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2019 Shaping Up as Potentially Epic Year for Patches

During one of our recent discussions of anniversary patches, ordinals, and the like, reader Kurt Crowley posted a comment that caught my eye:

Can’t wait until 2019, which will feature MLB’s 150th anniversary, the Padres’ and Royals’ 50th anniversary, college football’s 150th anniversary, the NFL’s 100th season, and the 60th season for the eight original AFL teams and the Cowboys.

Sounds like a potential jersey patch bonanza, right? But the bonanza might be even bigger than that, because it turns out Kurt barely scratched the surface of what will be happening in 2019. Here’s what else is on the calendar for that year:

• In MLB, the Nationals and Brewers will be marking the 50th anniversary of their respective franchises (although both of those franchises were founded under different team names and in different cities than the teams’ current incarnations); the Mets will be marking the 50th anniversary of their 1969 “Miracle Mets” championship; and the Indians will be marking the 25th anniversary of Jacobs/Progressive Field.

•  In the NFL, the Packers will be marking their 100th anniversary, and the Rams will be opening their new stadium.

• In the NHL, the Sabres and Canucks will be playing their 50th seasons; the four remaining WHA franchises will be marking the 40th anniversary of their merger with the NHL (although only one of those teams — the Oilers — still plays under its original name and in its original city); the Jets will be marking the 20th anniversary of their franchise (although, again, that franchise was established in a different city and under a different team name); and the Wild and Blue Jackets will be playing their 20th seasons.

• In the NBA, the Cavaliers and Trail Blazers will be playing their 50th seasons; the Mavericks will be playing their 40th season; the Magic and Timberwolves will be marking their 30th anniversaries; and the Jazz will be marking the 40th anniversary of their move to Utah.

Note that some of these 2019 events will be anniversaries and some will be ordinals. Depending on how the teams and leagues choose to handle things, they could end up wearing patches (or helmet decals, or whatever) in 2018 or 2020, rather than in 2019. Let’s take a case-by-case look and see if we can figure out what’s most likely to happen:

MLB’s 150th anniversary: MLB’s centennial is what gave us Jerry Dior’s famous design in 1969. There was a 125th-anniversary patch in 1994, so it seems like a pretty safe bet that we’ll see a new MLB-wide patch for the sesquicentennial in 2019. (Yes, I just wanted an excuse to say “sesquicentennial.”)

The Padres’ 50th anniversary: The Padres have been inconsistent with their patch protocol. They wore a 25th-season patch in 1993 but then wore a 30th-anniversary patch in 1999 and a 40th-anniversary patch 10 years after that. Will they have the discipline to wait until 2019 and wear an anniversary patch, or will they get impatient and go with a 50th-season patch in 2018? I suspect the latter, because (a) they might not want their patch to have to compete with the MLB-wide sesquicentennial patch that’s likely to be worn in 2019, and (b) this team never does anything right uni-wise, so I’d expect them to be impatient and go with the ordinal instead of the anniversary.

The Royals’ 50th anniversary: The Royals are another team that’s been inconsistent. They went with a 25th-season patch in 1993 but then wore a 40th-anniversary patch in 2009. My hunch is that they’ll hold out until 2019 and do a true anniversary patch (even if it has to compete with the sesquicentennial patch), because the Royals are pretty much doing things right these days.

College football’s 150th anniversary: Many schools wore the college football centennial logo on their helmets in 1969. I’m fairly certain we’ll see something to mark the sesquicentennial, although I doubt it’ll be as prominent as the ’69 display. (Also: As we recently discussed, the NCAA allowed several players to wear No. 100 in connection with the centennial. How cool would it be if they let some players wear No. 150 in 2019?!)

The NFL’s 100th season: NFL teams wore a 50th-season patch (which many observers, myself included, have often mistakenly called a 50th-anniversary patch) in 1969 and a 75th-season patch in 1994. I expect that they’ll stick with that 25-year cycle and go with a centennial patch in 2019, even though the date range would look sooooo much better if they held out until 2020.

•  The Packers’ 100th anniversary: How is it that the Packers and the NFL aren’t on the same anniversary/ordinal cycle? Simple: The Packers played their first two season as an independent team, before the NFL was founded. They wore a 75th-season patch in 1993, which leads me to suspect that they’ll go with a 100th-season patch in 2018, not an anniversary patch in 2019.

