Big thanks to everyone who came out to the Uni Watch party in Cleveland two nights ago — I had a blast. Hope you did too. Thanks also to Phil, for covering for me while I was on the road.
Now then: I have a big backlog of excellent wire service photos, so let’s take care of some of them today. Contributors for this batch include Mark Kluczynski, Mike Hersh, Jerry Wolper (which explains the high number of Pirates-related photos), Bill Henderson, Brendan Slattery, Bruce Menard, Warren Humphries, and Mark Peterson — my thanks to all.
• We’ve seen this logo on Lou Brock’s helmet before, but I think this is one of the best looks at it we’ve ever had.
• Ralph Kiner always was a ladies’ man.
• I think we’ve seen this Brewers prototype photo before, but once more can’t hurt.
• Here’s a potentially major find: When the Cowboys switched their helmet from white to silver in 1964, were they considering a Cowboy boot logo?
• Soooo much going on in this photo — I’ll let it speak for itself.
• Even in black-and-white, it’s startling to see the A’s in solid green.
• Looks like Bill Madlock’s BP jersey had a nickNOB back in 1984.
• Here’s something you don’t often see: topless women boxers.
• Remember the hockey mask that Dave Parker wore for one plate appearance in 1978? Here’s a shot of it that I’d never seen before. (If you’re not familiar with the story of Parker’s mask, I wrote a detailed column about it a few years ago, and my full collection of Parker mask photos is here.)
• Speaking of masks, here’s a style I’ve never seen before on a baseball diamond. According to the caption, that’s Rick Renteria, who wore the mask in the field, but not while batting, to protect a broken nose in June of 1982.
• I like how the Pirates’ inaugural helmets were called “plastic caps.”
• Remember our recent discussion of zebras wearing glasses? Turns out the NFL had at least one bespectacled official way back in 1981. The refs wore black hats in those days, so that guy is a side judge or field judge or whatever.
• This is fascinating: When the Braves moved to Milwaukee in 1953, they switched schedules with the Pirates, but the Bucs had already printed a bunch of tickets, which were suddenly useless. So they burned them.
• When the Buffalo Braves came into being, it looks like there were some humorous suggestions for the team’s name.
• Here’s a great shot of Cookie Gilchris getting his Broncos jersey. Note the crotch extension hanging off of the back!
• Awwwww. That’s a White Sox ball boy, circa 1910.
• Does anyone know the story behind this WHA logo? I’m not familiar with it.
Membership update: A new batch of designs has been added to the membership card gallery (including Jorge L. Cruz’s design, shown at right, which is based on Oregon’s “Fighting Ducks” jersey). The printed/laminated versions of this new batch should mail out early next week.
If you haven’t yet made good on that New Year’s resolution to sign up for membership, there’s no time like the present.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Nike gloves have been kosher in the NFL for several years now, but Under Armour gloves? Is that new? (Screen shot by Marc Bauche.) … Pretty funny Sabres-related editorial cartoon in the Buffalo News the other day — complete with period-appropriate uniforms (from John Gworek). … A few days ago I asked if any MLBer besides Hunter Pence hits while wearing one batting glove. Nobody was able to come up with another full-time one-glover, but Alex Higley says Todd Helton sometimes goes one-gloved when he’s mired in a slump. “He likes to switch things up when he’s not hitting,” says Alex. … Gordon Blau was helping a friend clear out some of his parents’ things when they came upon this great old Mets straw hat that had belonged to the friend’s father. “Knowing what a huge Mets fan I am, he gave me the hat,” says Gordon. “It is so gorgeous, I can barely stop adoring it.” … Japanese baseball note from Jeremy Brahm, who reports that NPB has announced that the Ganbarou Nippon batting helmet decals to support earthquake/tsunami relief will be worn again by all players in 2012. … Royals prospect Wil Myers has never worn batting gloves (from C. Trent Rosecrans). … Tim Reyes notes that Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson, who’ll be in the upcoming NFL draft, has “the best uni-related name ever.” Yeah, until someone names their kid Swoosh McReebok or something. … Cycling news from Bernie Langer: “American team Garmin-Cervelo has changed its name to Garmin-Barracuda and released its 2012 team kit. It’s nice to see they’ve returned to their argyle pattern on their standard jersey; last year, they’d largely abandoned it, except for their special Tour de France jersey, which looked pretty similar to the new one.” … Whoa, check out this amazing Cubs long bullpen parka/overcoat thingie (awesome find by Bruce Menard). … There was a lot of talk about the UW-Whitewater’s chest wordmark during the Stagg Bowl. Here’s a good shot of it in its natural state, without being stretched. Not so remarkable after all (from Corey Bruns). … A basketball team in Kuwait has copied the Wizards’ uniforms (from Ben Marciniak). … Threadless.com recently ran a T-shirt contest to come up with a mascot-based design for each of a dozen major universities. You can see the winners by clicking on each university’s icon on this page (big thanks to Will Wyss). … Two sports-related things about the Denver-based indie band Tennis: (1) Their name is Tennis. (2) Their new album design has a retro Nuggets feel (from Brian Mazmanian). … Good thing I don’t live in Baltimore (from David Cline). … Georgia State hoops wore new orange uniforms at home, last night, and coach Ron Hunter went barefoot, as a promotion for the charity Samaritan’s Feet, which provides free shoes to needy children. Photos here, additional info here (from Britton Thomas). … Here’s an excellent account, including some developmental drawings, of how the Broncos’ current identity was developed 15 years ago (big thanks to Ryan Hess).