Yesterday I mentioned that I’d never seen the cartoon tiger logo in the center of this 1980s Tigers placemat. As several readers quickly explained, the cartoon tiger was a staple of Tigers TV broadcasts at the time. See those two videos embedded above? If the Tigers won, they’d run the animation in the upper video; if they lost, they’d run the lower one.
“It became a visual icon locally,” says reader Dan Kennedy. “Even when the game was over, you could never turn off the TV until you officially saw the outro. It kinda became part of the game.” Love it!
New ESPN column today, about the MLB All-Star Game. Enjoy. — Paul
Membership update: Several new cardbacks have been added to the membership card gallery (including David Firestone’s card, shown at right, one of the few auto racing-themed cards in the membership program’s six-year history). We have one slot open in the current production batch of cards, which means the next person to sign up will get his or her card very quickly.
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PermaRec update: A message in a ginger ale bottle, shown at left, is the subject of the latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Padres will wear Pacific Coast League throwbacks tonight (thanks, Phil). … As you probably know, knee and thigh pads will be mandatory in the NFL this season. But here’s a twist: Players who don’t comply won’t be fined — they’ll be removed from the game (from Tommy Turner). … Also from Tommy: Here’s the latest story about auto racing engineer Bill Simpson’s efforts to create a better football helmet. … Louisiana Tech will wear this flag-desecration helmet on Sept. 28 against Army. … New football uniforms for Wabash College. Additional views here and here (from Aaron Parrish). … The Danville Braves went G.I. Joe back on Monday (from Jason DeHart). … This obit for former Mississippi State basketball player Leland Mitchell contains the following line: “The Mississippi team was named the Maroons, an old Southern term for runaway slaves, which eventually gave way to Bulldogs.” Wow. Never knew that. Well, I’m sure it was meant in a respectful way, just like Redskins (from Adam Herbst). … “It looks like the new NHL 14 video game has a NHL ’94 game mode, and they have Jeremy Roenick back on the Blackhawks but in the wrong uniform number,” says Alexis Melendez). … Here’s what more golfers will be wearing for the British Open. … Speaking of golf, earlier this week I Ticker-mentioned that the flag at the 18th hole of the Greenbriar Classic had an American flag. That prompted the following from Chris Wells: “To my knowledge, the regular PGA Tour events (non-majors) usually have one designated hole with an American flag in lieu of the normal tournament flag. The flagstick is tended by some member of the U.S. military, with the marshals on the hole also usually fellow military men and women. I believe it’s not connected to a charitable effort, but more of a thank you effort.” In other words, even the PGA has found a way to connect with the military/patriotism/sports industrial complex. Incredible. … House on fire? No biggie — the game must go on! “That’s North Mount Herman School in Massachusetts,” says Ben Fortney). … The Red Sox celebrated David Ortiz’s all-time base hits record for DHs by leaving a bucket of champagne in his locker — but the bucket had an outdated Red Sox logo (from Tom Adjemian). … Check out this portrait of the 1950 Baylor baseball team. Note the non-matching jerseys — looks like they tried to hide the non-script jerseys in the middle row (from Kate Morrison). … A bunch of rare baseball newsreel footage will be screen on July 24 on Long Island (big thanks to Alan Kreit). … It’s nice to know that the American public thinks so little of my profession. On the plus side, we’re ranked higher than business executives, so that’s something. … Nothing particularly unusual about this game-used Bryce Harper bat — except that the barrel says it was “handcrafted for Chase Utley (from John Childers). … Buncha good stuff from the Hungry Hungry Hipster: (1) Check out the logo on Flipper Anderson’s undersleeve. “That’s the logo for Body Glove, which makes surfing gear,” says HHH. “I’ve never seen a football player wearing surfing gear before! Makes you wonder if he was wearing it for warmth, traction, or for another reason.” (2) Here’s a basketball team comprised of Pacific Southwest Airlines flight attendants. (3) This has gotta be one of the longest team names ever to appear on a basketball jersey. Those last two photos, incidentally, come from this excellent page of old team portraits. … Kudos to the Diamondbacks, who are not only doing a Native American Recognition Day promotion tomorrow but are also broadcasting the game in Navajo — an apparent first (Phil again). … Back in May I did an ESPN column about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s baseball card collection. Here’s a big feature on the latest exhibit drawn from those cards, plus a slideshow (Phil yet again). … Here’s a decent look at the Clippers’ uniform history (from Jonee Eisen). … I confess that I had never heard of the World University Games until yesterday, when several readers told me that the Aussie players in last night’s USA/Australia basketball game had black tape over their NOBs. Anyone know what that’s about? … Yesterday I wondered aloud about whether average MLB uni numbers are increasing. While we don’t yet have a definitive answer to that question, Jason Allen has taken an interesting approach: He’s tallied how many players wore No. 61 or higher for every season from 1937 through 2012. As you can see, there are way more high-numbered players now than there were back in the 1930s and ’40s. But it’s worth remembering that roster sizes were smaller back in the day, and there were no September call-ups, so teams didn’t need as many uni numbers. Still, it does seem like the numbers have been getting higher lately. … The Braves just called up Joey Terdoslavich, whose NOB, as Jay Francis points out, has 12 letters, with none repeated. Is that an MLB record, I wonder..? … What’s that peeking out behind Torii Hunter? It’s one of the Angels’ memorial patches for Dr. Lewis Yocum, which Hunter, now with the Tigers, apparently displays in his locker (great spot by Brett Crane). … The Wilmington Blue Rocks did the pink jersey thing last night (one more from Phil). … I’m going to be out and about for most of today (going to that All-Star FanFest thingie during the day [I’ll be the one not wearing a grossly overpriced polyester shirt] and then tonight I’m heading out to Coney to see a free show by
a bunch of geezers in a glorified oldies band Cheap Trick), so pleasepleaseplease go easy on the Ticker emails unless you have major news to share — thanks. Everyone have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week.