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Reader John Adomaitis was going through some old childhood stuff and came up with the absolutely astonishing photo you see above. “Art Baumgarten’s Major League All-Stars were an exhibition basketball team made up of MLB players,” John explains. “I believe the game I attended was from either the winter of 1967 or ’68 and was played at Marist High School in Bayonne, New Jersey. It was a charity game and I think they played against some local folks. As you can see in the photo, the team included Al Jackson (Mets), Dennis Ribant (Tigers) Ed Kranepool (Mets), Al Downing, Jim Bouton, Joe Torre, and Johnny Lewis (Mets). Also playing was Dick McAuliffe (Tigers) and John Orsino (Senators), who were not in the photo but I know were there because they autographed the back of the photo.”
So many great details — the sleeved jerseys (which, judging by the drape, were made of Durene), the confetti of stars on the shoulder yokes, the belted satin shorts, the striped socks, the high-top Chucks, and of course the NOFs. It’s a visual feast!
Also interesting to see Bouton and Torre standing next to each other. In 1969, Bouton would famously write the following in his seminal book Ball Four:
Jim Pagliaroni joined the club tonight and is going to be a welcome addition. He was describing a girl that one of the ballplayers had been out with and said, “It’s hard to say exactly what she looked like. She was kind of a Joe Torre with tits.” This joke can only be explained with a picture of Joe Torre. But I’m not sure any exist. He dissolves camera lenses.
After John sent me the photo scan, I shared it with a bunch of my “go to” baseball historian contacts. None had ever seen this photo, or even heard of Art Baumgarten’s All-Stars. Amazing stuff. Looks like it’d make good colorization fodder as well, eh?
While we’re at it, John also found a 2001 bank calendar from Bayonne with some killer photos of old teams from the area. Very nice.
Dolphins contest reminder: Remember, I’m running an ESPN contest to redesign the Dolphins.
PermaRec update: Some old WWI military medals, shown at right, are the focus of the latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Plenty of photos from the NBA All-Star Game here. … Other notes from All-Star weekend: Nick Cannon wore some pretty bizarre-o shoes during the Celebrity Game on Friday; players in the Rising Stars game wore truly ridiculous shoes and socks; and here’s how the ASG warm-ups listed the players’ awards and accomplishments. … . … On Friday, the Braves team store at the CNN Center in Atlanta had a rack of Indian head T-shirts in the window (photo by Matt Ryburn). … Lots of photos from the Indians’ recent Tribefest event here (from Rocky Lum). … Really interesting story and video about the former ASU seamstress who helped create the Sparky costume (from Kenn Tomasch). … See that little sticker on the brim of Sergio Garcia’s cap? It has the name of a wounded veteran. That’s from Operation Game On, which helps rehabilitate wounded veterans through the game of golf. Garcia is one of several TaylorMade tour players who wore the stickers at the Northern Trust Open. … New Friday-night throwbacks for SDSU baseball. They’ll be paired with matching black pants. “These date back to the days when Tony Gwynn [who's now the coach] patrolled the outfield here,” says Sonny Sanfilippo. … The U. of Memphis is celebrating its 100th year of baseball with striped stirrups (from Travis Chell). … Taxis in Washington may soon be red (from Tom Mulgrew). … Remember that one game in 1990 when someone stole Michael Jordan’s jersey and he had to wear an NNOB No. 12 jersey? Lots of photos from that game here (from Jude Seymour). … “I’m a seminarian at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio,” says Jack Kelly. “We just ordered new uniforms for a basketball tournament. We placed Pope Benedict XVI’s coat of arms on the shorts in the design process. Obviously, last Monday brought the news that he would no longer be the Pope at the end of the month, so it looks like we’lll be ordering new shorts for next year’s tournament.” … This is pretty awesome: You can now sort MLB players’ career WAR by uni number (big thanks to Nicole Haase). … An Ohio State fan was pulled over by cops in Tennessee who mistook the buckeye pride bumper sticker for a marijuana symbol. This is fucked up on multiple levels — even if it had been a pot symbol, so what? There’s nothing illegal about having that symbol on your car (from Chris Flinn). … That big ESPN feature story about Michael Jordan begins like so: “Five weeks before his 50th birthday, Michael Jordan sits behind his desk, overlooking a parking garage in downtown Charlotte. The cell phone in front of him buzzes with potential trades and league proposals about placing ads on jerseys” (emphasis mine; thanks, Brinke). … When did the Orioles wear their home cap on the road? (As noted by Eric Trager.) … The Yomiuri Giants will wear this alternate jersey for nine games this season. The patch represents the Central League trophy (from Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: You can now buy socks featuring photos of past NBA greats. … Very interesting design note from a government operative who prefers to remain anonymous: “As one of his first official actions as Secretary of State, John Kerry has decreed that all diplomatic correspondence be in 12-point Times New Roman — down from the old 14-point. Since many diplomatic cables are, by rule, limited to a single page, the smaller font will make it possible for diplomats to include more information in cables.” … The Stockton Thunder (ECHL) wore G.I. Joe jerseys on Friday and Saturday (from Rich Paloma). … A UK soccer team has been told that its logo is “invalid,” because it poaches from a now-defunct coat of arms (from George Chilvers). … Congrats to longtime Uni Watch favorite/pal Rob Ullman, who just had one of his hockey comic strips published by Yahoo Sports. … I mentioned last week that the Cooperstown High School will no longer be calling its teams the Redskins. Now the Oneida Indian Nation is responding to that move by offering to help pay for new uniforms (from Matt DeMazza). … Jeffrey Moulden is in the process of framing these Browns pants and socks combos for his basement. “I’m trying to get every combo since 1999!” he says. … Interesting piece about MLB merch made for women (from Marc Bauche). … Still no team name for Ottawa’s new CFL franchise (from Sheldon Spencer). … I checked in yesterday at my favorite vintage shop and saw two interesting varsity jackets. First, look at the odd patch on this one. Never seen that image of the player running away like that. And then there’s this one with a really nice bear on the front. … Kansas women’s hoops players wore warm-up T-shirts honoring fans and family members who were affected by cancer (from Adam Jackson). … Several photos in this discussion thread show early-’70s MLB caps with logo patches instead of embroidered logos. … Notre Dame hockey is getting bright gold helmets to match the football team’s helmets. Here they are on the players; further info here (from Warren Junium). … Also from Warren: New matte black lacrosse helmets for Oregon State. … You can now vote on — get this — the logo for President Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel (from Eric Trager). … I was considering bidding on this awesome jockstrap display until the price got out of hand. … Here’s a twofer: The 4/11/66 edition of the Pittsburgh Press had articles about the Red Wings using blue ice and new uniforms for WVU football (from Jerry Wolper). … White stirrups with Northwestern stripes for Texas baseball. Here they are on the players (from Nick Sapia). … New soccer kits for Ventforet Kofu of the J-League (from Jeremy Brahm). … Aussie football news from Leo Strawn, who reports that the St. Kilda Saints are holding a design competition for their 2014 preseason jumper. … The rest of today’s items are from Jay Sullivan: New checkerboard-patterned lacrosse helmet for Bowling Green. … The Pens’ equipment manager save and annotates old skate blades. … New lacrosse gear for Marquette. … Here’s the floor design for the Mountain West hoops tourney. … RIP, Shadow. Leader of the pack, indeed.