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A look at the visual identity of sports teams, especially the Penn State Nittany Lions, Washington Nationals, Capitals, Redskins and Wizards.

TRUE FACT: I know what every team’s uniform should look like, so it’s a burden to see so many wearing the wrong kit.

Nats may alter batting helmet curly W’s for 2017

I caught a little blurb in the latest Paul Lukas ESPN UniWatch column on the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-D batting helmet insignias:

Poole said the New York Mets’ and Washington Nationals’ equipment staffs had spoken with him about the 3-D logos…

That’s kind of interesting. The Dodgers have been a 3-D printed plastic insignia, but they are brittle and will be replaced by a flexible a rubber-like polymer.

Would a 3 millimeter raised curly W look good on a batting helmet? We may see that before too long.

Oh and Ryan Zimmerman is clean and headed back to the lineup.

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The Washington Americans uniforms of the 1970s Ball Four TV show

Last year, I learned that Jim Bouton starred in a television series based on his autobiography, Ball Four. The fictional team was the “Washington Americans” and the opening featured views of RFK Stadium.

I decided, granted only based on the opening credits, to take a look at the uniforms and logo.

ben-davidson-americansThe home uniforms are not far off of the classic “Dodgers look.” Red stars to dot the “i” too, like the 1960s Phillies uniforms. Not bad, certainly better than the set the San Diego Padres would have worn had they moved to D.C. in 1974.

That’s Oakland Raiders legend Ben Davidson, by the way, making his triumphant return to Washington. He played for the 1962-63 Redskins.

washington-americans-roadie-frontThe road uniforms were similar to some jerseys (Dressed to the Nines) that the Senators wore over the year with WASHINGTON in block letters on the front. On the back, the name was in blue with the number in red, a look the Chicago Cubs have used (sportslogos.net).

The Americans logo, shown here is was on the sleeve. washington-americans-logo

There is also a bicentennial logo (Wikipedia), probably best known in sports for appearing on the Super Bowl X jerseys and mentioned in UniWatch last month.

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There’s Bouton wearing the red cap. It doesn’t come through clearly because sadly, screengrabs from 1970s television are less than high-definition. Was it an A or W? I can’t say.

Overall, it’s a decent uniform that I wouldn’t have minded being able to see in person growing up, but alas D.C. baseball was just a fantasy until 2005.

Here’s the opening, complete with Harry Chapin singing the theme.


It’s 3 days until Pitchers & Catchers Day

It’s 48 days until Opening Day

It’s 51 days until the Home Opener, which should be on Opening Day

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What the L.A. Rams uniforms ought to look like

I’ve always had a soft spot for the L.A. Rams. My neighbor J.J. was a big Rams fan, having moved from Southern California to Northern Virginia the same time we arrived from New Jersey. He moved to Michigan though when I was 8 and became a straight ticket Detroit sports fan, while I eventually did the same with D.C. The move back to Los Angeles was announced on J.J.’s birthday.

I don’t have any strong feelings about St. Louis, well maybe one (just don’t click), and it did produce one of the greatest Americans of our or anyone elses lifetimes, Yogi Berra. It always felt weird though that the Rams were there and not in L.A.

About five years ago, I got wind of the movement Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams and the real possibility that the Rams could someday play their home games in the Southern California sunshine again. Back then I blogged a lot more and when the Rams came to play D.C., I floated the idea of the Rams heading back and adopting a yellow jersey and mocked something up back then.

In what turned out to be their final game in St. Louis, the Rams wore yellow “color rush rash” uniforms. The all yellow below the helmet was excessive but a yellow jersey looks sweet, so here is what I’d like to see them go with as their primary design:

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The early L.A. Rams started a bit of a precedent with yellow uniforms that the Lakers and Kings later embraced. The upside of the yellow jerseys is they could probably wear them on the road most of the time too, creating some excellent color vs. color matchups even better than the 1994 throwbacks games.

For their secondary jersey, I’m advocating the blue jersey/yellow pants combination they wore for 20 years.

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Lastly, for an alternate, making a white/blue combo that is reminiscent of the Fearsome Foursome era, but with the modern Ram horns on the jersey. They could theme it with the fourth game of the year or something. I don’t like the look as much as the other ones, but I gather there is an attachment to it for some Rams fans. I like it when teams in the same city have similar colors and that look works really well with a Dodgers cap too, though the others are good enough.

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One common change, that I haven’t depicted as well as since I’m getting used to the poorly named free graphics program GIMP (miss you PhotoShop) is Northwestern-stripes on the socks, an homage to sleeve stripes of the past. The 50th L.A. season patch is based off of the 40th season patch and modified from a Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams graphic. Primary sources for the graphics are Gridiron Uniform Database, Sportslogos.net & the NFL.

By the way, the Rams started in Cleveland, moving after winning the 1945 NFL Championship to Los Angeles. Vince Guerrieri, a former colleague of mine, recently appeared on the Railbird’s Nest podcast to talk about their first city and departure.

As for St. Louis, they are probably done with the NFL, but should a team ever return, I have something in mind for them too. Call them the St. Louis Archers and have it similar to the early 2000 Rams uniforms and colors.

St. Louis Archers

I didn’t quite round off the sleeve arches, but you get the idea.

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Don’t expect (m)any changes in the Nats uniforms or Metro policy

In his Q&A with fans, Washington Nationals owner and occasional batting practice outfielder Mark Lerner fielded a couple of questions about uniforms:

The Nats refreshed the team’s uniforms several years ago. I personally feel the set has been a success for the most part, but also could be improved in some ways. How do you feel about them? Do you see any enhancements/additions in the future, or are you content with this set?

“It’s funny, now anywhere I travel I run into folks wearing Nationals team merchandise – Curly W caps, jerseys, T-shirts. I think we have developed a pretty popular logo and brand. We are open to alternate designs down the line, but currently we are sticking with what is proving to be popular.”

Can we have the interlocking “DC” return as a home/away alternate and is it possible to sell the uniforms and caps with the interlocking “DC” logo in the team store?

“We are open to alternate designs, but don’t have any current plans to change the uniforms next season. I’ll share your request for the interlocking DC logo to be made available in our stores with the retail team!”

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As I mentioned on UniWatch, I came up with some easy tweaks to the Nats uniforms a few years back. Bring back the solid blue road caps and drop the numbers on the front of the home jerseys.

As for extended Metro house:

Why won’t the Nationals pay to have Metro run late for evening games?

We’ve consistently said that as a world-class city – and the Nation’s Capital – D.C. needs to have a world-class public transportation system and that includes an extended hours schedule like every other major American city. Currently our fans contribute millions of dollars and thousands of hours a year to WMATA traveling to and from games during our 81 home games. That usage should be reflected in extended hours.

Lerner isn’t wrong that DC should have world-class public transportation but spending $29,000 on a deposit (which would be refunded by usage) would serve fans who want to know they can go to the whole game and stay home.

Even Dan Synder -DAN SNYDER! knows this

More of the same all-around.

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