Yes, I’m still fine (see details at bottom of this post), so it’s business as usual here. The photos you see above show the home and road uniforms of the 1939 Fresno State Bulldogs. They come from this article, which was brought to my attention by reader Don Montgomery.
I’ve looked at a lot of old uni photos over the years, and I have a lot of old uni catalogs, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen this design before. I showed the photos to sporting goods historian Terry Proctor, who said, “I haven’t seen it before either, but I’ll bet it was made by Wilson. They were big into striping right up to the start of WWII.”
Naturally, I love it — the contrasting yoke, the sleeve stripes, that wedge-shaped chest stripe. They could have improved the design if the wedge had been situated a bit lower, which would have allowed the numerals to be larger (plus they could have wrapped the wedge under the armpits if they’d wanted), but it’s still a beauty.
Could a design like this fly today? It does have a superhero-ish aspect to it, so it’s not hard to imagine Nike doing something similar. Anyone want to try their hand at a modern interpretation of this design? I’d like to see, for better or worse, how it might translate to the present day. Give it a shot and I’ll post the results later on.
Meanwhile, if anyone from the Fresno State athletics department is reading this: Time for a throwback!
By Brinke Guthrie
With the Giants having won the World Series, we’re kicking things off this week with a bunch of Giants-related items, starting with this Pacific Bell Park opening-day T-shirt shirt (I’m not much for corporate names, but I love that one). We also have a vintage 1980s “Humm-Baby” T-shirt (the phrase was made popular by manager Roger Craig). And finally, two recent Giants stadium giveaway promotional items: this Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead Dancing Bears and this Giants/Grateful Dead T-shirt, both of which I have, of course. In fact, the bobblehead and bears are sitting right next to me as I type this, and I’m wearing the shirt!
As for non-Giants items:
• Check this out: a 1969 NFL promotional kit from Ovaltine!
• Here’s a nice vintage NHL beach towel from back in the day.
• Egads, I doubt even a Vikings fan would wear this button-front shirt.
• Here’s that very cool old MLB logo pendant. (Why don’t they bring this logo back?)
• The prolific Michael Clary is at it once again. Among his 75 submissions this week are a pair of Pistol Pete Keds that look a lot like another brand; a Montreal Canadiens puck radio;
and a vintage 1950s Yankees bike plate.
• Here’s a nice 1960s Bears helmet plaque, from when the wishbone-C was still white.
• Will you look at this 1968 Eagles yearbook — I mean, the uniforms! And of course, Norm Snead at quarterback.
Fun with pumpkins, continued: Tomorrow is Halloween, which means today is our next-to-last batch of sports-themed pumpkins. Here we go:
• Paul Scheffler created this Hokiebird pumpkin.
• From Hunter Verheul, here’s a nice Texas A&M jack.
• Nice job by Rick Bronwell on this Royals pumpkin.
• Matt Reed used a template on the Mets’ web site to create this Mr. Met pumpkin (although I think it looks more like Charlie Brown).
• Some logos look really good on a pumpkin, like this Clemson jack that Ken Rockne carved.
• Nice job by Adam Lilyquist on this Celtics carving.
• “Let’s gooooo Mountaineers!” says Coleman Mullins.
• Robert Boyd says he loves this Virginia Tech throwback logo.
• This might be my favorite pumpkin of the whole season: Bryan Spangenberg created a Lance Alworth Chargers helmet! Show us how it looks lit up, Bryan.
Party reminder: Assuming Sheep Station hasn’t been Sandy-decimated (I’ll check on that later today), we’ll be convening a Uni Watch party there this Saturday, Nov. 3, at 3pm. Hope to see you there.
Uni Watch News Ticker: This is hilarious: MLB has apologized to the Astros for the leak of the team’s logo. Actual quote: “We apologize to the Houston Astros and their great fans for the premature, online availability of officially-licensed product featuring the new Astros logo.” I’m sure the fans who bought the prematurely available merch didn’t feel the need to get an apology. … Some idiot city official in Hamilton, Ontario, wants to make practically every city-owned property, including parks and libraries, eligible for corporate sponsorship. “I hope my city doesn’t go down this path,” says Hamilton resident Dave Kuruc. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here are the “snow bowl” helmets that Mississippi State will be wearing this weekend (from Kevin Allen). … Here’s a Giants championship patch that’s very similar to the one the Cardinals wore this past season. No word yet on whether the Giants will wear it in 2013 (from Anthony Scandiffio). … “Looks like West Virginia will be switching from their interlocking WV to the flying WV on their baseball uniforms,” notes Ryan Zundell. “The baseball team was the only WVU team not to not use the flying WV as their primary mark. The video shows the flying WV on their hats and batting helmets. The old mark is still on the jerseys, but the jerseys look like last year’s, as they have the Big East patch on the shoulders.” Too bad about the circle-R trademark symbol next to the cap logo, which is a serious turd in the punchbowl. … The Packers have confirmed that those were not cracks in the helmets on Sunday (from Jarrod Leder). … Texas Tech will be wearing this “pride” uniform on Saturday against Texas. Not bad, as such costumes go, although I realize that’s damning with faint praise. … Well, that didn’t take long (thanks, Brinke). … A construction project at an Oregon high school resulted in the excavation of a 60-year-old football helmet (from Alex Allen). … The Ottawa Senators will now be sponsoring PGA golfer Brad Fritsch (from John Muir). … UCF is adding an “RP” helmet decal this weekend in honor of Robert Pritchard, a former defensive lineman who suffered a massive stroke earlier this year. … What’s this bell that my friend Harley Spiller is ringing? It’s the original bell used to start and end the boxing rounds at the Aud in Buffalo. Harley grew up in Buffalo and has lots of connections there. I can affirm that the bell still sounds very official. … Great shot of Bucky Harris managing the Washington Senators in civvies. … In a related item, here’s a something that came up yesterday no the SABR listserv: What was the MLB first season in which there were no playing managers? Answer: 1956. … Jason Greening was listening to the radio broadcast of last night’s Cardinals/Niners game when he heard the following: “Play-by-play man Kevin Harlan made the mistake of saying ‘St. Louis Cardinals’ before a play and jokingly chided himself afterwards. Color man Dan Fouts said, and I sadly quote, ‘Well, the Cards haven’t changed their uniforms, so they at least look like the old St. Louis Cardinals.’ Facepalm.” … Fans of a Venezuelan soccer team recently stormed onto the pitch in protest, causing a postponement of a match. What were they protesting? Guess (from Harry Michelson).
Sandy update: My thanks to all of you who’ve checked in to see how I’m doing. As of this morning: So far, so good. The lights have flickered a few times, but I haven’t lost power, phone service, or internet access. A quick glance out the window confirms that no trees or even heavy branches have come down on my block or in my back yard. My car is parked on a block with no trees, so it should be fine. And my neighborhood is far enough inland that flooding was never a concern. Last night I even had a little hurricane pot-luck dinner with my upstairs neighbors (they made chili, I made a pork roast), which was very nice. As of last night, my Mom on Long Island and my brother in Queens were both okay too.
Obviously, not everyone has been so fortunate (including Phil, who lost cable, internet, and phone service last night, and whose aunt had a big tree fall across her driveway). For those of you who’ve been dealt a hard blow by the storm, hang in there — we’re all thinking of you.