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When I post a new batch of old wire service pics, I usually use that same image of the teletype machine spitting out a photo. But one of the photos in today’s batch is so spectacular, I just had to showcase it at the top of the page. I mean, seriously, this shot, which I stumbled across a few weeks ago while looking for something else, has to be one of history’s greatest soccer photos ever, no? My god, it’s like a great punk rock band photo! Imagine where the photographer had to be to get that shot — must’ve been lying on his belly.
Okay, here’s the rest of today’s haul. I found about half of these myself; the rest were submitted by Eric Stangel, Bruce Menard, James Ashby, and Don Montgomery. Here we go:
• Here’s another baseball/bowling shot, this time featuring two of Robinson’s teammates.
• And here’s my favorite baseball/bowling shot so far: Look at all these guys in uniform! The bald guy in the back is Harmon Killebrew.
• Can never get enough helmet buggy photos.
• Check out this USA/Russia hockey photo — with an American player wearing a tuque!
• There’s something endearing about an NFL coach — in this case, Chuck Knox of the Rams — wearing a shirt that just says “Staff.”
• Speaking of NFL coaches, I love the striped collar on this Cardinals shirt being worn by Don Coryell. Even better: the cigarette dangling from the mouth of the assistant coach in the background.
• It’s easy to forget this now, but NFL linemen used to tape up their hands like boxers in the days before football gloves. That’s Ernie Holmes of the Steelers, circa 1975.
• Here’s a rare sight: an MLB ump wearing the white slacks that were sometimes worn in 1941.
• Wilt really does look like the stilt in this shot. Those Iowa State kids look completely overmatched, eh?
• Speaking of Wilt, here’s a somewhat bizarre shot of him wearing a very cool track suit while singing in a recording studio!
• Here’s a bit of a stunner: We all know Jim Thorpe was one of history’s greatest athletes, but by 1940 he had developed a bit of a pot belly. This shot also shows how football coaches around that time routinely wore high-cuffed britches during practices.
By Brinke Guthrie
Vintage posters are nothing new here at CC. However, I’ve just stumbled upon the greatest vintage-look NFL poster I’ve ever seen. I don’t have a place for this, but if I did, it would be mine. I had the Rams, Cowboys, and Vikes from this series. Oh yes.
Speaking of posters, this 1969 NFL/AFL poster is impressive. Has a tear at top left, though. And as long as we’re talking posters: Bears fans, this framed 1964 Dave Boss print will look good on your wall.
In non-poster finds:
1• Here’s a 1960s Kansas City A’s bobble that looks to be in solid shape.
• Here’s another set of NFL helmet magnets — never seen these, either. The auction is labeled “Early 1970s,” but that’s obviously inaccurate based on the Bengals and Seahawks designs. Still cool magnets, though.
• Yet another item I’ve never seen before: We’ve all seen the 1972 NFL Sunoco albums, but how about a 1967 NFL stamp album from Standard Oil?
• Uh, this is a niche item: a New York Jets pool ball gear shift knob for Camaros from 1969-1992.
The list can range from broad visual statements (the Mets taking the field without a shred of black for the first time in over a decade) to one-off events (the Rays’ fauxbacks) to personal eccentricities (Chris Kluwe’s “Vote Ray Guy” message from two days ago). List entries can be positive developments (the Redskins’ leather-esque throwback helmet), negative developments (Yunel Escobar’s homophobic eye black message), or just oddities. No item is too large or too small for consideration.
Send your nominations here. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Looks like the Fighting Irish will be maintaining their tradition of using NOBs for bowl games. Speaking of which here’s a good overview of Notre Dame’s use of NOBs in bowl games… As I expected, the Texans wore their Hall of Fame patches on the upper-right portion of their jerseys last night, since they already have their 10th-anniversay patch at upper-left. What I didn’t expect — and what no other team had done on Sunday — was that they’d keep their captaincy patches, leading to a serious case of patch overload. … Here’s a sensational 1961 photo of the Steelers’ cheerleaders, the Steelerettes. “Nothing says ‘Hot’ like knee-length bibbed jumpers and hardhats,” says Phil Johnson. He’s being sarcastic, of course, but I actually think it’s a great look. … Here’s a doozy of an NOB. That’s Wes Vannieuwenhuizen of the Vancouver Giants (from Jon Horton). … Michael Rich saw this Giants locker room photo from last season’s NFC Championship Game at Candlestick. “The locker placards jumped out at me,” he says. “Do the road teams bring those with them? Are they provided by the home team?” I shot a quick note to Jints equipment director Joe Skiba, who said, “We bring our own with us.” … I had previously shown a graphic of Marquette’s Rick Majerus memorial patch, but here’s how it looks on the jersey (from John Cary). … If Topps was going to airbrush Andy McGaffigan into a Reds uniform, shouldn’t they have airbrushed out his mustache while they were at it? (Good one from Andy Chalifour.) … The Wichita Thunder (CHL) are having a jersey design contest for the team’s alumni game. … Speaking of design contests, don’t forget that the submission deadline for the Brewers’ contest is midnight on Thursday. … Jeff Barak wrote a nice piece about Rob Ullman’s pin-up hockey portraits. … Here’s the logo for next season’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game (from James Ashby). … Iowa basketball player Devyn Marble has his initials tattooed on the back of his arms — one side with the Tigers’ D, the other with the Marlins’ M. “He’s from Michigan, so that explains the Tigers logo, but I’m unsure of any Miami connection,” says Jake Sorg. … Vanderbilt football fans are being invited to vote for the team’s best uni combo and helmet design of the season (from Jonathan Safron). … Interesting point by Leo Strawn, who notes that the old Hartford Whalers secondary logo doesn’t spell out “Whalers”; it spells out “Whaleers.” Technically speaking, the logo should look like this, but that doesn’t work at all. Sometimes doing it wrong is the best way to get it right. … Very nice piece of Notre Dame soda case signage (from Bob Delano). … Odd thrift store find by Brian Geiger: a Michigan jacket with an NFL logo. … Fairly devastating piece about the role of money in college sports here. … Several readers have pointed out that ESPN’s “30 for 30″ piece on Bo Jackson includes a shot of Brian Bosworth with backwards jersey typography.