Here’s something I don’t often say: I wish I’d been in L.A. last night. That’s because Gallery 1988 had a reception for their new poster exhibit, called The Greatest Moments in Sports History, most of which looks to be completely amazing. Here are some highlights:
• Not sure what this is supposed to be about, but I love the uni-numbered bonnet and shower cap. (Update: Justin Rectenwald now informs us that larger, slower water polo teams are often referred to as whales, and smaller, faster ones are often called squid. So there you have it: The first water polo poster ever to appear on Uni Watch!)
• Poor Scott Norwood never gets a break.
• I like how this mascot gallery looks like a slightly beat-up LP cover from the 1960s.
• Great title here: “Belly Itcher.” But how could you shout that at someone wearing such nice stirrups?
• Totally digging the fluid lines in this basketball image.
• I’m always happy to make a purple exception for Kurt Rambis.
• This Jesse Owens design is a high point of the exhibit. Ingeniously conceived, strikingly executed.
• In case you don’t recognize this guy, the name of the poster is “20,000″ — a Wilt Chamberlain reference, obviously. I love how the illustration styles mimics Victor Moscoso’s old psychedelic rock posters.
• Magnificent use of perspective and color blocking in this Four Horsemen image.
• Here’s an odd one. It’s called “Local Legend,” but I’m not sure who it’s supposed to be depicting. And whoever he is, why did he wear No. 03?
• Man, does this have “1950s college football program cover” written all over it or what?
The best part: Almost all of these poster designs are reasonably priced, at least by art gallery standards. You can see the price listings, and the rest of the images from the show, here.
(Special thanks to Josh Brotheim for letting me know about this one.)
Yet another earflap update: A month ago I went bananas over this photo of Jackie Hayes, dated 8/23/40. Somewhere along the line I got the notion that Hayes had created that headgear himself, although I’m embarrassed to say I don’t recall where I read that — bad recordkeeping on my part. Does anyone remember seeing anything along those lines?
Now Zac Neubauer has found something in the Popular Science archives — check it out. As you can see, it’s from the Nov. 1940 issue, and it’s definitely the same contraption Hayes was wearing. No mention of a manufacturer, though (or of Hayes, which seems odd). So maybe Hayes did come up with the design and then someone else put his idea into production a few months later, or else maybe it was already in production and Hayes had nothing to do with it. Hmmmmmm.
Either way, it’s interesting that the Ford Frick was trying to get all N.L. players to wear it. At present, I’m not aware of anyone other than Hayes having used it, but this storyline keeps yielding additional chapters, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s more to learn here.
Membership Program RE-OPENED for Business!: I’m happy to report that we’ve finally caught up on all previously pending membership card orders (including Tavis Burns’s Tromsø Idrettslag treatment, shown at right). All card designs are now present and accounted for in the card gallery, and those of you haven’t yet received your cards in the mail should be getting them within the next week or so.
Now that we’re caught up and Scott is settled into his new Seattle digs, we’re ready to take new orders again. You can sign up in the usual place. Remember, no more PayPal — I now accept e-cash via Amazon Payments. It’s easy, and all spelled out on the sign-up page.
One change to the program: I’m no longer adding new sign-ups to the Membership Roster page. It’s gotten too big to manage, it mucks up our software (it’s been months since I’ve been able to add new names without the whole thing going kablooey), and our traffic stats indicate that nobody looks at it anyway. Think of the card gallery as a de facto roster page, OK? Thanks.
Vintage Vinyl Giveaway: To celebrate the return of the membership program, I’m going to give away two cool old NFL LPs that I picked up at a record fair last weekend. The first one is devoted to the Jets’ Super Bowl season (here’s the back cover) and the other features interviews with mid-1960s quarterbacks (back cover here). Both LPs have a bit of surface noise but generally play surprisingly well, with no skips or scratches — fun stuff.
I’m not going to impose any restrictions on this giveaway, but I will say this: If you don’t own a turntable and have no way to play these records, it’d be nice if you held off on entering this one. But that’s a suggestion, not a rule — the giveaway is open to everyone, and you can enter by sending a blank e-mail with your name in the subject line to this address by 10pm eastern next Wednesday, March 10th. One entry per person (remember, no more bonus entries for Membership Program enrollees). I’ll announce two winners on Thursday. The first winner will get his or her choice of the two LPs; the other winner will get the remaining LP. Cool? Cool.
