Got an interesting note the other day from reader Zac Neubauer, as follows:
My sister lives in Geneva, Switzerland, which got me thinking about what kinds of sport archives that they might have. I came across this web site known as the Swiss Poster Collection. I was a big fan of the Swiss Style of graphic design before I knew much about design at all, so I was thrilled to find that many of the posters in the collection are in that style. Here are a few — some from the traditional Swiss Style and others that I thought that the Uni Watch community would enjoy.
The posters that Zac singled out are among the most outstanding images ever to be featured on this site — you’re gonna like these. Let’s take a look:
• World-class graphic design doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. Sometimes it just involves some type and some straight lines.
• Of course, you can also go with a finely crafted illustration.
• Just hanging out, reading the sports section. Brilliant.
• I’d never heard of hornussen until Zac pointed me toward this poster (which makes me think of a pizzaiolo wielding a peel). There’s an additional poster here, and Zac also found an informational video about the sport.
• Oh man, how gorgeous is this? It’s from the first European Basketball Championships, held in 1935.
• The Bruins and Rangers played an exhibition in Zurich in 1959, which was promoted by this magnificent poster.
• “I’m not sure what this one is about,” says Zac, “but count me as a fan.” Me too.
• Here’s one of the oldest designs Zac singled out: a soccer poster from 1910. Feels much more modern and vibrant than that, no?
• I’m intrigued by this one. Aside from the gorgeous design, the ball seems more like a volleyball than a handball. Can anyone shed some light on what sport is being promoted here?
• Here’s a weird one. It’s an ad for the Swiss shoe/skate company Bally, but the curler kinda looks like he’s peeking up the skater’s skirt. Creepy.
• This is actually three separate curling posters that form one composite image.
• Zac sent links to lots of cycling posters. This one was my favorite.
And so on. If you want to see more, start here and search on the name of your desired sport.
Would you buy striped hosiery from this man? Why the hell not?: I’m happy to announce that today is Comrade Robert Marshall’s birthday, and I’m sure it would make his day if you marked the occasion by ordering a few (or a few dozen) stirrups from him. It’ll make your day too, cuz his latest round of Uni Watch Stirrup Club offerings are the bomb. Details here.
And as long as we’re on the topic of Comrade Marshall, let’s take a look at his latest bobblehead commissions, which include renditions of Kayla Coffee (here’s an action video), Bob Clemente (video), and Zbigniew Boniek (video, plus also check out these close-up details). Wanna commission Marshall to make a bobblehead for you? Contact him here.
It’s also worth noting that Marshall recently supplied stirrups recently for reader Matt Ryburn’s groomsmen. Matt offers this post-wedding report: “When we were getting ready, from the other room I hear, ‘One side of the stirrup is taller than the other! Which side goes in front?’ Consider my groomsmen enlightened.”
Indeed, consider all all of us enlightened by Marshall’s assorted projects. Happy birthday, big fella — next round of Natty Bohs are on me.
Uni Watch News Ticker: On Friday I ran this photo of Red Schoendienst wearing a reverse-field Cards cap logo. Now someone on the Chris Creamer boards has come up with an example of that same logo appearing on a batting helmet. That shot is from the 1964 All-Star Game. I forwarded both photos to Brian Finch, who runs the Cardinals Hall of Fame. His reponse: “I honestly don’t know. I’ve noticed that before but have never found the time to look a little deeper. It’s on my list.” … Fans who attended all three days of the NFL draft
really need to reexamine their social priorities got a special pin (with thanks to Joshua Exline). … Other draft notes from Joshua: Many teams have team-colored M&M’s on their tables, and here’s a view of all those No. 1 jerseys waiting for their close-up. … The logo of the Northwest League — a short-season A circuit — looks like this. But back in 1995, the league’s logo apparently looked like a rip-off of the NFL logo. That’s from this piece (great find by Ben Wideman). … The Nashville Sounds are doing throwback Thursdays this season (with thanks to Lee Wilds). … New logo for Connecticut College. Key line from that review: “Let’s be perfectly honest here. The only reason we are talking about this is because it involves camels” (as reported by Chris Haar). … Ben Traxel sent along a batch of behind-the-scenes photos from Opening Day at Busch Stadium. … Doug Keklak noted an interesting quote in this story, in which Browns coach Eric Mangini describes first-round pick Joe Haden as “a green-sticker guy.” Is that a reference to the green dot on radio-equipped helmets? Haden is a cornerback, and corners rarely wear the dot, so I’m a little puzzled by this one. … Several