•  The Rams’ new stadium: After three seasons of playing at the L.A. Coliseum, the Rams will move into their new building in 2019. They’ll almost certainly have new uniforms that season, and I expect they’ll have an inaugural-season patch for their stadium as well.

The original AFL teams’ 60th season: 2009 was the year that the AFL’s charter franchises wore throwbacks, along with a patch that said, “50th Anniversary Season.” But that was inaccurate — 2009 was the 50th season for these teams, but it was not the 50th-anniversary season, which wouldn’t come until 2010. Interestingly, each AFL team had its own commemorative logo that year, none of which used the word “Anniversary” (and two of which correctly used the word “Seasons”). Anyway: The NFL and AFL have always celebrated their benchmark seasons in tandem, dating back to Super Bowl IV. So if the NFL goes with a centennial patch in 2019, I suspect the AFL teams will also do something for their 60th seasons, even if it’s just a helmet decal. Now let’s hope none of them mistakenly uses the word “Anniversary.”

The Cowboys’ 60th season: The Cowboys are another team whose patch protocol has been inconsistent. They wore a 25th-season patch in 1984 but then went with a 50th-anniversary patch in 2010. Will they go with an ordinal mark in 2019 or an anniversary mark in 2020? Your guess is as good as mine.

The Nationals’ 50th franchise anniversary: The Nats act like the Expos never existed. I don’t expect that to change in 2019.

The Brewers’ 50th franchise anniversary: The Seattle Pilots’ heritage is largely claimed by the Mariners these days, not by the Brewers. There’s no way the Brewers will wear a patch to honor their franchise’s 50th anniversary in 2019, although there’s a chance they could wear a patch for the Brewers’ 50th season that year. Or they could wear a Brewers 50th-anniversary patch in 2020 which is what I hope they’ll do. (Meanwhile, it would be nice to see the Mariners do something mark the 50th anniversary of the Pilots’ lone season — not a patch, but maybe a Sunday throwback for 2019.)

The 1969 Mets’ 50th anniversary: It’s hard to overstate how momentous the Miracle Mets’ championship was. This was a team that had finished in ninth place the year before, a team that had never won more than 73 games, and they become the first expansion team to win the World Series. With the players on that team now entering their golden years, I’m fairly certain we’ll see a patch in 2019.

•  Jacobs/Progressive Field’s 25th anniversary: Teams don’t usually have 25th-anniversary patches for their stadiums, but I’m including this one as a possibility because the Indians wore a 10th-anniversary patch for Jacobs field (which seems pretty ridiculous) in 2004. I suppose there’s a chance they could do a 25th-anniversary patch in 2019, although the ballpark’s name change would muddy the waters a bit. In other words, 2019 will be the facility’s 25th anniversary, but can you really say it’s Progressive Field’s 25th anniversary, when that name has only been in use since 2009? Just another way in which corporate naming rights totally suck.

The Sabres’ 50th season: As we’ve noted in previous discussions, the anniversary/ordinal distinction becomes blurrier when dealing with sports whose seasons extend across two calendar years. Case in point: The Sabres’ first season was 1970-71, so 1994-95 was their 25th season. That year they wore a patch that included the word “anniversary” (even though it was not their 25th-anniversary season), and they fudged the date range by using the first calendar year of the inaugural season and the last calendar year of their 25th season. Fifteen years later, they wore a 40th-season patch, although the design was so simple that it could literally be used for any anniversary or ordinal. Anyway, given that they’ve worn patches in their benchmark ordinal seasons, I expect they’ll wear something in 2019-20.

The Canucks’ 50th season: The Canucks, whose first season was 1970-71, are another team that has played fast and loose with the date range. They wore a 20th-season patch in 1989-90 but made it look like an anniversary patch by doing the first/last thing with the years. They’ve also been sloppy with their language, wearing a 25th-“anniversary” patch in 1995, which was actually their 25th season. Interestingly, they didn’t wear a 40th-season patch in 2009-10, instead waiting until 2010-11 to wear a 40th-anniversary patch — which didn’t include the word “anniversary.” This team has been so inconsistent that it’s impossible to predict whether they’ll wear an ordinal patch in 2019-20 or an anniversary patch in 2020-21. And whichever route they choose, they’ll probably fudge the wording and/or the date range.

