Uni Watch librarian Carrie Klein and I spent yesterday afternoon checking out this exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, and my favorite item by far was the item shown above, described simply as a “McKinley/Hobart jacket, 1896.” Not quite a uniform, but definitely a close cousin. And as an enthusiastic bowler, I was amused to see this (sorry about the shitty image quality — camera phone and all).
This is the same museum, by the way, that featured this baseball exhibit last summer (which I wrote about here). They stocked their gift shop with all sorts of baseball books when that exhibit was up, but lots of copies apparently didn’t sell, and now they’re unloading all sorts of great titles for 75% off. Live in NYC and want a copy of Moneyball or Nine Innings for three bucks and change? This is the place. I got this for $7.50, plus there was a massive coffee table book about stadiums that I totally would’ve bought except it was too heavy to lug around for the rest of the day.
New ESPN column today (fifth one this month, don’tcha know) — here’s the link.
Uni Watch News Ticker: This is pretty cool (with thanks to Michael Pinta). … In response to yesterday’s query about whether Marc Sagmoen was the only player to have his number retired after playing one game, Kent Foster, Matt Dubroff, and Mike Vanne all pointed out that Travis Roy of the Boston University Terriers hockey team had his No. 24 retired after playing only one game. During that game, 11 seconds into his first shift, he was paralyzed and never played again. … Richard Stover reports that several of the uniform illustrations The First 50 Years (featured in yesterday’s entry) were also featured on this poster in 1970. “I have a copy from my youth,” he writes, “but of course I had to draw in a ’19’ on the Chargers’ helmet, and some other notes elsewhere in the poster.” … Speaking of The First 50 Years, there’s a deluxe edition of the book, which includes a two LPs, a commemorative coin, and a poster (not the one I just linked to), and it’ll only set you back a cool grand (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Yesterday’s post also featured a link to this early Redskins photo, which prompted Brian Codagnone to report that the Sports Museum in Boston (where he serves as associate curator) has one of those early ’Skins sweaters on display. … The Jets will wear Titans throwbacks for their home opener, plus they’ll be wearing a Super Bowl anniversary patch on October 26th. … Finally got a good shot of Lou Piniella still wearing his All-Star Game patch (big thanks to Mark Snyder). … Back in this site’s early days, I wrote about Kenji Johjima wearing that rubber doohickey on his catcher’s helmet to help keep his mask’s strap in place. But here’s something he wasn’t doing back then: He’s added the M’s logo to his brim (with thanks to Kevin Zdancewicz). … “My brother is just finishing a degree at Lehigh, and I made the drive out to see him just a couple weeks ago,” writes Burrill Strong. “As part of our walk around the (gorgeous) campus, we went into their small athletic hall of fame, and a banner celebrating an undefeated football season nearly 60 years ago caught my eye because it featured Lehigh’s old mascot. Their athletic teams are now known as the Mountain Hawks, but before that, thanks to their strong engineering school, they were known as the Engineers, and their old engineer mascot logo immediately put a smile on my face. Sadly, as far as I can tell, the university doesn’t even sell retro shirts with the engineer; he’s pretty much relegated to the banners in the hall of fame.” … As usual, when someone recommends a soccer-related uni site, I can never remember if I’ve linked to it before, but just in case: Michael Doucette says this site is doing a good job of documenting all of the season’s new uni releases as they happen. … Attention footwear mavens: This page breaks down all of the U.S. Olympic track and field qualifiers by event and shoe brand (nice find by Jonathan Cain). … Dan Snider notes that John Maine is once again wearing his cap over his ears, a phenomenon we first discussed a few months ago. … Andrew Habermehl confirms that BU’s 100th-anniversary hoops logo will indeed be worn as a jersey patch this season. … Jere Smith sent along this shot, which I saw as a kid but had forgotten about. “Looks like he was on the Alabama football team,” says Jere. I’ve asked the Cardinals Hall of Fame if they can tell us more about that big helmet number. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Jack Wilson switched to high cuffs and says it helped him break out of his slump.