As you’ve probably noticed by now from the ad in the left sidebar, our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions recently came out with another catalog’s worth of good stuff. Here are some items that caught my eye:
• Oh man, I love everything about this satin Celtics warm-up jacket. The white/gold striping, the big number on the back, the satin sheen — magnificent.
• I love that Catfish Hunter’s nickNOB included quote marks. And I love even more that the quote marks hovered over the first and last letters, instead of outside of them. I realize that choice probably had more to do with space efficiency than aesthetics, but I like the results — looks more playful, less clunky.
• If you’ve been waiting for your chance to own an Indians TATC jersey from 1999, here’s your chance.
• So odd that the Yankees once wore a patch with royal and gold. Yeah, okay, 50 years is the golden anniversary, but still. Also: Note that the bat is going across the “k,” instead of parallel to it. (You can click on the today’s splash photo to see a larger version of the patch.)
• I love this Fenway Park usher’s jacket. Look at that awesome sleeve patch!
• Want to DIY yourself some Dodgers jerseys? You’ll be good to go with this huge lot of Dodgers patches.
• I’ve always loved the AFL logo, but putting it on two sleeves is too much.
• Holy moly, check out this sensational 1930 Stanford football uniform. The patch-style uni number, the sleeve and sock stripes, the riveted patches on the pants, the label design — tasty stuff.
• Totally digging the 1970s typography and ring of stars on this ABA all-star jersey.
• Speaking of the ABA, I’ve always been a sucker for their red zebra jerseys.
• And we wrap up with a double rarity: a basketball jersey with a subscript NOB, and it’s on a nameplate, instead of being direct-sewn.
Want to see more? You can go through the entire catalog here.
Keeping up with the Joneses: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column — which is all about nickNOBs, RNOBs, JrNOBs, and the like — is available here. It prompted a lot of interesting responses, especially about players named Jones:
• At one point I mentioned that Pacman Jones managed to wear his nickname’s initial. That prompted reader Mike Raymer to point to a similar example: Chipper Jones. But does “Chipper” really qualify as his nickname? I mean, I know his given name is Larry, but nobody calls him that. His de facto first name is Chipper. I don’t feel that way about Pacman Jones, but maybe that’s because you could actually name a kid “Chipper” while nobody would ever name a kid “Pacman” (I hope). What do you think of these two examples: Equivalent? Related, but different? Discuss. (And yes, it’s pretty nice to see Chipper in stirrups.)
• John Szczepanski singled out yet another Jones of note: Deacon. But is that a nickNOB or a FiNOB? Obviously, Deacon wasn’t his given name, but I’ve never heard him referred to by anything other than Deacon. In fact, until looking it up just now, I didn’t even know what his first name was (David, as it turns out). So: nickNOB or FiNOB? Again, discuss.
• In non-Jones news, Tim E. O’Brien points out that Tank Johnson wore a nickNOB and FNOB simultaneously.
• Fred Teigen found a jersey with a hyphenated FNOB! Did Carlson really wear it that way on the ice? (And if so, was Ann-Margret also on the team?)
• Back to the Joneses: Vinnie Dinolfo wrote in to say that Browns defensive end Joe Jones wore a “Turkey” nickNOB in the early 1970s, when he was wearing No. 80. Jones was indeed nicknamed “Turkey Joe,” and he did wear No. 80 during the early years of his career, but I could find only two rear-view photos of him from that period, and they both show him with a conventional “Jones” NOB: this 1972 footcall card and this 1973 wire photo (I had to blow up the image a bit to be sure, but he’s definitely wearing “Jones”). So I’m skeptical of Vinnie’s claim on this one, especially since I’ve never heard it come up before. Anyone know more? (Jones later left the Browns and played for the Eagles for two years before returning to Cleveland. During his second stint with the Browns, he wore No. 64 and definitely had a conventional NOB.)
• Vinnie didn’t exactly help his credibility regarding Jones by also telling me that 49ers running back John David Crow wore a nickNOB — “Goober” — in the early 1970s. That claim is clearly false, since Crow’s last game in the league was in 1968, and the Niners didn’t even have NOBs yet at that point. I’m only bothering to mention it here because maybe Vinnie got some players mixed up in his head and there really was someone out there (not Crow) wearing “Goober” in the early ’70s. Anyone know more?
Uni Watch News Ticker: Pandering to the public with G.I. Joe caps apparently isn’t enough for the Orioles, so they’re gonna pander a little lower on Sunday with G.I. Joe jerseys. Embarrassing. … The Columbus crew debuted their new white kit on Wednesday night (from Jacob Kubuske). … The Orix Buffaloes will wear red jerseys with three different chest lettering colors for three games this summer (from Jeremy Brahm). … A Craigslist user in Hawaii is selling a really nice batch of vintage Japanese baseball jerseys (from Kevin, who didn’t give his last name). … Craig Sallinger, an amateur aviation buff, recently visited the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum just outside of Baltimore. Martin had several company teams — baseball, softball, bowling, etc. — so Craig took some snaps of the uniforms that were on display. … Latest reason to love Rays skipper Joe Maddon: He recently posted the starting lineup and assigned each player a superhero alter ego. Not sure if that’s why Fernando Rodney and Joel Peralta were recently spotted wearing gladiator helmets in the dugout, but I think it’s safe to say that Maddon runs a very entertaining ship (from Jay Sullivan). … Good info on the Texans’ new uni number assignments. “Interesting to discover that #49 has never been assigned in Texans history,” notes Bob Wilkins. … I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: The latest installment of Mark Penxa’s “Stealing Signs” series is spectacular. Start here, click on a state, then click on a name, and you’ll see what I mean. … Here’s something you almost never see: a baseball team with uni numbers on their caps. that’s the Rensselear High School Rams, from upstate New York (from Joe Makowiec). … I know we’d already seen one of this year’s MLB ASG BP jerseys, but I’m not sure we’d seen both of them (from Edward D. Kendrick). … Good piece on the history of naming rights (from Kurt Esposito).
Holiday schedule: Phil will have his usual weekend content. The site will be open on Monday, but content will likely be minimal. Everyone have a great long weekend and I’ll see you next week.