New Rams Logo Leaks via Draft Cap Photos

Good morning! In yesterday’s Ticker, Phil linked to the tweet shown above, in which the L.A. Rams teased the fact that they’ll soon be changing their logo (which everyone already knew, of course). That tweet, which was posted on Saturday, set off an interesting chain of events that has given us the clearest sense yet of what the Rams may be up to in their forthcoming redesign.

Here’s the deal: Unsurprisingly, there were several hundred responses to the Rams’ tweet. So it was easy for people to miss this one, from a guy named Kenneth Castillo:

A few people picked up on Castillo’s tweet and responded to it, but it didn’t go viral like some leaks tend to do. I might not have known about it myself — at least not right away — if not for Twitter-er @wutamclan7, who brought it to my attention on Saturday afternoon (and who also pointed out, “The colors might not be right. That style of hat is known as the Draft Night hat and done in ‘Las Vegas neon lights’ style”).

I wanted to know more, so I got in touch with Castillo, who told me, “I know a guy who texted me the picture. He works at a Dick’s Sporting goods in L.A. County and said they won’t be on sale until early April.”

I was busy for the rest of Saturday. But on Sunday I contacted a Rams representative and asked if they had any comment on the photo. While I was waiting for a response, another photo of the cap began circulating. This one was brought to my attention by reader Brad Belstock, who said he saw it on Reddit (click to enlarge):

Castillo, the guy who tweeted the first photo, tells me he also posted the second photo (to a Rams-centric Facebook group, not to Twitter). The cardboard background matched the setting of the first photo, and the neon-style “Time to Shine” side lettering matched up with photos of similarly styled Dolphins caps that had leaked a few weeks ago (click to enlarge):

And here’s the kicker: Castillo pointed out to me that the phrase “Time to Shine” has been trademarked by — sure enough — the Rams.

All of this seemed to argue in favor of the cap’s legitimacy, but I still wanted to hear back from the Rams. Before that could happen, however, Yahoo Sports columnist Charles Robinson went ahead and confirmed the whole thing:

Okay, so what are we to make of this? Some thoughts:

• As everyone and a half has already pointed out, this seems like it could just as easily be a Chargers logo as a Rams logo (although not a particularly good logo in either case). It’s almost like someone said, “Hey, we’re sharing a stadium, let’s share a logo too!”

• Remember, the colors used on the cap are probably not the actual logo colors (just like the colors on the Dolphins cap don’t reflect that logo’s actual colors). Over on the SportsLogos.net message boards, there was lots of speculation regarding what the real color treatment might be. One of the people there, @FFWally, came up with a plausible-seeming rendition of how the real logo might look:

This concept has also been floating around, although I’m not sure where it originated:

Update: That second concept appears to have be the work of SportsLogos.net user @Jeffrey.

The first one has a better treatment of the “LA” (but is arguably even more Chargers-esque); the second one has a better horn but has already been repeatedly mocked for looking like Donald Trump’s hair.

In short: Not great. I get that the Rams want to emphasize Los Angeles in their new branding, but this does not bode well. It reminds me (and, I’m sure, many of you) of when the Chargers floated their own abortive “LA” logo, which they quickly scrapped after the response was so negative:


• Why did they design the stadium to be shaped like the old logo if they’re introducing a new logo? Maybe they’re retaining the old logo in a diminished capacity.

• On the positive side, a primary logo matters less to the Rams than to most other NFL teams, because we know they’re going to stick with rams’ horns on their helmets. Compare that to, say, the Falcons — their new logo will presumably be on the sides of their helmet, so it will carry more weight. The Rams’ new mark, by comparison, isn’t that big a deal, at least yet. We’ll have to wait and see how, if at all, it plays into the new uniform set.

• Of all the reactions I’ve seen so far, the funniest was from Twitter-er and Uni Watch reader David Bloomquist, who wins the award for creative Photoshoppery:

Meanwhile: I did eventually hear back from the Rams yesterday. They said they have no comment at this time.

(Big thanks to @wutamclan7, Kenneth Castillo, Brad Belstock, @LesPantin, and reader/commenter James S. for their assistance with this post.)

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Too good for the Ticker: Reader Ignacio Salazar, who specializes in Houston-related Ticker contributions, recently scored a sensational piece of Astros memorabilia: an original printing plate for the letterhead used by team chairman and Astrodome creator Judge Roy Hoffheinz.

Printing plate graphics are, by necessity, mirror-imaged. But we can flop the photo to create a more pleasing view:

How awesome is that? Ignacio found it on Craigslist. “The seller was asking for $125, but I offered $65 and he accepted,” he says. “He told me got it from the original company that used it after they went out of business. It weighs two pounds and measures 6.5 x 2.25 inches.”

So cool! And please, let’s not have any jokes about Asterisks or cheating — let Ignacio enjoy this unique piece of history. Thanks.

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Uni Watch Hit Parade: New York Giants chain crew honcho Tom Quinn, who I profiled for ESPN a while back, has musical tastes that mirror my own, and he recently tipped me off to an absolutely monster track called “Daily Routine,” from a young Wisconsin band called Disq. It’s the lead song on their new debut album, Collector. Nothing else on that album even approaches the level of “Daily Routine,” but it doesn’t matter — “Daily Routine” is so good that it justifies the band’s existence all by itself. Most bands will never even have one song this good.

Like so many great songs, “Daily Routine” has an addictively hummable melody that seems intuitive and obvious. Like, how is it possible that nobody used this melody before? How is it possible that any other melodies even exist? Throw in some crunching guitars, a bit of well-deployed dissonance, a bit of piano plink-plunk on the third verse, some deadpan Pavement-style vocals, and you have an instant classic.

As a bonus, this is the rare song whose title is a self-fulfilling prophecy, because “Daily Routine” is definitely destined to become part of my daily routine. Tom, if you’re reading this, thanks for the tip!

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Pin Club reminder: In case you missed it last week, the March design for the Uni Watch Pin Club is now available. It features a basketball jersey (for March Madness) with a shamrock and orange/white trim (for St. Patrick’s Day), along with a winged stirrup jock tag (for Uni Watch!). This one is a numbered edition of 250, and we’ve already sold more than half of them, so move fast!

If you need to get caught up, the January and February pins are still available until they sell out, and we also have our basic winged stirrup logo pin. And remember, card-carrying Uni Watch members get a 15% discount on these pins (and on everything else in the Uni Watch Shop).

My thanks, as always, for considering our products.

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: The Royals’ team dietician, Erika Sharp, wears a T-shirt that reads, “Plate Discipline” — get it? … Yesterday was International Women’s Day, so the Giants posted some photos of MLB’s first female coach, Alyssa Nakken, in uniform (thanks, Brinke). … Baldwin High in Hawaii wears gorgeous triple-striped stirrups.

Football News: The XFL’s Houston Roughnecks wore a new red/navy combo (from Wade Heidt). … Speaking of the XFL, in case you missed it over the weekend, they’re considering the use of advertising patches.

