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Head Games

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When I first ran this photo of Jackie Hayes last month, I wrote, “We reeeeaaaalllly need to find a photo of Hayes wearing this contraption in a game.” As you can see above, done and done (here’s a slightly larger version).

That photo was uncovered by Larry Granillo, who’s been researching the history of batting helmets. It’s one of many, many major finds he’s come up with, most of which he’s cobbled together into an absolutely seminal post on his own site, Wezen-Ball.com. It’s a detailed treatment of an important topic, and it deserves your full attention, so today I’m doing something unusual: I’m handing you off to Larry. Go read his entry on his site — seriously, do it now — and then come back here for the rest of today’s content.

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And now that you’ve done that…: Pretty great stuff, right? Most of that material was news to me. And I’d actually forgotten all about that Larry Doby photo, which I obviously should have referenced during our recent Jackie Hayes discussions.

A few additional notes:

• There’s an important non-helmet detail lurking in one of the other Larry Doby photos. Look — a batting glove! It’s even referenced in the caption. That photo ran on 6/5/56, which means Doby is one of the several players who wore batting gloves prior to Ken Harrelson doing so in the 1960s. (I debunked the “Harrelson was the first to wear gloves” story several years ago, but it’s always interesting to find further evidence.)

• Before he wrote that entry, Larry had been in touch with me and shared some of his research. I was surprised that a few things he showed me didn’t end up in his article, like this great photo, dated 2/5/41.

• Also not included in Larry’s article: a very informative article about the Dodgers wearing helmets in 1941.

Tremendous research, Larry — thanks for helping to fill in so many gaps in the timeline.

Giveaway Results: The winners of the two LPs are Julien Marques and Keith Meyer. More giveaways coming soon.

Uni Watch News Ticker: I had a blog item on Page 2 yesterday about an Oregon politican ripping off the Blue Jackets’ logo (with thanks to John Muir, who was the first of several readers to bring this one to my attention) … Apparently the Foot Locker at an L.A. mall stocks every kind of Dodgers-ish cap except an actual blue one (rare non-Life-related submission from Lance Smith). … Beggs High School in Oklahoma uses TLOB — team logo on back — for its football and basketball teams. “The logo is a Trident (we are the Demons), and I was told that the other end represents a flame,” says Kevin Allen. … Homage Clothing, one of our anchor advertisers at the top of the page, is running a one-week sale beginning this Sunday. … Kansas State hoops player Jacob Pullen has a big-ass sneaker collection. “Although he states that he likes to wear dark shoes with white unis and vice-versa, there have been some occasions when he’s gone dark on dark,” says Sean Kautzman. … Also from Sean: “I found this old KU basketball photo, which led me to this index of Chuck Taylor photos. It includes a gallery of Chucks being used in various athletic endeavors.” … Jim Mellett found a photo of Dick Fosbury (he of the famous Fosbury Flop) with mismatched footwear. … Sean Clancy found a cool page featuring motocross program covers. … Jared Rosen notes, quite accurately, that Salty’s NOB would make a killer membership card. … Cool item about the Mexico City Olympics graphic designer (with thanks to Alan Kreit). … Naturally, I love this 1972 ad, but it’s really weird. The only guys wearing stirrups on a football field would be the officials, but the officials wouldn’t be wearing knee pads or carrying a helmet (odd find by Paul Wiederecht). … “I discovered that the USS Carter Hall’s starboard engines have the logo of each NFL team painted on the covers to each cylinder, arranged by division,” writes Jonathan Sluss. “I was not permitted to take a photograph, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be found — you can see the Jets’ logo in this photo. I secretly hoped I would find the MLB logos in the Port engine room, but alas, that was not the case. There is a surprising amount of great art painted on the walls of these ships, however. Unfortunately, much of it gets painted over in gray or white as the crew revolves out.” … Latest team to be auctioning off a set of St. Paddy’s day warm-up jerseys: the Coyotes (with thanks to Kenn Tomasch). … Lots of Cool stuff in the new Ebbets Field Flannels catalog, including some great new T-shirts (I’m particularly partial to the Tri-City Atoms, Eau Claire Bears, and Hot Spring Bathers designs) and, my favorite, grounds crew jackets. Plus the printed catalog has a really nice memorial tribute to the woman who did the company’s chain-stitching. … Latest entry in the ever-growing library of books about uni numbers: the excellent Red Sox by the Numbers. Highly recommended. … A few months ago I looked at a bare strip of vertical molding in my apartment and thought, “A column of old pencil sharpeners would look really cool there.” So I started collecting them. Now the molding is full and the collection is spreading across the ceiling. … Interesting insignia style on this old baseball jersey, and check out the tri-colored initials on this one and the spectacular “National Milk” chain-stitching on this one. … One of you Twin Cities guys should snap up this baseball jersey. … Use the “Click to Enlarge” on the photos to see the awesome chenille uni numerals on this football jersey. … Very groovy find here: a blank Jaworski-era Eagles jersey, which you can customize as you see fit. Always loved those sleeve stripes. … I think we can safely say that this dude is the coolest curler ever. Love that chest patch (awesome find by Jeremy Brahm). … Julius Peppers will wear No. 90 for the Bears (with thanks to Steve Johnston). … Ever wonder what’s inside a rosin bag, and/or how to make your own? Then watch this really interesting video clip (great find by Tremaine Eto). … John Sheehan sent along some scans of these groovy old baseball photo cards. “They’re very thick like an old photograph, nothing on the back,” he says. … Zac Neubauer was looking through the October 1947 issue of Popular Science and thought I’d be interested in this uniform ad from a Brooklyn operation. The great part about this is that Triangle Sports is still in business at that same location, which is just a few blocks away from my apartment. I buy most of my underwear and sneakers from them. They’re totally gonna shit when I show them the old ad.

 

101 comments to Head Games

  • Don | March 11, 2010 at 7:48 am |

    Looking at that Marc Delphine’s site right now (6:48 am MT), they’ve taken the offending logo off the header with no mention of why.

