Last Friday’s Uni Watch party at Grumpy’s generated one of the biggest turnouts ever — a great mix of local readers and out-of-towners who’d headed to the Twin Cities for the Deep Freeze. Here’s a rundown on who showed up:
• First and foremost, big thanks to David S. Gardner, who generously volunteered to secure us the private room at Grumpy’s. Thanks again, Dave. He said his hockey jersey was from a club team in Minsk.
• Dave brought along his buddy Michael Drivas, who owns a local bookstore and didn’t seem the least bit fazed by being plunged into the middle of a bunch of uniform fanatics. Very cool dude.
• The award for most stripes ever worn to a Uni Watch party goes to James Huening, who paired a Canadiens throwback jersey with Indiana warm-up pants, plus he had Cubs stirrups under the pants and 49ers socks under the stirrups, along with striped shorts. Well done, Jimbo.
• James drove up from Chicago along with the inimitable Robert Marshall. I’ve noticed that just about every piece of clothing Marshall wears is paint-speckled, including the Chisox tee he had on under his sweaters — a nice signature style. That tee, incidentally, included a shout-out on the back to Sox organist Nancy Faust — nice.
• Here’s Jim Lonetti, wearing a salesman sample Twins jersey — note the unusual script. He also wore a cap with a logo patch instead of a direct-embroidered logo — weird. But note that the “T” on the cap is curved, which is how the team’s logo used to be back in the day (nowadays it’s almost straight).
• The man, the myth, the god, the godfather — ladies and gentlemen, I give you Ricko. He wore a Minneapolis Millers jersey with Willie Mays’s number. He was also a fantastic presence all weekend long, dispensing wisdom and pointing me in many productive directions. Thanks for everything, Rick — home run all the way.
• For the second time in two and a half years, Teebz drove all the way from Winnipeg to attend a Uni Watch shindig. Note that he wore a Brooklyn Dodgers cap just to score points with me. What a brownnose, am I right?
• This is Mike Menner. In addition to wearing a nifty Nicaragua jersey, he also gave me a six-pack of northwestern-striped tube socks. Or at least I think it was him — my memory’s a little fuzzy on some of the evening’s details. Whoever it was, that was a really sweet gesture — thanks.
• Here we have Kenny Gunderman, wearing a Macalester College club team jersey.
• This guy asked me not to print his name, I think cuz he stole all that gear from the Michigan equipment room. Okay, not really, but he was wearing a bona fide national championship ring — yowza. Also note the Rose Bowl sleeve embroidery and the Rose Bowl watch.
• Can’t get enough of that old Twins script. That’s Mark Wilkes wearing it.
• The Deep Freeze tee was designed by Ben Traxel, who came up from Missouri for the weekend. His Browns sweater is a total DIY job (you can see additional photos of it here and see how he made it here). Ben was also wearing a pair of those 1959 Chisox World Series stirrups, and so was Phil, so the two of them and Larry Kurtze later posed for a sock-off photo op.
• Dan’s brother Carl Schneeman wore one of my favorite jerseys of the night: an untucked Marquette beauty.
• Here’s another jersey I really liked: Kevin Joseph‘s Minnesota Aurora design, which he created himself for his rec league team. Nice combination of various local team logos.
• I think I embarrassed (or maybe scared) Wes Johnson by constantly making a fuss of his gorgeous Ashby Arrows warm-up jacket. Dig the awesome script on the back. Underneath the jacket he wore a shirt that dated back to the days when Bud Selig wanted to contract the Twins out of existence.
• Love the black cat on Chris Lamping‘s Wobblies jersey, which is from his rec league baseball team. (Here’s a shot of him wearing it on the mound!) Don’t know what the Wobblies are? Look here and here.
• Seated here are Ray Wroblewski on the left and Mike Nachreiner on the right. Naturally, I liked Mike’s green-and-gold Adidas jacket, but I liked it even more when I saw what was on the back. That one’s for you, Phil Knight.
• Last but not least, here’s Hugh Gitlin. The jersey is reversible — the other side says “Manny’s Team.” Apparently they were handed out a kid named Manny’s bar mitzvah and everyone played a game of hoops (which doesn’t sound like any bar mitzvah I’ve ever attended, but I guess they do things differently out in Minnesota).
My thanks to all who attended, apologies to anyone I missed, and bonus apologies for ducking out as early as I did — I was in town on assignment for an ESPN piece, and the long work day had taken its toll. But I think you’ll like the resulting article, which should run tomorrow.
Freebie Reminder: Remember, I’m currently giving a way a Soul Power DVD + T-shirt. Details here.
Also, for the many of you who’ve asked: Yes, I will definitely be giving away the Jaguars jersey box (probably next week) and the footballs provided by Joe Skiba (the week after that), so hold tight — you’re bound to win something eventually.
Contest Reminder: Friday is the deadline for submitting your Cooperstown Hawkeyes logo design. Further details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: While looking for the postcard image to post at the top of today’s entry, I came across this — whoa! … Rickie Fowler’s name was misspelled on his caddie’s attire over the weekend (with thanks to Michael Cooke). … Check out this original sketch for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers logo. It’s from an article that explains the logo’s evolution (nice find by Wolfie Browender). … Last week’s Supreme Court decision allowing corporate political spending prompted Atlanta Journal-Constitution cartoonist Mike Luckovich to create some astute logo creep commentary (with thanks to Austin Gillis). … Caleb Berg was recently watching the pilot episode of Sequest DSV, which first aired in 1993, when he noticed something interesting: “The character Lucas Wolenczak, played by the late Jonathan Brandis, is wearing a Marlins jersey. At the end he turns around and you can see he has ‘World Series Champions 2010′ on the back.” Seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened. … The Saint John Sea Dogs are inviting fans to design the team’s third jersey (with thanks to Thom Dennis). … New logo for Roosevelt University (with thanks to Tom Fredrickson whose wife’s design firm created the logo). … Super-cool hockey jersey available here. … Check out this Oregon-branded laptop. Think there’s a swoosh etched on the other side? (With thanks to Bryan Duklewski.) … Bruce Menard found some killer early NBA stuff on eBay, including a 1949-50 Chicago Stags media guide (be sure to scroll down and click for the larger scans), a 1948-49 Sheboygan Red Skins media guide (ditto), and a 1948-49 Stags team photo (note the antlers on the costumed mascot!). … Looks like Ben Sheets was wearing a pre-2007 gray-underbrimmed cap for his press conference yesterday (good spot by Eric Trager). … Yesterday’s main entry included this ad for Hostess baseball cards, which prompted Rick DiRubbo to find and scan some of his old Hostess cards. … The Maple Leafs wore 1970s throwbacks for warm-ups last night, complete with period-appropriate NOBs. Click on the sidebar for more photos (with thanks to Rob Ullman). … Moon over Melbourne! That’s Venus Williams, who I assume was wearing a G-string-ish undergarment of some sort (screen shot courtesy of Ryan Perkins). … Wait, check that: She’s actually wearing brown undies. … Here’s a look at MLB’s new BP caps in action. “Even more hideous than I imagined,” says Dan Cichalski. “The black on the edge of the bill looks like a second hat beneath the blue hat, similar to a player like Juan Pierre wearing a cap beneath his helmet. Ugh.” … Seattle University wore sleeved throwbacks last night! And instead of wearing their usual uni numbers, the players wore the numbers of former Seattle greats, like Elgin Baylor and Eddie Miles. Additional photos here and here. … For the dog who has everything: a doghouse shaped like a giant football helmet (as forwarded by Byron Wages). … Andre Dawson will reportedly be wearing an Expos cap on his Hall of Fame plaque.