In today’s Ticker, we’ve got lots and lots of World Baseball Classic news, a hockey Pride jersey worn for a full game and much more!
Uni Watch News Ticker for March 12, 2023
- Here’s an article on the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers uni history. Unfortunately, the writer thinks tattersall is pinstripes, but otherwise it’s a pretty good piece.
- Did you realize the Baltimore Orioles logo upside down looks like a guy with a long orange beak whistling and looking to the right? (From Jay Cuda)
- Here’s a really nice colorization of a pair of trainers on the 1923 New York Giants, from the great Bruce Menard.
- Another from Bruce: Casey Stengel meeting Britain’s King George V back in 1924.
- Tampa Bay Rays players will wear a specially designed memorial patch on batting helmets throughout the season to honor the life and legacy of longtime radio announcer Dave Wills, who passed away earlier this month.
- Paul is mentioned in this article on the MLB logo, designed by the late Jerry Dior. (From Jeff Wilk)
- Check out this really neat “caricature” letterhead used by the late great Ralph Kiner. (From Timothy Jenkins)
- The Hillsboro Hops will wear some interesting 10th Anniversary uniforms, and they will debut on April 11. (From Tyler Chaudhary)
- Okie State wore a blue, orange and black combo yesterday. (From Dylan Day) I’m not 100% sure, but I believe those jerseys are part of Nike’s N7 collection.
- WBC: What’s the secret to Team Italy’s bond? It’s gotta be the ‘staches. Speaking of unusual team quirks, it appears Italia opted to add a Nespresso machine to its dugout spread.
- WBC: Trayce Thompson is wearing No. 43 for Great Britain in the WBC in honor of his father, Mychal. (From Texas Trev)
- WBC: I’m sure Anthony will have more on this next weekend, but the Colombian WBC team are wearing lower-case NOB jerseys and snapback caps. (Thanks, Paul) Colombia also has a gold jersey with similar lettering.
- WBC: Great Britain has “simple” uniforms, to say the least.
- WBC: José Quinada of Venezuela had some serious unbuttoning last night. (From Dylan Day)
- WBC: Of course Team USA have both a helmet and sleeve ad for the WBC. (From Nick Zingaro)
- WBC: Interesting attempt at a diacritical mark for Jeremy Peña of the DR. (From Jim Percotti)
- Also from Paul: we have an apostrophe catastrophe at the WBC.
- Speaking of WBC unis, Puerto Rico have an intersting design, which includes the famous architectural wonder of Castillo San Cristóbal.
- Perhaps inspired by the success of their football team, Tennessee baseball debuted new “dark mode” (BFBS) jerseys.
- Nebraska baseball debuted new home white uniforms Friday. (Thanks, Paul)
- The Athletic has taken it upon itself to rank the XFL’s 2023 uniforms.
- McKenzie (Tenn.) High School and Independence High School of Coal City, W. Va., have unveiled their rings for winning state championships last fall. (From Kary Klismet)
- XFL: Color vs. color matchup for the San Antonio Brahmas and Seattle Sea Dragons of the XFL had on Saturday night. (From L. J. Sparvero)
- Here’s a detailed look at all Indigenous warm-up jerseys and designs worn by Canadian NHL teams over the past few seasons.
- The Carolina Hurricanes busted out their Stadium Series unis last evening. (Thanks, Paul)
- New Calgary Flame MacKenzie Weegar still has a Panthers plug in his Alpha LX Pro. (From APENNYFROM:MYTHOUGHTS)
- The Pittsburgh Penguins wore St. Paddy’s Day jerseys for warmups yesterday. Apparently the Russians have no problem with these.
- The Niagara IceDogs have pulled their Indigenous jersey promotion after a backlash from community members who view the jersey as cultural appropriation.
- The WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes wore the Your Team Your Jersey design contest winner on Friday. The jersey and socks feature the historic Lethbridge Viaduct depicted along the bottom. A landmark for the city. In addition, Hurricanes G Bryan Thomson had some special pads for the game featuring the Lethbridge Viaduct too. (From Wade Heidt)
- Here is a look at the special First Nations Jerseys worn by the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday. (Also from Wade)
- With some NHL teams scrapping their “Pride” pre-game warmup jerseys, here’s the Metropolitan Riveters (a professional women’s ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey) wearing pride jerseys for an entire game. At the 2:00 mark of the linked video, Madison Packer discusses the importance of these jerseys. (From JS)
- The Los Angeles Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell sported white socks while the rest of the team went with black socks. (From Coco)
- Why does Giannis Antetokounmpo wear number 34?
- Speaking of numbers, Kevin Garnett revealed the real reason why Kobe Bryant changed numbers from 8 to 24.
- Looks like more than a few of the teams involved in the Nebraska State basketball championships have poached logos from pro teams. (From Mr. Pierson)
- Not to be outdone, a couple girls hoops teams have pilfered both the LA Dodgers and Iowa Hawkeyes logos. (From Lee Wilds)
- Then there’s uni poaching: Valencia, playing in the CIF Division IV boys basketball championship, wears LA Laker-esque uniforms.
- Rockcreek Elementary School in Columbus, Ind., will name its basketbal court after the late Garry Barker, a longtime head coach for the school’s girls’ team and assistant coach for the boys’ team. (From Kary Klismet)
- The Sporting News has ranked the top 10 2023 MLS kits.
- Nice fuchsia and purple goalkeeper kit last night for Austin FC. (From Trent Lowe)
- “I’ve been a NASCAR fan since 1990, and I’ve never seen two different manufacturers’ light decals on one car, which is also missing the front grill manufacturers’ logo decal for some reason,” writes David Firestone.
