We all know that weird things can happen during All-Star Games. The problem is, not many of them have been properly documented for posterity. But a reader who prefers to go by TC has been watching lots of old MLB all-star video footage lately, and he’s compiled some downright heroic additions to the historical record. Here’s his report:
• 1972: Carlton Fisk wore his Boston uni with a Brewers helmet.
• 1975 again: The A’s had seven players and the manager on the squad, including five starters: P Vida Blue, 1B Gene Tenace, SS Bert Campaneris, LF Joe Rudi, and RF Reggie Jackson. From what I can tell, all players wore green stirrups and yellow sanitaries. The infielders wore green/yellow hats, yellow shirts, white pants. The outfielders wore green/yellow hats, green shirts, white pants. Vida Blue wore green/yellow hat, yellow shirt, yellow pants. Manager Alvin Dark wore a green/white hat, white shirt, white pants. The two bench players — Rollie Fingers and Claudell Washington — wore totally different combos. I also spotted a coach (not Alvin Dark) wearing a white hat and green shirt. It was hard to find a good shot with all the players in it, but I managed to pull at least a couple with multiple players. [Also: Note the maroon blazers being worn by the AL umps — standard-issue for them back in the mid-1970s. — PL]
• 1985: Nolan Ryan batted while wearing a Padres helmet. [As an aside, I was once at a Mets/Astros game where Ryan stepped into the batter’s box while still wearing his dugout jacket. The ump had to remind him to remove it. — PL]
• 1985 again: This was the game when Lou Whitaker forgot his uniform and had to use a replica jersey from the stadium gift shop with his number Magic Markered onto the back. The shirt itself looks pretty cheap. The announcers mentioned it — they said something like, “There’s the familiar number one, but it was drawn on with marking pencil.”
TC also noticed something interesting while perusing footage of the 1977 ALCS:
The insignia on the Royals’ jerseys wasn’t always the same thickness or weight. In Game 4, Freddie Patek had the thick/heavy logo, and the NEXT BATTER, Frank White, had the thinner version. In Game 5, Cookie Rojas wore the thin logo, while the third base coach (not sure of his name) had the thicker logo. Weird.
The real all-star, of course, is TC himself, for sharing all these amazing finds with us. Next round’s on me, buddy.
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