Yesterday I mentioned that the Astros’ throwback game this Saturday will feature throwback grounds crew and usher uniforms. I showed some pics of the old spaceman uniforms that the grounds crew used to wear, but I couldn’t find any shots of the old “Spacette” attire worn by the female ushers back in the ’60s.
Fortunately, a gaggle of readers quickly came to my rescue, and then some. The first was Jon Helf, who runs the mighty Fleer Sticker Project site. Here’s the note he sent me:
Here are some Spacette photos, and also a link to a post I previously did on an upcoming documentary about the Astrodome. The embedded video has some great footage of the construction of the dome and the famous “Home Run Spectacular” from the Astros scoreboard. Thus far the documentary hasn’t been released, but I’m hoping it will be soon, as it looks great.
And about an hour after that I got a barrage of communiqués from Lance “Squiddie” Smith. The first one featured these two Spacette photos, both taken from this old Astrodome promo movie (which I strongly recommend — highly entertaining).
A few minutes after that, he sent me an absolutely essential video that is required viewing, people — it’s barely over a minute long, so check it out (the first 20 seconds are blank for some reason, so skip ahead to the 0:20 mark):
Those early drawings look amazing, right? I was thinking to myself, “Dang, if only we could see the original sketches” when Lance sent me yet another note: “Those Astrodome uniforms were designed by Evelyn Norton Anderson. Her papers are at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library. They have a page listing what’s available.”
Whoa — that looks like the freakin’ mother lode of stadium personnel uniform artwork! And not just Astrodome staffers, but Colt .45s material too (before there were Spacettes, there were Triggerettes). I want to see it. I need to see it.
According to Google Maps, I live 1,633 miles away from the Houston Public Library — not so far in the grand scheme of things, but I’m guessing a few of you are situated a bit more advantageously. So here’s what I’m proposing: Howzabout if one of you (or more, if you’d like to make it a group outing) goes down to the library and makes copies of, oh, every single Colts- and Astros-related page in Anderson’s archive. I’ll happily underwrite the copying costs. And then you can make scans of of the copies and either upload them to an image-hosting site or e-mail them to me. And then I’ll take it from there.
If you live less than 1,633 miles from the Houston Public Library and would like to be part of this project, you know what to do.
Too Good for the Ticker: I think most of us would agree that the history’s greatest uni number design is the cable car treatment on Golden State’s old “The City” jerseys. But
my ESPN colleague and longtime Uni Watch buddy Rob Neyer has come up with a strong contender for second place. Rob was looking through this book about the Carolina League and came upon a photo of Chuck Weatherspoon of the Wilson (N. Carolina) Tobs — check it out.
Thing of beauty, right? Can’t tell if it was a giant circular patch (which would’ve been really uncomfy) or just some a lot of extra piping. Either way, looks awesome.
The date of the photo is uncertain, but Weatherspoon played for the Tobs in 1960, ’61, ’65, and ’66, so it’s presumably from one of those years.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Cool postcard showing the evolution of football uniforms here (good find by Mike Hersh). … Yesterday I asked why a Louisville Colonels player would have a “W” on his jersey. Terence Schull has an theory: “The Braves’ minor league affiliate prior to the Louisville Colonels was the Wichita Braves from 1956-58. I’m guessing that the jersey in the photo was in the process of being stripped of the Wichita lettering to be re-used as a Colonels jersey.” … Another follow-up from yesterday: I asked if anyone could think of a bench player who’d worn a captaincy “C.” Andy Chalifour came up with one: Davey Concepcion, in his final season. … Dr. Dre is marketing Red Sox headphones (with thanks to Richard Stover). … Tons of awesome old wrestling photos here (with thanks to Chad Todd). … “My mom, Julie Zoss, made two cheerleading uniforms for my four-year-old daughter’s doll,” writes Jeff Zoss. “The maroon and gold EP uniform is for East Peoria High School in East Peoria, Illinois, where I am an assistant football coach. My mom used my daughter’s Illinois uniform as a template for the doll’s other uniform.” I can’t decide if these are brilliant or creepy. Probably both. … Fairly mortifying look at how brands are gaining even more exposure in movies these days here. … Speaking of branding, Matt Benedict reports that Big Papi conducted an interview the other day with his chest swoosh scratched out and “Reebok” written in. … Patrick Runge reports that Birmingham City is letting its fans vote on the team’s kit. … No photo, but Matthew Robins says a West Virginia player got blood on his jersey on Saturday. They apparently didn’t have a blood jersey handy, because the player ended up wearing someone else’s jersey, with black electrical tape covering up the NOB. Anyone know more, and/or have any images? … Last April I ran a guest entry from Idaho State media director Frank Mercogliano, who wrote about the DIY scoreboard he made for the school’s softball team. A year later, he reports that the scoreboard is still going strong. … Latest Gazoo devotee: the Phillies’ batboy (screen shot courtesy of Wojciech Gluszak). … The Mets’ new cream-retro pinstripes look pretty much the same as the old white pinstripes. Additional pics here. …Noteworthy first-pitch attire: President Obama in a Nationals jacket and a Chisox cap, Kurt Warner in a D-Backs jersey, and Roger Staubach in a Rangers cap. … A little birdie tells me the Jazz may have a significant uni-related announcement at their final home game, which is next Tuesday. … CBS’s lineup shot for Butler’s starting five last night showed very inconsistent NCAA patching (with thanks to Chris Mycoskie). … Well, that didn’t take long. Tim Haller spotted that guy at yesterday’s Nats opener. … Great work by Mike Mattison, who spotted a “Frenchy” label on the back of Jeff Francoeur’s helmet. … Speaking of Mets helmets, Dan Cichalski caught something really interesting yesterday: After swiping a base in the 3rd inning, Luis Castillo switched from the left-handed helmet he’d been wearing to a right-handed helmet. … Things I really liked yesterday: the Astros’ anniversary patch and the Twins’ new road grays — except for Orlando Hudson, whose front uni number was inexplicably missing, plus he should’ve worn a navy arm sleeve instead of that red one (big thanks to David Teigland for the screen shot). … New logos for the Everett Aquasox. “Love the sideways Mariners trident!” says Ethan Allen.