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Dressed for the Season, Vol. III: Hallowe’en

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Greetings and a good Saturday morning to all — we’re just mere days away from Hallowe’en — and I hope everyone has had a good week.

I’m back once again with the inimitable Kary Klismet, who earlier this year introduced us to a series he’s calling “Dressed for the Season,” which is a series on uniforms appropriate for particular holidays. We began the series with Easter, and moved on to Independence Day. Now as we’re into spooky season, Kary continues with Hallowe’en. There’s a LOT to get to, so I’m going to turn it over to Kary now. Enjoy!

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Dressed for the Season — Halloween
by Kary Klismet

As we move firmly into autumn and the final months of 2023, the latest edition of Dressed for the Season focuses its gaze on Halloween. While its origins date back to a centuries-old Celtic celebration, Halloween’s current traditions make it a holiday that, in many ways, is as American as Independence Day. It’s with that backdrop in mind that we turn to exploring the intersection of Halloween and sports uniforms – by way of a numerical ranking, of course!

Like our previous installments in this series, I imposed some guidelines on my selection process. First off, the rankings below aren’t about color schemes. It would have been almost too easy to slap together a list of black and orange-clad teams and be done with it. Instead, we’re looking for teams whose uniforms and visual identities best convey the spooky spectacle we associate with the Halloween season.

Also, since this series is about how teams are dressed (it’s in the name, after all), it wasn’t enough just to have a Halloween-appropriate team name or logo. Rather, to qualify for consideration, a team had to wear a design on its competition uniforms sufficiently in the spirit of the season that your average fan (of either sports or Halloween) would look at it and think, “Oh, that outfit totally makes sense for this time of year!” In other words, if someone could wear one of these uniforms trick-or-treating and get candy for their efforts (as opposed to a rock), it had a chance to make the list.

I tried to choose names and imagery that are universally familiar to North American notions of Halloween. That meant that teams with delightfully dire identities like the Rhinelander Hodags and the Wisconsin Windigo, which are more locally or regionally focused, fell just short of inclusion.

And finally, I once again concentrated on teams’ standard garb as opposed to specialty or one-off uniforms. Consequently, outfits like these skeletal alternates worn by the American Hockey League’s Orlando Solar Bears didn’t stand up against teams who wore their Halloween-appropriate attire more regularly.

As we kick off these rankings, I’m admittedly breaking my own rules. The previous versions of this series have been twelve entries long – a nice, even number that feels appropriate for a seasonally-focused series (twelve months in the year, two twelve-hour periods in a day, twelve days of Christmas, etc.). But I had sixteen(!) great choices and couldn’t figure out which ones to cut. Besides, Halloween parties are always better with bigger crowds, right? (Well, at least for those who stick around long enough to meet all the guests…)

16. Topeka ScareCrows

We’ll drop the puck for these rankings with the Topeka ScareCrows, who played minor league hockey from 1998-2001 and then at the Junior A level from 2001-2003. Some people think of scarecrows as mainly a symbol of the harvest season, but it isn’t hard to find plenty that are capable of scaring more than just crows.

The ScareCrows created a bone-chilling atmosphere not just with the temperature of the ice, but with plenty of vexatious visuals, too. The logo on their sweaters took on an even creepier character when personified by their costumed mascot, Haywire. Scarecrows like these might make Dorothy think twice about going back to Kansas!

15. Vampire Association Football Club

Every good Halloween party needs some vampires, and this list is no different. Our vampires are the Vampire Association Football Club of Alameda, California, a powerhouse in the San Francisco Soccer Football League during the turn of the 20th century.

The Vampires featured a large vampire bat across the front of their jerseys to go along with a black and white color scheme that was well-matched to the theme. Although the photographic record is spotty, one astute researcher has mocked up how the Vampires’ shirts would have looked. Vampire AFC may be long gone now, but their handsome kits demonstrate that good design, like the club’s vampiric namesake, lives on forever.

