Time for another round of wire service pics. Some great stuff this time around, so feast your eyes thusly:
• According to Dressed to the Nines, the Cubs had two different home uniforms in 1934 — and here they are together in one photo! In addition to the different caps, stirrups, placket styling, and chest insignia, note that the uni on the left has colored buttons (and some Pedro Porthole action). Dang, wish we could see that chest logo better — don’t think I’ve ever had a good look at it.
• Speaking of the Cubs, here’s a good look at the early-’40s design that I love and most of you hate. Additional views here, here (note the addition of the Hale America patch for 1942), and here (check out the Cincy skipper’s ribbed turtleneck!).
• Here’s a rare look at the white umpire’s pants that MLB umps wore for some games in the late 1930s and early ’40s. That photo is from 1939, and the manager is Casey Stengel.
• Speaking of umpires, check out this shot from the 1979 umps strike. Love that they used signs shaped like an American League chest protector. The guy in that photo, by the way, is 1985 St. Louis Man of the Year Don Denkinger.
• Here’s a nice look at how the Indians wore the 1969 MLB Centennial patch on the chest of their vest.
• Here’s a rare shot of Fred Biletnikoff as a college all-star.
• I’ve always found this St. Looey Browns design to be very odd. Why interrupt “Louis” with that thick colored placket? (This photo would be a great candidate for colorization, by the way — note that the brown placket had orange piping.)
• This awesome AFL shot is another image that has “Colorize me!” written all over it.
• Mmmmm, Colt .45s chain-stitching — dee-lish.
• Speaking of chain-stitching, look at this! That’s Don Deacon, who was on the 1936 U.S. Olympic team. Not sure why his jersey includes the UK Civil Ensign flag (the games were held in Germany that year, although England won the hockey gold medal). Anyone know more about that?
• Major find here: According to this shot, Blackhawks defensemen were slated to wear football-style helmets in 1935. Teebz and all you other hockey mavens, anyone know more about that? Also: Dig that jacket!
Giveaway Results: The ten winners of the game-used NFL footballs are Ari Cohen, Colin Redick, Jeff Drybread, Clark Farrand, Tim Zelmanski, Brian Thompson, Michael Edwards, Bob Nolte, Brig Slaughter, and Sheldon Choo (all of whom should send me their shipping addresses, if they haven’t already done so). I’ll have yet another giveaway later this week, so stay tuned.
And don’t leave any hanging chads: Cooperstown’s mayoral election is March 16th — a month from tomorrow — and Uni Watch is proud to endorse deputy mayor Jeff Katz for the position. Granted, I know nothing about the other candidate(s) running, or about any of the pressing issues in Cooperstown, but Jeff is an old college buddy of mine and an accomplished baseball author, so that’s good enough for me. Vote early and often, Cooperstownites!
And speaking of Cooperstown…: The winning entry for the Cooperstown Hawkeyes logo contest, designed by Kevin Bennett, has now been revealed. In addition, I’ve gathered all the non-winning entries into this Flickr set. In each case, the file name is the designer’s name. If you either (a) would prefer not to have your design shown here, or (b) submitted an entry but don’t see it represented here, let me know and I’ll take care of it.