- John Hunter Nemechek suffered damage prior to the Xfinity Series Race, and, after putting tape on the front, someone wrote Supra on the tape in silver sharpie. (Also from David Firestone)
- Motorcycle helmet manufacturer Bell has released a special design modeled after actor and motorsports icon Steve McQueen’s helmet from the 1964 International Six Days Trial. (From Kary Klismet)
- New unis (and BFBS to boot) for BYU volleyball. (From Jimmer Vilk)
- Here’s why the Google Authenticator logo is different from all of Google’s other logos. (Thanks, Paul)
- Syracuse Lax has retired Mike Powell’s #22 jersey.
- The following EIGHT(!) items are all from Kary Klismet: 1) The new Emerald High School in Dublin, Calif., has unveiled its athletics logo and team name – “Aerouants,” an old Celtic term for “Dragons.”
- 2) Lakes Region Community College in New Hampshire has a new costumed mascot: Winnie the Lakes Monster.
- 3) Here’s a recounting of how the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s sports teams became known as the Chargers.
- 4) The new Highland Springs Middle School in Aiken County, S.C., is asking for public input in choosing a name for its sports teams.
- 5) In honor of Interntational Women’s Day this past Wednesday, the NATO Review put together a “Women in Uniform” slideshow.
- 6) Here’s a story on the evolution and meaning of the Adidas logo.
- 7) The Boxing Federation of India has unveiled a costumed mascot — a cheetah named Veera — for the IBA Women’s World Championships to be held in Delhi starting this week.
- 8) New uniforms for the Glenville State University police department.
Errata on the Ticker entry for high school football state championship rings: the ring for McKenzie is shown, but not Independence. Here’s the link for Independence’s ring:
Should be fixed now.
Actually, now the Independence ring is linked, but the McKenzie ring no longer is. Here’s the McKenzie link again:
Dammit. Try it now.
Third time’s a charm! Thanks, Phil!
Interestingly enough, since one of the themes of today’s Ticker seems to be high schools poaching logos, Independence’s ring provides another prime example of that. I wonder if they got the New England Patriots’ permission before using that logo. I’m guessing probably not…
A lot of people are gonna pronounce that high school’s teams “Aeronauts.” Also, could USA’s WBC look be any worse? The color palette is somehow drab, the logos are 20 years out of date and the ads are so tawdry.
It’s weirdly embarrassing when I see schools with blatant ripped off logos.
Even my high school ended up using Ohio Bobcat’s logo for the Athens Wildcats in PA. I think someone just thought “Ohio U is in Athens, OH. We are in Athens, PA. The logo is ours now”
I actually like the font on Columbia’s WBC uniforms. I do not like the C patch on their hat and pant leg as it doesn’t match the uni font. I don’t know what was up with the cap designers for this WBC but they’re all pretty terrible, at least those using letters vs symbols.
Sorry you seem so offended by the Russian hockey players not wanting to wear “Pride” jerseys. Maybe you should learn to respect their right to not wear something that is not a part of their culture.
It’s fair to wonder if the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative actually means anything.
Despite what the Russians would have you believe, there are gay Russians; they just throw theirs in jail.
False equivalency on so many levels, Tom. It’s not like Irish St. Patrick’s Day commemorations are part of the Russian players’ “culture,” either.
What you’re really seeing is an imposed political ideology in action, selectively choosing elements of “tradition” to fetishize while ignoring other traditions not useful to the ruling cabal.
Anti-semitism wasn’t really an important part of Germany’s culture before the Nazis. Around 1900 people would rightly have argued that France, Austria and Russia were the anti-semitic parts of Europe. The militarist culture of the German Empire was strengthened by middle-class reserve officers, many Jewish, and a dueling cult which the Pope opposed, creating a problem for Catholic officers. It was when the Army failed in 1918 that its apologists doubled down on anti-semitism as a scapegoat.
Similarly, the “bushido tradition” of the Japanese Empire was bullshit, the product of decades of Japanese intellectuals trying to create an aggressive national identity disregarding the peasant reality of life for ordinary Japanese.
Notably, the right-wing Putin regime has erased his Soviet predecessors’ emphasis on gender equality, and declared war on LGBTQ as part of his cynical partnership with the national Orthodox Church in restoring a Czarist culture. If it were 1989, would Russian hockey players have been offended by those same jerseys? Tradition can be turned on and off like a switch.
“Tradition” cannot be turned on and off like a switch. It is a process that develops over time in a dialectical fashion.
For the game, the Pens went with the Winter Classic jerseys. The gold bucket did look sharp with those warmups!
While it doesn’t explain the nose decal oddities, ARCA…though under the NASCAR umbrella…has a different set of rules/guidelines/accepted practices than the truck and car series that run under the NASCAR banner. Manufacturers are less influential, and the cars are mostly purchased second hand too. I think that particular team runs 2 different makes, so there’s that.
I remember when Robby Gordon got pinched at Daytona for running an unapproved nose on his Dodge, but that was at least a manufacturer-issued part, not one from a rival (though he had switched makes ftom one to another).
Seems weird for the Rays to put a memorial patch on their batting helmets rather than jerseys. Pitchers and coaches (except I guess maybe base coaches) aren’t able to memorialize Wills too?
The article on the Dodger’s history has strange mistakes in almost every paragraph. Like it’s been run thru Google Translate a few times.
And the “1952” picture is from 1956, because Sal Maglie is second from right, and he didn’t join the Dodgers until then.
I was shocked when I saw the Swoosh on Great Britain’s uniforms. Guess Nike was too busy trying to ruin the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans next set.