It’s been a few months since our last round of wire service photos, so here’s a new batch. These were contributed by Greg Allred, James Ashby, Mako Mameli, Bruce Margulies, Brian Mazmanian, Bruce Menard, and Ronnie Poore.
• Here’s something you might not remember (if you ever knew it to begin with): In 1981, the Sixers wore a 35th-anniversary patch on their shorts. Are there any other examples of basketball teams wearing a patch in that spot?
• Back in the day, they’d ship the bullpen buggies down to spring training.
• Now that’s an old-timers uniform — literally.
• Check this out: In 1969, the Reds had a 100th-anniversary on deck circle.
• Major find here: In spring training of 1972, Steve Carlton wore No. 38, instead of his more familiar 32. He had just been traded to the Phils during the previous winter.
• An even better find: In 1971, Maryland hoops player Howard White wore an “H” nickNOB. I wonder if this was an attempt to mimic the nearby Baltimore Bullets, who had several players wearing nickNOBs and around this same time.
• Two interesting things about this shot of Pete Gogolak: First, note the high-top cleats. And second, the holder is Daryle Lamonica, prior to his days with the Raiders.
• I don’t know what I like better about this 1961 Alabama football practice shot — the white helmets or that the players look like they’re wearing pajamas.
• Good shot of Wilt Chamberlain wearing a vanity volleyball uni.
• And we conclude with another volleyball-centric shot of Wilt, this time as president of the newly formed International Volleyball Assocation. That logo on the ball leaves a bit to be desired (as does the wallpaper).
Slowly but surely (actually, not so slowly anymore): Lots of developments on the Native American front over the past few days. Here’s the latest:
• Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk has also come out in favor of changing the team name.
• The ’Skins blog Hog Heaven also supports changing the name.
• The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education seeking to prohibit the use of Indian mascots and imagery.
• Majestic just released a bunch of retro-styled MLB T-shirts and sweatshirts. I cannot fucking believe what they chose for the Indians design. (For the record, I do like this Angels design.)
Simple rule: Lively debate on this topic is fine, but the term “politically correct” is not. Comments that contain that term or any of its variants will be removed. Thanks.
Mike Hersh, tribute, continued: In case you missed it on Friday, the Uni Watch family lost a prominent member last week, as longtime contributor Mike Hersh passed away unexpectedly. Thanks for all the heartfelt comments that so many of you posted, and for all the thoughtful e-mails I received as well.
On Friday I mentioned that Mike’s family is suggesting that donations in his name be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I don’t know if any of you did that, but it occurs to me that it’d be great to take up a collection and then submit one combined donation from the Uni Watch community.
I’ll get the ball rolling by pledging $100. I realize that’s more than most of you will want to contribute, and that’s fine — I knew Mike personally, and most of you did not. But if you want to throw in $5, $10, $20, whatever, every little bit would help. (If you’re cash-strapped or just don’t feel like donating, that’s fine — no pressure, no hard sell.)
If you want to be part of this, go to Amazon Payments and either log in to your regular Amazon account or, if you don’t have one, create a new Amazon account. Once you’re logged in, click on “Personal” and then on “Send Money,” and send your desired amount to plukas64 at gmail dot com. There’s field where you can leave a note, so please specify that you’re making a donation for Mike’s fund. I’ll make sure all the cash gets sent to the juvenile diabetes group, and I’ll keep everyone posted as to how things turn out. Thanks.
Membership update: Eight new cards have been added to the membership card design gallery (including Joshua Kramer’s card, shown at right, which is based on Iowa’s old “banana peel” jersey). The printed and laminated versions of these cards should mail out to the new enrollees in another day or two.
As always, you can sign up for your own custom-designed membership card here.
