Lots of great stuff in the latest catalog auction from our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions. Here are some highlights:
• This was Rudy York’s jersey when he was coaching for the Red Sox in 1961. Looks unremarkable, until you read the listing: “The top two buttons are in place, but all other buttons have been removed and replaced with a zipper. Also, an extra foot-long strap has been added to the back collar. This was done due to the coach having arthritis and not being able to button the jersey by himself.” Wow. Never heard of anything like that before (here’s the full listing).
• Here’s a rarity: the Orioles’ 1969 vest, which was worn just a few times that season. Interesting to see they used radially arched NOBs — I haven’t found photographic confirmation, but I’m pretty sure the sleeved home whites were vertically arched that season (full listing).
• Speaking of underbrims, here’s something I’d never seen before: a Willie Stargell cap with his uni number inscribed in Roman numerals.
• I’ve always been so puzzled by this Sacramento Kings jersey style. Not just a drop-down NOB, but a nameplate instead of direct-sewn lettering, making it a doubly rare NBA style (which perhaps is why E. Lindsey Hall chose it for his membership card).
Uni Watch News Ticker: Ekpe Udoh is wearing socks with the Baylor Bear on them (with thanks to Matt Weidner). … Travis Church notes that New Mexico State is wearing some nifty stirrups. … Ditto for Lake Erie College (with thanks to Jason A. Tirotta). … The recent Atalanta/Livorno match in Italy’s Serie A was delayed yesterday when an assistant referee’s flag broke (screen shot by Matt Algeo). … Oooh, someone on Flickr is collecting luggage patch designs (awesome find by Ryan Connelly). … Here’s one way to get around the Olympics’ trademark issue (with thanks to Chad Todd). … Illinois-Springfield is starting a baseball program next year and has already unveiled the team’s uniforms (with thanks to Dustin Hall). … Here’s a great close-up of that World’s Fair patch we were discussing the other day (with thanks to Ronnie Poore). … Dig this spectacular Cooperalls photo. “That would be the Providence College Friars,” says Karen Hibbitt, who found the photo in a box of old stuff at her parents’ house. … Here’s a kick in the head: I was in Duluth last week and didn’t even realize that the Duluth Huskies wear some seriously excellent hosiery (big thanks to Matt Benedict). … Here’s a beauty of a photo: the Babe and the Iron Horse wearing football uniforms. According to the caption: “Babe Ruth in a Notre Dame jersey and Lou Gehrig in USC jersey in promo shot for Irish/ Trojans game at Soldier Field in Chicago, 1927” (nice find by Warren Junium). … Here’s something we don’t need any more of: The Bosox and ’Stros went red-on-red the other day (with thanks to Justine DeCotis). … Bryce Harper usually goes pajama-pantsed, but he’s been known to Get It™ (as noted by Dan Cichalski). … Been dying to see your favorite NHL team’s name on a baseball jersey? here you go (with thanks to Kelli Greene). … Another name change for one of the Cape League teams (as reported by Richard Stover). … Interesting soccer-related note from Ryan McDevitt, who writes: “The new scourge of NFL uni watching — players on the same team wearing different uni templates that break up the uniformity of the uniforms — is coming to a soccer field near you, as three of the 16 MLS franchises are being given Adidas Techfit uniforms. But they’re not just adopting new kits; rather, each player will have the option of wearing the new Techfit kits or more traditional non-rubber-banded jerseys.” Further info here. … Coolest bowling-related comic ever? Could be, could be (great find by Lance Smith). … Julius Peppers is planning to reward Jarron Gilbert for giving up No. 90. … Jon Solomonson spotted this helmet trashcan at the Braves’ spring training facility. … As most of you know, Brooks Robinson has stated that he used the truncated brim on his helmet because his earflap obstructed his vision a bit. But if you look at this photo, you’ll see that he didn’t just modify his brim — the flap itself appears to be a aftermarket addition that’s been tucked inside the brim, not a premolded part of the original helmet. … Headwear developments in the offing on the soccer field (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Whoa, subtle chest patch! … Buncha soccer notes from Jeremy Richardson (1) You can see a misspelled NOB and a torn jersey starting at the 0:15 mark of this video clip. (2) British taxi drivers will be allowed to wear their home nations’ World Cup jerseys during the Cup tourney. And (3) Some corporate douchebaggery resulted in a Salvadorian goalie receiving a one-year suspension. … Yet another college team in stirrups, and this time the hose are being credited with the team’s success (with thanks to Roger Kirk). … Here’s a much larger, higher-res version of that great 1940 newspaper photo spread from yesterday (all credit to Chance Michaels). … Fairly comprehensive overview of Chinese Soccer League uniforms here (great work by
Jeremy Brahm nope, fake-out, it’s by B. Cheng). … Tony Tengwall and his Golden Gopher-rooting buddies made these shirts to wear at the WCHA Final Five. “It’s too bad we didn’t have the cash up front to make about 500 of these shirts,” he says. “We could have paid for our entire trip. Even the Sioux Fans, who are normally angry toward Gopher fans, thought they were classic.” He also adds this: “After the Saturday afternoon game, I followed a guy out of the X and damn near tackled him because I wanted his sweater. Too bad I didn’t get a shot of the front, which had the word ‘Golf’ diagonally.” … Hey, Robert Marshall, see if you can get TCK to make stirrups like these (great find by our own Scott Turner).