I have a huge backlog of excellent wire photos, and I’d like to get through as many of them as possible this week. Today’s batch was submitted by reader Mako Mameli. Here we go:
• I’d love to know what happened to this Mets batting helmet trunk. That’s batboy Joe Fitzgerald, circa 1968.
• Even better: Where is this Wes Santee warm-up pullover, and how soon can it be relocated to my closet?
• I told No Mas honcho Chris Isenberg that he should do a repro of Dave Parker’s T-shirt. His response: “So dope! Dave Parker is the MF man. Although possibly on a skinny white guy it may seem to refer to homosexual activity.”
• Wish we could see more of this very promising-looking hockey jersey. That’s Archie Wilder, who briefly played for the Red Wings in 1940, although he obviously isn’t wearing a Wings uni in that shot. Odd sleeve logo, too. Anyone know more? (Update: That’s an Indianapolis Capitals jersey — additional photos here.)
• Looks like Warren Spahn used two jerseys and two chairs to celebrate his 301st win.
• Like Casey always said, “I’m in the baseball business.” Love that tie! Somber caption, though.
• Hmmm, was Charley O. thinking about moving the A’s to Texas, or did he just find a bunch of 10-gallon hats on close-out special?
• In 1959, Spalding joked that it had created a fumble-proof football. That’s Johnny U. posing with it.
• Notice anything weird about this 1974 Browns/49ers photo? Check out the Niner at far left — he’s wearing the NFL 50th-anniversary patch, which had been worn in 1969! This shot is from a preseason game, so the Niners must have been reusing old jerseys for marginal players.
• Whoa, check this out: Tony Perez playing in the Caribbean Series, where they apparently had jersey advertising way back in 1973. The caption says the other guy in the photo is Ron Cey, but that can’t be right — pretty sure it’s just the bat boy.
• This might be the saddest photo ever of Satchel Paige. Couldn’t someone have told him he messed up the buttons?
• Man, Temple had some odd football uniforms back in the early ’70s.
• William Hulbert, founder of the National League, has a unique gravestone in Chicago.
• Finally, check out the shoe at lower-right in this shot. Anyone have any insights?
Put a (pitch)fork in them: Arizona State held a “secret” rebranding event yesterday for boosters only. Attendees had to sign a non-disclosure waiver, no cameras or cell phones were allowed, blah-blah-blah (the official public announcement will come tomorrow afternoon), but word has come my way via certain channels that the new football uniforms will look like so:
• Sparky is no longer on the helmets. The new helmet logo is a pitchfork design, angled horizontally toward the front of the helmet.
• There are two helmets: matte gold and matte BFBS.
• Three uniform sets: maroon, white, and BFBS, all of which can be mixed and matched.
• The shoulders will have pitchfork-prong stries, sort of like a treble hook.
• There’s a new Nike-designed number font (which will also be used on the school’s basketball and baseball jerseys).
We’ll know more tomorrow. Until then, have fun debating whether this means the end of life as we know it and so on.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I spent almost all of yesterday down at the Brooklyn Beefsteak (thanks to all the readers who stopped by to say hello) and haven’t caught up with all the Ticker material that was submitted. So if you sent something in yesterday and don’t see it here, I’ll probably get to it tomorrow. … It had to happen eventually: U-DNOB — that’s upside-down name on back, as seen here on Thomas Woods of the Barcelona Dragons in 1991 (awesome find by Kenn Tomasch). … Also from Kenn: The Minnesota Stars — that’s an NASL team — play at the National Sports Center, or NSC, so they’ve put Nessie (i.e., the Loch Ness Monster — sorta rhymes with NSC, get it?) on the back of their jerseys. … Reprinted from Friday’s comments: The Under Armour logos on Gary Woodland’s shirt and belt buckle at Augusta sure were sutble. Yup, just another case of me picking on Nike and always giving everyone else a free ride. … Uni-numerical question from Phil Bergen, who asks: ” often watch Mexican soccer on weekends and have noticed an inordinate number of players wearing jersey #58. As soccer numbering usually centers on the lower numbers, is there a significance to 58 that I am not aware of? Also, I noticed some goalies in the league wearing jersey #125. Again, why?” … The Norwegian curling team has been up to its own pants tricks. … Hey, while the rest of us weren’t looking, someone created a UniWatch iPhone app, only it’s not what you think (big thanks to