@UniWatch nice find at work. 1980 Uniform Specification book for every team pic.twitter.com/EtPmZcvVYe
— Andrew Weatherly (@arwfsu) June 2, 2016
I have a bunch of MLB style guides from the late 1990s and early 2000s, but none from earlier than that. So when reader Andrew Weatherly recently sent me a tweet (shown above) about a 1980 MLB style guide in his possession, that definitely got my attention. I sent a reply asking him to email me privately, which he did.
During our ensuing back-and-forth, Andrew explained that his father had purchased a printing company in Oregon and that the guide had been left behind by the company’s previous owner. I asked if he’d consider selling it and he said yes, so we agreed upon a fair price and now the guide has been added to my Uni Watch library.
As you can see in his original tweet, Andrew described this as a 1980 guide. I understand why he thought that, because most of the individual style sheets carry a “10/80” notation in the lower-right corner. That means the specs were finalized in October of 1980, which in turn means that they were actually for the 1981 season, not 1980. Also, the guide was packaged in a binder with removable sheets, and the 1981 style sheets for some teams have been swapped out and replaced with updated sheets for the 1982, ’83, or ’84 seasons. So the net result is a bit of an early-1980s hodgepodge.
But it’s still an amazing document, full of invaluable information and some fascinating anomalies. I’ll do a team-by-team rundown in a minute, but first here’s some basic info on the guide:
1. The guide is a packaged in a 10.5″ by 12″ binder with a batter illustration on the front and a pitcher on the back (for all of today’s photos, you can click to enlarge):
2. The guide was produced by the Licensing Corporation of America (LCA), which oversaw MLB’s licensing operations from 1966 through 1987. The guide includes some LCA paperwork, including guidelines for hangtags and a form for manufacturers to submit when they wanted to produce a licensed product. You can also see LCA’s logo, which was, ironically, pretty awful:
3. With one exception, which I’ll get to later, each MLB team is represented by two style sheets: a color sheet showing the team’s jersey, pants, cap, batting helmet, stirrups, sanitaries, and dugout jacket, along with logos and Pantone color swatches; and a black-and-white sheet showing camera-ready artwork that could be used on licensed products:
4. The bottom of each color sheet includes fine-print specs that spell out the particulars of each team’s uniform. Some of the details are really interesting. For example, check out how specific they are about how the lettering on the Yankees’ jerseys should be aligned with the buttonholes and collar:
5. If you look again at those Yankees specs, you can see that they refer to the jersey having a “saddle shoulder.” That’s the term used in the guide for raglan sleeves (except for one or two entries that do say “raglan sleeve” instead). I had never heard of the term “saddle shoulder” before, but it’s apparently a raglan variation.
6. Lots of teams were wearing elastic-waistband pants in the early 1980s. Interestingly, the guide shows some of them with two snaps and some with three — sometimes mixing and matching within the same team, as seen here with the Pirates:
The number of snaps isn’t covered in the fine-print specs, so it’s not clear if the inconsistent snap depictions are a result of sloppy mock-ups or if they accurately depict how the pants were constructed.
7. Speaking of pants, teams wearing belts had their belt tunnels accurately depicted. In other words, the mock-up for the Tigers’ pants looks different than the one for the Mets’ pants, because the Tigers used loops instead of tunnels.
8. And speaking of belts, they’re not shown in the guide, which is surprising. Also not shown: the backs of jerseys.
Okay, that covers the preliminaries. Here’s a rundown of some noteworthy details I spotted in some of the team mock-ups:
• For the Angels, they showed the front number on the road jersey but for some reason didn’t include it on the home jersey:
• Here’s something interesting: The Astros’ mock-ups show a straight hem on the jerseys, and the fine-print description says, “Straight bottom” (all the other teams’ mock-ups show scoop-style shirttails, and the descriptions say, “Curved bottom”):
I double-checked this against Bill Henderson’s jersey guide, and sure enough, the ’Stros had straight-hemmed jerseys back around this time, and everyone else had scoop-hemmed jerseys. Just another Astros oddity. Also: Note that the white jersey is specifically designated for Sundays, something I hadn’t previously been aware of. Anyone know if they held to that protocol?
• The Athletics had so many alternates that their mock-ups spread out onto an extra color sheet. They are the only team team in the guide with that distinction:
There are some errors there. On the first sheet, it shows both of the white jerseys — button-front and pullover — with a green “A’s” logo. But Okkonen and Henderson both show that the logo was yellow. Also, the second sheet shows green sanitaries, something that to my knowledge the team has never worn.
• I showed the Blue Jays’ sheet to Chris Creamer, because he’s a big Jays fan. He said, “Woah — first time I’ve actually seen it officially acknowledged that the light blue on the cap logo is a different blue than any other logo elsewhere on the uniform (jersey/helmet/jacket)”:
• The Braves’ sheet shows a blue softball top, listed as a “secondary” home jersey, which seemed very odd to me:
I checked that against Henderson and found, as I had suspected, that it was actually a BP jersey. Not sure why they listed it as an alternate game jersey.
• For the Cubs — and only for the Cubs — the circle-R trademark logo is included on just about everything:
• For some reason, the template used for the Dodgers’ pants is different than the one used for every other team. Also: Only two teams are shown with zippered jackets (as opposed to button-front), and the Dodgers are one of them:
• The Expos’ sheet is the only one that shows a rear view of the batting helmet and cap:
• The situation with the Mets is a little tricky, so bear with me here. Okkonen and Henderson both show the 1983 Mets wearing a road blue softball top with grey script/type and orange/grey trim on the sleeves and collar. In addition, Henderson shows a home blue softball top with orange/white typography and orange/white trim on the sleeves and collar (although Henderson says it’s not clear whether this was ever worn on the field). The style guide shows yet another variation — a blue road jersey with orange/grey typography and orange/blue trim on the sleeves and collar:
You may be thinking, “The one in the style guide must be a BP jersey.” Nope — Mets BP jerseys from this period always had either orange/white or orange/grey sleeve trim. Never orange/blue. I’m pretty sure the design shown in the guide was never actually worn.
Update: Commenter Ron Sodano points out that the blue jersey shown in the style guide was actually worn in 1982, but only for that season. The style sheet is for 1983, so they apparently planned to wear it again that year but then opted not to do so.
• The Padres are the other team shown with a zippered jacket. Also, it’s interesting that the sheet has color-swatch chips for brown and yellow but not for orange:
• They were a little lazy about how they depicted the Phillies’ zippered jerseys:
• As you’d expect, the Pirates’ sheet shows their pillbox caps. But here’s the great thing: The fine-print description refers to the pillboxes as “Anson style.” That’s a reference to Cap Anson, of course — so these are Cap-style caps!
• The Rangers’ sheet nicely captures the franchise’s ongoing inability to decide whether its primary color is blue or red:
• The Reds are one of only two teams with two jackets shown, the primary version of which is definitely the coolest jacket in the whole guide:
• For the Tigers, the guide shows a primitive-looking wordmark that I have no memory of having seen before:
This logo isn’t shown in Chris Creamer’s database of Tigers mark, so I asked him about it. His response: “Wow, I forgot all about that one. Only other place I had seen it was on baseball cards. It was likely used through 1993, when they changed the primary.”
• For the Twins, I love that they included the little stick-figure “TC” logo on the stirrups:
• For the White Sox, instead of showing sanitaries and stirrups, the guide shows a striped red sock that, to my knowledge, the team never wore. They are also the other team with two separate jacket designs, although they’re very similar:
That covers all the noteworthy stuff I spotted. If you want to see the sheets for the other teams, here are the Brewers, Cardinals, Giants, Indians, Mariners, Orioles, Red Sox, Royals, and Yankees. Let me know if you spot anything notable on those sheets that I might have overlooked.
Meanwhile: I know uniform designer/historian Todd Radom has a big style guide collection, so I asked him if he has any that predate my new acquisition. He said the earliest one he has is from 1981 — same as mine. But then he added, “I have some photos of a very nascent ‘style guide’ from 1969 — just cap logos and lettering, most of them incorrectly drawn.” I asked if he’d be willing to let me share the photos here on the site, and he readily obliged:
Man, that Red Sox logo — it’s not even close! Lots of other issues, too. Standards were definitely less standardized back in the day.
(Big thanks to Todd Radom for sharing his 1969 style guide photos, and extra-special thanks to Andrew Weatherly for making this entry possible.)
Better safe than sorry: Here’s something I didn’t realize until last night: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is the latest player to be wearing a faceguard attachment on his batting helmet. The interesting thing is that he isn’t doing it in response to having been beaned. “Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper said [during last night’s Cards/Cubs game] that he started doing it a few weeks ago to ‘stay ahead of the game,'” explains reader Chris Howell.
That is confirmed by by this item from June 5, which includes the following:
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina sported a faceguard on his batting helmet during all of his at-bats Saturday [June 4], saying that he had the protective addition affixed as “a precaution.” Molina ordered the piece awhile back and added that there wasn’t an incident that prompted his use of the addition, which comes down from the ear flap and covers his left cheek and jawline. He said he didn’t have any discomfort with it and intends to continue using it.
This is the first time I can recall an MLB player wearing a faceguard attachment proactively instead of reactively. (Am I forgetting anyone who’s done it before?) Imagine if it catches on — faceguards could become more the rule than the exception. Interesting.
LAST CALL for the basketball shirt: Today is the final day to order the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club’s latest limited-edition design, which is available until 11pm Eastern tonight.
As you’ll recall, we’re going one sport at a time this year, and we already covered baseball and hockey. Our latest shirt takes us to the hardcourt, as we’re launching two different basketball designs — one showing a home uniform and one showing a road uniform (click to enlarge):
Pretty cool, right? I really love seeing that racing stripe uniform concept done up in Uni Watch colors, and ditto for the ABA-style ball.
Important: Although green and grey mock-ups are shown above, we’re offering both of these designs in four different shirt colors (green, grey, black, and white), and also in two different styles (short-sleeved and long-sleeved).
Here’s where you can order the home and road designs. You only need to purchase one of them — the home or the road — in order to maintain your 2016 “Collect ’Em All” eligibility (although you’re welcome to purchase both, obviously).
As always, big ups to my Teespring partner, Bryan Molloy, for his great work on these. I’m very happy with the way they turned out.
One more time: The home shirt is available here and the road shirt is available here. Thanks.
And speaking of the T-shirt, I said last week that I’d give a free tee to whoever came up with the best name for the player depicted on the shirt. We got tons of very good submissions, any of which would have sounded just right for a 1970s ABA player. Some of them were uni-related or Uni Watch-related, including these:
U.W. “The Aesthetic” Bloggins
Ulysses “Nightingale” Ingram [“UNI” for short]
Maxwell “Vertical” Archer
Roscoe “High Socks” Jones
Others were just, you know, ’70s-style names:
Byron “Bubble Gum” Hawkins
Curtis “Rob Roy” Holloway
Jefferson “Sugar Shack” Monroe
Jive “Don’t you dare call him Jeff” Walker
Corduroy “Collard” Green
Darryl “Swish” McGee [one of several “McGee” submissions]
Freddie “Muttonchops” Silas
I like all of these so much! I found myself wishing I could mix and match the various elements. If someone had suggested Roscoe “The Aesthetic” McGee, that definitely would have won.
No lie, I agonized over this one for longer than I’d care to admit before finally settling on our winner … Jefferson “Sugar Shack” Monroe. That one was submitted by a commenter who calls himself “the rAKe,” and he’s won himself a free shirt.
Seriously, though, any of the names listed above could have been the winner, and all of them should be considered very close runners-up. My thanks to everyone who participated.
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By Brinke Guthrie
The Bruce is loose! I don’t think any other logo says retro NFL quite like Bucco Bruce. Now, he took a lot of heat back in the day because the team was so awful (favorite quote ever, from coach John McKay, when asked about his team’s execution: “I’m in favor of it”), but everyone loves him now. I found a few terrific-looking Bruce items on eBay, including this hoodie, a long-sleeve tee, a short-sleeve tee from Champion, a very bright Cliff Engle sweater, and another tee where I swear the QB looks like No. 15 Earl Morrall.
Now for the rest of this week’s picks:
• Another Champion item: one of those Pro Line sweatshirts. Detroit Lions fans, these are very very comfortable — I had a Cowboys version. A very unique weave to these, or something. Just incredibly soft, with fleece on the inside.
• And another Cliff Engle item, this time a classic-looking 1980s Boston Celtics sweater.
• This one looks familiar (at least to me): a 1970s WHA Cincinnati Stingers hockey stick pen!
• Speaking of the WHA, check out this 1970s Winnipeg Jets warmup jacket!
• Don’t want to go all the way to Rio for the Olympics? Relive the 1984 games in this staff blazer worn at the ’84 Los Angeles Olympics.
• Will you please look at this bunch of 1970s Hallmark NFL bumper stickers. Sigh. Only the Vikes are up for auction.
• Here is one classic-looking MLB Starter jacket. This one is for the Mets, and comes with an amazin’ price tag, too. Wonder why?
• Here’s a 1970s Atlanta Falcons sticker set.
• Just bid, baby: a vintage 1970s ,Ray-duhz helmet buggy! Still in good shape for its age.
• Philadelphia Eagles bicycle hubcaps from 1969! The seller has several others to choose from, too.
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A new raffle: Adidas recently came out with a new line of saturated-color baseball cleats. They will be available for sale on Aug. 1 for $100, but I have a pair to raffle off now — size 10.5, in green, like the pair shown above.
To enter, send an email with your name and shipping info to the raffle address (not to the usual Uni Watch email address, please) by 7pm Eastern on Friday. I’ll announce the winner next Monday. Good luck!
By Phil Hecken
Baseball News: The Syracuse Chiefs had a 2016 Father’s Day giveaway, however they used Trea Turner’s uni number from last year, and he now wears No. 7 (h/t Paul). … The Orioles will give away this Maryland flag hat on Sept. 25. Submitter Andrew Cosentino opines, “Maryland’s obsession with its state flag is 100% justified.” … And speaking of Maryland flag fetishes, the “Bowie Baysox will wrap themselves in America’s best state flag” (from Tommy Turner). … At Target Field, the Minnehaha Academy Redhawks won the Minnesota class AA high school championship wearing these red-and-gray tequila sunrise numbers (from R. Scott Rogers). Also from Scott, the photo gallery the Twins posted to Facebook shows most of the players in pajama pants, but gorgeous sock action in the picture linked above. … The MV Scrappers (a Class A affiliate of the Indians) are giving away a Bo Pelini bobblehead this Saturday (from Rust Belt Sports Talk). … People will often go to a game dressed up as ballplayers, but how often do you see a fan dressed up as an umpire?
