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Uni Watch Library Update: Catalogs

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I’ve picked up several cool old catalogs in recent weeks, all worthy of a closer look. Here’s a rundown:

Universal Bleacher Company, circa early 1960s: This is the first time I’ve come across a catalog for gymnasium bleachers — an appealingly specific niche. No date on this one, but the colors and awesome logo design have an early-’60s feel. I’m especially fond of the Poweroller and the extended “P” on this little mail-in card insert. Cool side-view diagram, too. Universal Bleacher also sold motorized basketball backstops, which were operated by a key — nice. (The full set of scans from this catalog is available here.)

Snyders, 1961: Don’t judge this book by its relatively plain cover — lots of good stuff in here, including lots of excellent examples of three-color print design (additional examples here, here, and here). And hey, did you know that the “Pony” in “Pony League” stands for “Protect Our Nation’s Youth”? I didn’t, until I saw that page. Meanwhile, why did so many catalogs from this era offer long pants for softball players? If you’re wondering where the pajama insurrection started, look no further. Much better: several pages’ worth of jackets. And of course no survey of uniform catalogs would be complete without at least one scan of a hosiery page. (Full set of scans here.)

Swingster, 1977: Best for last. The cover promises utter hilarity, which the interior content totally delivers. If you can look past all the puzzling fashion choices, unfortunate hairstyles, odd props (a picnic basket??), there’s actually some decent sportswear lurking within these pages, including some cool racing jackets and some interesting striped raglan sleeves. Love the page of color offerings, too. And look, the back cover looks like a Robert Marshall box-cover photo! (Full set of scans here.)

Good stuff, right? Expect a full analysis from Terry Proctor in the next day or two.

T-shirt discount: From now through next Monday, Zazzle is offering a $4 discount on all T-shirts, including those in the Uni Watch store. Just use the checkout code “4OFFPATTYTEE” and you’ll be good to go.

Stirrup Club Reminder: In case you missed it last week, Robert Marshall is currently taking orders for a new batch of primo stirrups. For details look here.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s yet another awesome curling sweater that’s too big for me, grumble-grumble. And another curling sweater pattern. … “I always thought all NBA teams had gone with elasticized waistbands by the 1980s, but several photos show Suns players with the old-style snap fastening up through the 1985-86 season,” writes Matt Beahan. “The following season they switched from knit uniforms (not sure of the manufacturer) to mesh unis made by Sand Knit, and went with elasticized waistbands (which they’d previously worn in the late ’70s before switching back to buttons in 1980-81). I always thought the buttons were a relic of the ’60s and ’70s. I’ve yet to find any other teams wearing this style in the mid-1980s — does anyone know of other examples?” … The good news is that hosiery phenom Corey Wimberly is still wearing stirrups; the bad news is that his ’rups were mismatched the other day. … Mike Pratt has started a new blog about player exclusive MLB gear. … Here’s something really cool: Larry Granillo has created a timeline of MLB stadiums and their names. … I’m calling it the YMCA. … Oh baby, is this totally the bomb or what? “I did not colorize that photo,” says Larry Bodnovich. “It was in color on the Oregon digital archives site.” … 125th-anniversary kit for Shrewsbury Town (with thanks to Peter Kurilecz). … Great slideshow of old program covers and ads from the Wisconsin state boys basketball tournament here (big thanks to Jeff Ash). … For reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me, the Blue Jackets wore St. Paddy’s Day warm-up jerseys last night — more than two weeks before March 17th (with thanks to John Muir). … You probably know that MLB teams wore a baseball centennial patch in 1939. But did you know there was more than one version of that patch? I didn’t, until Dave Grob sent me his latest article. … You may have noticed that one of the photos in Dave’s patch article showed a Philly A’s player fussing with his cap. That’s Skeeter Newsome, and he’s holding his protective liner in his right hand. … Kinda fitting that one of the Photo Day photographers at Blue Jays camp was wearing a Maple Leafs cap the other day. … Shin-Soo Choo, still double-flappin’. … See the “LW” on Troy Tulowitzki’s cap? It’s for his cousin, Lexy Winters, who recently died of skin cancer. According to the second graf of this story, he plans to maintain the cap inscription all season and maybe wear the initials on his eye black stickers to boot, although I suspect the MLB office will have something to say about all that. … The Brisbane Lions — that’s an Aussie rules football team — are facing a court battle over their logo (with thanks to Drew H. Douglas). … Jim Lonetti just won himself a very, very cool T-shirt. … Villanova and Ciny went color on color last night. … I interviewed a New Era exec earlier this week for an ESPN column that will be running tomorrow. One thing he told me was that he and the other New Era folks are just as attuned to things like gray underbrims and missing cap patches as we are. In particular, he mentioned that Joba Chamberlain was wearing a standard black-underbrimmed cap during the regular season but appeared to switch to a gray underbrim during the postseason, which led the New Era folks to speculate that he might be superstitious about having a separate cap to use when he’s working out of the bullpen instead of as a starter. … Also: The New Era people never say, “squatchee”; they just say, “button.”

 

150 comments to Uni Watch Library Update: Catalogs

  • pru | March 3, 2010 at 8:11 am |

    I may have to start bidding on some of these curling sweaters since the sweater worn by Team USA at the closing ceremonies (made by Polo RL) is $385. Thats crazy!

  • Hibbsy | March 3, 2010 at 8:18 am |

    Gotta love that box top.
    Those mesh coaching jerseys would be perfect for the hotter days of croquet. Unfortunately, they only come in 8 of the 12 colors.
    However, it’s interesting to see the color chart representing all 12 plus 2 more. And the array looks like balls.

  • Adam | March 3, 2010 at 8:23 am |

    Shin-Soo Choo, still double-flappin’. …

    isnt that the crazy japanese player from Major League II who told Cerrano he had no marbles?

  • JAson | March 3, 2010 at 8:31 am |

    No, Adam. That was Hiroshi “Kamikaze” Tanaka formerly of the Tokyo Giants.

    And I was at the Green…uh…Blue Jackets game last night. They actually wore the Green practice sweaters on March 2nd also!

    http://bluejackets.n...

  • LI Phil | March 3, 2010 at 8:39 am |

    [quote comment=”380189″]
    And I was at the Green…uh…Blue Jackets game last night. They actually wore the Green practice sweaters on March 2nd also!
    [/quote]

    wasn’t march 2nd last night?

  • RedWing in Colorado | March 3, 2010 at 8:51 am |

    [quote]Universal Bleacher also sold motorized basketball backstops, which were operated by a key — nice.[/quote]

    This is actually still the way the vast majortiy of backboards work in schools. We built our new building last year, and we have almost this exact system.

  • Tom V | March 3, 2010 at 8:51 am |

    Paul, I’ve designed a number of gyms, its amazing to see bleacher design hasn’t changed much at all in the past nearly 50 years. That little motor on wheels contraption (used to pull the bleachers in/out) is pretty funny, they’re all electic today. Keyed switches on the basketball hoops is still in use today.

  • FormerDirtDart | March 3, 2010 at 8:51 am |

    [quote comment=”380188″]Shin-Soo Choo, still double-flappin’. …

    isnt that the crazy japanese player from Major League II who told Cerrano he had no marbles?[/quote]
    He is Korean, and his Major League career may already be over. He is required to serve two years of military service, starting prior to his turning 30. He turns 28 in July.

  • JimV19 | March 3, 2010 at 8:52 am |

    Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.

    Just checked to see if they still make them, and I found this site: http://www.weplayspo...

    I like how they call them a “timeless classic,” then say, “Sorry, this is a discontinued item.”

  • Bob A | March 3, 2010 at 8:54 am |

    [quote comment=”380192″]Paul, I’ve designed a number of gyms, its amazing to see bleacher design hasn’t changed much at all in the past nearly 50 years. That little motor on wheels contraption (used to pull the bleachers in/out) is pretty funny, they’re all electic today. Keyed switches on the basketball hoops is still in use today.[/quote]

    I coached in gyms with rollback bleachers for more years than I’d like to remember. We had a machine for opening and closing the bleachers, it was called the ‘freshman team’.

  • JimV19 | March 3, 2010 at 8:58 am |

    Almost looks like Pete Rose and Dorothy Hamill on a date, huh?
    http://farm5.static....

