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Uni Watch Book Club: Best Plays of the Year, 1963

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Back when I visited Jeff Fedenko’s house, he showed me this book, which featured lots of great photos and awesome Robert Riger illustrations. I haven’t yet found a reasonably priced copy of the book for myself, but I did track down a copy of its companion volume, Best Players of the Year, 1963, and it has not disappointed. The book is too big to fit properly in my scanner, so I’ve just taken photos of some highlights:

• One of the best things about the book is its cover, with that super-cool striped NFL logo.

• Here’s an awesome illo of two titans of the pre-Super Bowl era, Jim Brown and Sam Huff. Gorgeous. The book’s other notable illustration is this one, which captures essence of mid-century Midwestern football quite nicely.

This shot suggests that the Cardinals used Dymo Tape helmet labels in 1963. But judging by this shot, the labels were sometimes applied horizontally, sometimes vertically.

• Note to all baseball players: The official’s pants in this shot are absolute perfection.

• Interesting variety of footwear here: spikes on the receiver, a molded sole on the lineman, and Chucks on the quarterback! This was the ’63 NFL Championship Game, which took place in Chicago on December 29th, so a frozen field may have been a factor in the multiplicity of footwear approaches.

• Is it just me, or do the two bars of Johhny U’s facemask look a bit more widely spaced than usual here? Also, note that Alan Ameche (No. 35) had apparently picked up teammate Lenny Moore’s spatting habit.

• We tend to think of the Redskins’ and Cowboys’ uniforms as being fairly timeless. But Washington used to look like this, and Dallas like this (note the wraparound jersey collar, which is examined in much greater depth here). Here they are matched up against each other.

• Love the Yankee Stadium “Sec. 7” sign here. And speaking of stadia, see the brick facing in the bottom photo here? That’s Wrigley Field.

Want to see more? A not-too-overpriced copy is available here.

Site Note: After a month’s worth of hassles with Google (don’t ask), the internal site-search function has been restored at the top of the right-hand rail. Enjoy.

Uni Watch News Ticker: The Cubs and Braves will be wearing 1948 throwbacks today, to mark the 60th anniversary of WGN carrying Cubs games. While it’s the first throwback game at Wrigley, it’s not the first one the Cubs have participated in — remember this Cubs/Chisox game from 1997? … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: A ton of artwork from Sport magazine (which was every bit as important as Sports Illustrated back in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s) has been archived on this site. I haven’t had a chance yet to look through it all, but a quick glance is very promising. More on this soon. … Fascinating article about new sneaker soles made from rice hulls here. … While researching something else, I came across a bunch of interesting images. First, check out this shot of Yaz. What’s on his left calf? And next, my book of Topps baseball cards (which, if you don’t have a copy, I highly recommend) shows two 1973 cards with blank uniforms — look here and here. I’m assuming these were airbrush jobs that were later filled in, especially since I collected the 1973 set as a kid and don’t recall these two oddities. But it’s weird that the incomplete versions would show up in the book. Anyone know more about these? … “Rocky Mount, North Carolina, where I grew up, was the hometown of Negro League first bagger Buck Leonard, known as ‘the black Lou Gehrig,’ and the city has named a youth league in his honor,” writes Cooper Harriss. “The teams are clearly named for Negro League teams, and the uniforms feature Negro League-esque logos, as you can see in this photo gallery.” … A bunch of vintage Oklahoma football helmets are up for auction (with thanks to John Ervin). … Kevin Garnett: big soccer fan? (With thanks to Craig Justice.) … Cool jersey promo upcoming in Detroit (with thanks to Terry Corby). … Andrew Cambour reports that Miami Hurricanes second baseman Jemile Weeks has been wearing his pants low when batting and baserunning and high-cuffed while in the field. “Is that at all common, for a player to prefer one pant length for offense and another for defense?” he asks. Good question. Anyone..? … af2’s Tri-Cities Fever will wear a special “Military Night” uniform on Saturday (with thanks to Stefan Schubert).

 

271 comments to Uni Watch Book Club: Best Plays of the Year, 1963

  • Tony Miller | June 12, 2008 at 9:22 am |

    “I did track down a copy of its companion volumn.” Is Uni Watch in the habit of inventing words now?

  • Eric B | June 12, 2008 at 9:26 am |

    that card of john ellis has him listed as a catcher and clearly he’s in the field in that shot but where is all his catcher’s gear? did he also play first? the mitt he’s wearing looks like it could also be a 1st baseman’s mitt.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | June 12, 2008 at 9:26 am |

    What is on John Ellis’ left arm ? It’s not some kind of advertising is it?

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | June 12, 2008 at 9:29 am |

    [quote comment=”275076″]that card of john ellis has him listed as a catcher and clearly he’s in the field in that shot but where is all his catcher’s gear? did he also play first? the mitt he’s wearing looks like it could also be a 1st baseman’s mitt.[/quote]

    According to the Baseball Reference website, Ellis played 1st, 3rd, and catcher. He was with the Yankees in 72 and the Indians in 73.

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 9:29 am |

    [quote comment=”275076″]that card of john ellis has him listed as a catcher and clearly he’s in the field in that shot but where is all his catcher’s gear? did he also play first? the mitt he’s wearing looks like it could also be a 1st baseman’s mitt.[/quote]

    john ellis played 8 games at first for the NYY in 1972…might explain the mitt and the undersleeve color

  • Marc M. | June 12, 2008 at 9:30 am |

    [quote comment=”275077″]What is on John Ellis’ left arm ? It’s not some kind of advertising is it?[/quote]
    its dirt

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | June 12, 2008 at 9:35 am |

    [quote comment=”275080″][quote comment=”275077″]What is on John Ellis’ left arm ? It’s not some kind of advertising is it?[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    I don’t think so. It looks like, I dunno, maybe a face on a baseball with lettering underneath it. I don’t think it is a Yankees thing because it is yellow on a black long sleeve shirt.

  • interlockingtc | June 12, 2008 at 9:36 am |

    The photos of the Buck Leonard Little League are wonderful.

    The logos and shirts are good looking and it’s great that the history and heritage of the Negro Leagues is acknowledged and passed on to a new generation.

    What a positive, refreshing report.

  • Charlie | June 12, 2008 at 9:36 am |

    indoubtedivley

  • Marc M. | June 12, 2008 at 9:38 am |

    [quote comment=”275081″][quote comment=”275080″][quote comment=”275077″]What is on John Ellis’ left arm ? It’s not some kind of advertising is it?[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    I don’t think so. It looks like, I dunno, maybe a face on a baseball with lettering underneath it. I don’t think it is a Yankees thing because it is yellow on a black long sleeve shirt.[/quote]
    its dirt

  • Paul Lukas | June 12, 2008 at 9:38 am |

    [quote comment=”275075″]”I did track down a copy of its companion volumn.” Is Uni Watch in the habit of inventing words now?[/quote]

    No, but Uni Watch is in the habit of making occasional typos. Now fixed.

  • Kek | June 12, 2008 at 9:39 am |

    These are pictures from Steelers OTAs the other day. http://news.steelers...

    They were wearing the yellow helmets yet I haven’t heard that they were going to wear the throwbacks from last year, and furthermore that was a special design for the 75th season which was last year.

    Why else would they wear those unless they were going to wear them on the field of play? I recall seeing Bills and Chargers players in throwback helmets in practice in years past to “break them in”.

  • Jim | June 12, 2008 at 9:43 am |

    [quote comment=”275086″]These are pictures from Steelers OTAs the other day. http://news.steelers...

    They were wearing the yellow helmets yet I haven’t heard that they were going to wear the throwbacks from last year, and furthermore that was a special design for the 75th season which was last year.

    Why else would they wear those unless they were going to wear them on the field of play? I recall seeing Bills and Chargers players in throwback helmets in practice in years past to “break them in”.[/quote]

    What’s OTA?

  • Minna H. | June 12, 2008 at 9:44 am |

    [quote comment=”275082″]The photos of the Buck Leonard Little League are wonderful.

    The logos and shirts are good looking and it’s great that the history and heritage of the Negro Leagues is acknowledged and passed on to a new generation.

    What a positive, refreshing report.[/quote]

    interlockingtc, I agree. I love the vivid colors of the jerseys, and I am happy that at least some of the teams cuffed their pants high. I like seeing galleries such as this one.

    By the way, you wouldn’t happen to be a Twins fan, would you?

    I have to agree with Marc M. that it’s just dirt on John Ellis’s arm.

  • RS Rogers | June 12, 2008 at 9:44 am |

    Thanks for the Redskins pics. That is my absolute favorite football helmet of all time, with the feather running up over the top from the back. I come from an area where “redskin” is actually used as an n-word-equivalent epithet, so I can’t bring myself to cheer for the Skins even though I live in Washington now. But if the Redskins wore that helmet I’d be a fan of the team despite the name.

  • Dane | June 12, 2008 at 9:45 am |

    The Bob Locker baseball card listed in the Ticker confuses me. Removing a logo is one thing, but the number? And the pinstripes? Why? Also, the outfielder on the right side of the photo. What’s the deal with the big red C on his chest? That’s too big to be the normal Cubs logo. And it may just be that photo, but it looks to me like Locker is wearing a helmet on the mound, not a cap.

  • derek | June 12, 2008 at 9:45 am |

    [quote comment=”275087″][quote comment=”275086″]These are pictures from Steelers OTAs the other day. http://news.steelers...

    They were wearing the yellow helmets yet I haven’t heard that they were going to wear the throwbacks from last year, and furthermore that was a special design for the 75th season which was last year.

    Why else would they wear those unless they were going to wear them on the field of play? I recall seeing Bills and Chargers players in throwback helmets in practice in years past to “break them in”.[/quote]

    What’s OTA?[/quote]
    Organized Team Activities

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 9:46 am |

    Uniform news: http://www.zwire.com...
    Who knew they had a track team? ;-)

  • James P. | June 12, 2008 at 9:47 am |

    According to a press release from the Cubs, not only will the teams be wearing 1948 reproduction uniforms, the TV broadcast will be in black & white with very few camer angles, no center field camera, and the guys in the booth will be wearing 1948 clothing. Fans attending the game are encouraged to dress in 1948-style attire. The ballpark music, scorecards, ingame and postgame activities will all harken back to 1948. For the first hour after gates open, Kelly Eisenberg smokey links make a return for $1 a piece and select vendors will sell drinks in the stands for 75 cents…

    Now this is how you do a throwback game!

  • Jim | June 12, 2008 at 9:48 am |

    [quote comment=”275091″][quote comment=”275087″][quote comment=”275086″]These are pictures from Steelers OTAs the other day. http://news.steelers...

    They were wearing the yellow helmets yet I haven’t heard that they were going to wear the throwbacks from last year, and furthermore that was a special design for the 75th season which was last year.

    Why else would they wear those unless they were going to wear them on the field of play? I recall seeing Bills and Chargers players in throwback helmets in practice in years past to “break them in”.[/quote]

    What’s OTA?[/quote]
    Organized Team Activities[/quote]

    Seems like a really fancy way of saying ‘Practice’…

  • Dave | June 12, 2008 at 9:49 am |

    “super-cool striped NFL logo”

    I totally disagree. The gray NFL text is unreadable (and the gray color doesn’t even make sense). Also, the stripes should have started with red on the outside, instead of white, to match the American flag.

    This is a case where older/original does not mean better.

  • Minna H. | June 12, 2008 at 9:52 am |

    Oh, and, I think it’s cool that Kevin Garnett acted so delighted with receiving the soccer jersey, whether he was or not. That’s graciousness.

  • Kurt Kaufmann | June 12, 2008 at 9:54 am |

    Bob Locker pitched for the A’s in 1972. Obviously, just bad airbrushing

  • Marty Met | June 12, 2008 at 10:01 am |

    [quote comment=”275086″]These are pictures from Steelers OTAs the other day. http://news.steelers...

    They were wearing the yellow helmets yet I haven’t heard that they were going to wear the throwbacks from last year, and furthermore that was a special design for the 75th season which was last year.

    Why else would they wear those unless they were going to wear them on the field of play? I recall seeing Bills and Chargers players in throwback helmets in practice in years past to “break them in”.[/quote]

    Yellow is a lot cooler than black and it was hot as all get out in Latrobe last week.

  • JeffB | June 12, 2008 at 10:06 am |

    Does anyone have any more details, or especially links to photos, from the 1997 Cubs vs. White Sox throwback game? I just bought a Cubs jersey like the one pictured, but had no idea that it had been worn as recently as that and would love to see the numbering on the back and a boxscore if at all possible.

  • Nicholas Bean | June 12, 2008 at 10:06 am |

    I love that Topps book…I have a copy that, back in the mid 90s, I would carry around with me(in a briefcase no less), to baseball games to get autographs in. It always came in handy because no matter who showed up I always had something for them to sign. I imagine I looked funny…a teenager carrying around a briefcase with this giant book inside…but I did have a great time with it. My copy is signed by around 200 players…I retired the book about ten years ago, but still enjoy looking at it very much…

  • Josh | June 12, 2008 at 10:08 am |

    Anyone hearing anything about Michigan changing its football jerseys? Someone posted pics on their blog but I can’t find anything to confirm it.

  • Giancarlo | June 12, 2008 at 10:10 am |

    If John Ellis is actually wearing a Yankee uniform did they airbrush in an elastic waistband? Curious…

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 10:10 am |

    [quote comment=”275093″]According to a press release from the Cubs, not only will the teams be wearing 1948 reproduction uniforms, the TV broadcast will be in black & white with very few camer angles, no center field camera, and the guys in the booth will be wearing 1948 clothing. Fans attending the game are encouraged to dress in 1948-style attire. The ballpark music, scorecards, ingame and postgame activities will all harken back to 1948. For the first hour after gates open, Kelly Eisenberg smokey links make a return for $1 a piece and select vendors will sell drinks in the stands for 75 cents…

    Now this is how you do a throwback game![/quote]
    …and Yosh Kawano will wear his 1948 clubhouse uni for the occasion
    Wonder if the “eamus catulli” (sp?) sign will be re-configured as well?

  • Brendan | June 12, 2008 at 10:17 am |

    Looks like a tin of Copenhagen stuffed in Yaz’s sock.

  • Kek | June 12, 2008 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment=”275098″][quote comment=”275086″]These are pictures from Steelers OTAs the other day. http://news.steelers...

    They were wearing the yellow helmets yet I haven’t heard that they were going to wear the throwbacks from last year, and furthermore that was a special design for the 75th season which was last year.

    Why else would they wear those unless they were going to wear them on the field of play? I recall seeing Bills and Chargers players in throwback helmets in practice in years past to “break them in”.[/quote]

    Yellow is a lot cooler than black and it was hot as all get out in Latrobe last week.[/quote]
    except those photos are shot at their practice complex on the South Side.

  • Kevin | June 12, 2008 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment=”275096″]Oh, and, I think it’s cool that Kevin Garnett acted so delighted with receiving the soccer jersey, whether he was or not. That’s graciousness.[/quote]

    Kevin Garnett is a huge soccer fan, and attends many LA Galaxy game in the offseason since he lives in LA.

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 10:19 am |

    [quote comment=”275103″][quote comment=”275093″]According to a press release from the Cubs, not only will the teams be wearing 1948 reproduction uniforms, the TV broadcast will be in black & white with very few camer angles, no center field camera, and the guys in the booth will be wearing 1948 clothing. Fans attending the game are encouraged to dress in 1948-style attire. The ballpark music, scorecards, ingame and postgame activities will all harken back to 1948. For the first hour after gates open, Kelly Eisenberg smokey links make a return for $1 a piece and select vendors will sell drinks in the stands for 75 cents…

    Now this is how you do a throwback game![/quote]
    …and Yosh Kawano will wear his 1948 clubhouse uni for the occasion
    Wonder if the “eamus catulli” (sp?) sign will be re-configured as well?[/quote]
    http://en.wikipedia....

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 10:22 am |

    Easy mistake to make, but that’s not Alan Ameche with his shoes taped. Ameche had retired, and the Colts gave his number to J.W. Lockett, a former Cowboy back they’d picked up. And Lockett, I remember from back then, was a “taped shoes guy” during his tenure with the Colts.

    Love those “pinhead” helmets on the Bears (Ditka the receiver there, but I ‘spose everyone knew that). And, yes, there was all manner of footwear during that title game in Chicago. Remember watching it live (also remember my high school girl friend being pissed cuz I stayed home to watch the game instead of going to some family function of hers. Taking the long view, glad I watched the game).

    What else? Oh, yeah, I loved those initial Cowboys “white shoulder” jerseys. There were original and unique at the time. The most similar precursors were the jerseys worn by college boys in Chicago’s annual All-Star Game (NFL champs vs. previous season’s college best at Solider Field late every summer). Also–and this never shows in color photos–but I can tell you it’s true from seeing the Cowboys in person twice back then, the pants had a slighly light blue cast to them. Our seats were pretty close to the field and I stared at them til I was sure I wasn’t hallucinating. Was only them, too, cuz Colts pants, for example, were pure white. Might have been a certain-fabric-in-sunlight thing, but Cowboyos first britches definitely appeared to be the lightest of powder blue.

    Now, a couple Helmet Notes. The Redskins feather helmet (and, yes, it’s one of the best) actually debuted during the season, not from the beginning. Came in the last few games of ’59, I believe it was. I remember because there was a weekly half-hour NFL highlight show (b&w game films) sponsored by Safeco Insurance that I watched faithfully. Suddenly, one week late in the season it was, “What the heck? Redskins plain gold helmets went away! Is that, like a feather or something?”

    Likewise with the Steelers black helmet. That appeared very, very late one season, too. One week, yellow-gold. Next week, black.

    Safe to say the NFL was a little looser on its properties marketing back then.

  • Glen | June 12, 2008 at 10:23 am |

    Wow those ‘Skins helmets are awesome!

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 10:25 am |

    [quote comment=”275104″]Looks like a tin of Copenhagen stuffed in Yaz’s sock.[/quote]

    hmmm…could be…although it doesn’t appear as tho there is a visible bulge in the stirrup

    also of note: yaz has some clear kind of elastic (or something) to give him stirrup extenderness

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 10:26 am |

    More news on the TBTC game at Wrigley:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/n...

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 10:28 am |

    i take that back…on closer inspection (damn lo-rez shrunken shots), it DOES appear yaz has a bulge

    in his stirrup

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 10:31 am |

    [quote comment=”275110″][quote comment=”275104″]Looks like a tin of Copenhagen stuffed in Yaz’s sock.[/quote]

    hmmm…could be…although it doesn’t appear as tho there is a visible bulge in the stirrup

    also of note: yaz has some clear kind of elastic (or something) to give him stirrup extenderness[/quote]

    Looks like a pad attached to some kind of wrap…over another thick black wrap with some kind of vertical stitching. I looked at it at 400% of see what the heck. Cuz b&w can’t tell what’s navy sock or (maybe) black wrap.

  • Pat | June 12, 2008 at 10:32 am |

    The only reason I can think of for the low pants while base running and high pants while in the field is that the playet prefers the extra layer of protection for sliding purposes.

    Socks don’t provide much protection against particularly rough base paths… believe me.

  • Morris | June 12, 2008 at 10:33 am |

    [quote comment=”275099″]Does anyone have any more details, or especially links to photos, from the 1997 Cubs vs. White Sox throwback game? I just bought a Cubs jersey like the one pictured, but had no idea that it had been worn as recently as that and would love to see the numbering on the back and a boxscore if at all possible.[/quote]

    Check out Bill Henderson’s guide which you can purchase at http://www.mlbstyleg.... He includes Turn Back the Clock games and should have all of the Cubs’ TBTC game jerseys cataloged including number fonts.

  • The Ol Goaler | June 12, 2008 at 10:34 am |

    [quote comment=”275104″]Looks like a tin of Copenhagen stuffed in Yaz’s sock.[/quote]
    Maybe… but I think it’s a “run” in the stirrup sock. He’s not wearing his uniform pants; there’s no stripe down the side, and it looks like there’s “quilting” on his backside. I think those are “sliding” pants worn under the uniform.

    Yep, I think that’s a shot of Yaz sittin’ around in his underwear, drinkin’ a beer…

  • Charlie | June 12, 2008 at 10:37 am |

    Completely agree that the Washington “feather” helmet was a special part of that uniform. The road uniform with the burgundy trim on the shoulders and the dark gold pants was the best look the team ever had.

  • DrBear | June 12, 2008 at 10:38 am |

    OTA is a fancy way of saying “minicamp.”

    And that “Midwestern Football” art is Bill George of the Bears and Jim Ringo of the Packers. The helmet graphic would put it at at least 1961.

  • Stuby | June 12, 2008 at 10:40 am |

    [quote comment=”275116″][quote comment=”275104″]Looks like a tin of Copenhagen stuffed in Yaz’s sock.[/quote]
    Maybe… but I think it’s a “run” in the stirrup sock. He’s not wearing his uniform pants; there’s no stripe down the side, and it looks like there’s “quilting” on his backside. I think those are “sliding” pants worn under the uniform.

    Yep, I think that’s a shot of Yaz sittin’ around in his underwear, drinkin’ a beer…[/quote]
    Don’t think the Sox had a pants stripe in 1975. I have no idea what that bulge might be but it looks like there’s a little adjuster thingie on the dark stripe above it. Hard to tell in B&W, though.

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 10:41 am |

    Nobody’s gonna mention how tiny the beer can is?

    It’s one of what we just to call “pony” cans that Coors (and only Coors, as I recall) made. Little tiny cans of beer. Friends used to bring them back to Minnesota from Colorado ski trips. Couldn’t get Coors here back in the days when this photo was taken.

  • Mike | June 12, 2008 at 10:42 am |

    [quote comment=”275114″]The only reason I can think of for the low pants while base running and high pants while in the field is that the playet prefers the extra layer of protection for sliding purposes.

    Socks don’t provide much protection against particularly rough base paths… believe me.[/quote]

    If a player was going to wear cuffs two different ways, it would make more sense to wear the high cuffs while batting. That was you are less likely to get the low, at the knees pitch called a strike.

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 10:45 am |

    does the photo at the bottom of this page help anyone to figure out yaz’ bulge?

  • interlockingtc | June 12, 2008 at 10:46 am |

    interlockingtc, I agree. I love the vivid colors of the jerseys, and I am happy that at least some of the teams cuffed their pants high. I like seeing galleries such as this one.

    By the way, you wouldn’t happen to be a Twins fan, would you?

    I am, Mina. Lifelong. I’m 47, so I’ve been witness to many long summers. And two really exceptional falls.

  • Shaftman | June 12, 2008 at 10:47 am |

    [quote comment=”275084″][quote comment=”275081″][quote comment=”275080″][quote comment=”275077″]What is on John Ellis’ left arm ? It’s not some kind of advertising is it?[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    I don’t think so. It looks like, I dunno, maybe a face on a baseball with lettering underneath it. I don’t think it is a Yankees thing because it is yellow on a black long sleeve shirt.[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    It could be sun glare if he was wearing a wind breaker under his uni. But it’s probably dirt.

  • Jordan Pope | June 12, 2008 at 10:47 am |

    I forgot to tell Paul about those Fever jerseys. I was on the site last night to look for some tickets and saw that.

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 10:48 am |

    [quote comment=”275120″]Nobody’s gonna mention how tiny the beer can is?

    It’s one of what we just to call “pony” cans that Coors (and only Coors, as I recall) made. Little tiny cans of beer. Friends used to bring them back to Minnesota from Colorado ski trips. Couldn’t get Coors here back in the days when this photo was taken.[/quote]

    i WAS going to say i thought it very odd he had a coors, seeing as how they were DEFINITELY unavailable at that time in the northeast…i member when they finally arrived in upstate new york (where i spent my salad days in college) in 1986-ish…not coincidentally another time the sox would lose the world series

  • KT | June 12, 2008 at 10:50 am |

    If anyone leaves their glove on the field between innings today in Chicago, that would be epic.

    I don’t even know if you’re allowed to do that anymore. But that would be great.

    As for the Redskins old unis, did anyone else hear Gavin Grey in their head saying “This one time, Unitas was kicking our ass……” ?

  • Nico | June 12, 2008 at 10:51 am |

    Paul,

    Did you see the head gear that the Czech goalie had in the Portugal – Czech Republic match yesterday?

  • Stuby | June 12, 2008 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment=”275120″]Nobody’s gonna mention how tiny the beer can is?

    It’s one of what we just to call “pony” cans that Coors (and only Coors, as I recall) made. Little tiny cans of beer. Friends used to bring them back to Minnesota from Colorado ski trips. Couldn’t get Coors here back in the days when this photo was taken.[/quote]
    So was Coors available in Boston in 1975 or did someone make a ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ run to Texarkana?

  • JeffB | June 12, 2008 at 10:56 am |

    [quote comment=”275115″][quote comment=”275099″]Does anyone have any more details, or especially links to photos, from the 1997 Cubs vs. White Sox throwback game? I just bought a Cubs jersey like the one pictured, but had no idea that it had been worn as recently as that and would love to see the numbering on the back and a boxscore if at all possible.[/quote]

    Check out Bill Henderson’s guide which you can purchase at http://www.mlbstyleg.... He includes Turn Back the Clock games and should have all of the Cubs’ TBTC game jerseys cataloged including number fonts.[/quote]

    No luck. It only shows the Cubs jersey from the front and the same action shot Paul linked. The White Sox section doesn’t even have their 1917 jersey shown as being worn at all, although a search of Getty Images does show it being worn on more than one occasion.

  • KT | June 12, 2008 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment=”275128″]Paul,

    Did you see the head gear that the Czech goalie had in the Portugal – Czech Republic match yesterday?[/quote]

    Was it the same one he’s worn ever since January of 2007 when he returned from a nasty collision that gave him a skull fracture?

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 11:00 am |

    [quote comment=”275129″][quote comment=”275120″]Nobody’s gonna mention how tiny the beer can is?

    It’s one of what we just to call “pony” cans that Coors (and only Coors, as I recall) made. Little tiny cans of beer. Friends used to bring them back to Minnesota from Colorado ski trips. Couldn’t get Coors here back in the days when this photo was taken.[/quote]
    So was Coors available in Boston in 1975 or did someone make a ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ run to Texarkana?[/quote]

    “…’cause they’re thirsty in Atlanta,
    and there’s beer in Texarkana…”

    Damn, I may to rent that over the weekend.

    “There is NO WAY you coulda come from MY loins!”

    Funny movie.

  • KT | June 12, 2008 at 11:06 am |

    [quote comment=”275099″]Does anyone have any more details, or especially links to photos, from the 1997 Cubs vs. White Sox throwback game? I just bought a Cubs jersey like the one pictured, but had no idea that it had been worn as recently as that and would love to see the numbering on the back and a boxscore if at all possible.[/quote]

    Box score is one of these three, from the first interleague regular season series between the two teams:

    http://www.baseball-...

    http://www.baseball-...

    http://www.baseball-...

    I THINK it was game one. I have the newspaper somewhere, and I think they did the throwback bit for that game.

    Amazing to me that an interleague series this big was played on a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, when they’re almost always Friday-Saturday-Sunday now, I do believe. (Except for a Thursday-Friday-Saturday in 2001, Cubs/Sox have all been Fri-Sat-Sun.)

  • Pat | June 12, 2008 at 11:09 am |

    [quote comment=”275121″][quote comment=”275114″]The only reason I can think of for the low pants while base running and high pants while in the field is that the playet prefers the extra layer of protection for sliding purposes.

    Socks don’t provide much protection against particularly rough base paths… believe me.[/quote]

    If a player was going to wear cuffs two different ways, it would make more sense to wear the high cuffs while batting. That was you are less likely to get the low, at the knees pitch called a strike.[/quote]

    I agree that it would make more sense to do it that way… but the fact is that this guy is wearing high cuffs in the field and low cuffs on the base paths. That’s the only reason I can think that he would do that. Makes no sense otherwise.

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 11:13 am |

    this happens every time one of these floozies starts poontangin’ around with those show folk fags…

    [/s&tb]

  • Mike Edgerly | June 12, 2008 at 11:21 am |

    Croatia is going with the Blue kit today in EURO2008 vs Germany. Bummer for those who want to see the Red and White Checkerboard jerseys… maybe when they play Poland….

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 11:34 am |

    [quote comment=”275129″][quote comment=”275120″]Nobody’s gonna mention how tiny the beer can is?

    It’s one of what we just to call “pony” cans that Coors (and only Coors, as I recall) made. Little tiny cans of beer. Friends used to bring them back to Minnesota from Colorado ski trips. Couldn’t get Coors here back in the days when this photo was taken.[/quote]
    So was Coors available in Boston in 1975 or did someone make a ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ run to Texarkana?[/quote]
    “Beer run” theory sounds more plausible – it wasn’t available on LI back in ’75, but my uncle used to fill up his trunk with ice and drive in cases of “Colorado Kool-aid” from out West.
    Good times

  • johnny | June 12, 2008 at 11:36 am |

    With Jemile, are we sure that those pictures were from the same game? Miami wore the same jerseys on Saturday and Sunday night. The high cuff picture is from Sunday when they were celebrating but the sliding picture could have been from Saturday

  • Hitch | June 12, 2008 at 11:40 am |

    “Andrew Cambour reports that Miami Hurricanes second baseman Jemile Weeks has been wearing his pants low when batting and baserunning and high-cuffed while in the field. “Is that at all common, for a player to prefer one pant length for offense and another for defense?” he asks. Good question. Anyone..?”

    My guess would be that it is an issue for sliding into bases. The pant leg over the socks probably adds a little more padding hence him doing it. Just my $0.02.

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment=”275135″]this happens every time one of these floozies starts poontangin’ around with those show folk fags…

    [/s&tb][/quote]
    Buford T. Justice
    “Hey boy, where is Sheriff Branford at? ”

    Sheriff Branford
    “I AM Sheriff Branford. ”

    Buford T. Justice
    “Oh, pardon me. For some reason you sounded a little taller on radio.”

  • Stuby | June 12, 2008 at 11:42 am |

    [quote comment=”275137″][quote comment=”275129″][quote comment=”275120″]Nobody’s gonna mention how tiny the beer can is?

    It’s one of what we just to call “pony” cans that Coors (and only Coors, as I recall) made. Little tiny cans of beer. Friends used to bring them back to Minnesota from Colorado ski trips. Couldn’t get Coors here back in the days when this photo was taken.[/quote]
    So was Coors available in Boston in 1975 or did someone make a ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ run to Texarkana?[/quote]
    “Beer run” theory sounds more plausible – it wasn’t available on LI back in ’75, but my uncle used to fill up his trunk with ice and drive in cases of “Colorado Kool-aid” from out West.
    Good times[/quote]
    The funny thing is, Coors kinda blows.

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 11:44 am |

    The mother lode:
    http://www.script-o-...

    All right. Now, you boys just stay here and watch the car. There might be some vandals around
    who wanna steal somethin’,so you boys just stay here and keep your hands on the car until one of my aassociates arrive.
    And don’t go home, don’t go to eat,and don’t play with yourself, it wouldn’t look nice on my highway. Oh, you can think about it,but don’t do it.

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”275141″][quote comment=”275137″][quote comment=”275129″][quote comment=”275120″]Nobody’s gonna mention how tiny the beer can is?

    It’s one of what we just to call “pony” cans that Coors (and only Coors, as I recall) made. Little tiny cans of beer. Friends used to bring them back to Minnesota from Colorado ski trips. Couldn’t get Coors here back in the days when this photo was taken.[/quote]
    So was Coors available in Boston in 1975 or did someone make a ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ run to Texarkana?[/quote]
    “Beer run” theory sounds more plausible – it wasn’t available on LI back in ’75, but my uncle used to fill up his trunk with ice and drive in cases of “Colorado Kool-aid” from out West.
    Good times[/quote]
    The funny thing is, Coors kinda blows.[/quote]

    Ah, yes, the romance of out-of-town beer. Was in Indianapolis for a time while in the service. People there though Hamms’ was a big deal. Being from Minnesota, my reaction was, “Huh?!?”

  • James P. | June 12, 2008 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”275111″]More news on the TBTC game at Wrigley:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/n...

    that’s where i got the info i posted earlier

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 11:49 am |

    [quote comment=”275141″][quote comment=”275137″][quote comment=”275129″][quote comment=”275120″]Nobody’s gonna mention how tiny the beer can is?

    It’s one of what we just to call “pony” cans that Coors (and only Coors, as I recall) made. Little tiny cans of beer. Friends used to bring them back to Minnesota from Colorado ski trips. Couldn’t get Coors here back in the days when this photo was taken.[/quote]
    So was Coors available in Boston in 1975 or did someone make a ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ run to Texarkana?[/quote]
    “Beer run” theory sounds more plausible – it wasn’t available on LI back in ’75, but my uncle used to fill up his trunk with ice and drive in cases of “Colorado Kool-aid” from out West.
    Good times[/quote]
    The funny thing is, Coors kinda blows.[/quote]
    Considering the sorry state that the US beer industry was in back in 1975, it was just about the least-sucky beer available. And being all of 16 at the time, it was just beginning to become my beverage of choice.
    And to make it uni-relevant: http://www.nlfan.com...
    …didn’t she pitch for the Colorado Silver Bullets?

  • Tony | June 12, 2008 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”275129″][quote comment=”275120″]Nobody’s gonna mention how tiny the beer can is?

    It’s one of what we just to call “pony” cans that Coors (and only Coors, as I recall) made. Little tiny cans of beer. Friends used to bring them back to Minnesota from Colorado ski trips. Couldn’t get Coors here back in the days when this photo was taken.[/quote]
    So was Coors available in Boston in 1975 or did someone make a ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ run to Texarkana?[/quote]

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 11:52 am |

    …and the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League, too.

  • Tony | June 12, 2008 at 11:53 am |

    [quote comment=”275129″][quote comment=”275120″]Nobody’s gonna mention how tiny the beer can is?

    It’s one of what we just to call “pony” cans that Coors (and only Coors, as I recall) made. Little tiny cans of beer. Friends used to bring them back to Minnesota from Colorado ski trips. Couldn’t get Coors here back in the days when this photo was taken.[/quote]
    So was Coors available in Boston in 1975 or did someone make a ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ run to Texarkana?[/quote]

    Sorry about the blank post.

    I’ve heard Bill Lee tell the story a few times and it might even be in one of his books. He relates how the team used to bring home cases of Coors on the team flights when they were in Kansas City. He specifically mentions that it was done for Yaz.

  • Paul Lukas | June 12, 2008 at 11:54 am |

    [quote comment=”275115″][quote comment=”275099″]Does anyone have any more details, or especially links to photos, from the 1997 Cubs vs. White Sox throwback game? I just bought a Cubs jersey like the one pictured, but had no idea that it had been worn as recently as that and would love to see the numbering on the back and a boxscore if at all possible.[/quote]

    Check out Bill Henderson’s guide which you can purchase at http://www.mlbstyleg.... He includes Turn Back the Clock games and should have all of the Cubs’ TBTC game jerseys cataloged including number fonts.[/quote]

    Bigger photo of Brian McRae here:
    http://farm4.static....

  • Jim | June 12, 2008 at 11:55 am |

    NHL is reviewing the size of goaltending equipment to reduce the size of the pads. Great news!! The pads have gotton out of hand. They have gone from protecting the goalie, to just taking up as much space as possible. I will be really look forward to this change. Get scoring up by actually FIXING a problem and not changing the way the game is played.

    Protecting the goalie:
    http://netcrashers.f...

    Taking up space:
    http://www.schultzim...

  • Minna H. | June 12, 2008 at 11:56 am |

    interlocking tc, I was at the seventh game of the 1987 WS (and yes, I will tout that until the day I die). Even though I wasn’t a die-hard fan at that time, it still is a cherished memory.

    Kevin, thanks for the link on KG’s love of soccer. It was a fascinating read, and I would really enjoy watching him play soccer (futbol).

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 11:56 am |

    [quote comment=”275144″][quote comment=”275111″]More news on the TBTC game at Wrigley:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/n...

    that’s where i got the info i posted earlier[/quote]
    My bad – I was hoping to find some pics on the Cubs site, but no go

  • Steve | June 12, 2008 at 12:01 pm |

    Bigger photo of Brian McRae here:
    http://farm4.static....

    Wasnt this game held on the South side instead of the Northside??? Explains the dark road uniforms for the Cubs .

  • Brendan | June 12, 2008 at 12:02 pm |

    Re: Yaz’s bulge

    I’m still going with a tin of chew. That photo was definitely taken with a flash (check out the massive shadows to the right of his head and below his left arm) which will reduce contrast in light-colored areas, making the definition of the bulge harder to spot. It’s also just the right size. I don’t, however, think it’s some sort of defect in his sock. If a thread got pulled then both stripes would bend in the same direction, not away from each other. There’s definitely something in there.

    Re: Changing cuff position

    Perhaps he lowers the cuffs while batting to protect his shins and calves while sliding?

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 12:03 pm |

    ’48 Cubs unis stayed around trough ’56…so here’s the look, anyway.

    http://www.dealbreak...

  • Jason | June 12, 2008 at 12:05 pm |

    Paul Lo Duca, with the Clippers on rehab, sports Columbus pinstripes and his Nationals batting helmet

    http://clippersbaseb...

  • James Craven | June 12, 2008 at 12:07 pm |

    The Cubs wore throwback 1948 road unis in June of 1992 (a Father’s Day Game IIRC) against the Phillies, and I was at The Vet for that one, my last game as a permament resident of Philadelphia for about seven years before moving to Virginia, namely the pitstain of the world called Emporia.

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 12:08 pm |

    i know imo get shit for this, but i don’t care…

    i LOVE this uni…not for everyday use, mind you, but as a once in a blue moon (odom) alt

    i HATE the softball (unmatched tops & bottoms) look we’re (mlb) so into these days

    it’s a UNIFORM…make it…i donno…uniform…now if you want that to be all white, or all grey, or all powder blue or all black or yellow or all dark blue or all orange (ugh) or all red, or even, all sand…just make sure the curtains match the carpet

    …mind you…i don’t want to see these every day…but once in a while

    fire away

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 12:10 pm |

    And, in a truly uni-obsessive detail, I will point out that in most, but not all, color photos from the era (meaning pre-pinstripes in ’57) of that uni, Cubs sleeves appear to be navy blue rather than royal blue.

    Don’t know where I’m going with that, just thought I’d mention it.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    For comparsion, the ’57 unis…
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 12:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”275158″]i know imo get shit for this, but i don’t care…

    i LOVE this uni…not for everyday use, mind you, but as a once in a blue moon (odom) alt

    i HATE the softball (unmatched tops & bottoms) look we’re (mlb) so into these days

    it’s a UNIFORM…make it…i donno…uniform…now if you want that to be all white, or all grey, or all powder blue or all black or yellow or all dark blue or all orange (ugh) or all red, or even, all sand…just make sure the curtains match the carpet

    …mind you…i don’t want to see these every day…but once in a while

    fire away[/quote]
    Amen, brother! Curtains need to match the carpet:
    http://www.bundyolog...
    Oh, wait…

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 12:25 pm |

    re: Cubs non-royal sleeves.
    This from 1952…

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 12:26 pm |

    I guess my point is: If the Cubs show up today with navy blue sleeves, they will have REALLY done their homework.

  • Minna H. | June 12, 2008 at 12:26 pm |

    I am all for the monochromatic look–especially if that one color is black.

  • James Craven | June 12, 2008 at 12:26 pm |

    I would like to apologize to the city of Emporia, Virginia for the “pit stain of the world” remark.

    It offfended pit stains everywhere.

  • Like the River | June 12, 2008 at 12:28 pm |

    you can never go wrong with Croatia checkers!

    http://euro2008girls...

  • James Craven | June 12, 2008 at 12:32 pm |

    Two other notes on today’s game:

    1. Kids 14 and under who are recruited for seat flipping duty will get four free tickets to a future Cubs game.

    2. IIRC, didn’t Fox do a simular stunt involving the Cubs and the Dodgers a few years ago to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first MLB telecast that WGN’s doing today?

  • Adam | June 12, 2008 at 12:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”275133″]
    Amazing to me that an interleague series this big was played on a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, when they’re almost always Friday-Saturday-Sunday now, I do believe. (Except for a Thursday-Friday-Saturday in 2001, Cubs/Sox have all been Fri-Sat-Sun.)[/quote]

    I’m actually kind of surprised they don’t play Cubs/Sox mid-week. You’d think the teams (well, the Sox at least) would love some easy sellouts midweek.

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 12:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”275165″]you can never go wrong with Croatia checkers!

    http://euro2008girls...
    I prefer some of Sven’s sisters:
    http://euro2008girls...

  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 12:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”275166″]Two other notes on today’s game:

    1. Kids 14 and under who are recruited for seat flipping duty will get four free tickets to a future Cubs game.

    2. IIRC, didn’t Fox do a simular stunt involving the Cubs and the Dodgers a few years ago to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first MLB telecast that WGN’s doing today?[/quote]

    I was thinking about the same thing … makes me wonder … could it have been TEN years ago (i.e., marking 50 years)??? I know it was a game at Wrigley Field on Fox, with Chip Carey broadcasting. During each inning, the broadcast of the game progressed in time, going from grainy, far away shots only in the first inning to a (then) modern broadcast for the final inning.

    I’m a little disappointed to know the game will be on WGN today. I would think that to show the genuine transition the game has taken over the years, they should move the last 3 innings to Comcast!

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 12:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”275169″][quote comment=”275166″]Two other notes on today’s game:

    1. Kids 14 and under who are recruited for seat flipping duty will get four free tickets to a future Cubs game.

    2. IIRC, didn’t Fox do a simular stunt involving the Cubs and the Dodgers a few years ago to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first MLB telecast that WGN’s doing today?[/quote]

    I was thinking about the same thing … makes me wonder … could it have been TEN years ago (i.e., marking 50 years)??? I know it was a game at Wrigley Field on Fox, with Chip Carey broadcasting. During each inning, the broadcast of the game progressed in time, going from grainy, far away shots only in the first inning to a (then) modern broadcast for the final inning.

    I’m a little disappointed to know the game will be on WGN today. I would think that to show the genuine transition the game has taken over the years, they should move the last 3 innings to Comcast![/quote]
    You are correct in your recollection – the part that got me was the progression in the on-screen graphics as the game went on, especially the 60’s section when they put the word “REPLAY” on the screen when actually showing a replay – classic

  • KT | June 12, 2008 at 12:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”275167″][quote comment=”275133″]
    Amazing to me that an interleague series this big was played on a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, when they’re almost always Friday-Saturday-Sunday now, I do believe. (Except for a Thursday-Friday-Saturday in 2001, Cubs/Sox have all been Fri-Sat-Sun.)[/quote]

    I’m actually kind of surprised they don’t play Cubs/Sox mid-week. You’d think the teams (well, the Sox at least) would love some easy sellouts midweek.[/quote]

    TV, man. TV.

    They can put a game on FOX Saturday Baseball and another on ESPN Sunday night if they want. Which they usually do.

    Demand is great anyway, but even greater on weekends, which means the clubs can jack up the price of tickets even more. And when they scalp their own tickets, it’s even more lucre.

  • KT | June 12, 2008 at 12:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”275169″]I’m a little disappointed to know the game will be on WGN today. [/quote]

    I’m not. That’s the only way I can see it.

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 1:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”275171″]If you had June 11th in the 2008 “When Will Milton Bradley Snap? Sweepstakes”…YOU’RE A WINNER![/quote]
    …and we’re surprised it took this long how? ;-)

  • James Craven | June 12, 2008 at 1:02 pm |

    J-Dub, IIRC the game was in 1999, and did commemmorate the first baseball telecast in 1939 between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Phillies at Ebbets Field, so it was the sixtieth anniversary of that first game being broadcast in new York City to be exact.

  • Tim Z. | June 12, 2008 at 1:04 pm |

    Nashua Pride player Vinny Pennell has a clever way of displaying his initials on his helmet.

  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 1:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”275173″][quote comment=”275169″]I’m a little disappointed to know the game will be on WGN today. [/quote]

    I’m not. That’s the only way I can see it.[/quote]

    Not living in Chicago any more, I’m with you completely. When I said I was disappointed, I was being more sarcastic than anything in regards to a team that used to be available to the masses around the country … and now is only available as such to those willing to shell out $100 for the MLB.TV package. Somehow, I don’t think watching the description on Foxsports.com will give me the same bang for my buck.

    If only there we a website out there with uni-obsessed fans that would take nearly instantaneous images and post them as the game progresses. Yeah. That’d be cool.

  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 1:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”275174″][quote comment=”275171″]If you had June 11th in the 2008 “When Will Milton Bradley Snap? Sweepstakes”…YOU’RE A WINNER![/quote]
    …and we’re surprised it took this long how? ;-)[/quote]

    Baseboxing – a Milton Bradley game!

  • Skycat | June 12, 2008 at 1:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”275134″][quote comment=”275121″][quote comment=”275114″]The only reason I can think of for the low pants while base running and high pants while in the field is that the playet prefers the extra layer of protection for sliding purposes.

    Socks don’t provide much protection against particularly rough base paths… believe me.[/quote]

    If a player was going to wear cuffs two different ways, it would make more sense to wear the high cuffs while batting. That was you are less likely to get the low, at the knees pitch called a strike.[/quote]

    I agree that it would make more sense to do it that way… but the fact is that this guy is wearing high cuffs in the field and low cuffs on the base paths. That’s the only reason I can think that he would do that. Makes no sense otherwise.[/quote]

    One advantage of high cuffs on the base paths would be that there would be less material to tag when the runner is sliding into a base.

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 1:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”275169″][quote comment=”275166″]Two other notes on today’s game:

    1. Kids 14 and under who are recruited for seat flipping duty will get four free tickets to a future Cubs game.

    2. IIRC, didn’t Fox do a simular stunt involving the Cubs and the Dodgers a few years ago to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first MLB telecast that WGN’s doing today?[/quote]

    I was thinking about the same thing … makes me wonder … could it have been TEN years ago (i.e., marking 50 years)??? I know it was a game at Wrigley Field on Fox, with Chip Carey broadcasting. During each inning, the broadcast of the game progressed in time, going from grainy, far away shots only in the first inning to a (then) modern broadcast for the final inning.

    I’m a little disappointed to know the game will be on WGN today. I would think that to show the genuine transition the game has taken over the years, they should move the last 3 innings to Comcast![/quote]
    OK, tell me what’s wrong with this picture – my daughter calls me to tell me she’s watching the game on the WGN HD channel on our 61″ DLP TV, and she’s telling me that “everything looks weird”, so I tell her to go watch it on the 13″ Dumont B&W TV (we have one) and all I hear is dead silence.
    Kids today…..

  • Robert | June 12, 2008 at 1:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”275169″][quote comment=”275166″]2. IIRC, didn’t Fox do a simular stunt involving the Cubs and the Dodgers a few years ago to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first MLB telecast that WGN’s doing today?[/quote]

    I was thinking about the same thing … makes me wonder … could it have been TEN years ago (i.e., marking 50 years)??? I know it was a game at Wrigley Field on Fox, with Chip Carey broadcasting. During each inning, the broadcast of the game progressed in time, going from grainy, far away shots only in the first inning to a (then) modern broadcast for the final inning.

    I’m a little disappointed to know the game will be on WGN today. I would think that to show the genuine transition the game has taken over the years, they should move the last 3 innings to Comcast![/quote]

    The game to which you are referring was most entertaining. One of the aspects that I enjoyed most was watching the quality of the graphics improve with each inning. I have a VHS tape with that game on it.

  • Big L | June 12, 2008 at 1:14 pm |

    The pics of the Cubs-Sox game was definitely the first game of their interleague series in 1997. Kevin Foster was on the mound that day (this is from memory and I am 100% right about it too)

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 1:15 pm |

    FWIW:
    Welcome to Len & Bob’s Baseball Blog hosted by WGN Sports broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly.
    1948 Notes
    Courtesy the one and only Ed Hartig:

    • There were only 8 National League teams in 1948.
    • NL clubs played a 154 game schedule – 22 games with each of the seven opposing NL clubs.
    • The St. Louis Cardinals were the western-most National League club.
    • Wrigley Field is the only NL ballpark from 1948 still in use.
    • Three NL clubs from 1948 have moved – the Boston Braves, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers.
    • Players still left their gloves on the field between innings.
    • All Cubs games, including doubleheaders and holidays, started at 1:30 PM.
    • 25,000 unreserved grandstand and bleacher tickets were available day-game, every day.
    • The outfield doors were red.
    • There were no lights (added 1988).
    • There were no baskets at the top of the outfield wall (added 1970).
    • Fans were allowed to sit in batter’s eye centerfield section, though there were attempts to minimize the distraction of the white-shirted fans. The Cubs would often close the section when the crowds were small. And beginning in 1948, the Cubs occasionally erected a canopy over much of the CF section. The shade from the canopy lessened the glare of the white shirts.
    • The day’s starting pitcher didn’t warm-up in the bullpen prior to the game. Instead, he warmed up in front of the dugout throwing to catcher near the back-stop screen.
    • With only eight NL clubs, every game was listed on the centerfield scoreboard.
    • The red marquee at Clark and Addison was a dark blue/green (fern).
    • The Cubs clubhouse is where the security offices are today. At the end of the game, the Cubs walked down the left field line, entered the door in the corner and then took a flight of stairs over the concourse to the clubhouse.
    • The press box, organist and cameraman cat-walk were along what are today the mezzanine suites.
    • The box seats were actually box seats. Seats were divided into sections of eight and were separated by railings.
    • Public address announcer Pat Pieper sat on the field near the back-stop screen.
    http://weblogs.wgntv...

  • Bryan Redemske | June 12, 2008 at 1:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”275180″][quote comment=”275169″][quote comment=”275166″]Two other notes on today’s game:

    1. Kids 14 and under who are recruited for seat flipping duty will get four free tickets to a future Cubs game.

    2. IIRC, didn’t Fox do a simular stunt involving the Cubs and the Dodgers a few years ago to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first MLB telecast that WGN’s doing today?[/quote]

    I was thinking about the same thing … makes me wonder … could it have been TEN years ago (i.e., marking 50 years)??? I know it was a game at Wrigley Field on Fox, with Chip Carey broadcasting. During each inning, the broadcast of the game progressed in time, going from grainy, far away shots only in the first inning to a (then) modern broadcast for the final inning.

    I’m a little disappointed to know the game will be on WGN today. I would think that to show the genuine transition the game has taken over the years, they should move the last 3 innings to Comcast![/quote]
    OK, tell me what’s wrong with this picture – my daughter calls me to tell me she’s watching the game on the WGN HD channel on our 61″ DLP TV, and she’s telling me that “everything looks weird”, so I tell her to go watch it on the 13″ Dumont B&W TV (we have one) and all I hear is dead silence.
    Kids today…..[/quote]

    Everything looks wierd because the game doesn’t start for another hour.

  • James Craven | June 12, 2008 at 1:23 pm |

    DAMN IT, INTERN!

    Sorry for me stealing the line used for LI Phil and Ricko…

  • derek | June 12, 2008 at 1:26 pm |

    Vote for Turco here
    http://nhllogos.blog...

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote]OK, tell me what’s wrong with this picture – my daughter calls me to tell me she’s watching the game on the WGN HD channel on our 61″ DLP TV, and she’s telling me that “everything looks weird”, so I tell her to go watch it on the 13″ Dumont B&W TV (we have one) and all I hear is dead silence.
    Kids today…..[/quote]

    did she call you on your rotary phone?

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | June 12, 2008 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”275187″][quote]OK, tell me what’s wrong with this picture – my daughter calls me to tell me she’s watching the game on the WGN HD channel on our 61″ DLP TV, and she’s telling me that “everything looks weird”, so I tell her to go watch it on the 13″ Dumont B&W TV (we have one) and all I hear is dead silence.
    Kids today…..[/quote]

    did she call you on your rotary phone?[/quote]

    Rotary phone? I heard she just used the crank and got the operator to connect her.

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 1:33 pm |

    this was before or after she was making file folder labels for her 8-tracks on the underwood?

    [/old people jokes]

  • Marc M. | June 12, 2008 at 1:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”275124″][quote comment=”275084″][quote comment=”275081″][quote comment=”275080″][quote comment=”275077″]What is on John Ellis’ left arm ? It’s not some kind of advertising is it?[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    I don’t think so. It looks like, I dunno, maybe a face on a baseball with lettering underneath it. I don’t think it is a Yankees thing because it is yellow on a black long sleeve shirt.[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    It could be sun glare if he was wearing a wind breaker under his uni. But it’s probably dirt.[/quote]
    its dirt

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 1:41 pm |

    First she had to wipe up along the ice man’s route through the kitchen, them make sure the doors to the coal chute were latched properly, and finally set the bottles out with a note for the milkman.

  • Dane | June 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”275188″][quote comment=”275187″][quote]OK, tell me what’s wrong with this picture – my daughter calls me to tell me she’s watching the game on the WGN HD channel on our 61″ DLP TV, and she’s telling me that “everything looks weird”, so I tell her to go watch it on the 13″ Dumont B&W TV (we have one) and all I hear is dead silence.
    Kids today…..[/quote]

    did she call you on your rotary phone?[/quote]

    Rotary phone? I heard she just used the crank and got the operator to connect her.[/quote]

    What was the number? UNion-7 5309?

  • Jim | June 12, 2008 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”275186″]Vote for Turco here
    http://nhllogos.blog...

    Voted for Luongo earlier today…

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”275184″][quote comment=”275180″][quote comment=”275169″][quote comment=”275166″]Two other notes on today’s game:

    1. Kids 14 and under who are recruited for seat flipping duty will get four free tickets to a future Cubs game.

    2. IIRC, didn’t Fox do a simular stunt involving the Cubs and the Dodgers a few years ago to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first MLB telecast that WGN’s doing today?[/quote]

    I was thinking about the same thing … makes me wonder … could it have been TEN years ago (i.e., marking 50 years)??? I know it was a game at Wrigley Field on Fox, with Chip Carey broadcasting. During each inning, the broadcast of the game progressed in time, going from grainy, far away shots only in the first inning to a (then) modern broadcast for the final inning.

    I’m a little disappointed to know the game will be on WGN today. I would think that to show the genuine transition the game has taken over the years, they should move the last 3 innings to Comcast![/quote]
    OK, tell me what’s wrong with this picture – my daughter calls me to tell me she’s watching the game on the WGN HD channel on our 61″ DLP TV, and she’s telling me that “everything looks weird”, so I tell her to go watch it on the 13″ Dumont B&W TV (we have one) and all I hear is dead silence.
    Kids today…..[/quote]

    Everything looks wierd because the game doesn’t start for another hour.[/quote]
    That explains a lot – I was so positive that it was a noon start…add this to her list of “Reasons My Dad Is A Dork”

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | June 12, 2008 at 1:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”275190″][quote comment=”275124″][quote comment=”275084″][quote comment=”275081″][quote comment=”275080″][quote comment=”275077″]What is on John Ellis’ left arm ? It’s not some kind of advertising is it?[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    I don’t think so. It looks like, I dunno, maybe a face on a baseball with lettering underneath it. I don’t think it is a Yankees thing because it is yellow on a black long sleeve shirt.[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    It could be sun glare if he was wearing a wind breaker under his uni. But it’s probably dirt.[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    Why are you so positive that it is dirt Marc M.? It is yellow and doesn’t look smudged at all. I zoomed in on it and I can’t tell exactly what it is, but I don’t believe it is dirt.

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”275192″][quote comment=”275188″][quote comment=”275187″][quote]OK, tell me what’s wrong with this picture – my daughter calls me to tell me she’s watching the game on the WGN HD channel on our 61″ DLP TV, and she’s telling me that “everything looks weird”, so I tell her to go watch it on the 13″ Dumont B&W TV (we have one) and all I hear is dead silence.
    Kids today…..[/quote]

    did she call you on your rotary phone?[/quote]

    Rotary phone? I heard she just used the crank and got the operator to connect her.[/quote]

    What was the number? UNion-7 5309?[/quote]
    Yes, she called Tillie the operator on the party line, then put some more foil on the rabbit ears

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”275192″][quote comment=”275188″][quote comment=”275187″][quote]OK, tell me what’s wrong with this picture – my daughter calls me to tell me she’s watching the game on the WGN HD channel on our 61″ DLP TV, and she’s telling me that “everything looks weird”, so I tell her to go watch it on the 13″ Dumont B&W TV (we have one) and all I hear is dead silence.
    Kids today…..[/quote]

    did she call you on your rotary phone?[/quote]

    Rotary phone? I heard she just used the crank and got the operator to connect her.[/quote]

    What was the number? UNion-7 5309?[/quote]
    No, Bensonhurst 3-7741

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”275192″][quote comment=”275188″][quote comment=”275187″][quote]OK, tell me what’s wrong with this picture – my daughter calls me to tell me she’s watching the game on the WGN HD channel on our 61″ DLP TV, and she’s telling me that “everything looks weird”, so I tell her to go watch it on the 13″ Dumont B&W TV (we have one) and all I hear is dead silence.
    Kids today…..[/quote]

    did she call you on your rotary phone?[/quote]

    Rotary phone? I heard she just used the crank and got the operator to connect her.[/quote]

    What was the number? UNion-7 5309?[/quote]
    Furthermore, her name is not Jenny.
    And she’s 13.

