Time for another batch of classic wire service photographs. The images in this batch were submitted by Mike Hersh, Bruce Menard, Jerry Wolper, Brendan Slattery, Mako Mameli, and Phil. Off we go:
• Whoa, check out this cap that had little inner pockets to hold protective plates. (If you scroll down to the 1941 entry in Larry Granillo’s batting helmet history opus, you’ll find info and a photo that appears to be about a very similar — self-same? — product.)
• Nice Cardinals dress on Miss Darline Wimer, who’d just been named Miss Fresno Cardinal of 1956. Ogling her at far right is Marvin Milkes, who should be familiar to many of you as the GM of the 1969 Seattle Pilots (and a key character in Jim Bouton’s seminal Ball Four).
• Speaking of sports cheesecake, here’s Doris Sheive, better known as Miss Elmira Pioneers of 1958. She’s wearing a baseball cap, basketball shorts, and what appears to be a football-style varsity sweater, which I guess means they really know how to multi-task up there in Elmira.
• Here’s a great shot of Cowboys equipment manager Jack Eskridge packing up the team’s gear after Super Bowl VI. Love the “Esky” monogram on his shirt.
•Remember how that stadium where the Dolphins play was briefly known as Land Shark Stadium? Looks like that name would have been appropriate for another facility 27 years ago.
• How awesome would it be if today’s auto racers wore something like this? That’s French driver Louis Larsonneur, roughly 100 years ago.
• You wouldn’t know it at first glance, but there’s a lot of uni-notability in this unassuming photo. The player there is former Broncos running back Billy Joe — that’s what it says on the back of the photo, plus it looks like him. But if you go back to the notes on the back of the photo, you’ll see the date “1-6-64” — an implausible date, given that he’s wearing the dark helmet decal that was only worn early in the 1962 season. Okay, so maybe it’s a 1962 photo and the date on the back of the print refers to when the photo was catalogued in a newspaper’s archive — except Billy Joe didn’t even join the Broncos until 1963, so what was he doing wearing the early-’62 helmet? And as you can see on that last linked page, he only wore No. 3 for the Broncos, so why is hear wearing No. 67 in the photo (which is particularly odd given that he was a running back)? Maybe that isn’t him after all. Oh, and that helmet decal: It’s blue. Unless it’s brown. And vicey-versey.
• Speaking of masks, here’s Tigers catcher Richard Ferrell trying out a new mask in 1950. The caption says it’s a “lighter” design, although it doesn’t explain what’s lighter about it.
• Here’s a major find: You knew Joe Montana wore No. 19 with the Chiefs, but I’d never seen him wearing 19 with the Niners until now. And look at the date — that’s a few days after Dwight Clark made the Catch, and 10 days before Super Bowl XVI. How is it possible that they didn’t have a proper practice jersey for Montana?
• One reason the early Mets teams were so awful is that management made a conscious decision to go with popular geezers with New York baseball roots who were way past their primes. Swell photo, though.
A good haul, right? And in the spirit of our wire photo series, the Fleer Sticker Project has put together an excellent piece on what may be the first-ever photo of Reggie Jackson in an Orioles uniform. Check it out here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: If you have a ticket stub with a particular story attached to it, there’s now a site where you can share the stub and the story. … Here’s a good slideshow of old stewardess uniform designs (with thanks to Kenn Tomasch). … Bad news for all our research efforts: Google is dropping its newspaper archive project. … “My daughter is on a U-8 soccer team, and before one of her games this year one of her teammates’ grandmother passed away, causing her to miss that week’s game,” J.J. Dean. “The girls decided to pay tribute to ‘Grandma Mitzi’ with some makeshift sleeve memorials.” … Bishop Verot High School in Florida won the state championshp the other day while wearing some nifty socks (big thanks to Nick Hanson). … Evan Miller notes that Neil Walker’s batting helmet logo is a bit smaller than the one the other Pirates are wearing. “It’s been like this all season,” he says. … A ranking of Big Ten helmets? Sure, why not (with thanks to Neil Berger). … We’ve seen players in various sports wearing wedding bands before, but how about a pitcher wearing his ring on his throwing hand. That’s Doug Davis from Friday night (good spot by John Ferguson). … Two things I didn’t know about Howard University athletics: (1) Their logo is the same as the Bills’ charging buffalo logo. (2) And according to the third-to-last graf of this story, Howard had the logo first, and the Bills basically stole it. Anyone ever heard that before? (With thanks to Ken Cromwell.) … Speaking of the Bills, Brad Eckensberger spotted