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Because We All Want to Belong

The Grab Bag section of last Saturday’s Ticker included a link to this Sports Illustrated article about the history of jersey retailing. The article, by Tim Layden (who says he mail-ordered a replica jersey by responding to an ad in The Sporting News way back in 1971!), is really, really good — well-researched, entertainingly written, informative, the works. I’m pretty sure every single Uni Watch reader will enjoy it, and I strongly recommend it to all of you.

A key thread running through the article is the implicit question of why fans like to wear jerseys in the first place. Toward the end of the piece, Layden addresses this question directly and comes up with a bit of an answer: (Continue reading)

Can You Give This Jersey a Good Home?

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After the Rams announced their move last week, I received a lengthy email from reader Dave Truman. Here’s an abridged version of it:

If this were sports talk radio I’d be saying “longtime listener, first time caller.” The Uni Watch version, I guess, is that . . . → Read More: Can You Give This Jersey a Good Home?

Top Five Most Overused Jerseys at College Parties

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[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest column from Luke Divasta, who actually worked with previously with me on the “Top 5 most underrated jerseys in college football”. Luke’s still in college, and it’s been a looooonnnng time since I was an undergrad — so long in fact, I don’t know . . . → Read More: Top Five Most Overused Jerseys at College Parties

I Love a Man in a Uniform: Bill Henderson Interview

If you’re a regular Uni Watch reader, you’re probably familiar with (and, ideally, own a copy of) Bill Henderson’s seminal Game Worn Guide to MLB Jerseys, by far the most authoritative product of its type. It’s no exaggeration to say I refer to it on a near-daily basis — to confirm this, to . . . → Read More: I Love a Man in a Uniform: Bill Henderson Interview