Yesterday’s brief mention of soccer goalie Daniel Beltrame’s habit of wearing a baseball cap prompted some interesting responses. “You know this, I’m sure, but goalies wore caps regularly back in the day,” wrote Uni Watch design director Scott M.X. Turner, failing to reckon with my immense ignorance of all things soccer-related. Fortunately, he sent along a bunch of historical shots of hatted keepers to bolster his case, as seen here, here, here, here, and here. Steve Murphy did likewise — look here and here.
But the best communiqué came from longtime reader Doug Brei, who reminded me of something I should have remembered, namely that hockey goalies used to wear caps too, as you can see in these pics of Alex Connell, Norman Smith, George Hainsworth, Paddy Moran, and the Seattle Metropolitans (it’s not clear who the goalie is).
That led me to reach for my copy of Douglas Hunter’s excellent goalie-centric book, A Breed Apart (highly recommended — see link at right), which features lots of photos of hatted netminders. Check out this, this, this, this, this, and this.
What the book doesn’t explain — and what I either can’t remember or else never knew to begin with — is why hockey goalies wore caps. Anyone care to enlighten us?
Helmet Raffle Results: Thanks to everyone who entered for the chance to win a free Gridiron Memories helmet. Our randomly selected winner is Pete Ellingsworth, who should contact me pronto to claim his prize.
Humbug: I’ve decided to call off this Saturday’s Uni Watch party. The number of people who said they might possibly be able to attend if I moved the time up by a few hours, or back by a few hours, or to the next day, or to the next weekend, or to next month, or to after they got back from Japan, was far greater than the number of people who said, “Yeah, for sure, I’ll be there.” My bad for proposing a party on relatively short notice in the middle of the holiday season. I’ll try again early in the new year — maybe the day before the Super Bowl.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Thanks to the many readers who wrote in to explain that the facemask worn by two of the players in this still shot from the film Necessary Roughness is a Riddell Kra-Lite mask, formerly worn by Lomas Brown and Greg Lloyd, still worn today by Wayne Gandy and Willie Anderson. … Interesting women’s hoops jersey style being worn by Gannon University of Erie, Pennsylvania (with thanks to Yancy Yeater). … Another interesting style guide has been turned up, this time by Chuck Nolan Jr., who writes: “The National Premier Soccer League (a national amateur league roughly the equivalent to Class A baseball) has a PDF file on their website to show people the do’s and don’t about using their logo.” … Mickel Yantz, curator of the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, took special notice of the old-style nose guard that I highlighted in last week’s rundown of Leland’s auction items. “During our ‘Cherokee Athletes’ exhibit last year at the museum, we had pictures of Cherokee football teams from the Cherokee Male Seminary, which is now Northeastern State University in Tahlequah,” he writes. “The pictures showed the team with the nose guards. I was continuously being asked why the players had their jockstraps around their neck. This eventually led me to include a ‘What is it?’ label in the exhibit to explain the nose guard. … Oh, and the writing on the football is in the Cherokee language. I have been told it translates to ‘Creek Killers.’ ” … If you’re gonna set a record, you may as well wear some extra stripes while you’re doing it (additional views here, here, here, and here). … Deep in last night’s Comments section: Mark Bradley’s gloves last night didn’t have the NFL Equipment logo. … Bowling Green has opened a museum devoted to the school’s sports history — including, of course, uniforms. Details here (with thanks to Tom Konecny). … With a couple of exceptions, MLB’s new batting practice jerseys will look like this. I’d like to get worked up about how crummy they are (and the caps are even worse — wait till you see them), except, y’know, they’re just BP jerseys, so who really gives a shit?