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Now then: Today we have another batch of remarkable photos by the late Hy Peskin. Last time around we did baseball shots; today we’ll take a look at football and basketball. It bears repeating that almost all the Peskin photos on this web site are worth investigating just for their sheer beauty, but I’m sticking to uni-notable images.
Here we go:
• Hey, is that the Green Bay Packers? Nope — it’s the 1955 Miami Hurricanes. Looooove those saturated colors. Also: Dig the patch and the striped cap (!) on the zebra. Also-also: Never would’ve guessed that visors were so popular in 1955.
• So much to like in this scoreboard shot: the bookended Jayhawk logos, the clusters of speakers, the slope at the top-center of the board, the simple one-bulb-per-quarter system for indicating the quarters, the magnificent cars in the parking lot. And what’s with that guy who’s walking away?
• If you go to our Pro Football Uni History Project, you’ll see that the white road jersey worn by the 1957 49ers had “three sleeve stripes with outer stripes gold and inner stripe red.” I’d never really thought much about what that meant until I saw this photo. Damn, that is some my-t-fine sleeve striping. Note the sock striping, too. Reader Bruce Genther liked it so much that he prepared this schematic.
• Who says white guys can’t jump? Love those Princeton sleeve stripes, natch.
• Best leatherheads photo ever? Maybe. Damn, look at that texture, those seams — magnificent.
• Two things of note in this halftime shot: yet another drool-inducing dose of saturated color, and the great Kezar Stadium scoreboard in the background (which I’ve been intrigued by ever since I saw this photo in this sensational book when I was a little boy.)
• There’s something really wonderful about the simplicity of this cheerleading shot.
• Old NBA uniforms don’t get much better than these.
• That last photo only showed the Warriors uni from the back. Here’s how it looked from the front.
• When did NBA teams start wearing high, team-colored socks — or white crew socks over team-colored stirrups — instead of just white crews? That question comes to mind when I look at this famous photo of Bob Cousy. The opposing team is the Ft. Wayne Pistons. Not only do their socks add tremendous visual interest to their uniform, but Cousy and the other Celtics look naked by comparison — too much skin showing for my tastes. So this photo, taken in November of 1955, shows the league’s sock situation in flux. I’d like to know more about how that situation evolved, which is just one more reason we need a comprehensive NBA uni-history project. (As an aside, note the zebra-striped ref. It’s easy to forget that NBA refs used to wear stripes, just like college refs still do.)
• I love the multi-colored key at Boston Garden. And check out those striped pants on the Rochester Royals!
That’s it for this round. I’ll have one more batch of Peskin pics in the next week or so.
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
Wide variety this week — everything from Greenie Weenies to Broadway Joe. Where else but Collector’s Corner?
• The Indians can’t get Feller on their sleeve patch, but you can get him for your desk.
• Joe Namath: Loving, brawling, and bustin’ it up! Says so here.
• Never seen the MLB silhouette logo customized for a holiday before.
• Ever seen this version of the Baltimore Orioles’ mascot?
• Now that’s a cool 1960s helmet!
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ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column, which is about spring training, is now available.
Stirrups Club — last call: Today’s the last day to get in on Robert Marshall’s latest batch of Uni Watch Stirrups Club offerings. Full details here.
IMPORTANT! Bobblehead update: As you may have seen yesterday or last Friday, Robert M. is also offering a clearance sale on custom bobblehead dolls. Here’s his latest news on that front:
Response has been so good that I have managed to slash the bobble price from $200 to
$175 $150$125. If I can get just a few more people, we can make it an even $100, which I would love. After this batch, I am more or less retiring from making these, so don’t stay on the fence — get in touch.
In other words, folks, it’s now or never. You know what to do.
Membership update: Despite having his left arm in a sling, Scott Turner has heroically completed another batch of membership card designs (including Michael Lisi’s AC Milan treatment, shown at right). These new designs have been added to the membership card gallery; the printed/laminated versions should ship out later this week. As always, you can make the membership scene yourself by signing up here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Remember how Evansville’s basketball team used to wear sleeves up until 2003 or so? Saturday was their last regular-season game in their old arena, and the team marked the occasion by wearing sleeved throwbacks (big thanks to Craig Emig). … Argentina’s Copa America kit has leaked (with thanks to Kenny Loo). … Here’s news on the latest Air Jordan edition. … The Hiroshima Carp are marketing bike helmets (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Excellent spot by Tyler Carlson, who noticed that BYU hoops player Stephen Rogers has an extra-curly swoosh. Weird. … Tyler Kepner has been covering spring training in Arizona. Check out the tremendous 1948 championship pennant he saw at Indians camp. … The 2012 Olympics logo, already under fire for looking like Maggie Simpson giving a blowjob, is now the subject of a new outcry. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The Red Sox’s St. Paddy’s Day jerseys are a disaster. Let’s hope not every team goes this route. … My friend and fellow City Reliquary board member Lulu Lolo recently returned from a trip to Paris and brought me back a special present: a sign from a Parisian butcher’s meat case (“You should totally stick that into a large hunk of meat at your first bbq of the season,” suggests Kirsten). No, I’ve never eaten cheval, but I’d try it if someone served it to me. … No photo, but David Goodfriend says the Rockies were wearing three different caps on Sunday: “Most of them wore BP caps, a few had the all-black game caps, and manager Jim Tracy wore the black with the purple brim.” … Major find posted in yesterday’s comments by Chance Michaels: This 1944 newspaper article about the Dodgers’ night-game satins mentions “There are also white visors on the blue caps.” First I’ve ever heard of that. We must find one of those caps! … Too bad about that certain T-shirt of mine, because Jake Sorg had just come up with a corresponding mascot to go along with it: Mr. Meat. … Jeremy Brahm says he’d never seen a volleyball player with a facemask until now, so it must be rare. … Tooth Fairy Dept.: Ray Allen of the Celtics was wearing little Phiten-branded magnet thingies, or something like that, on his calves last night (screen shot by Brett Crane). … Here’s a good 1969 shot of the Jets wearing no-frills jerseys — no stripes, NNOB. “Not sure if this was a preseason game,” says Bill Kellick. … Darron Thomas (Oregon football) has switched uni numbers. … Latest logo that looks like it was ripped off from — or by — the Lightning: Thunderbolt, a new data connection port by Intel (as noted by Tim McNulty). … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Great story about the original Nike waffle iron — the inspiration for the company’s waffle-patterned sneaker tread — being rediscovered.
Minor milestone: Fifteen years ago today (well, sort of — it was Feb. 29, but that date doesn’t exist this year) I walked out of my office at a publishing house for the last time. I had been doing some freelance writing on the side for the previous two years or so and had decided to make a go of that on a full-time basis. At the time I viewed it as an experiment.
At some point the whole freelancing thing morphed from “experiment” to “Oh, this is my life now,” which I guess means the experiment was a success. A good chunk of that is due to Uni Watch, and a decent chunk of that is due to you folks — thanks, people. Here’s to the next 15 years.