Halls of fame and sports museums are often the best places to see old uniforms, but they don’t always allow you to take photos. Fortunately, reader Chris Hilf had no such problems (or just ignored the rules) when he recently visited the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, which houses the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Here are some of the shots he took and was generous enough to share:
• 1940s Hornets jersey. Judging by this photo and the previous two, the Hornets appear to have switched to black and gold around the same time the Pirates did.
• Photo of Roberto Clemente and his kids. Start those kids wearing stirrups at an early age!
BBQ Update: It has been brought to my attention that yesterday’s announcement of a barbecue party in my back yard would’ve been a lot more useful if I’d mentioned that my back yard is in Brooklyn, New York. Sorry for the omission. Again, this rousing event will be on September 3rd, which is the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. If you want to attend, send an e-mail to unibbq at earthlink dot net. I’ll get back to you regarding address, time, etc. And since Pedro never cashed our check, the party’s beer budget is starting off at $78.66.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Now here’s a great item up for auction (with thanks to Todd Krevanchi). … Also wouldn’t mind adding a copy of this to the Uni Watch library. … Good article here about Fidel Castro’s Adidas logo creep. … The NFL requires players to have their jerseys tucked in. But Mike Murray notes that Orlando Huff of the Cardinals had his jersey cropped super-short over the weekend. … Justin Downey plays in the semi-pro Garden State Football League, which he says has “some of the nicest football unis out there — see for yourself.” So I did, and I still haven’t fully recovered. … Try to ignore the logo creep bonanza while checking out the weirdest hockey mask ever. The photo comes our way via Boris Shubinsky, who says the mask was designed by the goalie’s father, and that the design is currently being worn by only two or three netminders in the world. Bizarre. … Weird scene last night in Louisiana, where some of the Cowboys’ throwback jerseys included the “Cowboys” wordmark above the front uni numbers, and some didn’t, plus some players apparently didn’t even have the NFL Equipment logo patch at the base of the collar. … Jeremy Brahm isn’t the only one keeping an eye on Japanese baseball happening: Scott M.X. Turner (who designed the logo at the top of this page, don’tcha know) notes that the socks, tailoring, and white caps being sported by the winners of this year’s Koshien high-school tourney all look endearingly retro.