Yesterday was Jackie Day. I know some of you think it’s overdone, but I love it — not just the symbolism, but also the odd sight of game photos like these (and the inevitable carping from Mark in Shiga about how the numbers weren’t vertically centered properly on the NNOB jerseys).
By now we all know the drill for Jackie Day, but here are a few scenes that stood out:
• Everyone knows that the players, coaches, and skippers all wear 42, but it’s easy to forget that the umpires also get into the act. (Of course, nobody can name a single ump by number anyway, but it’s still a nice gesture.)
• Carl Crawford of the Dodgers also had sets of white and blue shoes. But instead of switching between them, he wore one of each, which looked pretty damn ridiculous.
• The Dodgers had a bunch of 42-clad kids on the field prior to their game against the Padres.
• I had heard that all minor leaguers would also be wearing 42 (that was true of at least one team), but reader Richard Jurnack, who attended last night’s game between the Rochester Red Wings and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, reports that Rochester had only two 42ers: second baseman Eric Farris and outfielder Brandon Boggs (the latter of whom was doubling as the first base coach in that photo). “Conspicuously,” says Richard, “they are Rochester’s only African-American players.”
And there you have it. Teams that didn’t play yesterday will wear 42 today. That includes the Mets and Rockies, who were snowed out in Colorado yesterday and are slated for a day/night twinbill today. They’ll go 42-clad in the first game and then wear 1993 throwbacks (which was the original plan for today’s game) in the nightcap — assuming the weather cooperates, which looks iffy at best.
By Brinke Guthrie
I’ve done Collector’s Corner for a while now, and it’s harder and harder to come across something I’ve never seen before. But I can honestly say I’ve never seen this Chargers “Bolt-Man” costume, which was sent in by reader Mike Powers. Just $10K and it’s all yours. This would go over great at Raiders games.
As for the rest of this week’s haul:
• Here’s a nice-looking early-1960s Detroit Pistons game-worn warm-up jacket. That same seller has a lot of vintage NBA game-worn merch, like this 1950s Knicks pullover. [I’d say Brinke buried the lede there, cuz that Knicks pullover is spectacular! — PL]
• This is a pretty neat: hand-painted jersey trophies of 1970s ABA stars David Thompson, Zelmo Beatty, and Artis Gilmore.
• Speaking of posters, how is it I never saw these? A Marathon gas station promo poster from the Cincinnati market, issued for the Hit King breaking Ty Cobb’s career hit record.
• Forget Mel Kiper. Frank Gifford had all the NFL insider info you needed back in 1968.
• Look closely at this 1970s Cleveland Browns football. See the uni design? Haven’t we seen that somewhere?
• I like the cover art on this 1967 NFL book, and the title too: Throw The Long Bomb! As opposed to what — the short bomb?
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Calling All Collectors (and fans thereof): One week from tonight — next Tuesday, April 23, 8pm — is the latest installment of my favorite City Reliquary event: Collectors’ Night. It’s always a good time, as people display their collections of whatever, and attendees walk around the room to view the collections and talk to the collectors. At the last Collectors’ Night, about two and a half years ago, I displayed my collections of mid-century tap knobs, clothing tags, and recipe booklets with the word “Meat” in the title (couldn’t bring my pencil sharpener collection, cuz it isn’t really portable), and other folks showcased their collections of stringed instruments, books with one-word titles, ashtrays, volvelles, mousetraps, dipsticks, and dust from art museums (I love that one).
I won’t be showing a collection this time around, because I’ll be busy emceeing the event, but lots of other cool folks will be sharing their collections. Here’s what you need to know:
1) If you have a collection that you’d like to show (it’s free!), contact City Reliquary VP Matt Levy. He’ll hook you up.
2) If you’d like to attend the event and see all the cool stuff, full info on that is available here. Hope to see you there next Tuesday night, yes? Yes!
Uni Watch News Ticker: No word yet about uni-borne memorial responses to yesterday’s events in Boston, but I’m sure we’ll be hearing about that soon. … Here’s an interesting new site that tells you whether the roof is open at the six MLB ballparks with retractable enclosures. Very nice interface and site design, too. Nicely done. … Budweiser has come out with a line of MLB team-themed cans. … The comic strip “Cul de Sac” was uni-centric yesterday (from Sean Clancy). … UT-Tyler baseball went G.I. Joe over the weekend. So did the softball team and their opponent, East Texas Baptist (from Michael Greenwald). … Rays catcher Jose Molina normally wears the hockey-style maks. But his mask broke in the 9th inning yesterday, so he borrowed coach Tom Foley’s helmet and used a traditional-style mask (from Tim Burke). … The L.A. Kings will wear Dodgers-themed warm-up jerseys prior to Thursday’s game (from Jason Christie). … New UConn basketball uniforms will be unveiled on Thursday (from Gregory Koch). … Here’s a video clip featuring the Marshall football equipment staff (from Warren Junium). … For reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me, one of the Harlem Globetrotters brought out the lineup card prior to last night’s Reds/Phils game — in uniform and spinning a basketball. … Several members of the Illinois State basketball team who are majoring in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design helped design the team’s new uniforms (from Stephen Lucas). … Russell Martin has worn Nike gear throughout his career. This season, though, he’s worn a variety of different makes. “Also, he is no longer wearing Nike cleats or batting gloves and has now started wearing Franklin gloves and cleats,” says Ben Lowmaster. … Disappointing to see that Chris Young of the A’s, who was wearing very nice stirrups over the weekend, went with two-in-ones yesterday (from Andrew Tucker). … Also from Andrew: Someone at last night’s A’s game had a clever take on the “player to be named later” concept. … If the Bobcats change their name to the Hornets, it will reportedly be at least 18 months from now (from Mike McLaughlin).