The NHL/WHA merger’s 40th anniversary: This is a tricky one. The Oilers, Whalers (who are now the Hurricanes), Nordiques (who are now the Avalanche), and Jets (who are now the Coyotes) were folded into the NHL for the 1979-80 season. Interestingly, the Oilers have worn several patches that essentially treat 1979-80 as the team’s first season, ignoring the franchise’s seven years in the WHA, but these patches have been riddled with problems. In 1988-89, for example, they wore a 10th-“anniversary” patch, even though that was actually their 10th season in the NHL, not their 10th anniversary. In 2003-04, they wore a 25th-season patch. The weirdest move came in 2008-09, when they wore a patch that said, “Est. 1979” (patently false — the team was founded in 1972) and “Celebrating 30 years of Oilers Hockey” (ditto). Given this history — or, rather, revisionist history — they’ll likely wear a 50th-season patch in 2018-19, rather than an anniversary patch in 2019-20. (It’s worth noting, incidentally, that other the other merger teams did not pretend that they’d never been part of the WHA. The Jets wore a 10th-season patch in 1981-82, and so did the Whalers.)

The situation for the other three surviving WHA franchises is murkier, because they have new identities. All three of them have worn patches celebrating the anniversaries or ordinals of their new incarnations and have never worn anything acknowledging their old cities or team names. I don’t think that will change now.

The Jets’ 20th franchise anniversary: The current edition of the Winnipeg Jets began play in 1999-2000 as the Atlanta Thrashers. To my knowledge, the franchise does nothing these days to acknowledge its past in Atlanta, so I don’t expect them to wear a patch to mark its 20th anniversary.

The Wild’s 20th season: The Wild’s first season was 2000-01. They wasted no time getting on board the commemorative patch train, wearing this patch in 2005-06. This was a tricky situation — it was their fifth anniversary, but it was also arguably their fifth season, because the 2004-05 schedule had been wiped out by the lockout. So the wording they chose was “Year Five,” a format that I don’t think has ever appeared on any other anniversary or ordinal patch. Then they wore a 10th-anniversary patch in 2010-11. Given this history, I don’t think they’ll wear a 20th-season patch in 2019-20 — they’ll probably hold out for an anniversary patch in 2020-21.

The Blue Jackets’ 20th season: The Blue Jackets wore a 10th-anniversary patch in 2010-11. So, much like the Wild, they probably won’t pull the trigger for an ordinal patch in 2019-20. Instead, expect a 20th-anniversary patch in 2020-21.

The Cavaliers’ 50th season: The Cavs, whose first season was 1970-71, have consistently celebrated their ordinals. They had a 35th-season logo in 2004-05 (but didn’t wear it as a patch) and a 40th-season patch in 2009-10 (although they fudged the date range by doing the first/last thing). Given this history, I’m fairly certain they’ll go with a 50th-season patch in 2019-20.

The Trail Blazers’ 50th season: To my knowledge (and please correct me if I’m wrong), the only anniversary or ordinal mark the Blazers have ever had is this 25th-season logo, which they used in 1994-95 but did not wear as a patch. I’m pretty sure they’ll go with a 50th-season patch in 2019-20, though.

•  The Mavericks’ 40th season: Again, correct me if I’m wrong here, but the Mavs do not appear to have had an anniversary logo or patch at any time in their history. Tough to say if they’ll have one for their 40th season in 2019-20, or if they’ll hold out for an anniversary patch in 2020-21, or if they’ll just continue their practice of not bothering with this type of thing.

The Magic’s 30th anniversary: The Magic, whose first season was 1989-90, have been one of the sports world’s most logo- and patch-happy franchises. They had a 10th-season logo in 1998-99 (not worn as a patch, fudged date range); a 15th-“anniversary” logo in 2003-04, which was actually their 15th season, not their 15th anniversary (not worn as a patch); a 20th-season patch in 2008-09; and a 25th-season patch in 2013-14 (fudged date range). All of these were in celebration of ordinals, not anniversaries, so I expect they’ll wear a 30th-season patch in 2018-19, not an anniversary patch in 2019-20.

The Timberwolves’ 30th anniversary: To my knowledge, the T-Wolves have had only one history-based mark: this 20th-season patch, which they wore in 2008-09. Although they fudged the date range, the patch explicitly says, “20 Seasons” and “Twentieth Season” — seems like overkill, but at least they didn’t mistakenly use “Anniversary.” Anyway, given that they celebrated their 20th ordinal season, I expect they’ll go with a 30th-season patch in 2018-19, not an anniversary patch in 2019-20.