Show & Tell update: This month’s edition of my Show & Tell storytelling series will take place this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 8pm, in the back room at Freddy’s in the South Slope. Hope some of you NYC-area folks can make it.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here are a coupla dozen photos from last week’s DC Uni Watch party — some taken by me, the rest taken by assorted attendees. My repeated thanks to all who came out — it was a truly wonderful night. … Colorado’s equipment staff tweeted this new football helmet design. Not clear if they’ll actually wear it. … This item about Brewers promo dates includes the following: “The team’s two tribute nights are back — Cerveceros Day on June 8 vs. Philadelphia, and the Negro Leagues Tribute Night on July 20 vs. Miami — and the Brewers will also host Polish Heritage Day on June 23, against the Braves. On those dates, the Brewers will wear special uniforms, including a ‘Piwowarzy’ jersey representing the Polish translation of ‘Brewers.’” Since the Brewers already have six primary and alternate jerseys in their wardrobe, this means the team will be wearing at least nine different uniforms in 2013. And that’s not counting the fan-designed jersey they’ll be wearing for a spring training game (from Geoff Poole). … New G.I. Joe jerseys for Wichita State (from Jay Sullivan). … Jaw-dropping sight: Jim Harbaugh
not behaving like a total dick not wearing a black sweatshirt (thanks, Brinke). … In a related item, Harbaugh’s black sweatshirt has its own Twitter account (Brinke again). … Here’s a video about the Navy football equipment truck (from Kevin Whisman). … If there’s one thing I love, it’s meta sporting goods. What a beauty, eh? … Check out this microphone with OSU helmet striping (from Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: The Chinese Volleyball League is using two different lettering styles for its players: pictographs for the Chinese players and roman letters for the foreigners. … Relive those 1970s NASL glory days with these New York Cosmos socks (from Bruce Menard). … Adam Lucas wrote a story about one-off UNC basketball uniforms in the Roy Williams era. … This page about the Indians’ fantasy camp includes the following passage: “Veteran Campers — There have been minor enhancements made to the ’13 block Indians jersey, so you may wish to consider purchasing a new one at cost ($150).” I was not aware of any changes to Cleveland’s 2013 uniforms, and no changes are listed in the MLB Style Guide. I’ll try to find out more (from Kevin Bresnahan). … This page tells the story behind the Minnesota Gophers’ schedule poster for 2013, which features current players wearing 10 game-worn jerseys from the history of the program. “The jerseys were all supplied by one man, whose collection numbers 125 in all,” says Jeff Barak. … Marty Brodeur did a postgame interview the other night with a ratty old jockstrap hanging in the background (alertly captured for posterity by Morgan Doninger). … I’ve seen plenty of photos of the Houston Buffaloes wearing shorts over the years, but I’d never seen this team portrait until Ryan Patrick pointed me toward it. … “I’ve noticed all season that NC State freshman Tony Warren had something white on back of shorts,” says Jeff Spry. “Turns out he rolls his waistband down. Would look better to just shorten the shorts.” … Interesting move by Brandon Belt at the recent Texas Longhorns alumni game: He mixed past and present by wearing his Giants jersey with his Longhorns pants, socks, and helmet (from Mike Barnes). … This is pretty awesome: Max Weintraub is proudly Jewish, so he got himself a Ryan Church jersey, but changed the NOB to something more Jewish-appropriate. … Arizona’s football field will now have “Bear Down” sublimated onto the gridiron (from Leo Thornton). … Here’s a pretty good article on six famous stories regarding soccer shoes (from George Chilvers). … New flag-desecration cap for the Rochester Red Wings (from Paul Bielewicz). … New uniforms for Maryland gymnastics (from Joe Hilseberg). … Funny article about Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger’s dorky-looking parka. … Melbourne Heart — that’s an Australian soccer team — went with THOB the other day (from Micahel Orr). … Here’s a fascinating story: