Our daily roundup of news items from across the uni-verse.
- Former Astros historian/authenticator Mike Acosta, who Paul has interviewed, shared some sketches that he and a colleague made for the jersey that eventually became the design that the ’Stros wore for their Series-clinching Game Six win on Saturday night. (From multiple readers)
- The Astros also made an infographic for their championship logo. (From Ignacio Salazar)
- Reader Dennis Jones found this old Yankees ticket stub while cleaning out some of his grandparents’ belongings. There’s no date, but Dennis thinks it’s from the 1940s or early ’50s. Can anyone deduce anything from the design?
- To celebrate the World Series win, the Astros’ High-A affiliate, the Asheville Tourists, revealed a tequila sunrise jersey in their blue-based color scheme. (From @Wilds_Lee)
- Connecticut’s women’s team is to retire No. 32 for Swin Cash next weekend. That would only be their second retired number, and third overall counting both teams, because the school has a policy of only retiring the numbers of former players who become Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame members.
- England/Scotland/Wales: Players on about 10 men’s and women’s teams in all three countries wore yellow shoelaces for a campaign against gambling ads in the sport. At least one men’s team, England’s Tranmere Rovers, added warm-up shirts. Unsurprisingly, nobody in top men’s leagues, where the ads are common, participated; the only top-tier participant was the Scottish Women’s Premier League 1’s Glasgow City.
- England: The men’s FA Cup has a new ball design.
- England: Poppy patches began to appear this weekend.
- Germany: Fans of several clubs in the men’s Bundesliga brought banners protesting or calling for a boycott of the men’s World Cup. That’s actually been going on in lower men’s leagues for several weeks but is getting more attention now.
- Italy: In 1995, on the matchday after a Genoa fan was stabbed to death by AC Milan ultras, teams in the men’s Serie A and at least two in Serie B walked out wearing the shirts of their opponents before swapping to the correct ones as a gesture against fan violence. (From Germán Cabrejo)
- Here’s one writer’s opinion on the best designs worn at the men’s World Cup by African teams. (Thanks, Phil)
- The UK’s Netball Super League recently lost or dumped its title advertiser, so it has a new logo and also put a space in “Super League” instead of the one-word “Superleague.” It now shares a name with at least two other leagues in the sport.
- Former tennis great Billie Jean King isn’t a fan of Wimbledon’s all-white dress code. (From Phil)