Here’s another reader-recommended phootball photo book to check out. And this one’s among the best we’ve examined so far — not only are the photos tremendous, but there’s a wealth of uni-notable details. Por ejemplo:
• You’ve probably seen this photo of Jack Lambert’s gums a few dozen times. Until now, however, had you noticed that the end of his yellow-stripe tape appears to be coming loose?
• Who’s the QB in this shot, Dilfer? Whoever it is, Note the Russell logo on his hip — I don’t recall having seen that back in the day. Did lots of teams have hip logos, or was this just a Tampa thing?
• Other things I didn’t remember: a chest wordmark on the Cowboys’ white jersey (hard to see, but it’s there), such massive maker’s marks on the officials’ caps, and such blatantly Wilson-branded gloves.
• Not sure who the tackler is in this shot, but check out the Batman logos on his arm pad and hand pad!
• Gotta love Charlie Joiner’s striped wristbands.
• This is one of the best old-timey football pics I’ve ever seen. Those are the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers playing at the Polo Grounds, 1936.
• Here’s the best shot I’ve ever seen of Lester Hayes and his stickum. Bonus points for the cup design.
• Back when football jerseys had sleeves, you could really see what the Jets were trying to do with their striping pattern: a white panel for the TV numbers, framed by two thick green stripes and then two thin white stripes. Puts the current version to shame.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Robert Thomas has a new number. … Yesterday I linked to an article about a guy who claims to have created the MLB logo, but it turns out he’s not the only one who’s made that claim (links courtesy of JC Helf). … Mark Holmes sent along a bunch of images from the NFL’s Best Plays of the Year, 1962, which I’ve gathered into this slideshow. … Yesterday’s piece about football-themed baking projects prompted a few good responses. Derek Ponamsky steered me toward a bunch of LSU-themed cakes, and Brian Porter says his brother-in-law’s 40th birthday cake looked like this. Man, you’ve really hit rock bottom when you’re so desperate for a date that you’ve gotta grope a cake. … Here’s something you don’t see every day: a Pete Rose basketball jersey (thanks, Scott). … According to this page, there are less than 100 Revolution Speed helmets out there, and Navy has seven of them (with thanks to Mike Althouse). … R.I.P., old friend (courtesy of Alan Kreit). … Lots of old Devils and N.J. high school hockey jerseys shown here (with thanks to Kenn Tomasch). … Dog bites man. … It takes a lot of chutzpah to ask fans to spend big money for a jersey they can’t even see, but the Sharks are doing it anyway. … Someone on the Chris Creamer board has pointed out that if you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you’ll see several 49ers wearing gray facemasks during practice. Very curious to see if this is a permanent move by Singletary to put his aesthetic stamp on the team. … Anyone know why David Price has “Live Like Nate” printed on his glove? (Screen shot courtesy of Dan Perkey.) … Amusing bit here about how George Hendrick ruined baseball forever by wearing long pants (with thanks to Jesse Agler).