Today in the Ticker: A soccer game features two players with the same name, some Pirates fans advocate for Three Rivers Stadium memorial plaques, and more.
Uni Watch News Ticker for April 10, 2023
- Reader Bill Connell attempted to round up every MLB team logo that has ever included a depiction of a baseball. Details here.
- The Phillies received National League championship rings on Saturday. (From Kary Klismet)
- A group of Pirates fans are trying to get memorial plaques installed at the locations of home plate, the pitcher’s mound, and second base in the former Three Rivers Stadium, listing some of the achievements accomplished there. (From Kary Klismet)
- A designer created one new jersey for every MLB team and a bonus new logo for the Guardians. (From Kary Klismet)
- Here’s a ranking of City Connect uniforms. (From Kary Klismet)
- You know how kids will sometimes wear their Little League uniforms when attending a game? Here’s a great story about a nine-year-old kid who wants to be an MLB umpire, so his parents got him an MLB-style ump uni and he wears that to games! (From Jeffrey Jacobs)
- The Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators have new Sunday throwbacks to their original name of the Las Vegas Stars. (From Chris Risley)
- The Triple-A Nashville Sounds are teasing new Thursday throwbacks. (From Kary Klismet)
- Florida wore new orange throwbacks on Friday.
- The college summer Northwoods League’s Minot Hot Tots are holding a contest to name their mascot. (From Kary Klismet)
- A youth baseball team in Belton, Texas, named the Crusaders won a tournament with their name misspelled on their jerseys. (From Matt Gunter)
- Chino (Calif.) HS is renaming its court after longtime coaches of both of its teams. (From Kary Klismet)
- Avalanche G Pavel Francouz started yesterday’s game with this mask. But after taking a shot to the face, he replaced that mask with this one, which has an interesting lace-up collar motif on the lower area. (From Jonathan Goupil)
- Sabres G Devon Levi wears No. 27 because it references his birth date (Dec. 27), his dad’s birth date (another 27th of a month), and his childhood house number (127). (From Mike Engle)
- Canadian forward Emily Clark reached 100 appearances with the women’s national team at the ongoing world championship in Brampton, Ont., so she got a golden helmet. (From John Muir)
- The USWNT and Ireland were among the teams that wore purple wristbands on Saturday as a symbol started by Canada of the fight for equal pay and conditions.
- US midfielder Julie Ertz got a framed No. 100 shirt on Saturday for reaching 100 caps, which came on March 5, 2020. She also wore a commemorative captain’s armband; until she entered the game, normal captain Becky Sauerbrunn wore a standard armband. It’s actually odd to me that US Soccer waited so long for this; while Ertz hadn’t played at all since Aug. 5, 2021, they would have had several chances to hold the commemoration earlier in 2021.
- England: Retired striker Ellen White got a golden boot trophy and a framed No. 113 shirt, representing her number of caps, at Thursday’s friendly. The trophy usually represents being the top scorer in a league or tournament, but in this case it was because White became the England women’s all-time top scorer last year.
- Germany: Hertha BSC is starting a women’s and girls’ department next season by cooperating with an unrelated local club from Berlin’s suburbs, Hertha 03 Zehlendorf.
- Germany and the Netherlands’ women’s teams played each other in a friendly on Friday. They posed with a banner about their joint bid with Belgium for the 2027 women’s World Cup and also wore sleeve patches with their bid logo.
- Ireland’s new second kit will debut in Tuesday’s friendly against the US.
- Italy: AS Roma revealed the result of a naming contest for a new second mascot. (From Kary Klismet)
- Nigeria: A local government area in the Federal Capital Territory opened a new stadium with a match in the men’s second tier. (From Kary Klismet)
- Both Scotland and Australia wore their new second kits in a women’s friendly on Friday, creating a very bright lavender vs. teal matchup that probably would have befit Saturday’s piece. They were also among the teams that wore purple wristbands.
- Scotland and Australia both had a player named Sam Kerr and I think Friday’s game would be the first time they’ve faced each other as opponents, although Australia’s Kerr didn’t come off the bench. She plays for Chelsea, while Scotland’s Kerr plays for Rangers. They do not, thankfully, wear the same number.
