By Phil Hecken
You may have noticed, if you read the comments section, that I was noticeably absent this past week — that’s not because I don’t love Uni Watch or don’t want to interact with the great readership, it’s because I’ve been extremely busy with work, grad school, and life in general. But last weekend Rick “Ricko” Pearson posted something in the comments I thought was great (it was one of his famous “kid cards”), and I had actually planned on having him post one a weekend, of his College Football “uniform tracking.” Primitive though it may have been, it was still a fantastic addition to the historical record, and one for which we should all be grateful.
Instead of just one a week, I asked Ricko, since I’ve been short on time for UW, if he wouldn’t mind doing a writeup of some of his kid cards. I know you’ll enjoy this, and I’m hoping he’ll grace us with one new kid card per weekend for the remainder of the season. In fact, I’m planning on it.
So, tip of the cap to Ricko for helping me out in a pinch. Sit back and enjoy.
50 Years Ago — This Weekend
By Rick Pearson
Well, seeing I did Kid Cards based on ABC’s College Football Game of the Week in 1961, I’ll be happy to pinch hit on a college football Saturday.
BTW, this is NOT an “I walked five miles to school, uphill, both ways” piece. No, sir (or ma’am). It’s more like, “OMG, it’s so much more fun now, with so many games to watch…and learn from.”
Short and sweet, back then you got one football a week to watch. In black and white. Other than that, you relied on whatever photos turned up in your local newspaper or on the film highlight shows, usually the following Saturday morning, those also brought to you in living black and white. No color in Sports Illustrated or anywhere else, unless from perhaps weeks or months (or years) before, owing to the lead time both for processing color film and the prep for color printing (the world hasn’t always been digital). It was a good idea to tune in early; that’s when the announcers would describe the unis…if they bothered with it at all.
There may have been a few weekends with the network offered two games, one for the east and one for the west. I honestly don’t know when that began. But you still only got one game. No schools had their own local or regional telecasts, the NCAA controlled everything. This was, after all, still the era where television was seen as a direct threat for ticket sales (something about “free milk” and “cows,” I think).
Anyway, I’d watch the game and make a card, picking players I liked from one reason or another. We had a “duplicating machine” at home (not a mimeograph, but similar), and I used a template I drew based on a Sports Illustrated drawing of Jim Brown and ran off a mess of two-sided 3×5 cards.
Enough background, right? Here’s what we’ll call “50 Years Ago This Weekend…so far.” Now imagine this one game was all there was to your college football viewing every Saturday.
Grrr… For uni watching was frustrating to say the least.
Sept. 16, 1961…Pittsburgh at Miami: Yes, the Panthers in navy and cheddar (athletic gold, but I’ll call it Cheddar so as not to start “:Yellow Wars, Chapter 832”)…Miami in kelly and cheddar…Fred Cox, too, who went on to kick for the Vikings and invent the Nerf football…Bill Miller started for the Raiders in SBII.
Sept. 23, 1961…Arkansas at Mississippi: Man, B&W could fool you. I’d seen Ole Miss in a red jersey somewhere along the line, and their Air Force Blue helmets looked so light on TV they figured to be light blue with red jerseys. Later, of course, between learning the helmet’s true color and seeing B&W photos from the game, I now know the helmets were lighter-than-royal-but-not-powder (think Orange Crush Broncos), and the jerseys were navy…Lance Alworth, later to become “Bambi,” and one of the first players I noticed who always wore those shoes with three white stripes. A photo from the game. Arkansas helmets could be same color as Rebels’ jerseys, very confounding.
Sept. 30, 1961…Oklahoma at Notre Dame: Uh-oh, a screw up…Assumed that, like so many other teams, Irish would adjust the shamrock color to match their color scheme (and had never seen a color photo), so I made the thing navy. Obviously, never heard an announcer note it was green…Hard to imagine a better name for a Notre Dame running back than Angelo Dabiero…Oklahoma briefly word those Ohio State style helmets with the exterior padding.