  • Patrick | March 3, 2010 at 9:02 am |

    Speaking of zazzle shirts, this seems like a good time to shamelessly plug my on zazzle. They’re inspired by .

  • Patrick | March 3, 2010 at 9:03 am |

    Oh man I messed that up. I apologize. I’m terrible. anywhere, here’s the interview, if you haven’t seen it. – http://www.youtube.c...

  • John Zajac | March 3, 2010 at 9:04 am |

    [quote comment=”380196″]Almost looks like Pete Rose and Dorothy Hamill on a date, huh?
    http://farm5.static....

    Damn, you beat me to it… Pete Rose was my first thought as well.

    Also, I love the little touch on that MLB Stadium timeline of the ivy at Wrigley.

  • dwight | March 3, 2010 at 9:07 am |

    Two things:

    1) Paul, it’s CLEAR you need to eat more fried foods, quit whatever exercise you do, and drink way more beer so you can fit into one of these curling sweaters someday. fingers are crossed for you buddy!
    2) Nice mention/link on deadspin regarding your AFC/NFC trophy story

  • John Zajac | March 3, 2010 at 9:08 am |

    [quote comment=”380197″]Speaking of zazzle shirts, this seems like a good time to shamelessly plug my on zazzle. They’re inspired by .[/quote]

    Funny, but I think I prefer “Turkododo”

    http://www.hoopsnote...

  • JimV19 | March 3, 2010 at 9:11 am |

    Not uni-related, but to me it’s one of the most aesthetic things in athletics: the knuckleball.
    http://sports.espn.g...

    You want your kids to enjoy a 20-year MLB career without screwing up their arm or legs? Teach them a knuckler. I’d like to see a lot of kids follow Eri Yoshida in her quest to throw this beautiful pitch. Now if we can get some other kids to throw the sidearm submarine delivery…

  • FormerDirtDart | March 3, 2010 at 9:27 am |

    I have to wonder if the NFL will force the Super Bowl bound players to fly to Hawaii for next years Pro Bowl

  • Lloyd Davis | March 3, 2010 at 9:28 am |

    Had me going for a second. I thought (hoped?) that Jays photog might be wearing a cap from the AAA Leafs, or even the present-day Inter-County team. Dude needs some proper headgear. And by the way, I’m still calling it SkyDome.

  • Jeremy | March 3, 2010 at 9:32 am |

    Brazil wore special red track jackets in yesterday’s match against Ireland as part of Nike’s RED campaign. Many players wore red laces, and the goal nets and ball were also red.
    http://www.whoateall...

  • FormerDirtDart | March 3, 2010 at 9:33 am |

    Nationals Peter Orr sporting an alternate jersey?
    http://voices.washin...

  • JTH | March 3, 2010 at 9:34 am |

    [quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.
    [/quote]
    Oh, Lord. I kind of dread the answer, but I have to ask.

    Why?

  • Jeremy | March 3, 2010 at 9:39 am |

    125th-anniversary kit for Shrewsbury Town (with thanks to Peter Kurilecz). … of course Shrewsbury Town’s most famous shirt was worn by Derek Smalls http://www.toffs.com...

  • Bernard | March 3, 2010 at 9:43 am |

    [quote comment=”380207″][quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.
    [/quote]
    Oh, Lord. I kind of dread the answer, but I have to ask.

    Why?[/quote]

    Because you just can’t pay for that kind of… uh… advertising.

  • Erik Morris | March 3, 2010 at 9:44 am |

    I graduated from high school in ’06, which would put me in elementary school in the mid to late ’90s. I definitely remember the gym teacher having to use a key to lift and drop the basketball goals.

  • John M | March 3, 2010 at 9:46 am |

    Uni Watch got a mention on the radio today. Yesterday’s post about the new NFL trophies and logos was the basis for about 15 minutes of discussion during the sports segment this morning on 102.9 in Milwaukee.

  • Ricko | March 3, 2010 at 9:47 am |

    [quote comment=”380207″][quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.
    [/quote]
    Oh, Lord. I kind of dread the answer, but I have to ask.

    Why?[/quote]

    Depends on the era. In their time, coaches shorts were no more unusual on, say, a college campus than cargo shorts are today. Especially if your particular crowd was big into intramural athletics and such.

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | March 3, 2010 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment=”380207″][quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.
    [/quote]
    Oh, Lord. I kind of dread the answer, but I have to ask.

    Why?[/quote]

    Simple – lots of pocket room. Those shorts were longer than the ones I used to wear. I needed shorts where my keys and wallet wouldn’t fall out easily.

  • interlockingtc | March 3, 2010 at 9:58 am |

    You look at the images in the Swingster ’77 catalogue and think, “This is funny. This is satire. Those guys had a sense of humor.” Right?

    But, the sad fact is that it’s not satire. I know. I was a senior in high school at the time. Everything you see there was considered cool and hip. Cutting edge. Yeah, even the hair. (Though I honestly can’t remember the picnic basket as being an essential accoutrement.)

    These images tell me a lot about myself and the adult I’ve become. :)

  • Andy | March 3, 2010 at 10:02 am |

    It’s funny how the sizes have skewed upward in the past 30 years. They have small specified as waist size 26-28, whereas now, small means a waist size of 28-30 or sometimes even 30-32.

  • Broadway Connie | March 3, 2010 at 10:05 am |

    You are the Catalog King, Paul. Swingster 1977!!!

  • JimWa | March 3, 2010 at 10:07 am |

    [quote comment=”380213″][quote comment=”380207″][quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.
    [/quote]
    Oh, Lord. I kind of dread the answer, but I have to ask.

    Why?[/quote]

    Simple – lots of pocket room. Those shorts were longer than the ones I used to wear. I needed shorts where my keys and wallet wouldn’t fall out easily.[/quote]

  • JimWa | March 3, 2010 at 10:10 am |

    As a community service, I went looking for more fashionable options for you regarding deep-pocketed shorts.

    Never mind. Go back to the coaches shorts.

    Now.

    http://oldnavy.gap.c...

  • JimWa | March 3, 2010 at 10:11 am |

    [quote comment=”380215″]It’s funny how the sizes have skewed upward in the past 30 years. They have small specified as waist size 26-28, whereas now, small means a waist size of 28-30 or sometimes even 30-32.[/quote]

    SWEET!!! That mean’s I’m not really obese, I’m just slightly chunky!

  • Bob Loblaw | March 3, 2010 at 10:13 am |

    Is that Charlie Hustle out for a picnic in that Swingster catalog?????

  • LI Phil | March 3, 2010 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment=”380218″]As a community service, I went looking for more fashionable options for you regarding deep-pocketed shorts.

    Never mind. Go back to the coaches shorts.

    Now.

    http://oldnavy.gap.c...

    they’re not old navy…but i own the equivalent of almost every single one of those shorts you posted there jim

    you saying those plaids are worse than vilk’s canaries?

  • JimV19 | March 3, 2010 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”380218″]As a community service, I went looking for more fashionable options for you regarding deep-pocketed shorts.

    Never mind. Go back to the coaches shorts.

    Now.

    http://oldnavy.gap.c...

    Can’t beat a timeless classic, huh? ;)

  • JimWa | March 3, 2010 at 10:17 am |

    [quote comment=”380221″][quote comment=”380218″]As a community service, I went looking for more fashionable options for you regarding deep-pocketed shorts.

    Never mind. Go back to the coaches shorts.

    Now.

    http://oldnavy.gap.c...

    they’re not old navy…but i own the equivalent of almost every single one of those shorts you posted there jim

    you saying those plaids are worse than vilk’s canaries?[/quote]

    I’m just sayin’ … I also owned many of those patterns.

    In 1977.

    When I wasn’t old enough to purchase my own clothes.

    (except for the pre-paint-splattered – I’m perfectly capable of ruining my own shorts, thank you very much)

  • JTH | March 3, 2010 at 10:19 am |

    [quote comment=”380212″]
    Depends on the era. In their time, coaches shorts were no more unusual on, say, a college campus than cargo shorts are today. Especially if your particular crowd was big into intramural athletics and such.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    When exactly was that time? Because I believe that Jim and I were in college at pretty much the same time.

  • Ian | March 3, 2010 at 10:20 am |

    I was on page 2 today and there was an article on the Nationals (heres the link: http://sports.espn.g...)
    my question is what kind of catchers mask is the player second from the left wearing?