14. Harrison Goblins Baseball Team

Halloween just isn’t complete without a generous dose of ghosts and goblins (or, for all you old-school video gamers, Ghosts ’n Goblins). We’ll get to the ghosts later on, but for now we have the goblins slotted in at #14 – the Golden Goblins of Arkansas’ Harrison High School, to be exact.

The school boasts a menacing goblin head as a logo and an even spookier version as a costumed mascot. Harrison’s baseball team best embodies their namesake’s inherent creepiness by wearing the goblin head on their jerseys. I’d call that an intimidating presence on the mound!

13. Burmese Ghouls, 2019-2021

Since we’ve mentioned ghosts and goblins already, the ghouls can’t be far behind. These Ghouls hail from Myanmar and are one of the most accomplished esports teams in the world.

The Burmese Ghouls have had a few different logos since their founding in 2016, but none was more ghoulish than the one they used from 2019 to 2021. When outfitted in jerseys to match, it’s easy to see how they terrified their competition into submission. I’ll bet these guys could dominate everyone on Ghosts ’n Goblins! And Ghouls, for that matter…

12. Madison Monsters

The uniforms worn by the Madison Monsters, who played in the old United Hockey League from 1995 to 1999, were enough to make anyone cover their eyes in revulsion. Honestly, it was as much for the pinstripes and the gaudy purple and teal color scheme (ah, the ’90s!) as it was for the mysterious creature with the glowing yellow eyes and the razor-sharp claws on their sweaters.

What exactly does that monster tearing its way at you from inside the jersey look like? Well, let’s just say that the costumed version that skated around the ice was pretty G-rated. But when it was lurking in the shadows behind all that fabric, one’s imagination could run wild. And it’s that apprehension about what’s unseen that’s always the most spine-tingling – just like the great horror storytellers know!

11. Aberdeen Black Cats

It’s not just supernatural beings that spread fear on Halloween. Plenty of critters in the natural world can make one’s skin crawl in their own right. To that end, we reach back to minor league baseball in the early 20th century for our next entry – the Aberdeen Black Cats from Washington State.

In an era when many teams did little more than just put their names or initials on their uniforms (if that!), Aberdeen took the extra step with a sinister-looking cat logo on their jerseys – arched back and everything! While it’s too bad that such a phenomenal uniform has gone the way of history, I’m nonetheless relieved that these baleful Black Cats won’t be crossing my path! (Wait! Was that hissing I heard?!)

10. Louisville Bats

We caught a glimpse of vampires a few slots back, so that must mean there are some bats flying around here somewhere. Like their feline forebears in the entry above, these bats play baseball. And they swing a mean stick, owing to residing in the hometown of the Louisville Slugger.

Thankfully for the sake of this list, the Louisville Bats lean more heavily on the flying mammal side of their name’s double meaning. Those silhouetted bats dotting the “i’s” on their road jerseys add a touch of spookiness to branding that veers closer to cute than creepy. But there’s more than a little mischief in the eyes of their cartoon mascot. Something tells me he’d choose “trick” over “treat” every time!

9. Richmond Spiders Baseball Team

I’ll confess to some mild arachnophobia, so I’ve always found the Richmond Spiders unsettling. I may look composed when I watch one of their games, but internally, my brain is shrieking, “Oh my gosh! You have an enormous spider on your head! You’re doomed!”

I could have selected any number of Richmond’s teams for this spot, but I went with the baseball team for one particular reason: while their uniforms certainly fit the bill with the spider on the cap, it’s their ballpark that puts them over the top.

I’m used to seeing team logos at midfield or on the center circle, but smack dab in the middle of the outfield?! Yikes! If I’m a centerfielder, I’m letting a lot of shallow fly balls drop for base hits because there’s no way I’m stepping on that!

8. Western Mass Zombies

The one thing I may find more frightening than spiders is zombies. I’ve seen a few zombie movies, but I’ve largely stopped watching the genre. The macabre images just stick with me and I can’t get them out of my head. So a team named after the Zombies, err, Zombies? Now that’s scary!

