In today’s Ticker, we’ve got ad patches pushing a hockey captain’s “C” to the center of his jersey, a recently traded catcher in his old team’s gear, and more!
- New Rangers C Austin Hedges was still wearing his Pirates gear when he made his Texas debut. (From multiple readers)
- Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Mets’ grounds crew. (Thanks, Phil)
- No link, but Orioles IF Gunnar Henderson explained why he wears No. 2 on Sunday Night Baseball: “My older brother wore it and it’s kind of been a family number. So I wore it all through travel ball, city league, and stuff. Actually, never wore it in the minor leagues. When I got up here, it was sitting in my locker, so it felt pretty cool to see that. Especially when you first get called up.” (From Andrew Cosentino)
- Also from Andrew, and again no link, but evidently a Sunday Night Baseball graphic said the Orioles were founded in 1901. That was the original Orioles, not the current team, which were the St. Louis Browns until 1954.
- The Jersey Shore Blue Claws, High-A affiliates of the Phillies, will wear Captain Marvel unis this weekend. (From John Cerone)
- The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Double-A affiliates of the Marlins, will wear these jerseys on their Salute to Service night on August 18. I really like the direction they went with these — they thought outside the box, rather than just doing a generic “flag and/or camo” Salute to Service jersey. (Thanks, Phil)
- The Lansing Lugnuts, High-A affiliates of the A’s, have announced their food-based alternate identity — the Capital City Olive Burgers. The new identity will make its on-field debut August 10. (Thanks, Phil)
- Patriots rookie wideout Kayshon Boutte is wearing his LSU pads at training camp.
- In Madden 2004, the Jaguars’ default away uniform was set to white jerseys with teal pants. One problem: the Jags never wore teal pants in that era.
- The Pro Football Hall of Fame, after changing a longstanding policy of giving rings only to living Hall of Famers, will now present rings to certain family members of deceased members. (From Kary Klismet)
- Also from Kary, apparently, Lions head coach Dan Campbell wanted a live lion mascot for his team, but the NFL office rejected the idea.
- It appears Cal has returned to glossy helmets after several years in matte. (From Kyle Mackie)
- While going through some old things, reader Brad Belstock found his 1997 Michigan national champions T-shirt, and noticed a pretty big error on the back: it says that the Wolverines beat Washington in the Rose Bowl to win the National Championship, but they actually beat Washington State. Oops. And since you’re wondering, yes, Brad sent along the front of the shirt as well.
- North Dakota has switched from black to white facemasks ahead of the season.
- Sun Devil Stadium will have a new corporate-sponsored name. (From Mike Chamernik)
- Here’s a video detailing new upgrades at Georgia’s Sanford Stadium for this upcoming season. (From Kary Klismet)
- Auburn plans to install new field-level luxury suites at Jordan-Hare Stadium. (From Kary Klismet)
- The Edmonton Elks will have an Indigenous-designed helmet logo for their game on August 10th against the Blue Bombers. (From Moe Khan and Wade Heidt)
- New unis for Wisconsin men. I feel like that back collar logo, above the NOB, is a little big, no? (From an anonymous reader)
- France: Stunning new away kits for AS Monaco, who play in the independent nation-state of Monaco but compete in France’s Ligue 1.
- England: Leeds, recently relegated to the Championship from the Premier League, have unveiled their new away kit. The design evokes a peacock’s plumage, a reference to an old club badge and a prominent supporters’ pub near the club’s stadium.
- Wales: Swansea City have unveiled their new third kit. A portion of each sale of the jersey will be donated to a cancer charity. (From Terry Mark)
- The Irish national rugby union team will have NOBs for the first time in their history for a World Cup warmup match against Italy in Dublin this weekend. (Thanks, Phil)
- New court design for the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga. (From Kary Klismet)
- In the 1960s, the Red Sox and Patriots were exploring building a new multi-purpose stadium in Boston which would’ve had the first retractable roof stadium in both leagues. Their idea for the retractable roof sort of reminds me of Atlanta’s current stadium.
- The Cubs hosted representatives of the SEC at Wrigley recently, and marked the occasion with a scoreboard graphic showing the logos of all SEC teams, including Oklahoma and Texas, who won’t be members until after this season. (From @eshuman34)
- Finnair is recycling some of their old crew uniforms by turning them into garden furniture. (Thanks, Phil)
- Archie Comics has a 50th anniversary logo. (From John Cerone)
- Watkins Glen High School in New York has announced a team name change from “Senecas” to “Lake Hawks” in compliance with the new state law banning Native American-themed mascots and imagery. (From Kary Klismet)
- Also from Kary, the school board for Montgomery, Ala., has announced new team names and athletics logos for two high schools that were renamed from individuals associated with the Confederacy to prominent Black historical figures and key members of the civil rights movement.