someone wearing this very cool motorcycle helmet in Manhattan the other day. … Ryan Adams notes that Kevin Durant has had some sort of orange striping on the back of his socks. Anyone know more about that? … “JP Howell was called up by the Rays and is now wearing #74, instead of the 39 that he wore back in 2009,” writes Rob Holecko. “He explained in an interview that the 74 is a tribute for his friend and mentor Guy Dubetz — initials G (seventh letter of the alphabet) and D (fourth letter) — who recently died.” … R.A. Dickey wore an orange undershirt on Friday. First time he’s pulled that move, which is normally done only by David Wright. Third base coach Chip Hale was wearing the orange on Friday as well, although I’m not sure if that was a first for him. Orange is a Mets color, natch, but it’s not supposed to be a Mets undershirt color. … Here’s a pretty cool Colorado Rockies drawing blog. … Uni changes reportedly in the works for the Seahawks. … Those Notre Dame and Michigan throwbacks aren’t a hit with everyone. … Speaking of college football, here’s a good video clip about Penn State’s new helmets (with thanks to Bryan Koval). … New lacrosse footwear for Johns Hopkins and Virginia, but the big news — and I got over a dozen e-mails on this, which is impressive for any lacrosse development — is that Syracuse wore Nike’s Day-Glo yellow trim yesterday. “Some players even had yellow sticks,” says Matthew Radant. “Terrible.” Further info here. … The Gary Railcats were wearing a very odd uni the other day, but it totally works (big thanks to Julie Streeter). … Here’s a rarity: Roy Campanella in Mets gear. “It’s from a flyer promoting Roy Campanella Day at Shea Stadium in August, 1978,” says Steve Presser. “Seems odd that they wouldn’t have had him wear a Brooklyn Dodgers cap/jacket, especially since they were playing the Dodgers that day.” … Can’t say I was in love with the Seahawks-esque color combo that Bernard Hopkins wore for Saturday night’s light-heavyweight title bout against Jean Pascal, but I sure did like his socks. … No photo, but one of Hopkins’s cornermen entered the ring wearing a Flyers jersey. … Aussie rules football news from Craig Snyder, who reports that the Richmond Tigers wore a special Guernsey for their annual Dreamtime match against the Essendon Bombers. … Matthew Butch says he gets a lot of comments when he wears this uni to Phillies games. “The hat and jersey come from the Phillies store,” he says. “The pants come from baseballsales.net, the stirrups and sannies come from our friend Robert Marshall, and the red belt (hard to see) comes from Amazon. I still need to shorten the pants, as they are pajama-length and hard to blouse properly. Might also go top a black or blue belt, since that’s closer to the 1948 uni.” … A few good NFL finds by Mako Mameli, including Randy Dixon’s ProCap and an unidentified Bengal with an odd mouthguard. … Also from Mako: Some absolutely spectacular early-’60s Michigan State football program covers. … One more from Mako: a design schematic for laying out a baseball diamond. If you can’t quite place Briggs Stadium, you might know it better by the name it later had: Tiger Stadium. … Outmania returns to the A’s tonight, as Josh Outman — freshly called up from the minors — starts against the Angels. Let’s hope Steve Vucinich has a set of stirrups and yellow sannies ready for him. … An Albany-area car dealer is using a 40th-annivsersay logo that should look familiar to Canucks fans (good spot by Jeff Lutz). … Two design students in the UK have started a blog about their kit design for their local soccer club (with thanks to Dan Legg). … There’s a growing movement for college cheerleading to be considered a bona fide sport. … “Stamp collecting has never really floated my boat,” says Kirsten, “but I almost want to start, just so I can use this perforation guide.” … Jeremy Meyerowitz is active in Challenger Little League, which is for kids with disabilities. “We have a child with hydrocephaly, a birth defect that causes excess fluid on the brain,” he writes. “We have been unable to fit him in the largest helmet we could find, so one of our board members approached a friend who has a business that fabricates plastics. He took two XL helmets, cut them in half, and fabricated a middle piece to form a new larger helmet.” … This is pretty good: Elements from Star Wars reimagined as corporate brands (with thanks to Stan Olechowski). … Good find by Vincent Vignola, who spotted Paul Coffey wearing what appears to be a goalie’s throat protector on his helmet during the 1991 Stanley Cup finals. … With the Indy 500 fast approaching, John Goodrich took his family to the Indanapolis 500 Hall of Fame. “I’ve been there several times before but never thought much about the vast array of awards that they have on display,” he writes. “After your recent bling column, the awards really jumped out at me this time, so I took some photos.”