A Typographical Quirk at the World Cup

About 25 years ago, when I was working as a book editor, I was introduced to the concept of a ligature. That’s the typographic term for what happens when two letters or characters are joined together in a single glyph or symbol, like in the examples shown at right (further info here).

Ligatures on […]

Adios, Mr. Padre

Tony Gwynn, who passed away yesterday at the absurdly young age of 54, was the greatest pure hitter I ever saw. Watching him play, it always seemed like he could get a base hit almost anytime he wanted to. Of course, that wasn’t true — his lifetime batting average was “only” .338, meaning he […]

Uni Watch DIY Project: Creating a Jersey From Scratch

[Editor’s Note: Remember our recent entries about NHL-themed neckties? The same anonymous DIYer who created those is back with a DIY jersey project. Enjoy. ”” PL]

By Anonymous

I recently found an inexpensive roll-end piece of really nice navy wool material and decided to use it to make a early-1900s-style baseball jersey for […]

Walking the Plank

Last week’s issue of The New Yorker had a big article about Under Armour (which, unfortunately, is behind a paywall, so I can’t link to it — sorry). It was full of interesting stuff, but I was particularly struck by this one passage where UA honcho Kevin Plank was explaining why someone might want […]