  • JimV19 | March 3, 2010 at 10:22 am |

    [quote comment=”380221″][quote comment=”380218″]As a community service, I went looking for more fashionable options for you regarding deep-pocketed shorts.

    Never mind. Go back to the coaches shorts.

    Now.

    http://oldnavy.gap.c...

    they’re not old navy…but i own the equivalent of almost every single one of those shorts you posted there jim

    you saying those plaids are worse than vilk’s canaries?[/quote]

    Some of those plaids are okay, but the whole collection just calls out for those dreaded flip-flops (which to me are a bigger abomination than pajama baseball pants). Now if you wear them with topsiders, they’re almost as good as the coaches shorts.

  • JTH | March 3, 2010 at 10:24 am |

    [quote comment=”380226″]Now if you wear them with topsiders…[/quote]
    Please stop.

  • Andy | March 3, 2010 at 10:31 am |

    There’s nothing wrong with topsiders. Not my fave, but certainly not the worst pair of footwear around. Top third, in fact.

  • JimV19 | March 3, 2010 at 10:31 am |

    [quote comment=”380224″][quote comment=”380212″]
    Depends on the era. In their time, coaches shorts were no more unusual on, say, a college campus than cargo shorts are today. Especially if your particular crowd was big into intramural athletics and such.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    When exactly was that time? Because I believe that Jim and I were in college at pretty much the same time.[/quote]

    Well, I’m usually a few years behind the times, so I was wearing early 80s stuff in the late 80s/early 90s.

    Then again, working with the football and basketball teams, and playing intramurals, I didn’t exactly stand out like a sore thumb.

  • Bob Loblaw | March 3, 2010 at 10:32 am |

    Man…. Ricky Henderson (in that Wimberly snap) still looks like he could swipe a few bases, uh?
    He looks great.

  • LI Phil | March 3, 2010 at 10:40 am |

    does anyone else get this mental picture when they think of vilk’s wardrobe?

  • Bob Loblaw | March 3, 2010 at 10:40 am |

    [quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.

    Just checked to see if they still make them, and I found this site: http://www.weplayspo...

    I like how they call them a “timeless classic,” then say, “Sorry, this is a discontinued item.”[/quote]
    I hope you wore yours w/ the matching spot-bilt coaches shoe, Jim. You must have looked just like Ol’ Travis Brown (inspiration for MadTV’s crazy gym teacher guy)

  • JimV19 | March 3, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment=”380231″]does anyone else get this mental picture when they think of vilk’s wardrobe?[/quote]

    Nah, man – his socks are waaaaay too low.

  • JimV19 | March 3, 2010 at 10:47 am |

    [quote comment=”380232″][quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.

    Just checked to see if they still make them, and I found this site: http://www.weplayspo...

    I like how they call them a “timeless classic,” then say, “Sorry, this is a discontinued item.”[/quote]
    I hope you wore yours w/ the matching spot-bilt coaches shoe, Jim. You must have looked just like Ol’ Travis Brown (inspiration for MadTV’s crazy gym teacher guy)[/quote]

    Probably something more like these:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Remember those? One of the best shoes I had as a kid.

  • Bob Loblaw | March 3, 2010 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=”380231″]does anyone else get this mental picture when they think of vilk’s wardrobe?[/quote]
    Those buttons on Tuna’s shorts are doing a Yeoman’s work! I kinda feel sorry for them. :(

  • Tom V | March 3, 2010 at 10:51 am |

    You know what really caught my eye on the yellow coaches set (aka vilks canaries) was the fact that the “long 4 button placket” comes within about 6″ of being able to be tucked into the pants. Definitely some proportion problems there.

    http://farm5.static....

  • JimWa | March 3, 2010 at 10:51 am |

    [quote comment=”380234″][quote comment=”380232″][quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.

    Just checked to see if they still make them, and I found this site: http://www.weplayspo...

    I like how they call them a “timeless classic,” then say, “Sorry, this is a discontinued item.”[/quote]
    I hope you wore yours w/ the matching spot-bilt coaches shoe, Jim. You must have looked just like Ol’ Travis Brown (inspiration for MadTV’s crazy gym teacher guy)[/quote]

    Probably something more like these:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Remember those? One of the best shoes I had as a kid.[/quote]

    interesting … no indication or suggestion of the Adidas company anywhere in the printed word.

  • Bob Loblaw | March 3, 2010 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment=”380234″][quote comment=”380232″][quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.

    Just checked to see if they still make them, and I found this site: http://www.weplayspo...

    I like how they call them a “timeless classic,” then say, “Sorry, this is a discontinued item.”[/quote]
    I hope you wore yours w/ the matching spot-bilt coaches shoe, Jim. You must have looked just like Ol’ Travis Brown (inspiration for MadTV’s crazy gym teacher guy)[/quote]

    Probably something more like these:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Remember those? One of the best shoes I had as a kid.[/quote]
    I had various pairs of these shoes. in fact, towards the end of my ‘affiliation’ w/ them, my parents bought me the adidas version of these.

    — never had coaches’ shorts, thou. AND i’m sticking to that story!

  • Bob Loblaw | March 3, 2010 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment=”380236″]You know what really caught my eye on the yellow coaches set (aka vilks canaries) was the fact that the “long 4 button placket” comes within about 6″ of being able to be tucked into the pants. Definitely some proportion problems there.

    http://farm5.static....

    Naaaaaahh— no problems there….that dude just suffered from short torso. :)

  • Ricko | March 3, 2010 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment=”380224″][quote comment=”380212″]
    Depends on the era. In their time, coaches shorts were no more unusual on, say, a college campus than cargo shorts are today. Especially if your particular crowd was big into intramural athletics and such.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    When exactly was that time? Because I believe that Jim and I were in college at pretty much the same time.[/quote]

    ’78, ’79, I suppose. Again, I did sort of say was more the sports-oriented crowd.

  • Ricko | March 3, 2010 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment=”380240″][quote comment=”380224″][quote comment=”380212″]
    Depends on the era. In their time, coaches shorts were no more unusual on, say, a college campus than cargo shorts are today. Especially if your particular crowd was big into intramural athletics and such.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    When exactly was that time? Because I believe that Jim and I were in college at pretty much the same time.[/quote]

    ’78, ’79, I suppose. Again, I did sort of say was more the sports-oriented crowd.[/quote]

    And, while I had them in just about ever color available (played SO much softball back then, so many different teams, couple hundred games a year), I honestly don’t recall wearing them for anything but playing ball.

    But I did see others wearing them to the store, etc.

    —Ricko

  • mmwatkin | March 3, 2010 at 10:58 am |

    Ahh…spring training. Where else can you see the tigers wearing the white “D” with the road uniforms and playing a Division II baseball team (who is also wearing road uniforms)?

    http://multimedia.de...

    That Southern Florida Moccasin is Colin Kaline, the grandson of Al

  • Kevin Z. | March 3, 2010 at 11:00 am |

    Anyone else notice the old Blue Jays logo in Larry Granillo’s ballpark timeline? Awesome graphic though!

  • Piping Mike | March 3, 2010 at 11:00 am |

    Paul might I suggest the following…
    1) Purchase oversized attractive curling sweater
    2) Dunk said sweater in water
    3) Insert dripping wool ball into clothes dryer
    4) Turn dryer on high heat
    5) Remove item from dryer
    6) On size tag, following the L for large, using a fine tipped marker write “ukas”
    7) Wear sweater to next UniWatch event.

  • Ry Co 40 | March 3, 2010 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment=”380226″][quote comment=”380221″][quote comment=”380218″]As a community service, I went looking for more fashionable options for you regarding deep-pocketed shorts.

    Never mind. Go back to the coaches shorts.

    Now.

    http://oldnavy.gap.c...

    they’re not old navy…but i own the equivalent of almost every single one of those shorts you posted there jim

    you saying those plaids are worse than vilk’s canaries?[/quote]

    Some of those plaids are okay, but the whole collection just calls out for those dreaded flip-flops (which to me are a bigger abomination than pajama baseball pants). Now if you wear them with topsiders, they’re almost as good as the coaches shorts.[/quote]

    no way man! i live my life for the days i get to wear flip-flops and (quiksilver) boardshorts! i usually (patiently) wait till the temp hits the high-40s/low-50s before i start running out of the house to the store or to visit mom looking like i’m going to the beach (with a hooded sweatshirt, of course). it’s all part of what makes me a genuine fool ;-)

  • Ry Co 40 | March 3, 2010 at 11:09 am |

    [quote comment=”380237″][quote comment=”380234″][quote comment=”380232″][quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.