Richard Stover). … Steve Goluch has begun what he calls the “1000 Stirrups” campaign, in which he hopes to bring proper baseball hosiery back to youth baseball leagues. He’s begun with the 5th grade softball team that he coaches. And he got his stirrups, of course, from our own Robert Marshall. … I love these baseball glove design timelines (big thanks to Mako Mameli). … In addition to having the longest surname in MLB history, Salty may be the first catcher to feature a Bible verse on his chest protector collar (good spot by Brett Crane). … Fifth graf of this story indicates that Nike has already created “special uniforms” for Oregon baseball to wear in the College World Series — a rather presumptuous move for a team that got off to an 0-4 start (with thanks to Andrew Greif). … “Hunt Auctions is facilitating an auction of Robin Roberts memorabilia at the Phillies’ ballpark on Tuesday,” writes Morris Levin. “What stood out to me in that article is the mention of ‘100 game-used balls from his victories that feature scenes painted by catcher Stan Lopata.’ There are some nice pieces in the auction uni-wise — a gorgeous 1939 Phillies road uni, an early ballgirl uni from the Vet, etc. — but the balls are the most fascinating to me.” … Casey Barber has written a review of the new food options at Shea. … Ben Teaford notes that Jon Rauch’s NOB appeared to have some kerning issues the other day. … Stan Olechowski found this very cool Formula 1 posters for the new season. … Ryan Mandel think Nike may have inadvertently leaked Marquette’s new hoops uni: “I was looking on the niketeam.com website where you can customize Nike jerseys and noticed a new Marquette design. When you click on the jersey to customize (click on “Modified Basketball” and then “Team ID Plus Jersey” and you can click on the jerseys and preview them), it shows four options for the jersey, three of which were already customized as a Marquette jersey in white, navy, and yellow.” … Matt Ryburn was looking through a book on Busch Stadium and found some interesting photos, including a shot of Pete Vukovich smoking in the Cards’ clubhouse (also note Lou Brock’s stirrup extensions) and Gussie Busch wearing a Fredbird button (here’s a close-up). … Did you know there was something called the College Dance Team National Championships? Neither did I, but Terry Duroncelet was watching it (“I swear I was channel-surfing,” he says — yeah, sure) and noticed the competitors wearing cool letterman sweaters. Additional example here. … Worst breast cancer awareness design ever? Kenn Tomasch thinks so. … I don’t usually link to “Top 10 Worst Uni” slideshows because they’re all pretty much the same. But this one is different, because it’s from an Australian site, so they’ve chosen a bunch of stuff most of us have never heard of (good find by Jeffrey Allen). … “Watched the recently released third season of Friday Night Lights on DVD this weekend,” writes Ethan Allen. “Noticed that the logo for the fictional East Dillon Lions bears a striking resemblance to that of my alma mater, Southeastern Louisiana.” … Also from Ethan: Philadelphia Union head coach Peter Nowak was wearing the Bimbo logo (that’s the Union shirt sponsor) on his shirt collar points on Saturday. … “I noticed Jorge Posada wearing a Yankees-branded turtleneck with the MLB logo during Sunday’s Yanks/Sox game,” writes Alex Carlson (it’s actually a mock turtleneck, but we’ll cut Alex some slack on that one). “It’s like the ones I remember every team wearing in the late ’90s, but the one the Yanks wore back then only had the NY logo on it. I always wondered why the big leagues got away from that look — probably because of Under Armor-type fabrics. Either way, its nice to see Jorgie bringing it back.” … Awesome story behind this 1989-90 Ft. Wayne Komets jersey: “The design was a throwback to their late-’60s logo,” says Claude Jacques. “But the most interesting thing is the blackened teeth. Apparently, when a Komet would get into a fight, one of the astronaut’s teeth would be blackened out.” … A’s-alert Brandon Davis notes that Brian Fuentes has been wearing a gray underbrim lately. I’ll ask Steve Vuc for more info — stay tuned. … If you go to this site and click on “Jersey Guide,” you’ll get a very good PDF covering every aspect of Blue Jays jersey history (it’s a lot like the Bill Henderson guide, but even more detailed). For now, it does not include the spring training 1977 road design that we documented here last week, although I’ve suggested to the site owner that he should incorporate that info into his guide. … Hey, look at that, I got to just about all the Ticker submissions after all!