Every time I think we’ve hit the bottom of the wire service barrel, a new batch of great material appears on eBay. My continued thanks to Mike Hersh and Larry Wiederecht for their assistance in compiling these images.
• Not sure what I like best about this 1928 women’s hoops team — the team name, the way the name is rendered on the jerseys, or the assortment of socks.
• Four Cubbies, four different undersleeve styles: none at all, three-quarters, windbreaker, full-length. That’s from spring training, 1939.
• Love this 1959 Cuban uni.
• Don Carter, one of the greatest bowlers of all time, apparently had some interesting taste in belts.
• Dressed to the Nines shows the 1922 Giants wearing two sets red/blue stirrup stripes. But it turns out they actually had three sets of stripes. That’s the team’s 1922 starting infield, by the way — Heinie Groh, Davey Bancroft, Frankie Frisch, and Long George Kelly.
• The NHL had a bit of a cocaine problem back in 1949. Actually, that’s Hal Brown and Alan Kuntz, both of the Rangers, kissing the ice.
• Most of you know that Andy Brown was the last NHL goalie to play without a mask, and here are some great action shots of him from 1972. (As an aside: When I was a kid, I inherited my big brothers’ table hockey game, which had the old metal players. The goalies were all bare-faced, because the game had been purchased in the 1950s. So I drew little paper masks for the goalies, cut them out, and pasted them onto the goalies’ faces — except for the Red Wings goalie. I left him bare-faced, because Andy Brown was playing for the Wings at the time.)
• Here’s a very interesting official’s NOB.
• Here’s a stunner: Big Klu wearing sleeves! That’s from his short stint with the Buccos, which spanned parts of the 1958 and ’59 seasons.
• Coupla interesting things about this Phillies shot: the cap logo is actually a patch, and note how the placket pinstripes don’t matchup with the pins on the rest of the jersey. Yankees jerseys of that era used the same design.
• Look closely at this cavalcade of striped stirrups and you’ll see that the ’rups have a line of horizontal stitching running slightly above the ankle. Never seen that before. Robert Marshall, ask the TCK folks what they know about that, wouldja please?
• Very nice sleeve patch being sported by the 1942 Columbus Redbirds.
• Double your pleasure: two unusual on-field happenings in one wire service photo transmission.
• Here’s a weird one: Del Crandell of the Braves wearing what appears to be a Cardinals helmet. The photo ran in Sport magazine in 1963, although it’s not clear when the photo was actually taken. Crandell was a perennial All-Star during his Braves years, so this could be from an All-Star Game.
• What’s my favorite thing about old uniforms? Texture!
My quadrennial bit of cluelessness: Nike officially unveiled the USA’s World Cup kit yesterday, which was my official wake-up call for this year’s Cup. “Hey, dumb-ass,” said the little man in my head whose job is to remind me about stuff like this. “You’re gonna need to write a World Cup column for ESPN, which should be pretty amusing, seeing as how you don’t know jack-jiggity-shit about soccer. The clock’s ticking, smart guy. Got a plan?”
Actually, yes. Four years ago I got help from a reader, Dave Dixon, who gave me his team-by-team breakdown for my World Cup column that year. He gave his knowledgeable assessments and then I gave my ignorant ones. That worked out pretty well, so let’s try it again: If you’d like to be Uni Watch’s official 2010 World Cup consultant, send me a note explaining your qualifications for the job (which should, at the very least, include a fairly thorough familiarity with all of this year’s Cup kits). I’ll choose someone within the next week or two.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Uni Watch pastry chef Elena Elms has really outdone herself with these Kentucky Derby cookies. … Here are the new uni numbers for the Titans, Broncos, and Pats (with thanks to Jimmy Morris, Brandon L. Schwartz and Tom Adjemian, respectively). … Plenty of good imagery in this Colt .45s video tribute (with thanks to John Weghorst). … Weird situation in a minor league game the other day, as Jose Jimenez faced Jose Jimenez — with both of them wearing No. 34 (with thanks to Bill Mitchell). … Yesterday I asked about Ted Barrett’s strikingly blue chest protector, prompting this note from Rich Fronheiser: “It appears that Barrett is wearing a Carlucci protector. Cece Carlucci was a longtime umpire in the Pacific Coast league who set up a business making custom umpire protective gear. Sadly, Cece passed away a few years ago, but this article provides good background on his equipment operation.” … Everyone credits Fred Gehrke with painting the first design on a football helmet in 1948. But Helmet Hut honcho Curtis Worrell has come up with evidence of Hawaii wearing a rainbow design in 1947. “Maybe Fred was in Hawaii on vacation the year before!” says Curtis. … What do you do for people who love soccer but are too poor to buy soccer balls? Design a ball that can be made out of cardboard (thanks, Kirsten). … The new trend in lacrosse: tank tops (with thanks to Jeff Brunelle). … Very nice stirrups being worn by Orange Lutheran High in California (with thanks to Gary Moore). … The Ferrari F1 team wears an odd bar code logo design, which some people in the UK think is a sneaky way to get around the EU’s ban on tobacco sponsorships. … Last few grafs on this page discuss upcoming changes to Ohio State’s hoops uniforms (with thanks to Nick Houser). … What’s up with the black shoulder/sleeve stripe being worn by Ali Haji and his holder? I don’t recall that one. Anyone know what it was for? (As submitted by Jimmy Griffin.) … The Fresno Grizzlies are letting fans vote for their Twilight Night jersey (with thanks to Aaron Wiens). … Todd Davis was watching the 1985 ALCS and noticed that the Blue Jays’ roster included a No. 0 (Al Oliver) and and a No. 00 (Cliff Johnson). Have any other teams ever had zero and double-zero simultaneously? … Latest uni design for Oregon football: camo-accented jerseys for the spring scrimmage. … Happy birthday and an extra scritch under the chin to Uni Watch mascots Tucker and Caitlin, who were born five years ago today. Meow!