The jerseys you see above are what the Covington Blue Sox wore in 1946 and 1979 — or maybe they’re what the Covington Blue Sox would have worn if the team had existed in 1946 and 1979. In reality, the Covington Blue Sox, who were charter members of the Federal League, only existed for part of the 1913 season, after which the owners moved the team to Kansas City and renamed it the Packers.
All of which got Jake Staubitz wondering. What if the Sox had stayed in Covington? What sort of history might they have had? How would their look have evolved? Jake, a graphic designer who’s about to graduate with a BFA from Northern Kentucky University, decided to address those questions for his capstone thesis project. You can see his full re-imagining of the Blue Sox here.
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today — the annual Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide. Enjoy!
By Brinke Guthrie
Here’s something new (at least to me) from the Volpe Files. We’ve all seen the famous Pro Star Portraits he did, but how about this Browns “Pro Star” three-ring portrait album? Seven players are included, along with a 1970 NFL game schedule. The seller also has albums from the Packers, Lions, Bears, and football Cardinals.
You say portraits aren’t your bag? Then check out the rest of this week’s eBay picks:
• Nice cover art on this 1975 Roundy’s Food Store Packers player photo album.
• From Uni Watch membership card designer Scott M.X. Turner, this Etsy collection of 1965 MLB pins from “8 Guys Potato Chips.”
• From reader David Firestone, here’s a program from the first game in Raiders history, a 1960 preseason game against the Dallas Texans!
• Here’s a nice-looking early-1970s SD Chargers poster.
• What makes the Juice run? Juicemobiles, of course.
• Get yourself a battery and you’ll have all you need to make this 1980s Citibank Yankees promo digital watch work. Hopefully.
• Check the logo work on this early-1970s MLB blanket!
• This early-1970s Buffalo Sabres coffee mug looks to be in great shape.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Blazers contest reminder: In case you missed it last week, I’m soliciting entries for a Blazers redesign contest on ESPN. The deadline is Dec. 9, and the results will be published on ESPN soon after that. I look forward to seeing your designs.
ITEM! Big event on the horizon: Shannon Shark, who runs the excellent Mets Police blog, has put together what should be a swell event: the Queens Baseball Convention, which will take place at McFadden’s on Jan. 18, 2014, from noon into the early evening.
The QBC will basically be an all-day Mets-apalooza, and there will be at least three uni-reated components:
• I will be conducting a pub quiz-style trivia content focusing on Mets uniforms.
• Mike Cesarano, curator of the Mets uniform timeline, will be conducting a presentation on Mets uni history. (I may be involved in this presentation as well, although the details are still being worked out.)
• There will be a “jersey parade,” in which fans can wear their favorite (or most obscure, or whatever) Mets jerseys. I’ll be taking part in the judging to pick the best and most interesting jerseys of the day.
There will also be lots of non-uni stuff, including autograph sessions with former Mets Ed Kranepool and Ron Darling; presentations by Daily News columnist Anthony Martino, ESPN.com columnist Mark Simon, and Faith and Fear in Flushing blogger Greg Prince; a scavenger hunt for kids; and a lot more. You can see the full schedule of events and purchase tickets ($35 for adults, $10 for kids) here.
Shannon Shark, the Mets Police honcho who’s putting all of this together, is a smart, can-do guy who makes stuff happen (he pretty much single-handedly convinced the Mets to bring back Banner Day). I’m excited to be part of his event and have no doubt that it’ll be a good time. Hope to see lots of you there.
Tick-Tock: Today’s Ticker was compiled and written by Garrett McGrath.
Baseball News: No photos, but C. Trent Rosecrans says that the Cincinnati Reds are going to unveil their new camouflage and St. Patrick’s Day uniforms on Friday afternoon at Redsfest, a two-day event happening at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
NFL News: The Arizona Cardinals will wear all-red bloodclot uniforms this weekend. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: What if the Panthers had been born in 1955, instead of 1995? Their visual history might look like this (from Matt Stevens). … When Andrew “The Giant” Luck isn’t quarterbacking, he is designing headphones (from Tommy Turner). … Nike doesn’t know how to spell Gale Sayers’ first name correctly (from Kyle Clifford).
College Football News: Here is a complete look at the throwback uniform that will be worn by Baylor this weekend. … The ACC revealed the patch that FSU and Duke will wear this Saturday during the conference championship game. … Fresno State will wear all-black this weekend during Saturday’s Mountain West Football Championship (from Richard Paloma). … You know those little gold pants charms that Ohio State players get after a win against Michigan? OSU QB Braxton Miller was wearing his gold pants from a previous season during last weekend’s game against the Wolverines (from Kyle Shaner).
Hockey News: Hello fellow Parrotheads! The Minnesota Wild created a customized jersey for Jimmy Buffet. … On Jan. 5, 1974 the Soviet Union hockey team traveled to America and played the Seattle Totems of the Western Hockey League. Chris Mizzoni posted a photo and background on the match-up. I also can’t resist posting this: Toronto Maple Leafs 1964 ‘Colouring’ Book, fantastic stuff.
Soccer News: David Meyler of Hull City revealed a customized shin pad with the Irish flag and the names of his father, mother, and sister on it after scoring a goal vs. Liverpool (from Tanner Welch). … An article with minimalist logos for all 19 current MLS teams (from Anthony Nuccio).
Basketball News: Ad patches are one thing, but what if NBA uniforms were basically just delivery devices for larger corporate sponsors? They might look like this (thanks, Phil). … The NBA Store in NYC started selling the Knicks Christmas Day shooting shirts. … Rhode Island College wore these illegible unis over the weekend during their loss to MIT (from Robert Gelles). … Georgia Tech wore all-black uniforms on Friday during their loss at the Barclays Center (from Richard Musterer).
Grab Bag: Interesting article on how premium seating revenue is driving stadium design (from Matthew Walthert). … You have been waiting for it, a New York City Super Mario Brothers Subway map. … Leo Strawn Jr. was helping a friend go through some old boxes when they came across lots of cool vintage stuff, including things from the WFL, NASL, and the Olympics.