Most of you have probably seen Gaylord Perry’s career-spanning jersey, shown at right. But anyone can slap a bunch of logos on a single jersey — that’s easy. It takes
a loose screw serious devotion to do what reader Ian Haggerty did when attending the Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown last Sunday: He decided to salute his favorite player, Rickey Henderson, by wearing one piece of apparel or accessory for each stop in Rickey’s well-traveled career — including all nine major league teams, two independent league teams, and one minor league rehab stint.
It’s hard to see all the items in that one photo, so here’s a breakdown, with Ian’s comments on each item, presented in the order of the teams Rickey played for:
• A’s jersey (with NOB): “Team shown on his Hall plaque, most of his numbers were with them, so they deserved to be the most visible part of the outfit. After I bought the jersey, I freaked out a bit, because I remembered that the green jersey was newer and wasn’t positive he wore it. Looked it up, and saw that it came around in 1994 I believe, and photographic evidence of him wearing it.”
• Yankees cap: “My favorite team, his second-most ABs and numbers with them, and he was playing for them at the time that I became a fan. Had to give the Yankees their due, and I already owned about 10 Yankees hats, so then it was just a matter of choosing which one. So I went with my fitted field hat, which was pretty beat up from years of use.”
• Blue Jays baseball seam wristband: “Found a website with the wristbands, knew that I would need something for each wrist to be able to keep all of the items visible. Since it was a smaller piece, but still a cool one, I thought it would be good for team he only played half a season with, but won a World Series with.”
• Padres turtleneck: “Who wears a turtleneck in July? This moron did! My sister helped me by cutting off the sleeves, but it was still pretty warm. But it was a nice addition and easily visible, so it worked.”
• Angels right flip-flop: “Most disappointing part of the outfit. I couldn’t find anything with the flying-A Disney logo, so I went with the current logo. Not a fan of the Angels, so I kept it on the foot so I could walk all over them (I know, I’m a loser).”
• Mets belt buckle: “One of my favorites, actually. As a Yankees fan, I don’t hate the Mets — I really don’t care about them. Kind of like the Nationals to me. But the belt buckle is cool because the baseball behind the logo spins, so it kept me entertained.”
• Mariners wristband: “I know, wrong logo for the time he played with them. But it’s a cool logo, and it cost only $3.95. Plus I had an open wrist for something to put on there, and he only played there half a year with them, so it wasn’t too flashy.”
• Red Sox left flip-flop: “Worst part of the outfit for me to wear, because I’m a Yankees fan. But I had to wear something, because Rickey played for them. Kept it on my left foot, so it wasn’t next to my interlocking NY tattoo on the inside of my right ankle. It gave me blisters — that’ll teach me to wear Red Sox stuff. (Incidentally, I was originally going to do Dodgers and Angels sneakers, and Mets and Red Sox socks, but I was worried the shoes would cover up the socks too much, so I went with the flip-flops.)”
• Dodgers necklace: “You can barely see the team’s logo on it because it’s kind of small, so I went with the team he played on last, and a team that he didn’t do much with in terms of stats.”
• Newark Bears pin (Atlantic League): As an employee of the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League, I figured this would be an easy item to get. But they didn’t have any merchandise available online, so it was more difficult then I expected. Then I went to the Atlantic League All-Star game on June 23rd and was reminded by co-worker (and daily Uni Watch reader) Adam Cobb to go to the store at the game, where I found the pin. It was the last piece of the outfit that I acquired.”
• Portland Beavers earring: “After I got the Bears pin, I figured I was done. But after talking to my father and brothers, we decided that I should look into all the minor league stops Rickey made. Coming up through the A’s system, he played for the Boise A’s, the Modesto A’s, Jersey City A’s, and Ogden A’s, so I decided the A’s jersey covered that. Then I looked up his minor league rehab stints and found he only made two of them: One in 1985 with the Fort Lauderdale Yankees (already represented by the Yankees cap) and another in 2001 with the Portland Beavers (a Padres affiliate). So I went on the Beavers web site, purchased the earrings, forced one of them through my ear (which used to be pierced, although I hadn’t worn an earring in six years), and I was ready to go.”
