finest jerseys, including a game worn Akron Zips hoops jersey, and a custom Wafflebored “Less Filling” (Rodney Dangerfield) jersey. You guys were very appreciative of Jim’s offerings and I’m grateful for all the responses.
As you can see below, Jim uses an extremely scientific method to determine the winners:
I’ll turn it over to Jimmer here…
Merry Vilkmas 2019 – The Winners
By Jim Vilk
That’s a lot of names! More than 100, so thanks for all the Vilkmas interest. I went a little modern this year, printing the names from the computer and using the paper slicer. Then after some vigorous shaking and stirring in my generic coffee can I pulled out the following winners (actually you’re all winners, but only five of you get prizes). Congratulations to…
Matt Sanderson – Sacramento Kings shirt
Logan Bannon – Akron Zips jersey
Brandon Grimm – Montgomery Biscuits shirsey
Davis Swift – Roberto Clemente shirsey
Tony Morrow – Less Filling softball jersey
Thanks again and have a peaceful, safe and Happy New Year!
All the gear will go out to the winners in early January!
Thanks, Jimmer! Great stuff as always — thanks (again) for your generosity, congrats to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who partook of the raffle.
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):
Title: “George Williams, 1890” (color study)
Subject: George Williams, 1890
Medium: Oil on linen mounted to board
Size: 5” x 7”
Although George Williams was a standout player in the late 19th century, he’s one of the many black players from the era whose name has been forgotten or unknown, even by many scholars of the game.
Primarily an infielder, Williams was recruited from the Philadelphia Orions (a top amateur club) by Frank P. Thompson, to join other hired guns on a fledgling team for the Argyle Hotel in Babylon, NY. Originally formed to entertain the summer guests of the establishment, the team continued on after the tourist season and became known as the Cuban Giants. There were no actual Cuban players on the ballclub, but it was said by Sol White that they passed as foreigners – a role they were willing to play rather than being ‘exposed’ as African American hotel workers. They would even speak to each other in gibberish while on the field, which was often mistaken for Spanish.
Joining the likes of other luminaries Ben Boyd, William Seldon, Art Thomas and Clarence Williams, George became captain of the club in those first years of the team’s existence. Crowned the “world colored champions” in both 1887 and 1888, the Cuban Giants are still considered one of – if not THE – first professional African American ballclubs.
Here’s George with the York Colored Monarchs in 1890. This is one of 200+ paintings of mine that will be on display at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the spring of 2020.
Thanks, Graig! You can (and should!) follow Graig on Twitter.
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).
Occasionally I’ll have some concepts tweeted at me. This one comes from Angus O’Keefe, who has over the past couple months, occasionally shared his tweaks via the Twitter — I hope to have Angus featured on UW in a lede article soon, but here are a couple he’s done:
Tampa Bay Bucs
Here’s a sneak peek at an Oregon Ducks concept
And check out these Uni Watch Baseball & Football concepts [yes, the Baseball model will have proper stirrups in the future – PH]
Gus has more college tweaks (which I hope to bring to you in a much larger post — including a full Oregon Ducks mock). Stay tuned!
Thanks. OK readers, tweeters (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.
Guess The Game…
from the scoreboard
The game has returned!
Today’s scoreboard comes from reader Ronnie Bolton (although he didn’t submit it as such).
The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).
Now THIS one might stump you, but I doubt it. There are clues on the basepaths, the scoreboard itself and just above the scoreboard as well. Give it your best!
Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):
If you guys like this, please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.
By Anthony Emerson
Baseball News: Lots of great tidbits in this interview with the Rangers’ new uni designers Chad Hargrove and Reuben Miller, but one of the main takeaways is that MLB designed the Rangers’ 2020 unis in house, and the club didn’t like them, so they brought in Hargrove and Miller (from Neal Dorfman). … Back in May, Paul interviewed A’s hot dog vendor, Cal-Berkley student and Uni Watch fan Hal Gordon. Yesterday, @the_casserole found a meme on LinkedIn featuring none other than Hal. Hope Mr. Gordon got royalties. … New Blue Jays P Hyun-jin Ryu will wear No. 99 (from Sara Klein). Also, the Jays did a photo-op with Ryu in the SkyDome clubhouse, and gave Ryu a Majestic jersey — one he’ll never wear during a game — but for the press conference, had swapped it out for a Nike jersey (from Brad Crouter).
NFL News: We might’ve covered this before, but just in case: Dennis McArthur found some shots of the Oilers’ prototype helmet, featuring what I imagine is supposed to be oil gushing from the top of the derrick. … Been awhile since we checked in on the ongoing saga that is Antonio Brown. Yesterday, he had a workout with the Saints, but the bigger news is that he signed a free agency waiver from the Saints with a pre-2007 NFL logo on it. How long have they been holding onto those documents?! (from many readers). … This pic from 1969 reveals that the Vikings were at least considering moving to purple unis with both UCLA stripes and sleeve stripes (from Luc Anthony). … The Buffalo News’ Jay Skurski went inside the NFL trend of swapping jerseys post-game (from Jerry Wolper). … Sales of Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Mode Apparel — which includes new gear commemorating his Seahawks comeback — have spiked since the running back re-signed with the team Monday night (thanks, Brinke).
College Football News: Like yesterday, all your college football bowl game updates can be found on the @CFBowlWatch Twitter account. … The College Football Playoff logo will be back on the field — in full color — this year, at least for the Peach Bowl (from Gabe Njoku). … Minnesota will have nice gold chrome helmets for the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day (from JJ Sledge).
College/High School Hoops News: Lots of entertaining bits about the hurdles Clearwater (Neb.) High had to overcome in order to win their fourth-straight state title in 1987 — including stolen and forgotten unis (from @SuitUpVarsity).
Soccer News: Manchester City WB Kyle Walker appeared to suffer a torn shirt during yesterday’s match against Wolves.
Grab Bag: Super Rugby, a rugby union competition with teams in New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, Australia and Argentina, will have “Super Hero Sunday” on January 19. Four teams — the Sharks, Bulls, Stormers and Lions — will wear kits made to look like Black Panther, Captain America, Thor and Spider-Man (from Oleg Kvasha).
Coming Tomorrow: The SMUW crew returns with a rundown of all the bowl action so far, including today’s two big playoff games between LSU/Oklahoma and THEosu/Clemson, so be sure to check back in then!