Lots of great stuff in this batch of wire photos. All of these are from Mike Hersh and the pseudonymous BSmile. Off we go:
• Oh man, how awesome is the Tigers T-shirt that Billy Martin is wearing in this shot? Someone needs to put that design back into production, stat.
• Did you know the Cubs wore an Illinois sesquicentennial sleeve patch in 1968? I didn’t. But I do now.
• Speaking of MLB sleeve patches, here’s a good view of the one worn by the Phillies in 1976 (plus the National League’s centennial patch, but all the N.L. teams wore that one).
• Here’s the best photo you’ll probably ever see of Charles Finley’s mechanical ball-delivering rabbit. The folks at Warner Brothers must’ve been laughing too hard to bother suing him.
• Finley wasn’t the only baseball personage to ride a mule on the field, by the way. Joe Berry of the Los Angeles Angels was riding one way back in 1938. According to the caption, Perry “was presented with the mule” prior to pitching a 6-0 shoutout against the Portland Beavers, although it isn’t clear why he animal was bestowed upon him.
• Speaking of the Portland Beavers, check out the awesome sleeve patch they wore in the 1920s.
• Little-known fact: The Beavers renamed themselves the Ducks in 1929, resulting in some really swell jerseys. They reverted back to the Beavers in 1930.
• In keeping with the animal theme, check out the sensational cap worn by the 1936 Columbus Red Birds. That needs to be brought back as a throwback, no?
• One last animal-themed jersey, this time worn by the early-1940s Richmond Colts.
• Here’s a great spring training shot of various Dodgers coaches wearing assorted satin uniforms (plus that one poor guy, second from right, who got stuck wearing standard flannels).
• I love this: In 1909, the Senators’ trainer got to wear “Doc” on his jacket sleeve. How great would it be if today’s trainers had that embroidered on their dugout jackets?
• And we conclude with two rather disturbing photos: First, could the Milwaukee Braves possibly have come up with a worse stadium sign in 1957?
• And to wrap things up, I don’t know what’s going on in this photo, but it can’t be good. That’s Bill Veeck with his shirt open. He’s wearing makeup, but obviously not as much makeup as the gent standing next to him, who’s in full blackface — his face, his hand, even his sannies.
Now, Veeck has some cred when it comes to integrating baseball. In 1947 he signed Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League. A year after that, he signed Satchel Paige to his first MLB contract. But still — a blackface performance? Very disappointing.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday afternoon I drove out to the venerable Brenan and Carr on Avenue U, where I had lunch with uniform designer Todd Radom. We talked about a lot of stuff, but I was particularly struck by this photo, which he recently took at the East Texas Oil Museum. Might have to go down there just to see that sculpture in person. … St. John’s hoops will be going BFBS tomorrow. … New gridiron design for Appalachian State. … New logo for the Japanese Volleyball Association. “The red is for Japan, challenge and passion; the black is for tradition and dynamism; and the blue is for sanity and accuracy,” explains Jeremy Brahm. … Really interesting article about the new infield dirt at the Mets’ spring training facility. … Check out this awesome Deacon Jones comb (big thanks to Bruce Menard). … Wow, that’s quite an NOB. … Eric Trager is over in Egypt, where he saw a uniform making an interesting appearance in Tahrir Square’s tent city. … New gear for the Chinese Basketball Association all-star game (with thanks to Kenny Loo). … Oooh, check out Casey in the hoop-striped sleeves! (Great find by Mike Hersh.) … Love the ram horns on Milwaukee Marquette’s hockey helmets (big thanks to Jeff Ash). … I honestly couldn’t care less about Charlie Sheen, but the dude has some decent lower-leg stylings. Lots of other uni-notable aspects to that photo, natch. Anyone know the story behind it? (With thanks to Patrick Runge). … A new kind of apostrophe catastrophe was on display at yesterday’s Coastal Carolina game (screen shot courtesy of Chris Howell). … Ryan Mandel notes that Chris Campoli, newly acquired by the Blackhawks, was still wearing his Senators gloves last night. The ’Hawks have red trim on their Reebok gloves, not white. … Here’s another shot of a football coach — actually, a whole coaching staff — wearing football pants (and, in some cases, socks). Paul Molina found that shot in a 1955 UCLA yearbook. … Hey look, basketball is warfare now too. Who knew? Guess this means we’ll be seeing Pro Combat hoopswear soon (as noted by Shaun Tunick). … Meanwhile, can someone please explain why the mark of the beast is now sponsoring my city? (Nauseating screen shot courtesy of Bill Blevins.) … Two soccer notes from Kenny Loo: Mexico’s new home shirt has been leaked, and here’s the new ball for the Champions League final match. … Think I have a cushy job? Think again: I have to wake up at about 3:30am tomorrow, because I have a “cricket tutor” coming over. We’re going to watch a World Cup Cricket match (Australia vs. uh, someone or other, I forget) and he’s gonna explain all of the sport’s nuances to me, including all the uni-notable bits, so that I can have some semblance of a clue when writing my ESPN column for next week. Now where’s the case of Jolt cola I was saving for this type of situation..?
Attention Seattle readers: Got plans for St. Paddy’s Day? You do now: Scott Turner’s band, RebelMart, will be playing on March 17, 9pm, at the Mix. You know what to do.