Reds Wore Complete-Period Ponchos in ’72 Global Collection

The primary baseball season that I adopted from begin to end used to be 1972, when I used to be 8 years previous. I be mindful gazing the American and Nationwide League playoffs after the common season’s conclusion, and I particularly be mindful the Global Collection between the A’s and Reds (which featured what became out to be Jackie Robinson’s ultimate public look previous to Recreation Two).

What I don’t be mindful, on the other hand, are the full-length ponchos that no less than two Cincy avid gamers had been dressed in within the dugout right through Recreation Six in Cincinnati. Reader Tristan Ridgeway noticed them whilst gazing this spotlight video (they seem at more or less the 31:08 mark).

In truth, I don’t recall ever seeing MLBers dressed in this kind of garment. I do recall seeing a couple of pictures of avid gamers dressed in lengthy overcoat-like jackets right through chilly climate — I feel the examples I’ve observed all display avid gamers dressed in them within the bullpen — however those Reds ponchos appear extra like rain slickers, very similar to NFL sideline capes. No less than one in every of them even had a hood!

I did some poking round on-line to peer if I may discover a antique instance — no cube. So I requested a host of baseball historians and other folks attached to Cincinnati (together with our personal “Collector’s Nook” columnist Brinke Guthrie, who mentioned he in truth attended that Global Collection sport as a child!), all of whom mentioned they’d by no means observed anything else fairly just like the Reds’ ponchos. However one of the vital other folks I queried, Baseball Corridor of Status curator Tom Shieber, forwarded my inquiry to Chris Eckes, curator of the Reds Corridor of Status. He replied thusly:

The Reds undoubtedly wore the kind of coats or parkas that Paul recollects seeing different groups put on [in the bullpen]. There have been no less than two other kinds, each made by way of Wilson: one with the script “Cincinnati” that’s proven within the 1972 Global Collection display pictures, and some other that had arched block lettering very similar to the glance of a post-1971 street uniform. We’ve examples of each kinds in our assortment.

Those are quilted however now not closely, which leads me to consider that the coats/parkas observed within the Global Collection photographs are of the similar taste/assemble because the examples we’ve got. I don’t recall ever seeing person who used to be now not quilted.

Eckes supplied the next pictures of the pieces from the Reds Corridor’s assortment:

Word that neither of those had a hood. In truth, Eckes advised me he’s by no means observed one with a hood. So possibly what I believed used to be a hood in 1972 Global Collection video used to be in truth the again of the collar. Right here’s a comparability — Global Collection “hood” at the left, again collar of Reds Corridor parka at the proper:

Hmmmm, possibly the “hood” used to be in truth simply the collar. So if the Reds avid gamers had been in truth dressed in full-length parkas, versus rain slickers/ponchos, right through that Global Collection sport, it will be the first time I’ve ever observed this kind of garment being worn within the dugout as an alternative of the bullpen.

Finally: a laugh rabbit hollow! And likewise a excellent reminder that we’re coming near the beginning of this yr’s MLB playoffs and Global Collection.

(Large due to Tristan Ridgeway for bringing the 1972 pictures to my consideration, and in addition to Tom Shieber and Chris Eckes for his or her priceless help with this publish.)

It All Will depend on How You Take a look at It

On the finish of the day past’s publish in regards to the Brewers’ house plate space, I discussed that in addition they use a “dead-center” perspective for his or her centerfield digital camera shot, which I to find a bit of jarring as it’s now not what I’m used to seeing.

That triggered a remark from reader Ryne Jungling, who pointed me towards the video proven above. It analyzes how our belief of more than a few forms of pitches (slider, change-up, cutter, and many others.) is vastly suffering from the centerfield digital camera orientation. Faaaascinating stuff, and extremely beneficial. Thank you, Ryne!

Uni Watch Plus Replace

We had 10 Uni Watch Plus sign-ups the day past (thanks!). As promised, I randomly selected one of the vital new enrollees, who became out to be Mike Mulcahy. He’s received himself a Uni Watch prize package deal consisting of the next:

  • 3 Uni Watch pins
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  • A Uni Watch buying and selling card
  • A Uni Watch magnet
  • A collection of 3 Uni Watch coasters

I’ll proceed to do that for any day through which we obtain no less than seven new UW+ sign-ups.

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Contest Reminder

If you neglected it closing week, I’ve partnered with the cap logo Reputable League on a competition to design an unofficial USMNT cap for the impending Global Cup. Complete main points right here.

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