The Western Mass Zombies, a team in the semi-pro East Coast Basketball League, don’t shy away from the grisly nature of their undead epithet, making a gruesome gray-skinned goon the focal point of their logo and the main feature of their jerseys. Let’s just hope the referees don’t whistle them for too many traveling violations or it’ll give a whole new meaning to the term “the walking dead!” (Thank you! I’ll be here all week!)

7. Memphis Maniax

Like the Madison Monsters a few slots back, the Memphis Maniax of the original XFL prove that a uniform doesn’t have to be good to be a good fit for this list. On top of that, the Maniax’s name and imagery were controversial from the start, earning criticism from mental health advocates for their perceived insensitivity.

So what places the Maniax so high on these ratings? Well, it’s the fear of what might be the scariest thing of all – human deviancy at its most murderous – that makes for such a troublesome (and memorable) team identity. Our society has had a morbid fascination with psychopathic killers for generations, as seen in tropes about ax murderers as far back as the 1800s and in slasher films in the present day.

Would I be caught dead wearing one of those hideous jerseys? Never! But then again, being caught dead seems like a distinct possibility for anyone who spends too much time around the wild-eyed menace on the sleeves of those Maniax threads!

6. Delaware County Community College Phantoms Track & Field

These rankings head into the homestretch with the Phantoms of Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania. It’s not hard to see why phantoms might trigger a few bloodcurdling screams. And of all the sports teams who bear the name, Delaware CCC has pulled it off the best, covering a span of over 50 years and at least two spectacularly spectral logo sets.

The Phantoms’ men’s and women’s track and field programs carry the torch (or perhaps the lantern?) for the school’s athletic department by being the ones that most prominently feature the logos on their uniforms. When facing a fight-or-flight dilemma, I’m normally the type to flee from danger. But what do you do when what you’re trying to escape from is a bunch of Phantoms who can outrun you? Let’s just say I’d be fatalistic about my chances!

5. San Francisco Demons

For a league that lasted only one year, the old XFL sure had the market cornered on disturbing duds. Case in point is the San Francisco Demons, whose uniform reveal in 2001 may have induced the only audible gasp I have ever uttered upon first seeing a helmet logo (except for maybe that one time a decade earlier when another San Francisco football team tried unveiling a new helmet).

Unlike other teams with devilish mascots, the San Francisco Demons didn’t try to put a playful spin on the fiendish face of their franchise. (To the contrary, you can practically smell the sulfur wafting off of it!) I’m glad that whoever summoned this denizen of the underworld could only conjure it for one season, otherwise I might still have nightmares after watching Demons football highlights!

4. London Werewolves

Based in London, Ontario, the Werewolves played only three seasons in the Frontier League, but the gusto with which they embraced their hair-raising identity makes up for a tenure that lasted less than 36 full moons.

Taking inspiration from Warren Zevon’s classic 1978 single, “Werewolves of London,” the team even had a costumed mascot named Warren Z. Vaughn. Maybe that was a bit too on the nose, but I admire their commitment!

In keeping with the lycanthropic theme, their uniforms featured an appropriately brown-heavy color scheme topped by a werewolf that seemed to be leaping right off the ballcap at you with claws and fangs bared. Not just with their uniforms, logo, and mascot, but with the atmosphere they cultivated, the Werewolves were a team that checked all the boxes for inclusion on a list like this.

3. Casper Ghosts

The Colorado Rockies’ minor league affiliates in Casper, Wyoming, may have borrowed their name from a friendly ghost when they rebranded in 2008, but their logo was anything but cuddly! The Ghosts made that ghastly countenance the centerpiece of their aesthetic by putting it on their cap.

It isn’t just those gnashing teeth and sunken eyes that dredge up the dread – the cap logo also glows in the dark! I wouldn’t want that fluorescent phantasm staring at me from the dresser of my dark bedroom. But with ghosts being such a staple of the season, it sure would make a fantastic Halloween decoration!

