First and foremost: Thanks to Phil for minding the store while I was on the road, and thanks to all of you who sent me birthday wishes yesterday. You’re all the best.
I had a great time in Duluth and an even better time at my birthday party, but gimme a few days to get caught up on things before I get into any of that. For now, here’s another round of great wire service photos (with special thanks this time to Mike Hersh, and Larry Wiederecht, who identified several of the images in this batch):
• We’ve often discussed the way old-time ballplayers used to wear their belt buckles off-center. But this 1930 photo appears to show Art Shires wearing his buckle fully around to the back! Never seen that before.
• You’ll never see a better view of the World’s Fair patches that all three New York teams wore in the late 1930s than in this shot of the Babe.
• Speaking of sleeve patches, here’s the flag shield that the Senators wore in the 1940s.
• Sticking with the sleeve theme, here’s an odd sight: Chuck Klein and Ralph Terry, both with their cap logos repeated on their sleeves. Note that Klein also has a huge memorial armband (I believe for team owner William Baker), which means both his sleeves were carrying massive graphics.
• One more sleeve shot: Check out the team name on Zach Taylor’s sleeve.
• I don’t mean to pick on Okkonen, mind you. Indeed, his archive is loaded with so much data that it’s easy to overlook noteworthy designs that get lost in the shuffle. Case in point: I’d never really paid much mind to the Phillies’ 1934 road uni until I saw this photo. Weird to have the white P and the white tail on the s, right?
• This one was simply listed as “Unknown player, unknown team. I kinda like the huge D (or is it an O?), and I particularly like the dark sleeve trim.
• On 8/31/50, Gil Hodges went 5-for-6 with four home runs and nine RBI. When he and his wife returned to their Brooklyn home after the game, there was a bit of a crowd waiting to greet them. I’m not sure which I like better: Gil’s shoes or the stirrups on the guy behind his wife.
• Before Gatorade was invented, getting a drink was a bit more primitive. That’s from the A’s 1928 spring training camp.
• Boxers often wear dark glasses after a fight, but I’d never seen a baseball player doing that until now.
• Gotta love this AAA hockey jersey.
• J.R. Richard had mighty big hands.
• Here’s an odd role-reversal shot of Ray Nitschke wearing the headset while Dan Devine watches.
• Finally, here’s yet another reason to wear striped stirrups: You look a lot better if you get knocked out by a line drive. That’s Cards pitcher Ted Wilks, who took a comebacker in the jaw during a 1947 game. Don’t worry, he was fine and ended up pitching for six more years.
And now here’s today’s Ticker, mostly compiled by Phil:
Uni Watch News Ticker: After seeing Friday’s Main Article on black and white in color, Brian Codagnone brings new “light” to the story. Ricko had remarked on this 1960 Boston Pats team portrait, saying how difficult it was to ascertain the colors. Brian states, “This color (or colorized) version of the 1960 Pats should help clear things up. The coaches on the ends appear to be wearing Red Sox caps. They had white-blue-white striping with a red jersey, but also at one time used blue-white-blue, as in these recent throwbacks.” … Eric Trout reports that there has been some uni-shenanigans going on between New Mexico State and Michigan State: MSU’s first round opponent for the NCAA, New Mexico State, “has used (or stolen) our arched ‘State’ script that appears on our basketball-related apparel. I believe it is a Nike design and it is a nod to the cursive ‘State script that was used during Magic Johnson’s time at MSU in the late 70s.” It was found by someone on Spartantailgate.com in a youtube video on NMSU’s practice jerseys. “As a State fan, it was jarring to see the logo rendered in a color other than green, as well as it was to see adidas’ logo right next to it.” … On a happier note, Michael Hardman relates this great uni story about some guys who get it in more ways than one. … Justin Gilly informs us that Virginia Tech is auctioning off it’s green St. Patty’s day jerseys. … There will be a new uniform for second-division soccer team Minnesota NSC Stars (thanks to Kenn Tomasch). … For those of you interested in “world records” and stuff, David McGee found a photo gallery of world records at Boston.com’s “Big Picture” gallery. “A lot of interesting stuff,” he says, “but image #20, I thought might be of particular intrest to the uniwatchers. It’s the world’s record largest embroidered dress.” … Luke Nowinski thought he’d pass along his congratulations to the Antigo High School boys basketball team for a great 25-1 season. They got knocked out of the WIAA state tournament on Thursday, but at least they did it in style. Great warmups (and even better socks). … Reporting from
