As we all know by now, the St. Louis Cardinals have their chest insignia chain-stitched onto their jersey. This gives their script a gorgeous sense of texture that’s rare in today’s uni-verse.
With all MLB teams switching to Nike’s new template next season, several Uni Watch readers have wondered aloud whether the Cardinals’ logo will still be chain-stitched, especially since we’ve already seen some adjustments being made to the Dodgers’ script.
I emailed Cards prexy Bill DeWitt III to ask about this. His response had a mix of good news and bad news: “We are maintaining the chain-stitching next year with the new Nike template — I had to fight hard to keep it. But the compromise was that it will need to be applied to a patch, which will then be applied to the uniform.”
To explain a bit further: The Cards’ chain-stitching has always been done directly onto the jersey. By contrast, the Phillies — the only other MLB team that has used a chain-stitched jersey insignia in recent years — have their chest mark embroidered onto two white-backed patches, which are then sewn onto the jersey, as you can see here:
It’s a little easier to discern the two patches on the road jersey, because the patches’ white backing stands out against the grey base fabric:
So the Cardinals will now be doing something like that.
Here’s a photo I took way back in 2007, during a visit to Liebe Athletic Lettering in Chesterfield, Mo., showing some embroidered patches for the Phillies’ game jerseys:
As you can see, there are also two Cardinals script patches in that photo. That’s because the Cardinals have often taken this same production approach on their BP jerseys, but never on a game jersey:
So that’s the deal. I’m assuming that the Phillies will be able to retain their chain-stitching as well, but I haven’t yet confirmed that. Stay tuned.
Update: Because a couple of people asked, it’s worth noting that the Phillies use cream-colored backing, not white, for the script patches on their cream alternate jersey: