Sorry for the back-to-back Book Club posts, but I’ve got a backlog of them, so bear with me. Today’s installment: At a reader’s suggestion, I recently picked up a copy of Gameface, a photo book with an unusual slant: It consists exclusively of Kansas City Chiefs pics, because Young was their team photographer for more than three decades. Even if you’re not a Chiefs fan per se, there’s lots of worthwhile uni-related imagery here, including the following:
• The Chiefs have had a lot of jersey patches over the years, as seen in these shots from 1984 (here’s another view), 1994, and 1999 (additional view here). I confess that I can’t recall who this 1992 memorial patch was for — little help?
• Check out these thermal boots. That’s Billy Jackson from 1983. Must’ve been a very cold day for him to have resorted to those things.
• There’s some better cold-wear gear on display in this shot of Buck Buchanan, circa 1975. Love that ski cap!
• Here’s an odd one: I remember several teams wearing the Wilson “W” logo on their sleeves in the 1990s, like in this 1993 photo, but I don’t recall having seen this “W/S” logo before. That shot is from 1995. Anyone know more?
• Speaking of mystery logos, what’s the deal with the mark on Mark Collins’s collar? It’s from 1996, if that helps.
• Totally digging Emmitt Thomas’s white leather belt, from 1977 (all the players wore them, not just him). Also, note that the pants have a zipper fly and grommets for a lace-up closure.
• Kinda surprising more Chiefs players haven’t done this. That’s Don Parrish, 1980.
• Never liked it when coaches wore their stadium passes on their belt loops. Madden pioneered that style in the 1970s, and for a while it caught on with other coaches, including KC’s Rick Abernathy.
And so on. The printing is gorgeous, and there are small but well-worded bits of text (“I’ve always thought most coaches were like generals; some are there for the troops, but most are there for the war”). Want your own copy? Look here.
Membership Drive Update: Nine people signed up for the membership programyesterday (my thanks to all of them), so we’re almost halfway to the goal of getting 20 new members by the end of next week. If we hit that mark, I’ll raffle off the three College Vault books that I wrote about yesterday; if not, I’ll offer them for sale at a discounted price.
Research Project: As should be obvious to anyone who’s been following the Ticker lately, I’ve been doing a lot of Shea Stadium research. Yesterday something came up that I hadn’t been aware of: Jon Springer (who runs the awesome Mets by the Numbers site) informed me that the book Green Cathedrals includes the following tidbit about Shea: “On Opening Day of 1967, on April 11, the outfield [wall was] painted an olive shade of white, with dark green distance numbers. By May 2, after only seven games with that ugly paint scheme, [it was] repainted with the familiar green [and white distance numbers].”
I’d never heard or seen anything about Shea’s wall being “an olive shade of white” (a confusing description at best), and the book doesn’t offer any visual evidence. So I e-mailed Mets radio broadcaster Howie Rose, a walking encyclopedia of Shea lore. He confirmed the general outlines of the story, although he described the early-season paint job as “black numerals on [a] light-green outfield fence.”
“Light green” or “an olive shade of white” — either way, it’s something I need to see. The problem, of course, is that it only lasted for seven home games, so visual documentation is gonna be tough to find. Still, if anyone has a ’68 yearbook that they’d be willing to look through, or any other resources, you know what to do.
Uni Watch News Ticker: According to the first item on this Q&A page, the Bears will wear their orange jerseys on October 19th (with thanks to James Huening). … Fake, but funny (with thanks to Brendon Yarian). … The Bruins have unveiled their alts (which, as John Muir points out, are slightly different than the gold-hemmed versions originally shown here). … Check out this gorgeous 1950s Las Vegas Wranglers jersey (courtesy of Jared Wheeler). … Vanderbilt is switching to the System of Dress (with thanks to Ernie Goens). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: There’s a brilliantly obsessive critique of the Thunder’s new logo here. … Also from yesterday: Wow. … Marc Swanson sent along a few old football photos. “This one is a team photo of the 1934 Pittsburgh Pirates, this one shows Ernie Nevers in a Duluth Eskimos uniform, ca. 1925.” … New uniforms for the TSA (with thanks to Michael Alper). … Check out this rare shot of George H. W. Bush — then the American U.N. ambassador — throwing out the first ball at Shea Stadium in 1971. Combination of his trenchcoat and the Mets dugout jacket makes in look like he’s wearing a skirt. … And here’s a shot of celebratory Mets after the 1986 division clincher. Note the missing teeth on the rake — couldn’t they even afford to keep those in good repair? … If you go to this page and click on the embedded video, at around the 23-second mark you’ll see David Ortiz wearing what appears to be a red Sox robe (good spot by Karl G. Anderson). … Yesterday’s query regarding the first player to have worn a tilde on his NOB prompted this from John Moore: “I believe Cesar Cedeño asked for the tilde after his breakout 1972 season. Of course, back then he was called a Latino prima donna for asking. Pretty sure it was around the same time Kareem asked for Milwaukee to change the NOB from ‘Jabbar’ to Abdul-Jabbar.'” No visual evidence, though. Anyone got any Cedeño pics from that era? … With the Habs slated to retire Patrick Roy’s number on November 22nd, they primed the pump yesterday with a press event featuring Roy in era-appropriate attire. Here’s photo gallery of his Montreal days (with thanks to John Muir). … While looking for something else, I found great old gumball helmet ad in a 1967 issue of The Sporting News. Dig that goalpost display! … Here’s something pretty cool: Broadway Joe wearing a “Staff” jacket while warming up in 1971. … JC Helf, who runs the always-awesome Fleer Sticker Project, informs me that the folks at Topps are auctioning off a bunch of old football color negatives, including this great Rams shot and some WFL images. Check out the pics scrolling by on the auction pages to see what else they have for sale. … Great archival shot here of Tiger Stadium being prepared for football use. … Kody Staples notes that Packers lineman Mark Tauscher’s left sleeve striping was AWOL on Monday night. … Yesterday I linked to this page, which includes the following statement: “In 1962, the [Wisconsin football] team introduced a white plastic helmet with a red W on the front and the player’s number on the side.” But Jim Parker quickly pointed out that this helmet design was actually introduced in 1957 (note the fallen player on the ground), not ’62. … I’m not a fan of these caps to begin with, but the A’s really went out of their way to make them look like shit. … Laundry tag alert for Zach Jackson’s socks. … Here’s a weird one: Ed Ra bought this cap, which of course has the NFL logo on the back. But look, it’s a hybrid logo — the new version on top, the old lettering on the bottom. Bizarre! “It looks like this mistake was made on this style of cap for all teams, but I haven’t seen it on any other merchandise,” says Ed. … More info on the Sabres’ new alts here. … UNC wore navy pants last night. A sharp look, sez I, but still so weird for that particular school.