I’ve written before about the “White War” of 1967, which found the Washington Senators protesting the Kansas City Athletics’ use of white shoes by wearing white accessories of their own. But now it turns out that the Sens weren’t the only team that had issues with the Athletics’ white footwear.
New research by reader/historian Jerry Wolper shows that Cleveland manager Joe Adcock felt that a white-shod pitcher on the mound could distract a batter. He vowed to protest the game if KC pitcher Jim Nash (shown at right) wore white shoes in a game against the Indians. It’s all spelled out in this UPI wire story, which ran in the Pittsburgh Press on April 11, 1967 (click to enlarge):
The following day’s edition of that same newspaper reported that Nash stuck to his white shoes, and Adcock stuck to his vow:
A week later, on April 19, the Pittsburgh Press reported that Adcock’s protest had been rejected by American League president Joe Cronin. According to the article, “Under the present rule, there is no provision against white shoes, gold shoes, purple shoes, etc.” (click to enlarge):
It would be several years before other MLB teams began wearing red shoes, blue shoes, and so on, but this ruling appears to have been the first instance of such colored footwear being explicitly assessed as within the rules. Just one more thing we can attribute to Charley Finley.
(Today’s post wouldn’t have been possible without Jerry Wolper, so please join me in thanking him for his great research.)
’Skins Watch: The Oneida Nation, based in upstate New York, is launching a radio campaign urging the ’Skins to change their name. I guess nobody told the Oneidas that Native Americans have no problem with the team name, eh? … A Canadian columnist thinks it’s time to stop using Native names and imagery in sports (from Sean Kautzman). … But a Cree Native who also coaches football thinks the ’Skins name is fine (from Kevin Freitas).
Baseball News: I love green and gold, but this 1970s softball uni is too much, even for me! … The single-A South Bend Silver Hawks now have a naming rights sponsor for their field — but not for their stadium, which will retain its existing name. Interestingly, the sponsor is a local Indian casino. Maybe that’s the solution Daniel Snyder should pursue: Sell the ’Skins naming rights to an Indian tribe. Problem solved! (From Tom Van de Kieft.)
NFL News: You know how NBC has the offensive and defensive players for each team introduce themselves (“Joe Shmoe, THE Ohio State University,” or whatever) at the start of each team’s first offensive drive? I don’t have any photos, but all of the Denver and Baltimore players introducing themselves last night were wearing last season’s jerseys, complete with the now-scrapped neck rolls. Odd. … It was raining when last night’s game started, which presumably explains why Peyton Manning was wearing a glove on his throwing hand. The rain later stopped, and Manning removed the glove. … Also from last night’s game: I didn’t see this, but Gordon Blau says a few Ravens players “were patted down, airport security-style, by a zebra-striped official” as they left their locker room and headed toward the field. At first I thought this had something to do with the new rule mandating knee and thigh pads, but Gordon says it was “an upper-body pat-down, and the players were all big lineman types.” Turns out the officials were spot-checking for illegal substances. Anyone..? … Some data-crunchers have come out with “The Unofficial 2013 NFL Player Census,” which charts the salary, race, experience, college, hometown, and other variables for NFL players. It’s fascinating stuff, and highly recommended. Check it out here. … If you’ve always wanted to see every NFL team reimagineed as a “Game of Thrones” house, today’s your lucky day (thanks, Brinke). … 49ers RB Anthony Dixon turned down a $24,000 offer for his uni number. … So yesterday morning I wrote that thing about the overuse of “beloved.” About 10 hours later, I’m out for my daily bike ride in Prospect Park, listening to my radio as usual (yes, I have a bike radio), and I hear this piece about the start of the NFL season, which describes Peyton Manning as — I swear — “Denver’s beloved quarterback.” Dude’s only played there one season! That’s it, “beloved” is officially on my shit list. … Good story about how various Titans players like to have their uniforms customized, and the seamstress who does all the work for them (big thanks to Adam Wegner).
College Football News: South Carolina will go all-white this Saturday (thanks, Phil). … New helmet on tap this weekend for Old Dominion (from Jonathan Leib). … The UVA student newspaper interviewed and quoted me in this article about college football uniforms. … UNC is going with argyle-patterned end zone lettering (thanks, Phil). … Andrew Edwards reports that Oregon State is using tartan-patterned goalpost pads! … Walker High School in Alabama uses West Virginia’s helmet logo. The “WV” stands for the team’s full name — the Walker Vikings (from C. Trent Rosecrans). … Missouri will be wearing a new black jersey tomorrow, UNC will be wearing solid blue, and Wisconsin will wear solid red (thanks, Phil). … Hmmm, looks like there’s a new version of the ProCap (from Tris Wykes). … Arizona State wore Whizzer White memorial patches last night. Further details here (from Marc Altieri). … “Went to my uncle’s for my grandparents’ 64th wedding anniversary found my grandfather’s Notre Dame helmet from back in the 1940s in the basement,” says Joe Mueller. “My uncle also said that he has more gems stored away.”
Hockey News: Team Canada’s Olympic jersey may have leaked last night. Or maybe not — no confirmation yet, although all signs point to yes. Consensus seems to be that it’s a stinker, at least among those who emailed me last night. I’m more of the “It could be worse” mindset on this one.
Soccer News: New logos for the Milwaukee Wave (from Kenn Tomasch). … Borussia Dortmund will wear glow-in-the-dark kits for night games in the UEFA Champions League (from Yusuke Toyoda). … Bizarre cultural crossover: This article about a new study relating to the situation in Syria has a photo of a Syrian rebel wearing a Manchester United scarf.
College Hoops News: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here’s a time-lapse video showing the court being laid down at my alma mater (from Sean Grogan). … New pickaxe-themed court design for UTEP. … Here’s a better photo than the one I had yesterday of Iowa State’s new sweatbacks. … New sweatbacks for Washington State, too.
Grab Bag: The football team at Peoria Notre Dame High School in Illinois uses SNOB (from Tony Shiffman). … One Marty Hick’s croquet partners had the group’s logo stitched onto a hat. … Some rugby teams are wearing Superman-themed jerseys (from George Chilvers). … “As you may know, Target is expanding into Canada,” says Matthew Walthert. “I think this banner, which has been on the side of our soon-to-be open store in Ottawa for a while, has a pretty cool use of logos and symbols.” … Good gallery of U.S. Open footwear here (thanks, Brinke). … I freely admit that I can’t keep track of all the different football helmet models out there, but Clint Glaze says Katy High School from Texas was using a new version of the Riddell 360 last night. … Guess who’s going BFBS? In the trailer for the Robocop remake, due out next February, one of the puppetmasters says, “Make him look more tactical make him look, ah… Let’s go with black” (nice one from Douglas King). …
MMUW update: I’ll be spending most of this weekend traveling to and from a wedding, which means I won’t see any of Sunday afternoon’s NFL action (although I hope to get home in time to see the Giants game at 8:30pm). And hell, even if I were going to be staying in town, I probably wouldn’t be spending what’s forecast to be a gorgeous early-September Sunday in front of either the TV or the computer. So our first Monday Morning Uni Watch of the season might be a little on the thin side. Still, I’ll do my best to catch up with whatever submissions, observations and screen shots you send my way — let ’em rip. See you on Monday.