Hockey News: Some junior hockey items from Wade Heidt: the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers participated in the WHL Suits Up promotion by wearing orange jerseys with the vintage Hockey Night in Canada logo as a crest. … The WHL’s Portland Winterhawks wore a new alternate uniform. … The OHL’s Niagara IceDogs wore alternates designed by the winner of a student contest. … The WHL’s Red Deer Rebels and Swift Current Broncos played a color-vs.-color game. … Harvard and RPI’s series later this week in the ECAC tournament is to be played behind closed doors because of two coronavirus cases in New York’s Capital District.

Basketball News: The Clippers usually cover up the Lakers’ retired numbers and banners during their home games, but Kobe Bryant’s retired numbers are uncovered (from Jakob Fox). … Hampton’s men’s team has been wearing blue uniforms with hard-to-read Old English-style chest lettering and NOBs at the Big South tournament (from multiple readers). … Hampton and their opponents, Winthrop, also wore two different versions of the conference logo patch (from Josh Hinton). … Another from Josh: Lafayette and Colgate played a color-vs.-color Patriot League semifinal. … Liberty’s men’s team wore throwbacks for yesterday’s Atlantic Sun final (from @UncleFraz). … Players at Division III Yeshiva University, which is affiliated with Orthodox Judaism, wear yarmulkes during games, as you can see in an image used for this WaPo story. The story itself isn’t uni-related, but is an interesting account of how Yeshiva successfully finished their first-round Division III tournament game before sundown Friday, as it was held behind closed doors at Johns Hopkins because of the coronavirus and delayed while their opponents waited for permission to play from school administrators (from Ethan Zanger). … A character on an episode of the Netflix show Narcos that takes place in the early ’80s was shown wearing a hat with the Jumpman logo, which didn’t exist until 1988 (from @EvilEmpireFan).

Soccer News: German team Bayern Munich wore their 120th-anniversary throwbacks yesterday (from @_bbbene). … In France, Marseille striker Dario Benedetto suffered a head wound Friday and instead of the usual gigantic bandage received a swimmer’s cap. … Some recently-revealed national team kits debuted during women’s invitational tournaments held this month, including both of the U.S.’s kits, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Both U.S. shirts have odd broken accents down the sides. … U.S. fullback Crystal Dunn received a commemorative shirt for reaching 100 caps. … Italy’s women’s team seem to have promoted their mono-green third kit to first choice recently; it was only worn once by the men’s team in October, but the women’s team has worn it at least three times and the federation’s Twitter feeds show that a number of Italy’s youth and futsal teams of both genders appear to prefer green as well. … Some leagues, including the Premier League, English Football League, and France’s Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, have banned prematch handshakes because of the coronavirus after Scotland did so for all leagues in the country last week. … In MLS, the Portland Timbers wore their white second kit at home, forcing Nashville SC to change as well. Announcer Jon Champion apparently said that Portland had to wear white a certain number of times this season. … Nashville midfielder Dax McCarty had the small and big Cs in his NOB switched (from multiple readers).. … In the USL Championship, Loudoun United goalie Collin Miller switched to No. 0 this season (from my brother Nate Rathjen). … USL Championship teams Sporting Kansas City II and Charlotte Independence played a light blue vs. royal blue matchup (from Ryan Cruz). … Here’s the latest in the Chicago Fire’s series of 12 patches for the 2020 season (from David Ziemba). … The website Museum of Jerseys is inviting readers to help pick the best Premier League kit of the 2019-20 season.

Grab Bag: Fans attending rugby sevens tournaments often dress up in costumes, so here’s a selection that did at this weekend’s Canada Sevens in Vancouver (from Wade Heidt). … Before the cricket Women’s Twenty20 World Cup final, the names and numbers of two Australia players injured before and during the tournament, Ellyse Perry and Tayla Vlaeminck, were added to the sleeves of their team’s training shirts. … The final, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday, also attempted to break the record for the largest crowd at a women’s sporting event, which was set in soccer with 90,185 at the 1999 Women’s World Cup final, and fell short but still set attendance records for women’s cricket and Australian women’s sports. … Australia’s men’s and women’s field hockey teams both wore their indigenous-designed kits revealed last week. … For International Women’s Day, The Telegraph republished a piece from January on equipment-related challenges faced by women in various sports. … Formula One’s Bahrain Grand Prix, which is in two weeks, is to be held behind closed doors because of the coronavirus. … Southwest Airlines is the latest carrier whose employees have complained about rashes and other reactions from their uniforms (from Timmy Donahue).

Dave Pinto Gets In Jim Vilk’s Head (NL Edition)

By Phil Hecken

I’m “back” again today with David Pinto and Jimmer Vilk (if you missed what the hullabaloo below is about, click here. In case you don’t want to click that, let’s suffice it to say that reader Dave Pinto took a list of all of Jimmer’s favorite MLB looks (for every team in every league) and customized modern uniforms to fit that look. So, if say, Jim’s favorite look for the Cleveland Indians was worn in 1916, well, Dave made it into a modern look. This roughly corresponds to the uniform Jim views the team in, in his head, every day. Or something like that.

Anyway, today we’ll take a look at the National League, and if the splash photo is any indication, we’re in for some interesting uni concepts today. Here we go.

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1972 Braves
Home, Road

What Jim said: Right off the bat I’m waffling with Atlanta. It’s hard to decide between the stripey goodness of 1927 or the great pullovers from 1972. I’m leaning towards ’72 (two words: Hank Aaron), although those ’27 caps are simply fantastic.

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1978 Brewers
Home, Road

What Jim said: Let’s get two things straight, Milwaukee: you’re not a National League team and you moved here in the 70s. Own it with the 1978 ball-in-glove and powder blue and go back to the AL!

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1923 Cardinals
Home, Road

What Jim said: No pullovers for St. Louis. And while I love the current classics I am, as you’ll see, a sucker for sleeve numbers. I could honestly see the Cardinals in these 1923 beauties (the second and fourth ones) every day. I suppose I could deal with one more alt today…the yellow bat unis would be it, even though I like that third uni…

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1978 Cubs
Home, Road

What Jim said: I tried to go easy on the road pins and the pullovers. When it comes to Chicago, however, there’s no going easy. You go 1978.

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2001 Diamondbacks
Home, Road

What Jim said: If you know me, you know I don’t care how a team played in their unis. How they looked is what matters, so Arizona‘s 2001 title is just icing on the cake. Enough with the “D-Backs,” just go back to this!

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1969 Dodgers
Home, Road

What Jim said: Los Angeles have worn a variety of sleeve patches over the years and I always liked it when they did. I chose 1969, with a tweak: instead of the MLB centennial patch, just make it the regular MLB one.

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1916 Giants
Home, Road
Home Alt, Road Alt


What Jim said: I’m waffling again with San Francisco. I could totally see the Giants in a modified version of these 1916 beauties (first and fourth ones). Yes, Phil, I love those so much I’d keep the pillbox caps! If today’s manufacturers couldn’t pull that off with today’s fabrics I’d be just as happy with 1983.