  • pru | March 11, 2010 at 8:08 am |

    I remember Jurko telling the story of that watch when I was an intern at ESPN 1000 in Chicago back in 2001. I also remember seeing him put a chicken wing in his mouth and after some quick swirling around, pulling out only the bone.

  • Joe Barrie | March 11, 2010 at 8:19 am |

    “Bill Dickey is doing the catching” is the way people wrote in those days.

    Stan Lomax would give the scores, and the batteries, on the radio, and would always say that so-and-so “took care of the catching”.

    Interesting how our language evolves.

  • LI Phil | March 11, 2010 at 8:49 am |

    [quote comment=”381329″]”Bill Dickey is doing the catching” is the way people wrote in those days.

    Stan Lomax would give the scores, and the batteries, on the radio, and would always say that so-and-so “took care of the catching”.

    Interesting how our language evolves.[/quote]

    “____ is doing the catching” is still a phrase i hear, although not really as much…i also recently heard one (forget who, might have been on the mlb network) “____ will be handling the catching duties”…i like that one, and one doesn’t hear that much

    but usually, now it’s “joe blow is the catcher (or is catching)” or “is behind the plate”

    every once in a while, someone (mc carver, maybe) will drop in a “is the receiver”

    not a fan of that one, so much

  • War Damn Eagle | March 11, 2010 at 8:53 am |

    Since today’s excellent entry is about batting helmets, I thought I’d link to a pic showing Vlad Guerrero’s new Rangers helmet already in mid-season form:

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Do you think he “nasties it up” himself, or has one of the clubhouse guys destroy it for him?

    One has to wonder that even if the Rangers had decided to stick with the two-tone helmet design, would you even be able to discern the two colors on Vlad’s?

    http://cdn2.sbnation...

  • LI Phil | March 11, 2010 at 9:00 am |

    [quote comment=”381332″]Since today’s excellent entry is about batting helmets, I thought I’d link to a pic showing Vlad Guerrero’s new Rangers helmet already in mid-season form:

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Do you think he “nasties it up” himself, or has one of the clubhouse guys destroy it for him?

    One has to wonder that even if the Rangers had decided to stick with the two-tone helmet design, would you even be able to discern the two colors on Vlad’s?

    http://cdn2.sbnation...

    i believe this issue was addressed by some guy a few years back

    intersting to note that even then, a certain scribe’s “vote for MVP (that’s Most Voluminous Pine) goes to Guerrero, who clearly has baseball’s skankiest helmet.”

  • JimWa | March 11, 2010 at 9:09 am |

    These modern-era players drive me nuts. Stop wearing pajama pants, and find something your own size! And I’m a strong believer that a ball that grazes your 4 sizes-too-big jersey should NOT earn you a trip to first base. Thank you. (anyone else need this soapbox now?)

    http://farm3.static....

  • Ranagan | March 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |

    St John’s and Marquette went color on color yesterday at MSG.

    I gotta say I really like those Marquette unis… Especially in true Golden Eagle gold.

    Looks like they have a lot of options, too: White, Navy, Powder, Gold

    UNTUCKED???

  • Ranagan | March 11, 2010 at 9:32 am |

    St. John’s and Marquette went color on color yesterday at MSG.

    I like those gold unis more than any of their other choices… Looks like they’ve got White, Navy, Gold, and Powders in the closet. Nice interpretation of the SoDs, IMHO.

    Go ‘Cuse.

  • chance michaels | March 11, 2010 at 9:38 am |

    The USS Carter Hall?

  • JSA fan | March 11, 2010 at 9:48 am |

    “I discovered that the USS Carter Hall’s starboard engines have the logo of each NFL team painted on the covers to each cylinder, arranged by division,” writes Jonathan Sluss.

    NFL logos? They should have logos of each member of the Justice League Society instead:
    http://3.bp.blogspot...

  • scott | March 11, 2010 at 9:49 am |

    [quote comment=”381336″]St. John’s and Marquette went color on color yesterday at MSG.

    I like those gold unis more than any of their other choices… Looks like they’ve got White, Navy, Gold, and Powders in the closet. Nice interpretation of the SoDs, IMHO.

    Go ‘Cuse.[/quote]

    Is yellow/ gold/ gray versus anything but white really color on color? If it is, then the Lakers and Georgetown are almost always playing color on color when they play home games.

  • JSA fan | March 11, 2010 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment=”381338″]“I discovered that the USS Carter Hall’s starboard engines have the logo of each NFL team painted on the covers to each cylinder, arranged by division,” writes Jonathan Sluss.

    NFL logos? They should have logos of each member of the Justice Society instead:
    http://3.bp.blogspot...

    fixed

  • LI Phil | March 11, 2010 at 10:06 am |

    [quote comment=”381335″]St John’s and Marquette went color on color yesterday at MSG.

    I gotta say I really like those Marquette unis… Especially in true Golden Eagle gold.

    Looks like they have a lot of options, too: White, Navy, Powder, Gold

    UNTUCKED???[/quote]

    heh…check back this saturday…that’s all imo say

  • Ricko | March 11, 2010 at 10:33 am |

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but for those of us who were around to actually watch batting gloves come into the game, we understand that the reference to Hawk Harrelson “being the first” is that he was the first to make a glove a permanent part of his game gear…which he most definitely was. Not that he was first ever to use a glove. Hell, we knew he wasn’t.

    Plenty of others sometimes used gloves (or a glove) for a specific, usually temporary, reason (Doby’s skin rash mentioned in one of the stories today, for ex.). I believe Hank Aaron used a glove or two on at least one episode of “Home Run Derby” (think I’ve posted a photo). I’ve also posted a posed photo of Roy Campanella gloved and in his batting stance. Gloves had been around for while, most often in spring training, or even for batting practice. Most definitely.

    But, because Harrelson batted with one ALL THE TIME IN GAMES, and NOT for a medical/injury reason, it got noticed. Typically, some writers, who didn’t know better, smacked their foreheads and thought they were really onto something. That, unfortunately, left those who can only read about it to believe their version is accurate. So don’t blame Harrelson for the story that’s come to be treated as fact. Blame those who didn’t know what they were talking about.

