The best uniforms from defunct sports teams

Posted 2 days ago  |  By Jeff Mezydlo

Sports fans tend to live for nostalgia. Bringing up the past and telling stories of their favorites players and teams. When it comes to uniforms and jerseys, the conversation can go on for days. So, here’s a conversation starter. Looking at some of the best uniforms/jerseys from defuncted sports teams. We’re not including the old-school Astros, Padres, or Pirates uniforms that those teams, and others, still wear on occasion.

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Atlanta Flames

Atlanta Flames
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Atlanta has seen two NHL teams fail to stay in town. Between those two, the Flames had the better uniforms. The “A” with the flame in the middle was a solid look, while the red and yellow fit in with the Atlanta Hawks basketball franchise. When the franchise moved to Calgary, the flaming “C” was incorporated, but the old-school look from Atlanta is still worth celebrating.

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Brooklyn Dodgers

Brooklyn Dodgers
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The Dodgers wear essentially the same uniforms that they donned right before moving to Los Angeles from Brooklyn in the late 1950s. However, during the 1920s, the team sported an old-timey “B” on its jersey top to go along with the famed “B” ballcap. It’s a classic uniform from a classic team that is still beloved, not just in Brooklyn, but throughout the world. 

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California Golden Seals

California Golden Seals
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Before there were the San Jose Sharks, the Bay Area rooted for the Golden Seals. In their green and gold sweaters, the Seals, based in Oakland, were members of the NHL from 1967-’76. Obviously, it was not a long run and the club made just two playoff appearances in nine seasons. However, when talking vintage NHL jerseys, the Golden Seals tend to be one of the favorites for collectors and fans alike.

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Significant Black firsts in sports history

Posted 1 day ago  |  By Matt Whitener

The impact of Black athletes across the history of sports is an undeniable one, but also one that has not always been accomplished on equal footing. Of the many highs that have been accomplished, there have been just as many –if not more— that have also had to overcome the rules of the times they were accomplished in. This is a look back at many significant firsts, highlights, and noteworthy moments accomplished by Black athletes across the sporting spectrum, as well as the conditions that secured their significance.

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1884: First African-American MLB player (all-time): Moses Fleetwood Walker

1884: First African-American MLB player (all-time): Moses Fleetwood Walker

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Technically, William Edward White was the first Black man to play professional baseball in 1879, but he did so while passing as white. However, it was Walker who did so outright as an African-American, playing catcher for the Toledo Blue Stockings in 1884. He faced the intense racial scrutiny of the time and lasted only one season, becoming the last African-American to appear in the MLB for 63 years.

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1889: First Black Professional Soccer Player: Arthur Wharton

1889: First Black Professional Soccer Player: Arthur Wharton

Born in Jamestown of the Gold Coast (in modern-day Ghana), Wharton became the first Black professional soccer player in the English Professional League. Wharton was a goalie and occasional winger, who made 54 overall appearances across four professional seasons. In 2003, he was elected to the English Football Hall of Fame as a pioneer.

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1908: First Black Heavyweight Boxing Champion: Jack Johnson

1908: First Black Heavyweight Boxing Champion: Jack Johnson
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At the peak of the Jim Crow era in America, Johnson emerged as one of the nation’s biggest stars. In 1908, the Galveston, Texas, native beat Tommy Burns to claim the lineal world heavyweight title, via a stoppage in the 14 th round, to become the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion, a title he would carry for the next eight years.

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1908: First Black Olympic Gold Medalist: John Taylor

1908: First Black Olympic Gold Medalist: John Taylor
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Although George Poage was the first African-American Olympian, when he captured two bronze medals in St. Louis four years prior, it was Taylor in 1908 who first reached the top of the podium. Hailing from Washington D.C. and the son of two former slaves, Taylor captured the gold running the third leg of the medley relays, covering 400 meters. In the same year, he would complete his degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania.