2. Sleepy Hollow Headless Horsemen Football Team, 2021

Checking in as our sartorial salutatorian is the team with a mascot that is, literarily speaking, the most perfectly paired to its location of any in the country. The Headless Horsemen of Sleepy Hollow, New York, are named, obviously, for the antagonist in Washington Irving’s classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, an enduring tale that has simultaneously captivated and frightened America’s children (and plenty of adults) for two centuries.

The Horsemen’s logo is a spot-on portrayal of the Hudson Valley’s most famous malevolent spirit, and they used it to great effect on their helmets during the 2021 season. Unfortunately, the team has spent far more of its existence poaching the Indianapolis Colts’ logo than embracing one of the spookiest pieces of sports imagery out there.

If they would just make the best helmet they’ve ever worn a permanent fixture of their look, the Horsemen might have moved to the head (so to speak) of the class. No matter, the unforgettable sight of a team being led onto the field by the most foreboding mascot in the country is enough to keep them high on this list.

1. Salem Witches Football Team

If any team’s identity is more rooted in the eeriest parts of our nation’s folklore than Sleepy Hollow, it’s the Witches of Massachusetts’ Salem High School. Predating Washinton Irving’s tale by nearly 130 years, the story of the Salem Witch Trials is all the more horrifying because it’s true (although the real terror was from the paranoia and mob hysteria that gave us the term “witch hunt” rather than any actual unearthly activities).

Nevertheless, witches are inseparable from Salem’s history, and the local high school football team plays the role to the hilt. The team’s logo, with its row of sharp teeth and beady red eyes, delivers a solid scare. And unlike their (often) disappointingly domed counterparts some 200 miles to the southwest, Salem has made a point to use their signature logo on their helmets with some frequency.

With an identity so closely associated with both American history and Halloween, Salem has flown away with the title of the team whose visual program best encapsulates our notions of the season. That’s one witch I wouldn’t want to meet in a dark wood or on a football field!

So there ends the latest installment of Dressed for the Season, with a full complement of creepy characters to inhabit our haunted haberdashery! Do you agree with my choices? Take exception to any of the teams included? Notice any glaring omissions? Let me know in the comments. And here’s hoping that every day is Halloween for you!

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Awesome stuff, Kary! Thanks!



MLB Playoff Jersey Tracker

MLB Playoff Uni Tracking

Longtime readers know our longtime MLB Playoff jersey tracker Alex Rocklein has been covering all the jerseys worn by each and every Major League Baseball playoff team/game for the past several seasons, and I’m pleased to announce Alex is again returning for the 2023 MLB Playoffs. With the expansion of the Wild Card (to six teams — three in each league) in 2022, his graphics have gotten more complicated, but they’re still great.

Well we made it to the World Series, featuring the anticipated rematch of the Phillies and the Astros the Arizona Diamondbacks versus the Texas Rangers. Raise your hand if you had this matchup picked at the beginning of the season, or even the beginning of the playoffs. But here we are, and that’s why they play the games.

The first game of the Series was played last night, with the Diamondbacks going with their red road alternates, and the Rangers in their standard white homes.

The D-bax took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but Cory Seager tied it with a massive bomb. Then the game moved into the 10th (and the first extra inning game of the entire 2023 post season), and the D-bax failed to score, after which there was some kind of snafu, and the FOX broadcast showed just a blank white screen (at least on my feed and those of many others) for several minutes. Others apparently had no feed problems. The problem was rectified in time for the top of the 11th. Post season hero Adolis Garcia won it for the Rangers in the bottom half of that inning with a walk-off dinger. A great start to the Fall Classic!

Below shows all the uniforms worn in the NLCS and ALCS — both of which went the full seven games, after not a single series in the Wild Card or Divisional Series went the full number of possible games. Will the World Series go seven too?

Championship Series:

World Series:

Full Tracker:

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Thanks Alex!