The Jazz’s 40th anniversary in Utah: Have the Jazz ever had any kind of anniversary or ordinal logo? I can’t think of one, and (which is the only database for NBA-related stuff) doesn’t list any. Hmmmm.

Phew — that was a pretty deep rabbit hole! Bottom line: We’re probably gonna see a shitload of patches in 2019, along with a decent number in 2018. Big thanks to Kurt Crowley for getting the ball rolling on this very interesting topic.

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By Phil, making a rare weekday appearance

Baseball News: The Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders, announced that they’ll be wearing all-black uniforms with neon-green sleeves and trim for their upcoming “Glow in the Park Fridays” promotion (from Hall of Very Good). … With Opening Day just around the corner, Craig Brown wanted to share some recent updates to Threads Of Our Game site, his excellent 19th-century baseball uniform database project. There are many interesting things to see and read from the year 1888. … Check out this amazing photo of the Houston Astros and their bullpen cart (from Super70s Sports). … The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs will be the first and so far only minor league team to wear Majestic on-field uniforms. Of note: the team has an MiLB logo tramp stamp on the belt tunnel. Here’s a look at the full set of unis, which includes a Phillies-style throwback treatment and a bacon-themed alternate. … On April 18, the San Francisco Giants will have a “playoff send-off with a co-branded #SFGiants and #Warriors cap” (from Paul). … The Mets’ 1986 throwbacks will be pullovers, just like the ’86 originals, but MLB The Show has them as button-fronts. This is apparently a glitch in the video game, which tends to show all throwbacks as button-fronts. … On April 15 the Birmingham Barons will wear special #42 Brooklyn Dodgers inspired jerseys to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day (h/t MiLB Promos). … The Binghamton Mets will honor former longtime official scorer Steve Kraly with an “SK” jersey patch this season (h/t Tim Heiman via Paul). … The Boston Globe posted a gallery of photos by Stan Grossfeld taken using an infrared camera — they give an almost otherworldly perspective of spring training. Submitter Ryan Frazer adds, “The photos of Dustin Pedroia wearing sunglasses(?) are particularly interesting because the lenses appear clear, although I’ve never noticed him wearing clear lenses on (or off) the field before.” … Whoa — check out this photo of a very young Pete Rose as a Tampa Tarpon (h/t Dugout Legends). … The Durham Bulls have teamed up with RUNAWAY for DURM Night Uniforms (h/t Axle Foley). I particularly love the dark sanis/stirrups combo. … MLB has negotiated a deal with Apple to place iPad Pros in all 30 clubhouses (from Tommy Turner). … Check out these awesome Detroit Tigers cufflinks (modeled by Dan Epstein). … The Brooklyn Cyclones will wear “Piazza-era” uniforms on Hall of Fame Day — July 24. … “Check out the uni my alma mater Cardozo High in Queens wore in 2015,” says Aaron Scholder. I’m more interested in the hosiery, which look to be the (never worn) original Mets striped stirrups with orange sanis (that a few UWers, including yours truly wore for stirrup Fridays a while back. … Tweeter Tom Denne says, “Reds still not wearing new uniform pants with MLB logo on rear; haven’t all Spring Training.” … Check out this tremendous photo of Mike Hegan of the Seattle Pilots on the March 1970 cover of Boys’ Life (h/t Sports Paper). … Here’s a look at the Opening Series Logo being applied to PNC Park (photo by Michael Senserino). And here it is being completed. … Marshall Baseball will be wearing military camopreciation tops & caps this weekend (via Marshall Equipment). … The Buffalo Bisons’ new caps have an almost childlike simplicity. [It’s hard to express how much I love this. ”” PL]

NFL News: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: the NFL Draft Caps are here (h/t Tony Crespo). The caps themselves will feature “liquid chrome logos” (ugh) and some other marketingspeak. … The MMQB went behind-the-scenes to look at the logistical complexity of the Rams’ nomadic season to come (thanks, Brinke).

College Football News: Under Armour has inked its first contract for a Division II school — Texas A&M-Commerce — and they’re not terrible (but they have waaaaaay too many combos). You can read more here (from Zach Barnett). … I have no context for this, but are these new helmets for Citadel? (from Davis). Since red isn’t a Citadel color, I’m thinking that’s a “no.” It’s possibly Cornell. … Utah State is adding a memorial decal for Max Johnson’s grandfather, although it’s not clear who that is. Anyone..? (From Michael Lundberg.)

