February 26 in Baseball History

February 26, 1991

“Bill Veeck, considered the P.T. Barnum of baseball due to the imaginative innovations he put in place as the owner of the Indians (1946-50), Browns (1951-53), and White Sox (1959-61, 1975-80), is elected by the veterans committee into the Hall of Fame. In addition to the many promotions he employed to bring fans into the ballpark, ‘Sport Shirt Bill’ is best remembered for integrating the American League by signing Larry Doby to play for the Tribe, and the 1948 World Champion Indians, a team that drew more than 2.6 million fans, setting an attendance record that lasted for more than three decades.”

Wait, WHAT!  Branch Rickey deservedly gets credit for breaking the barrier with Jackie Robinson, but Bill Veeck was the guy to do it in the AL?  Why is this not a bigger deal?

February 11 in Baseball History

February 11, 1997

“General Mills, the makers of Wheaties, unveils three new Jackie Robinson cereal boxes to be sold in stores nationwide. The Dodgers’ Hall of Fame infielder will be the first athlete to be honored on all three varieties of Wheaties: Original Wheaties, Honey Frosted Wheaties, and Crispy Wheaties ‘n’ Raisins.”

The first of what I’m sure will be many appearances for Jackie Robinson in this corner of the blogosphere…

TBB Essential Drills Series #2 – How To Run Through First Base

 

Here we have TCU Baseball Coach Randy Mazey breaking down one of the elemental aspects of baserunning.  The first thing a runner has to worry about as they learn to play is busting it down the line to beat out a groundball.  This video provides great advice on that as well as some iconoclastic tips on how which way to turn when heading back to first.  Every coach needs to watch this because we’d avoid stupid arguments every weekend about tagging somebody out just because they turned in without making an attempt.

I’ve got uniforms on my mind….

Starting a team part 1: the Marietta Bombers initial design and hat

I love love love uniforms.  Daily reader (and infrequent Ticker contributor) of Uni-Watch.com, follow a bunch of uniform-focused accounts on twitter, etc.  I think this all started probably when I was in 8th grade and got my first replica jersey, a black Shaquille O’Neal Orlando Magic top from Fan Fair at Northland Mall in Columbus, OH.  Very cool purchase for 13-year-old me.  Another topic for another day, though.

What I want to talk about here is my thought process as I put together the uniform package and design for a travel team I started 18 months ago with a couple friends of mine.  We were a new team with about a 5-week ramp up period to start the season and part of that included coming up with a name and team colors right before our tryout.  The coach landed on the name Marietta Bombers (to recognize the old Bell Bomber plant in Marietta, GA) and the colors navy and white to align with the those of the local high school.  Cool back story, and smart move on the colors.  At that point it was handed off to me to run with and get the uniforms lined up.

First piece of business was simply landing on a theme or or general principle for the design.  Knowing we wanted some sort of M on the caps, but not really knowing what logo or font would be best, I searched on google for just about any team I could think of that might fit the bill.  Marlins, Brewers (new and old), Miami Hurricanes, Montreal Expos (by the way I love the old Expos logo and would totally rip it off if I ever got to design a uniform set again!), and on and on.  Smartest move I made there was creating a pinterest board to easily save off anything I found of interest for future reference in the project.  Taking these different logos into account and roughly sketching out a uniform idea in powerpoint (and perhaps most importantly listening to my wife!), I landed on the idea for a white Old English M on a navy hat.  Quick trip to visit my friends at Lids Town Center to get some hats made so the coaches could look like they had a plan at the tryout, and voila!, a team identity was formed!  Here’s the hat:

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I loved this hat.  LOVED IT!  Classic style, large logo, “3-D”, or raised, embroidery.  Freakin’ awesome!  Yeah I’m tooting my horn a bit and really anybody could have come with the a logo and hat like this, but they didn’t.  It’s not like we were running into this design every weekend, you know, lolz!  It fit perfectly with the what we were doing with the team and just looked great quite frankly.

That’s it for now. I’ll cover the rest of the process of coming up with the logos, uniforms, etc., in the future.

Meanwhile, if you’re not doing so already, check out Paul Lukas at Uni-Watch.  Great writer, fun blog.

Lay-tuh!

 

 

Ceremonial First Pitch

Here we are at the start of a new year and a new blog.  My intent with this is to get my thoughts on travel baseball out there for the whole to enjoy or pick apart or laugh at or whatever.  My son plays ball and I help coach.  I played baseball through high school and love the game.  I could go on and on about it and everything, but Field of Dreams pretty much covers it and if you’re reading this, then you’ve seen that.

 

I hope you find this interesting or informative or entertaining.  If you don’t I don’t really care.  And if you do, thanks!  And feel free to leave a comment.  I have ideas about where this will go, but any thoughts you’d like to share or things you want to hear about would be welcome.

 

Batter Up!

 

Andre