Serious historical find . . . → Read More: Major NickNOB Discovery
Surprising news from the NBA last night, as reports began filtering out that the league will allow, or maybe even encourage, players on the Heat and Nets to wear nicknames on their jerseys for one game this season. (There’s an additional article here.)
This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen nickNOBs on basketball . . . → Read More: Can the Glow-in-the-Dark Uni Be Far Behind?
[Editor’s Note: For the first two installments in this series, look here and here.]
Well well well, look what we have here — Jimmy Wynn in nickNOB mode. I recently obtained that photo from the Braves. It’s the only color image of their 1976 nickNOBs I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, they have only one other nickNOB photo in their archives, and it’s the Andy Messersmith “Channel 17″ shot that we’ve already seen. Still, we’re getting closer, bit by bit.
Speaking of which, we also have two new nickNOB pics that have been turned up by reader Jerry Wolper, whose devotion to this particular project continues to impress:
Last Tuesday’s entry, about the 1976 Braves’ nickNOBs, generated lots of very positive response (thanks, gang) and some good suggestions as well, so it’s time for a follow-up.
First and foremost, regarding the question of whether Jerry Royster ever wore “Rooster” in addition to “J.Bird” (we have photographic evidence for the latter but not for the former), several readers pointed out that Royster is now the third base coach for the Red Sox, so I contacted the Sox PR people and asked about this. They checked with Royster, and here’s the word from the man himself: He never wore “Rooster,” only “J.Bird.” So any lists showing him wearing “Rooster” are wrong. I wish they would have let me speak with Royster directly, because I’d love to pick his brain about the whole nickNOB issue, but they weren’t willing to do that.
A few readers also contributed information and research that have added a few more pieces to the puzzle. Here’s a rundown: