By Phil Hecken, with Gary Chanko
Longtime weekend readers may recognize the above graphic, which was created by artist Gary Chanko, and one of many scoreboard images that ran for several years as a Saturday feature, “Classic Scoreboards.” Back in 2014, I did an extensive interview with Gary on his project. Back in 2016, Gary looked into turning the project into a coffee table book. Although that has (yet) not come to fruition, I’m pleased to introduce you to a new project which Gary has undertaken: the “DIY Classic Scoreboards” project. For all images, including today’s splash photo, you can click to enlarge.
What is that, you may ask? Well, a couple weeks ago, Gary got in touch with me and said, “I’ve finally finished my DIY Project after a year of delays and interruptions. [T]his DIY project is a scale model Shea Stadium scoreboard.
The project title: “Build Your Own Classic Scoreboard – Shea Stadium Edition.” I designed it as a DIY project for everyone. The assembly instructions and parts graphics to complete this paper model project are provided in two files for download. The Shea Instructions pdf file provides a description of the tools and supplies needed for the project, including a detailed step-by-step guide for assembly. The model components are part of the Shea Model Parts file.”
Intrigued, I asked Gary if he could go into more detail and to share the project with the readers. He was more than happy to oblige, and I’m more than happy to share that with you. I hope there is some reader interest in this and future scoreboard projects — please read through to the end for details and instructions. OK? OK! Here’s Gary…
BUILD-YOUR-OWN CLASSIC SCOREBOARD
A DIY Project
By Gary Chanko
The inspiration for this DIY project originated while browsing David Resnik’s amazing replica ballparks (stadiumsforants.com). I envisaged creating a scale model of a ballpark scoreboard utilizing the artwork from the Classic Scoreboards collection. [I have featured David’s work on Uni Watch on a couple occasions, and will have him back with new projects in the coming months — PH]
I have experience with paper model crafting and decided to make use of these techniques for the project. Rather than turning this into a one-off DIY project, my goal was to create a model that could be assembled by anyone.
The first step in the design process was to determine the model scale. Because the model parts were intended to be printed on a color inkjet printer, the graphics had to fit on standard letter/A4 size paper.
The Cyclotron, the massive white architectural element that provides the background for the scoreboard, was the largest model element. This piece fixed the scale which is approximately one inch equals twenty feet.
The published overall scoreboard dimensions were non-specific. For example, the height was listed as eighty-six feet. But was this dimension to the top of the scoreboard, the Cyclotron, to the Photorama? (my estimate is to the top of the Photorama)
Unfortunately I could not find architectural or construction drawings to provide dimensional data for the other portions of the scoreboard. The only definitive dimensions were the height of the outfield fence (eight feet), the width of the warning track (twenty feet), and the size of the Photorama screen (eighteen feet x twenty-four feet).
Essentially I was constrained to estimate sizes and relationships from photographs. This causes problems because photographs are likely to have perspective distortions. Estimating the curvature and vertical tilt of the Cyclotron was a headache. Similarly determining the angles of the Photorama structure and its intersection with the Cyclotron proved quite a challenge. However, despite some minor inaccuracies, I believe the end result is a reasonably accurate scale model.
Creating the Parts Graphics
Creating paper models typically begins with a 3D computer model. These models are then “flattened” in a computer into the 2D space of the paper. Finally the graphics, fold lines and glue tabs are added.
Because the Shea scoreboard model parts are basically rectangular boxes, I skipped 3D model creation and went straight to the 2D layout. Subsequently I did use the final 2D graphics to prepare a simplified 3D model for the instructions.
After the basic parts were created, and before any graphics were added, a prototype was built. The prototype helped tweak dimensions and resolve assembly issues. Once the dimensions and fit were verified the graphics from the Shea Stadium Classic Scoreboards artwork were scaled and applied to the parts.
Lastly the parts were numbered and arranged on nine individual sheets.
Preparing the instructions was more tedious than designing the model. I never prepared anything like this and was uncertain about the level of detail needed.
I settled on a detailed level of assembly instruction assuming the person building this model had little or no experience in paper model crafting. So the instructions include guidance on tools, supplies, and basic assembly techniques. Hopefully I succeeded.
I think the final product accomplished what I intended. It is presentable display model of Shea’s memorable scoreboard. And it can be assembled by anyone willing to spend the time and effort.
How long will it take to assemble the model? Really impossible to estimate because skill levels and experience vary widely. I’d guess 6-8 hours spread over multiple sessions is a reasonable time allotment.