Pro Football News: “Found a few pics on eBay of the Memphis Showboats,” says Gene Sanny. “It seems to be pretty common knowledge that in their first ever game, against the Stars, they didn’t have a center stripe. The first pic I attached is the photo most used to prove that, but there was always a bit of controversy about whether the shine on the helmet was really masking if there was a stripe or not. The 2nd pic I attached shows a locker room shot I’ve never seen before, and the helmet on the floor, as well as the helmet on the left, clearly have no center stripe running over the top.” … While Color Rash is a scourge, the author of this article is completely wrong by dissing the Broncos’ orange pants. … In a related item, defunct sporting-goods retailer Sports Authority is trying to auction its naming rights to the Broncos’ stadium — an unusual move that’s raising eyebrows in the world of sports marketing (thanks Brinke). … According to this article, the Detroit Lions almost debuted all-black Color Rash uniforms for their Thanksgiving game last year. … The subject line of this email from Eric Wright read, “lazy people who don’t pay attention to team uniform/color details really get me irritated.” He adds, “If you’re going to go to the trouble of making a Titans mailbox, do it right. Red is an accent color, not even a secondary color. An ACCENT color. Why are the #s and stripes in red/navy. So wrong on so many levels.” … An all-gold 49ers Color Rash uniform would be horrifyng (from Dave Hollingsworth, via Paul). … Now that the Cavs have ended the Cleveland major sports title-drought, the Browns jersey bearing name of every QB since ’99 is going to be retired (several, including Jimmer Vilk and Paul sent that in).
College Football News: Notes from a country concert: Ryan Robey went to “Buckeye Country Superfest” at Ohio Stadium this past weekend with his girlfriend and noticed that some of the artists (like Florida Georgia Line) were given personalized Ohio State uniforms. Later in the night Luke Bryan stopped a song to announce that the Cavs had won, then was tossed a Cavs jersey from the crowd and wore that for a little while. … Here are the jersey numbers for LSU’s incoming freshmen (from Benji King). … New collection of uniform concpets for Auburn football from Clint Richardson. … Too little too late: Adidas has finally fixed UCLA’s shoulder stripes (from Aarik Woods). Too bad, because, as Boo Radley points out, Adidas is out and Under Armour is in in 2017. … New turf design for Buffalo (from Mike Monaghan).
Hockey News: Tweeter Seb Bleu writes that the Ottawa Senators have “fixed” the XXV logo. I honestly couldn’t remember what was wrong with the original, but apparently the fans were none too pleased with the original, with some websites even holding online competitions to design a better one. … The USHL has designed a new logo (from Mark Grainda). Here is what the old logo looked like.
NBA News: Yesterday’s Ticker contained an article about the Cavs having a 16-piece jigsaw puzzle (one for each win they’d need for the NBA title), but alas, we had no pic. Reader Michael Schliefke to the rescue. He writes, “I was very curious about the Cavs’ puzzle as well, and as it turns out, a friend of mine made it in Kansas City and posted pics on Facebook. The company he works for has done tons of work for sports teams, arenas, locker rooms, etc (including making a 30′ long hot dog golf cart for the Texas Rangers).” … “Every team the Cavs beat in the playoffs had a circle enclosure for their primary logo,” notes Patrick Shaw. “What are the odds?” … There is a nice Olympic basketball uniform gallery at the Clinton Presidential Library, which you can see here (from Steve Tilders). … Also from Steve, here’s a 1984 Olympics jersey made by Descente. … Pro tennis player Roger Federer got in on the Cleveland shout-outs by wearing LeBron and Kyrie sneaker models (nice spot by Nicholas Moe). … Steph Curry is still catching grief for his “Chef Curry” kicks (from Jason Whitt). … The Cavs jersey in Nike’s “Worth The Wait” commercial has a visible patch over the Adidas logo (good spot by Mark Krugman).
Soccer News: New home uniform for Celta Vigo of the Spanish Premier League (from Josh Hinton). … Also from Josh, VfB Stuttgart (Germany) have a new alternate kit. … Those Swiss kits that ripped over the weekend? Puma is blaming faulty fabric. They have apologized. To add insult to jersey injury, Swiss player Xherdan Shaqiri joked that he hopes they don’t make condoms. (Ted Arnold submitted a similar article.) … Here are more Orlando soccer tributes from around the world (from Yellow Away Kit). … And in Orlando. … USMNT will wear their white kit tonight in their Copa America semi-final against Argentina (Yellow Away Kit again). That means we will likely see Argentina’s not-so-iconic road kit (from Colin Dilworth). … From BW, “Adidas now apparently needs not just a tournament ball & a final ball, but one for the knockout stages.”