  • James Craven | June 12, 2008 at 2:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”275197″][quote comment=”275192″]
    “What was the number? UNion-7 5309?”
    “No, BEnsonhurst 3-7741”[/quote][/quote]

    That’s funny. I thought it was 634-5789…

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 2:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”275195″][quote comment=”275190″][quote comment=”275124″][quote comment=”275084″][quote comment=”275081″][quote comment=”275080″][quote comment=”275077″]What is on John Ellis’ left arm ? It’s not some kind of advertising is it?[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    I don’t think so. It looks like, I dunno, maybe a face on a baseball with lettering underneath it. I don’t think it is a Yankees thing because it is yellow on a black long sleeve shirt.[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    It could be sun glare if he was wearing a wind breaker under his uni. But it’s probably dirt.[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    Why are you so positive that it is dirt Marc M.? It is yellow and doesn’t look smudged at all. I zoomed in on it and I can’t tell exactly what it is, but I don’t believe it is dirt.[/quote]

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 2:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”275195″][quote comment=”275190″][quote comment=”275124″][quote comment=”275084″][quote comment=”275081″][quote comment=”275080″][quote comment=”275077″]What is on John Ellis’ left arm ? It’s not some kind of advertising is it?[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    I don’t think so. It looks like, I dunno, maybe a face on a baseball with lettering underneath it. I don’t think it is a Yankees thing because it is yellow on a black long sleeve shirt.[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    It could be sun glare if he was wearing a wind breaker under his uni. But it’s probably dirt.[/quote]
    its dirt[/quote]

    Why are you so positive that it is dirt Marc M.? It is yellow and doesn’t look smudged at all. I zoomed in on it and I can’t tell exactly what it is, but I don’t believe it is dirt.[/quote]

    it’s dirt

  • KT | June 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”275177″][quote comment=”275173″][quote comment=”275169″]I’m a little disappointed to know the game will be on WGN today. [/quote]

    I’m not. That’s the only way I can see it.[/quote]

    Not living in Chicago any more, I’m with you completely. When I said I was disappointed, I was being more sarcastic than anything in regards to a team that used to be available to the masses around the country … and now is only available as such to those willing to shell out $100 for the MLB.TV package. [/quote]

    Oh, if only it was just $100.

    And if only you were actually guaranteed to actually see your team with all the blackout restrictions.

    /frustrated DirecTV customer

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”275203″][quote comment=”275177″][quote comment=”275173″][quote comment=”275169″]I’m a little disappointed to know the game will be on WGN today. [/quote]

    I’m not. That’s the only way I can see it.[/quote]

    Not living in Chicago any more, I’m with you completely. When I said I was disappointed, I was being more sarcastic than anything in regards to a team that used to be available to the masses around the country … and now is only available as such to those willing to shell out $100 for the MLB.TV package. [/quote]

    Oh, if only it was just $100.

    And if only you were actually guaranteed to actually see your team with all the blackout restrictions.

    /frustrated DirecTV customer[/quote]

    $59.95 for the year now.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/m...

    … of course, it doesn’t work very well on your 61″HDTV, or your 13″ with the rabit ears (unless you have the same handy connector that I got at the local electronics store, anyway!).

    One way to get around blackouts – move 300 miles away from your favorite team! Then you only get blacked out when they’re visiting your city and on local TV anyway!

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”275204″]holy shit![/quote]
    apparently taken within hours of his HS graduation

  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 2:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”275204″]holy shit![/quote]

    Sad thing … since that picture was taken he’s eaten Mitch Williams AND Lenny Dykstra.

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 2:15 pm |

    Paul should get a kick out of this:
    http://www.comics.co...

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 2:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”275207″][quote comment=”275204″]holy shit![/quote]

    Sad thing … since that picture was taken he’s eaten Mitch Williams AND Lenny Dykstra.[/quote]
    And just recently, Harold Reynolds

  • TimGA | June 12, 2008 at 2:17 pm |

    Watching player introductions in B&W on WGN is awesome! Totally dig the uniforms. I live in Atlanta, so it’s kind of cool to flip to WGN in B&W and Peachtree TV in color. Looks great though.

  • concealed78 | June 12, 2008 at 2:17 pm |

    Already seeing some striped stirrup goodness at Wrigley from both teams.

  • GB | June 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm |

    I absolutely love those 50’s era Redskins unis. The contrast color feather along the top of the helmet is one of the coolest uni designs in NFL history. I keep waiting for the Skins to recreate that one as a throwback, but no luck so far. I’ve been of the opinion that the Redskins need a permanent uni change (or freshening) for a while – and I’d love to see some elements of this design be used. And, you gotta think Snyder would love more money by selling a new uni design!

  • david goodfriend | June 12, 2008 at 2:21 pm |

    the game on wgn looks gorgeous…stirrups galore

    I have those “best plays of the year” books…they were free at the time…giveaways

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 2:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”275211″]Already seeing some striped stirrup goodness at Wrigley from both teams.[/quote]
    pics, please?

  • steve | June 12, 2008 at 2:21 pm |

    Yaz has a large hole in the side of his sock.

  • Tony Miller | June 12, 2008 at 2:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”275169″][quote comment=”275166″]Two other notes on today’s game:

    1. Kids 14 and under who are recruited for seat flipping duty will get four free tickets to a future Cubs game.

    2. IIRC, didn’t Fox do a simular stunt involving the Cubs and the Dodgers a few years ago to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first MLB telecast that WGN’s doing today?[/quote]

    I was thinking about the same thing … makes me wonder … could it have been TEN years ago (i.e., marking 50 years)??? I know it was a game at Wrigley Field on Fox, with Chip Carey broadcasting. During each inning, the broadcast of the game progressed in time, going from grainy, far away shots only in the first inning to a (then) modern broadcast for the final inning.

    I’m a little disappointed to know the game will be on WGN today. I would think that to show the genuine transition the game has taken over the years, they should move the last 3 innings to Comcast![/quote]

    I think it was ’99…60th anniversary of 1st game on TV? This is the 60th anniversary of the Cubs on WGN.

  • Tony Miller | June 12, 2008 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”275127″]If anyone leaves their glove on the field between innings today in Chicago, that would be epic.

    I don’t even know if you’re allowed to do that anymore. But that would be great.[/quote]

    You can’t. I’d quote the rule, but WGN is occupying my atention at the moement.

  • Kevin M. | June 12, 2008 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”275210″]Watching player introductions in B&W on WGN is awesome! Totally dig the uniforms. I live in Atlanta, so it’s kind of cool to flip to WGN in B&W and Peachtree TV in color. Looks great though.[/quote]

    Does the audio suck as bad in Atlanta on Peachtree TV as it does down here in Columbus? Sounds like the announcers have swallowed the mic and the board operator is just turning the volume up and down as they see fit.

  • TimGA | June 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm |

    Also….game just started in Chicago. So cool watching theses camera angles. Also, just made reference to no replay. This is awesome!

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  • TimGA | June 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”275218″][quote comment=”275210″]Watching player introductions in B&W on WGN is awesome! Totally dig the uniforms. I live in Atlanta, so it’s kind of cool to flip to WGN in B&W and Peachtree TV in color. Looks great though.[/quote]

    Does the audio suck as bad in Atlanta on Peachtree TV as it does down here in Columbus? Sounds like the announcers have swallowed the mic and the board operator is just turning the volume up and down as they see fit.[/quote]

    No, all is good on Peachtree TV here. But, I’m watching on WGN.

  • Jefferson D | June 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm |

    I think it’s great that while they’re using black and white and old camera angles, the picture is still in HD.

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 2:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”275220″]what’s wrong with this picture?[/quote]

    and please don’t say “camel toe”

  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”275223″][quote comment=”275220″]what’s wrong with this picture?[/quote]

    and please don’t say “camel toe”[/quote]

    That Ford and Chrysler, as well as McDonalds and Burger King, wouldn’t advertise on the same uniform?

  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 2:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”275222″]I think it’s great that while they’re using black and white and old camera angles, the picture is still in HD.[/quote]

    It’s Christmas morning. I’m handcuffed to my bed, with the door open, and I’m hearing all my siblings downstairs ripping open and playing with all my presents.

    I need to win the lottery.

  • Jefferson D | June 12, 2008 at 2:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”275224″][quote comment=”275223″][quote comment=”275220″]what’s wrong with this picture?[/quote]

    and please don’t say “camel toe”[/quote]

    That Ford and Chrysler, as well as McDonalds and Burger King, wouldn’t advertise on the same uniform?[/quote]

    That the guy is wearing stirrups?

  • Stuby | June 12, 2008 at 2:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”275223″][quote comment=”275220″]what’s wrong with this picture?[/quote]

    and please don’t say “camel toe”[/quote]
    The player just wet himself?

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 2:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”275223″][quote comment=”275220″]what’s wrong with this picture?[/quote]

    and please don’t say “camel toe”[/quote]
    Son of a biscuit! I can’t view it because my f**king company’s firewall is blocking the site! Apparently Wes Clark’s web page must have some porn on it! Rackin, frackin!!!

  • Stuby | June 12, 2008 at 2:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”275226″][quote comment=”275224″][quote comment=”275223″][quote comment=”275220″]what’s wrong with this picture?[/quote]

    and please don’t say “camel toe”[/quote]

    That Ford and Chrysler, as well as McDonalds and Burger King, wouldn’t advertise on the same uniform?[/quote]

    That the guy is wearing stirrups?[/quote]
    Stirrup on right leg is backwards?

  • Matt | June 12, 2008 at 2:36 pm |

    DirecTV isn’t showing WGN in HD, so I can’t see hardly anything. Back to Peachtree TV for me…

  • MPowers1634 | June 12, 2008 at 2:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”275105″][quote comment=”275098″][quote comment=”275086″]These are pictures from Steelers OTAs the other day. http://news.steelers...

    They were wearing the yellow helmets yet I haven’t heard that they were going to wear the throwbacks from last year, and furthermore that was a special design for the 75th season which was last year.

    Why else would they wear those unless they were going to wear them on the field of play? I recall seeing Bills and Chargers players in throwback helmets in practice in years past to “break them in”.[/quote]

    Yellow is a lot cooler than black and it was hot as all get out in Latrobe last week.[/quote]
    except those photos are shot at their practice complex on the South Side.[/quote]

    I’m amazed that the pics of these helmets haven’t gotten more attention.

    They look GREAT!

  • Randy Miller | June 12, 2008 at 2:41 pm |

    Great old jerseys with the Cowboys and Redskins.

    Great new jerseys with the Buck Leonard League. I think that organization could make some money by selling adult versions.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | June 12, 2008 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”275229″][quote comment=”275226″][quote comment=”275224″][quote comment=”275223″][quote comment=”275220″]what’s wrong with this picture?[/quote]

    and please don’t say “camel toe”[/quote]

    That Ford and Chrysler, as well as McDonalds and Burger King, wouldn’t advertise on the same uniform?[/quote]

    That the guy is wearing stirrups?[/quote]
    Stirrup on right leg is backwards?[/quote]

    They used the antiquated, no longer in use, Bell Telephone logo.

  • Justin | June 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”275110″][quote comment=”275104″]Looks like a tin of Copenhagen stuffed in Yaz’s sock.[/quote]

    hmmm…could be…although it doesn’t appear as tho there is a visible bulge in the stirrup

    also of note: yaz has some clear kind of elastic (or something) to give him stirrup extenderness[/quote]

    I believe “extra stirrupyness” is the proper term.

  • Jim | June 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”275220″]what’s wrong with this picture?[/quote]

    Looks like the player wet himself.

  • Jefferson D | June 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm |

    Nobody with any pictures of teh Cubs throwbacks yet?

  • Jim | June 12, 2008 at 2:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”275229″][quote comment=”275226″][quote comment=”275224″][quote comment=”275223″][quote comment=”275220″]what’s wrong with this picture?[/quote]

    and please don’t say “camel toe”[/quote]

    That Ford and Chrysler, as well as McDonalds and Burger King, wouldn’t advertise on the same uniform?[/quote]

    That the guy is wearing stirrups?[/quote]
    Stirrup on right leg is backwards?[/quote]

    Player actually has ALL his buttons done up.

  • jaye | June 12, 2008 at 2:50 pm |

    This is the day I’ll get fired. I can’t keep my eyes off the Cub/Braves game. Luckily, I work in a newsroom and can pretend I’m just watching during a commerical break on CNN. The camera angles are what’s keeping my attention the most.

  • Justin | June 12, 2008 at 2:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”275154″]Re: Yaz’s bulge

    I’m still going with a tin of chew. That photo was definitely taken with a flash (check out the massive shadows to the right of his head and below his left arm) which will reduce contrast in light-colored areas, making the definition of the bulge harder to spot. It’s also just the right size. I don’t, however, think it’s some sort of defect in his sock. If a thread got pulled then both stripes would bend in the same direction, not away from each other. There’s definitely something in there.

    Re: Changing cuff position

    Perhaps he lowers the cuffs while batting to protect his shins and calves while sliding?[/quote]

    Wouldn’t keeping a tin of chew in your sock just get uncomfortable as it slides around while you are running?

  • Jefferson D | June 12, 2008 at 2:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”275238″]This is the day I’ll get fired. I can’t keep my eyes off the Cub/Braves game. Luckily, I work in a newsroom and can pretend I’m just watching during a commerical break on CNN. The camera angles are what’s keeping my attention the most.[/quote]

    There is something to this non centerfield camera angle. I like.

  • rc | June 12, 2008 at 2:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”275136″]Croatia is going with the Blue kit today in EURO2008 vs Germany. Bummer for those who want to see the Red and White Checkerboard jerseys… maybe when they play Poland….[/quote]

    Highly improbable since Poland wears either Red or White jerseys, so the red and white checker would not really work against either of those unfortunately…After beating Germany though, they may actually want to stick w/ the blues…

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 2:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”275212″]I absolutely love those 50’s era Redskins unis. The contrast color feather along the top of the helmet is one of the coolest uni designs in NFL history. quote]

    For those just discovering those Redskins helmets, they were slightly darker than the burgundy jerseys they accompanied, almost–but not quite–a maroon (much like the Giants helmets of that era were a little closer to navy than to the royal blue jerseys worn with them). The tip of the ‘Skins white feather was scarlet red, not a shade of gold as you might expect (I know when I first saw them on film in b&w I figured it probably was gold). I have a SPORT magazine clipping that’s the first color photo I ever saw of those helmets. I’ll dig it out and scan it (and a few others) and send them to Paul first chance I get.