Uni Watch News Ticker: According to this story, college football players will no longer be able to wear messages on their eye black next season — just solid black. Also, pants will no longer be required to cover the knees, which means the biker shorts look is headed for the NCAA — great. … Rob Ullman just got back from a vacation in Hawaii, where he learned that uni-watching never takes a holiday. “I saw a story in the Maui News about Na Koa Ikaika Maui unveiling their new baseball uniforms. There are better photos in the web version of the story, but I sent along the scan of the newspaper clipping just to prove that I brought the sports section ALL THE WAY BACK WITH ME in case I couldn’t find the story online!” Now that’s devotion, people. … Good roundup of minor league baseball uni/logo changes for the upcoming season here (with thanks to David Rosenthal). … When’s the last time you saw a puck leave an imprint on a helmet? That’s what happened after Josh Georges’s head was on the receiving end of a Mike Green one-timer in last Wednesday’s Habs/Caps game (with thanks to John Muir). … Very cool 1964 Minnesota Twins merch catalog available here (as spotted by Mike Hersh). … Daniel Primo sent along a bunch of proposed MLB uni tweaks. … Hey, check this out: Joe Posnanski has a Cleveland Browns bowling ball (with thanks to Clayton Snodgrass). … Apolo Ohno has been wearing a gold-tipped glove. … You could do a whole lot worse for your computer’s wallpaper than these historical Canadian hockey jerseys (with thanks to Nick Evans). … Here’s one of those “Best athletes by uni number” breakdowns for the city of Seattle (with thanks to John Doodigian). … Michigan State is changing its shade of green. … Lots of great Minnesota back yard ice rinks showcased on this page. And here’s a good video report on the back yard rink phenomenon (great stuff from Patrick Donnelly). … David Raglin noticed that NBC made a bad typo in the first line of this graphic. … Last September I linked to this photo of Rabbit Maranville wearing a swastika cap. When Bruce Menard sent me that shot, he said the swastika was a response to the sinking of the Lusitania, but now Hall of Fame curator Tom Shieber has provided his own superbly researched theory as to why Maranville was wearing the cap. Highly recommended reading. … The Miami (Ohio) hockey team has added a memorial patch in honor of their student manager Brendan Burke, son of Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, who was killed in a car accident last Friday. “The logo will also be placed at center ice for the rest of the season,” says Matt Sajna. … More college hockey news from the Buckeye State, this time from Bryan Grupp: “As part of Ohio State’s Military Appreciation Week (which must be new, because I graduated in June and this is the first I’m hearing of it), the men’s hockey team wore these on Friday night against Alaska.” … Tulsa wore gold alternates against Memphis on Saturday (with thanks to Ryan Atkinson). … Dan Chichalski was checking out the Richard Avedon photo exhibit at MoMA over the weekend and saw this aweome shot of Lew Alcindor. … Turns out that several Uni Watch readers are avid curlers, including Chris Kite and Steve Mandich. That’s actually Steve’s wife, Eliza Truitt, but I think Steve’s one of the guys shown in these shots. Those pics were taking at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle, which has a truly spectacular logo. … Steve and Eliza also have a blog devoted to Quatchi, the mascot of the Winter Olympics. They were recently so inspired by Uni Watch’s assorted DIYers that they decided to make their own Quatchi pennants. … A’s uni number news from Mike Rowinski, who writes: “Ben Sheets has always worn No. 15, but they A’s introduced him with No. 21. That’s because 15 was being worn by Ryan Sweeney. But Sweeney has now switched to 21, allowing Sheets to go with his usual 15.” … This photo of Ichiro was on the front page of yesterday’s Seattle Times sports section. “The printed version didn’t really do the colors justice,” says John Kimmerlein. … Mike Carpenter recently took part in a very cool-looking back yard hockey tournament (that’s him in the Bruins and Kings jerseys). “There were about 10 teams, two players apiece,” he says. “First round of games went to five goals to win, second round six goals, final round seven goals first wins. I ended up in fourth. The homeowner plays on my adult hockey team and has had this tourney for the last three years. First through fourth place even get trophies!” … Lots of good WLAF footage in this 1992 promo clip (with thanks to Alex Acosta). … The Ohio State basketball team wore a “3407” patch yesterday. “It was a tribute to those who died on Continental flight 3407 in Buffalo just over a year ago,” explains Ben Teaford. “The girlfriend of the team’s video coordinator was on that flight.” … So what’d y’all think of the color-on-color All-Star Game? I didn’t watch the game myself, but it looks like they had an interesting sock design. Also appears that there at least one uniform that could have used a bit of an adjustment. … RIP, Dale and Doug — very different, but I’ll miss both of them.