Carolingian Steamroller

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  1. This series is a tribute to the Negro Leagues. Denied a place in segregated white baseball, African American players and businessmen/women formed their own teams and organizations. Though they faced grueling schedules, scarce resources, rampant racism on the road, the men and women who made the Negro Leagues built successful baseball teams that packed stadiums and generated some of the biggest stars of their era: Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, and Satchel Paige. After Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby broke the color line and Black Americans signed with MLB clubs, the Negro Leagues went into slow and steady decline. In the past several years, we've seen Major League team embrace throwbacks from the Negro Leagues as event uniforms. Negro Leagues jerseys are popular sale items at retailers like Ebbett's Field Flannels. However, I have never seen a concept thread on this forum dedicated to the unique and exquisite sartorial style of Negro League clubs. This series was designed with a simple premise in mind: what if in 1947, not just Jackie Robinson the player but entire Negro League franchises were integrated as Major League clubs. Lock, stock, and barrel. Obviously this would create a ripple effect throughout the subsequent history of baseball. Some teams would move cities. Some expansion teams would never come into existence. Likely the concept of the AL and NL would be drastically different. The history of baseball as a business enterprise would no doubt be greatly affected by the presence of multiple African American club owners at the table. Here I strove to ponder what those teams might look like if they were still taking the field today and this presents a challenge greater than designing any specific logos or scripts. Perhaps the most important factor, especially prior to the present day, in a team's appearance was the opinion of ownership. It's why the Yankees still wear pinstripes. It's why the White Sox wore shorts in 1977. Even today, African Americans make up a tiny fraction of owners in professional sports. Michael Jordan of the NBA's Hornets is the lone majority owner of a major professional franchise. Thus, constructing a vision of what kind of influence African American ownership would have over more than half a century of uniform design requires a lot of speculation. Here I am limited by the fact that I am not myself African American. I cannot completely comprehend what changes, innovations, or trends would shape uniforms of the former Negro League teams over the intervening decades. Thus I must declare that what I have done is the best that my own limited powers and particular design tastes can produce. If I have failed or made gross errors in judgment or sensitivity, I ask to please make those frailties known. I pledge to make any and all adjustments necessary up to and including terminating the entire project. If nothing else, I will content myself with opening the door to greater discussion of Negro League uniforms as they, in my opinion, are well worthy of attention.
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    MJD7 x Victormrey | World Baseball Classic: Panama

    I really like the solution to the numbers on the alternate for Nicaragua. Ordinarily, you'd see the stripes either pass all the way around or they'd cut off at the seam under the arm (we sometimes forget the role of seams and fabric in design). However, for this design they've been artistically angled to make space for the numerals. It's clever while still maintaining a clean look. Cheers!
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    I think the Monarchs, Oaks (silver), and American Giants are my favorites.
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    Check out @Victormrey‘s concept for a good blue/black Sox design.
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    MLB by NIKE

    One thought is that the shoulder stripes on the road set don't have the same color balance as the script. Maybe make the internal stripe blue and bottom stripe white?
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    Today we finish up with the Indianapolis Clowns. A true barnstorming team, the Clowns wore bright blue and orange uniforms for much of their history. I've updated their look by breaking the orange into its component red and yellow. Simple red piping offsets the otherwise garish color scheme along with custom script. A pinwheel cap completes the most whimsical team in baseball. I hope you've enjoyed this series as much as I've enjoyed the challenge of making it! Comment on any changes you'd like to see and any personal favorites!
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    Rest of the set in gold.
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    Here's a gold version of the home.
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    Extra detail. There are four green stripes on the cuffs/sides which lead to four oak leaves.
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    Today we have the evolution of the Cleveland Buckeyes: The Oakland Oaks. With the Monarchs the toast of Kansas City by 1948, the Athletics would have had no Midwest landing spot upon leaving Philadelphia. The A's could well have moved somewhere more profitable in the long term (Minneapolis? Milwaukee?). That leaves Oakland (the A's next stop after KC) wide open and the Cleveland Buckeyes could easily have filled that niche. Switching their name from one icon local hardwood to another. I opted for green as the primary color but I couldn't decide whether I liked orange or silver as a secondary color so I'm posting them both. The racing stripe details and the font are based on the branches of the Oakland crest which also forms the basis of the Warriors "The Town" uniforms. Enjoy!
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    Moving on to the Philadelphia Stars: I've envisioned a scenario where the Stars pulled off a freak pennant during a particularly interesting phase of their uniform history. Then as the double knit era came to a close they returned to more traditional and classic uniforms. However due to their success and constant presence on "Worst Dressed Teams in Baseball History" lists, the Intergalactic Stars uniforms are consistent fan favorites in the Philadelphia area. Thanks to @Victormrey for letting me borrow his gradient design from the MLB City Series Diamondbacks.
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    Revised version with thinner piping. I think this is a better modernization.
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    Regrettably not in this series. I've focused on teams were that were still extant around the time the Color Barrier was broken in 1947 with a couple exceptions. I could produce them at a later date.
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    Next up are the Pittsburgh Crawfords. The Pirates displayed some beautiful Crawfords throwbacks this past Friday, befitting one of the great clubs of the Negro Leagues. The modernized Crawfords take a lot from tradition and history. Simple pinstripes and grey roads.
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    Creamer Concept World Cup 2018 - FINALS VOTING

