Lots of folks have been sending in additional examples of basketball teams wearing untucked jerseys. The best story comes from reader Todd Tompkins, who recently checked in with the following:
This is a picture of my high school basketball team from 1991 at Washington Union High in Fresno. Our coach was so pissed off at us during my freshman year because we kept un-tucking our jerseys when we would get into games. He got tired of yelling at us, I guess, because the next year we wore these. We hated them! We thought they were girls’ uniforms.
We were the only team we saw in California to have these. If I remember correctly, they were micro-mesh and made by Wilson. They only lasted two seasons.
Ah, but if Todd had gone to high school 10 years earlier, he might have seen these uniforms, which were worn by Simi Valley High School (about three and a half hours from Fresno) in the early 1980s. Those shots were sent in by Simi Valley alum Dwayne Archuleta.
As for additional examples:
• If you watch this video clip (contributed by Dwayne Archuleta), you’ll see (a) a really nasty collision that they show over and over and over, and (b) UTEP wearing untucked jerseys. Interestingly, the hemline stripes almost look like a striped waistband on the shorts when viewed from the front, but their true nature becomes easier to see from the side.
• As we’ve seen before, many girls’ and women’s teams went untucked in the late 1970s and early ’80s. For example, Brad Eenhuis notes that the Iowa women’s team went untucked and sleeved in the late ’70s too (as did their opponent in that photo). And they were still untucked in the late 1980s.
• And on the girls’ high school level, Doug Keklak found lots of examples from Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. “My brother and I went to the public school (Greater Johnstown), and he recalls a lot of teams in our area using this style in the girls’ game,” says Doug. “Greater Johnstown used them when he was in school (Class of ’87).”
Thanks to all the contributors. I’ll keep running untucked updates as circumstances warrant.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Major find here: More than 30 years before the green dot, there was the yellow dot. “That’s a screen grab from the 1976 ’Skins highlight film,” says Larry Wiederecht. “Knowing George Allen, he probably handed them out as motivation to beat Dallas that day.” Either that or it was a play on Gerry Ford’s “WIN” buttons, which were in vogue around that time. ”¦ Super-cool old Plexiglas faceguard was auctioned off yesterday (with thanks to Brendon Yarian). ”¦ Michael Orr spotted these socks at a high school basketball state playoff game between R.B. Stall High (North Charleston) and Dreher High (Columbia, SC). ”¦ Remember the proposed new Eagle County logo from yesterday? Doug Brei notes that it looks familiar. ”¦ Hmmmm, this is interesting. That less-offensive Citi Field logo was supposedly only going to be used on merch sold at Citi Field, but hey, maybe MLB.com has a server tucked away on the press level or something. And no, I don’t think this means they’re changing the sleeve patch on the jerseys (with thanks to Brian Erni). ”¦ Would you shave off all your hair and wear an ad tattoo on your scalp, just for a plane ticket to New Zealand? These people did. ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Loads of cool old Orioles spring training pics here. ”¦ Sigh. ”¦ More old-school NYC letterboxes here (with thanks to Ken Clark, although I really should have known about that page, since I’m a big fan of the Forgotten NY site and its editor, Kevin Walsh, who’s a longtime Uni Watch fan). ”¦ Did you know stop signs used to be yellow? I didn’t (but I do now, thanks to Don Montgomery). ”¦ Here’s a good view of the Joe Robbie memorial band and 25th-anniversary patch that the Dolphins wore in 1990 (with thanks to Alan Borock). ”¦ Also from Alan: Good view of NC State’s front helmet decals, circa mid-1980s. ”¦ Serious sock stripes on display here (with thanks to Thomas Turner). ”¦ “Beleaguered Habs goalie Casey Price is switching his leg pads back to white from the red he has worn since the All-Star Game,” reports Casey Barcomb. “Since donning the red pillows, he has allowed 32 goals in eight games for a 4.00 GAA. In the season prior to switching to the red pads, his GAA was 2.35.” ”¦ Very nice Brad Van Pelt photo gallery here. “Aside from being the rare linebacker who got to keep his No. 10 (as mentioned in this obit), I think he was the only Giant to have gone through all five of the ’70s-’80s uniform incarnations,” notes Fran Fried. ”¦ Some British railroad uniforms had to be returned to the manufacturer because they were too revealing. No photo, alas (with thanks to Brendan Tarpey). ”¦ Jonee Eisen has scanned a bunch of pages from a 1975 New England Whalers program. “I love the wacky illustrations, especially the weird one on the coaches’ page — what the hell is that about?” he writes. “Also, it’s great that the ‘tough guys’ are celebrated, complete with fight photos. There are also a couple photos showing Toronto Toros players, who appear to have TNOS (team name on sleeves), as well as a center stripe on the helmet.” There’s more, too — for the full slideshow, look here. ”¦ I don’t really care about this sort of stuff, but I know many of you do. ”¦ Took a while, but Justine DeCotis finally came up with a photo of Milica Paligoric, the Iona player who was wearing eye black a few weeks ago. ”¦ I’m fairly certain this is a first: A Phoenix-area high school basketball team had to borrow another school’s uniforms due to a mercury spill (special Uni Watch hazmat suit now on its way to Jason Molina). ”¦ See what happens when there are too many “Think Pink” banners in the arena? (That’s Phil‘s wisecrack, just for the record.) ”¦ The Chicago Wolves (AHL) wore their home whites with the wolf’s head on the front last night — except for goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who wore the team’s maroon-shouldered alternate with “Wolves” across the chest. “Apparently there was some kind of laundry problem when the team came back from their road trip, or at least that’s what the announcers said,” reports Jonathan Cain. “The back-up goalie wore the alternate too.” ”¦ The Australian Football League’s Melbourne Demons will wear a special Red Cross relief pitch on Saturday, complete with a phone number, to help victims of the recent brush fires (with thanks to Drew Douglas). ”¦ Remember my post a few months ago about the Phillips 66ers and their penchant for double-numbered players? Erik Morris found a non-double-number example. ”¦ If you scroll down to the “Fool’s Swag” section near the bottom of this page, you’ll find an interesting story about NFL players keeping their helmets (good find by Brinke Guthrie). ”¦ The 10th photo in this gallery shows Iowa State hoops player Craig Brackins wearing one knee-high sock and one shorter sock in last night’s game against Kansas (with thanks to Shane Baker). ”¦ Yesterday’s Ticker included an item about Paul Bielewicz and his attempts to document the uniforms worn by the 1932 Rochester Red Wings (he now thinks they looked like one of these). If you can help him with this, or with any other Red Wings-related research, contact him here.