    Just checked to see if they still make them, and I found this site: http://www.weplayspo...

    I like how they call them a “timeless classic,” then say, “Sorry, this is a discontinued item.”[/quote]
    I hope you wore yours w/ the matching spot-bilt coaches shoe, Jim. You must have looked just like Ol’ Travis Brown (inspiration for MadTV’s crazy gym teacher guy)[/quote]

    Probably something more like these:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Remember those? One of the best shoes I had as a kid.[/quote]

    interesting … no indication or suggestion of the Adidas company anywhere in the printed word.[/quote]

    guarantee bernard has at least 3 versions of those blue adidas in that pic!

  • Piping Mike | March 3, 2010 at 11:12 am |

    [quote comment=”380242″]Ahh…spring training. Where else can you see the tigers wearing the white “D” with the road uniforms and playing a Division II baseball team (who is also wearing road uniforms)?

    http://multimedia.de...

    That Southern Florida Moccasin is Colin Kaline, the grandson of Al[/quote]

    Check out Kaline’s sanies. Is it me or are they pink? Perhaps a color beed from the STIRRUPS!

  • Geeman | March 3, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment=”380196″]Almost looks like Pete Rose and Dorothy Hamill on a date, huh?
    http://farm5.static....

    Yes, dead-on! Very funny.

  • JAson | March 3, 2010 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment=”380190″][quote comment=”380189″]
    And I was at the Green…uh…Blue Jackets game last night. They actually wore the Green practice sweaters on March 2nd also!
    [/quote]

    wasn’t march 2nd last night?[/quote]

    Oh,duh. Really wish there was an edit button…

  • Bernard | March 3, 2010 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment=”380246″][quote comment=”380237″][quote comment=”380234″][quote comment=”380232″][quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.

    Just checked to see if they still make them, and I found this site: http://www.weplayspo...

    I like how they call them a “timeless classic,” then say, “Sorry, this is a discontinued item.”[/quote]
    I hope you wore yours w/ the matching spot-bilt coaches shoe, Jim. You must have looked just like Ol’ Travis Brown (inspiration for MadTV’s crazy gym teacher guy)[/quote]

    Probably something more like these:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Remember those? One of the best shoes I had as a kid.[/quote]

    interesting … no indication or suggestion of the Adidas company anywhere in the printed word.[/quote]

    guarantee bernard has at least 3 versions of those blue adidas in that pic![/quote]

    Beat me to it, Ry…

    I have these SL72s, which are pretty friggin’ close:

    http://eyepodsandmat...

  • Eli | March 3, 2010 at 11:45 am |

    I’d like to make some tweaks to the NFL jerseys, but don’t know where to get the templates from. How are you guys doing it? I think some guys used video games to design them, but I would perfer to have the templates in a format I can use from a PC. Thanks for the assistance!

  • Ricko | March 3, 2010 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”380244″]Paul might I suggest the following…
    1) Purchase oversized attractive curling sweater
    2) Dunk said sweater in water
    3) Insert dripping wool ball into clothes dryer
    4) Turn dryer on high heat
    5) Remove item from dryer
    6) On size tag, following the L for large, using a fine tipped marker write “ukas”
    7) Wear sweater to next UniWatch event.[/quote]

    Last time I tried that, took a sweater a bit too long (and I’m about 6’2″) and turned it into something that would fit the world’s longest-armed kindergartner. Or a chimp, I suppose.

    Other times, it’s worked fine. Just a real calculated risk. Pure wool will shrink beyond all apparent reason. Cotton, not so much.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | March 3, 2010 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment=”380251″]I’d like to make some tweaks to the NFL jerseys, but don’t know where to get the templates from. How are you guys doing it? I think some guys used video games to design them, but I would perfer to have the templates in a format I can use from a PC. Thanks for the assistance![/quote]

    go to the FAQ, scroll down about 3/4ths of the way to the section that starts:

    I want to submit an NFL uni tweak to Phil. Where can I find a uniform template to use?

  • pru | March 3, 2010 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”380202″]Not uni-related, but to me it’s one of the most aesthetic things in athletics: the knuckleball.
    http://sports.espn.g...

    You want your kids to enjoy a 20-year MLB career without screwing up their arm or legs? Teach them a knuckler. I’d like to see a lot of kids follow Eri Yoshida in her quest to throw this beautiful pitch. Now if we can get some other kids to throw the sidearm submarine delivery…[/quote]

    I can tell you that high school kids LOVE to try to do both…I have kids that can throw a decent knuckler in warmups and cant get it within 3 feet of the firstbasemen when making a throw to first. The submarine thing usually ends up in a kid two rows down the throwing line getting drilled.

  • Piping Mike | March 3, 2010 at 11:56 am |

    [quote comment=”380252″][quote comment=”380244″]Paul might I suggest the following…
    1) Purchase oversized attractive curling sweater
    2) Dunk said sweater in water
    3) Insert dripping wool ball into clothes dryer
    4) Turn dryer on high heat
    5) Remove item from dryer
    6) On size tag, following the L for large, using a fine tipped marker write “ukas”
    7) Wear sweater to next UniWatch event.[/quote]

    Last time I tried that, took a sweater a bit too long (and I’m about 6’2″) and turned it into something that would fit the world’s longest-armed kindergartner. Or a chimp, I suppose.

    Other times, it’s worked fine. Just a real calculated risk. Pure wool will shrink beyond all apparent reason. Cotton, not so much.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    A long armed kindergartner? Perfect for Paul!

  • FormerDirtDart | March 3, 2010 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”380251″]I’d like to make some tweaks to the NFL jerseys, but don’t know where to get the templates from. How are you guys doing it? I think some guys used video games to design them, but I would perfer to have the templates in a format I can use from a PC. Thanks for the assistance![/quote]
    Personally, I have poached .jpgs from “Chris Creamer’s Sports Logos” http://www.sportslog... and tweaked from there (with my amateurish MS Paint skills). I convert them to 24 color bitmaps first, keeps the colors from altering. And I have used “Football Uniforms Past and Present” http://www.weirdwolf... for historical perspective and color matching. But, that’s just me

  • Ricko | March 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”380254″][quote comment=”380202″]Not uni-related, but to me it’s one of the most aesthetic things in athletics: the knuckleball.
    http://sports.espn.g...

    You want your kids to enjoy a 20-year MLB career without screwing up their arm or legs? Teach them a knuckler. I’d like to see a lot of kids follow Eri Yoshida in her quest to throw this beautiful pitch. Now if we can get some other kids to throw the sidearm submarine delivery…[/quote]

    I can tell you that high school kids LOVE to try to do both…I have kids that can throw a decent knuckler in warmups and cant get it within 3 feet of the firstbasemen when making a throw to first. The submarine thing usually ends up in a kid two rows down the throwing line getting drilled.[/quote]

    Frustrating thing about the knuckler: Most high school coaches fear it. My youngest son is not big, but in Babe Ruth he threw plenty fast, but also had just a nasty knuckler. Absolutely befuddled kid hitters. From the coaching box, I’d hear ’em in the dugout: “Why can’t we hit this guy? He throws really slow!” I believed then (and still believe) that he could have got three outs anytime the high school team needed it. Especially if he followed a kid who threw heat.

    But they wouldn’t even look at him. Great ballplayer. Fast as hell, amazing outfielder, huge arm (kind of a sleeper that way), but they had no time for him. “5’7′, maybe 120 pounds soaking wet? Knuckleball? No, no way, can’t possibly work. Next.”

    –Ricko

  • mmwatkin | March 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm |

    If I could recommend one thing for a young ballplayer who wants the best shot at making it as a professional, I would say to be a left-handed hitting catcher.

  • Ricko | March 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”380258″]If I could recommend one thing for a young ballplayer who wants the best shot at making it as a professional, I would say to be a left-handed hitting catcher.[/quote]

    You got that right.
    Or a left-handed pitcher.

