By Phil Hecken with Rick Pearson
Amadee Wohlschlaeger was an illustrator for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1932 until 1981. But he is perhaps more famous for his work in The Sporting News.
“Amadee Wohlschlaeger?” you may say. That’s what I said when Rick Pearson asked me if I knew of him. I didn’t have a clue. But then he showed me some of Mr. Wohlschlaeger’s work. That sure did the trick.
Over the years, Ricko saved many of Amadee’s drawings, and he’s here today to share them with us. You may have seen some of these before, but I’ll bet a number of them have never been viewed by the UW reader. Take a minute to read each one, as Amadee’s prose is as poignent as his artwork is fanciful. Enjoy. Here’s Rick:
Before there were computers to make up montages, graphics and the like, there were Sports Cartoonists.
One I particularly liked was “Amadee”.
Until last night, I didn’t know if if “Amadee” was his first name or his last name, but I knew his work. It was all over The Sporting News back in the days when photography in that pub was rare.
It seemed that usually cartoonists such as Willard Mullen got the front page, but Amadee’s presence was a constant. It was apparent he was St. Louis-based (convenient, so was TSN), and some of his best work was portraits of St. Louis sports figures.
Anyway, I cut out and saved a bunch of his efforts. Here are 26 of them from the early ’60s for a bit of…
Time Travel on a Sunday in July
* Most famous for being traded for Lou Brock
* The reliever was starting to become famous
* Nice portrait for Cardinal fans
* A classy Cub
* Hey, it’s Stormin’ Norman
* Pete on a cloud
* Handsome young man, bet he’d never thown inside
* Fine work, even included the Spring Training hat patch
* No, not Frack’s partner, the Commish
* Did something unique re: Grand Slams, if you wanna look it up
* Look, a pheeeee-nom
* Well, if YOUR first name was “Saturnino”, you’d want a nickname, too [Note the colorful speech attributed to the subject — what would be considered appropriate back then would get the artist fired today. — PH]
* Here’s some pretty fair ballplayers
* Some of these guys were not so famous
* If you were a good rook, you might get drawn by Amadee
* Hmm, a “penthouse” feel to this one…
* Some vintage White Sox unis
* Ah, those Reds’ pins hats
* “No one knows this, but one of us has been traded to Kansas City”
* One of these guys didn’t get to the Majors ’til he was 30
* More big names
* A pro football piece, about that “other league”
* A pair of Packers and more
* Hey, these guys are in that photo from LIFE
* Some say he had lot to do with NFL success; they’re right
* One look at the NBA
Thank you, Mr. Pearson. That’s quite the collection, and some wonderful artwork and prose as well. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Ricko wrote my intro today. “Ricko says this one doesn’t any introduction whatsoever, neither from him nor me…but he does say he sure hopes we have the ability to laugh at ourselves.”
Here’s your full color Sunday Benchies.
Back again with more Uniform Tweaks, Concepts and Revisions today. Lots to get to, and if you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way. Still finding the tweaks have slowed to a trickle, so if you have something you’d like to show, give me a shout.
Just one huge set of tweaks today, and it comes from Daniel Rerko, who actually sent along eighty-seven NFL separate tweaks. Last weekend, we looked at the third batch. Today features Round IV. Says Daniel, “I am sending you a gallery of 87 uniform tweaks for NFL teams on Flickr. Some of them are terrible, but some of them turned out pretty well. I hope you enjoy!” We’re almost through those and now we’re moving into the homestretch. Daniel is starting to get pretty crazy with some of these, but they’re very interesting, I’ll say that. Here then, is the fourth set:
Jets–Gold 3rd Color–off old Titans uniform: A third color from the Titans uniform. It’s just an attempt to give a bland, but good, uniform a little more life.
Jets–Basic: An even more basic uniform.
Bills–Silver, one blue: Nasty. Ignore this one, please. I tried to use silver in the helmet, but this just turned out even worse than their already terrible uniforms.
Broncos–Old Colors, integration of old logo, old socks: Old colors on the new uniform, with the old logo on the sleeves. The orange alternate didn’t turn out how I would have liked it to.
