Today is Cal Ripken Jr.'s 49th birthday. Cal's greatness isn't best understood through stats(even though he was a two time MVP and the 1982 Rookie of the Year.) We all know and love Cal for what he did for baseball and for the fans. Breaking Lou Gehrig's 2,130 consecutive game streak captivated the nation and helped baseball recover after the strike riddled 1994 season.
Here are a couple of quotes from an article written by Richard Hoffer that we came across in the Sports Illustrated Baseball Book. He says it a lot better than we ever could.
"Cal Ripken Jr. though he'll surely go into the Hall of Fame, is not the greatest baseball player ever, or even of his day. But he's dedicated to his craft, respectful of his game and this year, he almost single-handedly restored the once loyal fan's faith in baseball, single-handedly turned attention to pioneer work ethic."
"How long has it been since the fan has had to acknowledge the athlete's give instead of his take? Since he was forced to recoginize his diligence, stability, effort? It feels as if it has been ages, doesn't it, since sports was something othere than a playful preamble to an advertising career? But at least the fan had this year to arrest his growing cynicism. Maybe the fan just needs to know where to look: down the first base line, where in the half glow of stadium lights a gray-haired guy signs autographs into the wee hours..."
Happy Birthday Cal, and thanks.
We were honored and humbled to participate in Saturday's celebration honoring the 1969 World Series Champions, the New York Mets. The Mets organization asked us a couple of months ago if we would make jerseys for the returning players to wear during the ceremony and of course we were happy to do it. It always means a lot to us when we see someone wearing one of our authentic jerseys, but Saturday was something special. It was a thrill to see these legends of the game in the 1969 home jerseys that we re-created for them.
Yogi Berra, Nolan Ryan, Jerry Grote, Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Duffy Dyer
Thanks for letting us be a little part of this festive day.
We did another collaboration with the good folks over at Flight Club. Once again it's a tribute to the great borough of Brooklyn. The embroidery and detail on this hat are phenomenal.
Check out Universal Article for more info.
In celebration of today being August 21, we want to know who your favorite #21 is. Is it one of the guys below? If so, why? If not, who is your favorite #21?
From time to time we like to feature a jersey and let you know a little more about it. Why we made it, what makes it special or anything else we think might be of interest.
For today, here a some miscellaneous facts about the 1918 New York Yankees road jersey.
- The United States entered into the World War I conflict in 1917. The Yankees showed their support of the war effort in 1918 by wearing a red, white and blue felt patch around the left sleeve of their jersey.
- The block lettering featured on this jersey established the style that continues to be used on road Yankees jerseys to this day.
- The Yankees finished in 4th place in 1918 with a record of 60 - 63. The World Series Champions were the Boston Red Sox.
- In this war shortened season each team played 26 fewer games than usual. As a result, 1918 is the only year when the entire World Series was played in the month of September.
- Key players: C - Truck Hannah / 1B - Wally Pipp / 2B - Del Pratt / SS - Roger Peckinpaugh / 3B - Frank Baker / OF - Ping Bodie, Frank Gilhooley, Elmer Miller / P - Slim Love, Ray Caldwell, Allen Russell, George Mogridge / Manager Miller Huggins (first year as Manager)
- The Yankees started their pre-season training on March 11th in Macon, GA.
- No player numbers were worn at this time.
So there you have it. Some random facts to impress your friends and family.
Let us know if there are any jerseys you'd like to learn more about and we'll see what we can do.