Time for another batch of awesome football photos from Robert Harvell’s archives. Last time around we focused on helmets and facemasks, but this bunch is all over the the lot. Enjoy.
• Never would’ve guessed that the ushers in Tiger Stadium would wear so much green.
• That’s Paul Brown. Not sure of the photo date, but I think the “CB” refers to Cincinnati Bengals (not Cleveland Browns).
• That is one sweet Oilers jacket.
• Love the little Chargers dude in this Coke ad.
• I initially thought this was a black cheerleader (a rare sight back in the day), but then someone pointed out that it’s actually Flip Wilson — with Redd Foxx behind him!
• Here’s an excellent view of how the Jets’ jersey was supposed to look, back when jerseys had sleeves.
• With all the recent chatter about the Redskins possibly switching to gold pants next year, I’ve been thinking a lot about this gorgeous design.
• Blue lightning bolts! The Chargers wore that design in 1966.
• Vince Lombardi wasn’t the only famous Packers coach who later defected to the Redskins, as you can see in this shot of Curly Lambeau.
• Which came first: The width of the hashmark or the width of the paintbrush?
• Speaking of Griese, it looks like the lower bar of his facemask was a bit warped.
That’s enough for today. More photos from Robert’s archive soon.
By Brinke Guthrie (who apparently has an inexhaustible supply of sports-themed photos from his youth)
Photo location unknown, but probably Maine or Louisville. The sweatshirt says, “University of Louisville.”
Here’s our latest batch of eBay finds:
• You don’t often see a Kentucky Colonels warm-up jacket. (My favorite player? Louie Dampier.)
• Here’s a big lot of cool NFL stuff, circa 1978.
• Nothing says “Mariners” like that trident logo.
• Check the chain-stitching on this old Packers jacket.
• Why settle for an NFL sweater when you can have an NFL Alumni sweater?
• A rare 1976 Jim Rice glass from “Papa Gino’s.” Rare in that he’s actually smiling.
• Patches don’t get more generic than this. That’s really supposed to be Sweet Lou?
• Pretty cool patch from the 1979 MLB tour of Japan.
• I think this is a Uni Watch first: a Tom Terrific bubble gum comic.
• Never seen this 1977 MLB All-Star Game patch before. Those New Yorkers sure get a lot of mileage out of that “Big Apple” nickname, eh?
OK. Now for that Ticker thing.
Uni Watch News Ticker: If you think MLB’s stars/stripes caps were a bit much, check out the jerseys worn on Memorial Day by the Kane County Cougars (with thanks to Jacob Kubuske). … You know how NFL teams can only wear their alts or throwbacks for two regular season games per season? That rule is apparently no longer in effect, because the Ravens are planning to wear their black alts three times this fall. … Longtime GQ style writer Glenn O’Brien has put together a lengthy slideshow on baseball uniforms. It’s mostly predictable, boilerplate stuff, but I was intrigued by O’Brien’s caption on this photo of Vince Coleman, in which he says Coleman claims to have put a major nail in the stirrup’s coffin. I’d never heard that before. Anyone else? … Josh Weissman notes that Tomas Kopecky still has the old NHL logo on his pads. … What’s even creepier than a jersey with a swastika on it? A jersey with a swastika on the sleeve and the word “Swastika” down the placket (with thanks to Mike Hersh). … Mike also pointed me toward this old baseball catalog. I was particularly interested in this page scan — note the jackets shown with the sweater on the right-hand page. “Base Ball Uniforms are not complete without the Sweater Jackets or Base Ball Coats.” Hmmmm — never seen coats like that on a ballplayer. Anyone..? … The Vancouver Whitecaps have unveiled their new kits. “Pretty standard, but at least better than the neon Sounders,” says Steve May. … One of the better World Cup jersey surveys can be found here. … Speaking of the World Cup, look at this — a little World Cup sculpture carved into a crayon! Further details and lots of additional photos here (thanks, Kirsten). … Still more about the Cup: Here’s what the refs will be wearing. “Notice the cute matching wristbands,” writes Marty Byrne. “And the red whistle. Why not neon-yellow and cyan-blue?” … Now that the Toledo Mud Hens don’t have to go high-cuffed, lots of their players have been altering their pants, although that photo doesn’t really show very much. … Interesting move by theWashington Post, which honored DC’s top high school athletes with an old-school trading card motif (with thanks to BJ Lanier). … The Devils are moving their AHL affiliate from Lowell to Albany. Details and a preliminary new logo here (with thanks to Dave Plante). … Women’s clothing traditionally has buttons on the opposite side of the placket than on men’s clothing, so it makes sense that you’d see softball jerseys with the women’s format. Well, sometimes (good spot by Scott Martinho). … Interesting project from Larry Granillo, who writes: “I wanted to see if I could come up with a unique chess set using baseball greats, but I didn’t want it to be just another list of the 20 best players or whatever. The set I came up with, in fancy graphic form (including era-specific logos), has each piece matched up with a player with the same personality. So, the hard-nosed rook is represented by Roy Campanella, while the disruptive knight has Rickey Henderson, etc. Here’s the chart, and here’s the full explanation.” … New summer home uni for the Yokohama Bay Stars (thanks, Jeremy). … After last night’s Mets/Padres game, the Mets players were shown dropping their caps into a box on their way back to the clubhouse. As Phil has previously noted, they do this whenever wearing their black/blue caps for the final game of a homestand, because that is also their road cap, so that box with all the caps was then packed with all the other gear for the road team’s road trip (video grab courtesy of Jay Palmer). … Phil has compiled a bunch of old Padres photos. No, not the major league Padres — the old PCL Padres. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: What if we skipped the players and just had the World Cup uniforms play against each other? … What’s that hanging on the next to Teddy Ballgame? Looks like a flocked helmet, with a raised logo appliqué. “I don’t think I’ve seen a Red Sox flocked helmet before,” says Bruce Menard. Me neither. … Nike has come up with new uniforms for the 2010 World Basketball Championships. Full details in this promotional video (with thanks to Jed Herrera). … Nate Robinson has been wearing Livestrong-style wristbands with the MLB logo. ” It’s interesting that the NBA has allowed him to wear another league’s logo,” notes Kyle Mackie). … Bob Bellamy notes that Cardinals draftee Jordan Swagerty wears some pretty serious ’80s-style stirrups. In fact, it turns out that the whole ASU team wears that style. … What with the Blackhawks’ championship ring look like? For reference, here’s their ring design from 1961 (Bruce Menard again). … Speaking of the ’Hawks, Robert Marshall reports that the high-rise artwork on the Chicago skyline changed last night. “‘Let’s Go Hawks’ became ‘Hawks,’ or maybe ‘Hawks Win’ — tough to say. For sure there was a Chief Blackhawk outside where there was not before.”