A week or so ago we had some chatter about this player wearing a bib. I was unfamiliar with the phenomenon, but as Al Cummings explained in the comments, “The bibs were used by the punting and punt return teams of that time so players with numbers that didn’t conform to the position could be eligible. (Eligibility standards for position numbers were much stricter around 1966). I remember UCLA utilizing snap-on numbers for this purpose.” Other commenters confirmed that it was special teams thing.
Now reader Quint Lange found another example of a bib-clad player — but not on special teams. While watching a rebroadcast of the 1982 Grey Cup (Toronto Argonauts vs. Edmonton Eskimos), he noticed an Edmonton player at the left end of the line who appears to have been bibbified during a running play. After the play’s conclusion, Mr. Bib walked away from the pile and then began taking off the bib right there on the field, revealing a different uni number.
Was this a common practice for the CFL? Why didn’t the NFL ever go for this? Actually, there were bibs in the NFL — sort of. As some readers may recall, last winter we came up with a shot of Donny Anderson wearing a Packers dickey that was very bib-ish. Not quite the same thing, but definitely in the same family.
Untucked update: You people are so damn great. The virtual ink on yesterday’s entry had barely dried when readers started coming up with additional examples of untucked basketball uniforms. On the men’s side, we’ve got mid-’70s Arizona State and late-’70s West Virginia (here’s an additional shot), plus the 1958 Thomas Jefferson High squad in Port Arthur, Texas, took things a step further by going untucked and sleeved (here’s another shot of them, this time against an untucked — but sleeveless — opponent).
And for women’s hoops, there’s UNC in 1994, South Carolina in 1982-83, and Clemson in 1982-83, and Louisiana Tech in the 1980s (lots of examples, several of which show the Lady Techsters playing against untucked opponents who I can’t identify, here). Plus at the high school level we’ve got two schools from Georgia: Berrien High, 1980-81 and Atkinson County, 1996-97.
Big thanks to everyone who contributed, including Jim McCue, Sam Allison, Jeremy Brahm, Dave Eichblatt, Adrian (who didn’t give his or her last name), and pseudonymous Silver Salmon.
Raffle Results: The winner of the SoccerPro.com raffle is Greg Lamm. As for all the rest of you, I’ll have another raffle to announce either tomorrow or Monday.
DIY MVPs: Our two most accomplished DIY jersey sewers, Bryan Justman and Nick Tavares, have joined forces and created a Facebook group for people who want to learn more about making their own jerseys. Should be a good forum for sharing feedback, pointers, photos, etc. Membership is open to all, so all current and aspiring seamstresses and tailors should sign up, pronto.
Uni Watch News Ticker: These are the most padded knee pads I’ve ever seen in a basketball photo (with thanks to Randy Miller). … The Flames have added a memorial helmet decal, in memory of owner Daryl (Doc) Seama. Details here (with thanks to Gibby Davis). … Here’s a doozy: members of the Houston Oilers playing basketball. “Love those uniforms!” says Glenn Stern, who found the photo on a friend’s Facebook album. “I think the Cowboys did this kind of thing in the off season too, as late as the mid-’90s.” Glenn also sent along a link to this Oilers fight song, which refers to Dan Pastorini as a “fancy-passin’ dago.” … It’s one thing to get a tattoo of your favorite team’s logo, but how about a logo plus pinstripes? Steve Samuels recently took that shot on a NYC subway. He also got this screen shot of Mike Modano in a post-game interview. “His undershirt has these little rubber dots all over it,” says Steve. “The reporter actually mentioned them and Mike said they help keep his elbow and shoulder pads from sliding around under the sweater.” … Sleeve patch news from Dave Abbuhl, who writes: “Dennis Lehman, Cleveland Indians VP, announced to a group of season ticket holders (I’m one and was there) that the Indians will wear a uniform patch this season in honor of deceased former player and broadcaster Herb Score.” … Awesome display of old cereal box designs here with thanks to Chad Todd). … Very nice flocked helmet on Duke Snider (with thanks to Cliff Corcoran). … The Rays have officially unveiled the alternate jersey that everyone already knew about. … According to this story, the sunburst on this jersey’s insignia is 40% larger than the one on the home and road jerseys, so maybe we should call it the supernova design. Or maybe we should just say, “Navy-on-navy is really horseshit idea” and leave it at that. … Here’s a really nice view of Indiana State’s Bird-era throwbacks (with thanks to Mike Williams). … Jack Bulger was watching the Georgia Tech game last night and noticed that Nick Foreman’s NOB lettering is smaller than that of his teammates. … “Soccer players are known for swapping jerseys after the game in a show of respect and sportsmanship,” says Greg Riffenburgh, “but I’ve never seen it done at halftime. Bet it gives the equipment managers a headache.” … You know how Terry Proctor is always talking about his old days working for Ruby’s Sporting Goods? Here’s a great old Rochester Amerks jersey with a Ruby’s label. … Lots of good stuff in today’s New York Times, including articles on the last Cardinals team to win an NFL championship, the 1948 championship game, which was played in a blizzard, and the Steagles, plus Tyler Kepner’s take on that crummy new Mets patch. … Speaking of which, would it have been so hard for the Mets to have done something like this? Those were designed by David Dolinsky. … Jeremy Brahm reports that the reigning fashion plate of the table tennis world, Naomi Yotsumoto, is at it again. Her theme for her outfits this year is “human emotions” — this one is pleasure, and this one is anger. … Also from Jeremy: If you’re afraid to bunt because you’re worried about your top hand getting hit by the pitch, Asics has come up with a hand guard. Might cut down on the element of surprise just slightly, though. … Still more from Jeremy: Under Armour has just reached an agreement to outfit Omiya Ardija — a soccer team in the J-League — with their uniforms. … Be seeing you, Number Six — RIP.