It’s not often that I plaster a photo of myself onto the site’s front page (in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever done it before), but I’m feeling all kid-with-a-new-toy about my circa-1950s wool flannel Kutztown jersey, which was one of two uni-related Xmas presents I received. As most of you know, I don’t care even a little bit about owning or collecting current-era jerseys, but I get seriously geeked out about vintage specimens like this one, plus is “Kutztown” one of the greatest place names ever or what? Here’s a bigger view, and check out the awesome zig-zag stitch on the interior. Nothing on the back, alas (and no, I wasn’t taking a leak on that tree), but whaddaya gonna do?
The photos, snapped by my pal and fellow Chosen Person Claudia Gonson (drummer for the wonderful Magnetic Fields, don’tcha know), were taken yesterday afternoon just outside Brooklyn’s lovely Prospect Park. After the photo shoot, we saw Sweeney Todd (no uniforms, but some killer costume design), then had a few post-cinema beers, and then decamped to Brooklyn’s Chinatown, where Claudia was momentarily distracted by a street vendor selling bras. Then we chowed down on a ridiculous amount of Vietnamese food (true, Chinese food would’ve been more Jew-appropriate, but as Claudia pointed out, “neither of us is really that Jewish”).
My other great uni-centric present came from reader and Cardinals fan par excellence Elena Elms, who as you may recall baked me that amazing batch of stirrup-frosted cookies last holiday season. This year she sent another parcel of baked goods, with two distinct confectionary motifs: baseball-patterned shortbread and — get this — little jersey-frosted cookies!
“They didn’t turn out as I had hoped,” Elena writes. “Too small cookies, too thick icing.” But she’s clearly being too hard on herself — who else would even dare attempt to inscribe the Tigers’ logo in icing? Anyway, she continues: “I decided to go with the back of the jersey for the last two I decorated — one for the greatest player ever, and one for the greatest position player I ever saw in person, who had the best stat ever: 3630 career hits — 1815 at home, 1815 on the road.”
I’m always torn when it comes to edible art — do I eat it, or do I keep it and admire it? Fortunately, a few of the cookies broke during transit, so I was able to eat those with no guilt. I’m happy to report that they made the perfect dessert after Vietnamese food.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Sonics and Blazers both wore road uniforms last night in Portland, supposedly to create a Christmas effect (although it seems to me that the colors were a bit off from classic Christmas hues). Interestingly, all but two of the Blazers wore red shoes — details on that are here. … Intriguing note from Bob Jonas, who writes: “Does anyone there have any photos (color preferably) of the 1983 Reds spring training experiment with white hats and helmets as depicted here and here? These are the only two shots I’ve been able to find.” I was completely unaware of this chapter in Reds history. If anyone knows more, do tell. … A few months back I wrote this entry about Earl Battey’s improvised earflap, which he wore in 1963. The first real earflap was worn by Tony Gonzalez of the Phillies the following year, but I’d never seen a photo of it until yesterday, when Morris Levin pointed me toward this eBay auction, which shows a UPI wire photo of Gonzalez wearing his new flap-inclusive lid while holding a flapless model. I’m a little surprised to see that the flap looked exactly like today’s models — guess they got that design right the first time. … Remember last year when I wrote about press pins? Here’s a good article about them (courtesy of Joe Drennan). … The Hershey Bears wore their annual Christmas-themed uniforms on Saturday (with thanks to Mark Coale). … You’ve seen plenty of Ice Bowl photos like this one. But you probably haven’t seen any that show the Packers’ band, pregame tailgating, or postgame lockerroom shots. All these, and many more are be found in this Ice Bowl gallery, put together by Jeff Ash. … Excellent article here about the old satin uniforms, along with some related issues — recommended (with thanks to Todd Radom). … Good bit on goalie masks here. … New York City subway workers are getting new uniforms (with thanks to Matthew Harris). … As you may recall from a few months back, the single-A Casper Rockies are now the Casper Ghosts and will be wearing glow-in-the-dark caps next season (details here and here). Chris Winckler got one of those caps for Christmas. “It was hard to to capture the glow,” he says, “but I’d have to say I actually like the rebranding.” … Gametime temp in San Diego on Monday night was 62 degrees — about what you’d expect. So why were the officials wearing the cold weather slacks? … Stefan Schubert reports that McPherson College in Kansas wear front-helmet uni numbers, just like the Giants and Steelers. But McPherson takes an unusual approach for players with single-digit numbers. … Excellent article here about the regulations governing high school basketball uniforms (nice find by Danny Weintraub).