Before there were dugout jackets, there were dugout cardigans. As many of you know, I love these old sweaters and wish they’d make a comeback (or at least get a Mitchell & Ness treatment). With an autumn nip now in the air, this seems like a good time to spend a day looking at some particularly interesting examples of these old sweaters, along with a few other kinds of baseball outerwear.
Except as noted, all of these are from a huge batch of material recently sent way by Mike Hersh. Here we go:
• I ask you, how great would it be if the Yankees walked out onto the field every Opening Day like this?
• Similarly, how about if the Bosox took the field attired like so?
• A while back I ran a wire photo of Jim Thorpe wearing a uniform from a New York Giants world tour. But as you can see, there was someone standing next to him who was cropped out of the photo. Here’s the full shot — tasty!
• If you look again at that last shot, you’ll see that the sweater’s collar has a throat tab. That detail is uncommon but not unheard of.
• The buggy is nice, but what I really like here is the Georgia Peach’s sweater.
• Very unusual to see a sleeve logo positioned at elbow-level.
• If you take today’s Cardinals cap logo and deconstruct it down to a stick figure, you end up with something like this. That Cards team portrait is from 1911.
• Here’s a more handsome St. Louis logo treatment. But that isn’t a Cardinals player — it’s Doc Crandall of the St. Louis Terriers, an old Federal League team.
• If you look again at that last photo from the bottom up, you’ll see that the buttons come up the center of the placket and then veer off to the side. That button format shows up in several other sweater photos (look here, here, here, here, and here). Once you become aware of it, the button pattern really jumps off the screen, no? I’m sure there’s a name for this kind of button format, but I don’t know what it is. Anyone..?
• I love the dark trim on these collars. That’s the 1910 Cleveland Naps.
• Most Philadelphia A’s sweaters were adorned with one white elephant. But in 1913 they doubled their pleasure.
• Who’s this fella? It’s none other than Paul McBrayer, better known as the U. of Kentucky basketball arena’s namesake, back in his Kentucky baseball days. Love the sleeve number and the K on the pocket. (Big thanks to Brandon Roberts for this one.)
• And here’s an amazing detail to go out on: the Philadelphia A’s wearing fur-trimmed coats! Incredible. (Update: There’s now some dispute in the comments as to whether this is fur or a plaid-ish pattern. Now that I look at it again, I suppose the pattern is more likely. But it’s still a unique coat design.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s a breakdown of sneakers being used in the NBA. … Disturbing article about varisty jackets falling out of favor with the youth (with thanks to David Petroff). … What do you get when combine Nike nonsense with BFBS? A high school forfeiture. Now if we could just get the same rule implemented in the NCAA and the NFL (thanks, Brinke). … I love the striped belt on this old shot of former Kentucky hoops star Leroy “Cowboy” Edwards so much that I didn’t notice the mismatched uni numbers on the jersey and shorts until Brandon Roberts pointed it out to me. … Also from Brandon: some sweet vertically striped socks. That’s the Whiting Ciesar All American Players from the old NBL. … Nivea for Men is now sponsoring the Nets’ locker room. … Bruce Menard just sent a big haul of old sports-themed ads. “It’s a wide mix of ads for tobacco, gum, beer, razors, cereal, even TV/radio tubes,” he says. “Can’t help but laugh when I see how they got to endorse tobacco. Baseball players I get, but Olympic athletes?! Don Draper would be proud.” … The Blackhawks will wear camouflage warm-up jerseys tonight, and the Isles will do likewise on Nov. 20 (with thanks to William Schultz). … Here’s a video about Jimmy Howard’s mask design (with thanks to George Flory). … Michigan WR Roy Roundtree wants to wear the No. 1 jersey (with thanks to Chris Flinn). … Yesterday I asked if anyone knew why some of the Chiefs appeared to be wearing black armbands. Now Michael Patton informs me that the “armband” is actually the strap from a shoulder stabilizer, designed to prevent dislocated shoulders. … New logos and uniforms for the Asheville Tourists. “Being a native of Asheville a and fan of the Tourists my entire life, I am embarrassed by these changes,” says Dan Crawford. … Here’s a good historical slideshow of English rugby shirts (with thanks to Coachie Ballgames). … Browns with Orange Numbers Dept.: “I downloaded this photo from eBay a year or two ago,” says Jeff Moulden. “I was going to buy it, but it got pretty pricey. This is authentic, as the tagging is the same as many of my other game-worn Browns jerseys.” … Larrdy Bodnovich found a bunch of great old Rhode Island football shots. Of particular note: this sensational “RI” insignia and the surprising revelation that the team was wearing white shoes back in the 1930s. Really interesting how they stacked the insignia and the uni numbers in that last shot, too. … Two college hoops items reprinted from last night’s comments: Preseason color-on-color game last night in Kansas, and new uniforms for Oakland (which I really like, esp. since they kept the subscript NOBs). … Several tremendous cycling posters here (thanks, Kirsten).