Excellent mix of photos this time around, from a variety of sources — Mike Hersh, Mako Mameli, Paul Wiederecht, and Brendan Slattery. My thanks to all, and keep ’em coming.
• Pretty sweet American Legion uniform here. Note the belt, which seems more like a dress style than an athletic accessory.
• Tulsa Oklahoma — Oil Capital of the World (or at least it was in 1952). That’s former Seattle Pilots pilot Joe Schultz in the Oilers uni. Also, the umps’ caps almost look like velvet, although I suspect that’s a trick of the light.
• Awwww. That’s Hyman Cohen, who I’m guessing was the only Jewish player on the 1954 Des Moines Bruins. I’m a total sucker for that little cubbie.
• A Dodger posing with palm trees in the background and no logo on his cap — I’m guessing that means he was wearing a letter, not a number, on the front of his jersey. Too bad we can’t see it. Maybe an X..? Also, note those monster undersleeve cuffs!
• Super-cool chest emblem for the Amarillo Gold Sox. That’s Phil Linz, who would later become Yogi Berra’s personal harmonica accompanist.
• Have I ever mentioned how much I love texture? That’s Pitt football coach Mike Milligan, circa 1947.
• We’ve seen dugout jackets, dugout sweaters, and dugout sweatshirts, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen a dugout stadium blanket. Looks like the logo was chain-stitched — wow. Also: What a great little water fountain!
• Interesting to see Calvin Hill without sleeve stripes.
• I think we may have seen this shot before, but just in case: Here’s a really good photo of the White Sox unveiling their 1971 uniforms.
• And here are the Kansas City A’s trying on their new 1963 threads. Interesting to see that the jacket sleeve carried a uni number.
• I knew Billy Martin had worn a little cross pin on his cap while skippering the Rangers, Yankees, and A’s, but I’m not sure I realized he’d done it as far back as his early-’70s stint with the Tigers.
• So much to like in this shot of the Milwaukee Braves’ equipment manager.
• Check out the uniforms being worn by these softball teams that were getting some pointers from the Babe. The teams were called the Americanettes and the Roverettes, and the photo was taken on the day after Lou Gehrig’s iron man streak ended.
• This has gotta be one of the greatest sweaters ever, no? That’s Olympic diver Pete Desjardins, circa 1923.
• And here’s a similarly great sweatshirt. That shots’s from 1955.
Where’s that corrupt, bribe-friendly customs official when you need him? An absolutely fascinating uni-related story is unfolding around the Bolivian soccer team. If you’re fluent in Spanish, you can read about it here; otherwise, here’s a synopsis from reader Doug Mulliken:
Bolivia’s new kit kit is manufactured by Walon, a company in neighboring Peru. When the Bolivian Football Federation tried to import the shipment from Peru into Bolivia and then on to Argentina, where the Copa America is now taking place, they declared it all as “sporting goods” with a value of $2000. Bolivian customs, however, said it’s worth $19,000 and confiscated it all. They’re holding it until the team pays the $9000 duty.
As a result, Bolivia has been forced to use its old kits for the tournament. And here’s the best part: Because the shipment included the entire kit production, including warm-up outfits and winter coats, Bolivian expats living in Argentina have started donating their winter clothes to the players so they can stay warm.
If they don’t pay the duty soon, Bolivian customs will auction off everything. Keep in mind, they would be auctioning off all of Bolivia’s kit for the next four years — not only what they would use for the Copa America but also for the 2014 World Cup qualification.
I have been searching for an English-language article about it, but no luck yet.
Vote early and often: I mentioned in yesterday’s Ticker that the Dayton Gems are holding a fan vote to choose which beer league team’s jersey they’ll wear for their Beer League Night promotion next season. What I didn’t mention — because, frankly, I didn’t actually click through all the designs — was that one of the entries is the fabulous Invaders design, created by our own Ryan Connelly.
If Ryan’s design wins, the Gems would make and wear a set of Invaders jerseys for a game, plus they’d host the Invaders for a night, plus-plus they’d make a cash donation to a charity of Ryan’s choice.
Please help Ryan out by going to the Gems’ home page and casting your vote down toward the lower-right side of the page (they didn’t exactly make it easy to find). Do it on all your browsers, on all of your computers. Because really, what could be better than a fun night in Dayton? (Don’t answer that.)
Achtung! Summer break update: Just a few days now before I take my annual summer sabbatical from the site, which will run from July 11 through August 7. But we’re going to do a few things differently this year. Here’s the deal:
• I will handle all the content this weekend, so Phil can gear up for the Herculean task that awaits him during my absence. These two weekend posts will not feature any of Phil’s usual sections (tweaks, “Benchies,” etc.) — they’ll be just like my usual weekday entries, only they’ll be running on Saturday and Sunday.
• Phil’s Herculean task will actually be a bit less Herculean this year, because we’re trying a wild science experiment: Phil will do the lead entry each day and webmaster John Ekdahl will compile the Ticker. Phil will fuse the two sections together each morning, Frankenstein-style. Or John may experiment here and there with posting the Ticker later in the day — we’ll see. That’s ultimately up to them.