    As to Harrelson saying he was the first: I think even HE knows that’s in the context of “all the time’ and “not because of a physical problem”, and probably assumes others do, too.

    But, wrong stories somehow become gospel over time, don’t they.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | March 11, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment=”381337″]The USS Carter Hall?[/quote]

    Ha! Saw this and thought, “Wasn’t that Hawkman?”
    Then opened the link.

    And Starman was Ted Knight
    http://www.comics101....
    Must have gone to Hollywood to act after his crimefighting days, huh.

    Well played, Chance.

    —Ricko

    —Ricko

  • pru | March 11, 2010 at 10:47 am |

    [quote comment=”381344″]Not to put too fine a point on it, but for those of us who were around to actually watch batting gloves come into the game, we understand that the reference to Hawk Harrelson “being the first” is that he was the first to make a glove a permanent part of his game gear…which he most definitely was. Not that he was first ever to use a glove. Hell, we knew he wasn’t.

    Plenty of others sometimes used gloves (or a glove) for a specific, usually temporary, reason (Doby’s skin rash mentioned in one of the stories today, for ex.). I believe Hank Aaron used a glove or two on at least one episode of “Home Run Derby” (think I’ve posted a photo). I’ve also posted a posed photo of Roy Campanella gloved and in his batting stance. Gloves had been around for while, most often in spring training, or even for batting practice. Most definitely.

    But, because Harrelson batted with one ALL THE TIME IN GAMES, and NOT for a medical/injury reason, it got noticed. Typically, some writers, who didn’t know better, smacked their foreheads and thought they were really onto something. That, unfortunately, left those who can only read about it to believe their version is accurate. So don’t blame Harrelson for the story that’s come to be treated as fact. Blame those who didn’t know what they were talking about.

    As to Harrelson saying he was the first: I think even HE knows that’s in the context of “all the time’ and “not because of a physical problem”, and probably assumes others do, too.

    But, wrong stories somehow become gospel over time, don’t they.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    He gone…Maybe its the Cubs fan in me, but I cant stand Harrelson.

  • Squiddie | March 11, 2010 at 10:52 am |

    Kevin W pointed out yesterday that Hull FC shirts are on sale for £10. That’s a little over $15 with today’s exchange rate. To have it customized with any player’s name and number is another £11.75 so you can get a Vennegor of Hesselink shirt for about $33. (More if you want the Premier League patch.) Shipping is £12 for one shirt. So all told, about $50.

  • floormaster squeeze | March 11, 2010 at 10:54 am |

    I am not an expert but as a former track and field athlete I am not surprised to see mismatched footwear on a high jumper. I do not have any idea how common it was but before there were specific high jumping shoes I suspect a lot of jumpers used different set-ups/spikes on their plant foot (where you would need more traction) and the other foot (where you would wear sprinter type light shoes).

  • JTH | March 11, 2010 at 10:56 am |

    [quote comment=”381347″]Kevin W pointed out yesterday that Hull FC shirts are on sale for £10. That’s a little over $15 with today’s exchange rate. To have it customized with any player’s name and number is another £11.75 so you can get a Vennegor of Hesselink shirt for about $33. (More if you want the Premier League patch.) Shipping is £12 for one shirt. So all told, about $50.[/quote]
    I was going to mention this as well.

    I checked it out earlier this morning and this is the preview image for that jersey. So I wonder what the shirt really will look like if you order one. Will it be rendered in all its glory or just horizontally, with the tiny letters?

  • tosaman | March 11, 2010 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment=”381327″]Looking at that Marc Delphine’s site right now (6:48 am MT), they’ve taken the offending logo off the header with no mention of why.[/quote]
    Kudos to Paul for not mentioning this yutz’s name in the Page 2 item.

  • mike 2 | March 11, 2010 at 10:58 am |

    [quote comment=”381348″]I am not an expert but as a former track and field athlete I am not surprised to see mismatched footwear on a high jumper. I do not have any idea how common it was but before there were specific high jumping shoes I suspect a lot of jumpers used different set-ups/spikes on their plant foot (where you would need more traction) and the other foot (where you would wear sprinter type light shoes).[/quote]

    I think those might be curling shoes

  • Broadway Connie | March 11, 2010 at 11:04 am |

    No more curling porn!

  • Ricko | March 11, 2010 at 11:07 am |

    rpm said…

    “He gone…Maybe its the Cubs fan in me, but I cant stand Harrelson.”

    Wasn’t defending him other than when people say he has claimed to be the first ever to wear a batting glove. I think they don’t know enough history to understand the context he’s talking about.

    And, yeah, he’s partially to blame for not adding “regularly” or “all the time.” But I get why he probably didn’t think it was necessary.

    I almost NEVER watch the White Sox. Not because of the team on the field, but because the announcing team is just numbingly laid back, which combined with the turned-down field mics (as we’ve discussed), makes Sox broadcasts sleep-inducing. To me. Not speaking for anyone else.

    —Ricko

  • JTH | March 11, 2010 at 11:13 am |

    [quote comment=”381353″]rpm said…

    “He gone…Maybe its the Cubs fan in me, but I cant stand Harrelson.”

    Wasn’t defending him other than when people say he has claimed to be the first ever to wear a batting glove. I think they don’t know enough history to understand the context he’s talking about.

    And, yeah, he’s partially to blame for not adding “regularly” or “all the time.” But I get why he probably didn’t think it was necessary.

    I almost NEVER watch the White Sox. Not because of the team on the field, but because the announcing team is just numbingly laid back, which combined with the turned-down field mics (as we’ve discussed), makes Sox broadcasts sleep-inducing. To me. Not speaking for anyone else.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Mr. Marshall ain’t gonna be happy when he sees that you attributed that comment to him.

    And whatever anyone’s feelings are about Harrelson, Steve Stone might just be the best color guy in baseball (aside from Ron Santo, of course).