Hockey News: NHL Commish Gary Bettman says he regrets approving of the Islanders “fisherman” uniform redesign (from Mitch). … Reader Eli Ganias asks, “Was this ever a real Islanders logo on this shirt?” I’m about 99.9% positive it wasn’t (isn’t), and a quick check of Chris Creamer’s logo database doesn’t show it to be (still pretty cool, though). … The Kingston Frontenacs are partnering with United Way of KFL&A and Fort Henry and will wear uniforms honoring the Fort Henry Guard this Saturday (from Will Scheibler).

Basketball News: The Kings hosted Social Media Night on Wednesday with emoji-covered warmups. … “Just gimme the damn ball…for some swag”: Robert Horry said Kobe told teammates when Shaq was injured in 2002-03 season that he’d give his teammates Adidas gear if he kept getting the ball (from Brinke). Unfortunately, Horry said Kobe still hasn’t given teammates gear. Kobe said he doesn’t owe anything since he switched to Nike. … The Raptors wore their “Drake” alts last night, with the Hawks wearing white on the road. … Briana Day on the Syracuse women’s team has FNOB, and so does her twin sister, Bria Day (from Ricky Schumaker and Chris Sciria).

Soccer News: The Management Committee chairman of the Black Maidens of Ghana, Augustine Asante, has promised that the team will not wear oversized jerseys for matches again. The female national U-17 team had to use scissors to cut oversized jerseys to suit for their World Cup qualifier against Morocco. … According to Conrad Burry, these are the leaked kits for Manchester United for 2016-17. … “Two great looking match-ups (despite the sponsors) for the UEFA Women’s Champions second leg” Saurel Jean, Jr. writes. “SK Slavia Praha vs. Olympique Lyonnais had the homeside Czech team in red & white harlequin halves while the visiting French team wore all black. Paris-St. Germain vs. FC Barcelona had the French side in all navy uniforms against the Spanish side’s all golden yellow.” … The new Fort Lauderdale Strikers unis for 2016 (primary and secondary) were released last night (from Derek Reese).

Grab Bag: Here are this week’s Indy Car liveries for the race in Phoenix (from Tim Dunn). … “Here is one for your Grab Bag, I think,” writes Ken Traisman. “The first Jewish tartan, from Scotland.” … An artist named Cuyler Smith has an exhibit at Gallery 1988, a pop culture related gallery in Los Angeles. His show consists of trading cards based on TV/movie characters within the sports realm, with the card design being pretty accurate to the time the characters are from (nice find by Jake Sorg). … Two northeast Indiana high schools are using the “Patriots” name, one of which is using Flying Elvis for a logo (from Matthew LeBlanc). … According to this article, Reebok (yes, you read that correctly) is going to release “alien related sneakers” next month (from TommyThe CPA). … Several people sent in the disturbing story of a Chicago Tribune photographer who noticed an Adidas photo shoot taking place on a local street yesterday. It was a bit of a spectacle, including lots of fake snow to make the scene look more wintry, so he stopped to take some photos (which lots of onlookers were already doing with their phones), at which point a crew member grabbed his camera and other crew members threatened him. Why? Because the Adidas shoes featured in the shoot haven’t been released yet. [Douchebags. ”” PL]

Comments (93)

    Typo (Regarding SD Padres) but then wore a 25th-anniversary patch in 1999 …(Shouldn’t that read 30th?)

    Maybe I’m just up too early and my brain hasn’t fully grasped this, but how/why did the Padres celebrate two anniversaries that were 15 years apart in only 10 years?

    -Interesting that Bettman thing is being treated like a revelation, I’ve heard him say it several times. The most memorable to me is on the 30 For 30 that detailed the ill-fated Spanos ownership era of the Islanders.

    -On the Padres, I assume 1999 is supposed to be a 30th anniversary patch?

    “They wore a 25th-season patch in 1993 but then wore a 25th-anniversary patch in 1999 and a 40th-anniversary patch 10 years after that.”

    -I dislike the black Mets uniforms a great deal, but I must admit I like those Cyclones uniforms even as a Yankees fan. I think it’s because I’m so nostalgic and fond of that late 90’s era of NY baseball.

    Specifically, he doesn’t actually say he regrets it. He said he was skeptical of it. As if he was the only person in a room of ten who didn’t like it and didn’t put his foot down but could have but trusted the judgement of others. Sounds more like he’s passing the buck than admitting he was wrong.

