Except for the first three photos (which were submitted by Greg Trandel, Dave Eseknazi, and Jerry Wolper, respectively), all the images in today’s entry are from Bruce Menard, who’s probably submitted more wire photos than anyone over the years. And Bruce doesn’t just find photos and send them in — he cleans them up, plays with their levels, and basically makes them look as good as they can be. It’s a labor of love that the rest of us all benefit from. Thanks, Bruce!
• Here’s something you won’t often see: Rogers Hornsby in a Cubs uni! Love those super-striped stirrups too, natch. Also, note the striped caps (a one-year thing) and the unusual road jerseys (ditto).
• Oh man, look at this incredible minor league uni! That’s Manny Perez of the 1954 Channel Cities Oilers (California League). Could this be where Bill Veeck got the inspiration for the White Sox’s leisure suit jerseys? Love the uni number way down the pant leg, too.
• Smoky Burgess was apparently “clowning” with a cap and three helmets.
• The next time the Tigers make it to the World Series, they should definitely revive this stunt from the 1935 Series.
• Speaking of the World Series, check out these child mascots from the 1922 Fall Classic. Love those striped socks on the Giants kid.
• And speaking of striped socks, check out this 1926 shot of Red Grange. Awesome jacket too, natch.
• While today’s sports world goes way too far out of its way to glorify the military to the exclusion of virtually all other sectors of society, at least we don’t see teams marching with rifles. At least not yet.
• Here’s an early batting helmet I hadn’t seen before. That’s Cy Perkins of the 1921 A’s. Note how his belt buckle is way over on his hip, which was a common style at the time.
• Speaking of early protective headwear, here’s a bizarre executioner-style football mask from 1950.
• Don’t want to you’re your glasses on the gridiron? No worries — this mask has built-in corrective lenses.
• Love this shot of Yankees Hall of Famer Waite Hoyt in a basketball uniform.
• The Cleveland Rosenblums played in the same league that Waite Hoyte was playing in. Interestingly, their jersey script had an apostrophe. The team was owned by Cleveland department store magnate Max Rosenblum, so maybe the apostrophe reflected his ownership — like, “This is Rosenblum’s team.” In any case, the team name a powerful reminder that basketball used to be a Jewish-dominated game.
• Oh baby, check out this Eagles practice jersey from 1939. That’s a T-shirt waiting to happen, no?
• Did the Cleveland Bulldogs really wear this skeleton uniform on the field?
• Anyone want to colorize this shot of the 1937 Boston Shamrocks? I have a feeling I’d really like the color scheme.
• The Yankees 1920 trainer, Doc Woods, had his own special jersey. Love the collar. Think he had a separate pinstriped version for home games?
• This is creepy: Walter Johnson being made a ceremonial Indian chief. Dan Snyder was unavailable for comment.
Thanks again to Bruce for providing these tremendous images — great stuff.
By Brinke Guthrie
I’ve been obsessed with the famous NFL stickers on Chiquita bananas since the fall of 1970, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen this — a wooden puzzle box with “The NFL Is Stuck on Chiquita Bananas” on the side. Santa, help me out on this!
Nothing else this week can match that, but a few things come close:
• Here’s a vintage 1970s NFL sleeping bag. Maybe from Sears?
• Dave Boss alert, this time for a late-1960s Dallas Cowboys poster.
• Set your game-day table with these 1970s NFL placemats.
• Here’s a 1970s Coke promo Milwaukee Bucks tote bag for ya.
• Got $1,400? Then this huge set of 1970s NFL helmet buggies are yours.
• If your team is based in Washington, why take your team photo on the local bleachers? Instead, do it in front of the U.S. Capitol!
Listen to the Sounds of the Sabres with this record album (yes, the kind that needs a turntable) of the 1974-75 Sabres season, narrated by Ted Darling.
• Here’s one for Paul: a 1950s Knicks warm-up shirt. Only 10K — just bid on it, baby! You know you want to. [That's been up on eBay for months, maybe years, constantly taunting me. — PL]
• And speaking of overpriced goodies, Steve Mandish sent along a link to Ichiro’s game-worn stirrups from one of the Mariners’ Seattle Pilots throwback games. Only nine grand!
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
ESPN stuff: I have a bunch of ESPN-related stuff in the hopper. One thing at a time:
• In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column is the annual NBA season preview. Enjoy.
