Back with another round of sensational wire service photos. Almost all of these were submitted by Mike Hersh. Dig:
• So many noteworthy little details in this 1940 photo of George Susce: the logo-free cap (the Browns wore that style from 1940-46), all those seams on the jacket (including what appears to be a pair of patch pockets!), the uni number on the left sleeve, the zipper-front jersey with the bottom of the placket piping just barely tucked into the pants, the off-center belt buckle, the colored belt loop, the little white lines at all the points where the letters on the felt logo intersect — a gold mine of uni watching in one photo!
• I always think it’s weird when a minor league team wears the logo of its MLB parent club. Like, the Salt Lake City Bees were a Cubs farm team back in the mid-’60s, but shouldn’t they have had their own sleeve patch instead of a Cubbie patch? Yes, I realize it’s probably a repurposed Cubs jersey, but still — they swapped out the lettering, so couldn’t they have swapped out the patch too?
• Love the stencil-lettered equipment bag in this short of Hoyt Wilhelm. Also kinda funny to see him wearing dress slacks with a standard fungo undershirt.
• I never get tired of photos of footballs being stitched up.
• Vaguely related: According to the caption in this shot, a lot of Wilson footballs sold at retail in 1985 were actually Super Bowl rejects.
• Man, they don’t make groundskeepers with names like “Cornbread” anymore.
• The Tigers’ history of mismatched “D” logos dates back at least to 1927.
• Interesting helmet display from the buildup to Super Bowl XVI. What logo is that on the real helmet in the foregound — the Silverdome logo?
• Apparently Northwestern was using sensor-equipped football helmets to help research head injuries back in 1972.
• Baseball and jai alai, two great tastes that taste great together.
• Did you know there was a semi-pro female hockey player, playing in a men’s league, back in 1969? Lefty, too. I’m assuming she wore a mask in the games.
• Hey, Joe Skiba, bring back these awesome Giants practice shirts! Photo’s from 1946.
• Kinda surprised the Reds were using drop-shoulder undershirts — very unusual style for that period. Love the striped stirrups too, but you already knew that.
• Here’s an idea that I assume never caught on: cleats on a rotating platform set into the sole.
• Look at the center button on Satch’s jersey — those look like the knobby/nubby buttons you sometimes see on corduroy blazers and such. Never seen anything like that on a baseball jersey. No such issues for Diz, since he’s wearing a zipper-front.
• I bet reader Doug Keklak, who hails from Johnstown, Pa., will be interested in this photo from the 1987 NFL strike. Lots of additional pics from that strike, all quite interesting, here, here, here, here, and here.
• Last but not least, my obsession with early earflaps continues with this shot. It’s not clear if this helmet was ever worn in a regular season game (I’m betting not). Looks so Little League, no? Also, so weird to see Don Newcombe in a Reds uni! Also-also, looks like Newk’s “C” logo was getting pretty dang tattered. (Thanks to Bruce Menard for finding this one.)
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
I’ve been expanding my search criteria in eBay, peering into different categories, so you’ll occasionally see older items here. Like Forrest once said, “You never know what you’re gonna get.”
• Mark McCracken sent in this Tampa Bay Rowdies T-shirt.
• I never knew this old Cowboys mascot character was called “Cowboy Joe.”
• Pick any two NFL Gatorade bottle caps, right here.
• Can’t say I’ve seen this Washington Senators logo before.
• Here’s a great Indy Racers WHA pennant. They shared Market Square Arena with the Pacers (a Mets/Jets naming thing).
• Not sure what this is, but it’s old and it’s Mets, and so PL will want it.
Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
And speaking of eBay-ish collectibles: Reader Paul “Tall Paul” Deaver has three sets of sports pencils that he plans to sell on eBay, but he wanted to offer them first to the Uni Watch community. The three sets are:
• NFL pencils from late 1980s or early ’90s, all NFC teams except the Cowboys (also note the damaged Redskins pencil and that there’s an extra Eagles pencil that has been sharpened and also has someone’s initials on it at the top) and all AFC teams except the Chiefs. $20 + $2 shipping.
• AFC pencils from the late 1980s or early ’90s (different design than the ones shown above), all teams except Dolphins, Bengals, Chiefs, and Seahawks. $10 + $2 shipping.
If you’re interested in acquiring these, or if you have further questions, feel free to contact Paul directly.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I like green and I like stripes, but Sunday’s friendly match between Celtic FC and the Seattle Sounders might have been a bit much, even for me (with thanks to Alex Washburn). … Michael Meihls found a 2009 photo of Browns kicker Phil Dawson wearing Phiten-branded socks in practice. First time I’ve seen an NFL player wearing them. … As many readers have noted, several Rays are still wearing the striped stirrups, but with navy sannies instead of white, creating a solid-stocking effect. … Nice gallery of Tour de France footwear here. “I like Bradley Wiggins’s British flag design,” says Sean Clancy. “Too bad there aren’t any black shoes. You don’t see those among the pros so much nowadays.” … Here’s a really interesting article about a pioneering new factory that’s making NCAA-licensed apparel in the Dominican Republic under a non-sweatshop policy. … Major furry-fetish implications now that a new line of college mascotwear is launching. Further info here, and a web site-in-progress here. … “TCU is going to the Nike Pro Combat template from last season, but with the frog skin replaced with black,” reports Jeff Gdula. Here’s the solid-white road version. … Some tremendous neon signage featured halfway down this page (thanks, Kirsten). … Aaron Stilley has conducted an excellent interview with the guy who’s created most of the Royals’ KC Monarchs throwbacks over the years. … Brinke sent along a great list of athlete-owned restaurants that have closed. … Have the Heat always styled their team name as all-caps, or is that I just never visited their web site before? (As noted by Chris Plasencia.) … My latest great hosiery hope: Domonic Brown, a prospect in the Phillies system (with thanks to Ross Yoshida). … Here’s a funny one: Texas Tech appears to have poached a Nebraska crowd photo in an artist’s rendering of their stadium expansion (with thanks to Chris Haar). … I asked Joe Skiba if the Giants would be wearing a memorial patch for Bob Sheppard. His response: “That’s a very interesting question.” He wouldn’t say more, but I suspect something is in the works. … Kyle Mann was watching last night’s Nats/Reds game and noticed that Joel Peralta kept tugging on his right sleeve so that it bunched up at the shoulder. If he likes a shorter sleeve on his pitching arm, he should get his jersey tailored that way, à la former pitcher/bigot Todd Jones. … There’s a new book with an interesting concept: aerial photos of Brazilian soccer fields (thanks, Kirsten). … The Eau Claire Express — a summer league team in Wisconsin — wore beautiful 1952 Eau Claire Bears throwbacks last Saturday. “That was the first professional team Henry Aaron played for,” notes Lukas Hoffland. … Very tasty Loyola Marymount baseball jersey available here. … Check out this crazy helmet that’s gonna be worn by Jimmie Johnson for this weekend’s Brickyard 400. “It goes over the early history of the track,” explains Jory Fleischauer. … Black-vs.-black games in the minors: Lake Elsinore Storm and Modesto Nuts last Saturday, and Fresno Grizzlies vs. Salt Lake Bees last night (with thanks to Nick Britton and Aaron Wiens, respectively). … A Getty Images photographer has been sacked after he was caught Photoshopping an image of golfer Matt Bettencourt. Further info here.
FWHA! Update: New post over at my other site.