The Los Angeles Public Library has a really good photo archive focusing on the history of L.A. and Southern California. Many of those photos are now available on the web (to access them, go here and choose “Photo Collection” from the left rail). Of course, weeding out all the uni-notable photos from such a large collection would take a long time. Fortunately, reader Zac Neubauer has already done a lot of the work for us. Here are some of the pics he’s found, plus a few more that I added into the mix:
• This is USC baseball coach Sam Crawford, circa 1935. Never seen that logo before — did they drop the “U” so the logo would match Crawford’s initials?
• Penguins on a baseball uniform! According to the caption: “Film stars Dale Evans and Roy Rogers work out with members of the Chilly Willy team of the Sherman Oaks Little League in preparation for NBC’s coast-to-coast ‘Salute to Baseball’ telecast, 1956.”
• Not sure why an L.A. photo collection would include a shot of Satchell Paige in an Astros uniform, but whatever — great find. I assume the “A” is just folded under a flap of fabric.
• Love this fire department football team, circa 1930. Did Riddell make those helmets?
• Check out this awesome helmet cart photo. Caption: “The one and only Pom-Pom Mom, Phyllis Wanger, salutes the crowd, August 8, 1978.” Hmmm, Wagner sounds like someone we need to learn more about, but a bit of preliminary googling has revealed nothing. Anyone..?
• Dig those Chargers T-shirts! That’s Jim Sears, Howie Ferguson, and Ron Waller, plus a fourth player who appears to have been literally painted out of the photo.
• The archive features lots of shots of Jackie Robinson, beginning with this photo, which shows him suited up for his high school baseball team (again, they’ve painted on fellow out of the frame). Other images show him punting and running for UCLA (note the excellent bear sleeve patch and all the seams and panels along the shoulders — similar to today’s modern tailoring), plus there’s a shot of him on the UCLA hoops squad.
• Everyone knows Sid Gillman always wore a bow tie — it’s even on his Hall of Fame bust. So I was surprised to see several shots of Gillman in an open collar (here’s another; the other guy is George Allen, who appears to be wearing turf shoes!) or even — brace yourself — a conventional necktie (that’s Gillman at upper-right).
• Never seen this before: Magic in a Raiders tee!
• I have a feeling many of you knew this already, but it was news to me that Reggie Miller wore a T-shirt under his jersey at UCLA.
• Cool photo here of Larry Dierker. Caption: “Larry Dierker, former Taft High pitching ace who was signed and went directly to major league baseball with the Houston Astros, exhibits his form for some of the West Valley Little League ball players at Franklin Field in Encino, 1965.”
• Ever wonder what the Dodgers’ uniforms would look like if they were sponsored by 7-Up? Me neither, but here it is anyway, circa 1959.
• Look at at the bizarre collar/placket design for the kids on the left. Never seen that before.
• ANd hey, it turns out the trend toward long baseball pants started a lot earlier than we thought.
Uni Watch News Ticker: NBA teams playing on Xmas Day will be wearing a snowflake patch. Here’s a closer look. … Major news buried within this article on the NFL staff layoffs. Key passage: “According to one league source, there have even been discussions by some owners about the possibility of putting corporate logos on uniform jerseys, à la NASCAR and European soccer. That isn’t expected to happen anytime soon because many of the league’s longtime owners, like the Bills’ Ralph Wilson and the Steelers’ Dan Rooney, would never agree to it. But it’s a good possibility down the road” (with thanks to Jon Cannella). … Meanwhile, the death of capitalism is also forcing many minor league baseball teams to cut back on uniforms. The pertinent bits begin with the third graf of this story (with thanks to Stan Olechowski). … No Mas prexy Chris Isenberg has a good interview here with playwright Itamar Moses, who wrote the baseball production Back Back Back. … Here’s Hank Aaron in a different kind of uniform (with thanks to Frank Hanney). … Check this out: sleeves vs. sleeves! That’s Abilene Christian in white, hosting Arkansas State, circa 1968 (great find by Tim Perkins). … David Sonny attended Reds Fest the other day and snapped a shot of this team suitcase. … The Caps had to dress an emergency goalie on Friday, which led to an unusual mask appearing on the ice. Details here (with thanks to Damon Hirschensohn). … Wow, the new Asian Football Confederation Champions League logo is pretty damn cool (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm, who also reports that the 2009 BJ League all-star uniforms are not cool at all — ugh). … Color-on-color alert: Xavier vs. Cincy on Saturday night. … Dolce & Gabbana have designed the latest edition of the maglia rosa, awarded to the General Classification leader at the Giro d’Italia (with thanks to Nolan Brett). … Great find by Jay Braiman, who came up with two exmaples of the Jets wearing their 1978 helmets with their 1977 jerseys during the ’78 preseason. … Several Maryland players wore Under Armour sneakers on Friday night (with thanks to Jose Frontanes). … FC Barcelona has added a new logo to their uniform. Details here, and you can see the logo in action here (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Brinke Guthrie sent along scans of three drawings he did back around 1974, when he was 14 years old, and these cool medallions, which he says date back to 1971, plus he came across a trove of old pocket schedules, which he’s uploaded here. … More on the Colts/Giants 1958 title game, including some tremendous illustrations, here (with thanks to JC Helf). … Aussie rules football note from Drew Douglas who reports that the North Melbourne Kangaroos has a new clash strip, whatever that is. … Get this: The RPI hockey roster features the Angers-Goulet brothers, Alex and Matt, both of whose NOBs are visible in this photo (with thanks to, appropriately enough, Aaron Kaufman-Moore). … Erich vonNida is a St. Louis police officer who says he needed a relaxing hobby and decided to take up painting. He’s been focusing on sports logos. “I know they are far from the best, but I have been inspired by some of the recent DIYers on your site,” writes Erich (whose surname would make for an interesting NOB). … Color-on-color hockey alert: Bowling Green vs. Notre Dame (with thanks to Brian Wysocki). … First Brandi Chastain, now this: Roma soccer player Mirko Vucinic celebrates a game-winning goal by removing his jersey and shorts and running around in his underwear. And yet soccer somehow fails to catch on in America (with thanks to David Fabrizi).