• On Thursday, 2pm Eastern, I’ll be taking part in a live video chat with several writers and editors from ESPN’s college football desk. I’ve never done one of these before, but I’m told it will look like this, only we’ll be talking about uniforms. I’ll get you the proper link for Thursday’s chat once they give it to me.
• Yesterday afternoon I went to a studio in Manhattan, where I spent more than an hour being interviewed for an ESPN 30 for 30 film about Franklin batting gloves and Mike Schmidt’s role in popularizing them. Judging by the questions I was asked, I’d say the finished product is likely to have an impressive level of depth and detail, although it may end up being more of a celebration of branding and marketing than I’m comfortable with (which may explain why they interviewed Darren Rovell right before they interviewed me — he was walking out just as I was walking in). I believe this film will only be airing on the web. The producers aren’t sure when it will go live, although they said early next year was shaping up as the most likely time frame. I’ll keep you posted.
’Skins Watch: High schools in Wisconsin are caught in the middle of a political battle over the use of Native American team names (from Paul Wajgel). … A Houston Chronicle columnist thinks Lamar High School in Texas should stop calling its teams the Redskins
Baseball News: Excellent spot by Zack Kurland, who noticed that Red Sox bench coach Tony Lovullo is wearing the umpires’ Wally Bell memorial patch. This is the first time I can recall seeing team personnel wearing a patch normally worn by the umpiring crew. … Here’s another article on the new Arkansas Travelers logos (thanks, Phil). … Was big Papi’s bat literally changing colors on Sunday night? Nope — it was just veering into the green-screen background (screen shots by Alex Putelo). … The Marlins are set to bring back the orange. … Interesting to see that Rawlings offers a tequila sunrise template as a basic stock option in its 2014 catalog (from Alex Allen). … Good piece on catchers who keep their mitts tethered to their wrists via a Velcro wristband (from David Lewis).
College Football News: Rutgers will mark the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy by wearing NJ-themed helmets this week (from Todd Christensen). … Gray uniforms on Nov. 9 for Texas Tech, along with an utterly ridiculous helmet. … Two new uniforms for Northern Illinois: a flag-desecration uni for Nov. 13, and a blackout uni for the final game of the season (from Chris Bentz). … Funny note from Tim McKay, who writes: “I played football at Texas A&M, so it may come as a surprise that I think Texas has the best uniforms in football. Last night I dreamed they went monotone, white cap, burnt orange tops and burnt orange pants against OU (who happened to be wearing red pants for some reason in this dream). It was excruciating. I woke myself up yelling. I didn’t know who else would appreciate this story.” … Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk appears to be channeling his inner Flash, at least judging by his socks (from Jeff Braun). … Blackout uni this weekend for Fresno State. … I admit I haven’t checked to verify this, but Chris Hall all of the top 10 BC teams this week are outfitted by Nike. … Rice RB Jayson Carter has FNOB. And yes, he’s also very short, but that’s another story. Full details here (from Nik Streng).
Hockey News: JFK was assassinated 50 years ago in Dallas, so Dallas Stars goalie Jack Campbell has a JFK theme on his new mask (from David Hutchison). … Star Wars night upcoming for the Toledo Walleye. Further details here. … Honorary captains Rod Gilbert and Yvan Cournoyer dropped puck prior to last night’s Rangers/Habs game at Madison Square Garden. Note that Gilbert’s jersey had Reebok logo creep, while Cournoyer’s did not.
Soccer News: New World Cup kits for Cameroon, Uruguay, and Chile (from Trevor Williams). … “Good news/bad news for Manchester United,” says Yusuke Toyoda. “The club renewed its deal with Nike to a tune of over $480 million, but then was forced to apologize for a swastika-ish graphic next to a headline that read ‘New Order.'” … Also from Yusuke: “Puma ended its sponsorship deal with the South Africa national team after match-fixing allegations in the domestic league, but Bafana Bafana will keep wearing Puma unis because there’s not enough time to find a replacement.” … One more from Yusuke: “Cardiff City supporters, who’ve had an ongoing dispute with their red-loving team owner, are urging the team to wear the traditional blue alternate unis at all away games. Premier League rules say home colors must always be worn at home, but there’s no such rule for away games.”