Today in the Ticker: The story behind a weird (infamous?) baseball card, some items from the women’s World Cup final, and more.
- At yesterday’s Nationals-Phillies game in Williamsport, Pa., the Nationals’ Joey Meneses and the Phillies’ Bryson Stott had crayon- and pencil-themed bats, respectively. (From Andrew Cosentino)
- The Giants announced their ad patch for a self-driving car company Aug. 3. Since then they’ve had a losing record, averaged scoring less than three runs a game, and the advertiser has had a series of incidents affect its cars, including creating a giant traffic jam in San Francisco itself. I’m also sure that none of that means the Giants are getting rid of the patch. (Thanks, Phil)
- In this video, Cal Ripken Jr. explains how his brother Billy posed for a 1989 Fleer baseball card with the words “Fuck Face” visible on his bat knob: he’d written it on the bat himself in order to tell it apart from others and it was inadvertently used for the card. The picture was quickly airbrushed or modified in other ways once Fleer realized the words were visible, but the card also exists uncensored. (From Andrew Cosentino)
- A piece on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday criticized MLB stadium names with ads in them as characterless. (From Sam Selker)
- TV details: My brother Nate Rathjen spotted Klaus Borowski, one of the police investigators in the German series Tatort, wearing a Yankees cap in roughly Browns colors in an episode from 2006. “Sure to give someone a heart attack,” he says. By total coincidence, somebody being interviewed on the public broadcaster ZDF’s news on Friday was wearing a different Yankees cap.
- If you’ve been following the saga about Lions QB Teddy Bridgewater’s number, yes, he actually did wear No. 50 in a real live (preseason) game; photos 20 and 21 are action shots. (From our own Jerry Wolper)
- Madden NFL 24 apparently launched with the letter “I” glitching in Dolphins players’ NOBs. (From John Flory)
- Somewhere out there, there is an orthopedics poster on the hip and knee that has clearly visible Packers and Bears players along with other athletes on it. (From Russell Goutierez)
- Ohio State gives out the No. 0 jersey as an award each year. This year’s recipient is WR Xavier Johnson. (Thanks, Phil)
- If you’re wondering why former NBAer Dwyane Wade wore No. 3 for most of his career, he cites Allen Iverson as inspiration. (Thanks, Phil)
- The Mystics inducted Nikki McCray-Penson, just known as Nikki McCray when playing, into the team’s hall of fame yesterday. Unfortunately she passed away in June, so the team also wore a memorial patch, gave away the T-shirts the players wore when arriving at the game to all fans, and put the logo from the T-shirts on the floor. (From @Starkman55)
- Charleston Southern’s women’s team looked like they started the season with numbers taped on and some falling off. (From Gregory Koch)
- The final four games of the women’s World Cup used a gold version of the tournament’s ball design.
- The goalscorer in the final, Spain’s Olga Carmona, celebrated by lifting up her shirt to reveal a very hard-to-read “Merchi” on her undershirt. She said afterwards it was a tribute to a friend’s mom who passed away recently, but it was also reported as a reference to her former school.
- England: New third shirt for West Ham United of both top tiers.
- Scotland: The 150th anniversary of the men’s national team is coming up. The Scottish Football Association posted an overview of their first- and second-choice shirts. It includes my very favorite design in the entire sport: the primrose and pink hoops worn a few times from 1881-1951, based on the horse racing colors of UK Prime Minister and president of the SFA Lord Rosebery. It’s apparently such a nice color scheme it’s included in both pieces.
- Ukraine: Shakhtar Donetsk qualified for the men’s UEFA Champions League again this season and can’t play European matches in Ukraine — in fact, they haven’t played in Donetsk since 2014 because of the first Russian invasion of Ukraine — so they’ll play their games in the competition at Hamburger SV’s Volksparkstadion. Last season, they were hosted in Poland by Legia Warszawa.
- On a blog where the author does the New York Times crossword each day, the guest author of yesterday’s post included a fundraising plug for a triathlon he’s training for. It shows a picture of him wearing the Uni Watch cycling jersey. (From Joe Makowiec)
- In an Australian Football League men’s game on Saturday, Brisbane’s Deven Robertson had his shirt ripped completely in half in a tackle, proceeding to play with it hanging off of him in shreds. After a few seconds he threw it away completely and briefly played shirtless before one of Brisbane’s runners brought him another one. (From Travis Holland)
- During Covid, an entrepreneur in Colorado started creating belts out of trading cards. The article shows MLB, NBA, and NFL designs, but he does other sports leagues as well as movies, music, and TV shows. (From Matthew Wolfram)
- One of Delaware field hockey’s promotions for this season is a T-shirt featuring a logo for the 25th anniversary of their stadium, followed by a mini-stick giveaway.