  • pru | March 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”380257″][quote comment=”380254″][quote comment=”380202″]Not uni-related, but to me it’s one of the most aesthetic things in athletics: the knuckleball.
    http://sports.espn.g...

    You want your kids to enjoy a 20-year MLB career without screwing up their arm or legs? Teach them a knuckler. I’d like to see a lot of kids follow Eri Yoshida in her quest to throw this beautiful pitch. Now if we can get some other kids to throw the sidearm submarine delivery…[/quote]

    I can tell you that high school kids LOVE to try to do both…I have kids that can throw a decent knuckler in warmups and cant get it within 3 feet of the firstbasemen when making a throw to first. The submarine thing usually ends up in a kid two rows down the throwing line getting drilled.[/quote]

    Frustrating thing about the knuckler: Most high school coaches fear it. My youngest son is not big, but in Babe Ruth he threw plenty fast, but also had just a nasty knuckler. Absolutely befuddled kid hitters. From the coaching box, I’d hear ’em in the dugout: “Why can’t we hit this guy? He throws really slow!” I believed then (and still believe) that he could have got three outs anytime the high school team needed it. Especially if he followed a kid who threw heat.

    But they wouldn’t even look at him. Great ballplayer. Fast as hell, amazing outfielder, huge arm (kind of a sleeper that way), but they had no time for him. “5’7′, maybe 120 pounds soaking wet? Knuckleball? No, no way, can’t possibly work. Next.”

    –Ricko[/quote]

    We have a kid who really has one purpose for us: Throw junk (all slow, including a knuckler.)He is only in for middle relief because we have a couple of hard throwing starters. Its all so ugly that opposing teams get so ticked after an inning or two.

  • Ricko | March 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm |

    One other aspect of the “Shrinking the Sweater” Concept.

    Don’t try it on anything with a zipper.
    On account of the zipper doesn’t, y’know, shrink. It being metal and all.
    Now, if you like a lumpy, bumpy chest and stomach, then you’re in.
    Otherwise…not gonna work.
    (Trust me, this is the voice of bad experience speaking. LOL )

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | March 3, 2010 at 12:23 pm |

    pru said…

    “We have a kid who really has one purpose for us: Throw junk (all slow, including a knuckler.)He is only in for middle relief because we have a couple of hard throwing starters. Its all so ugly that opposing teams get so ticked after an inning or two.”

    Good for you, pru. An enlightened coach.
    Everyone gets so “heat” conscious, forgetting what Warren Spahn said (hey, what did HE know about pitching anyway)…
    “Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.”

    —Ricko

  • mike 2 | March 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”380243″]Anyone else notice the old Blue Jays logo in Larry Granillo’s ballpark timeline? Awesome graphic though![/quote]

    Yep, two logos ago.

    One neat thing that graphic reminded me of – there are four major league teams out of 30 that have never moved ballparks: three expansion teams from the 90s (Rays, Marlins, Diamondbacks) and the Padres.

  • mmwatkin | March 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”380263″][quote comment=”380243″]Anyone else notice the old Blue Jays logo in Larry Granillo’s ballpark timeline? Awesome graphic though![/quote]

    Yep, two logos ago.

    One neat thing that graphic reminded me of – there are four major league teams out of 30 that have never moved ballparks: three expansion teams from the 90s (Rays, Marlins, Diamondbacks) and the Padres.[/quote]

    Padres?

  • Squiddie | March 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”380190″][quote comment=”380189″]
    And I was at the Green…uh…Blue Jackets game last night. They actually wore the Green practice sweaters on March 2nd also!
    [/quote]

    wasn’t march 2nd last night?[/quote]

    I will not wear them, Sam I am
    I will not wear green shirts and spam

  • JimWa | March 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”380264″][quote comment=”380263″][quote comment=”380243″]Anyone else notice the old Blue Jays logo in Larry Granillo’s ballpark timeline? Awesome graphic though![/quote]

    Yep, two logos ago.

    One neat thing that graphic reminded me of – there are four major league teams out of 30 that have never moved ballparks: three expansion teams from the 90s (Rays, Marlins, Diamondbacks) and the Padres.[/quote]

    Padres?[/quote]

    In my completely unbiased opinion, I’m personally a fan of the ivy – even planted in the correct spot on the timeline!

  • LI Phil | March 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”380263″]there are four major league teams out of 30 that have never moved ballparks: three expansion teams from the 90s (Rays, Marlins, Diamondbacks) and the Padres.[/quote]

    wait…the murph and petco are ?

  • mike 2 | March 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”380264″][quote comment=”380263″][quote comment=”380243″]Anyone else notice the old Blue Jays logo in Larry Granillo’s ballpark timeline? Awesome graphic though![/quote]

    Yep, two logos ago.

    One neat thing that graphic reminded me of – there are four major league teams out of 30 that have never moved ballparks: three expansion teams from the 90s (Rays, Marlins, Diamondbacks) and the Padres.[/quote]

    Padres?[/quote]

    Crap, I misread that chart. Carry on.

  • pru | March 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”380264″][quote comment=”380263″][quote comment=”380243″]Anyone else notice the old Blue Jays logo in Larry Granillo’s ballpark timeline? Awesome graphic though![/quote]

    Yep, two logos ago.

    One neat thing that graphic reminded me of – there are four major league teams out of 30 that have never moved ballparks: three expansion teams from the 90s (Rays, Marlins, Diamondbacks) and the Padres.[/quote]

    And by Padres you really meant ______________????

  • rpm | March 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm |

    pineapple needs all of these high rups, brrrrowl.

    look at how much fun they are having, i should by sportswear from swingster.

  • JimV19 | March 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”380262″]pru said…

    “We have a kid who really has one purpose for us: Throw junk (all slow, including a knuckler.)He is only in for middle relief because we have a couple of hard throwing starters. Its all so ugly that opposing teams get so ticked after an inning or two.”

    Good for you, pru. An enlightened coach.
    Everyone gets so “heat” conscious, forgetting what Warren Spahn said (hey, what did HE know about pitching anyway)…
    “Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I’d like to see more coaches like you.

    What are the odds of a kid growing up blessed with an arm that can throw major league heat? Not as high as the odds that an average kid can learn the knuckler.

    It’s perfect for the kids. There’s no strain on the arm (unlike trying to throw a curve) and hey, it’s great practice for the catchers, too.

    It’s good for the flamethrowers as well. Last year on my son’s team there was a kid who could really fire the ball in there, but every now and then he’d throw a knuckleball and just make the batter look silly.

  • Hibbsy | March 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm |

    Mike Vick wants to play for the Panthers.
    Reason 1: Close to home
    Reason 2: He likes the uniforms

    Saw it on Yahoo.

    I think there is a correlation between killing dogs and shitty helmet stripes.

  • JTH | March 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”380272″]Mike Vick wants to play for the Panthers.
    Reason 1: Close to home
    Reason 2: He likes the uniforms

    Saw it on Yahoo.

    I think there is a correlation between killing dogs and shitty helmet stripes.[/quote]
    If I were a Panthers fan, I’d latch onto that and start a grassroots campaign to get the unis overhauled.

  • Kenny Gunderman | March 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm |

    What exactly did Jim Lonetti do to win himself that cool shirt besides, perhaps, guarantee that it would fit him?
    -His Brother-in-law

  • Kenny Gunderman | March 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm |

    Wait a minute…did he win it on eBay? Or was it a Uniwatch prize? Color me confused.

  • chance michaels | March 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”380262″]
    Everyone gets so “heat” conscious, forgetting what Warren Spahn said (hey, what did HE know about pitching anyway)…
    “Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.”
    [/quote]

    Yeah, well – if that Spahn guy is so smart, why isn’t he still pitching today? ;)

  • Bob W | March 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm |

    “Swingster ’77”

    GREAT name for a band.

  • JimV19 | March 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm |

    Does the Universal Bleacher Company have a new device to help fans stay in their seats after a less-than-stellar victory?

    If not, they should make one:
    http://sports.espn.g...

  • MPowers1634 | March 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”380206″]Nationals Peter Orr sporting an alternate jersey?
    http://voices.washin...

    I thought this was the Nationals’ alternate jersey:

    http://www.inquisitr...