Guess the Game from the Scoreboard

Guess The Game…

…From The Scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from Chris Hickey.

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).

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!):

Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.



Guess the Game from the Uniform

Based on the suggestion of long-time reader/contributor Jimmy Corcoran, we’ve introduced a new “game” on Uni Watch, which is similar to the popular “Guess the Game from the Scoreboard” (GTGFTS), only this one asked readers to identify the game based on the uniforms worn by teams.

Like GTGFTS, readers will be asked to guess the date, location and final score of the game from the clues provided in the photo. Sometimes the game should be somewhat easy to ascertain, while in other instances, it might be quite difficult. There will usually be a visual clue (something odd or unique to one or both of the uniforms) that will make a positive identification of one and only one game possible. Other times, there may be something significant about the game in question, like the last time a particular uniform was ever worn (one of Jimmy’s original suggestions). It’s up to YOU to figure out the game and date.

Today’s GTGFTU comes from Franklin S. Tower.

Good luck and please post your guess/answer in the comments below.



Uni Tweet of the Day

Clearly, this guy Gets It™. Love for him to do a guest Five and One!


And finally...

…that’s all for the early article. Mega plus-plus thanks to Kary for another fantastic installment of “Dressed for the Season” — best one so far!

Everyone have a great Saturday — if there’s any breaking uni news, I’ll try to have an article up ASAP, but if not I’ll catch you guys tomorrow with the Sunday Morning Uni Watch with the full cast and crew. Till then…



Comments (46)

    19 October 2005.
    Busch Stadium
    Bottom of the 9th of NLCS Game 6.
    Oswalt beats Mulder 5-1 for the Astros’ first and only NL Pennant.

    That’s ballgame, Marc!
    The board as seen before the home half of 9th- Last game played at the cookie-cutter version of Busch after 40 years of service. The ‘stros really should have stayed in the NL, no?

    After years of GTGFTS, finally the first game I was at! I’ll take my bonus points, please.

    Seriously though – St. Louis fans were great, they were pumped after game 5 (Pujols HR of Lidge) and then Oswalt just shut them down. There were no ceremonies or anything for the last game at the stadium, I think they had done a big blowout for the last regular season game and of course with multiple rounds of playoffs you never know when the actual last game is going to be. I was there as a neutral fan (in StL on business) and the fans couldn’t have been nicer once they found out I was a weirdo from Canada.

    The Sioux City Ghosts might get an honorable mention. link . Ebbets Field Flannels has an absolutely gorgeous rendition of their hat: link

    Ooh! Definitely worthy of am honorable mention! I’m a sucker for vintage baseball uniforms, so I absolutely love those caps. Thanks for sharing this, John!

    I have worn EFF ballcaps for years. The Ghosts cap has gotten more comments than any other-by far.


    November 27, 1994 Giants at Washington; Giants won 21-19. Notable for the Giants wearing their NFL 75th Anniversary throwback uniforms while the Redskins wore their regular uniforms.

    I’m curious as to whether this was the only instance where a road team wore their home 75th anniversary throwbacks on the road. It’s probably the only instance where a team wore their home throwbacks on the road without the other team reciprocating. I could probably look it up on the Gridiron Uniform Database, but I’m too lazy right now.

    Broncos wore their throwbacks on the road at Buffalo in one of the best looking Monday Night Football games ever.

    Cardinals wore theirs to Cleveland and the Steelers wore theirs in Arizona.
    I’m sure there were more.

    This is how you do a throwback game… you get both sides to play along to make it more fun.

    I see you said “home” throwbacks, so never mind about the Broncos and Cards.

    The Steelers throwback was the same, home or away.

    I almost linked to the GUD, but if you really want to know more, get motivated. ;)

    GTGFTU is the November 27, 1994 game between the visiting New York Giants and the home Washington team (I’ll skip the former nickname). The Giants won 21 – 19 and wore their NFL 75th Anniversary throwbacks.


