August 20, 2012
For the first time since the 2005 game in Houston, there will be no mention of Major League Baseball, or its initials on the 2013 All Star Game Patch (pictured above) which was unveiled last week and is already being sold by retail outlets.
Even more unusual, no mention of the host New York Mets, only the well-known Skyline logo. There hasn’t been an All Star Game logo that plain, only the year and logo of the host team, since the 1957 game at Sportsmen’s Park in St. Louis.
In honor of former Red Sox great and longtime ambassador of the club Johnny Pesky who died last week at the age of 92, the team is wearing a black armband on their right uniform sleeves when they wear gray.
For the alternate blue jersey, worn Friday night at Yankee Stadium, instead of an armband the team wore a white “number 6” on their left sleeve.
One NFL Note: Great color combination in Denver Saturday night. The Broncos hosted Seattle in their now regular orange home jersey, against the Seahawks who unveiled the new white jersey, which looked nice with the navy blue pants – just one of many combinations for Seattle this season.
Authentic Store Buzz: In celebration of retaining the Olympic Gold in basketball in London, there are a couple of sweet USA Basketball Tees from Nike. A Gold Medal team caricature tee along with an “Unstoppable Greatness” tee (pictured above l to r).
Also, one of Nike’s most popular and leading selling retail jacket products, the women’s Eagles conversion top (pictured above right), perfect as the calendar eventually turns more into “football weather.”
Authentically Speaking Trivia Time: In the 1960 NFL season, only 6 of the 13 teams had logos on their helmets, while two teams sported numbers on their helmets instead. Name those two number-bearing teams? Answer on Tuesday.
Friday’s answer: The Los Angeles Lakers switched from royal blue and white with power blue trim, which they wore after moving from Minneapolis in 1960, to ‘Forum blue’ and gold jerseys (‘Forum blue’ is what then owner Jack Kent Cooke called the shade of purple the team wore) in the 1967-68 season.
The Lakers added an alternate home white jersey, usually worn Sundays and designed in honor of 42-year team broadcaster Chick Hearn who died in 2002, during the 2002-03 season.
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