  • MPowers1634 | March 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”380250″][quote comment=”380246″][quote comment=”380237″][quote comment=”380234″][quote comment=”380232″][quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.

    Just checked to see if they still make them, and I found this site: http://www.weplayspo...

    I like how they call them a “timeless classic,” then say, “Sorry, this is a discontinued item.”[/quote]
    I hope you wore yours w/ the matching spot-bilt coaches shoe, Jim. You must have looked just like Ol’ Travis Brown (inspiration for MadTV’s crazy gym teacher guy)[/quote]

    Probably something more like these:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Remember those? One of the best shoes I had as a kid.[/quote]

    interesting … no indication or suggestion of the Adidas company anywhere in the printed word.[/quote]

    guarantee bernard has at least 3 versions of those blue adidas in that pic![/quote]

    Beat me to it, Ry…

    I have these SL72s, which are pretty friggin’ close:

    http://eyepodsandmat...

    I prefer the campus:
    http://www.paragonsp...

  • Josh | March 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm |

    The Suns old uniforms (pre sand-knit days) were made by some company called Spanjan.
    I have no pics to prove it, but I have seen these old shorts in sales the team has had of old stuff from the equipment room for charity for season ticket holders.

  • Bob Loblaw | March 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”380280″][quote comment=”380250″][quote comment=”380246″][quote comment=”380237″][quote comment=”380234″][quote comment=”380232″][quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.

    Just checked to see if they still make them, and I found this site: http://www.weplayspo...

    I like how they call them a “timeless classic,” then say, “Sorry, this is a discontinued item.”[/quote]
    I hope you wore yours w/ the matching spot-bilt coaches shoe, Jim. You must have looked just like Ol’ Travis Brown (inspiration for MadTV’s crazy gym teacher guy)[/quote]

    Probably something more like these:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Remember those? One of the best shoes I had as a kid.[/quote]

    interesting … no indication or suggestion of the Adidas company anywhere in the printed word.[/quote]

    guarantee bernard has at least 3 versions of those blue adidas in that pic![/quote]

    Beat me to it, Ry…

    I have these SL72s, which are pretty friggin’ close:

    http://eyepodsandmat...

    I prefer the campus:
    http://www.paragonsp...
    Or it’s cousin, the Gazelle:
    http://modculture.ty...

  • MPowers1634 | March 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”380282″][quote comment=”380280″][quote comment=”380250″][quote comment=”380246″][quote comment=”380237″][quote comment=”380234″][quote comment=”380232″][quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.

    Just checked to see if they still make them, and I found this site: http://www.weplayspo...

    I like how they call them a “timeless classic,” then say, “Sorry, this is a discontinued item.”[/quote]
    I hope you wore yours w/ the matching spot-bilt coaches shoe, Jim. You must have looked just like Ol’ Travis Brown (inspiration for MadTV’s crazy gym teacher guy)[/quote]

    Probably something more like these:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Remember those? One of the best shoes I had as a kid.[/quote]

    interesting … no indication or suggestion of the Adidas company anywhere in the printed word.[/quote]

    guarantee bernard has at least 3 versions of those blue adidas in that pic![/quote]

    Beat me to it, Ry…

    I have these SL72s, which are pretty friggin’ close:

    http://eyepodsandmat...

    I prefer the campus:
    http://www.paragonsp...
    Or it’s cousin, the Gazelle:
    http://modculture.ty...

    Nope…too low and narrow for me. The campus were more like the superstar(shelltoes).

    http://www.sneakerob...

  • MPowers1634 | March 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”380281″]The Suns old uniforms (pre sand-knit days) were made by some company called Spanjan.
    I have no pics to prove it, but I have seen these old shorts in sales the team has had of old stuff from the equipment room for charity for season ticket holders.[/quote]

    Spanjan was the main manufacturer of those horrid, vilkian coaches shorts.

  • MPowers1634 | March 3, 2010 at 2:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”380225″]I was on page 2 today and there was an article on the Nationals (heres the link: http://sports.espn.g...)
    my question is what kind of catchers mask is the player second from the left wearing?[/quote]

    Ian, that is the All Star Pro Model:

    http://www.baseballe...

    http://www.baseballe...

  • jim nedelka | March 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm |

    The Brisbane Lions — that’s an Aussie rules football team — are facing a court battle over their logo (with thanks to Drew H. Douglas).

    Guess the US Postal Service is now operating in Australia or else news travels by dingo down under since Brisbane announced their new logo at 5:00 PM Thu 22 October, 2009 — here’s their announcement http://www.lions.com...
    …in America that lawsuit probably would’ve been brought during the logo announcement newsconference!

  • Bob Loblaw | March 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”380283″][quote comment=”380282″][quote comment=”380280″][quote comment=”380250″][quote comment=”380246″][quote comment=”380237″][quote comment=”380234″][quote comment=”380232″][quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.

    Just checked to see if they still make them, and I found this site: http://www.weplayspo...

    I like how they call them a “timeless classic,” then say, “Sorry, this is a discontinued item.”[/quote]
    I hope you wore yours w/ the matching spot-bilt coaches shoe, Jim. You must have looked just like Ol’ Travis Brown (inspiration for MadTV’s crazy gym teacher guy)[/quote]

    Probably something more like these:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Remember those? One of the best shoes I had as a kid.[/quote]

    interesting … no indication or suggestion of the Adidas company anywhere in the printed word.[/quote]

    guarantee bernard has at least 3 versions of those blue adidas in that pic![/quote]

    Beat me to it, Ry…

    I have these SL72s, which are pretty friggin’ close:

    http://eyepodsandmat...

    I prefer the campus:
    http://www.paragonsp...
    Or it’s cousin, the Gazelle:
    http://modculture.ty...

    Nope…too low and narrow for me. The campus were more like the superstar(shelltoes).

    http://www.sneakerob...
    Loved the original Superstar! esp. the Hi-tops.

  • rpm | March 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm |

    powers~
    my everyday kicks, my only sneakers, are orange adidas campus, but i may need a pair of those coaches shoes, it’s the closest thing i have seen to a right proper baseball cleat in some time(at least on the top, and i work a lot of turf games too). all black, low sides, beautiful, and spot built too. now if i only had 50 bucks.

  • LarryB | March 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm |

    http://farm5.static....

    Wonder how many kids wore the sleeveless uniforms in the 1960’s?

  • LarryB | March 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm |

    http://farm3.static....

    First thing I thought of when seeing the softball jersey on the far left was. The King and his Court. Edddie Feigner sp

  • Geeman | March 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”380263″][quote comment=”380243″]Anyone else notice the old Blue Jays logo in Larry Granillo’s ballpark timeline? Awesome graphic though![/quote]

    Yep, two logos ago.

    One neat thing that graphic reminded me of – there are four major league teams out of 30 that have never moved ballparks: three expansion teams from the 90s (Rays, Marlins, Diamondbacks) and the Padres.[/quote]

    But the Pads moved from Jack Murphy/Qualcom Stadium into downtown a few years ago.

  • JimV19 | March 3, 2010 at 3:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”380283″][quote comment=”380282″][quote comment=”380280″][quote comment=”380250″]I have these SL72s, which are pretty friggin’ close:

    http://eyepodsandmat...

    I prefer the campus:
    http://www.paragonsp...
    Or it’s cousin, the Gazelle:
    http://modculture.ty...

    Nope…too low and narrow for me. The campus were more like the superstar(shelltoes).

    http://www.sneakerob...

    That last pair is closest to what I had, which was the white tennis shoe version in the poster:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Great tread on those – like a honeycomb pattern with the Olympic rings on the heel. They lasted a long time.

  • Sam | March 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm |

    The grey hat for Joba is the same hat he wore in 2007 due to the sweat stains, which dont appear anymore. It didn’t have the innaugural patch. Like in 1996 when john wettland had to have the world series logo sewn onto his sweaty hat

  • Bernard | March 3, 2010 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”380283″][quote comment=”380282″][quote comment=”380280″][quote comment=”380250″][quote comment=”380246″][quote comment=”380237″][quote comment=”380234″][quote comment=”380232″][quote comment=”380194″]Ah, coaches shorts!
    http://farm5.static....

    Man, I miss those. Had a royal blue pair that I wore throughout college.

    Just checked to see if they still make them, and I found this site: http://www.weplayspo...

    I like how they call them a “timeless classic,” then say, “Sorry, this is a discontinued item.”[/quote]
    I hope you wore yours w/ the matching spot-bilt coaches shoe, Jim. You must have looked just like Ol’ Travis Brown (inspiration for MadTV’s crazy gym teacher guy)[/quote]

    Probably something more like these:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Remember those? One of the best shoes I had as a kid.[/quote]

    interesting … no indication or suggestion of the Adidas company anywhere in the printed word.[/quote]

    guarantee bernard has at least 3 versions of those blue adidas in that pic![/quote]

    Beat me to it, Ry…

    I have these SL72s, which are pretty friggin’ close:

    http://eyepodsandmat...

    I prefer the campus:
    http://www.paragonsp...
    Or it’s cousin, the Gazelle:
    http://modculture.ty...

    Nope…too low and narrow for me. The campus were more like the superstar(shelltoes).

    http://www.sneakerob...

    Can’t go wrong with shelltoes.

    I have a hard time with the amount of nubuck/suede/whatever on the Campus and Gazelle (drives me crazy trying to keep fresh). The SL72 is INCREDIBLY comfortable.

    JimV – I can’t tell from the JCP ad. Were they an Olympic model Stan Smith?

    http://cornedbeefhas...

  • MPowers1634 | March 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”380289″]powers~
    my everyday kicks, my only sneakers, are orange adidas campus, but i may need a pair of those coaches shoes, it’s the closest thing i have seen to a right proper baseball cleat in some time(at least on the top, and i work a lot of turf games too). all black, low sides, beautiful, and spot built too. now if i only had 50 bucks.[/quote]

    Am I comprehending correctly: are you one of my umpire brethren?

  • MPowers1634 | March 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm |

    To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...

  • JimV19 | March 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”380295″]JimV – I can’t tell from the JCP ad. Were they an Olympic model Stan Smith?

    http://cornedbeefhas...

    Pretty close. Probably a little wider than a regular adidas.

  • divino codino | March 3, 2010 at 4:18 pm |

    Swingster 1977: interesting how they differentiate the 100% Monsanto nylon items from the 100% Du Pont nylon items.

    Pre-cursor of logo creep?

  • Jeff P | March 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”380273″][quote comment=”380272″]Mike Vick wants to play for the Panthers.
    Reason 1: Close to home
    Reason 2: He likes the uniforms

    Saw it on Yahoo.

    I think there is a correlation between killing dogs and shitty helmet stripes.[/quote]
    If I were a Panthers fan, I’d latch onto that and start a grassroots campaign to get the unis overhauled.[/quote]

    We like our uniforms. A lot. Most do not like Vick, and the Panthers don’t typically make such signings.

    That said, he’s served his time and we need a QB… But I think you’ll find a lot of Carolina fans on the Matt Moore bandwagon. Vick would play into our run game rather well though, so that’s another thought.

  • LI Phil | March 3, 2010 at 4:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”380296″]

    Am I comprehending correctly?[/quote]

    shockingly

    [quote comment=”380297″]To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...

    there may not be a better “summer” shoe (whatever the fuck that is)…but those were all lousy TENNIS shoes

    im not sure who made the kicks lendl’s wearing in this pic … but i had em and they were the best tennis sneaker i ever owned…

  • Hibbsy | March 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm |

    You can go wrong with newer shelltoes. I hate the puffy tongues. I was lucky to pick up a pair of the original foam tongues that came out a few years ago.
    Gazelles are too narrow.
    I like the Campus’, but I already have a few pairs of the Puma Clydes. Very similar.
    Sorry for joining this conversation late, but I love my sneakers.
    Robertmarshall, you know you have some Shelltoes on the bench here in St. Louie. They’re on that box top.

  • Bernard | March 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”380297″]To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...

    The Rod Laver is good, as is the aforementioned Stan Smith, the Country:

    http://a2.zassets.co...

    And the Rom:

    http://www.trainerst...

    As an adidas head, I can’t bring myself to consider the Pumas:

    http://www.thefreeli...,…-a0147884869

  • Geeman | March 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”380301″][quote comment=”380296″]

    Am I comprehending correctly?[/quote]

    shockingly

    [quote comment=”380297″]To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...

    there may not be a better “summer” shoe (whatever the fuck that is)…but those were all lousy TENNIS shoes

    quote]

    It’s a shoe that works well in the summer. It’s ventilated, that’s why (but most running shoes these days are too). Profanity not necessary to make your point.

  • Geeman | March 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”380304″][quote comment=”380301″][quote comment=”380296″]

    Am I comprehending correctly?[/quote]

    shockingly

    [quote comment=”380297″]To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...

    there may not be a better “summer” shoe (whatever the fuck that is)…but those were all lousy TENNIS shoes

    quote]

    [/quote]

    It’s a shoe that works well in the summer. It’s ventilated, that’s why (but most running shoes these days are too). Profanity not necessary to make your point.

  • Geeman | March 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”380305″][quote comment=”380304″][quote comment=”380301″][quote comment=”380296″]

    Am I comprehending correctly?[/quote]

    shockingly

    [quote comment=”380297″]To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...

    there may not be a better “summer” shoe (whatever the fuck that is)…but those were all lousy TENNIS shoes

    quote]

    [/quote]

    It’s a shoe that works well in the summer. It’s ventilated, that’s why (but most running shoes these days are too). Profanity not necessary to make your point.[/quote]

    Though I’m cursing now ’cause I can’t get this ital-quote thing right.

  • Bernard | March 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”380303″][quote comment=”380297″]To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...

    The Rod Laver is good, as is the aforementioned Stan Smith, the Country:

    http://a2.zassets.co...

    And the Rom:

    http://www.trainerst...

    As an adidas head, I can’t bring myself to consider the Pumas:

    http://www.thefreeli...,…-a0147884869[/quote]

    Try again Bernard, you dick:

    http://www.thefreeli...,…-a0147884869

  • Bernard | March 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm |

    Oh, forget it. Look up “Town of bent necks” if you don’t know what I’m getting at (and care).

  • LI Phil | March 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”380306″][quote comment=”380305″][quote comment=”380304″][quote comment=”380301″]
    Am I comprehending correctly?[/quote]

    shockingly

    [quote comment=”380297″]To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...

    there may not be a better “summer” shoe (whatever the fuck that is)…but those were all lousy TENNIS shoes
    [/quote]

    It’s a shoe that works well in the summer. It’s ventilated, that’s why (but most running shoes these days are too). Profanity not necessary to make your point.[/quote]

    Though I’m cursing now ’cause I can’t get this ital-quote thing right.[/quote]

    sorry for the profanity…just having a really shitty bad day at work and working on no sleep

    wasn’t understanding the concept…i thought mr. powers was referring to the purchase of a fashion sneaker that would only be worn between memorial day and labor day

    i was talking about quality of the sneaker for actual athletic competition…my bad

  • Geeman | March 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”380309″][quote comment=”380306″][quote comment=”380305″][quote comment=”380304″][quote comment=”380301″]
    Am I comprehending correctly?[/quote]

    shockingly

    [quote comment=”380297″]To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...

    there may not be a better “summer” shoe (whatever the fuck that is)…but those were all lousy TENNIS shoes
    [/quote]

    It’s a shoe that works well in the summer. It’s ventilated, that’s why (but most running shoes these days are too). Profanity not necessary to make your point.[/quote]

    Though I’m cursing now ’cause I can’t get this ital-quote thing right.[/quote]

    sorry for the profanity…just having a really shitty bad day at work and working on no sleep

    wasn’t understanding the concept…i thought mr. powers was referring to the purchase of a fashion sneaker that would only be worn between memorial day and labor day

    i was talking about quality of the sneaker for actual athletic competition…my bad[/quote]

    You’re probably right there. All those old shoes were poor by comparison to today’s. But we forget that.

  • Ricko | March 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm |

    A lot of this…
    http://farm3.static....

    Was because teams back then didn’t want the expensive of, or the bother with, stirrup socks for recreational softball. Also some saw going with stirrups as being just…too much. Too “We think we’re in the bigs.” The longer pants seemed to show a “proper perspective,” I guess.

    And dark colors were popular because, frankly, the dirt didn’t show. And guys had to launder them themselves.

