In Which Brinke Lands His White Whale (or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof)

[Editor’s Note: Got home last night from Wisconsin and am still getting recombobulated, so today we have a guest entry by Brinke Guthrie, who you know from his weekly “Collector’s Corner” column. Today he’s going to tell us about one of his holy grails. Enjoy. — PL]

By Brinke Guthrie

Today’s entry is about tennis socks. That may not sound so exciting, but hear me out — this has been a 35-year quest.

Now, in the 1970s and early ’80s, Bjorn Borg wore Fila tennis wear, personalized with his own “Bj” logo (which also appeared on his Bancroft rackets):

Borg was the first player to maximize his earning potential with gear. He wore Fila worldwide except for Scandinavia, where it was Jockey, of all brands. Rackets? Bancroft in North America, Donnay elsewhere. Shoes? Bancroft affiliate Tretorn in North America, Diadora elsewhere. Very few pros have ever had arrangements like that.

And then … there were the socks. (Continue reading)

Sock It to Me: NBA Inks New Hosiery Deal

. Big changes afoot in the NBA (no pun intended), as Stance will become the league’s official sock supplier starting next season. According to this story by my ESPN colleague Darren Rovell, the new socks will go way beyond the basic white and black versions that players have worn in recent years:

As . . . → Read More: Sock It to Me: NBA Inks New Hosiery Deal

A ‘Look at Me’ Move — Literally

Photo by Tyler Mason; click to enlarge

Which one of these guys is not like the others? The stirrups-clad player at far-right is pitcher J.R. Graham, who’s in Twins camp this spring after spending four years in the Braves’ system. Minnesota picked him up in the Rule 5 draft, . . . → Read More: A ‘Look at Me’ Move — Literally

Hose Get Hosed

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Slump-buster move yesterday by the Giants, as everyone went high-cuffed — even skipper Bruce Bochy, as you can see in the top photo. They also opted to wear their primary cap instead of their orange-brimmed Sunday cap. Didn’t work, alas, as they got blanked . . . → Read More: Hose Get Hosed