Kudos yet again to Mike Hersh and Larry Wiederecht, who contributed several of the photos in this batch. Without further ado:
• I don’t think I recognize the patch on Ditka’s sweater. Anyone?
• Okay, so we all know baseball gloves used to be much smaller. But look at this shot of Paul Waner — instead of a glove, it just looks like his hand is a bit swollen.
• If only this procession of female thoroughbred racing jockeys had been shot in color!
• Here’s Fred Valentine of the Hawaii Islanders. Can anyone tell us more about that sleeve patch?
• And speaking of college hockey, check out these contrasting, drop-down NOBs! That’s Michigan Tech, from 1975.
• So many interesting things in this 1969 shot: Ken Harrelson’s NickNOB, the Tribe’s chest-positioned MLB centennial patch, Jose Cardenal’s low-flying NOB (because his name was too long to fit across the higher, narrower part of his vest), the rather clunky uni number on the back of Harrelson’s helmet, and the extra strip of fabric that’s been added to Harrelson’s stirrups, à la Frank Robinson.
• Here’s another shot of Harrelson. The mismatched footwear is explained in the caption.
• I like this shot of Joe McCarthy being introduced as the Cubs’ manager. The caption explains that he “intends to wear” the uniform — no small matter, because he had sometimes worn civvies for his previous managerial gigs.
• Interesting to see a Detroit Lions player with a Tigers-style old English “D” logo. That shot’s from 1955.
• At first glance, this shot just seems like a mish-mash. But it’s actually pretty fascinating — look how close the two team benches and the fans were to each other.
• Best rookie hazing photo ever, from 1957. That’s Joe Perry at far right; the other players are unidentified.
• You’ve probably heard about Jimmy Piersal running the bases backwards after hitting his 100th home run, and here’s a photo of it. Note that Piersal’s and Tim Harkness’s batting helmets appear to be flocked, which is a major news flash for me — didn’t realize the Mets had ever worn flocked lids. (And here’s one more shot of Piersal, just for fun.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: Can you spot what’s wrong with this picture from Super Bowl IX? Answer at the end of the Ticker. … Here’s something you don’t often see: the Cowboys’ draft board. “Looks like they used the old-school Seahawks and Falcons logos yet the Broncos and Rams logos are newer,” notes eagle-eyed Steve Hicks. … The old Oklahoma Outlaws of the USFL apparently had some freaky-deeky see-thru pants. For further evidence, check out the thigh pads on this lineman (as submitted by Bill Kellick, who also spotted Troy Thomas of the Pittsburgh Maulers going FNOB) … Excellent article about the Cardinals’ uni numbers (big thanks to Taylor Ericson). … The DH in a National League park? Yup. Although the Jays will technically be the home team, it’s not yet clear whether they’ll wear their home uniforms for this series. … More chatter about Maryland possibly wearing gold jerseys for their season opener, but I’ll believe it when I see it (with thanks to Steve Hoyle). … Lots of new NBA logos have supposedly been leaked. Aside from the Warriors and Jazz marks, which are definitely similar to prototypes I’ve previously seen, I don’t know for sure how many of these are legit. … In a related item, Jazz owner Greg Miller is holding one of the team’s new jeseys, folded up, in this photo. As you can barely see, the trim is green, yellow, and purple (with thanks to Trent Knaphus). … “I was at Nike for an informational interview yesterday at the John McEnroe Building,” says Jeremy Brahm. “They had some memorabilia there, including the ‘McEnroe’ socks that he wore in the 1980s. This is when he was sponsored by Sergio Tacchini for the apparel, but not the shoes. Just weird.” … Another high school athlete has been DQ’d on a quasi-uni-related technicality, which means columnists all over America will gnash their teeth for 24 hours or so and then we can all get on with our lives again. … Very odd softball uni being worn by the catcher in this photo. Looks like the jersey was designed to be worn untucked, and the pants have a little contrast-colored yoke panel with the team logo. Not good. The school is Burr & Burton Academy, from Vermont, and the maker’s mark on the pocket indicates that the company to blame for all of this is Boathouse Sports, which I’d never heard of before (very good find by Tris Wykes). … Dustin Pedroia has been going high-cuffed lately. … Idiocy on parade again in Baltimore, as the Orioles once again wore their BP jerseys to match the orange T-shirt they were giving away. … The Braves are going to retire Tom Glavine’s number. … Who’s that good-looking kid? It’s a young Michael Brethauer, wearing one of the jackets shown on this Sears catalog page. Love the miniature helmet buggies too, and there’s something endearingly simple about the slogan “NFL Happens!” … David Letterman asked Dallas Braden why he wears his cap brim so flat but somehow neglected to comment on the notch in his undershirt collar (with thanks to Matt Robins). … Okay, I don’t want to make light of a fatal plane crash, but that’s one groovy tail design. … Answer to the quiz at the top of the Ticker: The numeral on the left is upside-down (genius catch by Jim Mellett).
Attention NYCers: My upstairs and downstairs neighbors and I are having a stoop sale this Saturday from 10:30am until 5pm, or until we all run out of crap to sell and/or beer to drink. The address is 671 DeGraw St., between 4th + 5th Aves., in Brooklyn. Rumors that I’ll be selling bootleg copies of Ricko’s scandalous porno animation of “Benchies” are almost completely unfounded, but I can confirm that there will be at least a few uni-related items for sale, along with lots of other cool stuff.
As all savvy stoop sale veterans know, a starting time of 10:30 means that the best stuff will already be gone by 10:00, because the annoying cutthroat shoppers invariably show up 45 minutes before the listed starting time and snap up all the good stuff while the sale is being set up. So if you’d like to be savvy but annoying, come early. But I reserve the right to double the tagged price on everything up until our official starting time.
If you ask nicely (read: buy some shit or bring some Yuengling), I may also provide tours of Uni Watch HQ, including a detailed look at the room in which I’m typing these very words — exciting! Well, maybe not. Or maybe yes, depending on how obsessed you are!