This batch comes from Mike Hersh, who continues to be our finest wire photo researcher. Without further ado:
• I never realized that the “KC” logo on the A’s caps were so plain. Always thought the letterforms had more of a flourish.
• Speaking of the A’s, here’s Roger Maris wearing something unusual: a windbreaker with buttons instead of snaps or a zipper.
• And speaking of Maris, check out this 1961 shot. Interesting that the caption refers to a “borrowed” jersey. According to all the usual uni-number databases, the Yanks didn’t have a No. 55 on their roster in 1961. So was the team creating special jerseys for Maris to pose with as he kept hitting homers?
• Back to the A’s for a sec: Here’s an awesome 1969 shot of once and future Yankees stars in Oakland.
• Slugger Bird! That’s Johnny Keane skippering the Omaha Cardinals, circa 1956.
• Gray wasn’t the only amputee in uniform. Here’s a 1938 shot of Orville Paul, who tossed batting practice for the Cardinals.
• Man, the 1964 Kentucky Colonels had some huge insignia lettering. Note how the “L” on the cap doesn’t match the one on the jersey.
• Two things interest me regarding this Sioux City Soos photo from 1954: First, note that this shows another instance of stirrups with that horizontal line of stitching slightly above the cut-out. Secondly, what’s up with that cap brim? Can’t tell if it’s thick/padded or if it just looks that way because the photo was touched up.
• Several good elements in this 1954 Denver Bears shot: a ballplayer with a cigarette; one of history’s greatest sleeve patches; a fairly early instance of a batting helmet; and what appears to be a white jersey paired with gray pants.
• Speaking of the Bears, their 1954 skipper was none other than Earl Weaver. Note the unusual collar piping, which stops at the placket instead of continuing down the front.
• Slumber party in Detroit! According to the caption: “May 4, 1957: It was a windy 51 degrees Friday at Briggs [i.e., Tiger] Stadium, where the Detroit Tigers shut out the Boston Red Sox, 6-0. Trying to warm up before game, Harvey Kuenn, Al Kaline, and Jim Small, who wore long underwear, bundled under blanket.”
• Looks like the Twins had some very cool locker nameplates in 1962.
• Check out this 1922 shot of the Babe. Instead of regular stirrups, it almost looks like he’s wearing gaiters with black elastic stirrup straps attached to them (must’ve been copying Ricko, right?). Never seen anything like that from that era.
• Lots to love in this 1965 Denver Bears shot, including an early Pedro Porthole, an underbrim inscription, and one of history’s greatest sleeve patches. Twelve years later, the sleeve patch was nowhere near as good.
That’ll hold us for now. More wire service shots coming soon.
Aww, you guys…: Took me until yesterday afternoon to catch up on all the material that ran on the site while I was away last week. Man, the site didn’t miss a beat with Phil at the helm, am I right? I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: We are all really lucky to have him around.
I didn’t expect Phil to turn last Friday’s post into a big “How I discovered Uni Watch” love-fest, but I was really struck by many of the comments from that day’s post. Thanks for all the kind thoughts, folks — means a lot, really.
June Giveaway: Been a while since we’ve done a giveaway, and this one’s for a different sort of item: a PC-to-TV converter. If you watch any streaming video on your computer, this gadget will let you see it on your TV. The good folks at Sewell are making three of the converters available to Uni Watch readers.
To enter, send an e-mail with your name in the subject line and your mailing address in the body of the e-mail to the giveaway address by 7pm eastern next Monday, June 7th. One entry per person. I’ll announce the three winners next Tuesday.
By Brinke Guthrie
There I am in Dallas, November of 1971, zoned in on making the catch for the Wither’s Elementary School Longhorns. Wore No. 17 in honor of Dandy Don, I think.
Here’s our latest rundown of eBay finds:
• I like Mr. Met’s bicentennial look. [I still have my original copy of this. — PL]
• These are real “All Pro” patches — as opposed to, you know, the fake ones.
• Someone doesn’t know the difference between the Reds and the Red Sox. Still, the printer’s plate is cool.
• Here’s something that’s new to me: an NFL marching band doll.
• Benchies! With an old Chargers look, no less.
• Nice batch of NFL cloth patches from the 1950s or ’60s. If it’s old, it’s gold.
• Get your NFL megaphone and Go with the Pros!
*Was Bernie stoned in this photo, too?
• Gridiron thrills! Basketball tips! With important new rule changes.
And now back to Paul for today’s Ticker.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Some eBay stuff of a different sort, beginning with a gorgeous set of vintage stirrups. … Also available: groovy baseball pants in green and red; a really interesting baseball jersey with a giant chest letter; a baseball jersey making some interesting use of sea green; a truly outstanding set of old women’s softball uniforms; and an old Tiger Stadium usher’s cap. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The Chicago statue of Michael Jordan wearing Reebok hockey skates didn’t last long. … “Not sure what this is advertising, but it appears to be socks,” says David Brown. … I’m always a sucker for team logos “drawn” with building lights. … New logo for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (with thanks to Mike Vamosi).