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Is this one of Ricko’s “kid card” illustrations? Nope — the artist in question was one James Marshall Hendrix, age 15, who’d later become better known as Jimi.
There are four college football drawings by Hendrix currently on exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I saw them, and a bunch of other sports-related items in the Hall’s collection, during my visit to Cleveland last month. Those items will be the focus of an ESPN column and video segment that
will be posted today — link coming soon. have been postponed. Might run tomorrow, might run next week. Will advise when I know more.
Here, I’ll give you one more sneak peek before the column runs:
That’s Brian Wilson’s Little League cap from 1954. In case you can’t read what’s written on the underbrim, it says “Mickey Mickey Mantle Special.” And yes, that’s presumably genuine Brian Wilson sweat encrusted there as well.
Meanwhile, see the white gloves that the curator is wearing while holding the cap? True story: He initially put on a pair of purple gloves, but I asked if he could please change to white. Fortunately, he was willing to do so. Narrow escape.
Some Philly stuff: Remember, Uni Watch party next Saturday, Feb. 18, 6:30pm, at the Devil’s Den. Phil and I will both be there (and we’ll be in a good mood, because we’ll have spent the whole day watching curling).
Meanwhile, there’s another Philly event coming up that you should know about: The folks at Pro League Authentics are sponsoring a new series of exhibitions called “The Jersey as Art,” the first installment of which kicks off on Feb. 22. I won’t be able to attend that one, but all you Philly-area people should definitely check it out.
Uni Watch News Ticker: BenJarvus Green-Ellis wore a concussion-sensing chinstrap in the Super Bowl. Surprising that there was no mention of this during the game — seems like the kind of thing they’d want to publicize. Some additional photos here. … Yesterday I linked to these totally boss New Mexico basketball throwbacks; today I have them in the flesh. … North Dakota is bringing back the “Fighting Sioux” nickname, at least for now, with a statewide referendum on the issue likely to follow later this year. … Serious soccer footwear coverage on this site. “They have some of the best photographs I’ve seen, do separate article entries for new colorways, and even have a Premiership goal tracker for what boots score the most goals,” says Michael Korczynski. … Wowie-zowie, check out this amazing 100-year-old boxing school letterhead that Mike Hersh turned up. And look how it’s signed — “Scientifically yours”! Love it. … There’s a new blog about candy packaging, candy history, etc., and their first post is a super-thorough retrospective on Big League Chew (thanks, RyCo). … Some new uni number assignments for the Cubs and the Rays (from Ben Gordon and Kyle Speicher, respectively). … Wanna see how not to write a uniform article? Count all the things wrong in this USA Today piece. … New Castle High in Pennsylvania is colloquially known as Ne-Ca-Hi, and at one point they actually wore that nickname on their basketball jerseys (fun find by Steve Santillo). … Remember the Wizards fan with the misspelled Blatche jersey? Here’s a very entertaining follow-up (from William Yurasko). … Here’s a good page breaking down the Montreal Alouettes’ uniform history (from Noah Sidel). … I usually leave readers’ concept designs to Phil, but lots of folks are making a fuss over Charles Sollars’s helmet concepts, so go ahead and take a look. … In a related item, what if you want to whip up some concept designs but don’t have access to Photoshop? Just paint over an old photo. The Hungry Hungry Hipster found that while poking around some other people’s Cardinals concepts. Here’s the road version. … Check out this cool map that shows the United States of College Rooting (big thanks to Scott Leighty). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Interesting story about the shirt worn by Michael Strahan at the Giants’ victory parade (from Ben Fortney). … Here’s a midseason report on UNC’s basketball shoes (from Benn Wineka). … NC State baseball will be wearing green for St. Paddy’s Day (from Mark Collins). … Several people in yesterday’s comments mentioned that the Braves have a bit of chutzpah to put “1876” on their alternate jersey’s sleeve patch, since the franchise has only been in Atlanta for 20 minutes or whatever. But I think the most interesting thing about the patch is that the negative space is cut out instead of just being an off-white background. Pretty sure I’ve never seen a pro sports patch like that before. … By contrast, look at the Angels’ new sleeve patch. … Army’s hockey team is letting fans vote on which sweater the team should wear this Saturday. … Mike Hersh came across a bunch of sensational old hockey sweaters in the new Classic Auctions listings — one of which features a striped turtleneck collar! Additional old-time hockey goodness here, here, here, here, and here. … In addition, Mike found some excellent Bauer retail displays — look here and here. … Check out this shot of Nolan Ryan wearing a mesh-backed cap on the mound. The cap plus the scoreboard suggest that it must have been a spring training game (from Todd Hotz). … The 2013 NBA All-Star Game will be in Houston. … John Okray has spotted a few noteworthy details in the Brewers’ 2012 promotional schedule. Key passage: “In addition to the two annual tribute events — Cerveceros Day (June 2 vs. Pittsburgh) and the Negro Leagues Tribute Night (July 28 vs. Washington) — the Brewers will host Italian Heritage Day on Sunday, July 1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. For these three games, the Brewers will wear special uniform tops, including a ‘Birraioli’ jersey (the Italian translation of ‘Brewers’) on Italian Heritage Day.” Also, John notes that Retro Fridays, which have been the first home Friday of every month, are being changed to the last home Friday of every month. … I love the little rose sleeve patch on this florist-sponsored baseball uni. … Georgetown’s Mikhael Hopkins has his uni number printed on every corner of his towel. “Overkill on the personalization if you ask me,” says Ben Harris. … NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams show has moved to a new time slot, and NBC produced a promo spot that shows cool baseball jerseys — including vertically arched NOBs! — for all of the show’s reporters (from Steve Dodell). … Not sports-related, but you colorizers out there will dig these before/after colorization shots (from Nathan Haas). … What’s better than one lame-ass uni trend? Two lame-ass uni trends in one game. That’s what happened last night, as Rutgers and Seton Hall went black-vs.-gray (from Timothy O’Brien). … New logo for the 2013 AHL All-Star Game (from Matthew Jean). … Cory Sarich of the Flames, who wears No. 6, got his jersey torn in a fight last night and had to go with an NNOB No. 65. “The Sharks’ commentators actually made a mention of it,” says Sean Robbins. … Here’s the job opportunity of the lifetime: The Nats are looking to hire a new racing President (thanks, Kirsten). … Check it out: Willie Mays’s first time in a Mets uni.