Today in the Ticker: Nebraska is about to smash some NCAA records later this summer, a soccer player has a tattoo of himself, and more.
Uni Watch News Ticker for May 1, 2023
- After going City Connect vs. “Gigantes” for Saturday’s game in Mexico City, the Padres and Giants wore their standard home and and road uniforms for yesterday’s series finale. Both teams still had MLB World Tour sleeve and cap patches (Padres, Giants), along with series-specific ads on their batting helmets (Padres, Giants) and left sleeve (Padres, Giants).
- The Twins apparently have a home run vest, or something, that says “Land of 10,000 Rakes.” (From Mike Menner)
- “Lexington Market in Baltimore, a newly renovated market that originally opened in 1782, has some great Orioles-themed stairs. I especially love the historic logos!” says Andrew Cosentino.
- The summer collegiate Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s Watertown Rapids have new jerseys. (From Kary Klismet)
- The summer Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s Watertown Rapids have new jerseys. (From Kary Klismet)
- Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, N.J., one of the last remaining Negro League stadiums, was renovated and is slated to reopen soon to host local high school baseball teams and the Frontier League’s New Jersey Jackals. (From Kary Klismet)
- Japan’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have a double anniversary uniform — for the 30th anniversary of their stadium and the 85th of their team — which they’re wearing five times this season. They also revealed a summer alternate a few weeks ago. (From Cole Greenhouse)
- Meanwhile, the Meiji Jingu Stadium in Tokyo, opened in 1926 and home of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, is part of a controversional redevelopment plan that would see the stadium and the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium next to it demolished and both rebuilt.
- Here’s a piece on the 1948 photo of George H. W. Bush meeting Babe Ruth while Bush was a baseball player at Yale, which Paul briefly mentioned in his piece on Bush in uniform after the president’s death in 2018. The occasion for the photo was Ruth’s presentation of the manuscript of his biopic, The Babe Ruth Story, to Yale’s library. (From Max Weintraub)
- New Giants WR Jalin Hyatt will wear No. 84.
- The Vikings have announced the uni numbers for their draft class.
- The junior Kilgore College in Texas and Somers (N.Y.) HS got conference and state championship rings, respectively. (From Kary Klismet)
- Cincinnati men’s coach Wes Miller was spotted by reader Dan Siegel wearing a Jordan brand T-shirt, indicating that the school might be switching from Under Armour to Nike.
- Hersheypark Arena, which was home to the AHL’s Hershey Bears until 2002, still stands and is currently home to Division III Lebanon Valley College’s teams. (From Kary Klismet)
- The NWSL’s 1000th regular season game was on Saturday between Racing Louisville and OL Reign. Commissioner Jessica Berman attended and both teams gave her a No. 1000 shirt.
- The University School, a private school in Jackson, Tenn., gave its girls’ team rings for last season’s state championship. (From Kary Klismet)
- England: Tottenham Hotspur striker Richarlison scored his dramatic first Premier League goal for the club yesterday and removed his shirt after doing so. That revealed to those of us that didn’t know that he has a tattoo of his own face on his back, along with those of fellow Brazilian attacking players Neymar and Ronaldo Nazário. (From Max Weintraub)
- England: Friday marked the 100th anniversary of the first event at Wembley Stadium, the 1923 men’s FA Cup final. The original stadium closed in 2000 and was demolished, with the current version opening in 2007. A director from the architectural firm Populous who worked on the redesign contributed a piece about it to The Times last week. (From Kary Klismet)
- Germany: In a game in October, Bayer Leverkusen right-back Jeremie Frimpong kicked the ball into the stands, accidentally hit a boy in the face, and immediately ran over to give him his shirt. I’m not sure why the SportsCenter Instagram account took until February to pick it up, or why it appears to have resurfaced this weekend, but it is wholesome. (From Kary Klismet)
- Italy: Inter Milan’s men’s team are in the same situation that we mentioned Roma in yesterday. They share the same front advertiser that has paid neither club for this season, so they went without the ad yesterday. The linked article mentions that Inter have already removed the ad from their men’s youth and women’s teams’ shirts over the past few months.
- The Marshall Islands are the last currently existing country that has never had a men’s national team play a game, though some others don’t have active teams or aren’t members of FIFA. Their association was founded in 2020 and held a poll for their first shirt over the weekend that will probably close just before this is published. Option No. 1 is from Equipt Studios, who designed the Uni Watch soccer shirts.
- The endurance racing team Porsche Penske Motorsports revealed some 75th-anniversary liveries they’ll use for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. (From Kary Klismet)
- Russian player Veronika Kudermetova wears an ad for a Russian oil company that has been sanctioned by the EU for supporting the Russian army in its invasion of Ukraine. That’s apparently fine for now, but the All England Club wants players playing in the UK to sign something saying that they won’t show support for Russia’s invasion and are not receiving funding from the Russian state, so we might hear more about this this summer.
