Today, we’ve got NHL number retirement announcements, rumors about a new Celtics uni honoring Bill Russell, and an update on the forthcoming Little League Classic.
- Paul tweeted this out yesterday, but if you’re not on Twitter, you still need to see this: Willie Stargell, c. late 1960s, wearing a batting helmet with the pirate-head logo on it rather than the normal golden P. Has anyone else ever seen anything like this before? (From Samuel Barrett)
- Braves P Mike Soroka wore his MLB jersey in his first rehab appearance for the High-A Rome Braves. (From @blaboz)
- Turns out, the Red Sox and Orioles will be wearing their standard uniforms for the Little League Classic this Sunday, with only the addition of a cap patch marking the occasion. In past years, MLB had gone all-out with Little League-style uniforms. (Thanks, Phil)
- Jimmy’s Seafood, a restaurant in Baltimore, has a T-shirt design that looks an awful lot like the Padres’ City Connect uni. (From Robert L. Anderson)
- Our own John Ekdahl noticed that the Yankees’ starting lineup last night had three players wearing a number in the 90s — Estevan Florial (90), Oswaldo Cabrera (95) and Aaron Judge (99). Is that a record?
- The Aberdeen Iron Birds, a minor league affiliate of the Orioles, has a chain that mimics the Orioles home run chain. (From Andrew Cosenitno)
- Ugly scene in the Eastern League last night, as the Hartford YardGoats — Double-A affiliates of the Rockies — and New Hampshire Fisher Cats — Double-A affiliates of the Blue Jays — both wore blue jerseys. (From Forrest J. Bowick)
- Cowboys QB Dak Prescott wore a Colts-ish generic uniform in a new DirecTV ad. (From Dan Gitlitz)
- The Ravens didn’t have colored in end zones for their preseason game against the Titans. (From Andrew Cosentino)
- Also from Andrew, Madden added the BaltiMOre end zone to the game, implying that the Ravens may stick with it as well. This is in honor of Ravens fan Mo Gaba, who died of cancer at 14.
- The Jets will retire Teemu Selanne’s 13 and Teppo Numminen’s 27 this fall. Both Selanne and Numminen played for the “old” Jets, the team that relocated to Phoenix in 1996. (From Wade Heidt)
- Russian equipment manufacturer Miklin has created logoless pads for Hurricanes G Pyotr Kochetkov. Miklin does not pay the six-figure fee required by the NHL to allow their logos to be displayed during games. (From Rob Altman)
- The Celtics will unveil a Bill Russell-tribute uniform on opening night against the Sixers. Evidently, the Celtics, Russell and NBA had been collaborating on the design. (From Jay London)
- The Lakers will retire Pau Gasol’s No. 16 on on March 7, 2023. (From multiple readers)
- Also posted in the soccer section — Celtics PF Grant Williams visited Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea, and received a customized Chelsea jersey.
- For the first time, NCAA referees will have NCAA-issued uniforms. Previously, each conference set their own referee uniform standard. (Thanks, Jamie)
- England: Crawley Wasps, in the English third tier FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division, are wearing a pride shirt for FA Cup games this season. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)
- England: Cross-posted from the NBA section — Celtics PF Grant Williams visited Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea, and received a customized Chelsea jersey.
- Guatemala: New kits for CSD Municipal and Comunicaciones, two of the biggest clubs in Guatemalan soccer. (From Ed Zelaski)
- Jamie chimes in with some Australian Football League news: “There were a few, um, skirmishes in the first quarter of the game between AFL clubs Fremantle and West Coast’s men’s teams on Saturday (that is a local derby). Fremantle midfielder Caleb Serong tore his guernsey in one of them and ran around with it torn for the rest of the quarter.”
- New unis for Wisconsin women’s volleyball. (From an anonymous reader)