Giants–Simplified, Two helmet logos: I like the NY and GIANTS on the helmet at the same time, without the terrible red numbers on a royal jersey.
Ravens–No one looks tough in purple: …No one looks tough in purple. I did this without getting rid of the Black and Purple. Also, I decided to give a gold alternate a try as a replacement to the purple.
Jets–Modernized stripes, old logo: Weird shoulder stripes with the 90’s logo and the modern colors.
Titans–Oilers with Titans Remake: Slaped some dark blue and a Titans logo onto an Oilers uni, just to see what would have happened without a complete uniform overhaul.
Titans–Silver replace red: Terrible. Tried to bring in silver instead of red, and it just didn’t turn out how I would have liked it to.
Titans–Sliver: Trying to add more silver to the uniform, and again, it didn’t turn out the way I would have liked it to.
Titans–Red replace navy: Way too bright of a uniform, and it actually hurts my eyes just looking at it on the computer. It should never be on the field.
Jaguars-Fixing something that’s broken?: Hard to fix a broken uniform… but i made an attempt. I just created a shoulder yoke instead of just the stripes. It turned out just as bad as bad, if not worse, than before.
Falcons–Red helmet, simplified: I really just like the red helmet a lot. Other than that, this turned out pretty bad.
Texans–Old Oilers colors: The colors that belong in Houston. And the Texans really do need a white helmet. The partially blue logo on a blue helmet bugs me.
Redskins–Socks and Sleeves: I liked the contrast with the sleeves. Also, no more maroon socks on maroon pants. Ever.
Buccaneers–Black helmet, shoulder color: BFBS! Adding in a black helmet, and a shoulder yoke. The black alternate just looks awful. There are no bright spots in this tweak.
Saints–Modernized, Old school socks: Just playing with jersey stripes, and adding some pretty cool socks. I like the black helmet with the gold jersey.
Panthers–Longer stripes: Longer helmet and pants stripes, and no stripes on the jersey. I like the plain element in the panther’s uniform.
That will do it for today. Almost through with Daniel’s tweaks, but the rest of you keep them coming.
Back at the beginning of the 2010 season, I announced the 2010 Uni Tracking that a number of us do. Last year, I devoted about four full weekend columns to it, and that was probably a bit much for most of us to take in one dose, so this year, I’ll occasionally post the updated tracking of certain teams as the trackers send them in. So, if you’ve been doing your due diligence with your team, send me your mid-season tracking reports, and I’ll post them as a “sub article” on the weekends. OK? OK!
Today’s first featured tracker is Ryan Bugaj, who has been tracking the Boston Red Sawks. Here’s Ryan:
Greetings from baseball’s Demilitarized Zone (read: the great state of Connecticut)!
I’ve finally gotten a few minutes together to file my mid-season Uni Tracking report. As you know, I’m one of the Red Sox trackers. Figured I’d follow my favorite team, since I’d be watching all the games anyway it’d be an easy assignment. Boy was I wrong!
The big news out of Beantown is that the “hanging sox” alternate cap made two appearances early in the season (both losses), then was quietly mothballed. It’s not officially gone, but considering of the 14 alternate jersey appearances this season, 10 have featured the standard-issue cap, it’s a goner. (The other two were the Stars & Stripes cap, in case you were wondering.)
On the alt jersey front, it’s been pretty much status quo as to when the Sox break them out (Fridays only, usually). They still won’t break out the alts against a team that also wears alts on Fridays (so far, this has happened only twice, both times at Baltimore). Also, for some reason, they broke out the red alts for Memorial Day and July 4. (Keeps with the patriotic theme, I guess.)
The standings, as shown on the sheet, are as follows:
HOME WHITE: 24-13
HOME ALT RED: 5-4
ROAD GREY: 20-17
ROAD BLUE ALT: 2-3
“HANGING SOX”: 0-2
STARS AND STRIPES: 1-1
Thanks for running this again this season, and I hope to have something for the Design-A-Jersey contest shortly!
Also up today is Rick Krause, who has been tracking Canada’s finest, the Toronto Blue Jays:
Hey there Phil,
Another long time reader of Uni-Watch and thought I’d take a stab at uni-tracking this summer.
My Toronto Blue Jays have been pretty so-so all season long and my excel spreadsheet represents that mediocrity.
Trends and Patterns:
– For home games, the White jerseys are worn for all night games while the Black or Blue alts are worn strictly for day games.
– The Jays are 2-0 at home when wearing the White Caps (2 games during Victoria Day weekend) and 0-2 on the road (Canada Day and Independence Day)
– Thanks to shoddy MLB Scheduling the Jays play on THE ROAD for Canada Day…therefore no celebratory jersey.
– G20 Summit also relocated Toronto’s “home” series against Philadelphia to Citizens Bank Park showing the only time all season the Blue Jays wore their home Whites on the road.
– For a team who’s played 43 road games, their “Road Greys” have only been worn 17 times.
– In terms of wearing same jerseys on consecutive nights, there have been two stretches of 5 games.
– April 12-16 they wore the Home Whites
– June 30 – July 4 they wore Black Alts
I hope you enjoy the highly graphical representation of the data!
– Rick Krause
Great job Ryan and Rick. Thanks for the efforts. OK, all you uni trackers, now is a great time to get your mid-season tracking reports in to me. Keep up the great work everyone.
After a week in which he found little to annoy me, Ben Traxel is back. Says Trax, “the picture shows some perfectly bloused Levi’s. Also, shown is what you get when you win the 2010 Hockey Blog in Canada NHL Pool. I always wanted my own Buffaslug. Thanks Teebz! How did your bracket turn out?” Uh huh.
Anyway…it’s all about the Benjamin’s today, innit?
* Baseball card of the week: Reuschel Brothers 1977. Serious beach bodies. How can you not like those guys.
* For those stadium gazers like me, here’s a complex that looks to have some complexion.
* I can see him now. “BIGGER! I want my name BIGGER!” I really don’t know how NY can stand Lupica. He wouldn’t last two minutes around here.
* Is there anything better than youth hockey in all their gear?
* I knew the Rays had done the monochrome thing before.
* Paul put together a fantastic article this week on pants. Bet not many of us can say we’ve ever done that. Let’s not forget the other appendages though. As NFL sleeves have disappeared, baseball sleeves have become ridiculous. The fifties/sixties look may have taken sleeve length to the other extreme, but it gets a pass because it was, well, fifty/sixty years ago. Until then, can we please donate a little material to the Football League? I guess there is a precedent set for old time long sleeves but that has had no bearing on today’s trend. Cut ‘em off!
* Lots of stuff here we sure don’t see much of today: Umps in sport coats, striped stirrups, trees, houses, pullovers, sansabelts, blank outfield walls, what else?
* I learned today not to dive off the high dive when you are on the bad side of 40. I hope all of you feel much better than I do right now. Have a good week, all. You too Phil.
But how’d you do on the back nine, Ben? And at least when I go off the high dive, I make sure the pool has water. Thanks, I’ll be here all week. Ben…that remains to be seen.
And finally… last evening, reader Terry D. noted, “KC Royals wearing wearing KC A’s inspired caps. They are solid royal blue with the old interlocking “KC” from the Athletics’ days in Kansas City. Has this type of current/former hometown team type of uni-ode ever been done before?” Jim Vilk supplied the evidence. Some discussion ensued, but it’s a fair question. It was noted that the Brewers played a throwback game (or two) as the Milwaukee Braves; anyone else?
And after yesterday’s column on Monochrome in Baseball (Part III), reader Dan O’Brien wrote, “Hey There, I really enjoy reading your blog and everything you have on Page 2 on ESPN. I just read your Monochrome uniform ideas for the White Sox and being a hardcore Go Go White Sox fan, I figured I’d play around with another version of my own. It would be an inverted version of their pinstripe unis. The photoshoping isn’t the greatest and it took me forever to find a picture of a pinstripe clad sox player wearing the high sock look. What do you think? I think it would be pretty cool if they had something like this.”
And on that note, that’s all for this fine Sunday in July. Everyone have a great day.
Take pride in your work at all times. Remember, respect for an umpire is created off the field as well as on. — Ford Frick