In today’s Ticker: A strange memorial announcement in Oakland, a bizarre Instagram post by the Commanders, and lots of throwback NASCAR paint schemes.
- Two for the price of one? The A’s yesterday announced that they’re adding two memorial patches — one for former P Vida Blue, who died last week, and one for former 3B Sal Bando, who died in January. Very strange that someone else had to die before the A’s decided to memorialize Bando.
- Many baseball fans — including reader Paul Kalomiris — inexplicably got MLB app push alerts from games that took place in the 1970s yesterday. Even weirder is that Paul gets pushes for the Nationals, so his push alerts came through as old Expos scores. (Trevor Williams also shared this story with us.)
- New Yorkers may have spotted this baseball-themed poster adorning the walls of the subway in recent weeks. Reader Alex Moggridge thinks they’re pretty cool — the catcher’s vest jersey notwithstanding.
- The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters’ garish deep-v neck, collared alternate uniforms continue to break the internet days after their debut. (From Phil and Kary Klismet)
- Here’s a ranking of USFL 2.0 uniforms. (Thanks, Phil)
- The Hornets have unveiled a new logo commemorating the 35th anniversary of the original Charlotte Hornets franchise’s inaugural season. Kary Klismet notes the “35 Years” wording is misleading, as there was a three-year gap between the Hornets leaving town and arrival of the Bobcats, who eventually re-took the Hornets’ identity.
- MLS has released designs for the pre-match jerseys teams will wear for their 2023 Pride Matches. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)
- With the men’s World Cup returning to the U.S. (as well as Canada and Mexico) in 2026, here’s a retrospective of the logos and mascot the last time the tournament was held in the U.S., in 1994. (From Kary Klismet)
- Spain: Despite only playing one match for Barcelona this season before moving on to play for Chelsea, striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still featured on Barca’s La Liga championship T-shirt. (From our own Anthony Emerson)
- Japan: The J League made an incredible Twitter thread that showed all of the jersey designs from the league’s inaugural season in 1993. (From Ed Zelaski)
- Lots of NASCAR drivers ran throwback paint schemes during the weekend’s race at Darlington, and Motorsport.com has a full recap. (From Kary Klismet)
- New rules issued by the International Cricket Council include a requirement that helmets be worn by players at all high-risk positions. (From Kary Klismet)
- Indiana’s men’s and women’s track teams are among the athletic programs on campus embracing the candy-striped pants made famous by the men’s basketball team. (From Kary Klismet)
- Orofino High School in Idaho goes by the nickname “Maniacs.” The Idaho Statesman has published a piece on the name’s origin. (From Kary Klismet)
- Center Grove High School in Indiana has revived a longtime tradition of keeping a “Trojan Horse” on the sidelines during athletic events. (From Kary Klismet)
- New uniform patches for the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. (From Kary Klismet)
- Adidas has released a new line of sneakers to celebrate Pride. (From John Cerone)
- A few years ago, several countries in Latin America, including Mexico, decided to ban makers of sugary foods from using cartoon mascots as part of their branding, leaving cereal boxes with lots of negative space. (From @JayJayDean)
- This in-depth story explores how MultiCam became the camouflage of choice for the U.S. military and armies around the world. (From @rscottrogers)