Fortunately for all concerned, Rickey never made that long-threatened comeback, so we’re spared the sight of Ian wearing an Orioles navel ring or whatever.
Cleveland Reminder: Uni Watch party tomorrow night, 7pm, at the Prosperity Social Club. See you there.
Uni Watch News Ticker: New football field designs for Arkansas and Western Kentucky. ”¦ Rick Friedel notes that Tom Zbikowski wore three different uni numbers last season. ”¦ Madison’s new minor league hockey team will be called the Ice Muskies (with thanks to Jeff Ash). ”¦ Some very nice early-1900s panoramic Indians team portraits here (with thanks to Marc Swanson). ”¦ The bullpen buggy lives! That shot was taken at the Memorial Day Parade in Bayville, N.Y., and forwarded to me by Todd Radom. ”¦ Lots of truly hideous minor league hockey jerseys on display here (nice find by Chris Flinn). ”¦ As we covered last year around this time, the Ravens award a purple hammer patch to players who attend 85% of the off-season workouts. But now there are players with two patches. Anyone know the story? (As spotted by Rick Friedel.) ”¦ The past few days I’ve shown photos of several Royals players who rolled up their sleeve cuffs in the 1980s. Now comes this from Joe Barker: “The Royals weren’t the only team in Missouri to have players roll up their sleeves. In the early ’90s, Cards outfielder Felix JosÃ© always rolled his sleeves up. As a kid, I used to do it when I played Little League, because JosÃ© was one of my favorite players.” ”¦ The West Michigan Whitecaps will wear Star Wars jerseys on August 1st (with thanks to Wayne Koehler). ”¦ Yesterday’s post about the Three-Letter NOB Team prompted Bill Kellick to contribute rear-view pics of Kent Nix and John Alt. ”¦ Just when you thought the Mets couldn’t get any more embarrassing, they release a line of player-designed apparel (although I’m fairly certain the “design” process in this case consisted of looking at a mock-up and saying, “Yeah, OK, that’s fine”). And just to underscore the hilarity, they got Daniel Murphy’s name wrong on the web listing. I ask you, where’s Tony Bernazard when you need him? ”¦ Check out this baseball T-shirt quilt. “Most of the shirts come from many years of trips to all the major league ballparks,” says Beau Craig. “My mom felt I would grow into the extra large shirts she had purchased, but unfortunately I did not. So my fiancÃ© turned these unused shirts into an art project. It currently looks great on my bed and will soon be a great addition to a sports-themed man cave.” ”¦ Alain Nana-Sinkam, who runs the fine Classic Old School operation, recently attended a family reunion. “This year I decided to do a team theme,” he says, “so I gave each family member a uniform number (starting with #1 and #2 for Granddad and Nana — those are retired, since they’ve passed — all the way up to 33 and 34 for the littlest babies). I then did logos for each family, based on where they’re from.” ”¦ New football uniforms for Montana State. ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Great view of Dick Allen’s HOB (hometown on back). ”¦ Also from yesterday: Rare shot of Rollie Fingers in a Bosox uni. ”¦ Michael Kemezis spotted this at last nights Rockies/Mets game (and says the new NOB appeared to have been rendered in torn-up napkins). ”¦ Live organ transplant? Nope — that’s Astros pitcher Jeff Fulchino, who had a ground ball lodge in his jersey last night (with thanks to Paulie Soto). ”¦ This Flickr set includes several shots of Fenway bat boys not wearing batting helmets, which looks much better but is against MLB regulations (with thanks to Christopher Leopardi). … The Red Sox retired Jim Rice’s number last night. … You know how you occasionally see stories about “the stupidest thief ever”? Here’s one about the stupidest jersey thief (with thanks to Chad Todd). … Single-digit pitcher? Sort of — that’s Mark Loretta, who was pressed into service to get one out during last night’s Dodgers/Cards blowout.
Be nice to the substitute teacher: Phil will be minding the store while I’m in Cleveland — treat him right. I’ll be back in the saddle next week.