unfortunate tropes have collided in this pink tequila sunrise jersey, which the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will be wearing for Mother’s Day (with thanks to Jeff Ash). … New uniforms for all the Michigan State teams. My god, is that typeface a disaster or what? Also, what’s with all the bronze trim? I like it from a strictly aesthetic standpoint, but since when is bronze a MSU color? … Mike Braam came across a breakdown of the best and worst Wisconsin sports logos. … Latest example of an early team wearing the swastika: this football team from Davis, California. No word on whether they had a suspicious-looking mascot (with thanks to Ken Maranta for the team photo). … Here’s a doozy: Duquesne used to have a goalie named Alex “Sailor” Iungerich — and he wore a sailor’s cap on the ice! Love all the stripes, too. No date on the photo, but a bit of research suggests that it’s from 1938ish (major find by Mike Hersh). … While looking for something else, I discovered that A-Rod Fan Club prexy Dallas Braden has a nipple piercing. Ewwww. … Speaking of Braden, FlipFlopFlyBall has whipped up little map that addresses his concerns. … What is this logo that Barry Zito was wearing on his undershirt the other night? His previous start he was wearing the mark of the beast. … Don’t think I’ve seen this before: a set of Expos jersey pins. … Here’s an oddity: The Rockies wore a standard black memorial patch for Keli McGregor with their road pins and black alts. But for they’re using a purple patch for their home pins and home vests, which I’m assuming is an MLB first (and, let’s hope, last). … You know how a broadcaster will sometimes say that a hitter “practically swung out of his shoes,” or words to that effect? Carlos Zambrano did that on Saturday — literally. He made good contact on the swing, hitting a long sac fly. Then he walked back to the dugout in his stocking foot, stopping near the batter’s box to pick up his wayward shoe (with thanks to Justin Bates for alerting me to this one). … As had been threatened planned, Ohio State’s spring scrimmage featured pink uni numbers, to benefit the Stephanie Spielman Fund (as noted by Mark Zibrik). … Alain Nana-Sinkam, the man behind longtime Uni Watch advertiser Classic Old School, was recently asked by Kennesaw State University’s theatre department to remake this jersey for a production of August Wilson’s Fences. Here’s how it turned out. … “The Bucks held a ‘red out’ promotion at the Bradley Center for Game Three of their series against the Hawks,” writes the Rev. Nørb. “Fans were encouraged to wear red and were given red towels. Curiously, though, the Bucks wore their standard white home unis, whilst the visiting Hawks wore their red alternates, which made for a rather lackluster and conflicted promotion.” … Interesting article about Nike and Umbro commissioning illustrators to design alternate World Cup kits (with thanks to Paul Shea). … The Mets held their annual Bark in the Park promotion over the weekend. Tons of adorable pics of uni-clad pooches here. … Speaking of Mets promos, they’re hoping to set the world record for the most people crocheting simultaneously (thanks, Kirsten). … The Giants held an Earth Day promotion yesterday, complete with a recycling logo sleeve patch. … Here’s another USA World Cup kit leak. … Brian Erni has noticed that Francisco Rodriguez has several different sets of frames for his goggles. Sometimes they’re white, sometimes trimmed in orange, and sometimes trimmed in blue. … Potentially major news brewing out in Las Vegas, where Bryce Harper plays. Remember him? He’s the kid who’s supposedly the greatest MLB prospect since forever. And look what he’s been wearing lately. Very, very interesting (big thanks to Samantha Skolnick). … Pepperdine baseball is wearing a memorial sleeve patch for former third baseman Patrick Rooney, who died in a plane crash last year (with thanks to Jim McCue). … The Vikings apparently have a new 50th-season logo. I’m not positive, but preliminary indications are that it will be worn as a jersey patch. … “My mom gave me a NFL dresser for my birthday in 1986,” writes Trevor Williams. “I’ve decided it’s time for it to go (it’s falling apart), but first I took some pictures.” … Mild hilarity in Chicago the other night, as a puck got lost in Antti Niemi’s gear. … If you go to this page and search on the word “stirrups,” you’ll see reader Alex Higley‘s question to Ryan Spilborghs of the Rockies, and Spilborgh’s kinda lame-o response. … When Phil was researching Sunday’s post about the Bears, he came across a coupla fantastic shots of Sid Luckman, from his college days at Columbia. This shot of him running against Cornell is pretty sweet, but the real prize is this image from a Columbia/Colgate game. Yabba-dabba-do! … Players on the Braves’ triple-A affiliate really hate the Gazoo helmets (with thanks to Brent Hardman). … New 1956 throwbacks for Mesa State (with thanks to Dom Lewis). … Here’s something I’ve never seen before: a vintage Rawlings zebra jacket! Can anyone identify the chest logo?