swoosh’s newest conquest his institution of higher learning, Nicholas Martino notes that “I go to UCF and got the word today that after several months of apparel and shoe limbo, UCF has signed a contract with Nike for all sports and will be getting new jerseys. You probably know this already but I just got the news and I am pumped.” … More signs of the apocalypse? Or just a disgruntled sponsor? Brinke Guthrie reports that Tiger Woods will have a Nike/TW logo on his bag for the Masters — since his last sponsor, AT&T, dumped him. … What the hell is this? According to Chad Todd, it the newest culinary concoction being offered this season by the Charleston Riverdogs. Mmmmm. … Mike Sambuco found this great read on the Phillies uniform makers about how they pre-make uniforms based on certain trade rumors. Too bad Topps doesn’t plan ahead like that. … Greg Zagorski brings our attention to something really neat: “I have been looking for other helmet magnets like these, but have not seen any online. They are made by Russ — my mom and grandma would buy me one every weekend or so in the mid-80’s. I used to have Rams and Redskins ones, but they cracked and were thrown out long ago.” … More from Brinke: Shorpy strikes again. That same pic was also noted by Robert Andrews, who states, “3 different types of headgear (at least) and striped blazers!” … Reader R. Brent Adams joins other eagle-eyed Uni Watchers in noticing something about this year’s NCAA early round games: all of the courts look exactly the same. He even wrote a blog post on it. … Joe Alvernaz found a lot to like in this photo. That’s Zach Noonan from Murray State University. Says Joe, “So much sock awesomeness.” … Erica Davis discovered that Zaza Pachulia tweets about own misspelled jersey (it’s protected so here’s a screen grab). Read more about it here. … Western Carolina University Catamount’s have a baseball throwback (with thanks to M.W. Benedict). … Michael Olguin wonders about what appears to be a change to this year’s Angels’ BP cap. Online stores [including MLB.com] are selling this version of the Angels’ BP hat as the official ST/BP hat for the Halos. Yet during the Halos’ edition of “30 Clubs in 30 Days” on the MLB Network; the Halos were sporting BP caps which resembled last year’s BP hats, but with some changes which make them look more like the standardized 2010 versions on sale this year. Says Mike, “BTW, these also featured the white piping around the MLB logo on the back — which was surrounded by red — almost like the Red Sox 2010 BP hats are.” … Scott Schlaufman thinks Uni Watch should be able to appreciate the honestness of the Onion. … Colin MacIntyre hosts a campus/community radio show in Edmonton Alberta and for fun they follow the Asia League of Ice Hockey. One of the Korean Teams, Anyang Halla has a great website, complete with an english translation, and actually have a page dedicated to their logo and uniform. … Crowdsourcing for cycling jerseys? Apparently so, according to James Huening. Says Jimbo, “I don’t know if anything’s really my cup of tea, but there are some interesting designs on their site.” … Nick Hanson found two interesting names from the Sox A-ball games in Port Charlotte against the Rays on Saturday. Seth Schwindenhammer was sporting his very, very large armpit NOB. He was really the only guy on the whole travel team who had lettering that was a different size. “It will be interesting to see his road jersey if he makes the big league team in a couple of years,” states Nick. Plus Chris McGuiness was sporting a subscript C, which Nick was happy to see. … Interesting nameplates from the NFL Network archives: Mike Jones sporting “M.A. JONES” rather than the “M. JONES” he normally wore, and Don Beebe missing the second “E” in his nameplate. Both screenshots courtesy of Douggie Keklak. Also from Doug, “This is from the 30 For 30 ‘The U’, they were talking about how when Howard Schnellenberger was being pressured to get rid of the ‘U’ logo on the helmet. This was most likely work of the filmmakers but I still thought it was cooler. Even cooler was Schnellenberger’s defiance to getting rid of the logo. His quote was ‘we were going to make the u logo more recognizable than IBM’.” … Still more from everyone’s favorite yinzer: more screen caps from the Reggie Miller “30 for 30” — a few shots of Cheryl Miller in high school in a sleeved, untucked uni. Plus Doug digs the graphic the news used when they reported on her 105-point game. … According to a note on this page, the A’s will wear gold 1973 throwbacks for Joe Rudi Jersey Day, slated for June 26th (with thanks to Kurtiss Dilley). … According to this Q&A sequence with former Steelers GM Tom Donahoe, the Nike proposed a serious Steelers design overhaul in 1998. Anyone know more about this? (With thanks to Spike McBride.) … Steven Wyder notes that Greg Norman’s caddy in the 1986 Masters appears to have had an upside down uni number. “That’s just bad karma all the way around,” he says. “This is worse than marking your ball with a tails side of a coin, or the eyes of the president not facing the hole. On the next hole, Norman, tied with Nicklaus for the lead, hit his second shot way right, bogeyed the hole, and gave the Golden Bear the win.”