It’s been ages since our last wire photo roundup. The images in this batch were submitted over the past few months by Jerry Wolper, Bruce Menard, Dennis Hasty, Matt Malinoski, and Jared Wheeler. Here we go:
• Lots to like in this 1941 shot of the Pirates’ and Cubs’ managers, Frank Frisch and Jimmy Wilson. Note the unusual cap on Frisch — I’d love to see that revived as a throwback!
• Here’s a fascinating one: The Dodgers apparently experimented with some unusual catchers’ helmets in spring training of 1968.
• Here’s TV personality David Hartman in a San Francisco Giants uni. Until reading the caption, I hadn’t known that Hartman had once been eyed as a prospect.
• Here’s a shot I haven’t seen before of the Bears’ 1930s throwbacks from 1994.
• Who knew the 20th Century Fox movie studio had such an awesome-looking baseball team! It’s not clear whether those are B-level actors, stage hands, execs, or what, but the uniforms sure are sharp.
• Love the (DIY?) sweaters being worn by Duke Snider’s fan club, the Sniderettes.
• Dale Berra’s middle name is Anthony, so why was his wearing a jacket with “Dale L.”?
• In 2011 I wrote an ESPN column about the White Sox’s uni-design contest from 1981. Here are two photos I hadn’t previously seen of the Comiskey Park fashion show where fans got to vote on the finalists.
• I love these baseball/bowling crossover photos. That’s Warren Spahn and Dick Weber.
• Check out this early-’70s shot of Astros catcher Ron Brand wearing a very un-MLB-like helmet. Crazy!
• Here’s something I’ve never seen before: Jackie Robinson wearing a batting glove (or is it a golf glove?), circa 1952.
• Bizarre sight: The 1943 Cubs having a spring training cookout — in their uniforms!
’Skins Watch: NFL Network host Rich Eisen appeared on Dan Patrick’s radio show yesterday, and the two of them spent some time discussing the ’Skins issue and the media’s handling of it. You can hear the audio here (from Patrick O’Neill). … Meanwhile, former ’Skins beat reporter Christine Brennan, who’s now a columnist for USA Today, is the latest journalist to boycott the team’s name. … But Josh Sipple of the aptly named RantSports.com thinks the name is fine. … Remember how I said yesterday that the softening of Roger Goodelll’s tone would probably be a game-changer on this topic? Keith Olbermann made a similar point on his show last night:
Baseball News: Yesterday I wondered who was the last Yankee to wear stirrups. Christopher LaBella says it was Ian Kennedy. … Wladimir Balentien, who just tied the Japanese single-season home run record, is usually a pajamist. But he went high-cuffed the other day as a show of respect to longtime record-holder Sandaharu Oh (from Yusuke Toyoda). … Samuel Lam wants to know if the American flag caps from Sept. were new caps or old caps with the flag patches slapped on. … Earlier this week I mentioned that Ebbets Field Flannels might start making their own stirrups. Now they’re saying they might also get into sweaters, which would be awesome (from Rand Martin).
NFL News: One of the Jets had his swoosh facing the wrong way (which many of you still think is the right way) last night (screen shot by Dan Medina). … New team-branded backplates — those are the padded plates that extend down off the back of the shoulder pads — for the Giants (thanks, Phil). … Andrew Greenwood saw this Ravens soda display at a Walmart in Baltimore. “Surprisingly, it’s made of blue Pepsi and Orange Crush, instead of anything black and purple,” he says. … This Panthers soda display is better, although (a) they used the old logo and (b) they totally cheated with the whiskers! (From Evan Sadler.) … PTI Photoshopped Texans colors onto a Ravens photo of Ed Reed yesterday. “I know he hasn’t been on the field, but there has to be a media photo out there somewhere,” says Jason Christie. … New cheerleading uniforms for the Eagles (from Kurt Esposito). … Brinke just about shit when he found these NFL marching song audio files. … J. Fletcher attended ’Skins training camp last month and spotted Niles Paul wearing a Spider-Man shirt under his practice jersey.
