[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:
[Editor’s Note: If the first section of this entry sounds familiar, it’s because a good chunk of it was copied and pasted from an entry I posted three years ago, which was the last time Bill Henderson updated his MLB doubleknit-era jersey guide. The latest update is now upon us. If you don’t realize why that’s cause for celebration, read on. — Paul]
In the beginning, there was Okkonen, and it was Good. Because up until then there had been no record of base ball raiment. And so began the Period of Great Enlight’nment, and there was much rejoicing throughout the land.
And then, after a number of epochs, Okkonen joined forces with the mighty Shieber of Cooperstowne, and thus the two of them begat Dress’t to the Nynes. And this too was Good, for now the Master’s Wisdomme was available to all, even those who did not have a printed copy of the Illuminated Manuscript.
But as Time went by, certain scholars dared to voice doubts about the Master’s Wisdomme. The Wisdomme, they said, was flaw’d. In some places it was Mistak’n; in many others it was Inkomplete. And the Master’s colourful engrayvings, which had long been celebrayt’d as powerful tools to convey the Wisdomme to future generations, began to be seen as Too Limit’d, for they showed no Posterior View, nor did they show Fyne Detail, among several other Problemmes. Worst of all, the Master had been so fatigued by the initial compiling of the Wisdomme that he could not continue with the task in subsequent seasonnes. And so there was Diskontente across the land. And this was Not Good.
And then there came Henderson.
By Phil Hecken
If you read Uni Watch on the weekends, and if you’re reading today, it likely means you do — you know that one of the recurring “features” on here is the colorizations. Usually, they occupy space in their own section, but occasionally they’re so good, they deserve the lede. Since I’ll be subbing for Paul beginning next Monday (July 23-August 22) during the weekdays, that means I probably won’t be running any “Colorize This!” segments for a while — not a promise, mind you, just those features are usually best served on the weekends. So today, we have the motherlode of colorizations from the “Big Three” (it used to be the “G&G Boys” — Gary & George — and they’re still here today, but John has joined their ranks for sure). So today, we’re treated to three ‘featurettes’ by the colorization trio of Gary Chanko, George Chilvers, and John Turney. They’re all great, and I’ll run them in the order in which I received them. As always, click on each photo to enlarge.
By Phil Hecken
I get a pretty decent amount of uniform concepts (logo concepts, cap concepts, helmet concepts, etc.) sent my way (THANK YOU and keep ’em coming!), and occasionally the Uni Watch faithful send their concepts on to Paul, who then forwards them to me. Sometimes he’ll make a comment or two with the submission, but most times it’s simply a courtesy forward (thank you Paul). But the one you’re about to see today carried the message, “Jesus, you could do a whole weekend entry on this guy’s proposed updates the Utes’ helmet… Or you could ignore the whole thing. Your call.”
I don’t usually ignore any submissions (good, bad or indifferent) and I try to show every concept sent to me or forwarded to me by Paul. And there was no way in hell I was going to let this one be missed.
The concepts you’re about to see come from reader **CORRECTION**
Ben Hatfield Justin Dahl (at first I thought they were from frequent submitter Brent Hatfield). Most concepters send me an idea or three, complete with approximately 50 words per submission. Ben is a man of very few words — but some fairly impressive ideas — well, sort of.
**I was contacted by Justin a short while ago, who indicated that it was he, and not Ben, who designed the helmets seen here today. I’ll have a follow-up on this tomorrow.
You see, when I saw the helmet pictured in the today’s splash, I immediately thought of the ‘famous’ Chiefs helmet concept by Todd Asselin (featured in this great story researched and written by Paul):
Now, I have no idea whether Ben knows (knew) of this helmet when he concepted what is below. I can only say that there are similarities.