Time for our first wire service round-up of 2014. The first five of these come from Jeff Wilk, the next one is from Jared Wheeler, and the rest are from Bruce Menard. My thanks to all of them. Here we go:
• Why are these baseball players wearing sneakers? Because, as you can see in the caption, these teams were part of an indoor baseball league!
• Oh baby, how awesome are the sweaters being worn by these skaters! I’d kill to see (and own) a color version of the one in the center.
• Something you wouldn’t see today: an MLB player posing for a photo while aiming a gun at the cameraman.
• Here’s one of the better views I’ve seen of the sleeve wordmarks worn by the 1934 Reds (although that photo was actually taken during spring training of ’35).
• While we’re at it, here’s another team with a sleeve wordmark: the 1932 Cubs.
• Here’s a rare sight: Pete Rose wearing No. 27.
• For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, the 1948 St. Paul Saints, who were a Dodgers affiliate at the time, wore sombreros for their team portrait. That’s future Dodgers skipper and Walter Alston in the third row, third from the left.
• Doesn’t get much better than this shot of the Philadelphia A’s basketball team, although a white elephant on the shorts would’ve been a nice bonus touch.
• Can never get enough of these executioner-style football mask/helmet combos.
• Even better: One of those early mouth-protector masks decorated with teeth! Never seen anything like that before.
• Not sure what to make of this shot of Andy Pettitte in an unusual “New York” jersey. The lettering is similar to what Ron Guidry wore while rehabbing with the Ft. Lauderdale Yanks, but of course that team wouldn’t be wearing “New York” across the chest. “I don’t know if this was a spring training experiment or from a minor league/rehab game or what,” says Bruce Menard, who submitted the photo. Anyone know more?
• This is weird: New York football Giants coach Steve Owen appears to have been wearing baseball pants for a practice.
• Love the raised “T” on Johnny Mize’s Cardinals road cap. That design was only worn in 1940.
’Skins Watch: The Louisville women’s hoops team has two Native American players — Shoni and Jude Schimmel. Shoni’s final home game is this Sunday, and the school has dubbed the game Native American Appreciation Night. More than 1500 Natives plan to show up.
Baseball News: The IronPigs’ bacon-themed uniform has led to the inevitable question: What if every MLB team had a food-themed cap? (From Chris Wright.) … Ghostbusters-themed unis on tap for the Toledo Mud Hens (thanks, Phil). … Cork Gaines has written a good piece about the Rays’ St. Paddy’s Day jerseys. … Over at Red Sox camp, there are two Perezes, but only one of them is wearing FIOB (from David Feigenbaum). … Lots of Jerry Coleman tributes at Padres camp. … Cubs OF Justin Ruggiano wore Chicago skyline socks for yesterday’s Cactus League game against the D-Backs (from Randy Policar). … Holy moly: Joba Chamberlain, now with the Tigers, turned his Tommy John surgery scar into a smiley face tattoo (thanks, Phil). … Cardinals coach Red Schoendienst — now 91 years old! — wore a home jersey with road pants for Photo Day (from Kevin Eckhoff). … The Sydney Cricket Ground is being prepared for the season-opening Dodgers/D-Backs games (from Matthew Robins). … Longtime Uni Watch hosiery hero Josh Outman is now with the Indians and is still wearing stirrups, although they’re much lower-cut than the versions he wore in Oakland and Colorado (from Bryant Johnston).
NFL News: I think we’ve seen this before but once more won’t hurt: Tons of old AFL program cover designs available here (from my pal Friederike Paetzold). … Here’s an update on the OKC NFL design contest.
College Football News: The NCAA considered allowing EA Sports to put player NOBs on the jerseys in the company’s NCAA Football game but eventually decided against it.
