The uniform drawing you see above was done by a gentleman named Edward Deeds, who was born in 1908 and spent most of his life in a Missouri mental hospital. Note all the different sock colors! Deeds compiled nearly 300 of his drawings, including this one, into a hand-bound album that was given to his family. The album, which didn’t include any hint of Deeds’s identity, was then accidentally discarded during a family move, after which it was found in a town dump by a teen-ager, who held onto it for nearly 40 years before selling it to a used books dealer. The album made several more stops before anyone figured out who had created the drawings.
You can see more of Deeds’s drawings (the rest of which are not sports-related but are still fascinating) and learn more about the amazing story of his album in the latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog.
New ESPN column today — enjoy. — Paul
Uni Watch News Ticker: Yunel Escobar has been suspended for three games without pay for the anti-gay slur on his eye black. Meanwhile, it appears that he may have worn other offensive statements earlier this year. Class act. … The Spurs will unveil a new alternate uniform this afternoon at 4pm Eastern. According to a team source, it will be “a unique design and a bit of a departure from the current classics.” It’ll be worn for the home opener against the Thunder. … Major find in the last night’s comments, as someone spotted Ruppert Jones of the 1979 Mariners wearing a “Rupe” nickNOB. Video footage here. … As an aside, Ruppert Jones was also (a) the first Mariner to appear in an All-Star Game and (b) the first player to wear a Blue Jays helmet in an All-Star Game, a dual distinction he achieved when he pinch-hit in the 3rd inning of the 1977 ASG. The lone Blue Jay on the A.L. roster that year, Ron Fairly, didn’t get into the game until the 7th inning. … If you have a kid who plays football, you might be interested to learn that the latest safety product isn’t a helmet — it’s a collar that fits into the shoulder pads and is designed to reduce neck and spine injuries. The manufacturer claims that the product is already being used by Syracuse, USC, UNC, Louisville, UConn, and Florida State. I’m no expert on this stuff, so I ran it by helmet engineer/designer Michael Princip and asked what he thought of it. “Looks pretty smart,” he responded. “Most players won’t wear a collar because it restricts their head movement. However, this design looks very ergonomic in that respect — good movement and good protection from the most common (less severe) neck stinger injury.” … Yesterday was Roberto Clemente Day, so the Pirates “honored” him by wearing throwback caps with their softball tops. … New Yorker cartoonist Barry Blitt has brilliantly reimagined the two major political parties as baseball teams, skewing the Democrats and Republicans with equal acuity. … This is interesting: Tarell Brown of the 49ers has been fined $5250 for wearing a red undershirt in Sunday’s game. “Your team designated undergarment color is white,” states the letter. I didn’t realize that NFL teams had designated undershirt colors (thanks, Brinke). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Check out this framed Joe Cronin stirrup and click on the center image to see the little “4” stitched into the loop (from Johnny Woods). … Good piece about the Princeton marching band’s plaid blazers (from Dave Thom). … Mike Hersh found something very cool on eBay: a series of commemorative illustrations that Rawlings put out in 1973 to mark the company’s 75th anniversary. … Anyone know why this NFL zebra was wearing an “11” armband during a 1983 playoff game? (Good find by Jeff Ash.) … Here’s a video clip showing how Auburn’s equipment staff gets ready for a game (from Clay Cutler). … And here’s a similar video clip for Florida State (from Kyle Speicher). … Jeff Flynn found a 1959 Steelers photo with an unfamiliar (to me) sleeve patch. A quick check of the Gridiron Uniform Database reveals that it’s a Pittsburgh bicentennial patch. … Just when you thought there was one ad-free zone left, someone has come up with advertising on toilet paper (from Joe Hilseberg). … Notre Dame’s equipment staff is already teasing fans about what the team will be wearing next year (from Warren Junium). … The UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions are switching to a white helmet this year (from Casey B). … Yahoo is removing the registered trademark symbol from its logo. “The Cubbies are next,” says Jason Libes — hahaha. But seriously, can one of you lawerly types out there explain why it is or isn’t necessary for the symbol to be included in the first place? Like, if Yahoo is willing to remove it now, why did they include it in the first place? … Virginia will be wearing some very nice throwbacks on Sept. 29 against Louisiana Tech. … A spa in the DC area is using the Angels’ old “wings” logo (from Tim Donovan). … The Chargers did some sort of back-to-school promotional event in which two of their players were clearly wearing Reebok jerseys (from Kevin Hayashi). … New uniforms and logo for the Lake Erie Monsters (from John Muir). … Washington is planning the “blackout of century” (i.e., just another stupid-ass BFBS game), “probably because they couldn’t think of a stupider name,” says Kyle Hanks. … New floor design in the works for the Suns. Here’s another view. … RIP, Steve — your mythmaking and artistry helped make the NFL what it is today.