So I figured I’d just take all the membership cash and head to the South of France.
Wouldn’t blame anyone who thought that was the case yesterday. We had a server problem, which put the site out of commission for most of the day. Compounding the problem, I was out covering a non-uni story yesterday, so I couldn’t answer any of the “What’s wrong with the site?” e-mails that came pouring in. And after I got home, my internet service went down at about 9 p.m. So even after Ek got the site back up and running at about 11, I still wasn’t able to access it. In fact, I didn’t even realize he’d fixed it, because he sent me an “It’s fixed!” e-mail, which I wasn’t able to retrieve. Quite a day.
Woke up at about 6 a.m. today to find everything back to normal. For now.
Best comment came from reader David Berger: “Did you take the site ‘dark’ today in deference to Jose Cruz Jr. being released? It’s a sad, sad day for stirrups.” Indeed. Anyway, if you missed yesterday’s post, which was up for only an hour or so before the site went down, go back and check it out.
As for today: Got a note the other day from longtime contributor Todd Davis. His band has been working on a song called “1963,” so he started looking through that year’s Sports Illustrated covers for inspiration. Along the way he found lots of interesting early-’60s material in the SI cover gallery. Here’s his report:
• December 16th, 1963:: “First of all, the legendary front shield. Second, the dark blue seriously resembles what the Chargers are trying to do with the new unis. Third, the headline is about a possible AFL/NFL title game a full four years before any such thing happened.”
• June 3rd, 1963:: Uh…
• July 20th, 1964:: Double-uh…
• June 24th, 1963:: His Boy Elroy has some mighty fine hosiery.
• May 29th, 1963:: Look at the size of that uniform number.
• June 4th, 1962:: Say HEY? Are Willie’s stirrups on backward?
• April 23rd, 1962:: The only lacrosse cover in SI history. The cover boy is Johns Hopkins All American Jerry Schmidt, who went on to coach Hobart to seven national championship games and an .808 winning percentage.
• December 19th, 1960:: Interesting how the numbers on the sleeve differ from the ones on the chest.
• March 2nd, 1964:: Superimposed, since they are both in home pinstripes. [Also, note that Yogi is wearing a set-in sleeve, not a raglan sleeve like the Yanks currently wear. — PL]
• January 6th, 1964:: I believe that’s the Redskins feather stripe above the Browns helmet. And couldn’t find a Bears helmet with the same style facemask as all the others?
• February 17th 1964:: The fact that this was “First of a Series” undoubtedly made my Mom happy, if she ever saw it at all.
• February 13th, 1965:: Weird how the number is assembled — blue-yellow-blue on white.
• February 28th, 1966:: The Cubs need better detergent. [Actually, this is a really good demonstration of how home “whites” weren’t always as white as they are now. They used to be a bit more oatmeal-y, as you can see by comparing Duroscher’s jersey to his white logo patch. Scott and I have tried to account for this when designing membership cards: A current Pirates design would look like this, but when asked to do a 1960 Pirates treatment, we did this. — PL]
Nice work, Todd. Thanks to all for your patience with yesterday’s server hiccup — let’s never speak of it again.
Membership News: Scott and I are slowly making our way through the avalanche of orders that came through at the Charter Membership deadline. I probably won’t have everyone added to the roster until tomorrow or Saturday — hang in there. Meanwhile, new designs are being added to the membership gallery once or twice a day (including, as you can see at right, our first NASCAR-based design). And although the Charter Membership deadline has passed, non-charter members will always be welcome, hint-hint.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday’s entry about the Expos possibly wearing a pillbox-style cap in 1976 had been posted for all of about five minutes when Todd Radom sent me this. Definitely hadn’t seen that before. … The double-A Binghamton Mets recently held a “Halloween in July” promotion, with little bats (the flying kind) on their jerseys (with thanks to Eric Hawkins). … “Thursday marks the 100th anniversary of Walter Johnson’s first major league start (against Ty Cobb’s Detroit Tigers),” writes Jonathon Binet. “His daugther and grandson will be in attendance, with the grandson throwing out the first pitch, and the Nats will wear 1927 throwbacks (or at the very least, the hat).” Details here. … Good report from Rob Montoya, who writes: “The University of New Mexico will be changing their shade of ‘cherry’ red from PMS 485 to PMS 200 in all sports, as part of an effort to rebrand the athletics dept. Inconsistencies in some of the changes can already be seen on the official athletics web site, where the two different colors are next to each other until complete changes are made. Here is the complete art sheet.” … The Utes will have new uniforms this fall (with thanks to Paul Bridge).