- NASCAR is holding a full throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina next month. That includes a throwback tire design for Goodyear’s 125th anniversary. (From David Firestone)
- Also from David: This weekend’s NASCAR races were held at a dirt-covered Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. Normally for the “choose rule,” which allows drivers to choose if they want to restart on the top or bottom, a symbol is painted on the track at the point where the choice is made. That can’t be done on a dirt track. Instead, a drone with an orange LED hovered above the same point.
- Jumbo-Visma riders wore helmets painted to look like brains during this weekend’s Paris-Roubaix races to try to get more cyclists to actually wear helmets. Of course, pro riders are required to wear helmets, but that’s only been the case for 20 years; before that they often didn’t.
- “Pretty cool GIF on the evolution of the bicycle,” says David Firestone.
- Marshall’s women’s team has a new court. (From Kary Klismet)
- The New York Times ran a piece on Saturday on how female runners’ uniforms diverged by becoming tighter than men’s uniforms, with some runners now reversing that trend. (From Tom Turner)
The Francouz item is missing the link to the second mask.
Now added. Here’s the link, so you don’t have to scroll back up:
Interesting, the screenshot of the second mask is from early in the game. Apparently he switched back between periods, because the highlights of the goals scored against him show the first mask (here’s the tying goal from the late 2nd period: link )
Looks like the navy blue one he switched to matches with their 3rd jerseys
Love most of the MLB concepts, even if they’re just a thought experiment. Not all of them are improvements on what is being worn, but I like the thought and attention to detail. It’s a shame that so many sleeve numbers would have to be lost to make room for [EXPLETIVE DELETED] sleeve ads…
Why is it that so many designers are able to create uniforms that blow the major manufacturers designs out of the water? Those MLB concepts are great. Love the Diamondbacks and Phillies especially. I’ve always wanted the Phillies to go back to maroon/white with baby blue as their primary colors.
But why are they all on same-color backdrops? Why not white?
Most of those are mediocre.
What does it say about the current uniform status when mediocre is often better than what’s being trotted out with new designs?
As for the ranking of City Connects, mine would go like this:
1. White Sox
3. Red Sox
I’m late to the party with this thought but….
It’s not a team’s job to connect with its city. A city connects to and identifies with its teams.
There’s just been something ass-backward about the whole CC thing and it finally occured to me on 4/10/23.
I have a Sounds hat and a game-worn jersey from that era when I lived in Nashville. The N logo and Sounds jersey script are so perfect.
I like the Guardians concept and especially the Marlins jersey.
Bill Connell’s logo project is fascinating! So many of the teams have have balls in their logos have done so consistently over time, some continuously since the 1950s or even 40s. I’d have guessed that the distribution of balls-in-logos would be more random, with teams alternating between ball and no-ball status in redesigns. There’s a fair amount of that randomness! But there’s more team consistency than I would have guessed.
He did miss one for the Royals though, from their BFBS era…link
Nashville has been wearing those gorgeous Throwback Thursday uniforms for a couple years now, even through a few updates of their main brand. Usually is accompanied by throwback drink prices. Here’s a promo from a few years ago:
It’s become such a hit in Nashville that the Memphis Redbirds have started doing something similar and wearing throwback Chicks uniforms on Thursdays: link
High-A Vancouver Canadians as well. Started a Throwback Thursday last year. Wearing the old Triple-A Canadians red and blue throwback for Thursday home games.
The Oakland A’s are still using the elephant-on-the-ball one as a secondary logo:
The 1934 Chicago Cubs briefly used a bear w/ball logo in 1934:
…or cub, as it were.
Good eye! One of the cooler Cubs logos.
The former branding used by the team known as the Cleveland Guardians utilized a baseball for sleeve patches during the 1970’s.
Worth mentioning…if not depicting.
Good feedback Chris, thank you!
Put that 9 year old behind the plate tomorrow and he won’t be any worse than CB Bucknor.
That item was also in yesterday’s ticker.