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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Astros makeoverThis is a couple of weeks old, but I haven't seen it elsewhere and it's pretty cool:
As many of you know, I have written about my love of the Houston Astros uniforms from the 1970's and 1980's several times. The Astros were by far my favorite team growing up and the whole thing started with the uniforms and the logos. I was a huge fan of the rainbow era uniforms. I was an even bigger fan of the second evolution of the rainbow look with the shoulder stripes. Everything about the Astros logos and uniforms was at the top of my list.
For those of you who can't click through to the pics -- and if you can you should -- the author basically proposed bringing back the star-H hats and something which looks very much like the more subdued, 1980s-era rainbow colored jerseys, font and all, but substituting the current brick red for the orange.
I think the thing with this is that you can't go too crazy. Sure, everyone -- myself included from time to time -- talks about how great the old rainbow scheme was, but when I think harder about it, I must admit that the old Astros stuff is probably more fun to look back at now than it was to experience then. Others may disagree, but I remember not liking it all that much when I was a kid, and to the extent I have any admiration for it now it likely stems from some sense of so-bad-its-good irony and a touch of nostalgia. A couple of years ago I did a couple of giant posts about my favorite and least favorite uniforms for each team (AL here) and the rainbows didn't make the grade. I picked the late 60s-early 70s shooting star getup and gave voice to a return-to-the-Colt .45s pipe dream.
But I did always like the star-H, though, and have to say that the author's stab at this is a great improvement over the current, fairly wretched ensemble.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 11:43am
The HOF uniform database is a neat site, and it features one of the greatest examples of unintended comedy I’ve ever seen.
Rather than spoil it, I encourage everyone to go to the site and enter their favorite team with the range 1993-2003. Pay particular attention not to the uniforms, but to the silhouettes….
Posted 07/23 at 12:13 PM
No black in uniforms! No black in uniforms!
Um, unless you’re the White Sox.
Posted 07/23 at 01:11 PM
I fool around and buy some old (film) SLR cameras off ebay, mainly to get the lens for my digital stuff. So sometimes they just send the whole set-up with the case and a couple of months ago I get one with orange-red rainbow stripes on it and I’m trying to figure out why this looks familiar in some way.
Posted 07/23 at 01:14 PM
As an AStros fan, I think the hats would be a huge upgrade over the current design. Not so sure about the logo or going back to the block font design.
Posted 07/23 at 01:29 PM
My unofficial polling of the considerable Astros fan base here in North Texas has this suggestion as a runaway hit. Except, we’re in agreement that road uni’s need “Houston” across the front. The swirling baseball logo, in particular, has people in a fevered pitch. Too bad it’s just a dream.
As an FYI - when the first real rainbow uniform came out, it coincided with a remodeling of The Dome that featured the bottom rung of seats done in the same motif.
Posted 07/23 at 02:00 PM
I think he’s got it backwards. The old font was way too era-specific, but the old color scheme needs to come back.
Posted 07/23 at 03:20 PM
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