  • FormerDirtDart | March 11, 2010 at 11:18 am |

    [quote comment=”381345″][quote comment=”381337″]The USS Carter Hall?[/quote]

    Ha! Saw this and thought, “Wasn’t that Hawkman?”
    Then opened the link.

    And Starman was Ted Knight
    http://www.comics101....
    Must have gone to Hollywood to act after his crimefighting days, huh.

    Well played, Chance.

    —Ricko

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Ted Knight?
    http://www.marytyler...

  • Ricko | March 11, 2010 at 11:20 am |

    Ah, the eye candy in today’s lead photo:
    The White Sox wearing white socks.

    Like it’s IMPOSSIBLE to design a uni for today’s game that would incorporate that look?

    Truth be told, I frickin’ LOVE this White Sox uni…
    http://farm3.static....
    http://farm3.static....

    Where it up to me, they’d considering wearing that, or some derivative of that, all the time. Such a historic franchise certainly could wear a vintage-inspired uniform.

    And the fact the white socks get noticed right away is…absolutely the way it should be, if the uni’s designed correctly.

    (That’s why I like the Red Sox better in navy sleeves. Attention goes right to the red socks, making them the uni’s signature element).

    —Ricko

  • Mickel Yantz | March 11, 2010 at 11:23 am |

    Been exclusively wearing Chucks since junior high. Great for weddings, funerals and basketball. Totally got lost looking through all the visual candy. Thanks for the link.

  • Squiddie | March 11, 2010 at 11:23 am |

    [quote comment=”381352″]No more curling porn![/quote]

    Bowchickawahwah. The ladies take to the rink.

  • Ricko | March 11, 2010 at 11:23 am |

    [quote comment=”381354″][quote comment=”381353″]rpm said…

    “He gone…Maybe its the Cubs fan in me, but I cant stand Harrelson.”

    Wasn’t defending him other than when people say he has claimed to be the first ever to wear a batting glove. I think they don’t know enough history to understand the context he’s talking about.

    And, yeah, he’s partially to blame for not adding “regularly” or “all the time.” But I get why he probably didn’t think it was necessary.

    I almost NEVER watch the White Sox. Not because of the team on the field, but because the announcing team is just numbingly laid back, which combined with the turned-down field mics (as we’ve discussed), makes Sox broadcasts sleep-inducing. To me. Not speaking for anyone else.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Mr. Marshall ain’t gonna be happy when he sees that you attributed that comment to him.

    And whatever anyone’s feelings are about Harrelson, Steve Stone might just be the best color guy in baseball (aside from Ron Santo, of course).[/quote]

    Oh, man, sorry. Confused “pru” with “rpm”. To make bifocals work at work have to lean over so far I practically tip over backwards.

    Should known when it said “cubs fan”, huh.

    Sorry (frickin’ old eyes of mine).

    —Ricko

  • JTH | March 11, 2010 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment=”381356″]Ah, the eye candy in today’s lead photo:
    The White Sox wearing white socks.

    Like it’s IMPOSSIBLE to design a uni for today’s game that would incorporate that look?

    Truth be told, I frickin’ LOVE this White Sox uni…
    http://farm3.static....
    http://farm3.static....

    Where it up to me, they’d considering wearing that, or some derivative of that, all the time. Such a historic franchise certainly could wear a vintage-inspired uniform.

    And the fact the white socks get noticed right away is…absolutely the way it should be, if the uni’s designed correctly.

    (That’s why I like the Red Sox better in navy sleeves. Attention goes right to the red socks, making them the uni’s signature element).

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Just out of curiosity, did you happen to catch the A’s/Sox game last year where both teams were wearing 1929 throwbacks? It was during this site’s August hiatus so it got overlooked. It was really strange to see both teams wearing white socks.

    Lots more pics here.

  • Ricko | March 11, 2010 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”381355″][quote comment=”381345″][quote comment=”381337″]The USS Carter Hall?[/quote]

    Ha! Saw this and thought, “Wasn’t that Hawkman?”
    Then opened the link.

    And Starman was Ted Knight
    http://www.comics101....
    Must have gone to Hollywood to act after his crimefighting days, huh.

    Well played, Chance.

    —Ricko

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Ted Knight?
    http://www.marytyler...

    Giggle.
    Favorite Ted Baxter line/situation ever…
    For some reason (due to the plot, of course), WJM newscast ran short. Through his headset Ted was told he had four minutes to fill.
    He stumbled a moment, looked down at his script, then into the camera and said, somberly,
    “The…Auto Show closed today.
    Let us observe four minutes of silence.”
    And bowed his head.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | March 11, 2010 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment=”381360″][quote comment=”381356″]Ah, the eye candy in today’s lead photo:
    The White Sox wearing white socks.

    Like it’s IMPOSSIBLE to design a uni for today’s game that would incorporate that look?

    Truth be told, I frickin’ LOVE this White Sox uni…
    http://farm3.static....
    http://farm3.static....

    Where it up to me, they’d considering wearing that, or some derivative of that, all the time. Such a historic franchise certainly could wear a vintage-inspired uniform.

    And the fact the white socks get noticed right away is…absolutely the way it should be, if the uni’s designed correctly.

    (That’s why I like the Red Sox better in navy sleeves. Attention goes right to the red socks, making them the uni’s signature element).

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Just out of curiosity, did you happen to catch the A’s/Sox game last year where both teams were wearing 1929 throwbacks? It was during this site’s August hiatus so it got overlooked. It was really strange to see both teams wearing white socks.

    Lots more pics here.[/quote]

    Whoa. Totally missed that. Thanks.

    White shoes on A’s certainly are anacronistic, aren’t they.

    —Ricko

  • Squiddie | March 11, 2010 at 11:38 am |

    Speaking of Ted Knight, the PioneerPress was just announcing that Bill Murray is looking to put a Caddyshack restaurant in St. Paul. (He’s a partial owner of the St Paul Saints.)

    Is a Caddyshack a good idea?

