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Did Frank Howard Wear Mickey Lolich’s Uniform in a Game?

It definitely happened during pregame activities. But during an actual game? Uni Watch investigates!

History Mystery: Did Two Cleveland Ballplayers Wear the Same Uni Number in the Same Game?

According to an archived radio call, two MLB teammates both wore No. 32 in a 1974 game. Uni Watch investigates!

How Low Can You Go: Reds Wore Full-Length Ponchos in ’72 World Series

The Reds took dugout jackets to new extremes in the 1972 Fall Classic.

A Look at Commemorative Home Run Seats at MLB Ballparks

MLB has a rich history of marking the landing spots of significant dingers. Here’s a good rundown of them.

So Many Details from One 1915 Baseball Scoreboard Photo

Click to enlarge I recently came across this old photo. It was taken on April 10, 1915, which was Opening Day at Washington Park, home of the Federal League’s Brooklyn …

The Strange Story of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Necklace

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s birthday was on Saturday — he turned 75 (just like the NBA this season!). And in a nice case of good timing, today’s Uni Watch entry is about …

MLB Celebrates Jackie Robinson’s 75th Anniversary of Breaking Color Barrier

By Phil Hecken Follow @PhilHecken A good Saturday morning to you, Uni Watchers. I hope you all had a pleasant week. As you’re all no doubt aware, yesterday marked the …

Treasures from the Ripon Vault: More on the Suns’ Shorts

For all images, click to enlarge Good morning! I received lots of very positive feedback in response to my recent post about the Suns still wearing zipper-fly shorts as late …

How Patrick Ewing Changed the NCAA’s Logo Regulations

Click to enlarge Good morning, and happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m looking forward to seeing lots of green today (including on the baseball diamond, where spring training games are slated …

XYZ: A Close Look at the Suns’ Zipper-Fly Shorts

Click to enlarge Who’s that in the Phoenix Suns uni? Give yourself a gold star if you recognized that player as none other than Pat Riley, who played for the …

1970s-80s Orioles Had a Weird Uni Inconsistency

For all photos, click to enlarge Good morning, and happy last day of February! Hope you all had a good weekend. Now then: People often forget that Reggie Jackson played …

Supe’s On! Cincinnati Bengals Uniform History

By Phil Hecken, with Timmy Brulia Follow @PhilHecken Good Super Sunday Morning, Uni Watchers — the Big Day is here. I’m once again rejoined by the Gridiron Uniform Database head …

Supe’s On! The History of the LA Rams Uniforms

By Phil Hecken, with Timmy Brulia Follow @PhilHecken Good Saturday Morning, Uni Watchers. Tis the day before the big day. I hope everyone has had a great week. With the …

A Treasure Trove of 1950s Milwaukee Braves Images

I recently stumbled upon something really fun on Amazon Prime: two hours of Milwaukee Braves promotional footage from 1953, ’54, and ’55 — the team’s first three seasons after moving …

A Museum Exhibit on the History of Women’s Sportswear

Click to enlarge My friend Sonya, who’s a Ph.D. fashion historian, recently told me about a museum exhibit on the history of women’s sportswear, called Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 …