Ricko stepped it up a notch last week. In addition to sending me his usual assortment of archival clippings, he also shipped me a package, which contained a gorgeous pair of pinstriped flannel pants (he says they don’t fit him, but they fit me just right) and some killer striped hose (including, as you can see at in the upper-right corner, a rogue pair just to fuck with me). Never seen vertically striped stirrups before — that’s gonna look pretty swank on the softball field.
It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the four pairs of stirrups in the bottom row are all youth sizes. They’re way too small for me, but
if you’ve got a kid and want him or her to be able to dress like a proper ballplayer, I’ll happily give away these four pairs to the first four parents who ask. Just drop me a line with your name and address, and specify your order of preference for the four designs shown. Update: All stirrups now spoken for, so no more applicants, please.
Now then, here’s our weekly dose of Ricko’s archival selections:
• Can never have too many pics of those vertically striped Broncos socks.
• We all know the Angels wore those halo-topped caps from 1961 through 1970. But Ricko says there were some exceptions along the way: “I went to a Twins/Angels game at Met Stadium in 1961 (the first season of both teams), and the Angels didn’t have a halo on their hats. I’m pretty sure of that, because I also watched the Twins play them later on TV and thought to myself, ‘Hey, they have a HALO on their hats now!’ Finding photos of halo-less hats hasn’t been easy, but I finally found one. Then I found this one (aside from Rocky Bridges’s hat, note the absence of a halo on the Angels player in the background).”
• Two Cubs items here: First, Ernie Banks with a logo patch on his cap. “That kinda thing shows up often in the ’50s,” says Ricko. “I think maybe they were spring training hats. Probably was cheaper than embroidery.” And the team’s 1957 stirrups appear to have had at least nine stripes (which is too many even for me).
• Awesome set of 1971 MLB posters here.
• Interesting stripe on the mound at Sportsman’s Park during the 1946 World Series. Anyone know if this was standard practice at that ballpark?
• Another good shot here of Willie Stargell doing the white-tape shoe thing.
That’s enough for now. More soon. My continued thanks to Ricko for sharing his amazing archive and expertise with us.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s something we all missed: George Sherrill’s Jim McKay memorial armband was on his left sleeve for the All-Star Game, even though the O’s have been wearing it on their right sleeve (good catch by Stephen King). … Why would Sean Jones wear shorts over his game pants? Jeffrey Moulden, who took the photo, says everyone else was just wearing their game pants. … Yesterday’s entry about the logo-emblazoned green dots led Joe Hilseberg to show me this hilarious video clip, which pretty well sums up the corporate design philosophy these days, in sports and otherwise. … Yesterday I linked to some anti-Mets T-shirts from Philly, which reminded Rob Ullman of this design, which he says he saw at the Small Press Expo during the ’06 NLCS. … FNOB alert: Antonio Freeman. That jersey is from the 2004 preseason, when the Dolphins also had Arturo Freeman on the roster (with thanks to Eric Stangel, who also pointed me toward an interesting piece of Lakers memorabilia). … Daniel O’Connor notes that Chad Johnson showed up at Bengals camp wearing a Sporting Club du Portugal (Sporting) kit. … Glenn Cook is covering the World Junior AAA Baseball Championships, which are being held in Edmonton and St. Albert, and took a really interesting photo of this Korean catcher’s helmet. “I didn’t know better, I’d almost think it was a modified bicycle helmet,” he writes. Also: Unfortunate logo creep on the Korean team’s socks. … Interesting historical tidbit from Ronnie Poore, who writes: “Did you know that in 1956 the famous clown Emmett Kelley left the circus to be the Brooklyn Dodgers mascot? Details here.” … Latest “worst uni ever” contenders: the Tampa Storm (with thanks to B.J. Foster). … Whoa, just when you thought you’d seen every stunt ever pulled by the 1976 White Sox, John Chadd comes along with this. The sombreros weren’t worn during the actual game, obviously, but still. Anyone know more about this? … Guess what game I won’t be attending. … No more sports bras for Oregon State, who jerseys will look like this. … Someone has started a petition to get the Steelers go go back to block uni numbers (with thanks to Hans Krake). … Good coverage of the new UMich football jerseys here (courtesy of Ryder Kouba). … Chad Pennington has apparently changed from this facemask to this one.