Lastly, the project represents months of work. I’m pleased to share it and hope it is enjoyed by others, but please do not use the materials for any commercial purpose.
Another Model Scoreboard Edition?
This Build-Your-Own Scoreboard was labelled the Shea Stadium Edition. Will there be another edition? The answer is maybe. Let’s see what the response is for the Shea Edition.
Thanks Gary! Wonderful stuff.
So, what about those plans, you say?
If for some reason you cannot access either or both of those, please let me know and either I or Gary can e-mail you the directions/graphics. Both of those links should work, and you can download everything directly from there.
Please let Gary know if you’re interested in this and if you’d like him to provide more DIY scoreboard project graphics and instructions. Just drop a quick note in the comments below!
New Pitt Script
No, not that Pitt script.
Paul broke the news in yesterday’s lede, but yesterday we officially got full looks at the Pittsburgh Pirates new jerseys — one is gray and the other black — and both contain “Pittsburgh” in a script font that was previously used. It’s nothing earth-shattering, but it’s a change nonetheless.
Here’s the new gray (road) jersey (click on any image below to enlarge slightly):
And here’s the new black alternate (shown with gray pants as this will be a road alternate):
As previously reported by Paul, the Pirates are eliminating the Sunday Bumblebee kits, but keeping the camopander alternate.
It’s unfortunate the “Pitts/sburgh” bisects the button placket, which doesn’t bother me as much as it does some, but I’m surprised they went that way, since the “original” Pittsburgh script respected the placket.
Also, as Paul previously mentioned, the “i” in Pittsburgh is sans-dot.
I have much less of a problem with either of these two idiosyncrasies than the new addition of the giant honking swoosh on the chest. God that’s an eyesore. Seriously, how much better does this look:
Here’s a couple more looks from the Pirates, including a better shot of the new cap (which will be worn with the black alt):
— Pirates (@Pirates) January 24, 2020
And of course, there is a hype video:
Rewrite the Script pic.twitter.com/XgIVm5LKW4
— Pirates (@Pirates) January 24, 2020
I like ’em! Your thoughts?
Guess The Game…
from the scoreboard
Today’s scoreboard comes from reader Michael Emody. I don’t think I’ve ever stumped you guys, but Michael thinks today might just be that day.
The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).
Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):
Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.
And now a few words from Paul
Hi there. In case you missed it on Friday, I have a new article in The New Republic about the spike in how the sports world is fetishizing of the working class (including Eastern Michigan football coach Chris Creighton wearing a janitor-style work shirt during a recent bowl game, as shown above), which I view as little more than a class-based form of stolen valor. I hope you’ll check out the article here. Thanks.
Back to you, Phil.
The More Things Change…
Paul had a great observation yesterday, and while the tweet is pretty self-explanatory, I was struck by how little Eli Manning’s appearance has changed over the years. Like, he really doesn’t look like he’s aged much does he? Of course, Tom Coughlin and Ernie Accorsi, both pictured with Manning when he was drafted in 2004, and again at Eli’s retirement announcement, haven’t really aged that much either! The photos were taken SIXTEEN years apart. I know I had a lot more hair 16 years ago (and I’m sure I was about 30 pounds heavier) but I’m sure my face has aged a good two decades — these guys barely look like they’ve aged a day. Good for them.
But the gist of Paul’s tweet, shown below, wasn’t about the appearances of the figures in the foreground — it was, sadly, an apt commentary on how far advertising has come in sixteen years.
To use Paul’s phrase: “GROSS”
Gee, press conference backdrops sure have changed a lot during Eli Manning's career. All team/league logos when he started, a blur of advertising when he finished. (h/t @gregory_zitelli) https://t.co/HOD43yLkz8
— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) January 24, 2020
By Anthony Emerson
Baseball News: It appears the Phillies’ red jerseys will have a white Nike logo, making it even more obnoxious. The eye goes right to it (from @FSBabyHuey). … To make matters worse, the Nike logo on the Orioles’ jerseys will be black. Yuck (from Paul Mancano). … And here’s our first look at the Nike logo on Rockies’ jerseys (from Mac LaFrance). … At least the A’s Nike mark will be green (from Jakob Fox). … The Twins and Tigers also gave us our first look at their Nikefied jerseys. … Nike logocreep is even making its way to replica throwback jerseys. Excuse me while I vomit (from Brad Crouter). … The Mets used a Majestic jersey to introduce Carlos Beltrán as their skipper in November, but had a Nike jersey for Luis Rojas’s introduction as skipper yesterday (from @PIITP and Gregory Zitelli). … The Beloit Snappers, Class-A affiliates of the Oakland A’s, have released renderings of their new stadium (from Kary Klismet). … This c. 1985 photo of Ramón “Diablo” Montoya of the Diablos Rojos del México wearing what appears to be a red version of the Mariners’ trident-m cap. “In this case being use as an M for Mexico and devil’s pitchfork/trident,” says @bryant_rf. … Beautiful new home pinstripes for Baylor (from Cody Edwards).
