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Uni Watch News Ticker for August 8, 2022

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Today in the Ticker: The Tigers retire No. 1 for Lou Whitaker, an English women’s soccer team posts about its difficulty with finding a manufacturer, the Premier Lacrosse League wears fauxbacks, and more.

Baseball

MLB

  • The Tigers retired No. 1 for 2B Lou Whitaker on Saturday and wore a sleeve patch for the occasion. (From Wayne Koehler)
  • The team’s tribute video also included the well-known (to us) story of Whitaker forgetting his uniform for the 1985 All-Star Game and adding a No. 1 to a blank jersey. (From Brandon Weir)
  • The Orioles wore road caps and home batting helmets this weekend. (From multiple readers)
  • Mets P Taijuan Walker wore a cap with an upside-down logo after Friday’s game. (From Nick Ruggeriny)
  • The Phillies held an alumni day yesterday and so wore powder blue then instead of on the usual Thursday. (From Tim Kelly)
  • On Saturday, the Phillies also inducted P Ron Reed into their walk of fame. “It was odd to see that they gave him one of the ‘triple L’ jerseys, which they haven’t worn in several years,” says Paul Riccardi. “I assume they don’t manufacture them any longer.”
  • Retired Athletics equipment manager and frequent Uni Watch source Steve Vucinich was inducted into their hall of fame yesterday. (From Terry Mark)
  • Two Mariners players, OF Jesse Winker and SS J.P. Crawford, wore yellow sanitaries with the team’s cream alternates. (From Tim Dunn)
  • Reader Kurt Rozek was watching a documentary on Pirates P Dock Ellis. “It shows a photo of him with a Pirates cap with the ‘P’ logo that appears to be embroidered onto a black patch, which then must’ve been sewn or ironed onto the cap. Was this done in MLB or maybe the minors?” he asks.
Football

NFL

  • “Looks like this Paris-themed cubby my friend bought is using the 49ers’ saloon font,” says our own Lloyd Alaban.
  • Reader Johnny Garfield sent us this picture of Cardinals G Lance Smith in 1986. His TV numbers were on the shoulders, not the sleeves as they were supposed to be on the team’s red jersey at the time.
Basketball

WNBA

Hockey

NHL

  • Flames LW Jonathan Huberdeau appeared at a celebrity event in Montréal wearing a jersey with the wrong font. (From Wade Heidt)
Soccer

USA

  • D.C. United held a pride game on Saturday and wore this year’s MLS pride warm-up shirts one extra time, adding rainbow corner flags. The team’s director of team administration, Rory Molleda, also got a commemorative No. 300 shirt for reaching 300 games with the team.
  • Virginia women’s players have been appearing in some promotional photos for the upcoming season wearing orange-based kits, no part of which the team’s outfield players wore last season.

International

  • Brazil: Despite Nike saying that the men’s national team’s shirts for the 2022 World Cup would be revealed today, some sources were already posting pictures yesterday.
  • England: Manchester United’s men’s team haven’t been wearing the black socks that are supposed to go with their first kit — the easiest way to tell is that those are red at the top — but instead different ones that use the pattern of the white socks from their second kit and have black tops. (From @brianspeaksnow)
  • England: New second shirt for Lincoln City. (From Ed Żelaski)
  • England: London Seaward, a club in the fourth tier FA Women’s National League Division One South East, posted about how hard it is for a club of their size to find a manufacturer and get kits that fit women properly. (From Steve Ammidown)
  • Italy: New second shirt for AS Roma.
  • Japan: New first shirt for AC Nagano Parceiro’s women’s team in the top-tier WE League. (From Jeremy Brahm)
  • Scotland: The Scottish Women’s Premier League has a new logo. Its two tiers are now run by the men’s Scottish Professional Football League instead of Scottish Women’s Football. SWF’s top two leagues, which are now the third and fourth tiers, also have new logos.
  • Scotland: The Scottish Football Association is also taking over organization of the women’s Scottish Cup and plans to hold the semifinals and final at the national stadium Hampden Park for the first time.
  • Scotland: Greenock Morton’s women’s team played Rangers’ under-18s in a preseason friendly and wore red bibs to avoid a color clash. (From Graham Clayton)
  • Scotland: Partick Thistle became what they say is the first Scottish pro club and second overall (I’m not sure what the other is) to have bilingual English and Scottish Gaelic stadium signage.
Volleyball
  • Virginia has new orange jerseys.
  • The Japanese women’s teams Saitama Ageo Medics and Victorina Himeji have new kits. “Himeji will not wear skorts, as they were the first team to wear them in the Japanese league,” says Jeremy Brahm.
  • The upcoming men’s world championship is being cohosted by Slovenia and Poland. To promote it, the Slovenian capital Ljubljana is holding a floating doubles event next week in the Ljubljanica river. (From Jeremy Brahm)
Grab Bag
  • Premier Lacrosse League teams wore fauxbacks this weekend. Every team had a similar style, a mesh jersey with large block numbers and sleeve stripes. Reader Jared Buccola sent us pictures of the jerseys and logos for each team: first are the jerseys for Redwoods LC, Cannons LC, Chaos LC, Chrome LC, Waterdogs LC, Atlas LC, Whipsnakes LC, and Archers LC. Next are the logos for Redwoods LC, Cannons LC, Chaos LC, Chrome LC, Waterdogs LC, Atlas LC, Whipsnakes LC, and Archers LC.
  • Athletes Unlimited lacrosse players wore warm-up shirts for a campaign the organization started, “Power in My Voice,” to encourage voter participation.
  • Ohio’s Hilton Columbus Downtown got local fashion designers to design new uniforms for staff. (From Jason Hillyer)

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Comments (11)

    Love them, too. I’m probably just showing my age, but that’s what lacrosse should look like. I hope they wear these fairly often going forward. Faux-back helmet panel stickers like the 80s and 90s Bacharachs would have been sweet.

    In theory, would they “normally” wear the standard white or cream to match the rest of the uni?

    The Phillies held their annual Alumni Weekend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Friday they honored their 50 year PA announcer. Saturday they inducted two players into their Wall of Fame. Sunday they honored their 1980 championship team’s 40th anniversary (two pandemic years delayed). They wore their pinstripes for Friday and Saturday. They wore the blues Sunday, instead of their usual day game creams, because that’s the uniform the 1980 team wore.

    I’ve seen a few different caps during the wool flannel era of baseball that had a logo patch rather than a directly embroidered logo. My guess is since oftentimes teams would send old jerseys down to their minor league affiliates to use, sometimes they would just use a patch for the cap so it would be easier for the same to be done with the caps. But it doesn’t look good.

    The Phiillies alumni have been using the old Majestics for a while, and I’m guessing will continue to do so until they run out. The odd thing was Sunday, when the 1980 team came out for introductions. They were wearing Nike powder blues like the current team, but the NOB lettering was different. It wasn’t vertically arched like it should have been, but it was more authentic to the radially arched lettering used in the mid-late 80s than what is on the back of the current players’ uniforms.
    If they have more authentic letters, why isn’t the team using them on the throwbacks?
    Current game jerseys – link
    80’s Alumni – link

    The cap worn by Dock Ellis isn’t all that uncommon; don’t know if it was just a spring training thing or what. Back when teams would send you promotional headshots of MLB players, I had a number of them from the Tigers (this would have been early- to mid-70s), and it seemed like half of them had the letter embroidered on a patch that was then glued on the cap, just like this.

    There also used to be a bit of variety to the Old English D on the caps as well; not like the letter on the jersey, which had been unchanged for nearly 80 years.

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