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Uni Watch News Ticker for May 10, 2023

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Today in the Ticker: An interesting history of the baseball cap, more NFL players wearing No. 0, and more.



  • MLB posted a fascinating timeline of the baseball cap. (From multiple readers)
  • The Giants had a scoreboard graphic for Nationals DH Joey Meneses that featured the New York skyline instead of DC’s. (From Stephen Krupin)
  • There’s a new baseball-themed “fashion store” a block away from Atlanta’s home park that sells multicolored caps, among other things. (From our own Phil Hecken)
  • Also from Phil: Here’s a video of Twins players talking about their new uniforms.
  • The Mariners scored a run last night when an outfielder’s throw to the plate caromed off a bat that had been left a few feet up the third base line. (From Mike Chamernik)
  • Marlins first base coach Jon Jay has “305” — that’s Miami’s area code — on the back of his helmet. Long-memoried readers may recall that Jay liked to wear argyle socks during his playing days.


  • Here are the outlines of every high school baseball field in Hawaii in a single graphic. You think McGwire’s 62nd dinger in 1998 is making it out in that left field? Jokes aside, turns out, as @siouxnr points out, some of the fields are used for other sports in addition to baseball, hence the large dimensions.
  • The NPB’s Saitama Seibu Lions will host the Seibu Express Series on June 30 to July 2 and September 1-3. The series will feature silver uniforms. (From Cole Greenhouse)


  • Here’s a full list of all players so far who are wearing No. 0 this season, including Buccaneers OLB YaYa Dibay. (From our own Phil Hecken)
  • Speaking of the Buccaneers, here are the numbers that their rookies will wear. (From Wayne Koelher)
  • The Jags will play back-to-back games in London this fall.



  • New practice jerseys for the Stampeders. QBs will wear the white jersey, defense — er, defence — will wear black, and the offense will wear red. Each jersey features different logos from the team’s history. (From Wade Heidt)
  • Also from Wade: The Redblacks have released their jersey schedule for home games in 2023. They will be wearing their red alternates twice and white at home once.


  • An Oilers super-fan in the Edmonton neighborhood of Oliver has decorated his fence with spectacular Oilers sweater paintings and a depiction of the team’s bench. (From @TheRealTubesox)



  • UTEP will install a statue on campus of Don Haskins, their late Hall of Fame men’s coach. (From Kary Klismet)

G League

  • The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Pacers’ G League affiliate, will move to Noblesville, Ind., a suburb of Indianapolis, for the 2024-25 season. They will not be called the Mad Ants. And taxpayers will be footing $36.5 million for their new arena. Gross. (From multiple readers)


  • Germany: Borussia Dortmund has revealed the winning entry from its contest for a fan-designed shirt. (From David Hanson)
  • Scotland: Here’s another picture of the gorgeous home shirt Celtic will wear next season. (From our own Anthony Emerson)
Auto Racing
  • IndyCar driver Marcus Ericsson of Chip Ganassi Racing has unveiled a new helmet covered in kids’ drawings, which he will auction off after this weekend’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis to support Riley Children’s Hospital. (From Kary Klismet)
Grab Bag
  • New BFBS uniforms for Tennessee track and field. (From multiple readers)
  • More Australian Football League men’s Indigenous designs are here for North Melbourne and Brisbane. Brisbane has two designs, one based on their home and one based on their clash guernsey. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)
  • More footy news: Port Adelaide will use the indigenous name Yartapuulti Football Club for all future Sir Doug Nicholls and AFLW indigenous rounds. (From Shawn Hairston)
  • New athletics logo for Tuscola High School of Waynesville, N.C. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Paul is quoted in this well-researched article about why so many high schools have the same team names.
Comments (14)

    FWIW footy headlines is reporting that version of the Celtic shirt is actually a fake. They’re reporting the home shirt will have a lighter green than that.

    According to Footy Headlines that Celtic shirt is fake…sort of. Only difference is the hoops are in a lighter shade, a kelly green rather than that darker forest green. Away kit will be black & gold per FH FYI.

    Not sure when you checked their article, but they’re now saying darker green is more probable.

    Houston is retiring the green+gold uniforms? Their loss. It’s nicer than anything else in the wardrobe. Mind you, they’ve redone the the colors too much for one team (*cough*Utah Jazz*cough*) and should stick to the red and yellow.

    Houston’s teams seem to downgrade when they update or eliminate.
    I like uniform-based franchise history lessons some squads offer up and I’ll miss this one, but it’s run its’ course I suppose…I agree about keeping the Rockets in red/yellow.

    Rockets should be in red and yellow. Their current red with black trim primary look just doesn’t feel right.

    That New York high school mascot article is surprisingly good! Well, Paul’s contribution doesn’t surprise with its quality, but the rest of the article represents a decent bit of reporting. One thing I’d add to Paul’s quoted points about school nickname origins: School nicknames have trends over time, and also there seems to be a bias toward nicknames that carry patriotic connotations. For a while after 9/11, it seemed like every new school in my then-home state of Virginia was adopting Patriots as its athletic nickname. My home area, which underwent rapid population growth and thus school construction, went from zero schools calling themselves Patriots to three, and it would have been four had a school board not intervened to prevent a doubling up. Eagles checked the same boxes in an earlier era. (I highly doubt that there are enough Philadelphia Eagles fans among the nation’s school administrators to explain the ubiquity of Eagles otherwise.)

    As a Western New Yorker, I remember all about the Lancaster name change. One woman actually said on camera, “It’s only racist if you think about it.”

    There was a great Seneca orator and negotiator, and chief of the Wolf clan named Red Jacket. It still might be native imagery although it would probably be made into an insect like the Blue Jackets.

    Best idea, since the town was named after an English city and the team was clad in red was the Redcoats. The problem was the Redcoats were the group of people the US Army were fighting against in the Revolutionary War, as opposed to the group of people the US Army were fighting against for 150+ years.

    Why not Redcoats? If we’re OK with naming school teams Spartans, then there are no defensible moral or historical limits. Plus, New York was a hotbed of Loyalist political and military activity during the War of Independence. (Including my own Loyalist ancestor, who was a minor celebrity at the time.) Since the USA & UK have been close friends for much longer than we were enemies, Redcoats doesn’t really have a “bad guys” vibe like some more recent wartime opponents of US forces might.

    I think the stronger argument against Redcoats would not be their presence as enemy combatants 1775-81, but the couple of hundred years the British Army spent colonizing, oppressing, and pillaging around the world. A lot of that Imperial rapine wasn’t actually done by redcoats, but still, that’s the common association.

    Based on the jersey schedule photos, does appear the Ottawa Redblacks will have 2 sets of white pants. Their current road pants with plaid stripes. The old, different white pants look like they will be worn with the black jersey at home for some games this year. Not going mono-black all the time.

    Only disappointment is this confirms the Redblacks are not making a uniform change this year. They need a redesign and upgrade.

    The red alternate should be the standard jersey.
    After all, they’re the RedBlacks, not the BlackReds…

    Last weekend, MLS referees and other officials wore black armbands in memory of referee Terry Vaughn, who died last Thursday.

    Also: Inter Milan wore no sponsor/advertiser for today’s Champions League match at AC Milan. It – and AS Roma – pulled its name from their shirts after it missed payments to both teams.

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