Grab Bag: “If the guy’s name was spelled correctly, he wouldn’t have acted that way,” says Blake Pass: NASCAR driver Mike Wallace beaten, knocked unconscious; daughter also hurt ”“- NASCAR Talk from NASCAR on NBC’s Tweet. … This is pretty cool: a French golfer wore shoes with a glass of red wine on them (from Andrew Hoenig). … “I’m sure you’ll like the attached picture of a manhole cover in Minneapolis,” says Bo Baise. “Here are more.” … I grew up (basically) at Jones Beach, either on the beach itself as a kid or later at the beach for nighttime “activities” (most of which were legal), so when I saw that the Jones Beach lifeguards will be outfitted by Tommy Bahama, another small piece of my childhood died. … Camo lax uniforms for St. John’s. … This article, entitled, ““9 Events That Prove The Under Armour Curse Is Actually A Thing,” leads Garrett Heinrich to ask, “Has a brand ever been runner-up so bad?” Of course, Steph Curry did okay last year, and then there’s Auburn football. … New ultimate (Frisbee) jerseys for Egypt (from T. Atchity). … MMMMMmmm — this one is sweet: “The Flying WV cookie is legendary among students and alumni,” writes David Cline. Official campus events are often judged/rated by the presence or absence of said cookie. He continues, “Today, the WVU Libraries opened the Jerry West Collection, with lots of memorabilia from his past, and an appearance from ‘The Logo.’ And to accompany his visit — Jerry West jersey cookies! With lots of icing, it appears.” … Here’s an article about corporate names for public buildings that Ted Arnold thought may be of interest to the Uni Watch world. … That cap that John McEnroe wore, which some thought was a Mets/Yankees hybrid, is actually a Knicks cap with a patch on the side (from Eric Witt). The patch appears to be a 1998 All-Star weekend patch (from Nick Sciavo). … Netflix has a new app logo (from Brinke).
My recollection from my days as a young Twins fan in 80s is that the TC logo on the stirrups was actually intended to give a competitive advantage, believe it or not. Owner Calvin Griffith, who had many, um, interesting ideas, was convinced that players who wore their pants low had more low pitches called strikes against them. In order to ensure that his players wore their pants higher up, he instituted a team rule that the TC logo on the stirrups had to be showing.
I recall the bit about Griffith wanting the players to go high(er) cuffed in order to raise the lower boundary of the strike zone, although I don’t recall (or maybe just didn’t realize) it having anything to do with the TC logo.
It would certainly have been possible to expose the logo without cuffing one’s pants particularly high:
The Mets alt is from 1982, they wore it only on the road. I remember seeing George Foster strike out alot in that jersey! I’m thinking that they planned to have the racing stripes on both the home and roads for the 1982 season, but maybe the homes weren’t ready yet so they wore the henley jerseys at home for one more year.
Photo evidence, please.
Ah, I see you are correct!:
So they wore it in 1982, and then it was shown in the 1983 style sheet but was not actually used that season. Thanks for helping to clear that up!
No problem Paul, I was in the process of producing a picture before your reply. I personally think they looked great with the gray (not silver) trim on the letters and numbers.
The Mets also wore blue alternate jerseys on the road in 1983 and 1984, and possibly 1985. I thought every Mets fan knew this.
The Mets and Cubs debuted blue road jerseys in 1982. The Mets’ jerseys were an alternate and were worn with grey pants. The Cubs’ jerseys were their only one and were worn with white pants.
Sigh. That’s not the same jersey. Go back and re-read today’s entry — I specifically made that point in today’s text. Different sleeve trim and collar trim.
I think you guys have it all correct now. The blue jersey in Paul’s new guide was not a BP jersey and was worn on the road only, in 1982 only. In 1983 and 1984, the used link on the road only. In 1985, I don’t believe they wore a blue jersey during games at all…but their BP was very similar to the 1983-4 alt. I consulted to Bill Henderson when he updated the Mets pages of his guide a few years ago.
You’re right Steve. I think that the sleeve and neck trim on the 1982 blue alt was a conscious attempt by the club to mimic the racing stripes on the road uniform. If M&N offered these I would get one in a heartbeat. I remember the 1985 season well and they never wore the blue alt…had to wait 13 years before they wore another colored alt…but not a color I particularly liked…
I never realized that the trim on the 1982 matched the racing stripes…great observation! Glad you concur that they never wore the blue road alt in 1985. I always believed that, but never took the effort to prove it.
There was a 1983 blue home alt that exists…if you read Henderson’s guide they have examples of it owned by collectors. But I swear it was never worn in a game and nobody has ever come up with photos of it actually used at Shea. It is my white whale to find out why those jerseys exist if they were never worn in a game.
I remember the 1983 season very well (the year I graduated from high school) and I watched a lot of (bad) baseball that summer, and I could say with 99% certainty that the Mets did NOT wear a blue alt (the one mentioned in Henderson’s book) at home in 1983. It’s very possible that they were made available for the players and coaches, but maybe the team showed remarkable restraint and decided not to wear them. I only wish the team showed the same restraint when they introduced the black alts 15 years later…ugh…
Agree on all…here is one of the 1983 home blue jerseys up for auction. Claims to be game worn, but Ron and Steve D say it was never worn.
I guess Browns fans will take what they can get. A vicarious title is better than none, I suppose.
It was a city-wide phenomenon, not limited to a single team, the scope and length of which was unprecedented and probably will never be seen again.
Also, most supporters of one of Cleveland’s teams are supporters of all of them, so it makes sense.
The Senators cap logo in Todd Radom’s 1969 style guide looks nothing like the cap logo the Senators actually wore. But it does look like the Senators merchandise MLB started licensing under the “Cooperstown Collection” label in the late 1980s. To this day, most expansion Senators merchandise uses something much closer to the terrible style guide logo than to the curly W logo the Senators actually wore. Surviving artifacts, as well as contemporary photos, show that the curly W logo the expansion Senators wore 1963-1970 was very close to the curly W logo the Nats adopted in 2005 (and still wear today, despite formally redesigning it in 2010). Anyway, I wonder if the ugly, inaccurate throwback Senators merchandise results from reliance on that 1969 style guide.