Oct. 7, 1961…Iowa at Southern Cal: My colors a bit off on this. Iowa, of course, wore Cheddar, which is lighter that USC’s gold…My first experience with the notion of a team accommodating the heat. A number of Hawkeyes wore what looked a lot like half-sleeve practice jerseys instead of the 3/4 sleeve version with the wide tri-color black-gold-black striping.
So, let’s all sit back and enjoy that fact that today alone we probably have TV access to as many regular season games in one day as you’d see all season in 1961.
And, if anyone gives a rat’s ass, I’ll be happy to scan and post the relevant card every Saturday as ”50 Years Ago This Weekend” for the rest of the season.
Thank you Rick! And, I give a rat’s ass…so every Saturday for the remaine of the College season, I think we’ll be asking you for one “kid card” of your game of the week. Hard to believe you did that before most of the people who read this board were born. Great stuff!
Tracking The 2011 MLB Playoffs
Alex Rocklein is back…so let’s put ’em in the books!
All four Divisional Series’ are complete, with two very attractive games last night.
In the first NLDS, the Brew Crew outlasted the Diamondbacks. It was a good looking game, and it took extra innings before the Beermakers emerged victorious in the tenth inning. Congrats Milwaukee…it’s been a pretty good week for you…well, all except for that visit from that Lukas fella…
In the second NLDS, the Phillies and Cardinals hooked up in another great looking game that ended up being a pitchers duel for the ages. In the end, the Cardinals lone first inning run was the difference, as the Redbirds eked out a 1-0 victory to take home the series.
I’m going out on a limb here by saying an NL Central team will represent the senior circuit in the Series.
So…now that we’re set up for the League Championship Series’, Alex has the updated 2011 MLB Playoff Tracker for Round 2.
Today, the Tigers take on the Texases for the AL Pennant. Back tomorrow with an updated tracker.
We have another new set of tweaks today.
If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Remember, if possible, try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per tweak. You guys have been great at keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!
And so, lets begin:
We start with Derek Reese, who has a different take on the Miami Marlins:
Here’s something I put together that I believe is MILES ahead of the real 2012 Marlins logo. It’s more of a tweak of the Florida Marlins than the new Miami Marlins logo. It draws inspiration from both the old minor league Miami Marlins teams(script, cartoonish Marlin character) and the MLB Marlins(teal/black/sliver colors, original road script style, and cap logo design).
Next up is Tanner Karp, who has some tweaks for the Beavers. And who hasn’t wanted to tweak a Beaver at one point or other?
Even though I like Oregon State’s current unis I still made some for fun. I switched to the newer OS logo and also added two alternates, a grey and a brown (yikes!).
Closing down the show today is Nate Smith, who has a
n old new look for the Fathers:
Here’s my Padres redesign. The color scheme is from the 2011 camo cap; the jersey wordmarks and northwestern stripes on the stirrups are from old PCL unis; the NOB and lettering are similar to the taco bell jerseys from the 70’s and 80’s. I also got rid of the drop shadow on the SD and put a circle behind the swingin’ friar like the original logo.
That’s all for today. Back tomorrow with more.
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
I may have to rename this segment the George and Gary show. And that would be fine, because their submissions are outstanding.
George Chilvers got to me first this week, so he leads off:
This is another picture of my team, Wigan Athletic, back in 1981. It’s before a testimonial game. But (this week’s story) is at the left of the front row – world football legend, Bobby Charlton, in a Latics shirt!!
He was at the time a director of Wigan, so this is quite some picture. The original is here (bottom right hand of the array).
PS Did you see my e-mail about the “ovals” on football jerseys – is this a known fact, or is it a possibility that it was used some time and then became a fashion item?
Ah yes, George I did see your PS — and what was that PS for the readers? It’s awesome, that what:
I don’t know if this is widely known among your readership (if so, apologies for stating the obvious), but I came across this in an online book Football Days by William H Edawrds 1916.
