This 1964 Champion catalog is the latest addition to my uniform catalog library, and it’s a beauty. Let’s take a look-see, shall we?
• Coupla interesting things on this page, beginning with the unusual contrasting cap-sleeve panels on No. 36. Also love that No. 26 has “NW Sleeve Stripes,” because of course anyone reading this catalog would know that those are northwestern stripes.
• Note that the crotch extension shown on this page is referred to as a “leotard attachment.”
• As usual, my favorite page is the one with the hosiery listings. Also, I love that the belt is “specially designed to fit through tunnel loops in football pants.” Yeah, that sure looks like a special design, no question.
• Don’t think I’ve ever come across a catalog with so many white sock options. Totally digging that Ortho Sock logo, natch — no wonder it was the rave of athletic coaches across the nation!
• The white tee with the colored sleeves on this page is interesting. “Teams can be organized by colors by turning shirt inside out.” Maybe shirts vs. skins was too racy for 1964.
• The style shown on the left still works for me — such a classic look for track and field.
• Lots of interesting stuff on this page. First and foremost, “Mr. Leisure” — how great is that? I’ll take a dozen of that jacket, please. Secondly, I had no idea there was ever such a thing as “swim supporters.” How did these differ from standard jockstraps? Are they still used today? Meanwhile, how did the baseball undershirts get buried on this page? With no illustrations?!
• Can’t get enough of the lace-up soccer jersey style.
• Just most of the other catalogs I’ve acquired lately, this one has a listing for target sox. Nice of them to show them in my favorite color combo.
• As usual, the few women in the catalog are depicted as being disturbingly thin. Love the term “tumbling suit,” though, along with the bloomer insert on the far-right listing.
• There’s no photography in this catalog, except on this page. Must’ve been a carry-over from a previous year’s catalog. In any case, those jacket stripes are pretty sweet.
• And here’s the back cover.
(Special “thanks” to Mike Hersh for driving up the price on this one by bidding against me, even though he already had a copy of it. “I was going for a dupe,” he says. Sigh. Some people….)
Here’s the deal: Most of you probably know about the Cape Cod Baseball League, which is a summer league for college players. There’s a similar circuit in New York State — the New York Collegiate Baseball League — and this year they’ll have a new team: the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. The team name refers to a key character in The Last of the Mohicans, which was written by Cooperstown namesake James Fenimore Cooper.
The team is owned by Cooperstown attorney Tom Hickey, who has agreed to have a Uni Watch reader design the team’s logo. There’s an interview with him here, so you can learn more about him and what he has in mind for the team.
So here’s the contest:
• Design a primary team logo. No caps, no jerseys — just a logo.
• Deadline: Friday, January 29th. That’s three weeks from tomorrow.
• Prize: $300 for the winner.
• How to enter: You can e-mail your submissions to me at the usual Uni Watch address. One entry per person.
Obviously, there’s a lot to work with here — Cooperstown/baseball history, literary history, Native American history, etc. I’m expecting big things from you people, so get crackin’.
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