July 23, 2012
Memorial patches, armbands, and other forms of similar expression in baseball uniform history goes back to the late 1870s, and sadly the Colorado Rockies were the latest team to express its sympathies as part of its uniform to the victims and families of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting last Thursday night.
In other uniform news over the weekend, the Cubs were classy in donning a special Ron Santo patch for their game at St. Louis Sunday, the day Santo was inducted posthumously in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. The patch was similar to the one the team wore the entire 2011 season to honor Santo who died in 2010, adding the "2012" and "HOF" above and below is uniform number.
The Twins and Royals did the Negro League throwback look at Kauffman Stadium Saturday. The monochrome Twins were the St. Paul Gophers, the Royals, as they have done previously, donned the attire of the Kansas City Monarchs.
And, for the second time this season, Saturday at home against the Dodgers, the Mets wore this look. Boo!
Authentic Store Buzz: The Panthers Cam Newton is among the latest Nike NFL Elite jerseys to arrive at the store (pictured above) including the “Keep Pounding” slogan in the collar.
Also in the store, sharp Eagles 2012 Training Camp T-shirts. It’s perfect timing with the Birds opening camp Monday at Lehigh University’s Goodman Campus.
Editor’s Note: PLA President Ray Jannelli writes the following note: We at PLA would like to wish “good luck" to a dear friend of our company, Heather Bolig, who works for Miller/Coors Philadelphia.
Heather is moving on and up (with the same company) to Brooklyn, N.Y. (big shot New York executive now). Back in early Nov. 2011, Heather became our first woman apparel customer at our brand new store, but also was a sounding board/consultant as we progressed with our women's sports apparel category.
C'mon, we're jersey GUYS!
Heather, along with Molson Canadian, sponsored our "Jerseys as Art" Symposiums, and if that wasn't enough recommended PLA to supply Coors "Throwback a Throwback" campaign with Majestic Phillies jerseys. PLA also supplied Heather's key accounts with Flyers Winter Classic jerseys.
Heather, all of us at PLA will miss you! (Wish we kept that Molson cooler, though.)
Authentically Speaking Trivia Time: What year did the St. Louis Cardinals become the first National League team to put player’s names on the back of the uniforms? Answer on Tuesday.