New ESPN column today. But since I took Tuesday off, we’ll continue here as usual today.
So: Got a great note the other day from Rob Waynick (that’s him at right), who’s our latest DIYer. As you’ll see, his project was a full-on family affair:
My mother, who is a professional seamstress, used to sew the letters and numbers for authentic Red Wings jerseys that were sold by a local retailer here in Detroit. There were always tons of jerseys in my house when I was growing up, and it was HELL not to be able to wear and of them.
My father loved the Tigers, especially the 1968 team. His favorite tiger growing up was Mickey Stanley, who wore the number 24. He received this jersey from a friend of his — I remember him wearing it so much when I was younger that 24 became my favorite number. But after many years, the numbers and letters on the back eventually wore off, so my mom thought it be a good idea to re-do it. I cut out all the letters and numbers onto this iron-on paper [here’s a another view] and then ironed that onto the fabric, where they were then stitched on by my lovely and talented mother.
While working on that project, I thought it would be fun to create a T-shirt styled like Mickey Stanley’s 1968 road jersey. I used the same technique as for my father’s jersey, only this time I started from scratch. I purchased the T-shirts for $4 apiece at Target. The letters and numbers were cut from scrap material that my mother had (a seamstress makes for a great source — she has bins of fabric stacked to the ceiling). I also made one for my brother, who picked Al Kaline’s number. A simple design, but classic nonetheless.
Sadly, my father passed away six years ago. These jerseys were in honor of his memory.
Nice. You can see some additional pics from Rob’s project here.
Raffle Results: The winner of the Historic Football Posters raffle is Gabe Kleinfeld. Congrats to him, and better luck next time to everyone else. More raffles coming soon.
I’m an idiot for not having mentioned this ages ago: Uni Watch art director Scott M.X. Turner hosts a weekly Pub Quiz every Thursday night at 8pm at Rocky Sullivan’s in Red Hook. The weekly trivia series (which has its own Facebook group) features lots of prizes and even more plentiful good cheer — NYC-area readers should check it out.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Speaking of DIY stuff, Sarah Schlosser-Moon and her husband, Josh, have a great blog where they showcase their hand-sewn creations, including this 1957 Reds vest jersey that Josh recently made (plus Sarah says Josh is planning a video how-to tutorial!). Full details here. … As expected. … We often talk about baseball players wearing windbreakers under their jerseys, but what about a football player? Don Sherman says that photo is from a Giants/Saints game in 1984. … Don also provided new insights into why the Broncos lost Super Bowl XII: According to the next-to-last graf of this article, three Denver players wore the franchise’s old vertically striped socks for pregame warm-ups. Sounds apocryphal to me — anyone ever hear that story before? … Mike Durkin was wondering if this was a new Twins “M” logo, but I think it’s actually Joe Mauer’s personal logo, incorporating his uni number, 7. … My Page 2 colleauge Mary Buckheit had an article yesterday about beach volleyball becoming an NCAA-sanctioned sport, and the potential controversy that could ensue regarding bikinis. … This photo shows MLB umpires Bill Miller, Chris Tiller, Jim Joyce, and Tim Tschida in the Oakland umps’ lockerroom before a game. You think Tschida also wears NBA and NFL officiating gear? (Nice find by Roger Faso.) … This will be the Reds’ final spring training camp in Sarasota — which means, of course, a new logo. Not sure yet if they’ll be wearing that as a spring training patch, but I’m checking. … Awesome old NFL program available here (with thanks to the “other” Mike Hersh). … Better photos of those inauguration sneakers here (with thanks to Joshua Exline). … Check out this awesome Air Force helmet (nice find by Nick Wollen). … “On Sunday I caught a few races at Gulfstream Park in Florida and a jockey and horse wearing Red Sox silks and blinkers,” writes Scott Szymendera. “The horse is named Varitek (makes sense), the ownership group is ‘Red Sox Nation’ (also makes sense), and the jockey is Pedro Monterrey, Jr. (Pedro…well, doesn’t really makes sense). He went off at 85 to 1 and finished ninth.” … Here’s the latest on that old lady who found an valuable baseball card in her attic. … Kind of a big hat, no? Note that Larkin’s also wearing one of those Larkin “Say No to Drugs” wristbands (with thanks to David Soline). … Also from David: The NHL is testing a new net design. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Video of the Green Bay Packers basketball team here. … The Maple Leafs wore Ace Bailey patches for last night’s game (which also found Mikhail Grabovski showing a little skin). … Check out the “H” logo at the top of the Hammonton High School athletics page. Remind you of a certain XFL team? (Good spot by Jeff Landset.) … Interesting info about yellow cycling uniforms in the Tour de France here (thanks, Phil).