In today’s Ticker: An unusual MLB bat knob, non-USA flag decals coming to NFL helmets, and a World Cup soccer kit that doubles as a human rights protest.
- Nice uni-related passage in this article about Cardinals 1B/DH Albert Pujols: “By the last Sunday of spring [in 2001], Pujols had obviously made the team. Bobby Bonilla’s injury assured playing time and a spot in the opening day lineup. Pujols handed in his No. 68 jersey and was about to receive No. 32 when [GM Walt] Jocketty suggested ‘a significant number.’ Equipment manager Buddy Bates stitched the last name to ever appear above a Cardinals’ No. 5: ‘PUJOLS.'” (From Erik Spoonmore)
- Red Sox OF Tommy Pham was missing the team logo on his batting helmet last night.
- Atlanta SS Orlando Arcia wears his cap over his ears. (From Steve Dodell)
- Nats SS C.J. Abrams’s bat knob featured a photo of him and his dad from when he was a little boy. (From William Yurasko)
- Here’s something I haven’t seen before: Reggie Jackson wearing No. 20 during his first spring training with the Yankees. He wore it as a one-game tribute to Frank Robinson. (From Brian Kraus)
- Lots of great details in this article about a Packers statue in Green Bay. (From Nicole Haase and Adam Diny)
- DL Jason Pierre-Paul will wear No. 4 for the Ravens. “It was previously worn by Sam Koch, the longest-tenured Raven ever,” says Andrew Cosentino.
- Mono-green vs. Gang Green: The Packers will wear their 1950s green-over-green throwbacks on Oct. 16 against the Jets.
- The NFL is rolling out an international diversity initiative for Weeks Four and Five. Key passage: “Players can choose to wear, alongside the American flag, the flag of an international country or territory if they lived there for two years or more, or have a parent or grandparent who were born there.” Here are the flags that will be appearing, and here’s a list of players who’ll be wearing them. (Thanks to all who shared)
- The Jags’ teal pants will make their season debut this Sunday.
- With the Bengals’ new white-striped alternate helmets debuting tonight, the team is using new white-striped patterns for the end zones and midfield logo — except the stripes look more grey than white, at least to me.
- Yesterday’s installment of the comic strip Tank McNamara was about the Browns’ new midfield logo. (From Paul Dillon)
- New masks for the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors’ goalies. (From Wade Heidt)
- The BCHL’s Prince George Spruce Kings will wear Indigenous-themed uniforms this Friday. (Also from Wade)
- The sandwich chain Potbelly has a Baltimore outlet where the tabletops feature the logo of the long-defunct Baltimore Clippers. (From David Raglin)
- Airline Virgin Atlantic has adopted a gender-neutral uniform policy, so employees can now wear whichever shirts, skirts, slacks, and jackets they’re comfortable with.
- For the first time in 10 years, M&M’s is adding a new animated character — and she’s purple. (From Ron Ruelle)
- New uniforms in the works for the U.S. Navy. (From Timmy Donahue)