Hockey News: New logo in store for the Blues? Possibly. … Everything you could possibly want to know about the California Golden Seals is available in this book. “There’s even some discussion of uniforms, and players complaining about how heavy the continually repainted white skates got,” says Jerry Wolper. … The Sharks could play Stadium Series games at AT&T Park (thanks, Brinke). … We knew Marc Andre Fleury would be wearing a Steelers-themed mask, but we didn’t know it would include the NFL logo on the backplate. “I can’t imagine there have been too many occurrences of one sports league’s logo appearing in another league’s game,” notes Dane Drutis.
Soccer News: New World Cup kits for South Korea, Belgium, and Nigeria. … “People are funny,” says Dennis Hasty. “I did this video on the history of Pop-Tarts for Time.com and the question I get most is ‘Why are you wearing a Columbus Crew shirt?’” … Indie-rock fans will enjoy this analysis of Scotland’s new kit (from Claudia Gonson). … This is pretty interesting: a knitted soccer shoe! More photos here, and snarky comments from Redditors here. … New championship scarf for Sporting KC (from Mark Coale). … Latest MLS leak: Columbus home.
NBA News: The NBA’s annual Noche Latina program tips off this Sunday. In case you’d forgotten, all of the Spanish-language jerseys will be, of course, sleeved. Further info on the program here (thanks, Phil). … Hawks G Kyle Korver had a red “X” on his hand two nights ago. “This was to draw attention to the End It Movement, which is trying to end slavery that still exists in the world,” explains Chip Reagan. “The official day for drawing awareness to the cause was Thursday, but the Hawks didn’t have a game that night, so it appears Korver took advantage of his public platform a day early.” I checked the photos from all of last night’s NBA games and didn’t see any other X-marked players. … Okay, so this isn’t technically an NBA item, but still: The Harlem Globetrotters used to have some very cool program covers (from Jeff Ash). … LeBron James, playing with a broken nose, wore a mask last night (Phil again).
College Hoops News: 1911 throwbacks this weekend for Nebraska. Granted, I wasn’t around in 1911, but I’m betting that the Adidas logo wasn’t part of the uniform back then.
Grab Bag: Lots of good stuff in this slideshow of photos from the old St. Louis Arena (from Steven Bonney). … Two Aussie rules football items from Leo Strawn Jr.: “Hawthorn Hawks football club is now selling jumpers with sublimated NOBs for the first time, in advance of the round 5 debut of NOB AFL jumpers, and the Greater Western Sydney Giants have released photos of their new clash jumper.” … Here we have 19 “hipster” brand logos (whatever that means) repurposed as evil corporate brands. … Here’s a look at the latest in snowboarding helmets and goggles. … A Missouri high school football player has pleaded guilty to assault after he ripped the helmet off of an opponent and then beat him in the head with it. … The godfather of Helvetica has passed away (thanks, Phil). … A St. Louis-area company called Triflare has become the official apparel sponsor of the U.S. synchronized swimming team (from Stlwahoo, who didn’t give his/her real name). … A woman in Atlanta used a Waffle House uniform to impersonate a Waffle House manager and steal $100. … If you run yesterday’s Uni Watch entry through Gizoogle, you get some amusing results (thanks, I think, Mike).
Emancipation Day: Eighteen years ago today (well, it was actually Feb. 29, but that date only appears on the calendar once every four years), I walked out of my office at Billboard Books for the final time and began life as a full-time freelance writer. I’d been freelancing on the side for the previous two and a half years and had decided it was time to take the plunge. Haven’t had a regular job or a boss since then. (Also haven’t had employer-subsidized health benefits, paid vacation, sick days, or any other job-related perks, but of course I knew what I was getting into in that regard.) At the time, I thought of going freelance as an experiment. I guess we could now say the experiment has been at least something of a success.
Anyway, as I like to remind people — and remind myself — each year on this date, the moral of the story is this: If you want to change your life or reinvent yourself, don’t just sit around fantasizing about it — go ahead and do it. Even if the experiment doesn’t work out, at least you won’t be wondering what might have been. (Of course, maybe you already like your life just fine the way it is, in which case more power to ya.)
I’ll be spending today with my Mom. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week.