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1993 Marlins
Home, Road, Alt

What Jim said: With Miami there’s no waffling. Some teams just get it right the first time! I’d prefer they stayed Florida, but if they insist on Miami you can tweak away at the cap and road jersey.

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1978* Mets
Home, Road

What Jim said: I tried to find middle ground with New York. Between the original button-ups and the racing stripe pullovers there was this very nice henley jersey from 1978. Also, as you’ll see, I’m a sucker for a good sleeve patch.

* Not sure why Dave depicted the ’87 script on the road jersey here — PH.

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1954 Nationals (Senators)
Home, Road

What Jim said: If Washington could take the curly W from the team now known as the Rangers, they could just as easily have taken the 1954 block W from the team now known as the Twins. And they should.

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1974 Padres
Home, Road

What Jim said: My pick for San Diego surprised me a bit. I was ready to go with 1985 until I saw 1974. I like when teams go with a pullover and a button-up, especially when the button-up Respects The Placket. Bring Back The Brown (and these), Padres!

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1923 Phillies
Home, Road

What Jim said: Yes, this is twice in one division, but don’t worry; I’m only going to waffle four times in this whole piece. Philadelphia has two standouts for me: 1923 (stop cringing, Phil, you enemy of road pins) or 1979. If I go with ’79 I guess I’ve dealt with one alt today.

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1971 Pirates
Home, Road

What Jim said: You might think it’s the pullovers that got me picking 1971 for Pittsburgh. Wrong, it’s the cap. The pullovers are just a nice added benefit. Now if they wore that cap in the 50s or 60s I’d be waffling for sure.

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1968 Reds
Home, Road

What Jim said: For contrast, I went with 1968 for Cincinnati. It looks like the Big Red Machine era but with buttons. No sleeve patch or stripes here. I wanted the oldest team to have a simpler classic look.

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1993 Rockies
Home, Road, Alt

What Jim said: Both teams who started in 1993 got it right the first time. Remember when you used to Respect The Placket on your road unis, Colorado? Get rid of the COL()RADO jerseys and go back to these.

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Once again, Thanks Dave (and Jim). Quite an undertaking! It’s very interesting to see how some of those way back looks would appear “today” with a modern take and tailoring — especially enjoyed your take on the plaid-clad Giants!

Readers? Thoughts?


Kreindler’s Korner

I had the distinct pleasure of featuring the wonderful artwork of artist Graig Kriendler on two occasions over the summer and fall of 2017, and more recently, in August of 2018.

For those who don’t wish to click the links, Graig paints baseball heroes (and regular guys) from the past, and is an immense talent.

Occasionally, I will be featuring his work on Uni Watch.

Here’s today’s offering (click to enlarge):

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Title: “From Third to First”
Subject: Hank Greenberg, 1933
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 16″ x 20″

At 19-years-old, Hank Greenberg had performed well in Class-C ball with the Raleigh Capitals, hitting .314 and 19 homers. He would be called up to the second-division Detroit Tigers for the last three weeks of the season and was able to get into only a single game. Even in those first few workouts, he began to experience some of the antisemitism that he was later showered with the in later part of the decades. One of his teammates, pitcher Phil Page, was said to have been a culprit. This was in 1930.

Fast forward to 1933, where the youngster was still very much at the beginning of his brilliant career. He had spent the prior two seasons with the Evansville Hubs and the Beaumont Exporters, and had finally made the big leagues for good. Coincidentally, he’s pictured here at Yankee Stadium, home of the team that offered him a contract in 1929, when he was only 18. Greenberg declined, knowing that they already had a star at that position in Lou Gehrig. But things certainly worked for him with the Tigers. In 1933, he hit .301 with 12 home runs and 87 RBIs, becoming the regular first-baseman for Detroit and soon settling into becoming one of their most iconic players, both on the field and off.

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Thanks, Graig! You can (and should!) follow Graig on Twitter.

Guess The Game…

from the scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from Tennessee Jed.

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.

Pin Club reminder: Paul here. In case you missed it on Thursday, the March design for the Uni Watch Pin Club is now available. It features a basketball jersey (for March Madness) with a shamrock and orange/white trim (for St. Patrick’s Day), along with a winged stirrup jock tag (for Uni Watch!). This one is a numbered edition of 250, and by the end of Friday we had already sold nearly half of them, so move fast!

If you need to get caught up, the January and February pins are still available until they sell out, and we also have our basic winged stirrup logo pin. And remember, card-carrying Uni Watch members get a 15% discount on these pins (and on everything else in the Uni Watch Shop).

My thanks, as always, for considering our products. Now back to Phil!

Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Most of us know Henry Aaron wearing #44, but he originally wore #5. Here’s a couple pages on how/why he did this. It’s from “Aaron” by Henry Aaron w/Furman Bisher (thanks to Douglas Ford) for the images! … Wow, check out this gorgeous sweater on “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, shown with the MiLB Class-C Savannah #Georgia Indians in 1909. The 21-yr-old batted .358. His 13-yr MLB BA was .356 (from SABR Bio Project). … Not really MLB related (but it is super cute and deals with baseball cards), from Scotty Rogers: When Kihei (2008-2020) started work as a therapy dog doing literacy programs with young children, we made him a baseball card inspired by the 1987 Topps MLB set. Adults (vets, cops, you name it) were even more stoked to receive a card than the kids! … At Cardinals Spring Training game and I think this is the first time I have ever seen a jersey like this, or so says Eric Espada (via Paul). … The Phillies are handing out out this Tug McGraw bobble on August 9th. This year is the 40th anniversary of that pose after Tug’s World Series-winning strikeout (via Michael MPH). … What happens when a college baseball team is told they can’t use the dryers at the hotel where they’re staying? They adapt, that’s what they do (from Timmy Donahue). … The Nationals have installed a new autograph policy in response to coronavirus — WaPo Link (from Tommy Turner). … The University of Dayton wore all red this Saturday at home (from Marc Viquez). … New BP hats with new logo for the NW Arkansas Naturals, the Double-A affiliate of the Royals in Springdale, AR (from Timmy Donahue).

NFL/Pro Football News: ‘skins center Ross Pierschbacher gets business experience through a Fanatics externship (WaPo link) — over the last three weeks, the ‘skins’ second-year center was gaining experience for an eventual life after football as a participant in the NFL Players Association’s offseason externship program (from Tommy Turner). … “Oof. Old @ChicagoFire logo still being used by the @TwitterSports score bug,” observes Ken III. … Not really any clue to their “new” uni or logo here, but the Rams keep on teasing stuff (from Jakob Fox).

College Football News: It’s not college football season (and really, it won’t be until August) — but there will be some Spring games coming soon — so check out these mid-1970s NOB jerseys from Notre Dame (good spot by James Gilbert).