    November 27, 1994 – Giants at Washington. Notable for the Giants wearing their NFL 75th Anniversary home throwbacks in Washington, who wore their regular white over burgundy uniforms.

    It doesn’t get more Hallowe’eny than last night’s matchup in the Wisconsin high school football playoffs between the West De Pere Phantoms and the Kaukauna Galloping Ghosts. And yes, both schools’ colors schemes are black and orange. link

    Good stuff, Scott! I strongly considered Kaukauna for this list, but ultimately liked the Casper Ghosts’ uniforms a little better for the “ghosts” slot. It was tough to leave Kaukauna out, though!

    West De Pere escaped my notice. I’ll have to give them a closer look. Hard to beat that color matchup! Love it!

    Was I the only one to make note of the bike shorts vs. bike shorts matchup in the final at-bat of last night’s WS game? I don’t watch as many MLB games as I used to, so maybe this is common now and not worth mentioning.

    Great call, Jon! There have been several teams called the Pittsburgh Phantoms over the years, and I think the roller hockey team might have gotten lost in the shuffle a bit when I was doing my research. To wit, here are some of the other teams that have claimed the “Pittsburgh Phantoms” moniker:

    A soccer team in the old NPSL who lasted for only one year in 1967: link

    A defunct basketball team in the current minor league version of the ABA: link

    There’s even a girls’ fastpitch softball team with that name: link

    These were all probably worthy of honorable mentions, so I’ll give them their due here, but the roller hockey team could have probably given my choice for the “Phantoms” slot (the Delaware County Community College track and field team) a run for their money. The Phantoms roller hockey team had some great ’90s-style visuals that would have put them right in line with the Topeka ScareCrows and the Madison Monsters:


    They’re definitely worthy of special mention. Thanks for pointing them out, Jon!

    Agreed! I love that shade of navy blue. It’s always felt a little more “authentic” than the lighter shade of blue the Giants have used since they reintroduced their retro look as their regular uniforms back in 2000.

    Even though they didn’t make the cut, I appreciate the shoutout to the Hodags and Windigo in my neck of the woods!

    Thanks, Nate! It was tough to leave them out because I love the identities of both teams. But I suspect people in, say, Georgia or Nevada wouldn’t recognize a Hodag or a Windigo costume if they saw one, but they’d easily recognize a ghost or a witch. Anyway, I wanted to at least give them both a shoutout because they’re both great. And I’m glad that Scott also mentioned a couple of other Wisconsin teams, Kaukauna and De Pere. Throw in the Madison Monsters to the mix, not to mention the Milwaukee Admirals (link), and the state of Wisconsin represents the Halloween sports uniform scene very well!

    I won’t be the only one to notice one Aberdeen black cat is facing the opposite direction of all of the others ‍⬛

    I noticed that, too! The guy wearing that jersey is also the only one wearing a black baseball cap instead of a white one with an “A” on it. I wonder if he was the manager, and those differences were intentional to differentiate him from the rest of the team, a la the old Oakland A’s and how they had the white caps for their managers and coaches instead of the green and yellow hats the players wore.

    I’d include an honorable mention to the short lived Arena Football team in Houston, the Texas Terror. Had Frankenstein’s Monster for a logo and mascot but only lasted two years before rebranding. And they get bonus points for referring to their home stadium, The Summit, as the “Summit-tery”.


    Thanks, Corey! I concur that the Texas Terror are worth an honorable mention. I gave them a look, but ultimately they got bumped out of the running because they didn’t wear their Frankenstein logo on their uniforms (at least from the images I was able to find). The wordmark on their helmet is okay, but serious downgrade from the monster logo. With that one change, they probably would have made the the list.

