Last Friday I linked to this super-groovy Penguins patch. A few readers sent me links to a few other teams’ patches from the same series, but reader Gordon Fall went above and beyond, determining that the patches were produced for the 1972-73 season and tracking down almost the entire sixteen-team set. I was able to fill in the few remaining blanks that he left out, and the result is that we now have photos of the whole set in one place.
Are they amazing or what? Allow me to point out a few of the finer details:
• And speaking of a patch prefiguring a team’s iconic look, what about the Habs patch? Note the lace-up collar on the patch, too!
• I think it’s safe to say that this qualifies as the Seals’ finest moment. Even if the cartoonist did show the player wearing black skates.
• Interesting that the Blackhawks patch character is a paleface — literally. Note the subtle “Chicago” lettering on his headband.
• Smiling mascots are almost always more fun than snarling, angry, nasty, bad-ass mascots, am I right?
• Odd that they got the Sabres’ colors wrong. Still looks pretty good, though.
And so on. You can see the rest for yourself, right? Right.
Gordon’s research turned up some other info, some of which is quoted here:
• I have not found an official name for the patches so far. The ones offered on eBay are usually called either “All Star Emblems” or “pic a patch.”
• The patches came in two different sizes. The larger, more common version is about four inches high and sewn on tackle twill like a uniform crest. The edges are also sewn in a nice-looking ridge. A plastic backing has been glued on for added strength. The smaller and rarer version is around 2.5 inches high and sewn onto felt with nothing on the border and some plastic mesh on the back (I’d compare it to the sticky mesh put over a drywall hole before patching).
• Another variation seems to be slight differences in manufacturers, as you can see in these two Red Wings patches. Note the distinctions between the lips, the red-to-white ratio on the wings, the trim on the wheels, the way the lettering fills the box sign, and so on.
Want to buy some of these? A bunch of them are available here.
Giveaway Final Call: Today’s the last day to enter your name for the NFL football giveaway. Details here.
ESPN Reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, you can find my latest ESPN column here.
Shopping Project: For reasons not worth explaining, at least for now, I’m very much in the market for a vintage curling sweater, size 38 or 40. I found this on eBay, which isn’t bad (note the super-cool label/tag), but it’s a little long for me — it’d come down too far below my hips.
So: If anyone knows of a good outlet for vintage curling cardigans, please let me know. Thanks!
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s a doozy: The Orioles, like many teams, used to play charity basketball games. Here’s one of their old warm-up shirts! (Amazing find by Bruce Menard.) … More and more people in Buffalo are putting ice rinks in their back yards. … Here’s what the Cubs wore in 1941. But here’s what Cubs pitcher Claude Passeau wore in the 1941 All-Star Game — looks like he wore the home undershirt with the road vest (awesome screen shots by Jeff Spry). … There’s a lot of chatter about UNC wearing this helmet against LSU in the Kickoff Classic, although I haven’t been able to confirm it yet. … The Globetrotters played — and won, of course — on ice the other day. … 150th-anniversary uni for TSV 1860 Munich (with thanks to Jim Westrich). … New alernate cap for Pittsburgh’s new rookie league affiliate, for the Bradenton Marauders (as noted by Bill Barnes). … Cool item at the Chicago Auto Show: a Blackhawks-themed Camaro (with thanks to Michael Gargano). … If you go to the 4:20 mark of this 1963 video clip, you’ll see some great color footage of old Yankee Stadium and the Angels’ old halo-stamped batting helmets. The whole clip is worthwhile, with great old NYC footage (awesome find by Chris Rocco). … New mask for Mike Smith (with thanks to Matt Pesotski). … Chris Ashworth found some odd 1980 video clips of Phillies players shilling for a local TV station’s programming, including Greg Gross for Good Times and Tim McCarver for Welcome Back Kotter (which almost certainly qualifies as the least annoying McCarver footage in existence). … Here’s the USA World Cup home kit (with thanks to Terence Kearns). … Whoa, look at those belt loops! That’s a 1947 Dodgers/Phillies game at Shibe Park. The baserunner is Jackie Robinson, but those belt loops are the real attraction (nice find by Ken Stephon). … Did you know the Pittsburgh Pirates are now calling themselves the “Pirates of the Burgh”? That’s the Buccos’ spring training truck (big thanks to Ryan Connelly). … Here’s another early piece of Jaguars merch with the team’s original prototype logo. Jon Solomonson‘s wife bought it in 1995. … John Moist recently visited Cuba as part of tour put together by Cubaball.com and took a bunch of photos documenting the island’s uniform scene. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: This week’s Kentucky typo has plenty of precedent (as posted by Jim Vilk). … Of course, typos aren’t limited to Kentucky uniforms (with thanks to Zac Neubauer). … Excellent observation from Mark Springer, who notes that last night’s Cavs/Magic game saw the Magic wearing a throwback design that someone on the Cavs — namely Shaq — had previously worn. I’m sure this isn’t the first time this has happened, but I can’t think of any other instances. Anyone..? … “I am a University of Houston student and we have a great Hall of Honor, ” writes Bobby Malvaez. “I stopped in the other day and decided it was time to take pictures of the various warm-up suits and programs from UH athletics.” … Rob Leavell pointed me toward this faaascinating article on dazzle camouflage, which was used for battle ships during World War I. Imagine if the Padres went with that kind of camo uniform! … The White Sox are expected to announce that they’ll retire Frank Thomas’s number today.
By far the best thing linked on this site today: A month or so ago I mentioned a 16-minute animated movie called Logorama, which looked intriguing. The film has now been nominated for an Oscar, and reader Steven Winner has informed me that
it’s available for viewing on the web. Let me put this as simply as possible: It is TOTAL FREAKIN’ GENIUS. Once you see it the first time, you’ll want to watch it several more times to catch all the little references you might have missed (I’m currently on my third viewing, and counting). Easily the best 16 minutes you’ll spend today — trust me. Shit, it’s been taken down. Dang. Try it here.