The White Sox cap is from 68. In 69 they went to the reproduction of the home jersey logo, without the extra flourish above the O left of the S.
My uncle got a sign from Tigers stadium when they auctioned a bunch of stuff off from there that I believe has that font/wordmark on it. I don’t know what relative has it now though.
On the subject of baseball; any MLB fan on here who has T-Mobile cell phones gets $20 off at MLBShop today with the T-Mobile Tuesday’s app.
That Tigers wordmark was used throughout the 80’s and early 90’s for their licensed merchandise.
I have a very limited window of time when I was completely obsessed with the Tigers and MLB as a young child so all aesthetics from that period ’88-’93 are ingrained to memory. The first thing I thought of seeing the Tigers word mark was baseball cards from that Upper Deck series. Still it was all over the place on kids merchandise, it was a more modern/edgier look compared to the circle tiger logo that looked extremely dated by the 90s.
I definitely remember that Tigers wordmark from the 80s. Only thing is, looking at it now, that looks a lot more like a “q” than a “g”.
I think I remember that wordmark on their drink cups or popcorn boxes at Tiger Stadium.
The Brewers page you posted depicts them wearing a cap with a white front panel, but to the best of my knowledge that never existed; the home caps were all blue, and the road caps had a yellow front panel. The white front panel was only on the batting helmets.
Also noticed that the Tigers designate a white Olde English “D” as a home/road helmet and cap. But in 1982, they had a home white “D” cap, and a road two-color “D” cap, with white “D” on home helmets, and orange “D” on road helmets.
The Tigers’ style sheet is for 1981, not 1982.
But your point is still valid. In 1981, they had the two-tone cap logo on the road:
The Tigers wore the orange D with white outline 1972-1982 before switching to the orange D they currently wear in 1983 (albeit with a blue squatchee).
Looks like the black Pirate jersey in the guide doesn’t have a front number.
That kid dressed as an umpire is in vintage AL Umpire gear! Love it!
“For the Cubs – and only for the Cubs – the circle-R trademark logo is included on just about everything:”
I am seeing LOTS of circle-R on lots of teams/items
You are? On the uniform mock-ups?
Perhaps I lost the syntax of the Cubs notation, and didn’t realize you were speaking of the mock-ups at that point.
Quick note from the basketball ticker about the Nike ad. While they do patch the jersey they don’t cover the Adidas logo on the sideline shirt, though they do try to blur it out (shown at the 0:18 mark).
Tweeter Seb Bleu writes that the Ottawa Senators have “fixed” the XXV logo. I honestly couldn’t remember what was wrong with the original…
Overuse of the chrome effect (two horizon lines on the Sens logo?), the horizon line on the V being lower than on the Xs for no good reason, the line with the years being centered against the bottom of the XXV rather than against the whole logo…
I don’t believe the A’s ever wore the button down road jersey, and the pullover A’s home jersey had yellow letters while the button down had green, as per the Henderson guide.
Regarding the rare Tigers wordmark, I sent away for this Tigers painter’s hat using cereal box tops around ’82-’83:
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They are the Mahoning Valley Scrappers…. maybe MV for short?
The White Sox entry shows the uniform that they began wearing in 1982, so that one has definitely been subbed in sometime after 1981.
Yes, I know. If you click on the photo and see the enlarged version, you can clearly see the “10/82” notation in the lower-left corner, indicating that this was the style sheet for 1983.
On the Brewers style guide I don’t believe they ever wore a white panel cap. If memory serves they wore solid blue at home, blue with a yellow front panel on the road, and a blue batting helmet with I white front panel home and road.
I second that. I do not recall a white panel cap.
Celta de Vigo play on La Liga which is the equivalent to the English Premier League
Poor Bucco Bruce is missing the left half of his mustache on that Collector’s Corner shirt.
The Orioles’ pants stripes front to back on the home uniform (black, white, orange) are opposite their road pants stripes (orange, white, black). Photos of the uniform at the time confirm the variance, but Okkonen seems to have this wrong.
I’ve seen photos of the Orioles’ road uniform pants in the early 80’s with both black-white-orange stripes and orange-white-black stripes.
Did the A’s ever actually wear the gray jersey with the piping and “A’s” on the chest? I know they wore the white one but that’s the first I’ve ever seen of a gray version.
I’ve never seen that one.
And I think they have the socks and stirrups reversed: the A’s wore green stirrups with yellow socks under them for many years, but I’ve never seen yellow stirrups with solid green under them… is that a mistake?
I’ve never seen yellow stirrups with solid green under them… is that a mistake?
I specifically referenced this in today’s text. To my knowledge, they never wore that.
If there’s a team that would’ve gotten away with it, it would’ve been Oakland…
Sorry to ask, but a few of the links seemed odd to me today. I don’t understand the Grab Bag NASCAR link. I couldn’t find the name Blake Pass, and do not understand what the spelling has to do with a guy getting beaten. Thanks.
Blake Pass is the name of the contributor who submitted the item.