Hockey News: Here’s a fun story from Michael McLaughlin: “Treasures or trash? Here’s what Lightning players do with old promotional gear.” … Several from Wade Heidt today: 1) It was 2000s night on Friday at Rogers Arena. The Canucks wore throwback jerseys in warmups. It was an adidas Adizero version of their old white jerseys trimmed in navy blue, deep red, silver and sky blue. Former Canucks Brad May, Brendan Morrison, and Alex Auld dressed for the pre-game festivities in their vintage whites and were there for the ceremonial puck drop; 2) Back many years ago, it was more common to see an NHL goalie wear number 1. Here is an article about how fewer goalies are wearing number 1 in the NHL; 3) The WHL’s Saskatoon Blades wore WHL Suits Up to promote organ donation uniforms on Friday; 4) WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors wore special uniforms for Snowbirds Night on Friday honoring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds air demonstration squadron based in Moose Jaw. The Warriors wore full red socks with this jersey; 5) Also, a new mask for Moose Jaw Warriors G Brock Gould. … Check out Robin Lehner’s new Golden Knights mask. … Roberto Luongo’s jersey is was retired by Panthers. Here’s a bit more on that. … The Canadiens are adding a No. 16 sticker to their helmets in honor of Henri Richard. Here’s a bit more on that (from Jakob Fox). … The Islanders will be among the first teams in North American pro sports leagues to close locker room access to the media in wake of coronavirus concerns (from Tommy Turner). … Reax to the coronovirus? “LA Kings goalie Cal Petersen wore gloves at the podium after (yester)day’s game,” observes Jakob Fox.

NBA/Professional Basketball News: “Intersting how the Romanization and Cyrillic script for Lokomotiv Novosibirsk look with each other,” writes Jeremy Brahm. … “Marvin Williams’ shorts are two different shades (it’s not the angle of the photo)” says Jason Triplett.

College Hoops News: “I’m 61. Why wear a suit?” Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot says. He and two other “Big3 of College Basketball coaches” have ditched ties as well (from Michael McLaughlin). … “Kinda cool that for Senior Day, Northwestern is doing alternate uniforms based on 1990’s NBA teams. Last year was the Grizzlies (L). This year is the Jazz (R),” (from Jim Weber). … Here’s one Jimmer Vilk will love: check out the yuge D U K E lettering on their 1970s jerseys (from James Gilbert and Josh Claywell). … The Big East is aggressively blue (9 of 10 teams) even St. John’s has it has secondary color. Only school w/o blue in its color palette is Providence. Add 1 more when UCONN joins (from Timmy Donahue). … Oregon gonna Oregon: color vs. color matchup vs. Arizona yesterday (from Jakob Fox).

Soccer News: Nashville SC and the Portland Timbers FC are teaming up for tornado relief by wearing special “Never Give Up On You” patches on this weekend’s jerseys, to be auctioned for the @CFMT Tornado Relief Fund (from Jeremy Brahm). … Ken III writes, “Cheers to @BurnleyOfficial for their mascot shirts (sans garish gambling advertisements). Youngsters are probably disappointed, though. Ha.” … A young football fan designed his first football kit. Graphic designer @Saintetixx saw it and brought it to life (from Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy, Find all 18 J1 J-League mascots, just like a Where’s Waldo picture but with the Yokohama Marinos as the base. … Clemson Women’s Soccer has started giving out a “Hard hat of the week” to the player of the week. Submitter Chip Howell adds, “Kind of fits that whole blue-collar ethos, I suppose.” … The 2020/21 Manchester City home kit has leaked (from Josh Hinton). … New kits for Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (from Mike Slavonic). … “The biggest problem with the new MLS numeral font, even in a clear contrast like navy on white, that they’re invisible or illegible from the stands,” says David Kendrick. “That’s Cincinnati in white against Atlanta. Atlanta’s metallic gold on white is even harder to make out.” … Yesterday was the LA Galaxy’s home opener and it appears they have a Kobe patch on their jersey; also Chicharito is wearing an infinity (eight) hoodie with 8 and 24 on the sleeves (from Jakob Fox).

Grab Bag: The World Rugby Sevens Series is in Vancouver this weekend. Team Canada will be wearing cleats featuring the artwork of children staying at Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon (from Wade Heidt). … 2 weeks ago Kentucky Governor Andy Beshar signed a bill requiring school police to carry guns. All Kentucky schools are now required to have at least 1 armed police officer effective immediately (from Timmy Donahue). Also from Timmy, CFL QB Brandon Bridge who spent time w/ Saskatchewan, Toronto, Montreal & BC is giving up his football uni for a police one joining the Peel Regional Police in Ontario. Also, Highland CA has adopted a new Fire Dept logo which features a mountaintop, a branch of oranges w/ blossoms, & a small Cal Fire logo at the bottom. Firefighters’ axes, ladder & hook flank the logo. … Still more from Timmy: The Village of East Dundee (IL) has adopted a new logo that officials hope will unify the branding throughout the village. … All the AFL clubs and even the referees guernseys as well in the 2020 intro advertisement (from Jeremy Brahm). … Fashion and function collide at Tim Horton’s Brier with Dynasty Curling Apparel. … There are clash kits, and then there are kit clashes.

Dave Pinto Gets In Jim Vilk’s Head (AL Edition)

By Phil Hecken

Bear with me here, kids, as this one will take a minute to set up…

OK, back in the summer of 2018, I ran a post entitled, What Every MLB Team Is Wearing In Jim Vilk’s Head, Everyday. The premise of that post (which devolved into somewhat of a “Jim vs. Phil” MLB uni critique) was to have Jimmer pick the favorite uniform worn by every MLB team in its history (or at least until 2018). That’s the guts of that. I may have disagreed with him and picked my own favorites — and most of them still hold true — but the essence was to get Jim’s views of his favorite teams.

Fast forward many months. Reader David Pinto decided to run with Jim’s choices (with a few exceptions) to create modern day looks for Jim’s favorite MLB year(s). This was, at the time, unbeknownst to Jim.

Fast forward to last Sunday on UW. In the concepts section, I ran a few of Dave’s “updates” to his original concept piece. I had NO idea at the time Dave had done this, and only became aware of it when Jimmer forwarded me the updates. Intrigued, I said to myself, “this is worth at least a lede.” So…I tracked down Dave for a quick Q&A (which follows) and kind of ties this all together. In most cases, Dave has done a faithful modern version of Jim’s picks, but there are a few places where liberties were taken. For the most part, though, what you will see below is exactly what every MLB team was wearing, every day, in Jim Vilk’s head.

I’m going to run the American League adaptations today, and the NL either tomorrow or the following weekend. But first, let’s meet Dave and see how this whole thing came about. OK? OK!

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Uni Watch: OK, standard question first — are you a Uni Watch follower (and if so, for how long?) and what first brought you to the blog?

David Pinto: I’ve been reading Uni-Watch for at least ten years or so. I can’t recall what first brought me to the blog. I’m a big baseball guy and an avid fan of the White Sox, a team that has maybe the most eclectic uniform history in all of MLB, so that might have had something to do with it.

UW: How old are you and where are you from?

DP: I’m 31 years old and from Elmwood Park, a suburb just outside of Chicago.

UW: The artwork we’re about to see was actually inspired from a piece I ran a few years back, called “What every MLB team is wearing in Jim Vilk’s head everyday.” Did he contact you about designing these or how did it come about?

DP: One day I had some free time and felt inspired to adapt Jim’s thoughts into designs. I liked that Jim had some pretty “out there” ideas for a few teams–such as putting the Giants in their 1916 “waffle” uniforms, or throwing the Cardinals, who have one of the most timeless looks in baseball, back to 1923.

UW: So you did this on your own then. That’s cool. How long did it take?

DP: I’d be remiss if I were to claim I did this project entirely on my own. My buddies Tom, Vic, Matt and Archie provided some of the graphics, such as the team specific number styles. All in all it took me a few weeks to maybe a month to complete.

UW: Did you come up with the template for these on your own?

DP: The template came from a thread on the Chris Creamer Concepts forum called “Paint Users Paradise.”

UW: So tell me a bit more about your interactions with Tom, Victor, Matt and Archie. Have you worked with them on other projects?

DP: Yes I have! A few years back we collaborated on a project called MLB City Edition which we shared on the Chris Creamer Sports Logos concept forum. Right now we’re in the midst of a similar group project called MLB Statement Edition, which you can view here. Tom and Vic have also been actively working on designing uniforms for a real life Little League team based in Fort Worth.

UW: Did you ever talk to Jim about doing this or did you wait until you’d “concepted” his entire league?

DP: Nope, I had not spoken to Jim before I shared my designs for his entire imagined league.

UW: Did he ask you to make changes? Like, I know some of these have gone from pullover (yecch) to proper button-fronts — were these Jim’s changes or yours?

DP: The only specific request Jim made was to give the Red Sox solid red stockings as opposed to their classic striped stirrups. I did take some artistic license with a few of these designs, however. Namely: St. Louis’ design is based on their 1923 look, but I made the bat on the jersey yellow. The Cubs’ home set uses their 1948-56 chest logo (to throw a bone to you, Phil!) I added red to the Indians’ set to avoid similarities to the Yankees. The Marlins get a new teal alternate, based on their batting practice jersey from that era. Hunter green replaces navy blue in the Tampa Bay fauxback set as a nod to their underrated early 2000s uniforms. Colorado adopts the better, brighter shade of purple introduced a few seasons ago, and black replaces navy in the White Sox set to avoid another navy & red team. Jim seemed on board with these changes. [Editor’s note: Those NL changes won’t be seen today…sorry. — PH]

UW: How long have you been doing graphic design? Was this an “easy” challenge or did it take some doing?

DP: I’ve been doing graphic design casually over the last two years or so. Once I developed a proficiency in Paint, it started to come easily.

UW: Where can we see more of your work? Do you have a website or blog? Do you have a twitter (or Facebook/Insta/etc.) presence?

DP: I don’t have a blog, but you can always view my other concepts over at the Chris Creamer Concepts forum where I post under the name coco1997.

UW: Someday I’d love for you to take a shot at *my* ideal MLB…if I ever come up with one. It’ll probably differ, at least somewhat, from what I said in 2018.

DP: I’m always game!

UW: Great and thanks, Dave! OK, let’s see how you made Jimmer Vilk’s “vision” a reality.

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OK then — here’s a look at the AL Jim envisioned. I’ll post Jim’s comments below. You can click on any image to enlarge.

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1970 Angels
Home, Road, Home Alt

What Jim said: I’m still calling them the California Angels. 1970 was the only year they had the combination of the blue/red halo caps, “ANGELS” on the jersey and the California sleeve patch, so that’s my choice.

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1964 A’s
Home, Road, Alt

What Jim said: Sleeve numbers strike again, this time for Oakland. Even though it was from the Kansas City days this 1964 set (first and third ones) with a tweaked cap would be great for the A’s.

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1972 Astros
Home, Road

What Jim said: I’m almost getting used to Houston in the American League. I’d feel even better about it if they could go back to these 1972 zipperiffic orange-capped unis! I suppose you could replace the Astrodome patch with an MLB one.

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1989 Blue Jays
Home, Road, Alt

What Jim said: You thought I was going with 1977 for Toronto. The more I looked at the 1989 button-ups, the more I realized I had to go with them instead. Sometimes I like symmetry and this time I like an off-centered bird. Again, the fact that they won a few years later in these is coincidence.

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1916 Indians
Home, Road
Home Alt, Road Alt


What Jim said: Surprise, Phil! I hope you didn’t have money on which uni I’d pick for Cleveland. I was ready to pick the caveman set until I saw 1916. I’ll take a sleeve number over a sleeve Wahoo any day. A great look for the Wahoo-less future that awaits the Tribe and a great complement to the team in the southern part of the state.

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1981 Mariners
Home, Road

What Jim said: I like teal, but I like Seattle‘s trident M even better. I’d love to see the Mariners win a title in the 1981 uni so people will stop calling the trident cursed already.

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1970s Orioles
Home, Road, Alt

What Jim said: I actually tame it down a bit here in the Junior Circuit, for the most part. We start off, though, with a 70s classic (and a pullover alt) for Baltimore. The only thing from that era I wasn’t fond of was the ribbon stirrups but with or without them the rest of the uni is superb.

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1984 Rangers
Home, Road, Alt

What Jim said: There are those who think Texas should stop straddling the fence and be either a red team or a blue team. I’m not one of those people. Keep straddling and do it in this fantastic 1984 combination. So I guess I’ve dealt with another alt, then.

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“1979” Rays
Home, Road

What Jim said: Man, both Florida teams got it right the first…oh yeah, that was revisionist history. Still, Tampa Bay‘s “1979” look is unequalled. And as long as they’re playing in the Trop it’s such a suitable look for the Rays.

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2018 Red Sox
Home, Road

What Jim said: One could make a case for Boston‘s current look, given that they actually wear red socks. You know what…between that and the sleeve patch on the road jerseys, I am making a case. You’ve never looked better than now, at least when it comes to the whites and grays.

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1969 Royals
Home, Road

What Jim said: One more team got it right the first time, and that’s Kansas City. As with the Dodgers, tweak the MLB sleeve patch and you’re good to go.

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1972 Tigers
Home, Road

What Jim said: For Detroit I picked another button-up/pullover combo with 1972. the home uni is up there with the Yankees. Never change it.

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1987 Twins
Home, Road

What Jim said: Given my love of road pins you’d think I’d pick 1987 for Minnesota. Nope, it’s 1976 all the way. That home cap is up there with the ’71 Bucs on the awesomeness scale and the twins-shaking-hands-across-the-Mississippi sleeve patch is wonderful.

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1942 White Sox
Home, Road

What Jim said: My final waffle. Chicago‘s 1942 uni Respects The Placket thanks to the zipper. No placket to worry about with the 1976 pullovers. Both, of course, respect the name of the team. Decisions, decisions…

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1936 Yankees
Home, Road

What Jim said: For New York I’m going back to 1936. Same as with the Reds, the Yankees don’t need sleeve stripes or sleeve patches. This was the beginning of their classic look and it never needs to change.