  • Jeff E. | June 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”275237″][quote comment=”275229″][quote comment=”275226″][quote comment=”275224″][quote comment=”275223″][quote comment=”275220″]what’s wrong with this picture?[/quote]

    and please don’t say “camel toe”[/quote]

    That Ford and Chrysler, as well as McDonalds and Burger King, wouldn’t advertise on the same uniform?[/quote]

    That the guy is wearing stirrups?[/quote]
    Stirrup on right leg is backwards?[/quote]

    Player actually has ALL his buttons done up.[/quote]

    Bell Systems doesn’t exist anymore?

  • Tony Miller | June 12, 2008 at 3:00 pm |

    WGN’s back to color…dang it.

    The Lakeview Baseball Club’s sign is rolled back to 1948, too. AC 00 02 39.

  • gopherboy | June 12, 2008 at 3:01 pm |

    WGN just switched over to color after the 2nd inning. The throwbacks are gorgeous. The cubs have blue stirrups on with red stripes. AHH thank god for technology…

  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 3:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”275244″]WGN’s back to color…dang it.

    The Lakeview Baseball Club’s sign is rolled back to 1948, too. AC 00 02 39.[/quote]

    Getting a really bad cough.

  • tribe22 | June 12, 2008 at 3:07 pm |

    Able to see the Cubs game right now. No screen caps are worth it yet since the game is still B/W.

    Unis do appear to have navy caps with the wishbone C outlined in white. I don’t think the ’48 cap had a white outline!

    The stirrups are AWESOME! Navy with red stripes. All starters appear to be wearing them properly too.

    The Cubs logo appears to be a bit off. It’s probably too big for a representation of the 1948 logo. The C should be smaller.

    Too bad the Cubs didn’t try to go back to the zipper front for their unis.

    No throwback helmets…Coolflow looks a little weird.

    Braves stirrups also look sharp.

    As for the 1997 game, numbers were not on the 1908 unis so a font was chosen arbitrarily. Not a font guy, so you’ll have to research that on your own, but an “authentic” 1908 uni would not have a number on it!

    BTW, if the Cubs go .500 the rest of the way, they will finish with 90 wins. 10 over and they win 95!

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 3:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”275234″][quote comment=”275110″][quote comment=”275104″]Looks like a tin of Copenhagen stuffed in Yaz’s sock.[/quote]

    hmmm…could be…although it doesn’t appear as tho there is a visible bulge in the stirrup

    also of note: yaz has some clear kind of elastic (or something) to give him stirrup extenderness[/quote]

    I believe “extra stirrupyness” is the proper term.[/quote]

    ah…yes

    noted….

    thanks

    —–

    on another note…excellent responses on the “WWWTP”…the old bell, the buttons actually buttoned, the one wrong stirrup…all good!

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 3:08 pm |

    Shall we be picky-picky-picky and ask if the Cubs’ sleeves are royal blue or navy blue?

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  • tribe22 | June 12, 2008 at 3:10 pm |

    take it back on the navy blue. everything appears to be royal, although a darker royal than the cubs use now, if that makes any sense…

  • Stephen | June 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm |

    Interesting notes from David O’Brien, the Braves beat writer, about the throwbacks:

    _ Retro uniforms: Both teams are wearing 1948 replica uniforms to honor the 60th anniversary of Cubs baseball on WGN. The ’48 Boston Braves went 93-60 and won the NL pennant before losing to Cleveland in the World Series.

    Hey, I’m looking down at the Bravos stretching down the right-field line, and I gotta say I like the uni’s. Very similar to the current uniforms, except for the stirrips with the variable-width strips and the blue caps with red bills and a plain “B” instead of the familiar “A.”

    And Corky Miller looks like some kind of barnstorming 40s-era player in his, with the gut and the 5 o’clock shadow and the socks and all that.

    Cubs uniforms are clean, man. Sweeeet. White uniforms, no stripes, pin or otherwise. Only stripes are the red ones on their navy-blue socks.

    Also, the hundreds of the stadium employees are wearing white straw hats, and they even passed out faux black fedoras (made of cardboard or something) with a press pass stuck in the band. It’s a good look for me. Think I’ll wear it instead of the Stone Mountain Harley Davidson cap I brought to the park.

    I am dying to see some pictures or video from this game. My wife called me earlier to let me know how cool it looked. *sigh* Sometimes I hate having to go to work.

    ~E~

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 3:12 pm |

    No white on ’48 Cubs hats.
    Royal blue with red wishbone C and red button.
    They are ROYAL blue, aren’t they?
    I mean, Cubs and Braves hats’ crowns aren’t the same color, are they? Cuz that would be just flat WRONG.

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 3:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”275246″][quote comment=”275244″]WGN’s back to color…dang it.

    The Lakeview Baseball Club’s sign is rolled back to 1948, too. AC 00 02 39.[/quote]

    Getting a really bad cough.[/quote]
    You need to leave right now! Think of your co-workers – you could end up with the entire office having to be quarantined!

  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 3:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”275247″]Able to see the Cubs game right now. No screen caps are worth it yet since the game is still B/W.

    Unis do appear to have navy caps with the wishbone C outlined in white. I don’t think the ’48 cap had a white outline!

    The stirrups are AWESOME! Navy with red stripes. All starters appear to be wearing them properly too.

    The Cubs logo appears to be a bit off. It’s probably too big for a representation of the 1948 logo. The C should be smaller.

    Too bad the Cubs didn’t try to go back to the zipper front for their unis.

    No throwback helmets…Coolflow looks a little weird.

    Braves stirrups also look sharp.

    As for the 1997 game, numbers were not on the 1908 unis so a font was chosen arbitrarily. Not a font guy, so you’ll have to research that on your own, but an “authentic” 1908 uni would not have a number on it!

    BTW, if the Cubs go .500 the rest of the way, they will finish with 90 wins. 10 over and they win 95![/quote]

    Using a sharpee to paint red dots on face and exposed flesh of arms … holding a thermometer under heat lamp … and sawing off my left foot just to make it all legitimate.

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 3:13 pm |

    and on a completely unrelated note…

    who’s rooting for the poles?

    show of hands please

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 3:14 pm |

    Yeah, it’s 1948. You (well, me, too) could have the 24-hour polio or something.

  • TEH | June 12, 2008 at 3:16 pm |

    Yaz’s “bulge” is not a can of snuff – too small, and no one would put it there b/c you couldn’t reach it.

    It has to be just a run in the stirrup or something. Some players wore elastic garters at the top of the calf to keep their stirrups/socks up, but it doesn’t look like that.

    Re: sliding shorts – it looks like he’s wearing long johns, but the almanac says weather that day was in the 50’s..who knows

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 3:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”275256″]and on a completely unrelated note…

    who’s rooting for the poles?

    show of hands please[/quote]

    I prefer those Croatian Checkers…cuz I’m pretty sure if you make the right move they have to jump you.

    (ba dum bum)

  • random reader | June 12, 2008 at 3:18 pm |

    Some other notes of this Braves-Cubs game

    Both unis have no MLB logos on the back.
    Both caps have green undervisors.
    Batting helemts are modern, however. Bust out the pitchforks. -_-
    A few fans dressed in retro attire but not many. Someone was walking around with a “TRUMAN FOR PRESIDENT” sign.
    There was also someone typing on a typewriter during the first couple innings that was audible during the broadcast.

    I’m watching this on WGN on Dish. This is actually airing in HD; previous Cubs games on WGN were not in HD on Dish.

    The other “throwback” game at Wrigley was on Fox, with the broadcast being the throwback, not the uniforms. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were on the call. I think this game was in 1999 or 2000. The technology increased with each passing inning, with the “modern” telecast happening sometime in the last three innings. They even brought back the graphics FOX first used in 1996 but kept them on for the rest of the game.

  • Jet | June 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm |

    Great edition today, Paul, I can never get enough of these forays into old books and the uni treasures contained therein.

  • Jim | June 12, 2008 at 3:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”275248″][quote comment=”275234″][quote comment=”275110″][quote comment=”275104″]Looks like a tin of Copenhagen stuffed in Yaz’s sock.[/quote]

    hmmm…could be…although it doesn’t appear as tho there is a visible bulge in the stirrup

    also of note: yaz has some clear kind of elastic (or something) to give him stirrup extenderness[/quote]

    I believe “extra stirrupyness” is the proper term.[/quote]

    ah…yes

    noted….

    thanks

    —–

    on another note…excellent responses on the “WWWTP”…the old bell, the buttons actually buttoned, the one wrong stirrup…all good![/quote]

    So what’s actually wrong with it?

  • Tony Miller | June 12, 2008 at 3:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”275260″]Some other notes of this Braves-Cubs game

    Both unis have no MLB logos on the back.
    Both caps have green undervisors.
    Batting helemts are modern, however. Bust out the pitchforks. -_-
    A few fans dressed in retro attire but not many. Someone was walking around with a “TRUMAN FOR PRESIDENT” sign.
    There was also someone typing on a typewriter during the first couple innings that was audible during the broadcast.

    I’m watching this on WGN on Dish. This is actually airing in HD; previous Cubs games on WGN were not in HD on Dish.

    The other “throwback” game at Wrigley was on Fox, with the broadcast being the throwback, not the uniforms. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were on the call. I think this game was in 1999 or 2000. The technology increased with each passing inning, with the “modern” telecast happening sometime in the last three innings. They even brought back the graphics FOX first used in 1996 but kept them on for the rest of the game.[/quote]

    Even as W-G-N has gone to color broadcasting, the graphics remain plain white text.

    Oof. Country Music Night Promo. NOT 1948, I hope.

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 3:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”275256″]and on a completely unrelated note…

    who’s rooting for the poles?

    show of hands please[/quote]
    Who’s rooting for Germany, show of hands?: http://euro2008girls...

  • Tony Miller | June 12, 2008 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”275260″]Some other notes of this Braves-Cubs game

    Both unis have no MLB logos on the back.
    Both caps have green undervisors.
    Batting helemts are modern, however. Bust out the pitchforks. -_-
    A few fans dressed in retro attire but not many. Someone was walking around with a “TRUMAN FOR PRESIDENT” sign.
    There was also someone typing on a typewriter during the first couple innings that was audible during the broadcast.

    I’m watching this on WGN on Dish. This is actually airing in HD; previous Cubs games on WGN were not in HD on Dish.

    The other “throwback” game at Wrigley was on Fox, with the broadcast being the throwback, not the uniforms. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were on the call. I think this game was in 1999 or 2000. The technology increased with each passing inning, with the “modern” telecast happening sometime in the last three innings. They even brought back the graphics FOX first used in 1996 but kept them on for the rest of the game.[/quote]

    Another thing: PA announcer Wayne Messmer is sitting in the stands behind home plate.

  • jaye | June 12, 2008 at 3:35 pm |

    I’m in the office, so I can’t hear the Cubs/Braves game, but my son called and said the announcers say they’re going back to B/W later in the game. This has to be the frist Braves game where I’m not even keeping up with the score. Tim looks sweeeet on the mound.

  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 3:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”275265″][quote comment=”275260″]Some other notes of this Braves-Cubs game

    Both unis have no MLB logos on the back.
    Both caps have green undervisors.
    Batting helemts are modern, however. Bust out the pitchforks. -_-
    A few fans dressed in retro attire but not many. Someone was walking around with a “TRUMAN FOR PRESIDENT” sign.
    There was also someone typing on a typewriter during the first couple innings that was audible during the broadcast.

    I’m watching this on WGN on Dish. This is actually airing in HD; previous Cubs games on WGN were not in HD on Dish.

    The other “throwback” game at Wrigley was on Fox, with the broadcast being the throwback, not the uniforms. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were on the call. I think this game was in 1999 or 2000. The technology increased with each passing inning, with the “modern” telecast happening sometime in the last three innings. They even brought back the graphics FOX first used in 1996 but kept them on for the rest of the game.[/quote]

    Another thing: PA announcer Wayne Messmer is sitting in the stands behind home plate.[/quote]

    It would be awesome if he was using nothing but a megaphone. (note … didn’t realize so much blood went to my foot … management won’t be happy) Also, how PERFECT would it be if the game went 20 innings and was called for darkness?

  • Tony Miller | June 12, 2008 at 3:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”275260″]Some other notes of this Braves-Cubs game

    Both unis have no MLB logos on the back.
    Both caps have green undervisors.
    Batting helemts are modern, however. Bust out the pitchforks. -_-
    A few fans dressed in retro attire but not many. Someone was walking around with a “TRUMAN FOR PRESIDENT” sign.
    There was also someone typing on a typewriter during the first couple innings that was audible during the broadcast.

    I’m watching this on WGN on Dish. This is actually airing in HD; previous Cubs games on WGN were not in HD on Dish.

    The other “throwback” game at Wrigley was on Fox, with the broadcast being the throwback, not the uniforms. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were on the call. I think this game was in 1999 or 2000. The technology increased with each passing inning, with the “modern” telecast happening sometime in the last three innings. They even brought back the graphics FOX first used in 1996 but kept them on for the rest of the game.[/quote]

    Game was Dodgers at Cubs, August 26, 2000. (61st anniversary of the first MLB telecast)
    Box Score

  • War Damn Eagle | June 12, 2008 at 3:42 pm |

    Cubs look stupid with blue shoes!

  • War Damn Eagle | June 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm |

    Awesome!!!!!!!!

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”275269″]Cubs look stupid with blue shoes![/quote]

    yay for teh blue shoes

  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 3:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”275269″]Cubs look stupid with blue shoes![/quote]

    Boss just brought me a towel. And a staple gun. And told me to stop crying. He thinks I’m crying because of the pain where my foot used to be.

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 3:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”275270″]Awesome!!!!!!!!

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Pants a bit tight for 1948…but nuthin’s perfect, I guess (same for blue shoes).

    Although I imagine many of the Braves are wearing their regular road pants. No reason they couldn’t, other than the fit being anachronistic.

  • Kevin M. | June 12, 2008 at 3:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”275270″]Awesome!!!!!!!!

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Now if Paul Byrd was still with Atlanta and was pitching with his old school wind-up it would be even better.