A baseball cap has unexpectedly become a controversial symbol in Venezuelan politics. … UConn may be getting a full rebrand of the entire athletics department (from Gregory Koch). … Latest teams to go pink: the Petersborough Petes (note the numbered socks!), Toledo women’s hoops, and the Denver Cutthroats (from Dane Drutis, Jon Solomonson, and John Romero, respectively). … “The Omaha Lancers and Lincoln Stars played an outdoor hockey game on Saturday,” says Eli Swanson. “While there weren’t any big changes for either team, the referees had some sweet unis.” … “I picked up my annual pack of Topps cards the other day, and got this CC Sabathia card,” says Dan Cichalksi. “It has this interesting uni note on the back.” … This is pretty cool: a Chargers-themed supercross helmet (from Jared Bremseth). … Leo Strawn found this shot of former Eagles owner/coach Bert Bell wearing a primitive Eagles logo. It’s not clear if this was an official logo, or if it was just something Bell wore for himself. The image comes from, of all places, an old Tide detergent commercial. … This is pretty funny: a 1936 Cubs program with a novelty moustache (from Joshua Lee). … Several good shots of the Mets wearing 1976 pillbox caps here. … No more Umbro kits for England (from Joe Hollomon). … Here’s a new one: The Trail Blazers will wear Chinese New Year shooting shirts this Friday (from Jeremy Brahm). … Tonight’s episode of Pawn Stars features some guy with a huge Nike shoe collection. “Teasers say the dude wants 1 mill for it,” says Brinke. … Stunning news out of San Francisco, where Tim Lincecum has cut his hair (from Tom Mulgrew). … Marty Hick’s new daughter, Clara Jane, was baptized yesterday, and Marty dressed for the occasion. “I went with the Uni Watch originals, but with a black memorial leg band for Mike Hersh, as per Terry Proctor’s suggestion,” he says. “The boots hide the fact that they are indeed stirrups, but it was nice knowing they were there.” … I love this: Yesterday’s New York Times sports section had an article with an illustration featuring almost every MLB cap. I noticed right away, as did several readers, that the Phillies player was wearing a throwback cap. Now, the author of the article, Tyler Kepner, happens to have grown up as a rabid Phils fan. Was the NYT art department sending him a little shout-out? I asked Tyler, who said, “First thing I thought, too! But It turns out our illustrator, Sam Manchester, did not know that I grew up rooting for those Phillies teams. It turns out that he actually did, so that’s why he made it the pre-1992 cap. He also told me he loves Uni Watch.” … Very nice striped stirrups for Auburn softball (from Scott Holcomb). … Nobody loves pistachios more than I do, but it’s really sad to see them — or anyone — advertising on the Globetrotters’ uniforms (from Mark Rybczyk). … “In Sunday night’s Sabres/Bruins game, I noticed Buffalo’s Steve Ott (#9) was missing his front helmet number decal,” says Nathan Rundio. “I did some digging and found he was missing the front number for every Sabres game where they’ve worn their blue jerseys. Also, Marcus Foligno (#82) has been missing his front number decal all season as well.” … Florida Tech, a Division II school whose football team will have its inaugural season this fall, has a player listed as No. 0. Click on his name and sure enough, that’s what he’s wearing. I didn’t realize that was allowed in college football. Maybe it’s just a placeholder..? (From Nick Hanson.) … Rugby note from Eric Bangeman, who writes: “I don’t recall seeing this before: France wearing their opponent’s flag on the front. That’s the Welsh flag, which they wore while playing Wales in the second round of the Six Nations this weekend.” … Here’s a video showing the on-ice logos and graphics being applied for the Hockey City Classic. “I’ll do my best to get photos while I’m there on Sunday,” says Anthony Nuccio. … The Rangers wore their dark-blue alternate jerseys last night, but all the players wore their regular gloves, so the shades of blue didn’t match (from Adrian Acosta). … “I’m not usually a fan of championship T-shirts,” says Cort McMurray. “But the ones worn by Nigeria at the close of the African Cup of Nations finale are so simple — they just say, ‘Nigeria: Champions of Africa’ — they’re kind of charming.”