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Thanks Dave (and Jim). Quite an undertaking! It’s very interesting to see how some of those way back looks would appear “today” with a modern take and tailoring! I’d love to see some of those on the field, too! We’ll be back with the National League either tomorrow or next weekend.

Love to know what you guys think (either about Dave’s adaptations or Jimmer’s original choices)!

Blue Collar Ducks?

There was, ahem, a bit of discussion on the whole “blue collar” description of sports yesterday in the comments, so the this tweet from the Akron RubberDucks (also posted yesterday) got me to thinking…

They don’t say it, or even allude to it, per se, but does anyone get the vibe the team might be going for a bit of a “blue collar” ethic here?

Sure, it’s an ad for a one-day identity the team will be taking on (a fairly common occurrence for Minor League teams) and it’s probably fairly innocuous as these things go. But note the imagery in the video: Firemen, a beer being poured in a bar, construction workers, etc. — all of which are not-so-subtly working to evoke a blue collar feel. That the team will be featuring an anthropomorphic traffic cone also seems to evoke blue collar values. We’re BUILDING things (and so is Akron).

I don’t really have a problem with any of this and I’m generally a fan of MiLB teams creating as many new caps and jerseys as possible — but in light of Paul’s recent focus on blue collar fetishism, this seems to fall into that category. Or maybe not. Maybe I’m just hyper-aware of the phenomenon now that Paul’s brought it to light.

What do you guys think? Just a fun little promo or a back-door BCF? Or maybe a bit of both…

Guess The Game…

from the scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from Mr. Charlie.

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.

Pin Club reminder: Paul here. In case you missed it on Thursday, the March design for the Uni Watch Pin Club is now available. It features a basketball jersey (for March Madness) with a shamrock and orange/white trim (for St. Patrick’s Day), along with a winged stirrup jock tag (for Uni Watch!). This one is a numbered edition of 250, and by the end of Friday we had already sold nearly half of them, so move fast!

If you need to get caught up, the January and February pins are still available until they sell out, and we also have our basic winged stirrup logo pin. And remember, card-carrying Uni Watch members get a 15% discount on these pins (and on everything else in the Uni Watch Shop).

My thanks, as always, for considering our products. Now back to Phil!

Your Friendly Reminder…

Spring Forward

Most of you (likely) have devices (phones, clocks, DVR’s, etc.) that will automatically “Spring Forward” for Daylight Saving Time — remember there is no “S” at the end of “saving” — as a local television ad for a mattress company once said, “Leave off the last ‘S’ for saving!”, a good reminder that we’re now in the good time of the year.

Despite the fact that it takes my old bones a good two weeks to make up that hour of “lost” sleep, there is nothing better than DST. Living in the eastern end of my time zone, I greatly appreciate the “extra” hour of daylight we’re afforded for the next six-ish months. Yes, I get that those of you who live in the western end of your time zones probably have no use for it (and yes, if you’re an early riser, you probably will wake up in darkness), but there’s nothing better than being able to do something outdoors after work (or after supper as we hit summer). We can’t really do that in the eastern end of the time zone.

So, in case you own some devices (analog/battery operated clock, watch, car radio, etc.) that don’t automatically “spring” ahead for you — and you haven’t already done it — now’s the time to adjust your time-keeping devices to Daylight Saving Time.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

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More Thoughts About DST…

I run the above “public service message” every spring (or at least for the past several), and it always seems to generate a few comments — many of you in the western ends of the time zone hate the switch to Daylight Saving Time, while folks like me, who live in the eastern section, love it. But one thing most of us seem to agree on is that we’d like to scrap the time change altogether — but not everyone is in agreement on whether we should permanently go to daylight or standard time.

I looked into this recently and have found at least 40 U.S. states have taken up legislation to adopt either daylight saving or standard time year-round. Full-time observance of the spring switch actually didn’t come about until the adoption of the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which made the biannual time switch the law in the United States, but there are exceptions. (Hawaii doesn’t observe daylight saving time at all, nor do U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Also not switching is Arizona, except in the Navajo Nation.)

I once lost a bet to my then brother-in-law when my (then) wife & I and he and his girlfriend visited Las Vegas during the summer. I bet him that if we visited the Hoover Dam, once we crossed into Arizona, we’d be turning our watches back an hour, as I knew they were in a different time zone. What I didn’t know at the time (this was like 25 years ago), was that Arizona did NOT observe DST. Lo and behold, when we visited the little gift shop on the eastern side of the dam, the clock showed the same time as Vegas. The bet was only for a dollar, but I felt like an idiot, because I knew we’d just crossed to another time zone.

Arizona is in the Mountain Time Zone, but from March to the end of daylight saving time — that’s Nov. 1 this year — the Grand Canyon state has the same time as the Pacific Time Zone.

DST isn’t new (it wasn’t created in 1966 — it’s just that is when it became standard across the states). Daylight saving time has been around since World War I. But it became the law of the land more than 50 years ago with the Uniform Time Act of 1966, though the exact dates — now the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November — have changed some over the years. Arizona cited its hot climate in getting an exception, and Hawaii cited its tropical latitude, which means there isn’t much variation in daylight in the summer and winter months.

I always think back to a “Simpsons” episode where Homer gains a couple hundred pounds and, since he’s working from home, “shows up” at work early. “Lousy Farmers” he says, alluding to the urban legend/myth that DST was created because of the farming community. Nay, it was actually a wartime thing. I remember when I was young, Nixon tried to make DST year round, and during WWII, Roosevelt also instituted year-round DST. So why do we still change the clocks twice a year? Most people hate this, and apparently it’s also bad for our mental health (and probably physical as well). Difficulty adjusting to the loss of an hour’s sleep with the switch to daylight saving time isn’t just psychological. Researchers have linked the beginning of daylight saving time to increases in the short-term risk of a heart attack, fatal car crashes and even harsher sentences for criminal defendants when judges are sleepy.

In my part of the world, some want to go to daylight saving time year-round, while others prefer year-round standard time. Massachusetts is considering going year-round to Atlantic Standard Time, the same time in places such as Nova Scotia and Puerto Rico, but the change would not take effect unless New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island agreed to do the same. I would hope New York would also join that grouping.

The energy savings touted with the Uniform Time Act of 1966 have also been called into question in an increasing number of studies that suggest there’s not much benefit to switching the clocks twice yearly.

So, while we all (or most of us in the US and many other countries when they switch) enjoy that extra hour of daylight, it takes many days and up to two weeks to “adjust,” is it all worth it? I say no. I enjoy the extra hour of light — but I know many of you hate to get up in darkness (or worse, if you have kids, need to get them to the bus stop in darkness or partial darkness). But how would you feel about getting rid of DST altogether? And if so, would you want Standard time or Daylight Saving time to be the standard?

I know this is all “off-uni,” but I find the whole thing pretty fascinating, and worthy of debate.

Your thoughts?

