Most of you reading this have seen this image at some point over the past few years. It’s the definitive view of the Blues’ infamous 1996 prototype jersey.
That image is a scan from this slipcased book, a copy of which was recently sent to me by the guy who wrote it, former Blues marketing VP Jim Woodcock. There’s a ton of uni-notable stuff here, so let’s take a look:
• I’d forgotten that the Blues briefly wore blue skates in the early 1970s.
• Speaking of colored skates, there’s a nice shot of the Seals’ old white skates.
• The trumpet design isn’t the only proposed Blues design that never made it onto the ice over the years. You can see a bunch of other jerseys that were in the pipeline here.
• Here’s the press release from when the Blues’ mid-1990s uni was unveiled. Ten years earlier, the team’s mid-’80s design had been unveiled with what appears to be very little fanfare. Looks more like a wake than an unveiling, no?
• Jacques Plante made sure nobody would ever steal his cup.
• One of my favorite discoveries in the book was the revelation that the Blues put local kids’ illustrations on their ticket stubs in the late 1990s.
• Always interesting to see an NOB with small caps.
• I was fascinated by this shot. Never mind the Chicken — is the other guy (who’s Joe Micheletti) wearing a set of Blues Cooperalls? Never seen that before.
• I think we may have shown this on the site before, but it’s worth repeating: The Blues had a particularly loud crowd in the team’s early years, which led the Penguins to wear earmuffs on at least one occasion.
• Love the little butterfly logos on Cujo’s pads.
• Here’s a really nice view of the 1970 West All-Stars. The game was played in St. Looie that year.
• Jack Egers was a right wing, but at a holiday party he tried his hand at goaltending (while smoking). Classic photo.
• Check out this awesome shot of Jacques Caron’s pretzel mask.
• Man, they don’t make All-Star Game MVP awards like they used to.
• Last but not least: I’m kinda in love with the illustrations on this placemat. Could someone please get me one of those for my birthday? Thanks.
Want a copy of your own? There’s one on Amazon for just a few nickels.
ESPN Reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, I engaged in a lengthy e-mail debate with my Page 2 colleague Jim Caple over the merits of figure skating costumes. Check it out here (and even if you already read it, a “Who won the debate?” poll was added to the page later in the afternoon, so go ahead and vote if you haven’t already done so).
I also had a Page 2 blog item that I think all of you will be interested in, about an absolutely amazing set of baseball-themed quilts that are being auctioned off this weekend in St. Louis. Check that out here.
Membership Update: Scott is getting settled in Seattle and is beginning to make his way through the backlogged membership orders. About a dozen new designs were added to the membership card gallery yesterday (including Alan Beam’s Memphis River Kings card, shown at right, based on a jersey that he designed for the team), and we expect to add more in the next several days. As for the cards themselves, a new batch of those should go out next week. Thanks for your patience.
Meanwhile, all of the footballs from last week’s giveaway have shipped out, so the ten winners out there should watch their mailboxes.
Uni Watch News Ticker: New uni numbers for the new Yankees (with thanks to Patrick Runge). … Brother Rice High School in Illinois played an outdoor “winter classic” hockey game a few weeks ago and wore very cool throwbacks for the occasion. Lots of additional pics here (with thanks to proud Brother Rice alum Joe Drennan). … “As you know, the NHL doesn’t allow ‘side of helmet’ brand logos,” writes Eric Romain. “The IOC slaps the Olympics sticker on the front of helmets but allows the manufacturers to keep their logos on the side. Apparently Reebok saw this as an opportunity — compare Reebok wordmark on the side of a store-bought helmet with the side logo on this team USA player. It’s easily twice the size as the side logo on any Bauer or CCM helmet over the last 20 years.” … Slight tweaks upcoming for Kansas football. Click on the thumbnail for a much larger photo. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Funny article about the Mets’ spring training parking-space pecking order. … Ladies and gentlemen, your new Milwaukee Brewers alternate road uniform. That sound you just heard was John Okray head exploding from joy. … TNOB alert. That’s the nationally ranked St. Patrick’s hoops team, from New Jersey (good spot by Dan Cichalski). … Weird move the Huntsville Havoc, who are wearing 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey throwbacks this weekend — with current and former NOBs. Not a good look, methinks (props to Stuart Greenlee). … Here’s some great news to keep in mind the next time you go to Yankee Stadium. … Alan Borock notes that the Winnipeg Jets used to have little jets as part of their red line design. … You want a good baseball photo? This is a good baseball photo. Supposedly taken the other day at the U. of Maryland (big, big thanks to Marc Walls). … New logos for the Delmarva Shorebirds. … Lots of great photos in this Orioles spring training slideshow, but the most intriguing shot is this one. The caption dates it as March of ’68, but the O’s had stopped wearing that cap after 1965. In fact, they never wore it during Frank Robinson’s time with the team. Must have been using old caps for spring training (excellent catch by Greg Ruby). … Excellent catch by Casey Lombardo, who found these shots of Bill Singer and Bobby Valentine wearing the Dodgers 1971 road uni, which had shoulder/sleeve piping — a one-year oddity. … Complete freakin’ awesomeness from yesterday’s comments: Michael Emody has diagrammed the evolution of the Wrigley Field scoreboard. … Some Giants uni number news toward the lower section of this page — search on the word “number” (with thanks to Tremaine Eto). … Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss is wearing his usual Sharks mask for the German Olympic team but he has the Sharks logo covered up (screen shot courtesy of AJ Chalifour). … Article about LA Kings uni history here (with thanks to Alex Kinkopf). … Some interesting thoughts about baseball managers and uni numbers here.