Greetings from Seattle. Had a great Uni Watch party last night — big thanks to everyone who came out. I took lots of photos, which I’ll post in a few days. No time for that today, as I’ll be flying home to NYC.
Meanwhile: Time for another round of wire shots. A few of these came from Jerry Wolper and James Ashby, and the rest are from Bruce Menard. My thanks to all of them.
Here we go:
• Check this out: Dave Winfield playing college basketball, and wearing his familiar No. 31 to boot! Love his striped socks and vertically arched NOB.
• Here’s a good shot of Wilt Chamberlain wearing a mask.
• More Wilt, this time a posed shot of him getting his throat examined.
• You know how I’m always saying I love texture? Then you can understand why I like this 1942 shot of Ted Lyons and Red Ruffing so much.
• Gotta love this 1950 shot of Japanese tykes in baseball uniforms. The boy on the right is only two years old.
• After leaving the White House, Dwight D. Eisenhower became an Angels fan.
• Remember Cowboys QB/punter Danny White? Here he is in his ASU days, suited up for football and swinging a baseball bat.
• Who’s that striking the Teddy Ballgame-esque pose? None other than then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was playing in the annual Massachusetts legislators’ baseball game at Fenway Park in 1975.
• And speaking of celebs in uniform, who is this? None other than Rob “Meathead” Reiner, who was suited up for a role in the little-known TV movie Million Dollar Infield.
• Weird to see Ron Guidry wearing road grays with “Yankees” on the chest. That’s from a rehab stint he did with the Ft. Lauderdale Yanks. Odd that he had his New York cap.
• Here’s a great shot of the National League umpires’ pillbox caps from 1976.
• I have a feeling we’ve seen this one before, but just in case: In the early 1980s, Mizuno came up with an electronic catcher’s mitt. The idea was that the catcher could call for a pitch by pressing a particular button, which would send a radio signal to a receiver in the pitcher’s glove. Further details here.
• Around that same time, Mizuno came up with a one-piece baseball uniform. No surprise that this didn’t catch on — if a player tore his pants, he’d have to replace the whole uni! Further details here.
By Brinke Guthrie
Classic 1970s NFL graphics on these Sears bedsheets. Take a sec to enlarge the graphics — does that take you back or what? And speaking of 1970s NFL (ultimate sweet spot, of course,) did this Chargers gumball helmet bother anyone else? As soon as I got it, I said “Why’s the bolt like that?”
As for the rest of this week’s eBay finds:
• I like the cover art on this 1950s Colts sheet music.
• Here’s an interesting one — a 1987 Christmas mug from Nike. Maybe an employee gift? The seller is from Oregon.
• Here’s a nice 1970s NHL team logo sleeping bag.
• And we also have a great 1970s set of vinyl NBA team stickers!
• Always been a sucker for those 1960s helmet plaques — even though I never owned one! This New York Giants version would look great at Uni Watch HQ.
• Maybe you can’t afford Angels season tickets, but you can get these vintage glasses they gave to season ticket holders back in the day.
• Here’s a Collector’s Corner rule: If it’s an NFL poster from the 1960s by Dave Boss, it’s cool.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: A little birdie tells me that those ASU helmets with the oversized logos will definitely be in the on-field mix next season. … Finally heard back from Cards president Bill DeWitt III regarding the team’s road caps: “The fan voting was for only two days. We just wanted to get a sense of how fans feel about the road caps (red or blue). We will continue to wear red on the road for a little while, so fans have a good point of reference for both. Then we will decide on how to rotate the blue into the mix. Wearing blue against red teams is still an option.” In other words, this is still a bit of a mess. … Mild stir yesterday when it appeared that Georgia Tech had announced new football uniforms, but it turned out to be a hoax. Too bad, since that design is better than anything the school has worn in years. … Shocking sight on Sunday out of Oakland, where outfielder Chris Young wore stirrups with white sanitaries! Yowza (from Rudy Gutierrez). … As you can see in that last photo, the Astros played Sunday’s game in their BP tops. … There’s an internet “tournament” to pick the best Alabama high school sports logo (from Jeff Hunter). … Nile Smith notes with some concern that Adidas is using Fruit Striping for the lettering on the Pacers division championship T-shirt (and, one assumes, on similar product for other teams). … Here’s something you don’t often see: high hurdlers on snowshoes (from Robin Edgerton). … The Ducks and Kings may play an outdoor game at Dodger Stadium. According to that article, the game would feature new uniforms (from Chris Bisbee). … Patrick Costello notes that one of the UConn women’s hoops players had a red swoosh on her shorts, instead of the usual white. … Very nice striped stirrups for the Wilmington Blue Rocks and Wyoming baseball (from Bill Vigna and Jon Spencer, respectively). … Willie Mays is still wearing his favorite BP cap (from David Goodfriend). … Pascal Rivet notes that the 1991 Falcons used a 25th-anniversary patch in place of a TV number, creating an unusual asymmetrical look. … Yesterday I mentioned that Ben Bishop was still wearing his Senators mask and pads for his first game with the Lightning. “What’s also interesting is that he briefly taped over the Senators’ red on his pads and gloves, eventually removed the tape from his gloves, and then finally removed the tape from the pads,” says Terry Powers. … Another follow-up from yesterday: I mentioned that Wade Davis was wearing socks with the Royals logo on the front. Now Robert Marshall points out that this is a standard Twin City Knitting product, which I hadn’t realized. … Judging by some verbal descriptions, the new FAU football helmet may look like this. … “These guys who showed up at Wrigley on Monday are apparently fans of new Cub Kyuji Fujikawa, who wore 22 for the Hanshin Tigers,” says Matt Shepardson. “I can’t recall seeing a similar showing for the much more acclaimed Kosuke Fukudome, but I respect the effort these guys took.” … “The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ 2013 jerseys are meant to be worn untucked,” says Kenn Tomasch. “But substitute Devin Del Do had his tucked in while waiting to come into the game against Carolina on Saturday, then immediately untucked it when he came in. Superstition or something, I guess.” … At least one team is still wearing the old-style green underbrims: the Cedar Rapids Kernels. “Nice to see someone keeping the green alive, even if it is in the lower reaches of pro ball,” says R. Scott Rogers. … Here’s Uruguay’s jersey for this June’s Confederations Cup in Brazil. “The faux-lace-up collar mimics the uniform worn by Uruguay’s World Cup-winning teams of the 1930s, but I wish it was actually functional,” says Yusuke Toyoda. … Mets wore their new blue road alts for the first time last night. “I hate them even more than the homes, because the letters and numbers are silver/gray,” says Phil. “While I appreciate that they’re trying to match the type to the road pants, I think they look stupid and cheap. They should really have either white letters or orange letters, because royal and gray, which looks great when the shirt is gray and the cap is royal, looks awful when the shirt is royal and the letters/numbers are gray.” … Here’s a virtual tour of the new college football hall of fame that’s under construction in Atlanta (from Michael Hardman). … About three dozen readers noticed that the Mariners’ broadcast used the wrong Astros logo last night. …