That was a pretty uni-uneventful Stupor Bowl (unless you count Pete Townshend’s pale white underbelly repeatedly peeking through his shirt, which I definitely could have done without), so let’s bid adieu to the NFL season and turn our attention to another round of wire service photos. Our last batch featured images of historical significance; this time around we’ll be looking at photos that are simply interesting.
• I really ought to know this (esp. since I have the nagging feeling we’ve covered it before), but what’s that patch on Willie’s jacket?
• Love this Hebrew sign that went up during the Twins’ 1965 stretch drive.
• If you think the Gazoo helmets look weird, check out this Giants batboy working at Wrigley Field, circa 1970. Note the inconsistent use of Dymo Tape labeling.
• And if a batboy can wear stacked helmets, why not a first base coach?
• Here are the Mexican Little League champions from 1968. Interesting to see that a Little League team had piping on its belt tunnels.
• Here’s another Tiger Stadium groundskeeping shot, this time from 1958. There’s something really perfect about the composition of this one — the juxtaposition of the old guy next to the young player. According to the caption, he’s dying the grass, not watering it. Also, note that high rate of belt-loopage on the Tigers’ pants, a style that the team still uses today.
• Look at all those striped stirrups hanging in the St. Looey clubhouse — tasty.
• Speaking of striped hose, look at those Sabres socks!
• Always good to see John Riggins in his mohawk phase.
• Who’s that on the lanes? It’s golfing great Sam Snead. Looks like they didn’t enforce the “You must wear bowling shoes” rule on him.
• Here’s Jacques Plante as a Ranger. Interesting to see that the sleeve number was applied over the yoke seam, which seems a bit counterintuitive to me.
• According to the guy who was selling this photo, that’s a minor league team, not the NHL Habs. Interesting to see the “CH” logo as a sleeve patch, though. Love the cardigan on the guy at top-right, too.
• Here’s one of Charlie Samuels’s predecessors. Interesting to see that they painted the helmets with a brush instead of a spray can. Judging from the way all the helmets are sitting flat, it appears that they’re all flapless.
• In the words of Jim Vilk, I’d wear that.
• Can’t decide if this shot of Connie Mack with a batboy is sweet or creepy.
• Lots going on in this 1940s Red Wings shot. The “V,” obviously, is for victory, to support the Allied war effort. Underneath it is the Morse code for V — dot-dot-dot-dash. But what’s that patch on the other sleeve? Anyone know? Also note that the V — but not the other patch — is visible in this shot. Not sure if these two photos are from the same season, but there’s enough info in the two captions to figure it out. I haven’t had time to do that myself, but maybe someone else would like to tackle that? (It’s worth noting, incidentally, that NHLuniforms.com doesn’t list any sleeve adornments for the Wings during this period — another reminder that we shouldn’t take online databases as gospel.)
That’s it for today. I’ll have another batch of wire service pics within the next week or so.
Giveaway results: The winner of the Jaguars jersey box is Scott Callahan. As for all the rest of you, we’ll have another raffle on tap tomorrow.
Hawkeyes contest results: We received over 50 entries for the Cooperstown Hawkeyes logo contest, and team owner Tom Hickey has chosen the winner, which was designed by Kevin Bennett. “I was really impressed by every single one of the submissions,” says Tom. “It was a very difficult choice.”
We can’t show you Kevin’s design yet, because there’s some legal paperwork that has to be dealt with first, but I’ll soon be posting all the non-winning entries in a Flickr gallery. If you submitted a design and don’t want it shown in that gallery, let me know asap. Thanks.
Culinary Corner: If you’re human, you like bacon. If you’re not a wuss, you make your own bacon at home instead of just ordering it when you go out for breakfast. And if you’re smart, you save the rendered bacon fat to use in other cooking projects.
But here’s something you may not have thought of: Use the bacon fat to pop popcorn. Simple. Delicious. You can thank me later.
Uni Watch News Ticker: On Friday I linked to this awesome Penguins patch, which prompted the following note from Dan Anderson: “I used a similar patch to make a DIY North Stars sweatshirt. The NHL must have released a series of these patches at some point.” Indeed, someone in Friday’s comments section turned up a Sabres version. We definitely need to see the entire set of these. Hey, Jon Helf, should the Fleer Sticker Project be all over this one? … Hmmm, the Hackensack Water Company’s logo looks a lot like a certain NHL mark, no? (Good sot by Trevor Kruger.) … New goalie gear for Sebastien Giguere (with thanks to John Muir). … Nick Wojciechowski‘s brother-in-law works for a company that makes knit caps based on NCAA football helmet designs. … I’m pretty sure we’ve covered this before, but note the inconsistent Bills pants striping in Super Bowl XXVII (with thanks to Sean Kautzman). … Mark Bolding saw this 1964 AFL All-Star Game program on eBay and thought he spotted something important in these photos from the front and back cover. Note how the Chiefs’ helmets have more of an arrow than an arrowhead — never seen that shape on a Chiefs helmet before. But as I then pointed out to Mark, the pics appeared on the 1964 all-star game program cover, which means they’re from the previous year’s all-star game, which was played in Jaunary of ’63. Lamar Hunt didn’t announce that he was moving the Texans to KC until May of ’63, so those players would still have been wearing Texans helmets in the ’63 all-star game. They must have touched up the photos because they didn’t want a defunct logo appearing in the ’64 program. Odd that they didn’t just find photos that didn’t show any Texans players. … See the “Quicken Loans Arena” logo on the Cavs’ court? Jimmy Dembski says the logo is sometimes situated in another spot on the floor for certain games. Vince is my go-to guy for Cleveland questions, so I asked him, and