NFL/CFL News: Eli Manning’s No. 10 will be retired by the Giants (from Al N. Kreit and Mike Chamernik). … And also from Mike: here’s a YouTube video detailing the best player in each uni number from 1 through 99. Lots of great tidbits in there, like how Tom Brady took No. 12 because the No. 10 he wore in high school and college was taken by punter Lee Johnson, who would be released five games into the Pats’ first Super Bowl Championship season. … The Calgary Stampeders have released their 75th anniversary logo (from Wade Heidt). … There’s an NFL100 and Bengals logo on this Senior Bowl ball (from Devin Meyer). … Here’s an awesome — if short — video of the grounds crew painting the Hard Rock Dolphins Stadium endzones for the Super Bowl (from J.A. Scott). … Preston Feiler notes that next year’s Super Bowl logo, which places the Lombardi Trophy between the “L” and “V”, makes it look like “LIV” — this year’s game. Indeed, looking at some of my Pats’ Super Bowl gear, the addition of the Lombardi Trophy after the “L” makes “LIII” look like “LIIII”. Dear NFL: GO BACK TO UNIQUE SUPER BOWL LOGOS FOR GOD’S SAKE. … Also posted in the hockey section: Blues F Ryan O’Reilly wore a Chiefs helmet during warm-ups. The Chiefs gave vocal support to the Blues during their Stanley Cup run last year, and it appears the Blues are returning the favor (from @GoatJerseys and Jakob Fox).
Hockey News: Here’s the story behind Pens G Tristan Jarry’s Tom & Jerry mask (from @ClearFAL). … Oh man, check out this gorgeous handcrafted All-Star Game poster (from Dan Kennedy). … It’s so weird seeing an NHL player wearing No. 0, but that’s what the Whalers’ Neil Sheehy did in 1988 (from Jerry Wolper). … The QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts wore throwback unis last night, complete with throwback advertisements on the boards (from Wade Heidt). … Connie Durkin, a superfan of the Peoria Rivermen of the SPHL, has purchased a staggering 118 sweaters on auction. Buried in the article is new that the Rivermen will wear three different superhero sweaters in one game, changing each period (from Mike Lucia). … Last week, we talked about the special unis Waseca High were planning on wearing to honor fallen Waseca Police officer Arik Matson. Unfortunately, the Minnesota State High School League rejected the uniforms, as the league have rules to limit the size of mid-season uniform alterations (from multiple readers).
NBA & College Hoops News: One man was featured on the jumbotron of every NBA arena in 30 days. Impressive (from Sara Klein). … Wisconsin and Purdue men went color-vs-color last night (from Andrew Cosentino).
Soccer News: The NWSL Champion North Carolina Courage are asking fans to help pick their championship ring design (from Kary Klismet). … Chelsea has announced that Hong Kong-based telecommunications corporation Three will be its new shirt advertiser, starting next season. Three has one of the worst logos in major world industry right now and it looks especially ugly and confusing on sports kits, so good luck with that, Chelsea (from multiple readers). … A rendering of DC United’s new shirt has been released on The Athletic, so it’s behind a paywall. Here it is for those who aren’t Athletic subscribers (from Josh Hinton, Nate Rathjen and Ed Żelaski). … FC Porto of Portugal have added gold match print for their appearance in the Taça da Liga final. … As always, check out Josh Hinton‘s daily download for more soccer kit goodness.
Grab Bag: Here’s an article about how Yale’s new AD wants to standardize “branding” and aesthetics across the university’s athletic system (from Kary Klismet and Timmy Donahue). … The New York Times has a great article about monthly meetups of font nerds called “TypeThursday“. … A lot of people think the logo of the Space Force, just released yesterday, is ripped off from Star Trek‘s Starfleet Command logo (from many, many, many readers), though James Gilbert notes that it was likely taken from the Air Force Space Command and United States Space Command logos. … Oklahoma has a new license plate design for women veterans (from D Hempel).