I confess that I have no idea what the mispelling quip is about. Maybe Phil, who compiled today’s Ticker, can explain it. Or Blake, if he’s reading this.
It’s in reference to one of the offenders being named Paul Lucas.
regardless, it was an interesting article. I must have missed it in the news. The fact that Paul Lucas was one of the attackers made it more interesting.
I wonder how they decided on which player’s uniform number to use. I only recognize that the Royals used #5 for George Brett. Did they choose the best player on each team as their example?
Your question piqued my interest and so going back through the jerseys in the style guide with actual numbers and help from Baseball Almanac, I found the following answers:
Braves #35 – Phil Niekro. #35 is now retired.
Dodgers #80 – No one. Probably used that number for the year of the style guide.
Expos #23 – No one on the roster in ’80 or ’81 but Doug Flynn wore 23 in ’82.
Mets #9 – No one in ’80 or ’81 but Bruce Bochy in ’82,
Phillies #14 – Pete Rose.
Pirates #45 – John “the Candyman” Candelaria.
Rangers #20 – Rusty Staub in ’80 and Larry Cox and Don Werner in ’81, Warner in ’82.
Reds #5 – Johnny Bench. #5 is retired.
Twins # 15 Danny Goodwin.
Brewers ## 19 and 6. The Brewers used two numbers for the style guide #19 Home Jersey was Robin Yount and the #6 Away Jersey was Sal Bando. #19 is retired
Cardinals #23 – Ted Simmons.
Mariners #3 – Jerry Narron
Orioles #20 – No one. Nobody wore that number since Frank Robinson left the team in 1971. #20 is now retired.
Royals #5 – George Brett. #5 is now retired.
It appears that some teams, who submitted to the style guide used famous players numbers, others used everyday players numbers, some used numbers that currently were not in use and the Dodgers simply used the year as the number.
It appears that some teams, who submitted to the style guide used famous players numbers, others used everyday players numbers, some used numbers that currently were not in use and the Dodgers simply used the year as the number.
Or: Maybe it was just random.
I thought of that but the Phillies using #14 suggests something other than randomness, at least on their part. I remember when the Phillies acquired Rose in free agency in 1979 and it was a big deal in Philadelphia demonstrating a commitment to winning baseball (as reflected in the World Championship in 1980) and so it would make sense that the organization would use that number in the style guide. Interestingly Rose’s number is NOT retired by the Phillies but has been retired by the Reds.
Yeah, but for all we know the Phillies’ style sheets were already using No. 14 years earlier, before they acquired Rose. No way to know.
The number on the Angels road jersey, a bit obscured by the numberless home jersey, looks to be number 9, and the page is dated 10/80.
Brian Downing was one of the standouts on the Angels back then, and although he’s known by Angel fans as wearing #5, he actually wore 9 for the 1980 season, as Carney Lansford got 5. However, Lansford was traded to the Red Sox after the 1980 season, so Downing got 5 back for the 1981 season.
I’ve definitely walked over the grill manhole cover. Some of the others may no longer be around. They did a lot of work on the downtown streets the last few years. Might have put them into storage or at the visitors center with the Mary Tyler Moore statue.
I’m fascinated with how the sleeve striping varies on many of the uniform tops. Some teams like the Angels have 3 stripes of equal width (1/2″) while the Yankees specify an outside/bottom/end stripe (5/8″) that is slightly wider than the corresponding top stripe (1/2″). The A’s do just the opposite and list the outside/bottom/end stripe as slightly thinner (3/8″) than the other two stripes(1/2″).
I believe there was a post earlier this year about the Pirates uniforms being made by different manufactures and that seems to show in sleeve stripes as well. The white uniform has 3 sleeve stripes all 1″ thick. The black top list all the stripes as 7/8″ and the gold specifies (outside)7/8″, 3/4″, 1/2″ for the stripes. It’s a similar situation for the Jays as the home top stripes are (outside) 3/8″, 3/8″, 1/2″ while the road stripes are (outside) 1/2″, 7/16″, 9/16″.
I imagine this is mostly due to different manufactures, but all the slight variations and different standards are fascinating to me.
Some of the Pirates’ uniforms were made by Descente, a Japanese manufacturer (and a good one; they made one of my amateur teams’ uniforms). So I wouldn’t be surprised if those sleeve stripe widths are really metric and just rounded to the nearest 16th of an inch.
Interesting that the Phillies kept the red pinstripes when they switched to the maroon color everywhete else.
Wow…thanks for pointing that out. Totally missed that one. Also of note, since the Phils won the World Series in 1980, they sported a warmup jacket in 1981 which featured “World Champions” chain-stitched on the right chest, and a very bizarrely shaped “P” on the left:
One question that I’m curious about – was there a league-wide standard Pantone color for the light blue road uniforms, or did each team just get whatever their manufacturer produced?
One question that I’m curious about — was there a league-wide standard Pantone color for the light blue road uniforms, or did each team just get whatever their manufacturer produced?
Almost certainly the latter. There wasn’t even a standardized shade of road grey until relatively recently.
Thanks, Paul. I did not know that about the road greys.
That LCA logo looks like one that would appear with a chrome or neon effect before a B-movie on VHS.
