Photo by Heather McCabe; click to enlarge
I recently picked up this tremendous basketball warm-up top for a mere nine bucks on eBay. As you can see above, it fits me near-perfectly. Let’s take a closer look at it, shall we?
The warm-up is made of black Durene — a cotton/rayon blend. The sleeve cuffs and waist trim are orange with white northwestern striping, and there’s white/orange V-shaped soutache across the chest (for all of these photos, you can click to enlarge):
The left sleeve has a sewn-on “4.” The numeral is just one layer — orange — but the white lockdown stitching creates the illusion of white outlining:
The back has the team name in vertically arched lettering. Again, the white stitching provides the illusion of white outlining on the letterforms:
Inside the collar is a very nice Rawlings label with the company’s old slogan, “the finest in the field” (all lowercase, interestingly):
And what about the sporting goods shop from which the warm-up was ordered? There’s no label for the shop up near the collar, but there’s a little loop of a label sewn into one of the inner seams:
As you can see, the shop was called Bailey and Himes, and it was located in Champaign, Illinois. I Googled the name of the shop and came up with this sporting goods catalog. Also, Bailey and Himes published a book about football way back in 1924! Intriguing. Anyone know more?
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Research request: With the hockey season gearing up to start in a little over a week, I’m working on my annual NHL season-preview column. Just one catch: There are no new uniforms this season. Like, none. No new patches, either, at least that I’m aware of (although the Stars appear to have a 20th-anniversary logo at center ice, so maybe that’ll be a patch as well). In fact, the only uni changes I know of are that the Sabres and Panthers have scrapped their alternate uniforms. I’m assuming league honchos intentionally avoided slating any uni changes for this season because they knew a lockout was a strong possibility.
But I know hockey fans are hungry for any uni-related info they can get — and so am I. The Rangers, for example, have new practice jerseys. And here are some very interesting shots of the Jets logo being applied to the MTS Centre ice.
Granted, that ain’t much to work with, but the situation is what it is. I have calls in to the teams and the league, but they’re all kinda busy at the moment (go figure), so if you’re privy to any uni-related NHL info, no matter how trivial-seeming, please send it this-a-way. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Latest people to advocate a name change for the Redskins: a Washington Post columnist and Washington mayor Vincent Gray. Both of those pieces were then cited by a columnist for NFL.com, who says he too agrees that the name should be changed. Slowly but surely, people. … Meanwhile, don’t forget that the National Museum of the American Indian is holding a symposium on “Racist Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriation in American Sports” on Feb. 7. … Buried deep within this Miami Herald column is the following: “We hear the Dolphins’ new logo will be different and more creative than the one circulating online” (from Bryant Grosso). … Here’s more about Peyton Manning wearing gloves. … “I was watching highlights of game between the Chiefs and the Vikings from Week One of the 1970 NFL season — the first game following the merger,” says Tom Nawrocki. “I noticed that while the refs were wearing the customary NFL zebra stripes, the chain gang was wearing the old AFL red-striped officiating unis. Nice to know those beautiful uniforms didn’t go straight to the scrap heap.” … Lots of Nike’s new college lacrosse jerseys are shown here (from Zack Kurland). … And while we’re at it, here’s new lacrosse gear for Towson, Michigan, Loyola, and Penn (from Jeff Brunelle). … Our currency could soon have a very amusing-looking signature. … Here’s a bona fide public service: How to eliminate Bleacher Report results from your Google searches. … Here’s another high school with a counterintuitive name and color scheme: The teams at Bowling Green High School in Kentucky are called the Purples (from Michael Kinney). … Great story about the Seattle Kings, which was the proposed NFL franchise for Seattle in the early 1970s (from Manzell Blakeley). … Have I mentioned recently how much I love Hamilton Nolan? … At the recently concluded World Junior Championships, Russian goalie Andrei Vasilevski had an odd NOB, with an abbreviation of his first name positioned after his surname. “Russia’s roster at the tournament did not list another Vasilevski on the squad,” says James Ashby. … Here’s Korea’s dugout jacket and cap for the World Baseball Classic. … Contestants on The Biggest Loser last night were wearing Cowboys jerseys — but one of them had a backwards mark of the beast (from Tyler Johnson). … No photos, but Illinois hoops player Brandon Paul, who normally wears No. 3, left during the first half of last night’s game against Minnesota after suffering a bloody nose. He soon returned wearing No. 12, and NNOB. In the second half, he was back to No. 3 with an NOB (from Gregory Dowell). … Here’s a video clip on Marc Andre Fleury’s new mask (from Ethan Sheets). … Richard Hill was shopping back on Black Friday at a New Orleans Target, where several staffers were wearing jerseys. “Apparently only the managers got to wear them,” says Richard. “I asked a cashier about it, and she told me she thought it ‘would’ve been nice’ if all the employees got them.” … Lots of Nike outfits for the Australian Open here. … About two-thirds of the way down on this page is the news that Arizona will have “some tweaks” to its football uniforms next season (from Kevin Wos). … Note to Seattle-ites: Membership card designer Scott M.X. Turner’s band, RebelMart, is playing tomorrow night at the Cafe Racer. “It’s a special acoustic show,” says Scott. “RebelMart with all of the blather intact — and you can hear the words!” Further info here.