The wire photo hits keep on coming. All of these come from an eBay seller that Mike Hersh pointed out to me, so special thanks to him for this batch.
• Here’s a major find: The party line is that the first throwback game was staged by the White Sox in 1990, but the Dodgers and Phillies apparently played a throwback game in spring training of 1976. Looks like they put real buttons along the edges of the faux bib. Fascinating!
• Here’s a rare shot of Sparky Anderson wearing the National League’s 1976 All-Star pillbox cap, which I believe was only worn during pregame warm-ups and for the team portrait, not during the All-Star Game itself.
• Even in his Fordham Rams days, Vince Lombardi was a real piece of work.
• Joe Louis and Billy Conn, fighting on the same side for a change.
• Oh man, I totally love the cardigans being worn by Sonny Liston’s entourage (they’d be perfect for curling, no?). Also love the sight of a Catholic priest with an “I Like Sonny” button. (If you find Liston as compelling a character as I do, you’ll enjoy these additional Sonny shots I compiled.)
• Lots of interesting stuff in this Wrigley Field shot. Aside from the play itself, note the graffiti on the wall and the way the newspaper enhanced the confetti with Wite Out.
• When it came to the A’s white shoes, Charlie Finley practiced what he preached.
• Oh baby, how sweet is this 1948 NHL All-Star uni? The player is Doug Bentley.
• Here’s a rare press photo of MLB’s only full-time pinch-runner, Herb Washington.
• When MLB split into four divisions in 1969, the AP prepared this map graphic. Note how Chicago is right on the east/west border. Also, they got Atlanta wrong — the Braves were placed in the N.L. west.
• Love the Star of David on Jewish boxer Mike Rossman’s cornerman.
• Whatever you may think of Leon Spinks, this is a pretty amazing photograph.
• I’ll let the caption speak for this one.
• Two players forever linked by a trivia question: Willie Mays and the guy for whom he was traded. Every time I see that orange-lettered Giants jersey, I think to myself, “Y’know, that was a pretty good look.
• Here’s as good a look as you’re ever likely to see of the Red Wings’ war bond patch.
• And here’s an odd 1943 shot of two Cubs wearing mismatched undershirts (and maybe two different caps too?).
Research Query: Reader Adam Wyss interns for a D-League team and has asked me if anyone out there still makes old-style basketball shorts “with a belt and everything.” Personally, I have no idea, but if you know of a company that’s capable of making this style, get in toch with Adam pronto.
We have an argyle winner!: Back when the Norwegian curling pants first made news, I offered a free Uni Watch membership to the first reader who could provide proof of having purchased and worn a pair of the pants. It hadn’t occurred to me that a reader might have already owned a pair, but that’s the case with Mike Gocsik (he’s second from the left in that photo).
“The photo is from last summer,” he says. “My father-in-law, cousin, brother, and I were playing in a golf tournament for our local high school in Norwalk, Ohio. We bought the pants as kind of a joke, but they are pretty popular in small-town America. They’re actually pretty comfortable pants. We didn’t win the golf outing, but we did look the best and got a couple free rounds of beers.”
And now Mike has gotten a free Uni Watch membership to boot.
Speaking of the membership program, Scott is getting acclimated to his new Seattle digs and is making his way through the backlog of membership orders. I mailed out 16 membership kits late last week (including Bill Sodeman’s awesome Tampa Bay Rowdies card, shown at right), and we should get fully caught up within the next few days. Once we’ve cleaned out the backlog, we’ll re-open the membership program for new orders, hopefully this week. My thanks to all of you for your patience.