College Football News: Texas Tech wore really ugly gray uniforms last night. … Here’s a better look at the Florida outline with the star to mark Miami’s location on the Hurricanes’ helmets (big thanks to Chris Yandle). … Good behind-the-scenes video tour of the Nebraska equipment room. Also: The alternate helmet that the ’Huskers will be wearing this weekend has a center stripe, but this T-shirt promoting the game shows no stripe (all this from David Westfall). … Here’s Alabama coach Nick Saban talking about the Tide’s traditional uniforms. “His point at the end about the uniform representing something larger than the individual or marketing is pretty great,” says Erik Porth. … Cool helmet chairs at the Ohio State athletics facility (from Britton Thomas). … Louisiana Tech has two players that wear No. 6. Nothing unusual about that, except that the No. 6 on the left has last year’s number font, while the one on the right has this year’s (good spot by JJ Sledge). … Ryan Perkins was at an Ole Miss memorabilia shop and spotted these three old helmets on display. … The Longhorns are telling a small Texas high school to change its logo. … Here’s a weird one: TCU QB Trevone Boykin has been wearing a Kansas State arm sleeve, complete with the K-State sweatback pattern (from Coleman Mullins).
Hockey News: Boy howdy, eggplant throwbacks on tap for the Ducks! Now they just need to bring back the Wild Wing design for a night. … “Dallas and Fort Worth are two cities that have never really gotten along,” says Mark Louis Rybczyk, “so it’s interesting to note that the downtown Dallas Stars moved their training camp to Fort Worth to try to increase their fan base. They’ve added this patch to their practice jerseys to commemorate the new facility.” … The Chicago Wolves’ new schedule includes a 20th-season logo (from Steve Johnston). … The Islanders will reportedly keep their team colors when moving to Brooklyn but will add a patch and a Brooklyn-themed third jersey (from Asher Smith). … Meanwhile, the Isles will be wearing a patch for — get this — their first preseason game in Brooklyn. More info about the Barclays Center’s hockey configuration here. … New zombie-themed mask for Steve Mason. Further details here (from Chris Flinn). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: New masks for Chicago’s goalie prospects, too. …
Grab Bag: Reader Justin Kadis was nice enough to send along over 70 photos from his uncle’s memorabilia collection. All sorts of good stuff there — have fun poking around in it. … Interesting story about Canadian military uniforms (from Kevin Esmond). … Wade Pink spotted this truck with a tequila sunrise-esque paint job in rural Ontario the other day. … Speaking of trucks, could this logo have inspired (or been inspired by) the new Dolphins logo? (From Jon Solomonson.) … Someone in DC has gotten the city’s subway system map tattooed onto his arm. Gotta say, that looks pretty cool (from William Yurasko, who has also written a comparison of the city’s old and new subway maps). … Here’s a good series of videos showing the evolution of Pixar’s logo animation (from Kurt Esposito). … Here’s more about Davidson Day High School’s ridiculous flag-desecration uniforms (thanks, Phil). … “The Brisbane Lions of AFL are a merger of the Fitzroy Lions and the Brisbane Bears,” says Leo Strawn Jr. “A few years ago they changed the lion from the more traditional lion of Fitzroy to a new logo called the ‘paddlepop lion,’ which is displayed prominently on their jumper. Members hated it and tried to force the club to change it back in 2009. Now the club is asking supporters what they think, and apparently will change back if the members choose it.” … For those who are observing Yom Kippur, I wish you all an easy fast.
Tick-tock: Last weekend we tried an experiment: In addition to all of Phil’s other weekend content, we also had him do Tickers (broken up by sport, as is our current format) on Saturday and Sunday. We’re doing that again this weekend. How do you folks feel about that? Do you like your daily dose of Ticker, even on the weekends? Or maybe you don’t read the site on the weekends and therefore prefer that the Ticker be restricted to weekdays? Let us know: