New ESPN column today — here’s the link.
Meanwhile: Last night I worked a volunteer shift at the very wonderful City Reliquary, where the gift shop featured a book I hadn’t noticed before: Mark Rucker’s Brooklyn Dodgers, a pictorial history of my home borough’s most storied franchise. After flipping through the pages for a few minutes, it became apparent that this was a mandatory purchase. Here are some of the reasons why:
• This shot, taken in 1868, shows something I haven’t seen before: Look closely and you’ll see that the players are wearing little cuff clips on their trousers, much like what urban cyclists sometimes wear.
• Somehow the lace-up jersey style always looks better on guys with bushy moustaches, no?
• Wanna learn something amazing? Read the caption to this illustration.
• Excellent view here of the old style of wearing your fielding glove on your belt while batting.
• I would give anything for this sleeve style to come back into vogue.
• Here’s the best view I’ve ever seen of the Dodgers’ 1916 tattersall plaid design from 1916.
• Here’s the earliest photo I’ve ever seen of a player wearing a windbreaker under his jersey (or maybe just the earliest windbreaker photo I’ve ever seen, period).
• Spectacular view here of the white slacks that umps wore on Sundays and holidays in the early 1940s.
And as long as we’re talking about historical stuff: You know how old fruit crates used to have really amazing labels? Roger Faso has turned up an artist named Ben Sakoguchi, who creates baseball-themed paintings in the style of those old fruit designs. Check out Sakoguchi’s full web site here.
Membership Update: Big day yesterday, as we topped 100 memberships — check out the ever-expanding active roster here. My thanks again (and again and again) to all who’ve signed up. If you’ve been thinking about getting on board, full details are available here.
Regarding benefits: T-shirts for those who’ve signed up at Level Two or above have been ordered and should start arriving right about now. Membership cards, fridge magnets, and digital art CDs will begin shipping this weekend. By this time next week, I hope to be completely caught up on everything. Thanks again (and again and again) for your patience.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Wednesday’s note regarding the Diamonbacks’ uniform schedule led to this communiquÃ© from a source with the Astros: “Now, the ’Stros are wearing the brick red jerseys almost exclusively on the road as opposed to the gray. The road brick red is the only Cool Base we have and the owner likes the red. There has been a trend as we get down the stretch in previous years that we would wear them for certain games that did not fit the usual alternate jersey schedule. Red was usually only worn on Sunday. However, last road trip the owner asked for red on the road. BUT, we played the DBs and they had wore their red jerseys on Sunday… making us switch to gray for one game. Luckily we don’t change helmets or caps or pants.” Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ Good catch by Willet Hossfeld, who notes that Tyler Clippard appears to have removed the button from the top of his cap. Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ My two cents regarding the disastrous London Olympics logo: It reminds me of this. Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ The minor league Elmira Jackals have unveiled new home and road unis (much to the disgust of Bryan Long, who quips, “How boring are these things?”). Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ Reprinted from Wednesday’s comments: Randy Moss was asked about his temporary practice jersey number (6) and had this to say: “Sometimes you can be able to go back and get your number and sometimes you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. They really told me 6 was the available number that they have back in the equipment room, so I said, Ã¢â‚¬ËœJust give me a number and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll make it.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ I guess there is a little buzz around right now with me and number 6. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really care about a number, all I care about is suiting up and going out here and winning on Sundays.Ã¢â‚¬ His official roster/jersey number is still to be determined. Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ Meanwhile, Todd Krevanchi notes that Moss has been getting rather creative with his gloves. Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ Latest Japanese baseball weirdness contributed by Jeremy Brahm: Hichori Morimoto in stilts. Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ Good view here of Rafael Nadal’s personalized sneakers (as spotted by Brinke Guthrie). Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ Good little comedy video here, showing what the NHL’s “super-sleek” third jerseys might look like (nice find by Jeremy Brahm). Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ Follow-up to Vince’s tattoo entry yesterday: Ryan Howard has a huge brand on his arm. Full details here (with thanks to Michael Milici). Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ Very nice early uniform catalog (extremely similar to one that I already have, so I won’t be bidding on it) here, and some great vintage unis and accessories up for auction here, here, here, and here. Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ Meanwhile, here’s a vintage print ad and a uniform company uniform print ad that I bought. Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ All NASCAR cars will feature a memorial decal for Bill France this week (with thanks to Adam Denobriga). Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ Steve Robeson reports that the Caps are having a fire sale of old merch. Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ Photo of the day (courtesy of Jon Klevorn). Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The Orioles will wear Negro Leagues uniform on September 6th. Details here. Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ Yancy Yeater reports that the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League will be wearing 1979 Cubs-inspired throwbacks tomorrow night. Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ It’s really small and hard to see, but it looks like Santa Clara had some killer basketball unis back in 1911 (taken from this article, which was forwarded by Tim Sheehan). Ã¢â‚¬ ¦ Today’s installment of the always-entertaining No Mas blog featured this shot of the first Hagler/Antuofermo, and you know damn well what part of the photo I immediately fixated on.