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Uniform Authenticity in "42"


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I haven't yet seen the movie, but hopefully we can get feedback from the members who did.

How authentic were the uniforms in this film? Did they use the correct "B" for the Dodgers cap? It doesn't look so from the movie poster.

The thing that bothered me from the previews is that they messed up the font for the Dodgers uniforms. The Dodgers used standard MLB block, but the uniforms had a different font (and I believe no front numbers). Were there any other errors?

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Read these two articles on the two companies that made the uniforms for the movie

http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/fandom/post/_/id/20823/hollywood-meets-reality-in-42-mlb-unis

http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/fandom/post/_/id/20744/how-42-nailed-authentic-vintage-uniforms

Due to some Hollywood limitations, some minor changes had to be made. Overall, I think the movie looked great. I didn't go in to nitpick during the film, but overall, it looked pretty authentic to me despite some differences.

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Uni's did look really good and the hats looked pretty good too. Looked like they fit the era and i'm not much of a baseball fan, but when did batting helmets start getting used? thought it was weird how they had regular hats on when they went up to bat

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Early 1950s, I think.

I do like the Brooklyn logo in the film, although the patch is anachronistic.

At the risk of a little self-promotion, I wrote these two articles on the Dodgers' cap history last year:

http://www.uni-watch.com/2011/05/01/hats-off-to-brooklyn-part-i/

http://www.uni-watch.com/2011/05/07/hats-off-to-brooklyn-part-ii/

Personally, this has long been my favorite of their logos, and would have also been accurate for the period.

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Much better than the modern (and incorrect) caps pictured on the posters.

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That's a tweaked Red Sox logo, not the Dodgers.

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I haven't yet seen the movie, but hopefully we can get feedback from the members who did.

How authentic were the uniforms in this film? Did they use the correct "B" for the Dodgers cap? It doesn't look so from the movie poster.

The thing that bothered me from the previews is that they messed up the font for the Dodgers uniforms. The Dodgers used standard MLB block, but the uniforms had a different font (and I believe no front numbers). Were there any other errors?

The cap logo was executed wrong, even thought the artwork was pretty close (not the same cap in the movie as on the poster). The numbering was off, but the Dodgers did not wear front numbers in that era, so that part was correct. I would expect the minor league stuff to be spot on, as it was done by Ebbetts Field Flannels.

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Looking at Dressed to the Nines, the front numbers were added in 1952, I didn't know that. I remember several images of Robinson with front numbers, so I assumed he had them his whole career. Is it possible the Dodgers did not yet use MLB block in 1947, and that the font in the movie is correct? I can't find images online.

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