Time for another round of old-school wire photos. A couple of these were contributed by Bruce Menard and Mako Mameli, but I found most of them myself. Off we go:
• Here’s a nice shot of Chisox coach Ray Berres giving up his No. 44 to newly signed Phil Cavaretta.
• When did the Broncos wear this uni combo? The white helmet logo and the brown pants are from different eras. And striped socks? If anyone knows more, do tell.
• We all know MLB umps used to wear neckties. But Emmett Ashford, the first black ump, also wore a tie bar. Don’t think I’ve ever seen that on the field before.
• Another one of Ashford’s sartorial details: He wore French cuffs!
• Man, the Phils’ uni numbers used to be huge!
• By contrast, look how small the Reds’ uni numbers were in their subscript-NOB phase.
• Here’s Uni Watch friend/contributor Jerry Reuss wearing a doozy of a dugout jacket.
• Rare sight here: a clear, close view of the Illinois sesquicentennial patch that the Cubs and White Sox wore in 1968.
• Here’s a new function for a Cubs cap: covering up a Siamese twin’s post-surgical scars.
• I guess if you’ve just won the Cy Young award for one of history’s greatest seasons (while pitching for one of history’s worst teams), you can wear whatever you want to your contract-signing presser.
• Back in 1969, some Cubs fans got into a bit of a row with Chief Nocahoma.
• We often see photos from the Louisville Slugger factory, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen shots from an aluminum bat factory before.
Uni Watch News Ticker: In a surprising development that had successfully been kept off the rumor circuit, the St. Looie Cardinals are introducing a retro third jersey, based on the team’s 1932 design, which will be worn for Saturday home games. Seems unnecessary, but at least it’s a good-looking design, and they appear to be sticking with the chain-stitching. Small adjustments to the home whites and road grays are also coming, and will be announced at a press conference this morning. According to reports, the homes and roads will have “more detail to the two birds, enhanced stitching that includes an eye instead of a dot for the birds and shading to the bat that creates a sense of depth,” as well as smaller numbers on the front of the jersey. I’m wondering if that last item was prompted by the fact that the birds/bat design has been sinking slightly lower on the jersey, as we’ve documented here on Uni Watch. … In a Batman tie-in, the Tulsa Oilers (CHL) will become the Gotham City Crusaders for their Nov. 23 game. “Speaking as one of the few thousand Tulsans who actually attend Oilers games on a semi-regular basis, this promotion raises my blood pressure for a number of reasons,” says a disgruntled Michael Harris. … Paul Deaver sent me this groovy bowling instructor’s patch. Thanks, buddy! … Rex Henry notes that DC United player Chris Korb wears low socks. “It looks like he doesn’t even wear shin guards, but I’ve found a couple sources confirming that he wears tiny shin guards,” says Rex. … Missouri TE Eric Waters was thought to be paralyzed after taking a big hit against Alabama a few weeks back. His jersey and pads were cut off at the hospital. He turned out to be fine and has continued playing, but this week he will wear the same jersey from that game, all stitched up. Details in the last few grafs of ths story (from Rob Bratney). … New championship logo for the Giants. Expect to see it on a lot of merch next year (from Gilbert Lee). … Oklahoma State hoops player Marek Souček has a diacritical mark on his NOB (from Timothy Burke). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Fascinating look at the evolving culture of military medals. … Very interesting Twin dugout jacket. “Never seen that style before,” says Bruce Menard. Me neither. … New home soccer jersey for Spain (from Rex Henry). … Colorado State is changing its athletics program from Russell to Under Armour. … The Bills wore white at home last night. … Here’s something I hadn’t seen in a while: Kansas State QB Collin Klein has pockets sewn into his jersey (from Adam Lim).