Think your friendly neighborhood Uni Watch is the only one obsessing about on-field attire? Think again—the Web is crawling with uniform-related sites, most of them maintained by fans with an admirably single-minded passion for their subject matter. A very partial listing of Uni Watch’s favorites shapes up as follows:
• Professional Game Socks (geocities.com/witesock): Spectacularly obsessive site devoted to every uniform’s most overlooked element. Pseudonymous webmaster Witesock has assembled what is undoubtedly the sports world’s largest collection of official team socks and has obligingly posed for photos while wearing them. The result is a useful compendium of lower-leg stylings (not to mention a hosiery fetishist’s dream). The focus here is on football, with a smattering of hockey, soccer, and rugby, so Uni Watch’s holy grail—a site devoted to baseball stirrups—remains a fantasy, at least for now.
• Painted Warrior (users.aol.com/maskman30/pwhpnf.html): Although NHL Uniforms (nhluniforms.com) and the Hockey Sweater Museum (hockeysweatermuseum.com.my100megs) are the most comprehensive hockey-themed uniform sites, Uni Watch has a soft spot for the Painted Warrior, a specialty site featuring vintage and contemporary photos of goalies and their masks. Dig those Gerry Cheevers pix!
• Mets by the Numbers (mbtn.net): Brilliant site that lists, by uniform number, every player, coach, and manager ever to have worn a Met uni. Plus there’s astutely worded commentary on each number’s role in team history, along with charts, sidebar articles, breaking news, and pretty much anything else you could possibly want on this topic—first-rate. (Also handy: the Met uniform timeline at ultimatemets.com/uniforms.html.)
• The Uniform Experiment (uniformexperiment.deep-ice.com): Think you can design a better uni? So do plenty of other people, several of whom have posted a few dozen of their baseball, football, hockey, and basketball designs on this site. The results range from appealing to appalling, but the overriding sense of possibilities is oddly addictive.