The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: Benjamin Hochman found the 1980 NL “Green Book” which included descriptions of each team’s uniforms. … I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d buy a toy version of an old-school bullpen cart (from Rodney Flores). … The Tulsa Drillers, Double-A affiliates of the Dodgers, have soft-launched some of their Muscogee Creek Nation Night identity (from @kyle47). … The Charleston RiverDogs, Single-A affiliates of the Yankees, have decided not to go forward with their “OJ Trial Night” promotion. Probably a wise decision (from @walbergLines). … Hawai’i baseball has new home whites (from Charles George).

Pro Football News: The XFL is openly considering adding jersey ads. The league already has ad decals from a crappy brand of hard seltzer on helmets and a giant Progressive logo on every field. The AAF also had jersey ads (from Eric Bangerman and Timmy Donahue).

Hockey News: The QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan wore special uniforms Thursday night to kickoff their “Hockey Weekend” promotion (from Wade Heidt). … We got a color-vs-color matchup in Minnesota’s Class A Semifinal.

NBA News: LeBron James’s All-Star jersey has sold for a modern record $630,000 (from Mike Chamernik). … Nuggets SG Troy Daniels will wear No. 30 (from Etienne Catalan). … Turns out, you can make a rainbow out of just some of Shaq’s jerseys (from Robbie, who didn’t give his last name, and @VerbDC). … Former NBA player Kenny Anderson wore a T-shirt mashing up the 1980s-era Nets logo with a map of Brooklyn (from @GoatJerseys).

Soccer News: Miles Crowther brought our attention to this company that upcycles old soccer jerseys into bucket hats, many of which are so ugly they wrap back around to being awesome. Almost all are sold-out, however. … Barcelona’s 2020-21 third shirt has leaked and it’s, uh, bright. Their much more traditional home kit was also leaked (from Josh Hinton). … Also from Josh: Atlético Madrid’s 2020-21 home kits have leaked, and they’re gorgeous. … One more from Josh: new sleeve ad for Sporting KC. … Fans of Scottish third tier side East Fife voted to have next season’s home kit in a tartan pattern, rather than the usual stripes (thanks, Jamie). … Also from Jamie: French side Olympique Lyonnais has purchased NWSL side Reign FC, and have rebranded the club as “OL Reign“. I do have a problem with the new ownership dropping the female warrior on the old crest and replacing it with a male lion, and I’m not the only one. … More USL Championship kit reveals: Hartford Athletic’s home, Memphis 901’s home and Louisville City’s full set (from Anthony Gonsalves, M. Brinston Berry, Sean Haubert and Josh Hinton). … FC Buffalo of the NPSL have launched their away kit (from Ed Żelaski).

Grab Bag: The logo NASCAR’s Championship Weekend has been revealed (from Michael Metzger and @HOF_for_Charlie).

Let’s Look at Some Vintage Uniform Ads

For all images, click to enlarge

I’ve written a fair amount over the years about uniform catalogs, but I haven’t written so much about single-page uniform ads that have run in magazines. I recently stumbled upon an eBay seller who’s offering quite a few vintage uni ads, so we’re going to look at some of those today.

We’ll start with the one shown above, a 1954 ad from Yankiboy, which was a big name in the youth uni biz at the time. Look how they depicted the kids with super-billowy uniform pants and super-spindly lower legs — an odd choice.

Also, note that the word “uniform” does not appear anywhere in the ad. Instead, the unis are consistently referred to as “suits.” That was fairly common in uniform ads and catalogs in the early 1900s, but not so common in 1954!

Also of note: These flannel uniforms — er, suits — are cotton, not wool.

Here’s another Yankiboy ad, this time from 1953:

The illustrations are more photo-realistic for this one. Again, what we see here are cotton “suits.” Also: “New Selling Extra! Every suit is made with zippered fly, and tunnel loops.” I guess the pants had previously been button-fly..?

Here’s an interesting 1954 ad from another manufacturer, Empire:

The notable thing here is that Empire was offering “exact replicas of major league baseball uniforms.” Interestingly, the ad lists seven teams’ designs as “authentic duplication[s]” (Giants, Dodgers, Yankees, Cubs, Braves, Senators, and Tigers) and five others as “licensed and officially approved” (Reds, Indians, Phillies, Cardinals, and Pirates). It’s not clear exactly what the difference is between those two classifications, nor why the four remaining MLB teams at that time are left out of the mix (White Sox, Red Sox, A’s, Orioles).

I had no idea such a thing was available in 1954. At first I thought these replica uniforms (no “suits” here!) could only be purchased as full team sets, but the ad says they’re good for “Christmas and Birthday Giving,” which suggests that they could be purchased one at a time — just like licensed merch today. Who knew?

Next up is a 1949 ad from Sackman Brothers (Yankiboy’s parent company):

This is a weird one. The ad describes the uni as “an authentic replica of the famous outfit worn by the idolized ‘King of Swat.'” Now, for one thing, Babe Ruth never wore a uniform like the one shown in the ad, at least that I’m aware of. And he was the Sultan of Swat, not the King!

It’s worth noting that Ruth died in 1948, and this ad is from 1949. A bit of profiteering off the Babe’s demise, perhaps..?

Here’s another one from 1949, this time from a company called Major Sportswear:

Obviously, this ad isn’t as visually pleasing. I only included it here because the no-frills ad design seems to fit with the promise of “Rock-Bottom prices.” It all has a “You get what you pay for” feel to it, no? Bonus points for showing the stirrups, though.

You may be wondering which magazines these ads appeared in. Unfortunately, I don’t know — the eBay seller doesn’t list the original source publications. But all of these ads are targeted at sporting goods retailers, not consumers, so they presumably ran in trade magazines.

Another thing worth noting: All of the uni manufacturers were headquartered in New York. There are definitely no businesses like that still in NYC, I assure you!

Also worth noting: All of the kids shown in these ads are white, even though Jackie Robinson had already made his MLB debut by the time these ads were published (and, obviously, African Americans had been playing baseball in the Negro Leagues for many decades prior to that). That got me wondering: When did Little League integrate? Some quick research reveals that the first all-black Little League teams were chartered in 1953, and the first game in the South between an all-white team and an all-black team was in 1955 (there’s a recent Netflix documentary about that game), but it’s not clear when the first integrated Little League team appeared. Anyone..?

While we’re at it, here’s an ad from 1924. It’s really a sneaker ad, not a uni ad, and this one was aimed at consumers, not retailers, but it still fits in stylistically with the other ads I’ve shown you:

That’s some nice-looking footwear! I’ve seen lots of basketball-themed ads for sneaker designs like this one, but not baseball — interesitng.

Finally, here are two items from that same seller — a 1919 ad for oats and a 1937 Boys’ Life cover. Neither one is a uni ad, but they both feature very uni-centric images:

All of these came from an eBay seller called advertisingshop, which specializes in vintage single-page ads. You can see their full range of offerings here.

