The wire service photo archives appear to be a near-bottomless source of notable imagery. Here’s the latest haul:
• Looks like we may have to revise the earflap timeline yet again. That shot is from 1959. Temple batted right-handed, so that must have been a double-flapped helmet he was trying on there. Appears to be a spring training photo, so it’s not clear if that helmet was ever worn in a game. Hmmmmm. (Update: Reader Paul Wiederecht just sent me this shot. Same kind of helmet as in the Temple shot. No date, alas, but that’s Gil McDougald wearing the lid — his last year with the Yankees was 1960, so the photo can’t be any later than that. Curiouser and curiouser.)
• We all know Marquette has had some great basketball uniforms. But check out this spectacular track and field outfit, as worn by Ralph Metcalfe in 1936. Oh, and the guy next to him is Jesee Owens.
• Speaking of Owens, this has to be one of the most amazing photos ever to appear on Uni Watch. I had no idea Owens once worked for the Mets. Are there any old yearbook photos that show him in full uniform during spring training? Meanwhile, check out the guy in the background — that’s Howard Cosell, no?
• Mets fans will forever associate No. 14 with Gil Hodges. So it’s a little startling to see it being showcased by Ken Boyer. At the time of this photo, Boyer was only one year removed from having won the MVP award with the Cards. His star fell very far, very fast.
• An extremely volatile mix: Billy Martin and firearms.
• Oh man, could Bart Starr look any nerdier in this shot? Pull those shorts up a little higher, Bart! Cute kid, though.
• Speaking of cute kids, check out this shot of Kooz and son. The photo is dated 1970, but there’s bunting on the railing, so I’m assuming this was Opening Day (someone can check the game match-ups listed on the scoreboard to see if that’s right, yes?). Meanwhile, the little tyke has no clue that Daddy is gonna end up in jail as a tax cheat.
• Holy jeepers, check out the size of the banner in this bowling shot. Note the little rows of of fringe hanging from overhead, too. Great shot.
• As you’ve heard me say again and again, I love uniforms with a sense of texture, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen more texture than in this photo. That’s Chester Beard, from the 1933 Michigan football team. My god, look at those seams, the reinforced elbows, the felt numbers, the ribbed socks. Magnificent!
• Hey, Bob Feller, lower your fanny and do your push-ups the right way!
• You don’t often see women’s field hockey in the wire service archives. That shot is from 1966. Note that one team is wearing skirts and the other is wearing shorts.
• Also unusual: an awesome rugby shot from 1939. Interesting facemask on the ball carrier.
• I’ve always loved photos with superimposed home run flight tracks. I know, I know, they’re always inaccurate, but they’re still so cool-looking.
• Gorgeous shot of the minor league version of the Orioles, circa 1950. Love the uniforms, but note that the coach is the only one with a cap logo.
• Shouldn’t Tommie Agee have been brandishing his own bat, instead of Art Shamsky’s?
• I’d totally forgotten that Juan Marichal had finished up his career with the Dodgers — until I saw this shot.
• Line ’em up, sock ’em outta there. Not the most efficient practice method (shouldn’t at least some of those gals be tossing a ball around?), but it makes for a great photo.
(Special thanks to Larry Wiederecht, who found several of the photos shown in this batch.)
IMPORTANT!: The City Reliquary — the small Brooklyn museum that hosts and sponsors so many wonderful projects (including my Candela Structures exhibit last summer) is in trouble. Big bills, low funds. If they don’t raise a large pile of cash soon, there’s a strong possibility that they will have to close their doors.
A series of fundraisers is being staged to help save the Reliquary, including one that I’m involved in: “Meals and Spiels,” a multi-course dinner party being held at the Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St., Williamsburg) on Tuesday, April 27th, 7pm.
Each course of the meal will be accompanied by a local expert giving a presentation about that food or drink’s history and heritage in New York City. For example, the entrée will be sliced “man steak” (a huge sirloin, enough to feed five to seven people). As people chow down on that, I’ll be giving a short lecture on the New York beefsteak tradition. When coffee is served at the end of the meal, my partner in the Forewords, Liz Clayton (who’s a serious java journalist), will talk about NYC coffee history. And so on.
“Meals and Spiels” isn’t cheap — tickets are $150. But you’ll have a unique dining experience, get to hang out with some groovy people, and, most importantly, have the satisfaction of helping to save a very special place that’s extremely dear to me. For additional info and to buy tickets, look here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: UVA will unveil their new football uniforms this afternoon. … Corporate douchebaggery alert: Tony Griggsby checked out the Masters leaderboard on golf.com and discovered that the Nike players are listed with swooshes. … More douchebaggery: Major League Roller Hockey jerseys don’t just have McDonald’s logo patches, but a background pattern full of arches (horrifying find by Justin Funderburk. … Paul Hornstein attends W.C. Bryant High in Queens, where they’ve added this sleeve patch. Very nice, even if it’s obviously modeled on the Giants’ patch. … New kit for Liverpool. “The new sponsor, a London-based bank called Standard Chartered, replaces Carlsberg, who had been the Liverpool sponsor for 17 years,” says Micahel Orr. … New throwbacks for Vanderbilt baseball (with thanks to Bryan Barnes). … Batting helmet scholar Larry Granillo sent along this one-sheet document, which was apparently created by a SABR member some years ago. The photos are the bottom are intriguing, esp. the Bresnahan shot. … Almost nobody ever gets the story right regarding the White Sox shorts from 1976. Many fans think they were worn for an entire season; others think they were worn only once (I used to think that myself). Now Mike Steiner — who actually owns Goose Gossage’s game-used shorts — has finally put together a fairly complete story of this misunderstood chapter in baseball history. Check it out here. … A little birdie tells me that the NBA has given the green light to D-League teams who want to strike jersey-sponsorship deals, just like the WNBA. It’s tempting to get riled up about this, but really, it’s the D-League, so who really gives a shit? … That odd sleeve-piping fraying has reappeared on the Angels’ jerseys (good spot by Jonathon Binet). … How wonderful that the Mets have already decided that they’ll be keeping the black jersey next season. Idiots. … A museum in Toronto is currently featuring an exhibition about socks. … Sports Illustrated totally ripped off one of my old ESPN columns to create a slideshow of MLB uni typos. But it’s worth it, since they came up with an “Angees” photo I hadn’t seen before. … Interesting bit about Ryne Sandberg wearing his own retired number at the very end of this story (good find by Kenn Tomasch). … Rawlings is being sued by a minor league player whose career was ended by a beanball (with thanks to Bill Erdek). … The Pirates apparently have a camera guy who goes by “Camera Guy.” He’s easy to spot because he wears a jersey with a “Camera Guy” NOB. Wait, what? Very odd (as noted by Grant Ramey). … Ohio State coaches and players will wear pink gear for the annual spring scrimmage in honor of Stefanie Speilman. … The Syracuse Chiefs are celebrating the 50th anniversary of community ownership by wearing very nice throwbacks for Thursday home games (with thanks to Tony DiRubbo). … Two things about the Braves/Cubs screen shot: First, check out how it looks like the ump is wearing an Indian headdress. Also, note what’s printed on the steps behind home plate — is that the first in-stadium Facebook ad? (With thanks to Josh Exline.) … The Penguins marked the last home game of the regular season by holding their annual “Shirts Off Our Backs” promotion. When they removed their jerseys, they were wearing these T-shirts underneath — nice (as noted by Doug Keklak). … RIP, Malcolm.