    Didn’t the Dallas Mavericks start in 1980-81, so could they have a 40th (since the Cavs could have a 50th and they started 10 years earlier)?

    Good one — I missed that! Yes, the Mavs could have a 40th-season (not anniversary) patch in 2019 or they could hold out for an anniversary patch in 2020.

    I’ll add this to the text.

    If the Yankees’ AAA club is wearing glow in the dark uniforms isn’t it only a matter of time before they do it in the big leagues?

    Which is a shame – MLB could use a good dose of adopting some of the more interesting design trends in MiLB. The Rays, for instance, are named after the physical phenomenon of light, so glow-in-the-dark highlights would be a natural fit for Tampa Bay. Plus it would be just plain fun, which the big leagues need more of when it comes to unis and logos.

    You’re thinking of the Devil Rays. Different team. The Rays are all about beams of sunshine now, plus a fish on the sleeve. That little glint glyph the Rays use to depict sunshine could easily be rendered with glow-in-the-dark elements. (And/or reflective fabric or thread.)

    “You’re thinking of the Devil Rays. Different team.”

    You make it sound like they’re two different franchises when they’re really not.

    My “different team” line was a joke, which I assumed would be obvious. Always a bad assumption. Sorry!

    Isn’t the game fun enough? I don’t get how the uniforms make the game more fun to watch. The NBA could wear any sort of crap, and I won’t watch, because it’s boring as hell.

    How about the Green Bay Packers 100th season in 2018 Hard to believe that was missed!

    Well, that’s 2018 — the focus of today’s entry is what might happen in 2019.

    Still, it’s true that the Pack could wear a 100th-anniversary patch in 2019, so you’re right about that.

    I’ll add that to the text.

    The Arizona Coyotes (the hockey team formerly known as the Phoenix Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets) will be having their 20th anniversary next season. They moved to Phoenix before the 1996-1997. They have yet to announce a patch but did they say they are kicking the tires on a true 3rd jersey to go with their new set. They will still be keeping the Kachina Coyote in rotation for throwback night.

    I think Citadel does wear some red that goes with their affiliation as a military college. Doubt they would wear full chrome red helmet.

    I could be 100% wrong though.

    The Citadel does have a big local history with what they call “The Big Red Flag” which was a red version of the SC flag. This was flying over the Citadel cadets who fired the first shots of the civil war, and is a symbol that many of the cadets use to this day for the school. You can find red flag stickers all over Charleston on cars and windows.

    The Citadel has a version of the South Carolina state flag in red that appears on some of the campus bookstore merchandise.

    The Packers are likely to follow what they did in 1993 celebrating their 75th season. Anything is possible here in Titletown.

    There was a lockout in the NHL in 2004-05 so Wild and CBJ would be 19th season.

    Technically, yeah. But as we’ve discussed before, the lost season is now generally ignored in NHL season/ordinal calculations.

    I love that Jewish tartan! Except the blue is much too dark. Both the Scottish and Israeli flags use lighter shades of blue, and a tartan based on a royal or sky blue would be nicely distinctive.

    I would suspect the Rams will have a patch in 2019 to go with new uniforms in the first year of their new stadium.

    Another mistake on that 1986 Mets jersey in the MLB the Show game is they put pinstripes on it when the original didn’t.

    Also, the racing stripes are way too thin. They should not fit completely between two pinstripes; they should be at least as wide as the space required for three pins.

    In short, shit job, Sony.

    It does kind of look grey, or maybe light blue. But it might just be weird “lighting” or whatever. In any case, AFAIK the Mets aren’t doing any kind of road throwback uni this year, so if it’s not white, the color is the mistake, not the pinstripes.

    It would have to be extremely weird lighting, because the blues look daytime-vibrant in that shot, and the body of the uniform doesn’t look like a shadowed white, but explicitly grey.

    The Mets definitely wore pinstripes in 1986. Those home uniforms without pinstripes came much later.

    But that’s bullshit, because they haven’t kept those numbers retired! The Nats’ current 25-man roster includes a No. 8, a No. 10, and a No. 30. If anything, they’re pissing on their Expos-related heritage, not honoring it.