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Perfect achievement: I’ve written several times of the years about Holler House, the Milwaukee tavern whose basement houses America’s oldest pair of league-sanctioned bowling lanes (which I’ve had the pleasure of bowling on several times myself). Holler House’s longtime owner, Marcy Skowronski, recently passed away, but the place is still going strong — so strong that someone recently tossed a perfect game! It was the first 300 game there in 86 years! Lots of nice footage of the lanes in the video report above.

(Big thanks to Uni Watch Wisconsin bureau chief Jeff Ash for this one.)

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Fancy-shmancy: I like to think that our Uni Watch Classic Cap is, in its own little way, a work of art. But yesterday it was in the company of real works of art, as reader Andy Brown wore his cap for a visit to the National Gallery in London. Looking sharp, Andy!

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Pin Club reminder: In case you missed it on Thursday, the March design for the Uni Watch Pin Club is now available. It features a basketball jersey (for March Madness) with a shamrock and orange/white trim (for St. Patrick’s Day), along with a winged stirrup jock tag (for Uni Watch!). This one is a numbered edition of 250, and we’ve already sold nearly 100 of them, so move fast!

If you need to get caught up, the January and February pins are still available until they sell out, and we also have our basic winged stirrup logo pin. And remember, card-carrying Uni Watch members get a 15% discount on these pins (and on everything else in the Uni Watch Shop).

My thanks, as always, for considering our products.

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Oh, for fuck’s sake: Meet Anne-Marie Blaney, a pro distance runner who competed in last weekend’s U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta. (She did not make the cut.) In an article published on the eve of that event, she said, “I am working hard in races. I’m [a] blue-collar runner. I’m in it for the long run.”

Stop. Just stop. When a fucking Olympic-caliber marathoner is calling herself a “blue-collar runner” because she’s “in it for the long run” — which is, you know, the fucking definition of being a fucking marathoner — then you know this blue-collar bullshit hasn’t just jumped the shark, it’s pole-vaulted the giant squid.

Oh, and for good measure, Yankees manager Aaron Boone just praised outfielder Brett Gardner — a man who will make $12.5 million this season, with a $20 million option for 2021 — for having “kind of just a blue-collar way about him that I think helps kind of set the tone.”

Just stop. Stop pretending that getting up at 5am to work out makes you a factory worker. Stop pretending that grunting in the weight room makes you a roofer. Stop pretending that hustling after a loose ball makes you a mechanic. Stop pretending that legging out a double while sporting two-day stubble and sweating a lot makes you a bricklayer. And while you’re at it, stop pretending that factory workers, roofers, mechanics, and bricklayers walk around with some sort of halo over their heads — they don’t, at least no more than anyone else.

Just stop. Stop trying so desperately to give yourself an air of authenticity. The whole thing is insulting and embarrassing.

Update: Well, this segment prompted a lot more response than I anticipated. The most interesting and informative comment came from reader Mike Styczen, who explained something I wasn’t aware of: There’s a longstanding trope in the running world — and a corresponding critique/controversy regarding that trope — of “yuppie runners” vs. “blue-collar runners.” All very interesting, and it does potentially put Planey’s comments in a mitigating context. Check out Mike’s comment here.

(My thanks to Timmy Donahue for this one.)

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: More Photoshop errors from the MLB Shop, which depicted Reds P Trevor Bauer with Angels uni numbers and Padres C Francisco Mejía with an incorrect helmet logo (from Austin Elmore and @padreider). … Some umpires are still wearing Majestic jerseys for spring training games. I wonder if we’ll see this in the regular season (from @UntillTheNight). … The Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters are encouraging Little League teams to call themselves the Lake Monsters and will even sell them Lake Monsters youth uniforms (from Jon Rathbun).

Hockey News: The Rangers used rainbow stick tape for LGBTQ Pride Night last night (from Alan Kreit). … The ECHL’s Toledo Walleye have unveiled two gorgeous new unis for next season. The new unis will use “ice film” to give the illusion of more depth on the chest and shoulder logos. More looks here and here. … Someone created “Colour Rush” hockey jersey concepts (from Josh Claywell and Noah Sidel). … The AHL’s Ontario Reign will wear green sweaters on March 14 for a St. Patrick’s Day promotion (from Jakob Fox). … The OHL’s Ottawa 67’s G Cedrick Andree recently held a contest to design his new mask. There were over 50 submissions. Here’s some shots of the winning design in-game (from Wade Heidt). … St. Thomas Academy, a Catholic military high school in the Twin Cities, has a cross where captaincy letters typically go. The team moves the “C” or “A” to the right shoulder. Also: faux Cooperalls! (From Patrick Lenertz.)

NBA News: The Rockets have have constructed a jersey wall at their arena, featuring many jerseys from the team’s history (from Ignacio Salazar). … After the Grizzlies wore their 1990s Vancouver throwbacks the other night against the Nets, they posted a final-score tweet that used the old New Jersey Nets logo, rather than the current Brooklyn Nets logo (from @GoatJerseys). … Also posted in the soccer section: Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard and Mavs F Luka Dončić swapped jerseys recently. Dončić played for Real Madrid’s basketball team before coming to the NBA (from Scott M. Trembly).

College Hoops News: Northwestern has unveiled their “By the Players” uniform, which will be worn during their final regular season game tomorrow. Seniors Tino Malnati, Pat Spencer, and A.J. Turner helped Under Armour design the uni (from Jack Long). … Here’s a great c. 1980 Zenith magazine ad featuring then-Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps with a shovel icon on his sleeve — so Digger could dig, dig? (From Michael Hay.)

Soccer News: More USL Championship kits were released yesterday: Loudoun United, Portland Timbers 2, Philadelphia Union 2, Orange County SC home and Saint Louis FC away (from Nate Rathjen and Derek Madden). … Speaking of the USL Championship, we already knew the Las Vegas Lights were planning to wear 17 different fan-designed jerseys this season. Now it turns out that for one of them, the fan/designer will have to pay the team for the design to be used, with the “honor” going to the highest bidder. Tom Sawyer would be proud. … Cross-listed from the NBA section: Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard and Dallas Mavericks F Luka Dončić swapped jerseys recently. Dončić played for Real Madrid’s basketball team before coming to the NBA (from Scott M. Trembly).

Grab Bag: The Reveille, LSU’s student newspaper, has a great article about how LSU’s gymnastics team designs its leotards (from Kenneth Hilliard). … China Eastern Airlines has introduced uniform-matching flight attendants’ masks to try to lessen the risk of coronavirus transmission (from Bryan Beban). … Jalopnik has critiqued BMW’s new logo (from Canon Young). … The Graphic Artists’ Guild — the trade union for graphic designers and artists — tweeted a fascinating video of how art was prepared for printing prior to the computer era (from James Gilbert). … I imagine Peyton Manning’s legal team might want to contact the owner of this painting company in Detroit (from Ryan Keberly).

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Our latest raffle winner is Zachary Gold, who’s won himself a Uni Watch membership card. Congrats to him, and repeated thanks to Sam Hozman for sponsoring this one. Everyone have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week. — Paul