Reader Blair Thompson recently pointed me toward a page with over 100 sports photos, all from 1925 or earlier. At first I was just gonna Ticker-link to the page, but several of the photos are so extraordinary that I decided they deserved their own entry. Here we go:
• I love everything about this 1925 women’s polo shot. Seriously, that could almost be a fashion ad, no? And I love the jerseys, natch.
• Speaking of polo, have you ever heard of auto polo? I hadn’t. Looks like a failed concept.
• And if you can have car polo, why not motorcycle soccer? That’s from 1923. Note that the two guys at left appear to be wearing a consistent uniform.
• I’m not sure a hurling photo has ever appeared on Uni Watch before. Looks pretty much like the soccer or rugby uniforms of that era. If anyone out there is particularly knowledgeable about this game, care to tell us more about the uniforms?
• I’m pretty sure those are wooden cleats on the bottom of those shoes. Love the front stripe on the set in the center.
• So many uni-notable details in this early lacrosse shot: the leather helmet, the quilted pants, the textured nap on the (woolen?) jersey.
• Speaking of texture, we think of boxing trunks as being silky and shiny, so it’s almost startling to see a photo like this one.
• Here’s a very odd football shot. Looks like the padding was sewn onto the jersey. Never seen that before.
• Something else I’ve never seen: a baseball player using a turtleneck sweater instead of an undershirt. That’s Jack Calvo of the 1913 Senators.
• Not sure if this girls’ rifle team was wearing sweaters or jackets. Either way, that’d be a very cool item to have.
• Too bad speed skaters don’t dress like this anymore. That’s Jaap Eden, a three-time world champion in the 1890s.
• I readily admit that I have no idea what’s going on here. Is his left leg wrapped in tape or what?
• The caption for this 1918 shot reads, I swear, “Start of cripples’ one-legged race.” Yikes. Note the guy in the background who’s about the blow the starter’s whistle — he’s wearing a white broadcloth shirt and a bow tie, just like most other sports officials of his era.
Want more? The full page of 121 photos is here.
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday afternoon, my latest ESPN column, about athletes who wear their wedding bands on the field (or the court, or the ice), is available here. (And by interesting coincidence, today’s New York Times has an article about Ryan Fitzpatrick’s ring.)
Still talking about that damn project: I discussed Permanent Record on NPR’s Here and Now program yesterday. If the “Listen” link at the top of that page doesn’t work (it was a little wonky for me yesterday), you can go straight to the audio of the segment here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: We all knew Michigan State would be wearing camo for the Carrier Classic, but I missed the fact that they officically unveiled their design earlier this week. Click on the photo for a gigantic version. … A sportswriter has floated the idea that the Super Bowl loser should have to wear a full pink uniform the following October. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Some uni adjustments in store for the Padres. For details, scroll down toward the bottom of this page. … Pete Musacchio notes that some vector-branded jerseys are still being worn by the Sabres. … Here’s a good feature on the history of Minnesota goalie gear (from Eric Baukol). … Interesting article about the Sens’ uni numbers (from Jim Wooley). … Apparently some people think presidential candidate Rick Perry wears too much jewelry. … Arsenal is the latest soccer team to add a poppy (from Stephen Boyd). … Jason Hillyer found a seriously weird Reds shirt on clearance at Marhsall’s (but didn’t buy it). … An inside look at the Notre Dame football complex in this video clip (from Warren Junium). … Here’s another early shot of a winged helmet, this time being worn by an Ohio State player in 1931. You can sort of see them wearing the helmet in this 1931 footage (good find by Ryan Dowgin). … Wow — fairly amazing sneaker/branding infographic here (major thanks to Vin Barone). … “I was walking by Fenway Park the other day and realized that the 2 in Carlton Fisk’s retired 27 has fallen off the wall on Van Ness Street,” says Justine DeCotis. “Red Sox fans everywhere will be horrified to think that 7 was retired for J.D. Drew.” … Lots of great old SEC photos in this discussion thread (from Jeff McClendon). … New basketball uniforms for Wyoming. … Anyone know the story behind this Yankees jersey? (From Alan Tompas.) … Several readers noted that Washington hoops appears to have some purple-matching issues. When you think about it — and I’m not saying this just because I dislike purple — color-matching seems to be a bigger issue with this color than with any other. Think of the Lakers’ old jersey/shorts problems, the Vikings old jersey/helmet problems, etc. Weird. … Fans of Swindon Town petitioned the club to ensure they’ll wear their traditional kit for an upcoming match (from Robin Griffiths.)