For the 1971 Falcons, ‘X’ Marked the Spot

The image shown at right is from the Falcons’ home opener in 1971. What’s with the white “X” on the helmet? The answer to that question provides a nice little uni-related storyline that I hadn’t been aware of until reader Bill Kellick recently brought it to my attention.

Here’s the deal: In the 1971 . . . → Read More: For the 1971 Falcons, ‘X’ Marked the Spot

Tiger Talk

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Longtime Uni Watch reader/contributor Bruce Menard, who tweets tons of great vintage baseball imagery as @BSmile, came across something really interesting yesterday — the photo shown above of Tigers outfielder Al Kaline, waiting on deck prior to a plate appearance. There’s a similar shot, clearly from the . . . → Read More: Tiger Talk

Left Is Right and Right Is Wrong

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Funny moment in last night’s Cardinals/Dodgers game, as L.A. catcher Yasmani Grandal stepped into the left-handed batter’s box during the bottom of the first while wearing a right-handed helmet.

Grandal is a switch-hitter, so he has two helmets. We’ve seen switch-hitters accidentally wear the wrong lid a . . . → Read More: Left Is Right and Right Is Wrong

The First Player to Wear the Bengals’ Striped Helmet

I’ve sometimes written about the first player to wear a given uniform (like Don Zimmer and Bob Miller being the first to wear Mets uniforms). Today we’re going to talk about the first player to wear the uniforms that the Cincinnati Bengals unveiled in 1981 — including their now-iconic bengal-striped helmet.

That player was . . . → Read More: The First Player to Wear the Bengals’ Striped Helmet