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 3:57 pm |

    I’m serious. I think it’s the 24-hour polio.
    Have the urge to lie in bed and listen to Arthur Godfey.

    I’d better go home now.

  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”275273″][quote comment=”275270″]Awesome!!!!!!!!

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Pants a bit tight for 1948…but nuthin’s perfect, I guess (same for blue shoes).

    Although I imagine many of the Braves are wearing their regular road pants. No reason they couldn’t, other than the fit being anachronistic.[/quote]

    While I am thankful for Atlanta’s normal use of a “classic” uniform, I feel almost cheated here. Other than the socks and caps, it just looks like their current home and away uniforms have a lovechild.

    (now trying to get an involuntary transfusion from the poor sap next to me who chose a bad time to try and sneek a nap on the job)

  • Tony Miller | June 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm |

    Theriot is wearing a titanium necklace with the ’48 throwback. Break the reverie, why don’t you?

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”275275″]I’m serious. I think it’s the 24-hour polio.
    Have the urge to lie in bed and listen to Arthur Godfey.

    I’d better go home now.[/quote]
    Could be a case of permiss of the fatastan.
    Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, and Dr. Howard….

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm |

    Probably they’re all wearing batting gloves, too. And their shoes have logos all over ’em.

    Like I said, nuthin’s perfect.

    Doesn’t mean it still can’t be fun.

  • War Damn Eagle | June 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm |

    every day is throwback day with mlb.tv

    it’s like watching video with a dial-up modem, that’s how crappy mlb.tv is. I blame Bud Selig.

  • Bob Andrews | June 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |

    Those Robert Riger illustrations bring back some memories. Shell service stations gave them out as premiums in the early 60’s. Living in NJ meant I got the Giants set, Tittle, Modzelewski, Katcavage and Frank Gifford who’s print was the best of all of them. But they had a form to send off for other teams. When my Baltimore Colts set arrived in the mail it was almost like Christmas. I still have those in the original mailer back at my folks house. Great stuff!

  • Bob Andrews | June 12, 2008 at 4:14 pm |

    Johnny U’s facemask looks like that in this picture as well. I think its normal for him.

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 4:15 pm |

    Well, I just lost interest. This essentially is a 1958 Indians hat.

    Jeez, MLB, do you damn homework.

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 4:15 pm |

    f*ck billy wagner

    that is all

  • Bob Andrews | June 12, 2008 at 4:16 pm |

    Rats

    maybe this link will work.

    http://www.myclassic...

  • joe | June 12, 2008 at 4:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”275161″]re: Cubs non-royal sleeves.
    This from 1952…

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Note the differences in Wrigley, the negative is clearly not flipped over, meaning that the Cubs were in the 3rd base dugout at now, but the bullpen mound is not in left field. its actually between the dugout and home plate. And the mound was near the dugout instead of the plate, with the plate having to be behind home plate, seems dangerous crazy to for the bullpen catcher.

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 4:19 pm |

    Yessir, that’s a hat the Cubs have never worn (well, not until today).

  • Shaftman | June 12, 2008 at 4:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”275284″]f*ck billy wagner

    that is all[/quote]

    Just IM’d my brother a similar quote.

    me: F*CKING WAGNER!!!! Blew another one.
    aaaaahhhhrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr”

    They should let me close….I can do it quicker and for a helluva lot less money.

  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 4:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”275286″][quote comment=”275161″]re: Cubs non-royal sleeves.
    This from 1952…

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Note the differences in Wrigley, the negative is clearly not flipped over, meaning that the Cubs were in the 3rd base dugout at now, but the bullpen mound is not in left field. its actually between the dugout and home plate. And the mound was near the dugout instead of the plate, with the plate having to be behind home plate, seems dangerous crazy to for the bullpen catcher.[/quote]

    Which also bring up the point of how much more fun the game would have been if they’d removed those annoying “modern” dugout rails and fences. Where’s the challenge, people? Where’s the challenge?

    (hobbling around now, punching random people in the face, and setting fire to all the paper I can find … they’re still to stubborn to let me go)

  • Shaftman | June 12, 2008 at 4:24 pm |

    FYI

    On SNY on Saturday morning there will be a program showing how Mets uniforms are made. I’ll post more info as I get it.

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 4:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”275289″][quote comment=”275286″][quote comment=”275161″]re: Cubs non-royal sleeves.
    This from 1952…

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Note the differences in Wrigley, the negative is clearly not flipped over, meaning that the Cubs were in the 3rd base dugout at now, but the bullpen mound is not in left field. its actually between the dugout and home plate. And the mound was near the dugout instead of the plate, with the plate having to be behind home plate, seems dangerous crazy to for the bullpen catcher.[/quote]

    Which also bring up the point of how much more fun the game would have been if they’d removed those annoying “modern” dugout rails and fences. Where’s the challenge, people? Where’s the challenge?

    (hobbling around now, punching random people in the face, and setting fire to all the paper I can find … they’re still to stubborn to let me go)[/quote]

    If you want to see a look the Cubs have never worn, yeah, go for it. Me, I’m gonna check the highlights only to see how badly the Cubs screwed up their own history.

  • joe | June 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”275192″][quote comment=”275188″][quote comment=”275187″][quote]OK, tell me what’s wrong with this picture – my daughter calls me to tell me she’s watching the game on the WGN HD channel on our 61″ DLP TV, and she’s telling me that “everything looks weird”, so I tell her to go watch it on the 13″ Dumont B&W TV (we have one) and all I hear is dead silence.
    Kids today…..[/quote]

    did she call you on your rotary phone?[/quote]

    Rotary phone? I heard she just used the crank and got the operator to connect her.[/quote]

    What was the number? UNion-7 5309?[/quote]

    not being Chicago and a Cubs game it was NAtional-2-9000.

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 4:28 pm |

    Paul…e-mail the Cubs Mitchell & Ness’ phone number, willya?

    Or, I know, someone could teach them how to search google images.

    Idiots.

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 4:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”275289″][quote comment=”275286″][quote comment=”275161″]re: Cubs non-royal sleeves.
    This from 1952…

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Note the differences in Wrigley, the negative is clearly not flipped over, meaning that the Cubs were in the 3rd base dugout at now, but the bullpen mound is not in left field. its actually between the dugout and home plate. And the mound was near the dugout instead of the plate, with the plate having to be behind home plate, seems dangerous crazy to for the bullpen catcher.[/quote]

    Which also bring up the point of how much more fun the game would have been if they’d removed those annoying “modern” dugout rails and fences. Where’s the challenge, people? Where’s the challenge?

    (hobbling around now, punching random people in the face, and setting fire to all the paper I can find … they’re still to stubborn to let me go)[/quote]
    If you’re north of the city, I know some of the Lake County sheriff’s guys – they could haul you out – have them drop in a reference to being a “menace to society” or something similar

  • jere | June 12, 2008 at 4:34 pm |

    I’ve found the game from the John Ellis card. It goes back to 1971 (proving Topps sometimes goes further back than just the previous season). June 12th, 1971, Ellis’ Yanks at Oakland. (A Saturday afternoon game.) It’s the fifth inning, and Sal Bando has been ruled safe on a ball hit to Ellis who played first that day. As Murray Chass’ New York Times article from 6/13/71 explains, “Ellis made a leaping stab at Sal Bando’s line drive down the first-base line, but couldn’t hold the ball. When Ron Luciano called Bando safe, the 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound Ellis jumped up and pushed the 6-foot-4, 250-pound first-base umpire.” They also say he “nearly got his gears thrown out of the game,” and you can see Bando at right on the card. Mel Stottlemyre was pitching and is also 6’2”, so he’s probably at left behind the ump. (You have to buy the article, but I just used keywords and pieced it together. Note: if you want to search, use “Luctano” as that’s how the e-version spells “Luciano.”)

    So that’s the play. They took a shot from two years earlier, painted a blank Indians uni on his Yankee road grays, and called it a day.

    And it’s dirt.

  • Stuby | June 12, 2008 at 4:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”275288″][quote comment=”275284″]f*ck billy wagner

    that is all[/quote]

    Just IM’d my brother a similar quote.

    me: F*CKING WAGNER!!!! Blew another one.
    aaaaahhhhrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr”

    They should let me close….I can do it quicker and for a helluva lot less money.[/quote]
    Didn’t he build up some credit by helping out the grounds crew during the rain delay the other night? I’m sure all Mets fans were hoping for a pulled hammie during that episode.

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 4:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”275296″][quote comment=”275288″][quote comment=”275284″]f*ck billy wagner

    that is all[/quote]

    Just IM’d my brother a similar quote.

    me: F*CKING WAGNER!!!! Blew another one.
    aaaaahhhhrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr”

    They should let me close….I can do it quicker and for a helluva lot less money.[/quote]
    Didn’t he build up some credit by helping out the grounds crew during the rain delay the other night? I’m sure all Mets fans were hoping for a pulled hammie during that episode.[/quote]

    it’s actually all ok…the lithium is now kicking in hard

    it’s all part of god’s great plan to have #12 rightfully removed from the bench and #53 to take his place

  • tribe22 | June 12, 2008 at 4:44 pm |

    THE CUB HAT IS ALL WRONG.

    Sorry for “shouting.”

    There was no white outline on any of the Cubs wishbone C varieties. And it is Navy instead of the dark royal.

    I like the attempt, still a three star performance. Would have liked more attention to detail, however.

    Now if the Cubs can pull it out…

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 4:47 pm |

    20 minutes on the Internet and the Cubs could have learned everything they needed to know to get it right.

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 4:49 pm |

    Are the stirrups navy blue? They screw that up, too?

  • Shaftman | June 12, 2008 at 4:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”275297″][quote comment=”275296″][quote comment=”275288″][quote comment=”275284″]f*ck billy wagner

    that is all[/quote]

    Just IM’d my brother a similar quote.

    me: F*CKING WAGNER!!!! Blew another one.
    aaaaahhhhrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr”

    They should let me close….I can do it quicker and for a helluva lot less money.[/quote]
    Didn’t he build up some credit by helping out the grounds crew during the rain delay the other night? I’m sure all Mets fans were hoping for a pulled hammie during that episode.[/quote]

    it’s actually all ok…the lithium is now kicking in hard

    it’s all part of god’s great plan to have #12 rightfully removed from the bench and #53 to take his place[/quote]

    Why? You think Willie could close?

    I’m not a fan of Willie, but it isn’t his fault if he puts wagner in with a lead in the 9th and he can’t close.

  • Tony Miller | June 12, 2008 at 4:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”275300″]Are the stirrups navy blue? They screw that up, too?[/quote]

    not navy blue at all

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 4:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”275301″]
    Why? You think Willie could close?

    I’m not a fan of Willie, but it isn’t his fault if he puts wagner in with a lead in the 9th and he can’t close.[/quote]

    no…but you can’t fire the team, now can you

    christ, nick steffens could close better

  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 4:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”275292″][quote comment=”275192″][quote comment=”275188″][quote comment=”275187″][quote]OK, tell me what’s wrong with this picture – my daughter calls me to tell me she’s watching the game on the WGN HD channel on our 61″ DLP TV, and she’s telling me that “everything looks weird”, so I tell her to go watch it on the 13″ Dumont B&W TV (we have one) and all I hear is dead silence.
    Kids today…..[/quote]

    did she call you on your rotary phone?[/quote]

    Rotary phone? I heard she just used the crank and got the operator to connect her.[/quote]

    What was the number? UNion-7 5309?[/quote]

    not being Chicago and a Cubs game it was NAtional-2-9000.[/quote]

    Awesome.

    This is very odd … I’m old enough to remember the jingle, but I have NO idea what it’s in reference to. A little help? Also trying to figure out how to work 588-2300 into an old fashioned phone number, but JKL and TUV don’t seem to translate well!

  • Tony Miller | June 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”275304″][quote comment=”275292″][quote comment=”275192″][quote comment=”275188″][quote comment=”275187″][quote]OK, tell me what’s wrong with this picture – my daughter calls me to tell me she’s watching the game on the WGN HD channel on our 61″ DLP TV, and she’s telling me that “everything looks weird”, so I tell her to go watch it on the 13″ Dumont B&W TV (we have one) and all I hear is dead silence.
    Kids today…..[/quote]

    did she call you on your rotary phone?[/quote]

    Rotary phone? I heard she just used the crank and got the operator to connect her.[/quote]

    What was the number? UNion-7 5309?[/quote]

    not being Chicago and a Cubs game it was NAtional-2-9000.[/quote]

    Awesome.

    This is very odd … I’m old enough to remember the jingle, but I have NO idea what it’s in reference to. A little help? Also trying to figure out how to work 588-2300 into an old fashioned phone number, but JKL and TUV don’t seem to translate well![/quote]

    KUmquat 8-2300?

  • random reader | June 12, 2008 at 4:58 pm |

    Oh geez, the Cubs got it wrong? Not that I really care but you could email the team and voice your displeasures.

  • Shaftman | June 12, 2008 at 4:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”275303″][quote comment=”275301″]
    Why? You think Willie could close?

    I’m not a fan of Willie, but it isn’t his fault if he puts wagner in with a lead in the 9th and he can’t close.[/quote]

    no…but you can’t fire the team, now can you

    christ, nick steffens could close better[/quote]

    Like I said, I’m not a fan of Willie. I don’t think he’s a very good “in game” manager but I don’t think the last few games are his fault either.

    If they don’t make the playoffs he’s gone (IMHO). The question really is…if you fire him now and replace him with Manual would that generate more wins. I don’t think it would.

    I would love to see them talk to Cito Gaston about the position, but I don’t ever hear his name come up in any managment conversations.

    On a more important note…I can’t believe Phil and I disagree on something.

    Did you ever find the pics of Monument Park? I don’t NEED them anymore, but I would like to see them when you get a chance. Thanks.

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote]Did you ever find the pics of Monument Park? I don’t NEED them anymore, but I would like to see them when you get a chance. Thanks.[/quote]

    did you get my email? i’d send this in that form, but now im not so sure you ever got it…you can ask paul for mine if you didn’t

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 5:02 pm |

    So I imagine the ridiculous hat is about marketing, because the actual ’40s-’56 style has been available as part of the Cooperstown Collection since at least 1990.

    “So let’s just make up a new hat…and royal blue isn’t dark enough to sell well these days…besides, the fans don’t know the difference.”

    This is same methodology used by that co-worker who shows a photo of Miss January 1988 because he’s decided its his first ex-wife.