    That may or may not be bullshit, but the fact remains that the Nats very much do not “act like the Expos never existed.” They did back when MLB owned the team, but under the Lerners the Nats have slowly but consistently increased their acknowledgement of having played in Montreal. You may think the Nats are doing a horseshit job of executing on that recognition, and I wouldn’t disagree, but doing a bad job of recognizing the Expos is an entirely different thing from pretending the Expos didn’t exist.

    Will the Nats wear a franchise semicentennial patch in 2019? Probably not. But that’s not a foregone conclusion; recognizing the 50th anniversary would be consistent with the team’s current position toward the Expos.

    There is a team in the Mid-Atlantic that pretends it never existed anywhere else and sprang into being sui generis: the Baltimore Orioles née St. Louis Browns (also née Milwaukee Brewers). I’d give the Orioles a nonzero chance of wearing a 65th anniversary patch in 2019, even though the team will actually be having its 118th anniversary that season.

    Well, if you’re a jilted former Expos fan, would you want the city/ownership group that stole your team to flaunt the history of your favorite former team? I think it’s the other way around–to actually honor the Expos would be “pissing” on that heritage. Leave it back in Montreal where it belongs.

    Then the Nats should not have any retired numbers on their website, except 42.

    So I’d say the Nats are flaunting the history of the Expos a bit.

    A couple other patch possibilities

    Texas Rangers’ 25th anniversary of their ballpark.

    Yankees and Mets 10th anniversary of their new stadiums, but I doubt either team will wear a patch for that.

    I hate, hate, hate patches! On a major league sports uniform, they are totally unnecessary. All they do is add clutter. The proliferation of patches piles on makers’ marks, league logos, secondary marks, U.S. flags, charity symbols, tributes to dead ballplayers; it’s all junk. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I want a moratorium on anything other than a black armband (when appropriate).

    Totally disagree.

    If nothing else, patches identify a particular year when doing an historical photo search (and photos from yesteryear are notoriously undated or wrongly dated).

    I agree that they are cluttersome, but they provide a valuable service in terms of the historical record.

    Well played, DarenL.

    Phil, I don’t doubt for a second it makes your job easier as a photo archivist. But that doesn’t make patches any less of an aesthetic disaster. Every time I look at the Angels’ jersey, it reminds me of the pair of headlines in the Springfield Shopper: “Where Is Fallout Boy?/Where Is Fallout Boy?”

    The Utah State helmet decal is for Dr. John Worley, the team physician for more than 40 years and also a former Aggie athlete:


    Interesting to note that none of the men holding the AFL throwback jerseys in that 2009 photo are now coaching their respective teams — Fisher and Ryan are leading different clubs; Turner, McDaniels, Haley and Cable are assistants elsewhere; Jauron is out of the league; and Robert Kraft stood in for the (vacationing? plotting? hoodie-scissoring?) Bill Belichick.

    Well we can be about 85% sure the NFL patches will be those crappy iron-on versions, so if you watch the second half, most of the players who actually go on the field won’t have them anymore. So that’s something.

    I am pretty sure this is the only site you will find a headline like “Potentially Epic Year for Patches”…and I still kinda rolled my eyes at it

    more at myself for being the kind of person interested in this kind of trivia thing and that there is a website for it. What a world we live in. It’s amusing.

    What if the Pirates don’t get to the World Series until 2019, and wear a 40th “We Are Family” patch. Think of a pillbox cap,Canaries,Prison stripe, Stargell Stars, Sister Sledge, Three Rivers mash up.

    I would hope the University of Pittsburgh would commemorate
    the 40th anniversary of the great 1976 National Championship team. The football program will be rolling out new uniforms in May.

    Probably of no interest to anybody, but that young guy (intern?) in the center of the Iron Pigs uni photo missed his belt loops and it’s driving me crazy.


    It’s a bit annoying that the Scranton/W-B RailRiders are having a glow-in-the-dark alt uniform.

    Back in 2012 when they announced the list of nickname finalists, arguably the best name on the list was Fireflies. It was easy to imagine glow-in-the-dark uniforms at that time–similar to what the Casper Ghosts pioneered. Instead the team picked RailRiders, which is just about as bland of an identity as you can get. Not good, not bad, just meh.

    Flash forward four years. The Savannah Sand Gnats move to Columbia, SC and call themselves the Fireflies. They introduce glow-in-the-dark elements for their debut uniforms. Shortly thereafter, here come the glow-in-the-dark RailRiders. Scranton had the firefly idea first, but they didn’t have the courage to catch it in a jar.