    I have to add one “honorable mention” to this list myself: The Vampires F.C., a 19th-century soccer club from England: link

    Reader Andy C alerted me to their existence in the comments of a piece earlier this week about Tottenham Hotspur’s legacy numbers: link

    I actually like The Vampires F.C.’s crest slightly better than the ones worn by my choice for this list, Vampire A.F.C. of Alameda, California. But I didn’t find out about the English club until after I’d finished this piece. That said, the photographic and historical record of The Vampires seems even more scant than that of V.A.F.C., so I’m not sure I would have had enough material to put together a fulsome entry for them that would have been better than the one I wrote for the American team. In any even, they both had solid kits, and I’m comfortable with the list I put together.

    Great list, Kary!
    As a Philly Guy and high school T/F athlete, I love the inclusion of the DelCo Phantoms – but for me it’s always going to be the relocated Philadelphia AHL franchise:
    And I Miss The Spect(re)rum, too!
    And the local youth organization in my old Mayfair neighborhood still has scary-great branding too:

    Thanks, Chris! I appreciate the support! The Lehigh valley phantoms came THIS close to making this list, but ultimately, I liked the logo used by DelCo CC a bit better. (Slightly scarier, in my opinion.) But the hockey team was definitely a tough omission.

    Really enjoyed this list. Did you know, as well as the Vampires listed here, there was a Vampires team in England that once played Spurs in the FA Cup?? They had a great bat logo!

    Thanks for the kind words, Andy! I gave you a shout-out in a comment above, but I think it wound up getting flagged by the moderation software for some reason, and I don’t think it got published until later, likely after you posted your comment. Anyway, as I mentioned, The Vampires might have made this list if I’d known about them beforehand, but the San Francisco-area team I did include had more information available on the Internet. I think either team would have been a good fit for this list, but I have to admit I love that logo worn by the English side!

    It should have been the reincarnation of the Cleveland Spiders but oh, well..

    I agree. That “spiders” spot on the list could have easily been Cleveland’s if only ..

    YMMV, JJ.
    Everyone knows the Titans’ Oilers throwbacks are the tops…there’s so good even the Texans want ‘em ; )

    London, Ontario also had the one-year only London Rippers baseball team.

    I’ve been chasing a Casper Ghosts cap for years! I’m glad to see they made your list.

    Salem, Massachusetts also has a great police patch. link

    Love that patch! Thanks for sharing it, Patrick! I saw the London Rippers when I was researching this list. I definitely gave them a look, but decided against including them. The Maniax were pretty edgy, but glorifying an actual, identifiable serial killer with your team identity? That just felt a little… off to me.

    Oh, fun! Good one, Chris! But I have to say, that “Beast” looks an awful lot like a Gremlin to me.


    The creepiest thing about the Harrison Goblins is that team photo. I don’t know if it’s a bad photoshop or an A.I.-generated monstrosity, but it has a real Children of the Damned thing going on.

    I’ll take credit (or discredit?) for that one. The only team photo I could find was pretty low-res, so I blew it up, took a screenshot of a portion of it, and used some rudimentary photo editing software (not to mention rudimentary photo editing skills) to try to make the Goblin logo on the uniforms more discernible. I think I succeeded on that point, but at the price of some distortion to the faces. If given the choice of less distorted faces but fuzzier logo, I’d still do the same thing again.

    Off the top of my head I’d add the Austin Ice Bats of the WPHL & San Francisco Spiders of the IHL.

    Good choices! Thanks, Will! I gave the Austin Ice Bats some serious consideration. Ultimately, the addition of “Ice” to their moniker knocked them down a peg, at least in terms of including them on this list. The Louisville Bats had just a bit cleaner of an identity for this list’s purposes. I loved the Ice Bats’ logo, though!

    I think I locked in on the Richmond Spiders early enough that I didn’t do much looking around for other teams called the Spiders. Too bad, because the San Francisco Spiders would have competed pretty evenly with Richmond. Man, the ’90s had some great minor league hockey identities!

    For an entity which has been around 1858 (yep, 1858), I’m surprised that the Melbourne Demons of Australian Rules has a caricature of a horned devil as their mascot. No wonder it’s on only a couple of items in their team shop.

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