Today’s batch of wire photos all come from the Sporting News archives, which are currently being sold/liquidated/etc. on eBay (my thanks to Dan Cichalski for letting me know about that). Lots of good stuff, so let’s get crackin’:
• The Red Sox changed from flannels to stretch-knits midway through the 1972 season, and here’s Yaz and Tommy Harper doing the before-and-after routine. But that must be a prototype that Yaz is wearing, because the Sox’s actual ’72 stretch-knits didn’t have pants piping, didn’t have sleeve trim, and had the colors reversed on the waistband.
• It’s easy to forget that the Braves’ tomahawk insignia and piping-trimmed belt loops date all the way back to the franchise’s days in Boston.
• Here’s a good shot of Chuck Klein wearing the N.L.’s 1933 All-Star Game uniform.
• Man, if only I’d been born a few decades earlier, I could’ve grown up buying peanuts at Ebbets Field from this guy.
• Hmmm, is this how Ralph Kiner developed those chronic back problems?
• Never seen the wishbone C used on a hardhat before. That’s Bears exec Mike McCaskey signing a beam during the construction of new skyboxes in 1988.
• How awesome would it be if the Marlins’ new stadium looked like the ballpark used by the old minor league Miami Marlins?
• Always been sort of intrigued by the Phils’ 1946 uni. So weird to have that partial piping, but somehow it looks fine.
• Man, that old Pirates road insignia was brutal, especially for the skinnier players. Note that everyone’s wearing helmets, by the way, as the Bucs were going hard-hatted in the field at that time.
• Great photo, but what really intrigues me is the dark trim on the ump’s cap — don’t think I’ve ever seen that detail before. Then again, the photo’s from a winter league game in Puerto Rico, so maybe that was their look.
• Apparently Eddie Gaedel wasn’t the only diminutive ballplayer to make Bill Veeck’s acquaintance.
• And here’s a nice way to wrap things up: Check out the cool logo and meter mark on this old Teletype envelope. And hey, I just noticed that the postmark date is my birthday!
Finally: My roundup of NHL goalie gear is up and running.
Still hoping Wayne Hagin will show up: Uni Watch gathering tomorrow, 3pm, at Sheep Station in Brooklyn. Phil will be there, Scott Turner will be there, and I’ll have Meats T-shirts for sale. Also, as I mentioned the other day, my lower back is currently in shambles, so if you have any high-grade opiates in the medicine cabinet or a sister who’s a chiropractor, please bring them/her. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s a pair of game-used Seahawks pants with leg-warmers sewn into the pant legs (as found by J.D. Nighswonger). … In addition to changing their colors, the Wizards might revert to the Bullets (with thanks to Will Cosmas). … The NCAA is worried about the increased amount of helmets flying off of players’ heads. … New hoops uniforms for Marshall and Baylor (with thanks to Jake Keys and Josh Lassiter, respectively). … Virginia will be wearing blue over orange this weekend (with thanks to Ian Gallagher). … Bill Henderson doesn’t just put out a great MLB jersey guide — he also owns a 1963 Studebaker! … Check out this news clipping from one of the Islanders’ first practices back in 1972. “Gotta love the ‘Mom sewed on my numbers!’ look,” says John Muir. … Jeff Ash put together a photo gallery of Packers/Redskins games. Among the highlights: nice sweatpants, and check out Johnny Olszewski wearing No. 0. … Think the NFL is wearing too much pink this month? Hey, it could be worse. That’s Cathedral High School in Los Angeles (blame Erkki Corpuz). … Go to this page and search on the word “tuck” to learn some amusing things about Donovan McNabb (John Muir again). … The Coyotes are adding a “JN” memorial decal for Jukka Nieminen, probably the first time a team has uni-memorialized its massage therapist (with thanks to Robert Teofilo Jr.). … Update: Shows what I know — just been informed that Red Wings massage therapist Sergei Mnatsakanov, who was injured in the limo crash that ended Vladmir Konstantinov’s career, had his initials included on the Red Wings 1998 “Believe” patch. … Good tip from Jeremy Richardson, who writes: “Lost Lettermen, a great site about college football and basketball, past and present, has a new weekly feature: lost uniforms.” … Tenth-season patch for the Grizzlies. … Team-color scholar Donovan Moore has produced a comprehensive look at the Canucks’ color history. … Tim Snyder reports that the helmets at his high school — Orrville High in Ohio — have become seriously scuffed. Never seen anything like that before. … Hey, you know the circle-A anarchy symbol? It apparently dates back a lot further than I thought, at least judging by the guy in the back row. … Was so disgusted by the way the Yanks/Twins game was shaping up that I tried to distract myself by poking around on eBay. Found a buncha good stuff, including an old Little League uniform still in its original box; a really nice American Legion uni (I’d totally be bidding on that if it fit me); a nice wool jersey with a gorgeous script insignia; a cool pair of all-star baseball pants; a Hearst Magazines baseball uniform (!); a Japanese Little League jersey for a team called the Indians, which seems very odd; a baseball undershirt that appears to be a cross-promotion between Wilson and Slinky, which seems even odder; a Skinner satin jersey (might be worth it just for the awesome tag); a really cool-looking program and ticket stub from the 1960 NFL championship game between the Eagles and Packers; and old baseball uniform advertisements from Wilson, D&M, Pardridge and Blackwell, and Goldsmith’s. … Steve Mandich has scanned the covers of every single Mariners media guide. … Buried within this article is the news that Texas A&M basketball will be wearing a memorial jersey patch for Tobi Oyedeji (as spotted by Chris Smith). … Dwayne White found a 1986 Kool-Aid commercial that shows Pete Rose wearing his usual Reds jersey — except it’s NNOB. Odd. You can see the whole commercial here. … Pitt football beat writer Paul Zeise did a live chat yesterday, and someone asked him about the team’s pants. His response: “I think they have three sets of uniforms — blue, white, and gold shirts and blue, white, and gold pants. The combination the team wears on a given day is either based on what the coach wants or occasionally, for a big game, he lets the team decide what they want to wear. Apparently, though, with these new Nike uniforms, the blue on the shirts doesn’t match the blue pants so we won’t see that any time soon” (with thanks to Chris Hilf). … You’re gonna really like this: a Google map of football helmets. … You’ll probably like this, too: a site that lets you design your own plaid pattern, just like the Rays did. … I learned about both of those last two links on the Chris Creamer boards.