Last month I posted this entry about the origins of the Patriots’ first uni design. That entry featured the text of a letter from Pats owner Billy Sullivan to fan/designer Walter Pingree, including the following passage: “I think you will be happy to learn that the Boston Globe is taking a color picture of one of our players wearing the new uniform, and it will appear before long in that fine publication.”
That caught the eye of reader Harold Mellor, who works at the Globe on the business side. He wasn’t able to find the photo Sullivan was referring to, but he did find something else of historical interest. Here’s his report:
I was able to coerce our Content Licensing Manager to let me have at the Globe’s photo library for 30 minutes over lunch one day last week. Not having anything to do with the editorial side of the house, I don’t often find myself on that side of the building. With a newspaper like the Globe being around for 100+ years, they have an amazing trove of stuff in their library (when I was in there I overheard someone say “I need the folder with the Beatles Suffolk Downs shots”).
The rest of the page is super, too. Who would have thought the Globe would still be writing about the Braves in 1960, eight years after they’d left for Milwaukee? And the article is about Hank Aaron playing second base!
Great stuff. It’s interesting to see how few liberties were taken with Pat P. when he was turned into a logo. And yes, it’s amazing that the Braves were still getting heavy play in the Boston papers as late as 1960, especially since Beantown still had another baseball team. Is anyone aware of any similar examples of local media outlets following a departed team so many years after the fact?
A ton of work that was totally worth it: Check out Kirsten looking all proud, happy, and sexy at our Candela Structures exhibit opening on Saturday night. It was a great evening, and a nice culmination to all the work we’d done over the past eight months. Lots of additional pics, all taken by Kirsten, here.
(There was even a uni-related moment when a guy named Tommy Moorman showed up wearing an A’s cap without the apostrophe-s. When I asked him about it, he said, “I’m about to move to Oakland, but I’m originally from Atlanta, so this is my shout-out to my hometown.” Upon closer inspection, you can see that he actually tore out the apostrophe-s stitching, leaving teeny little holes where light now shines through.)
My thanks to the many of you who had nice things to say about Friday’s New York Times article about our project. Turns out they also included us in their weekly “This Week in Pictures” rundown — cool.
Uni Watch News Ticker: As many of you know by now, the Mets have been conducting a uniform survey. … Repeated from Phil’s weekend notes: You know about football QBs wearing armbands that double as play-calling cribsheets, but I’d never seen a baseball version of that until now. Details here (with thanks to Roger Faso). … Nice job by Andrew Weinberg, who scanned a bunch of pages from the 1975 MLB All-Star Game program. … Early pit-stain panels! Brian Codagnone recently saw that photo of Lefty Grove for sale at Fenway Park. … Bizarre shoe malfunction at a recent Marksvlle High School spring scrimmage (with thanks to Chris LaHaye). … Very nice striped stirrups being worn by Florida State (with thanks to David Ward). … Jeremy Brahm reports that the whole “pink for Mother’s Day” thing has spread to Japan. One guy even used a white bat with pink graphics. … Small item buried on this page: “The Brewers are only wearing the ‘retro’ jerseys on the first Friday of every month, and the players aren’t complaining. They don’t really like the getups. Rumor has it that in the reasonably near future the team may switch back to a road jersey that says ‘Milwaukee’” (with thanks to Nicole Haase). … Neil deMause sent along this photo from the 8/23/15 edition of The Brooklyn Eagle. He notes that the team’s “SI” logo could easily be interpreted as another symbol and adds, “A team ahead of its time, clearly.” … Jeff Barak has started a new hockey jersey blog. … The controversy regarding the Lions possibly having worn gold helmets in 1953 (and/or in other years) continues. Helmet Hut historian Jim Parker says no. But Larry Bodnovich provided these screen shots from a 1953 game. Sure looks gold to me. Miller insists that these were all clear helmets that were painted silver on the inside and then the clear shells yellowed, creating the appearance of gold. But hey, that’s what matters: the appearance. So the answer appears to be that the Lions didn’t intend to wear gold helmets, but they did indeed wear them nonetheless. … Meanwhile, the second entry on this Q&A page has info on the Lions’ brief flirtation with red uniforms. … Phil mentioned this over the weekend, but in cas you missed it: Look who else created his own sports-related drawings and logos when he was a kid: none other than Jack Kerouac! … Apostrophe Catastrophe contribution from Brinke Guthrie, who says this is in his wife’s T-shirt drawer. … Bit of a kilt controversy in Utah. I love the bit where it says it’s OK for the kid to wear the kilt “as an expression of the boy’s Scottish heritage.” But if non-Scottish-descended kid wanted to wear a kilt, that would be a no-go? … Lots of very cool old Japanese baseball videos here (courtesy of Jeremy Brahm, natch). … “I really like this 1980s photo of former Harvard hockey coach Bill Cleary in his Spot-Bilts,” writes Tris Wykes. “Most college or pro coaches wear dress shoes of some type, but Bill clearly went with function over form. Kind of a Vince Lombardi look on ice.”