  • Ian K | June 12, 2008 at 5:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”275264″][quote comment=”275256″]and on a completely unrelated note…

    who’s rooting for the poles?

    show of hands please[/quote]
    Who’s rooting for Germany, show of hands?: http://euro2008girls...

    What happened to refraining from these pointless comments? Do we have to revisit this post?

    http://www.uniwatchb...

  • Shaftman | June 12, 2008 at 5:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”275308″][quote]Did you ever find the pics of Monument Park? I don’t NEED them anymore, but I would like to see them when you get a chance. Thanks.[/quote]

    did you get my email? i’d send this in that form, but now im not so sure you ever got it…you can ask paul for mine if you didn’t[/quote]

    Yes, I did. Thanks. I was hoping that you remembered the “motherload” site that you mentioned. If not, it’s ok. I had a presentation to make yesterday and would have liked the visuals.

  • Ricko | June 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |

    I’m not as undie-bundled as I sound.

    I just get frustrated when teams make a big deal out of appreciating history and then half-ass it. If any of us did our job that haphazardly and with so many obvious errors we wouldn’t last long.

    Unless we work for the government, of course.

  • J-Dub | June 12, 2008 at 5:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”275312″]I’m not as undie-bundled as I sound.

    I just get frustrated when teams make a big deal out of appreciating history and then half-ass it. If any of us did our job that haphazardly and with so many obvious errors we wouldn’t last long.

    Unless we work for the government, of course.[/quote]
    Remember: if you can’t do it fast, and it’s not recommended to do it slow, be sure to do it half-fast

  • BravesFan | June 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm |

    If the Braves wore the striped stirrups with their everyday unis, that would be the best look in baseball.

  • TBDRO | June 12, 2008 at 5:22 pm |

    Florida State catcher Buster Posey wears his pants up when batting and pulls them down when wearing his catcher’s gear.

  • James Craven | June 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”275293″]“Paul…e-mail the Cubs Mitchell & Ness’ phone number, willya?”[/quote]

    One better:

    Their webiste.

  • Kirk | June 12, 2008 at 5:39 pm |

    I really love the black tomahawk on the Braves uni: http://sports.yahoo....

    The striped stirrups also look pretty nice, they need to keep wearing those the rest of the year… especially if they win today.
    http://sports.yahoo....

    The patch on the sleeve really seals the deal though. I doubt they could get away with it now-a-days without a lawsuit from the ACLU.
    http://www.sportslog...

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 5:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”275315″]Florida State catcher Buster Posey wears his pants up when batting and pulls them down when wearing his catcher’s gear.[/quote]

    wouldn’t that cause him to trip?

    …the chicks dig it tho

  • Rob Hinkle | June 12, 2008 at 6:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”275304″][quote comment=”275292″][quote comment=”275192″][quote comment=”275188″][quote comment=”275187″][quote]OK, tell me what’s wrong with this picture – my daughter calls me to tell me she’s watching the game on the WGN HD channel on our 61″ DLP TV, and she’s telling me that “everything looks weird”, so I tell her to go watch it on the 13″ Dumont B&W TV (we have one) and all I hear is dead silence.
    Kids today…..[/quote]

    did she call you on your rotary phone?[/quote]

    Rotary phone? I heard she just used the crank and got the operator to connect her.[/quote]

    What was the number? UNion-7 5309?[/quote]

    not being Chicago and a Cubs game it was NAtional-2-9000.[/quote]

    Awesome.

    This is very odd … I’m old enough to remember the jingle, but I have NO idea what it’s in reference to. A little help? Also trying to figure out how to work 588-2300 into an old fashioned phone number, but JKL and TUV don’t seem to translate well![/quote]

    The lists a number of them for 58,
    JUniper
    JUno
    JUstice
    LUdlow
    LUther

  • Rob Hinkle | June 12, 2008 at 6:04 pm |

    didn’t close the tag right above

  • Rob Hinkle | June 12, 2008 at 6:05 pm |

    Or include the link correctly the page is here

  • =bg= | June 12, 2008 at 6:13 pm |

    Todd Helton Shoe Watch:
    6-12-08: NIKE.

  • James Craven | June 12, 2008 at 6:23 pm |

    ESPN just became sofa king incredibly stupid and took the highlights from TB…er, Peachtree TV.

  • jere | June 12, 2008 at 6:31 pm |

    One more thing to add to the two cards with blank jerseys–the part Paul was actually inquiring about: They are the final cards. All the ones up on ebay look just like that.

  • diz | June 12, 2008 at 7:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”275241″][quote comment=”275136″]Croatia is going with the Blue kit today in EURO2008 vs Germany. Bummer for those who want to see the Red and White Checkerboard jerseys… maybe when they play Poland….[/quote]

    Highly improbable since Poland wears either Red or White jerseys, so the red and white checker would not really work against either of those unfortunately…After beating Germany though, they may actually want to stick w/ the blues…[/quote]

    They’ve got either France, Italy or the Netherregions in the quarter finals though, they might be used to picking each other out in blue though, so it should be interesting to see what they do

  • AJ | June 12, 2008 at 7:16 pm |

    Andrew Cambour reports that Miami Hurricanes second baseman Jemile Weeks has been wearing his pants low when batting and baserunning and high-cuffed while in the field. “Is that at all common, for a player to prefer one pant length for offense and another for defense?” he asks. Good question. Anyone..?

    I haven’t had a chance to read through all the comments yet but when I played in high school and junior college i was a catcher. When I had the shin guards on i pulled my pants down to my ankles because the cuffs under the shin guards would bunch up and be uncomfortable. But I am a big believer in baseball pants are meant to be worn high so when I would bat i would pull them up. By the way in high school we had some very nice striped stirrups. If I can find a picture I will post it.

  • Will Morris | June 12, 2008 at 7:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”275325″][quote comment=”275241″][quote comment=”275136″]Croatia is going with the Blue kit today in EURO2008 vs Germany. Bummer for those who want to see the Red and White Checkerboard jerseys… maybe when they play Poland….[/quote]

    Highly improbable since Poland wears either Red or White jerseys, so the red and white checker would not really work against either of those unfortunately…After beating Germany though, they may actually want to stick w/ the blues…[/quote]

    They’ve got either France, Italy or the Netherregions in the quarter finals though, they might be used to picking each other out in blue though, so it should be interesting to see what they do[/quote]

    I think they actually end up playing either the Czechs or the Turks in the quarters. I suspect we’ll see the blue again.

  • Johnny O | June 12, 2008 at 7:55 pm |

    OK, so I know this isn’t exactly uni related, but I had to share this with you all…

    I was watching early round coverage of the US Open today, and aroun d the 3rd or 4th hole Tiger put his shot in a green side bunker. As he was hitting, I noticed the crowed behind him and a HUGE man was behind him. It really reminded me of that scene in “Happy Gilmore”, and I had to take a picture for comparison. Please tell me if its just my eyes playing tricks on me or if that man is that huge.

    This photo is from “Happy Gilmore”
    http://i147.photobuc...

    This is a screen grap from the US Open.
    http://i147.photobuc...

  • LarenR | June 12, 2008 at 8:09 pm |

    UniWatchers are getting ink in Sports Illustrated:

    In a letter from this week’s issue, in reference to the May 26 cover ( http://subs.timeinc....), reader Phil Hatlem comments:

    “Your illustrators took the idea of Bizarro baseball too far. Despite the Yankee Stadium setting, they put the Rays player in a home uniform and the Yankee in his road uniform–and with a name on the back!”

    Astute observations.

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 8:41 pm |

    footy’s version of eddie guns?

    also…a really good shot of the goddawful piece of shit innovative puma font

  • Roger Faso | June 12, 2008 at 8:46 pm |

    It would be very interesting to see if this guy rocks the all blue alt cap on sundays.

    http://www.sfgate.co...

  • James Craven | June 12, 2008 at 8:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”275331″]“footy’s version of eddie guns?

    “also…a really good shot of the goddawful piece of shit”[/quote]

    damn it, phil!

    puma’s “innovative” font is a j-o-k-e joke in the sports world. it bites, blows, stinks and sucks all at once. and while we’re at it, lowercase lettering nobs shouild be outlawed by fifa for the good of the game and television, especially in the digital hd age we are now in.

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 9:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”275333″][quote comment=”275331″]“footy’s version of eddie guns?

    “also…a really good shot of the goddawful piece of shit”[/quote]

    damn it, phil!

    puma’s “innovative” font is a j-o-k-e joke in the sports world. it bites, blows, stinks and sucks all at once. and while we’re at it, lowercase lettering nobs shouild be outlawed by fifa for the good of the game and television, especially in the digital hd age we are now in.[/quote]

    oh…im with you there james…there are some “innovative” unis (stros bowsbraves blues) we have grown to love with the passage of time

    these aint them

    also…note the “respect” patch on the ref…imo guess he prolly don’t need that

  • James Craven | June 12, 2008 at 9:56 pm |

    That “RESPECT” patch IIRC is the new FIFA “Fair Play” slogan.

  • Alex O | June 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |

    Hey Paul,

    my traveling high school team played at doubleday field in cooperstown the other day and i was schocked whn a member of the groundscrew told our coaches that we would need to supply them with the flapless helets all MLB coaches are wearing. because of this our coaches had to go into town, by replica batting practice helmets without the flaps and wear them during our games. it became a pretty funny spectacle seeing a blkac and red team wearing an orioles helmet with numbers across the front to cover up the insignia will send a pic as soon as i come across it.

  • James Craven | June 12, 2008 at 10:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”275284″]“Fuck Billy Wagner.

    “That is all.”[/quote]

    Or, as he is known in Philadelphia, “Benny.” No, not Ben Franklin, but Benedict Arnold for his scathing comments about the Phillies management and our fans. Every time he comes into a game now, management oreders the DJ to play the Barney “I Love You” song, along with the SFX of a crying baby. Fucking hilarious!

  • LI Phil | June 12, 2008 at 10:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”275337″][quote comment=”275284″]“Fuck Billy Wagner.

    “That is all.”[/quote]

    Or, as he is known in Philadelphia, “Benny.” No, not Ben Franklin, but Benedict Arnold for his scathing comments about the Phillies management and our fans. Every time he comes into a game now, management oreders the DJ to play the Barney “I Love You” song, along with the SFX of a crying baby. Fucking hilarious![/quote]

    your schadenfreude is contemptible

    and please don’t alter my quotes anymore…thanks

  • ForestGlade | June 12, 2008 at 10:57 pm |

    Not sure if anyone caught it, but at the NHL Awards tonight they had a fan on stage with each award winner wearing the winners NHL jersey. The fan who hwas up for Norris trophy winner Lidstrom was wearing a jersey that read LINDSTROM on the back of the jersey

  • MPowers1634 | June 12, 2008 at 11:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”275328″]OK, so I know this isn’t exactly uni related, but I had to share this with you all…

    I was watching early round coverage of the US Open today, and aroun d the 3rd or 4th hole Tiger put his shot in a green side bunker. As he was hitting, I noticed the crowed behind him and a HUGE man was behind him. It really reminded me of that scene in “Happy Gilmore”, and I had to take a picture for comparison. Please tell me if its just my eyes playing tricks on me or if that man is that huge.

    This photo is from “Happy Gilmore”
    http://i147.photobuc...

    This is a screen grap from the US Open.
    http://i147.photobuc...

    Johnny, that is very funny.

    He looks like Sammy Hagar!

  • Walaitis | June 12, 2008 at 11:11 pm |

    Ugh … just watched the highlights of the Cubs game on MLB.com. When Edmonds hit the home run to tie the game for the Cubs (oops … just threw up in my mouth), they flashed “HEY HEY” on the screen, as Len Kasper said the same. The 12 year old MLB.com “studio host” noted “What a great old school Harry Carey call”. He should be fired today.

  • Josh Petty | June 12, 2008 at 11:20 pm |

    I went to the game at Wrigley today. From what I saw, Lou Piniella was the only Cub (including batkids) not wearing the striped stirrups. Other than the throwback uniform, Piniella’s lower half looked EXACTLY like this…including low pants.

    http://d.yimg.com/us...

    All ushers at the game were wearing vintage looking hats, unfortunately with their current usher uniforms.

    In this picture, you can see a sign to the left of the Miller Lite ad. (AC006299)…0 years since last division title, 62 since last pennant, and 99 since last World Series…I don’t have a picture (I’m an idiot!), but they had it reset to how it would’ve been in 1948 (AC000239). I remember seeing it before the game wondering where the mistake was because I knew it’s been (A LOT!) longer than 39 years since the last World Series title for the Cubs. Then I realized they had it reset for the throwback game.

    Those were the big things I noticed today at the game.

  • Carl | June 13, 2008 at 12:41 am |

    [quote comment=”275096″]Oh, and, I think it’s cool that Kevin Garnett acted so delighted with receiving the soccer jersey, whether he was or not. That’s graciousness.[/quote]
    …That’s Kevin for you. In my experience as a Minnesota fan and close friend of the T-pups I’ve only known him as a stand up gentleman. It’s funny how athletes are fans of other sports.

  • Bryan Redemske | June 13, 2008 at 12:47 am |

    [quote comment=”275341″]Ugh … just watched the highlights of the Cubs game on MLB.com. When Edmonds hit the home run to tie the game for the Cubs (oops … just threw up in my mouth), they flashed “HEY HEY” on the screen, as Len Kasper said the same. The 12 year old MLB.com “studio host” noted “What a great old school Harry Carey call”. He should be fired today.[/quote]

    Thank you for commenting on Uni Watch. Your use of the banned phrase “threw up in my mouth” has triggered the automatic expulsion review process. Your case will be heard by the Hon. Paul Lukas, who will decide upon your fate in a forthright manner.

  • Patrick | June 13, 2008 at 1:51 am |

    Why are the Detroit Tigers giving away a road jersey at home? BTW, nice screen grabs of the giant in the golf gallery. I had a good laugh!

  • James Craven | June 13, 2008 at 2:55 am |

    [quote comment=”275345″]“Why are the Detroit Tigers giving away a road jersey at home?”[/quote]

    Because they once tried to change the home uniform in 1961…and that was EPIC FAIL.

  • Ricko | June 13, 2008 at 8:32 am |

    [quote comment=”275346″][quote comment=”275345″]“Why are the Detroit Tigers giving away a road jersey at home?”[/quote]

    Because they once tried to change the home uniform in 1961…and that was EPIC FAIL.[/quote]

    One of the few baseball cards (a ’61) showing that 1960 home uniform…that vanished almost as quickly as it appeared.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...