“Early in the fall of 1908 Haughton heard rumors that the Indians were equipping their backfield in a very peculiar fashion. Warner had had a piece of leather the color and shape of a football sewed on the jerseys of his backfield men, in such a position that when the arm was folded as if carrying the ball, it would appear as if each of the backfield players might have possession of the ball, and therefore disorganize somewhat the defense against the man who was actually carrying the ball. Instead of one runner each time, there appeared to be four.
Haughton studied the rules and found nothing to prevent Warner’s scheme. He wrote a friendly letter to Warner, stating that he did not think it for the best interest of the game to permit his players to appear in the Stadium equipped in this way, at the same time admitting that there was nothing in the rules against it. Taking no chances, however, Haughton worked out a scheme of his own. He discovered that there was no rule which prevented painting the ball red, so he had a ball painted the same color as the crimson jerseys. Had the Indians come on the field with the leather ruse sewed on their jerseys, Haughton would have insisted that the game be played with the crimson ball.”
Might this be the forerunner of those oval shapes that we’ve seen on a few old football photos (including on my Marines v Army colorization)?
You’d think George might be done, but of course, he has one more for us:
Don’t think I’ve sent this one before – an example that even a simple picture with little to colourise can (in my opinion anyway) be enhanced and brought up-to-date by adding colour.
This is Joe Spence who played for Manchester United in the 1920s – this picture is 1927/28. Many of your uni-savvy readers will, even if they know little else about English football, be aware that Man U (or as we like to call them “Manure”) wear iconic red shirts and white shorts. But it was not always so, and in the 1920s they wore this simple, quite classy, white with red V. And if anyone wants to be a real soccer-nerd they can bore others that those colours are now worn by Airdrie United in the Scottish League. :)
And next up is Gary Chanko with another awesome entry:
Looking for a vintage football image and discovered this recent posting at Shorpy. The Catholic University’s player’s name is F. Murphy but there is no further information about his importance or accomplishments on the field.
The University’s colors were (still are) black and red but I’m not certain if they had yet adopted the nickname Cardinals by 1920. Interesting pants with the lacing for thigh pad and improvised elbow guard.
That’s all for today. Thanks (as always) to the G&G boys. Back next week with more.
MLB Uni Tracking – 2011 Final Results
Now that the MLB regular season has ended (mercifully for some of us fans), all those who spent the season keeping track of your teams uniform machinations should now feel free to send in your final results.
Today we have Walter Young, who tracks the Mets. Here’s Walt:
In 2011 the New York Mets wore ten (10) separate uniform/cap combinations. I have chosen to not include the September 11th commemorative flag additions as a separate uniform combination.
Variations of the “official” Home White uniforms (snow whites) were worn 43 times (~53%)
White w/Blue caps (31)
White w/Hybrid caps (10)
White w/Stars & Stripes caps (2)
Pinstripe Alternates were worn 25 times (~31%)
Home Black Alternates were worn 10 times (~12%)
Blue jerseys were worn 3 times (~4%)
Los Mets w/Blue caps (2)
Batting Practice jersey was worn once (1) in a goat-fuck combination with the Black Alt cap
The “official” Road Grey uniform (Grey w/Hybrid caps) was worn 36 times (~44%)
Variations of the Road Black Alternates were worn 45 times (~56%):
Black Alt w/Black caps (44)
Black Alt w/Stars & Stripes caps (1)
As can be seen, numbers show the Road Black Alternate uniform was in fact the primary road uniform for 2011.
Thanks Walt! Great job this year. If anyone else has been tracking and would like their efforts displayed here, you know what to do.
by Rick Pearson
After all, he DID send them a letter suggesting it…
And here’s the full-size.
And that’s going to do it for today, folks. Thanks again to Ricko for help with the lede, and all the other participants for their various contributions. Tomorrow…the Seahawks Redesign Contest Winner is revealed, plus all the usual extras. See ya then.
Didn’t the Yankees used to have class? That was an A-Rod move by Girardi, and the Yankees got an appropriately A-Rod result. — R. Scott Rogers