    Mexico Morocco
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    I’ve heard that one but it’s not confirmed. Firecrackers was a team from the 1800’s. It’s unknown whether the Crackers based their name on them.
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    MLB: Project Chasing SFGiants58 (St. Louis Cardinals posted! 8/30)

    Easily the Cardinals are my favorite. The swinging Bird looks terrific and the triple striping is fantastic. I also want to specifically praise the way the underscore looks on the script. It's smooth and graceful which is not an easy task to pull off. Great job!
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    The City of Atlanta's primary Negro League team was the Atlanta Black Crackers. Like many Negro league teams, when they formed they had taken the nickname of the local white team (the Atlanta Crackers) and added to "Black" to the front of it. Today, Cracker is a negative racial epithet for white people implying ignorance, though in the early 20th Century the definition was more akin to a country bumpkin. This created something of an oxymoron with a team being called effectively the Black White People. (Off topic, there's interesting history around this juxtaposition ranging from 18th century St. Dominque to Irish immigration to the present day) The Atlanta Black Crackers made great use of the name by creating uniforms with bold "ABC" jersey designs. With that in mind, I imagined the ABC's wanting to change their name while retaining the bold ABC design palate. One way is go in the Football direction and name the team: the ATLANTA BASEBALL CLUB. I've added the idea of the ABC moving in a similar direction to the Braves in the 70's with royal blue and red.
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    MJD7 x Victormrey | World Baseball Classic: Panama

    I love those Japanese roads! The design looks so much like samurai lamellar armor.
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    Revised Monarchs, dropping the pants numbers. I tried the numbers on the jersey but it crowded the wordmarks.
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    In light of @SFGiants58's discussion in his Defunct Series of how horrible the owners of the Washington Senators were on racial matter, I've added a specific narrative to the alternate history of this series. In our reality in 1942, the Homestead Grays of Pittsburgh, arguably the New York Yankees of the Negro Leagues, began playing a large chunk of their home games in Washington DC. In later years, they played more that 2/3 of their home games in the Capital. The Grays had featured titans such as Cool Papa Bell and Josh Gibson and consistently brought in the best talent. They won the Negro League World Series in 1948. In the universe where the Grays were directly able to compete against other Major League clubs, they won the MLB World Series in 1948. Their winning play and star power drive their DC attendance through the roof, forcing Senators attendance down to the point where the Griffith family flees West with their tails tucked between their legs. The Grays become a powerhouse fixture of Washington baseball for the decades to come. Presidents would celebrate the opening of the season by throwing out the first pitch at sparkling 40,000 seat Gibson Park. Their uniforms reflect that. No alternate needed. No script other than the primary. Retro cream home uniforms celebrate their past glory complete with navy t-bars and contrasting pockets. In a modern twist, the team adopts marengo gray road uniforms with cream details.
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    Creamer Concept World Cup 2018 - FINALS VOTING

    Egypt Morocco
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    MLB: The Defunct Saga - Los Angeles Angels Added

    I love the new "W" and I am horrified by Griffiths.
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    Negro League Teams in the Present Day (Indianapolis Clowns)

    Today the legendary Kansas City Monarchs. My choice of color scheme may be controversial. Instead of the red/white/blue scheme, I've opted for Royal and gold. Historically, the Monarchs used blue and white most frequently. Here, in honor of their regal name, I adjusted the shade to a slightly purple tinge and made gold the complementary color. Design-wise, the Monarchs usually favored the headspoon-over-pinstripes look. However, using that in the present day would violate one of my universal maxims of baseball design. Sublimated pinstripes, though, would allow the Monarchs to connect to their roots without overtly anachronistic uniforms. Thanks to @coco1997 for letting me borrow his crowned heart sleeve patch from the Royals City Edition Series. A version of the classic, raglan striped uniform is the Sunday alternate. Enjoy!
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    Creamer Concept World Cup 2018 - FINALS VOTING

    Egypt (A1) vs. Australia (C1) Sweden (F2) vs. Panama (G1) Morocco (B1) vs. France (C2) Mexico (F1) vs. Senegal (H1)