he asked one of his Cavs contacts, who told him this: “For nationally televised games we are required (by the league) to change the in-floor, under-scoreboard, basketball goal pads, scorer’s table, and baseline signage.” … New uniforms for the San Jose Giants (with thanks to Zachary Charles). … A Texas Rangers fan has broken down the team’s uni number history. “One observation he made is that #21 hasn’t been worn by the same player two years in a row since 2000,” writes Greg Stamps. “In fact 13 different players wore 21 from 2001 to 2009.” … In a rare rebuke to the Swooshkateers, Michigan State has decided not to revise its primary logo after all. Additional details here. … Michael Kinney was Senior Skills Challenge and noticed that the Nike and Adidas logo creep was consistently covered up by the event patch. Interesting. … Trevor Williams found an old Sports Illustrated article about uniform laundering and another about football helmet logos. … Scranton-Wilkes Barre Penguins did the camo thing on Friday night (with thanks to Chad Sitler). … The Brooklyn Cyclones are doing a bunch of Thursday jersey giveaways this season. Further details here (with thanks to Terence Kearns). … New uniforms for the Kia Tigers (as noted by Dan Kurtz). … Korean soccer news from Jeremy Brahm, who reports that there are new uniforms for FC Seoul and the Suwon Bluewings. … And in Japanese soccer news, Jeremy also sent along the new uniforms for Shonan Bellmare. … Moving over to Japanese baseball, Jeremy reports that the Rakuten Golden Eagles have new road uniforms. … Still more from Jeremy: Bit of a controversy over the Aussie Olympic team’s banner in Vancouver. … Nice little batch of old MLB patches available here. … My latest vintage uniform catalog acquisition is this groovy 1940s Goldsmith catalog poster. I took close-up photos of the various sections, logos, and illustrations, which you can see here. … Here’s what the medal platforms and medal-bearers’ uniforms will look like in Vancouver (Jeremy Brahm yet again). … Oooh, check out this old satin baseball uni. … Hakim Warrick has quite a look going with those socks. … Saturday night was the first Thrashers home game since Ilya Kovalchuk was traded, in case you couldn’t guess (as spotted by Jonathan Trapp). … The Jeremy hits keep on coming: New green uniforms for the SK Wyverns and the Chinese national baseball team. Look at the dragon-shaped C! And yes, that’s Brian Cashman on the left — that’s because the Yanks are taking the Commissioner’s Trophy on a tour of Asia. … Darth Brooks (a pseudonym, I assume) designed a bunch of NFL fields for an online game he participates in. “It’s called Goal Line Blitz,” he says. “It’s a MMORPG based on football. They show the football games being played, and if you use Greasemonkey you can replace the fields with ones you make.” … An Expos cap might not be Andre Dawson’s cup of tea, but apparently it’s a big hit with the ladies. … Mild hilarity in Sweden, as a hockey player forgot to remove his skate guards before hitting the ice (big thanks to Chad Todd). … President Obama hosted a Super Bowl party yesterday, and Riddell made him a helmet for the occasion. There’s a very short video about the helmet’s manufacturing here (with thanks to Joe Nguyen). … Matthew Hackethal picked up some football cards that show today’s players in yesteryear’s uniforms. … Matthew also picked up a 1973-74 New York Rangers program with some interesting ads, including one featuring Willis Reed wearing his jersey backwards (the advertiser didn’t have licensing deal with the NBA) and one featuring, well, lots of odd stuff, but note that the goalie appears to be wearing a football helmet. … The Hornets’ the Mardi Gras alternates are every bit as awesome on the court as I’d hoped (yes, even with the two-tone action and all that purple). … Chris Heintzelman is the latest reader to create his own team jacket by starting with a blank coat and having a bunch of patches sewn onto it. … Some web site is conducting a poll/bracket to choose the best college football uni (with thanks to Spencer Seaner). … Very late-breaking notes from the Senior Bowl: Rashawn Jackson had four Virginia decals on his helmet, and there were some major sock inconsistencies (screen shots courtesy of Patrick Karraker). … Blondie — the one who’s married to Dagwood — was wearing genuie NFL-style zebra stripes in yesterday’s strip (as noted by David Teigland). … Totally digging this old Shorpy photo, esp. the pinned-on numbers (big thanks to Larry Bodnovich). … Great shot of Gary Simmons’s old snake-plastered goalie mask in this 1977 Kings/Canadiens clip. … Chris LaHaye was attending a game at Plaquemine High School in Louisiana the other night when he spotted these awesome comics-style illustrations on the wall. “Their boys’ basketball coach told me they were done by Phil Neel of Birmingham, Alabama,” he says. … Okay, okay, you want Super Bowl coverage? There were interesting uni notes from two of the ads: The Flo-TV spot (the one where the guy has gotten a “spine-ectomy”) showed two different views of USFL footage (“That’s a Michigan Panthers home game from 1984, against either the Houston Gamblers or the Pittsburgh Maulers,” says Doug Brei), and the first of the three Denny’s ads included this scene. See those helmets on the wall at far left? David Shucosky I.D.’d them as being from the WLAF — the Orlando Thunder and Montreal Machine, specifically. … I watched the game at a Manhattan party hosted by No Mas. Reader Giancarlo joined me, and at one point he mentioned that he’d recently noticed something interesting while watching YouTube highlights of the 1953 NFL Championship Game between the Lions and Browns: “On kickoffs, the receiving team always had one player who ran straight ahead toward the placekicker and tried to take him out of the play.” After we both got home, he sent me the video link, and sure enough — see for yourself here, here, and here. Of course, in those days the kicker usually doubled as a position player, not a scrawny little fella like today’s kickers, and was therefore a genuine threat to tackle the returner, so I guess that blocking strategy made sense. … Uh, right.