    “I want a hamburger. No, cheeseburger. I want a hot dog. I want a milkshake. I want potato chips”
    “You’ll get nothing, and like it!”

  • JTH | March 11, 2010 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”381362″]White shoes on A’s certainly are anacronistic, aren’t they.[/quote]
    Ha. Yeah, but I think they really worked well with that uni.

    And if Okkonen/DTT9 is correct, the Sox’ unis should have had a vertically-arched CHICAGO wordmark (similar to the current Cubs road jersey) rather than the big S little o-x logo. I wondered if that was a deliberate choice, so as to not look too much like the Cubs.

  • LI Phil | March 11, 2010 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”381362″]
    White shoes on A’s certainly are anacronistic, aren’t they.[/quote]

    and here i was under the impression they wore them in 1929

    so…teams always wore black cleats?

  • Rob | March 11, 2010 at 11:48 am |

    Totally snatched up one of those Mexican Red Devils crew jackets. Let’s go spring!!

  • Ricko | March 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”381365″][quote comment=”381362″]
    White shoes on A’s certainly are anacronistic, aren’t they.[/quote]

    and here i was under the impression they wore them in 1929

    so…teams always wore black cleats?[/quote]

    It wasn’t until the rare white kangaroo was discovered that white cleats became available.

    Hey, that’s what Charlie Finley said in 1967 when the A’s got their new white Riddells. Said they came from white kangaroos.

    He wouldn’t lie.

    —Ricko

  • JamesP. | March 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm |

    Former L.A. Ram great Merlin Olsen has died. http://www.foxnews.c...

    I wonder if the Rams will have a patch in his honor this season.

  • Valjean | March 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”381348″]I am not an expert but as a former track and field athlete I am not surprised to see mismatched footwear on a high jumper. I do not have any idea how common it was but before there were specific high jumping shoes I suspect a lot of jumpers used different set-ups/spikes on their plant foot (where you would need more traction) and the other foot (where you would wear sprinter type light shoes).[/quote]

    Good point, and as a former track geek I remember that as Fosbury’s reason. Buying two sets of shoes in an era where shoe deals with athletes were non-existent — esp. for track — was apparently a pain, but worth the advantage — particularly for Fosbury’s unconventional technique.

    I also recall he went with the mismatched shoes pretty often — I found three instances on this Getty page, for instance.

  • bill | March 11, 2010 at 12:47 pm |

    L.A. Times has some interesting pictures of Merlin Olsen.

    http://www.latimes.c...

  • Ricko | March 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm |

    Taking a TOTAL left turn…
    How ’bout a look at the REAL original Buffalo Bills’ unis?
    Silver helmets & pants, etc., basically same as the Lions at the time.
    Here’s the 1960 Buffalo Bills Highlights film (in three parts).
    You’ll love the “word from our sponsor” at the beginning.
    A chance to check out the Year One AFL unis (in B&W, yes, but there they are)…
    http://www.youtube.c...

    —Ricko

  • FormerDirtDart | March 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”381370″]L.A. Times has some interesting pictures of Merlin Olsen.

    http://www.latimes.c...
    I was looking for a FTD ad, but couldn’t find onr

  • Josh Petty | March 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm |

    Salty’s Rangers jersey looks ridiculous. Not much they can do with a name that long, but that doesn’t take away the ridiculousness of it.

  • James Craven | March 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  • FormerDirtDart | March 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”381373″]Salty’s Rangers jersey looks ridiculous. Not much they can do with a name that long, but that doesn’t take away the ridiculousness of it.[/quote]
    Think of how bad it would look if they used nameplates.
    I guess you could say that the horse-shoe appearance works for the Rangers though

  • Bernd | March 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”381349″][quote comment=”381347″]Kevin W pointed out yesterday that Hull FC shirts are on sale for £10. That’s a little over $15 with today’s exchange rate. To have it customized with any player’s name and number is another £11.75 so you can get a Vennegor of Hesselink shirt for about $33. (More if you want the Premier League patch.) Shipping is £12 for one shirt. So all told, about $50.[/quote]

    I was going to mention this as well.

    I checked it out earlier this morning and this is the preview image for that jersey. So I wonder what the shirt really will look like if you order one. Will it be rendered in all its glory or just horizontally, with the tiny letters?[/quote]

    It’ll be all its glory – no PL club actually has tiny letters lying around to heatpress onto a jersey. However, they might not get the arch exactly right. More gallingly though, the official team stores will certainly use plastic lettering instead of the authentics:

    http://www.onionbag....

    And that blog post is why I’d get the lettering done by the Onion Bag.

  • James Craven | March 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  • James Craven | March 11, 2010 at 1:00 pm |

    Tried to link a post to TMZ.com on the latest Nike Douchebag Moment as they are suing Vince Lombardi’s estate ove the audio of a rare speech he gave before his death in 1970.

  • JTH | March 11, 2010 at 1:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”381378″]Tried to link a post to TMZ.com on the latest Nike Douchebag Moment as they are suing Vince Lombardi’s estate ove the audio of a rare speech he gave before his death in 1970.[/quote]
    Which douchebag moment are you referring to? The one where Lombardi’s progeny took $150,000 up-front (non-refundable, natch) from Nike in exchange for the rights to an audio recording that never existed?

  • Hibbsy | March 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm |

    Interesting Converse site. Reminds me of my closet.
    My red laces in my red Chucks was inspired by Billy Blaze. Yeah… corn dog.

  • JimWa | March 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm |

    Breaking news:

    It looks like the penguins are testing a new uniform:

    http://green.yahoo.c...

  • JimWa | March 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm |

    A local news visit to the Twins’ new clubhouse store:

    http://green.yahoo.c...

    Things to keep an eye on …

    1. The home white pinstripes hanging next to the throwback “creams”. More different than I expected – and I like that.

    2. An argile Twins cap. Will Paul love it or hate it?

  • MPowers1634 | March 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm |

    Big Ass Sneaker Collection:
    http://www.kansas.co...

    Bah Humbug!

  • LI Phil | March 11, 2010 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”381381″]
    It looks like the penguins are testing a new uniform:

    http://green.yahoo.c...

    i’ll skip the obvious “BFBS” line and just say…

    that’s pretty freakin cool

  • Eric B in KC | March 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  • DenverGregg | March 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”381382″]A local news visit to the Twins’ new clubhouse store:

    http://green.yahoo.c...

    Things to keep an eye on …

    1. The home white pinstripes hanging next to the throwback “creams”. More different than I expected – and I like that.

    2. An argile Twins cap. Will Paul love it or hate it?[/quote]
    Freakin’ penguins selling Twins schwag?

  • JimWa | March 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”381386″][quote comment=”381382″]A local news visit to the Twins’ new clubhouse store:

    http://green.yahoo.c...

    Things to keep an eye on …

    1. The home white pinstripes hanging next to the throwback “creams”. More different than I expected – and I like that.

    2. An argile Twins cap. Will Paul love it or hate it?[/quote]
    Freakin’ penguins selling Twins schwag?[/quote]

    Oh yeah … copy THEN paste … I think I got it now …

    http://video.search....

  • MPowers1634 | March 11, 2010 at 2:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”381363″]Speaking of Ted Knight, the PioneerPress was just announcing that Bill Murray is looking to put a Caddyshack restaurant in St. Paul. (He’s a partial owner of the St Paul Saints.)

    Is a Caddyshack a good idea?

    “I want a hamburger. No, cheeseburger. I want a hot dog. I want a milkshake. I want potato chips”
    “You’ll get nothing, and like it!”[/quote]

    50 Bucks says the kid eats it.

  • Ricko | March 11, 2010 at 2:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”381381″]Breaking news:

    It looks like the penguins are testing a new uniform:

    http://green.yahoo.c...

    Actually, he dresses like that for his fight against crime.
    The penguin community loves him; he’s erasing the stigma of Danny DeVito.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | March 11, 2010 at 2:22 pm |

    Been meaning to say, “Have seen the Twins’ new creams in numerous retail locations around town. Gorgeous.”

  • LI Phil | March 11, 2010 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”381385″]Stripes! 2 in 1’s!

    http://videos.stltod...

    (fixed)

    not that im complaining about the stripes, mind you…but those fake stirrups are a blight…i’d rather they have solid hose than that abomination

  • Squiddie | March 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

    So do we think the hitting instructor shown here is wearing a 1944 Dodgers Blue Uni?

    Yeah, yeah, I know. Nice shoes.

  • Ricko | March 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”381391″][quote comment=”381385″]Stripes! 2 in 1’s!

    http://videos.stltod...

    (fixed)

    not that im complaining about the stripes, mind you…but those fake stirrups are a blight…i’d rather they have solid hose than that abomination[/quote]

    I still have a pair or two of the A’s style around somewhere: Athletic Gold with Forest stripe. But if Phil hates ’em so much, I guess he and I won’t be wearing them at the UW Gathering in Chicago this summer (if it happens). Just as well, people would mistake us for the Bash Brothers, I’m sure, what with all the forearm banging and all.

    —Ricko

  • M.Princip | March 11, 2010 at 2:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”381349″][quote comment=”381347″]Kevin W pointed out yesterday that Hull FC shirts are on sale for £10. That’s a little over $15 with today’s exchange rate. To have it customized with any player’s name and number is another £11.75 so you can get a Vennegor of Hesselink shirt for about $33. (More if you want the Premier League patch.) Shipping is £12 for one shirt. So all told, about $50.[/quote]
    I was going to mention this as well.

    I checked it out earlier this morning and this is the preview image for that jersey. So I wonder what the shirt really will look like if you order one. Will it be rendered in all its glory or just horizontally, with the tiny letters?[/quote]

    That is absolutely badass! I must have one. I love that orange.

  • Squiddie | March 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”381394″][quote comment=”381349″][quote comment=”381347″]Kevin W pointed out yesterday that Hull FC shirts are on sale for £10. That’s a little over $15 with today’s exchange rate. To have it customized with any player’s name and number is another £11.75 so you can get a Vennegor of Hesselink shirt for about $33. (More if you want the Premier League patch.) Shipping is £12 for one shirt. So all told, about $50.[/quote]
    I was going to mention this as well.

    I checked it out earlier this morning and this is the preview image for that jersey. So I wonder what the shirt really will look like if you order one. Will it be rendered in all its glory or just horizontally, with the tiny letters?[/quote]

    That is absolutely badass! I must have one. I love that orange.[/quote]

    Shorts and socks are on sale, too. See if this link to the Club Shop works.

  • LI Phil | March 11, 2010 at 3:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”381393″]if Phil hates ’em so much, I guess he and I won’t be wearing them at the UW Gathering in Chicago this summer[/quote]

    the DEEP FRY?

    i actually own one pair of 2 in 1’s but i have never worn them in lieu of rups…actually wore them for tennis, but that’s a whole nother ball of wax

    i just think 2 in 1’s for baseball & softball are awful…i’d rather see a solid color sock (or even the zito “soccer sock” than a 2 in 1)

  • Chris | March 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm |

    I didn’t notice until today, but the Syracuse hyperelite unis have reflective numbers a la Oregon Ducks. I caught it on the telecast today when they showed a TO huddle from a weird above angle

  • warren thompson | March 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm |

    Whatever those KU basketball players are doing in that old photo, they appear to be doing it on an Oriental rug [!].

  • chance michaels | March 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”381371″]Taking a TOTAL left turn…
    How ’bout a look at the REAL original Buffalo Bills’ unis?
    Silver helmets & pants, etc., basically same as the Lions at the time.
    Here’s the 1960 Buffalo Bills Highlights film (in three parts).
    You’ll love the “word from our sponsor” at the beginning.
    A chance to check out the Year One AFL unis (in B&W, yes, but there they are)…
    http://www.youtube.c...

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Watching the video now – great stuff.

  • chance michaels | March 11, 2010 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”381379″][quote comment=”381378″]Tried to link a post to TMZ.com on the latest Nike Douchebag Moment as they are suing Vince Lombardi’s estate ove the audio of a rare speech he gave before his death in 1970.[/quote]
    Which douchebag moment are you referring to? The one where Lombardi’s progeny took $150,000 up-front (non-refundable, natch) from Nike in exchange for the rights to an audio recording that never existed?[/quote]
    Yep, that one. ;)

    If the facts are as presented, then Nike is totally in the right. Can’t believe that Vince’s kids thought they could get away with it, that Nike would pay for text and audio but be satisfied with transcripts alone.

  • LarryB | March 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm |

    The interesting thing to me about these protective batting helmets is this. I was never aware of them until reading Uniwatch.

  • M.Princip | March 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”381395″][quote comment=”381394″][quote comment=”381349″][quote comment=”381347″]Kevin W pointed out yesterday that Hull FC shirts are on sale for £10. That’s a little over $15 with today’s exchange rate. To have it customized with any player’s name and number is another £11.75 so you can get a Vennegor of Hesselink shirt for about $33. (More if you want the Premier League patch.) Shipping is £12 for one shirt. So all told, about $50.[/quote]
    I was going to mention this as well.

    I checked it out earlier this morning and this is the preview image for that jersey. So I wonder what the shirt really will look like if you order one. Will it be rendered in all its glory or just horizontally, with the tiny letters?[/quote]

    That is absolutely badass! I must have one. I love that orange.[/quote]

    Shorts and socks are on sale, too. See if this link to the Club Shop works.[/quote]

    Well, on second thought, that totesport.com bullshit just ruined that jersey for me.

    http://www.tigerleis...

  • JTH | March 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”381403″][quote comment=”381395″][quote comment=”381394″][quote comment=”381349″][quote comment=”381347″]Kevin W pointed out yesterday that Hull FC shirts are on sale for £10. That’s a little over $15 with today’s exchange rate. To have it customized with any player’s name and number is another £11.75 so you can get a Vennegor of Hesselink shirt for about $33. (More if you want the Premier League patch.) Shipping is £12 for one shirt. So all told, about $50.[/quote]
    I was going to mention this as well.

    I checked it out earlier this morning and this is the preview image for that jersey. So I wonder what the shirt really will look like if you order one. Will it be rendered in all its glory or just horizontally, with the tiny letters?[/quote]

    That is absolutely badass! I must have one. I love that orange.[/quote]

    Shorts and socks are on sale, too. See if this link to the Club Shop works.[/quote]

    Well, on second thought, that totesport.com bullshit just ruined that jersey for me.

    http://www.tigerleis...
    Yeah, the kids have got it good:

    The Hull City Home Kit for 2009/10 season introduces a new printed black pin stripe to the amber jersey. Utilising a lightweight performance polyester fabric featuring Umbro’s Climate Control “Nano” technology which enhances the movement of moisture away from the body. Additional club related elements are featured on the jersey such as the inner back neck transfer detailing the garment lifespan and the “THE TIGERS” application to the outer back collar area.

    Please note that kids sizes do not include the sponsors logo.

  • Beau | March 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm |

    Love the pencil sharpener collection! Now I wanna start one! lol

  • LI Phil | March 11, 2010 at 5:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”381405″]Please note that kids sizes do not include the sponsors logo.[/quote]

    they make that sound like it’s a bad thing

  • stoops | March 11, 2010 at 5:18 pm |

    first off thanks for the Spalding-Caddyshack banter-that always cracks me up!! I saw a Bushwood tshirt at Target yesterday.
    When i was younger 2 thing I remember when I played tball-we had not batting helmets-but they were like “earflaps” removed from batting helmets it seemed. Or sort of what wrestlers wear. And when I played little league we are stirrups-orange with I believe white stripes-pics are at my parents house-I figured you had to show the whole thing. why cover em?

  • LarryB | March 11, 2010 at 6:45 pm |

    Love the old KU basketball picture.

    Interesting about the Oregon politician and the Blue Jackets logo. Sure looks similar to me.

  • Terry D. | March 11, 2010 at 7:28 pm |

    Hoover High School (AL) does the TLOB with their football uniforms too. So does Louisiana Tech with their men’s basketball unis. I know because I’m watching the game right now as I’m composing this message.

  • interlockingtc | March 11, 2010 at 7:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”381406″]Love the pencil sharpener collection! Now I wanna start one! lol[/quote]

    I love them, too.

    And handsomely displayed.

  • Eric B in KC | March 11, 2010 at 7:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”381391″][quote comment=”381385″]Stripes! 2 in 1’s!

    http://videos.stltod...

    (fixed)

    not that im complaining about the stripes, mind you…but those fake stirrups are a blight…i’d rather they have solid hose than that abomination[/quote]

    i couldn’t tell on the monitor i was looking at if those were actual ‘rups or 2-in-1s. kinda bummed to find out.

  • josh | March 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm |

    Sports Guy’s (Bill Simmons) take on new USA Soccer jersey

    sportsguy33:
    Any thoughts on our Team USA jersey for the 2010 World Cup? I am shocked by how ugly they are. http://bit.ly/b4prh6

  • Hibbsy | March 11, 2010 at 8:41 pm |

    Perhaps it’s common knowledge, but that Oakland Acorns character (Ebbet’s Field site) is the same little guy used by the Oakland Oaks of the ABA.

  • Ray | March 11, 2010 at 8:41 pm |

    Wait, I thought the Magic were supposed to wear their Latin Night jerseys tonight. Its scheduled for tonight. They aren’t scheduled again though. Does this mean they don’t actually have one?

  • Ray | March 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”381415″]Wait, I thought the Magic were supposed to wear their Latin Night jerseys tonight. Its scheduled for tonight. They aren’t scheduled again though. Does this mean they don’t actually have one?[/quote]

    http://www.nba.com/2...

    There’s the schedule by the way

  • Brendan | March 11, 2010 at 8:58 pm |

    Am I the only one who thinks the Marquette warmups have a Star Trek quality to them?