• Important! → Since John will handling the Ticker, as of Sunday anything sent to the Uni Watch e-mail address will be auto-forwarded to him. If you send me an e-mail at that address asking about, say, my dry rub recipe, John will send it back my way. But if there’s something you really want me to see during my break, you’re better off sending it to plukas64 at gmail (NOT uniwatching at gmail). Of course, there’s no way anyone’s gonna remember that, but I just thought I’d mention it.
• Just to make things extra-confusing, I’ve also reactivated the special address I use each summer for news regarding new college football uniforms. That addres is newcollegeuni at gmail. So if you hear about a college team unveiling new threads, please send that info to that address. Thanks.
That oughta do it. At least for now.
Uni Watch News Ticker: A guy from the Buffalo area is trying to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease by walking 400 miles to NYC while wearing a Gehrig uni. Unfortunately, the jersey has an NOB (with thanks to Anthony Congi). … Attention DIYers: Very unusual to see a blank jersey from this era with green trim. Someone snap it up and do something purdy with it! … Patrick Newman has put together a round-up of this year’s alternate Japanese baseball uniforms. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Dig this amazing photo of Jim Brown bowling with a medicine ball while surrounded by Hollywood stars (killer find by Robert Marshall). … Someone on Etsy is selling baseball-themed wedding cake toppers and knows enough to ditch the black (with thanks to John Muir). … Also on Etsy: little memorial-style numerical patches, available in white and black. … Jeff Holmes notes that the German Women’s World Cup team’s jersey font is Comic Sans. “Well, okay, it’s not actually Comic Sans,” he acknowledges. “But it’s really, really close. Close enough for graphic designers to cringe.” … “Brad Richards and Rod Gilbert hit the ice today for a Garden of Dream Foundation event,” writes A.J. Frey. “Rod is obviously wearing a new Reebok jersey, but is still wearing his old Cooper gloves from back in the day. I pin them to sometime around this period.” … Also from A.J.: Some new uni numbers for the Rangers. Additional info on Brad Richards’s number choice here. … Genius contribution from Marc Viquez, who reminds MLB (and all the rest of us) that the dangers of awarding stars to certain players was amply demonstrated by the Sneetches. … A men’s fashion blog has some advice for MLB (with thanks to Kenneth Wilson). … The Houston Dynamo just brought in a new player named Daniel Cruz. “The thing is, they already have a player named Dany Cruz,” notes Anthony Bales. Wonder how they’re going to manage the NOBs?” … Dayne Wills reports that the Potomac Nationals (Nats high-A affiliate) recently wore Civil War-themed jerseys, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in the Woodbridge/Manassas region. … Someone on a UConn message board is claiming that the football team will have NOBs this season. No official confirmation yet, however (with thanks to Gregory Koch). … Nick Sands recently took a tour of Ford Field and took a few photos in the locker room. … New soccer kit for Juventus. “That away jersey is awful,” says Kenny Loo. … I’m still calling it the Fort Duquesne Bridge. Let’s hope the plan outlined in that story never comes to pass (with thanks to Daniel Rerko). … In the Very Very Bad Idea Dept., Marc Viquez reports that the New York Federals — a travel team in the Can Am league — has a logo that’s sort of a bizarre Mets/Yanks hybrid. Yikes. … Here’s an even worse idea: The new NHL EA Sports video game suggests that the league’s Reebok logo creep has morphed from the vector to the wordmark. Can’t say I’m thrilled about the lack of vertical arching on that Ranger’s NOB, either. Here’s hoping both of these elements are just video game snafus. … A green jacket that belonged to Bobby Jones is going up for auction (with thanks to Mike McAllister). … Some serious sock stripeage being shown by the Richland County All-Star softball team in Illinois (with thanks to Jem Hunt). … The Reading Phillies are planning to wear hot dog vendor-themed jerseys (with thanks to Joel Willy). … Here’s an article about a truly beautiful light bulb (thanks, Phil). … Here’s something we all missed over the weekend (well, all of us except Jeff Downe): Jon Rauch of the Jays was tossed from a game on Saturday and had to be restrained by skipper John Farrell, who ended up ripping Rauch’s jersey right off of him. Scroll down to see video of the incident. … There’s a trend in Japan involving socially and sexually aggressive chicks who like to eat raw meat. Works for me — book me a flight! … Baseball Hall of Fame curator Tom Shieber has discovered new evidence that the first shinguards ever worn in a ballgame were worn by umpire Charles Daniels in 1880. He’s written an excellent piece about it for his blog. … Topper Edwards reports that many South African rugby fans are “extremely unhappy” with the team’s new World Cup jersey, because it has a tiny Springbok on the sleeve rather than a large one on the chest, as had been worn for the past 105 years. “This is considered sacrilegious for any rugby fan,” he says. “It’s like if the Yankees got rid of their famous NY logo.” … Here’s a weird one: Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti was apparently wearing one of last October’s World Series jerseys last night. “Dirty gamer or trying to snap a three-game slide?” asks Christian Cisneros. … Barry Bremen, the imposter who wore various uniforms to crash assorted games over the years (his capers are mentioned here and here), has died.