    It’s a minor quibble.

    The beginning of this video clip (link) features the Trail Blazers “20th Anniversary Season” logo, which was used during the 1989/90 season. It was used on promotional material, such as the legendary Franz trading cards, and it may have been used as a patch on their warm-up jackets. I’m still trying to track down proof of that!

    Wouldn’t a Chicago Black Sox 100th year anniversary patch of the infamous scandal be an interesting Bar Stool Sports item?

    Also, in more uplifting news, 100th year anniversary of the undecided Stanley Cup final between Montreal and Seattle suspended after 5 games due to the outbreak of influenza.

    That Islanders logo looks a lot like the Pearl Jam sticker from their 2013 shows at Barclay’s.


    Which may of course be borrowed from something else, but that’s as far as I know.

    If that was supposed to be a link to the Pearl Jam sticker, then you posted the wrong link, because that goes back to the tweet about Bettman and the fisherman.

    I enjoyed the photo of the Astros and their bullpen cart.

    Noticed the guy on the left had metal spikes. Always wondered how well they worked on an artificial surface and/or if they caused damage.

    As a resident of geographic Mets country who gets SNY on cable, I can confirm that as an example, Keith Hernandez still wore spikes on turf because the batting area is still dirt and he wanted to “dig in” at bat. I’d guess that Ozzie Smith or Tim Raines’s experiences would vary. And if that guy on the left were a pitcher, then he would almost assuredly want to “dig in” on the mound.

    More dates for the 2019 Calendar:

    * Proposed opening for the new arena of the Golden State Warriors
    * T Boone Pickens Stadium 100th Anniversary
    * 50th Anniversary of Championships for the Mets, Jets

    Mets anniversary is already dealt with in today’s text.

    I didn’t include the Jets because they won Super Bowl III in January of 1969, which means it was the ’68 season. If they wear a patch, it would likely be in 2018, not ’19.

    You might also see the Bulls and/or Hawks do something because that’s the 25th anniversary of the United Center.

    The Brewers are another team that has an inconsistent protocol. They marked “20 years” in 1989 (link), “25th anniversary” in 1994 (link)and “40” in 2010 (link).

    OK, enough with my bad puns. The Montreal Canadiens were established in 1909, so 2019 could yield a 110th patch with less “interference” from the rest of the league.
    The Habs had a whopper of a celebration that lasted two years and had distinct jersey patches for the right shoulder: 100th season in the 2008-09 season (the lockout messed that up, but nobody cares–I guess it’s a season where the teams existed but no games, no stats, no records, and no Cup presentation), and 100 years for the 2009-10 season and for the special throwbacks that popped up in the 08-09 season.
    Was that a long time? Yes. Would I expect a 110 patch? I wouldn’t say never. Money talks very loudly.

    Under Armour is pushing the “Team UA” over school thing even more next year with their “Reunion” games. It will feature two games with UA outfitted schools. They are calling it “Reunion” because they say it is like family fighting . The slogan for the event is actually “Fight like Family”. At what point will schools say their identity is more important than their outfitter?

    My alma mater, D2 Millersville in Pennsylvania became an Under Armour school in 2014, which included a change in logos (and I’m not really a fan of their uniforms, but they never win, so we rarely have to see them).



    2019 is also the 20th Anniversary of the Rams Super Bowl win. Hopefully the LA Rams get that put on there too to piss on the St. Louis fans.

    Maybe someone else mentioned this and I just overlooked it, but isn’t 2019 also the 150th anniversary of the Reds? I remember them wearing a different patch from the rest of baseball in 1994. Maybe they will go that route again.

    The 150th anniversary of the 1869 Reds, which was baseball’s (sorta) first (mostly) all-professional team. And that’s what the MLB “anniversary” refers to. The National League was actually founded in 1876, and the American League declared itself a major league in 1901. MLB’s first season was either 1902 or 1903, depending on what you think of the failed first attempt to form a dual-league association between the AL and NL, and the modern commissioner-headed MLB was founded in 1920.

    But none of those corporate events are as sexy as the 1869 Reds, so MLB pins its big anniversary to that first professional team.

    Division II Nebraska-Kearney is an Under Armour school for all sports. I believe this season was the first year of that arrangement.

    In his monthly column, Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy let this little nugget: “The NFL will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2020”. A hint that its patch will be worn in 2020 and not 2019?


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