  • JOCKpost | March 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm |

    Thanks for the referral to Larry’s article. It was one of the best helmet articles I’ve ever read.

  • MPowers1634 | March 11, 2010 at 9:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”381397″][quote comment=”381393″]if Phil hates ’em so much, I guess he and I won’t be wearing them at the UW Gathering in Chicago this summer[/quote]

    the DEEP FRY?

    i actually own one pair of 2 in 1’s but i have never worn them in lieu of rups…actually wore them for tennis, but that’s a whole nother ball of wax

    i just think 2 in 1’s for baseball & softball are awful…i’d rather see a solid color sock (or even the zito “soccer sock” than a 2 in 1)[/quote]

    Wait………………what?
    Will I finally have a excuse to go to Wrigley?

  • JimWa | March 11, 2010 at 9:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”381417″]Am I the only one who thinks the Marquette warmups have a Star Trek quality to them?[/quote]

    Yikes. That’s a little disturbing. I recommend that no matter what you think of them, everyone on this site better only say bad things about those warm ups.

    If not, we’re likely to get lumped in with the trekkies, and before you know if, people will start assuming that we’re all a bunch of OCD freaks who spend all of our time talking about minute details of subject matter that’s not generally closely watched by the general public.

    Next thing you know, we’ll start assembling on a regular basis wearing home-made versions of the clothing our idols are/were seen in, and find ourselves talking in languages only we understand.

    We just can’t let that happen.

  • JimWa | March 11, 2010 at 9:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”381419″][quote comment=”381397″][quote comment=”381393″]if Phil hates ’em so much, I guess he and I won’t be wearing them at the UW Gathering in Chicago this summer[/quote]

    the DEEP FRY?

    i actually own one pair of 2 in 1’s but i have never worn them in lieu of rups…actually wore them for tennis, but that’s a whole nother ball of wax

    i just think 2 in 1’s for baseball & softball are awful…i’d rather see a solid color sock (or even the zito “soccer sock” than a 2 in 1)[/quote]

    Wait………………what?
    Will I finally have a excuse to go to Wrigley?[/quote]

    If you haven’t had an excuse to visit Wrigley up until now (assuming that your’e more than like 4 months old), you really don’t have one now, either.

    … then again, they DID clean the restrooms during the off-season, so now maybe you have two reasons …

  • ab | March 11, 2010 at 10:03 pm |

    I just wanted to say I’m not diggin’ the new headline font on Page 2. Makes the whole presentation look cheesy, and in some cases it’s hard to read.

    Fix it, fix it, fix it!

    Fix it!

  • Ricko | March 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm |

    For anyone who’s inerested, you can watch the famous (deservedly so) Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament live online at…
    45.grandstadium.tv

    School my kids attended (Minnetonka) is ranked #1: won tonight’s early game tonight, 6-1.

    Game on now is a pretty good-looking color (and uni) match up: Duluth East Greyhounds vs. Hill-Murray Pioneers.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | March 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”381419″]
    Will I finally have a excuse to go to Wrigley?[/quote]

    not during the deep fry

  • Brett | March 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm |

    I’m sure you’d like Ottawa University in Kansas’ uni’s Paul

    http://www.ottawabra...

  • JTH | March 11, 2010 at 10:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”381424″]For anyone who’s inerested, you can watch the famous (deservedly so) Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament live online at…
    45.grandstadium.tv

    School my kids attended (Minnetonka) is ranked #1: won tonight’s early game tonight, 6-1.

    Game on now is a pretty good-looking color (and uni) match up: Duluth East Greyhounds vs. Hill-Murray Pioneers.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Interesting-looking apostrophe catastrophe happening there.

  • Carl | March 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”381420″][quote comment=”381417″]Am I the only one who thinks the Marquette warmups have a Star Trek quality to them?[/quote]

    Yikes. That’s a little disturbing. I recommend that no matter what you think of them, everyone on this site better only say bad things about those warm ups.

    If not, we’re likely to get lumped in with the trekkies, and before you know if, people will start assuming that we’re all a bunch of OCD freaks who spend all of our time talking about minute details of subject matter that’s not generally closely watched by the general public.

    Next thing you know, we’ll start assembling on a regular basis wearing home-made versions of the clothing our idols are/were seen in, and find ourselves talking in languages only we understand.

    We just can’t let that happen.[/quote]

    …absolutely. Thanks for posting notice (those warmups are awesome. The piping is actually little check/striping similar to the jerseys).

  • The Hemogoblin | March 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm |

    Blood jersey for Eric Boateng of Arizona State against Stanford. No pictures, because I have no camera. Someone?

    (He’s in 34, because his regular jersey, 2, is drenched, apparently.)

  • Mike | March 11, 2010 at 11:17 pm |

    Martin Broduer’s got a new mask to go with the throwback jerseys the Devils will be wearing next Wednesday. Apparently he took the original Team Canada mask that was rejected by the IOC and painted over it. Pretty cool to see him going all out with the theme…

    http://devils.nhl.co...

  • Jerry | March 12, 2010 at 1:13 am |

    Paul will be joining Green and Gold Today, Friday morning at 10:30 Central, to discuss the Packers alternate jersey, that’s suppossed to be debuted during Fan Fest.

    You can catch the show here: http://www.espnwisco...

  • Bob Loblaw | March 12, 2010 at 1:18 am |

    [quote comment=”381335″]St John’s and Marquette went color on color yesterday at MSG.

    I gotta say I really like those Marquette unis… Especially in true Golden Eagle gold.

    Looks like they have a lot of options, too: White, Navy, Powder, Gold

    UNTUCKED???[/quote]
    ‘i’m still calling them Warriors’. :)

  • Eric B in KC | March 12, 2010 at 1:51 am |

    [quote comment=”381426″]I’m sure you’d like Ottawa University in Kansas’ uni’s Paul

    http://www.ottawabra...

    Outstanding! Makes me wish the KC Star covered local college baseball better than they do.