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WNBA announces all playoff games to be televised

By Zac Wassink | Last updated 9/8/20

The WNBA and ESPN came together on Tuesday to announce that each of the league’s postseason games will be televised by the Worldwide Leader, with fixtures airing on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and the ESPN App.

Due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, the WNBA scheduled a 22-game campaign and housed teams and other league personnel at the bubble site of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The final games of the regular season will be played this Sunday, with the playoffs set to begin on Sept. 15.

The postseason tournament tips off with a single-elimination format featuring the No. 5 seeds playing the No. 8 seeds, and the No. 6 teams facing the No. 7 teams. No. 3 and No. 4 seeds receive byes into the second round, while the top two teams advance directly into the semifinals.

Second-round match-ups are also single elimination and include No. 3 seeds playing the lowest-seeded first-round winners. The semifinals and WNBA Finals are contested in best-of-five series, with No. 1 seeds playing the lowest-seeded second-round winners in the semis. 

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WNBA denies Elena Delle Donne’s medical opt-out request

The WNBA has denied Elena Delle Donne’s request to opt-out of the upcoming season for medical reasons, forcing her to decide if she will play or skip the season and not receive her salary.

Delle Donne requested to skip the season because she has Lyme disease, which her personal physician told her puts her at risk of contracting COVID-19. However, Lyme disease is not listed by the CDC as an underlying condition that increases your odds of catching the coronavirus, and an independent panel determined she was not at-risk more than anyone else.

“I love my team, and we had an unbelievable season last year, and I want to play!” Delle Donne said in a statement. “But the question is whether or not the WNBA bubble is safe for me. My personal physician who has treated me for Lyme disease for years advised me that I’m at high risk for contracting and having complications from COVID-19. I’m thinking things over, talking to my doctor and my wife, and look forward to sharing what I ultimately plan to do very soon.”

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By Blake Harper | Last updated 7/14/20

LeBron James: WNBA’s New CBA ‘A Big Step’ For The League

LeBron James has long been a vocal supporter of the WNBA, and the Los Angeles Lakers superstar is encouraged by the league’s new collective bargaining agreement, calling it “a big step” for the league.

The WNBA on Tuesday announced a tentative agreement with the WNBPA on an eight-year CBA, which the league heralded as “groundbreaking.”

Among the agreed-upon terms are the following enhancements, as laid out by the WNBA:

– Significant Increases to Player Cash Compensation and Benefits –

– Cash Compensation Triples to More Than Half a Million Dollars for Top Players –

– Enhanced Travel Standards; Expanded Career Development Opportunities; New Child Care, Maternity and Progressive Family Planning Benefits –

– League Launches ‘WNBA Changemakers’ Partnership Platform to Enhance Player Experience and Drive Business Transformation 

When asked Wednesday about the developments, James gave his nod of approval.

“It’s a big step in their league,” James said. “I’m happy for all the women that’s part of their league, both on the floor and off, and I hope they continue their success.”

The new CBA is without question a significant achievement for the WNBA and the league’s players, and it sets up the league to make even more progress. While much work is left to be done, James is correct about it being a big step for arguably the top women’s league in professional sports.

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Originally posted on Sportress of Blogitude
By Jason Rowan  |  Last updated 1/15/20

WNBA and its players union reach ‘historic’ labor deal

The WNBA and its players union have reached a landmark labor deal, announcing the tentative eight-year agreement on Tuesday, as Doug Feinberg of The Associated Press outlines.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement will increase the average and maximum salaries for players while enhancing standards and benefits related to travel and maternity leave. The deal, which has been approved by the players and still must be ratified by owners, includes a 50-50 revenue sharing split beginning in 2021.

“I call it historic,” WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert told AP. “The CBA guarantees substantial (financial) increases. The way we are paying these players is different than the past. … The top couple players are tripling (in pay) where they were. Other players are making $200-300K. The average will be over $130K. Everyone gets an increase here.”

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Originally posted on Hoops Rumors  |  By Luke Adams  |  Last updated 1/14/20