Road-tripping was on the agenda last weekend, as Uni Watch hedge fund analyst Jenny Strasburg and I spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday tooling around the Jersey Shore. We hit the blackjack tables in Atlantic City, paid a visit to Lucy the Elephant (more details here), enjoyed a Garden State delicacy (more details here), and had fun checking out all the old-school motels in Wildwood (see more of them here). On the way back to NYC, we stopped in to see webmaster John Ekdahl — only the second time he and I had ever been in the same room, incredibly enough.
These stops were all good, but the high point of the trip was a surreal junk shop we visited in Tuckahoe, called Young’s Four Y’s Antiques. The place featured a pretty amazing accumulation of stuff, much of it dusty and cobwebbed, and most of it piled high in mini-mountains. Serpentine little paths snaked through the piles, making for tricky navigation, and it was hard to pick anything up without knocking over something else. The owner — a very sweet old man named Marvin Young, who I really liked (and who seemed to like me until I mistakenly referred to the very large ducks in his back yard as geese) — said he’d been accumulating and collecting all his life and that “it just piled up.” Think Collyer Brothers, but with better social skills.
Predictably enough, the one thing I bought at Marvin’s shop was uni-related: this book, which I purchased mainly for the photos. Among the highlights:
• Can you guess what year this photo is from? Incredibly enough, it’s the 1964 Princeton team. I’m pretty astonished that a team was still wearing those sleeve stripes at such a relatively late date.
• Here’s something you don’t see very often: an old fashioned helmetless facemask.
• You all know how much I hate the current trend of contrast-colored side panels. But I might make an exception for these.
• Love the stripes, but what’s with the girdle? (Also: Note the wedding band.)
• This photo didn’t have a caption, so I’m not sure which team this was. Odd helmet design, though. Anyone recognize the school in question?
The book wasn’t priced, so I asked Marvin how much he wanted for it. He said $15, which was outrageous, so I countered with $10 (also outrageous, but I didn’t want to risk offending him by offering less), which he grudgingly accepted. When I got home, I found that used copies are selling on Amazon for a bit less than what I paid, but it was worth it for the experience of encountering Marvin and his incredible shop.
(Mega-thanks to David Brown for the tip about about Young’s Four Y’s, and to his lovely consort, Lori Baker, who took the Young’s photos when she and David discovered the place a few months back.)
Research Request: Did anyone TiVo Sunday’s Saints/Steelers game? Apparently Saints DE Charles Grant wore a collared dress shirt under his pads, much to the amusement of the broadcast crew. I’ve looked high and low for a photo, but no dice. Little help..?
Uni Watch News Ticker: Congrats to longtime Uni Watch favorite Witesock, who was featured in a big article in last Saturday’s National Post (although the definitive Witesock article is, of course, this one). … In case you missed it in Sunday’s Comments section, reader Andy F came up with a genius observation regarding the “ny” logo on the Giants’ nose bumper. It used to be just printed on, but now it’s raised and rubberized, at least for some players. … More news from the Giants/Bears game: R.W. McQuarters was apparently wearing a SpongeBob Band-Aid, eye-black-style. … Campus report from Bruno Lesage: “Here’s another way Nike is taking over college: I go to the University of Texas, and almost every single sorority girl here wears these shorts. There are various color schemes and all that, but it’s all the same basic design. It kind of surprises me that nobody even considers wearing another brand. I don’t think that many non-sorority girls wear them, so I guess its a sign of the ‘elite’ girls on campus.” … Football historian Mark Bolding, whose excellent web site was spotlighted here two weeks ago, has added a new section to his site, focusing on starting QBs at various points in NFL history. Among the visual highlights: a good look at the Packers’ 1950 jersey; the Rams in canary yellow; the Saints wearing heavily white-outlined uni numbers (and dig all those stripes!); the Eagles’ double sleeve stripes; Joe Namath wearing a knee pad outside his pants; and the Broncos in red pants. The full section is available here. … Well, this sure didn’t take long (you can order your own here). … The single-A Lakeland Tigers have renamed themselves the Flying Tigers — a World War II military reference. According to this article, “manager Kevin Bradshaw will wear a special cap designating his status as ‘commander,’ while the club’s pitchers will have a star added to their cap for each win they accumulate.” Let’s all avoid the rush and start hating this idea right now, shall we? … Good catch by Jesse Spector, who notes that one of the Boston College players in this photo is wearing an American flag patch, while the other two players aren’t.