Uni Watch News Ticker: More uni-numerical news from Red Sox camp. … Here’s a weird shot: Straw wearing the old BP cap and Frenchy wearing the new one. … Interesting note from Jimi Jamm, who writes: “In the mid-’90s, during my radio career, I really got into wearing NFL and NHL jerseys, and it sort of became my calling card at radio and record conventions. It came to my attention that some record labels had given their promotion staff hockey jerseys bearing the company logo, so I asked my local rep if it was possible to get me one to go with my collection. Record labels, being only too happy to schmooze radio programmers, yielded me these two jerseys.” … Braves pitcher Kenshin Kawakami was going double-flapped the other day. … Is it just me, or has Rawlings’ chest protector brand patch gotten bigger this year? … Not sure I’d ever seen Garo Yepremian as a Lion — or with hair — before (nice find by Brian Mazmanian). … Reprinted from Friday’s comments: There’s a really wonderful animation about the history of Olympic pictograms here — well worth the four-minute time investment. Don’t miss. … Nike has done an interesting collaboration with half a dozen artists. For details look here and here (with thanks to Lance Smith). … Good pictorial survey of Olympic skeleton and skiing helmet artwork here (with thanks to Jon Alviani). … Big variety of stirrup styles shown in these softball photos (with thanks to Dustin Hall). … Even in Florida, there’s no escape from the Shea movement. That’s from last Thursday’s Mets Hot Stove show, which was broadcast live from a bar in Port St. Luice (big thanks to Brian Erni for the screen shot). … One of you officiating types should pick up this gorgeous old zebra jersey. Dig that chenille patch! … Got a note on Friday from Zachary Charles, subject line “omg yes.” When I clicked on the link he provided, the subject line made perfect sense. … Some guy on eBay is selling off a huge haul of uniforms and related memorabilia, and I strongly recommend clicking through his listings — lots of amazing-looking stuff. Check it out here (big thanks to Mike Hersh). … Stephen Sickles notes that the USA’s Olympic hockey jerseys have a patriotic inscription on the sleeve cuff. … According to this podcast, Pablo Sandoval of the Giants will be wearing prescription glasses on the field this year but will not hike up his pants to show the team’s new striped socks (with thanks to Tremaine Eto). … Kudos to the UCLA baseball team, which has joined the stirrup revolution (this excellent news courtesy of Ricky Darling). … Aaron Stilley has started a series in which he’ll be looking at the Royals’ annual Negro Leagues throwbacks. … New softball uniforms for LSU. Those are the white and purple versions, and here’s the gold (with thanks to Bryan J. Boltik). … Ben Fortney was poking around on Flickr and found this photo of Jeff Francoeur designing a jersey. “I suppose the non-rightfielders in the picture must be Majestic reps,” he says. “I really want to get my hands on that book Frenchy is flipping through.” … Last Monday I linked to this story about the Pistons’ ankle injuries possibly being due to a certain brand of swooshified shoe. Now that shoe has been banned from the team. … If you find a stray “k” floating around, it probably belonged to Sidney Crosby (as noted by Marcus Solis). … No photos, but Cam Norris reports that the Providence hoops team had some jerseys stolen prior to Saturday’s game against USF. “Many of their players had different numbers — Jamine Peterson, their star player, moved from 21 to 15, and Bilal Dixon was wearing 22. In all, about five or six players were affected and wearing different numbers for the game, and there were no names on the back of the jerseys.” … Kevin Mericle has created style sheet templates for four of the five 1995 NFL expansion finalists. “A few aspects I had to kinda guess on (like the Bombers’ road uniforms), but I think for the most part they are fairly accurate,” he says. … Kevin Wright got a screen shot of Paul Terbenche of the Houston Aeros wearing some interesting facial protection. … Mmmm, dig ths awesome old hockey-themed tobacco ad. “These Granger ads were all so amazing — the artwork was really top-notch,” says Bruce Menard. … One more from Bruce: a rare shot of Hack Wilson as a Phillie. “He played seven games for them in his last season, then retired at age 34,” says Bruce. … Our latest DIYer is Mike Lynch, who writes: “I was looking for a Team USA hockey shirt, but the only ones I could find were the official Ralph Lauren line at about $50 for a T-shirt. So I went to Wal-Mart, bought a $6 shirt, spent another $10 on ribbon, glue, and thread, and made this shirt. For the basic layout, I used the 1932 throwback that Team USA wore against Canada, and I added the star on the shoulders as a nod to the 1980 jersey. It took about six hours and it’s not perfect, but I’m happy with it as my first attempt. I’m already planning to do a second replica, probably a hoodie version of the complete 1980 jersey.” … Yesterday Phil linked to a great Fleer Sticker Project entry about a 1967 Coke promotion. FSP honcho Jon Helf has now done a follow-up entry on Coke’s related promotion from ’68. There’s some key info in there about Marvin Miller and the players’ association — recommended reading. … Jon also sent along this old Mets photo, which he says was for an ad for “Supima — the World’s finest cottons” — nice.