House of Hearts Reminder: Big, big thanks to those of you who contributed yesterday to my House of Hearts Bonspiel sponsorship fund. One very generous reader donated $50, but you can make me plenty proud if you simply contribute five bucks. For those of you who don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, you can get the full scoop here.
Stirrup Club Reminder: Sunday is the deadline for getting in on the latest round of Uni Watch Stirrup Club hosiery from Robert Marshall. Full details here.
That’s it, I’m doubling our ad rates: In one of those completely arbitrary rankings that don’t amount to a hill of Cocoa Puffs, the folks at Mediaite have named the top 25 most influential sports writers. A fun exercise, but if you go to the third page of the article you’ll see that they’ll let just about anyone onto these lists, which really calls the whole integrity of the process into question, eh?
Uni Watch News Ticker: Peter Mueller, newly acquired by the Avs, warmed up in a blank jersey on Wednesday (with thanks to Steven Schapansky). … We now have Photo Day confirmation that the NOBs on the Twins’ new home pinstripes will be direct-sewn, not nameplated (as noted by Karl Anderson). … Notice anything unusual about this Carl Hubbell jacket? The ribbed trim at the collar and base isn’t just horizontally striped — it’s also vertically pinstriped! Never seen that before. Here’s the rear view (awesome find by Mike Hersh). … No image, but Ronald Marrero informs me that the new MLB2010 Road to the Show allows you to include stirrups for players you create. Maybe someone could provide a screen shot? … The good news is that Topps did a nice job of photoshopping Cliff Lee into a Mariners uniform for this year’s Opening Day card series. The bad news is that they didn’t erase the Phillies’ Harry Kalas patch (as noted by Bill Slowsky). … The Oregon Ducks are finally free from Disney (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … There are helmet buggies and then there are helmet Bugs. That’s a Barcelona Dragons treatment, in case you don’t recognize it (with thanks to Alex Acosta). … Okay, so we all know minor league hockey teams have ad patches on their jerseys. But the Bakersfield Condors have taken it a step further: They have Carl’s Jr. star logos in their uni numbers (with thanks to Mark Snider). … Whoa, check out the amazing striped jerseys worn by the Groton School football team (big thanks to Andrew Peterson). … Interesting news from Brian Schulz, who checks in with the following report from Austin, Minnesota: “About a month ago, when a new NAHL was approved for Austin, an article came out stating that the owner ‘[Austin] Bruins, as tribute to the Boston Bruins,’ but would let the city decide. Earlier this week it was announced that after over a thousand suggestions, the name Bruins just happened to be at the top of the list. Since then, people have been in quite the frenzy over the name and logo for the team.” … Now wait a minute — is it really possible that the Republic of France is the latest organization to rip off Jerry Dior’s MLB logo concept? I’d like to know more about that French logo. Anyone know its history? (As brought to my attention by Coachie Ballgames.) … Michael Princip‘s excellent Seahawks-centric site, Greenglare, is now called Greenxoblue. … Barry Zito, my hero. … Nice video tour of the new ballpark in Eugene, Oregon, to be shared by the Ducks and Emeralds, here (with thanks to Scott Little). … Latest NHL team to wear camouflage warm-up jerseys: the Caps (with thanks to William Yurasko, who also says this video indicates that the Caps have no plans to add a third jersey, somewhere around the 18-minute mark). … Interesting Cubs-colored spikes for Kosuke Fukudome (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Here’s something you won’t often have a chance to own: a Houston Aeros business card (great find by Gabriel Manga). … Last but not least, sex columnist Dan Savage published a really funny baseball-related letter in this week’s column. Dig: “My ladyfriend generally requires more foreplay than I do, but on rare occasions we focus on me exclusively. Two nights ago, after three years together, we figured we’d give a high-school classic a try: I was going to get a handjob. I must’ve been temporarily transported back to my Little League days, because as she was contentedly pumping away, I asked if she could adjust her grip, saying, ‘Baby, could you choke up a little bit?’ With the sweetest, most eager-to-please look on her face, she said, ‘You mean, like, cry?’ I really think she would’ve done it, too, if I hadn’t laughed so hard I nearly fell off the bed.”