In your baseball ticker, it should be MV Scrappers (for Mahoning Valley), and not MB.
Now that the Cavs have ended the Cleveland major sports title-drought, the Browns jersey bearing name of every QB since ’99 is going to be retired
That’s cute… but really, the Browns are still cursed. The Indians will win the World Series twice before the Browns even play in a Super Bowl, assuming football isn’t banned in the next 30 years.
A few more observations:
* None of the descriptions of the jersey backs mention NOBs, even for teams that had them.
* The jersey number heights are given based on the outermost edges, so the two- and three-layer numbers are typically 8 1/2 inches high rather than 8 inches. The Blue Jays have slightly smaller numbers at home for some reason.
* The link
* The Reds’ and Tigers’ road numbers are correcrtly described as their too-small sub-7″ size. No mention of the big NOBs that went above them.
Regarding the Style Guide, anybody else bothered by the fact that the stirrups are oriented facing to the right (higher opening on the left) while the pants right next to them are facing to the left? Just seems off to me.
I actually meant to mention that! Totally agree.
Every time I see the Maryland flag, it makes me happy that I’m from Maryland. Love the O’s hat and the Baysox jersey. I just wish the Terps would property coordinate the helmets and jerseys on their flag unis.
Cardinals have brown listed as a color but I don’t see brown anywhere on the page. Any idea? The beak or part of the bat?
I believe it’s for the branch that Slugger Bird is standing on (on the jacket).
I looked at that and double-checked it on Creamers website. I think that’s blue.
The bat appears to be all yellow, so it must be the beak.
All I’m seeing is yellow. Weird.
I just pulled the style sheet off my shelf and checked: It’s definitely for Slugger Bird’s branch.
Ok cool. Thanks, Paul! I would have burnt all afternoon looking for that brown.
Not the primary logo’s legs on the righthand side of the page?
Is it possible that they kept it as an official team color from their “Browns” days but never used it on their uniforms?
Is it possible that they kept it as an official team color from their “Browns” days but never used it on their uniforms?
The Cardinals were never the Browns. The St. Louis Browns became the Orioles; the Cardinals have always been the Cardinals.
Please stop overthinking this.
Observation from the Mariners’ style guide: their jacket uses the original Mariners wordmark, which is different from the home jersey. (Aside from the lack of outlines on the jacket, the M and e are noticeably different.) They had ditched the old wordmark after the 1980 season, and that guide is for the 1983 season.
Judging by the 1982 baseball card, it looks players did wear those somewhat outdated jackets. (There’s no outline on Beattie’s jacket.) link
Hey man! Thanks for this, I am a lifelong uniform geek and a die-hard A’s fan, so I have a lot to talk about!
The grey “road alternate” shown in your pic with the “A’s” logo is not shown on Henderson or Okkonen. I have never seen it before today. Very strange. Also, did they mention the player’s number being included on the Astro’s white pants?
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“It seems to be pretty common knowledge that in their (Memphis Showboats) first ever game, against the Stars, they didn’t have a center stripe.”
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Ha….. yeah, I guess you’re right…. well, the seedy USFL facebook pages I frequent seem to know quite a bit of random stuff like that, so maybe I take it for granted that not everyone knows, or more likely, even cares about silly stuff like that from a 3 year league. I just ge eked out when I found the photo and thought I’d share :)
The Mets style guide pic is linking to the Henderson page.
Because like everyone I want to dl’d all the images for reference. The White Sox did have some stripped stirrups during the beach blanket era, but it would take me a while to find a pic showing them. I’m surprised the Orioles show orange stirrups – I thought they usually had an orange version of the Red Sox style. Speaking of stirrups, the Cardinal’s seem a bit off. Is the Yankees page done in black and white? The pantone fold out is in color, but the uni page seems b&w. The Astros road jersey is depicted as definitely grey – as apposed to the “almost” grey the wore. It also prove the Dodgers and the Cubs wear the same blue – PMS 294. Great stuff. Really great stuff.
For reference, yeah, but hell, I’d get these things framed!
If memory serves, the White Sox stirrups had two white stripes trimmed in navy.
The A’s style guide page shows the stripe/piping on the white pants with belt tunnels going all the way to the top over the belt tunnel. I did some quick google searching and it doesn’t appear they actually wore the stripe like that; the few images I found show the stripe stopping at the bottom of the belt tunnel like usual.
I always kind of wondered what it would look like if that stripe went all the way to the top of the pants. Does anyone know if the A’s or any other team that has that thin, single stripe of piping on the pants every had the stripe go over the belt tunnel?
Bo Pellini doesn’t have that much hair.
The Maryland flag is UGLY. Also – red, yellow, black and white look like shit together. Whenever I see that hideous MD gear I think “1970s crummy steakhouse olde English menus motif”.
I ask you – where else do you ever see those 4 colors together?
Just one woman’s opinion…..
The only thing I see by the Yankees is the baseball logo being primary. Not sure if that’s normal.
Crazy that the Dodgers would split their script differently on the jacket from how they split it on the jersey.
some reference on other C-flap batting helmets
Wahoo is reversed twice in the 1969 style sheet.