- Nebraska is holding a game in the football team’s Memorial Stadium at the beginning of next season in August that has now sold out. The 80,000+ attendance would completely smash the record for NCAA women’s volleyball of 18,755, which Nebraska already is part of from the 2021 national championship game. It’d definitely also be a record for any NCAA women’s event by a similar margin and would be one of the highest-attended women’s sporting events, period. (From Kary Klismet)
- In a related item, Nebraska has really cool jerseys. (From Jeremy Brahm)
- There’s a bar called The Sports Bra in Portland, Ore., which was the first one in the country to only show women’s sports. It’s now been open for a year and is doing pretty well. “It does have an impressive sports memorabilia collection, including a framed Sue Bird Seattle Storm jersey and a quilted portrait of Brandi Chastain celebrating winning the 1999 World Cup for the USWNT,” says Kary Klismet.
- The NLL’s Georgia Swarm wore jerseys for a Native Heritage Night promotion on Saturday. More on the design here. (From Wade Heidt)
- Following news on Saturday that the Australian government will provide funding for a redevelopment in Hobart, Tasmania, including a new stadium, the Australian Football League said it plans to seek approval from its clubs for its 19th men’s and women’s teams to be based there. It would be the first expansion of the men’s league since 2012.
- A piece on 60 Minutes yesterday about American AFL player Mason Cox, a forward for Collingwood’s men’s team since 2014, mentioned his trademark goggles and said he was the first player in the competition to wear them.
- The UK’s Netball Super League’s Loughborough Lightning wore rainbow position bibs — although it looked more like tie-dye — for the league’s Pride weekend this weekend.
- Australia’s Super Netball is holding an “inclusion round” next weekend (logo at the top of that linked article). It sounds like it’s mostly but not exclusively for Pride.
- After reaching 25 years in his position, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione was honored at the school’s softball game yesterday. He got a framed No. 25 jersey, but it looks like a football jersey. He also has his own 25th-anniversary logo, which includes his trademark red fedora. (From Sam McKinley)
- Yuma HS in Arizona — who we’ve mentioned before because the school briefly operated out of a former prison and has “Criminals” as a team name — is naming its mascot after a longtime teacher and coach of several sports at the school. (From Kary Klismet)
- Manistee (Mich.) HS apparently has new logos coming. (From Kary Klismet)
- Even though New York is moving toward banning Indigenous-themed school team names and mascots, it has an exception for schools that receive written approval from a federally recognized tribe. That puts Seneca HS in an odd situation, as its “Warriors” logo was designed by a Seneca artist and many of its students are Seneca, but the tribe’s leader supports the ban.
- A man was arrested for impersonating a police officer in Bernalillo County, N.M., which includes Albuquerque, by somehow getting a county police uniform from a uniform store.
- Meanwhile, a member of Israel’s army was stripped of his commands after participating in a pro-government protest while in uniform.
The Land of 10,000 Rakes thing is a fishing vest. And a little fishing pole is involved in the celebration, too.
How long before Nike bans the Twins from wearing the vest?
How long until Nike claims the Mariners Trident because the name Nike and a Trident are both based in Greek Mythology, and Nike has some sort of brand rights to all Greek Mythology. (sarc).
The Giants and Padres wearing those specific regular uniforms worked because both San Francisco & Padres are both already Spanish words. Unlike Giants, you couldn’t make them more Spanish.
Love the Lexington Market logos go back to their 1 season in Milwaukee.
I would have much preferred they kept it to Baltimore baseball teams.
Proofreading: the stadium’s name is Hinchliffe, not Hinchcliffe: link. It’s a common misspelling, but there’s definitely no “c” after the “l.”
The Yuma High School story is funny and heartwarming. In general I also love the weird nicknames of longer standing high schools since they reference local history as opposed to new suburban high schools having some animal that may have never even lived in the area.
Here are the rest of the Lexington Market photos! The one in the link is of Cal & Eddie, but you can see the historic photos in this post.
Thanks for the love on the soccer shirt competition! Really happy with how that design came together.
The poll is closed but the comments are still open and will carry a lot of weight in the final decision: link
It looks like it is Salamanca High in western New York, with artwork done by members of the Seneca community.
You’re right about that. The best way I’ve found to alert the Uni Watch staff to something like this is to lead your comment with “Proofreading” or “Errata” so the purpose of your post catches their eye quickly.
Hersheypark Arena has a lot of unique features. The upper deck is really steep, and has separate entrances from the lower bowl.
Something to note for the Padres vs Giants Sunday game. The Padres were still technically the home team, but wore their home white uniform, when they normally wear their camo uniforms on home Sunday games at Petco Park.