I recently spent some time going through old reader contributions that I’d meant to follow up on but never got around to. Without further ado:
ITEM: I’m fascinated by the phenomenon of untucked jerseys (not counting hockey, natch). The most famous examples are the White Sox and Marquette; less well known is DePaul. About a year ago I asked if anyone knew of other examples, and I got two responses (which I never posted because I was hoping to get more, but that never happened): Tim Murphy sent me several shots of Cal State Fullerton from the early 1980s, and Michael Orr directed me to this page, which suggests that Clemson’s women’s hoops team went untucked in the 1980s.
ITEM: A few months ago I asked if we could try to compile a list of current college football teams that don’t wear TV numbers. Turns out it’s a pretty long list: Oregon, Cal, Virginia, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Northwestern, Minnesota, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, Stanford, Clemson, NC State, Army (but they have helmet numbers), Wake Forest, Baylor, Cincinnati, and Ole Miss. Big thanks to all who contributed.
• ITEM: The advent of the Life magazine online photo archive appears to have increased people’s appetite for old sports photos. As many of you already know, the Library of Congress is now digitizing its archival photos as posting them on Flickr, so you can search their images for baseball, football, or whatever sport or team you want to explore. The LoC also has great online exhibits devoted to baseball, baseball cards, and old Spalding Base Ball Guides. (And getting back to photos for a sec, the New York Public Library Digital Gallery is another good archival resource.)
Now then, in keeping with today’s grab bag approach, I have a bunch of housekeeping items to cover, beginning with…
Membership Update: The latest batch of membership kits mailed out yesterday, so all you new enrollees should watch your mailboxes. This latest batch included the Saints helmet treatment shown at right, which was Nick LaCour’s design request. As always, you can see and comment on all of the card designs here. We’re now just a couple of orders away from our 700th enrollee. Want to help us reach that milestone? Sign up and (and get a $10 Distant Replays gift card in the bargain) here.
Raffle Reminder: Today’s the last day to enter the raffle for the free jersey from SoccerPro.com. Details for that are here. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow, plus I’ll have another raffle to announce on Friday, whoop-whoop.
Party Reminder: Spoke yesterday with MLB logo designer Jerry Dior, who confirmed that he’ll definitely being joining for the upcoming Uni Watch gathering, which will take place on January 24th, 2pm, at Sheep Station.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Luc Mbah a Moute’s NOB looked like this in college but now has a small cap for the “A” (with thanks to William Barrett). … Tremendous gallery of old South Carolina football program covers here (great find by Michael Orr). … When you think of Craig Biggio, you think of him wearing No. 7. But apparently that wasn’t always his number. … Jeff Ash reports that the Brewers have some uni-related promotions for the upcoming season: a Negro Leagues game against the Braves on July 25th (Milwaukee Bears vs. Atlanta Black Crackers) and a Hispanic-uni game against the Giants on June 27th (Cerveceros vs. Gigantes). … Want a baseball-themed cycling cap? Sure you do (with thanks to Chad B.). … Fifth graf of this story reads as follows: “Ovechkin will bring his magic bag of breakaway tricks to the 2009 Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge as part of the 2009 Honda/NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition in Montreal on Saturday, Jan. 24 at Bell Centre.” James Paterson notes, “Imagine how how short that sentence could have been if not for all the corprorate sponsorships.” … Good story from Hovan Patey, who writes: “On XM radio last week, Rob Dibble said he was initially called up during a Cincinnati road trip. When the Reds got to Montreal, it was discovered that his gray road jersey did not make the trip with him. Due to Marge Schott’s penny-pinching ways, rookies didn’t have extra jerseys (’cause who knew how long they would stay in the bigs), so there was no backup jersey. Dibble said they got a blue Expos road jersey that hadn’t yet been logoed and used twill letters to turn it into a makeshift gray Cincinnati road jersey. He said he pitched two or three times in the series and that it didn’t match with the rest of the team. What’s more, he said he still has the jersey, that it’s framed in his home, and that it’s one of the most interesting pieces of memorabilia he kept from his playing career.” Actually, according to Retrosheet, Dibble was called up (or at least made his first appearances) during a Cincy homestand, but he did pitch in Montreal several times a few weeks later. Too bad Dibble doesn’t work for ESPN anymore, but I’ll try to track him down. … Latest hockey team looking into an outdoor game: the Rochester Americans (with thanks to Terry Proctor). … Speaking of the Amerks, Terry also offers this: “Here’s the team photo of the 1967-68 AHL champion Rochester Americans. On the first day I worked for Ruby’s Sporting Goods (Sept. 1, 1967), my first assignment was to go to the lettering plant and pick up the Amerks’ new jerseys for that season. As a 20-year-old who had grown up worshipping the Maple Leaf-supplied Amerks I was in hog heaven. That’s a timeless uniform the Amerks are wearing. The simplicity of the style would go great today.” Agreed. … Mike Hersh sent along a ton of great old photos the other day. “Most of them are early Philadelphia hockey photos, from before the Flyers were even a thought. Lots of great jerseys and equipment. Also: two nice WHA New England Whalers photos of the Steve and Jack Carlson (aka the Hanson Brothers), a nice Hollywood Stars group shot, and an interesting photo of Eddie Andrews, who was the first black player to get a tryout with the New York Yankees in 1954.” Note that Andrews’s jersey has Charlie Silvera’s name chain-stitched into the shirttail. … Save water, shower with a friend (with thanks to Caleb Bentz). … Phil‘s corner: Nice composite gallery here of HoFers in unfamiliar uniforms. … Benicio Del Toro wore a Trailblazers T-shirt on The Colbert Report recently. … Burger King and Houston’s tequila sunrise: two great tastes that taste great together.