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Remembering Jackie Robinson Day

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Today marks the 71st anniversary of the day baseball changed forever, when a 28 year old rookie named Jack Roosevelt Robinson took the field in Brooklyn at Ebbets Field, making him the first player to break the “color barrier” in modern baseball. As you’re probably (and hopefully) . . . → Read More: Remembering Jackie Robinson Day

Signature Style: A Close Look at the Rusty Staub Memorial Patch

As Phil reported in yesterday’s Ticker, the Mets have added a memorial patch for Rusty Staub (shown at right; click to enlarge). Interestingly, instead of going with the more typical approach of using Staub’s uni number or initials, they used his signature. It’s nice that they rendered it in orange, which is both a . . . → Read More: Signature Style: A Close Look at the Rusty Staub Memorial Patch

A Mystery Surrounding the Roberto Clemente ‘21’ Patch

When it comes to the Pirates’ 1973 memorials for Roberto Clemente, we all know the drill by now: The team wore black fabric swatches during spring training and then wore the “21” patch during the regular season (and as a bonus, that photo shows Manny Sanguillen’s flocked helmet). It marked the first time that an . . . → Read More: A Mystery Surrounding the Roberto Clemente ‘21’ Patch

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