    —Ricko

  • rpm | March 3, 2010 at 6:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”380296″][quote comment=”380289″]powers~
    my everyday kicks, my only sneakers, are orange adidas campus, but i may need a pair of those coaches shoes, it’s the closest thing i have seen to a right proper baseball cleat in some time(at least on the top, and i work a lot of turf games too). all black, low sides, beautiful, and spot built too. now if i only had 50 bucks.[/quote]

    i am
    Am I comprehending correctly: are you one of my umpire brethren?[/quote]

  • rpm | March 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”380302″]You can go wrong with newer shelltoes. I hate the puffy tongues. I was lucky to pick up a pair of the original foam tongues that came out a few years ago.
    Gazelles are too narrow.
    I like the Campus’, but I already have a few pairs of the Puma Clydes. Very similar.
    Sorry for joining this conversation late, but I love my sneakers.
    Robertmarshall, you know you have some Shelltoes on the bench here in St. Louie. They’re on that box top.[/quote]

    i will be in st louis early next week.

  • LI Phil | March 3, 2010 at 9:17 pm |

    is this thing on?

  • Mark K | March 3, 2010 at 9:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”380314″]is this thing on?[/quote]
    on what?

  • LI Phil | March 3, 2010 at 9:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”380315″][quote comment=”380314″]is this thing on?[/quote]
    on what?[/quote]

    lol

    good good…i was afraid everyone within a 200 mile radius of st looie was double bolting their doors and hiding their chilluns or something

  • Mark K | March 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm |

    it’s quite possible

  • Justin Bates | March 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm |

    Great video of the SNL presidents from Funny or Die. Uni-related: On Obama’s bedside table, there’s a Cubs coffee cup and a miniature batting helmet. Obviously Obama is a White Sox fan, which makes this skit funnier.
    http://bit.ly/bz1PHu

  • JTH | March 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |

    From the Does Anyone Really Care? department:

    I noticed last night that Niklas Hjalmarsson was sans shield. Same goes for tonight.

    I’m almost positive he had been wearing a shield from the beginning of the season up to the Olympic break.

  • MPowers1634 | March 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”380301″][quote comment=”380296″]

    Am I comprehending correctly?[/quote]

    shockingly

    [quote comment=”380297″]To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...

    there may not be a better “summer” shoe (whatever the fuck that is)…but those were all lousy TENNIS shoes

    im not sure who made the kicks lendl’s wearing in this pic … but i had em and they were the best tennis sneaker i ever owned…[/quote]

    Weren’t those made by Diadora?

  • MPowers1634 | March 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |

    Another cool pair of vintage tennis shoes:

    http://images.google...

  • MPowers1634 | March 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”380321″]Another cool pair of vintage tennis shoes:

    http://www.sneakerse...

    Oops

  • Bob Loblaw | March 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”380297″]To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...
    I assume all three are still in production?? I love that first pair and I”m a HUGE Guilermo Vilas fan!!! He’s a homeboy, in fact.
    (Mar Del PLata, Argentina)

  • Bob Loblaw | March 3, 2010 at 11:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”380297″]To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...
    Are all three of these shoes still in production? i’d love that first pair, in fact, i’m a huge Guilermo Vilas fan… in fact: he’s a homeboy:

    Mar del Plata, Argentina. :)

  • LI Phil | March 3, 2010 at 11:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”380321″]Another cool pair of vintage tennis shoes:

    http://www.sneakerse...

    Oops[/quote]

    HAH

    i had those too — i know steffi graf wore the same pair (she always wore men’s sneakers, for some reason)…they came with three different color pegs you literally screwed into the heel (mine were red, white and blue); they were of varying degrees of stiffness, and you were supposed to add them based either on weight (heavier were supposed to use blue, lighter were either white or red, i forget)…or comfort

    me and another guy on the team had them, and we both just kept red (closer to toe) white and blue in that order, cuz, ya know…it looked cool

    the three stripes were silver on the pair i owned

    and they were, 25 years ago, and still…the most expensive pair of sneakers i ever owned — i think they were like $125 back then…ridiculously expensive, and i wore them down on the hardcourts of my high school, like an ass

  • Bob Loblaw | March 3, 2010 at 11:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”380320″][quote comment=”380301″][quote comment=”380296″]

    Am I comprehending correctly?[/quote]

    shockingly

    [quote comment=”380297″]To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...

    there may not be a better “summer” shoe (whatever the fuck that is)…but those were all lousy TENNIS shoes

    im not sure who made the kicks lendl’s wearing in this pic … but i had em and they were the best tennis sneaker i ever owned…[/quote]

    Weren’t those made by Diadora?[/quote]
    Not Diadora, but Superga?

  • LI Phil | March 3, 2010 at 11:29 pm |

    here’s a close up of those stupid pegs

    and the pair i had

  • Bob Loblaw | March 3, 2010 at 11:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”380320″][quote comment=”380301″][quote comment=”380296″]

    Am I comprehending correctly?[/quote]

    shockingly

    [quote comment=”380297″]To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...

    there may not be a better “summer” shoe (whatever the fuck that is)…but those were all lousy TENNIS shoes

    im not sure who made the kicks lendl’s wearing in this pic … but i had em and they were the best tennis sneaker i ever owned…[/quote]

    Weren’t those made by Diadora?[/quote]
    Not Diadora. Superga, IIRC —althou, Phil, the resident tennis/prep boy might have a better recollection.

  • LI Phil | March 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm |

    one last one…

    here’s how they came…with a second set of pegs and a “turning key” to insert the things

    i think this marked the turning point in my realization that “stupid gimmicks are for stupid people”

  • rpm | March 4, 2010 at 12:00 am |

    [quote comment=”380316″][quote comment=”380315″][quote comment=”380314″]is this thing on?[/quote]
    on what?[/quote]

    lol

    good good…i was afraid everyone within a 200 mile radius of st looie was double bolting their doors and hiding their chilluns or something[/quote]

    they were, and that explains st louis, but what about the rest of the country?

  • =bg= | March 4, 2010 at 12:17 am |

    [quote comment=”380328″][quote comment=”380320″][quote comment=”380301″][quote comment=”380296″]

    Am I comprehending correctly?[/quote]

    shockingly

    [quote comment=”380297″]To everyone that has weighed in on the “tennis shoe” discussion:

    Is there a better summer shoe than the Puma GV Special/GVilas or the Adidas Rod Laver?

    http://www.zappos.co...

    http://a1.zassets.co...

    http://www.shoes.com...

    there may not be a better “summer” shoe (whatever the fuck that is)…but those were all lousy TENNIS shoes

    im not sure who made the kicks lendl’s wearing in this pic … but i had em and they were the best tennis sneaker i ever owned…[/quote]

    Weren’t those made by Diadora?[/quote]
    Not Diadora. Superga, IIRC —althou, Phil, the resident tennis/prep boy might have a better recollection.[/quote]

    Those are Superga.
    Lendl was in a bit of a sponsor transition. He wore L’Apina Australian tenniswear and Superga shoes, with Kneissel racquets. Then he morphed over to Adidas for all three..although unknown to most people, the Adidas frame was still the Kneissel with a paint job.

  • =bg= | March 4, 2010 at 12:20 am |

    Those are Superga.
    Lendl was in a bit of a sponsor transition. He wore L’Apina Australian tenniswear and Superga shoes, with Kneissel racquets. Then he morphed over to Adidas for all three..although unknown to most people, the Adidas frame was still the Kneissel with a paint job.

  • Tom | March 4, 2010 at 6:54 am |

    The reasons the CBJ wear the green jerseys before St. Patrick’s day is that the jerseys will be auctoned off by the Blue Jackets Foundation. The BON are “Irish-ized.” They did the same thing last year, as well as gave out awesome green hats to everyone in attendance.

    More info on the jerseys: http://bluejackets.n...

  • Tim | March 4, 2010 at 9:00 am |

    Loved the universal bleacher catalog. Are there any other old catalogs for bleachers that someone might direct me to? I am in the bleacher repair business.

  • LI Phil | March 5, 2010 at 12:24 am |

    testing, testing…one two three

    hello

  • JTH | March 5, 2010 at 9:21 am |

    [quote comment=”380459″]testing, testing…one two three

    hello[/quote]
    testes, testes… one, two… three?

    Good bye.