Back in the summer of 2006, when this blog was less than two months old, I wrote an entry about the “White War” of 1967, in which the Washington Senators briefly wore white caps and white socks as a way of protesting and ridiculing the white shoes worn by the Kansas City A’s — a little-noted chapter in MLB uni history.
Unfortunately, the only action photo I could come up with at the time was this one, which gives a very poor view of the white-clad Sens player. Fortunately, reader Paul Wiederecht recently came up with something much, much better.
Pretty great, right? And that’s just one of the excellent wire service photos Paul recently uncovered. Here are some more:
• Most of you are probably aware that the 1958 Topps baseball set showed many of the Giants wearing a prototype cap design that never made it onto the field, plus a few Giants were shown wearing the team’s proper cap. Until now, however, I’d never seen this cap variation, which was apparently an earlier prototype developed in the fall of 1957. Has anyone ever seen this cap design before?
• Speaking of the teams that moved west for the 1958 season, take a look at this, which ran in the 2/24/58 issue of SI. What are the Dodgers wearing there — a prototype design that was only used during spring training? Repurposed L.A. Angels uniforms? Anyone know more about this?
• But here’s the most intriguing photo of the batch — dig. I’d never seen or heard anything about this “air-conditioned” mesh cap design before. Judging by the photo date, it looks like the Reds were experimenting with it during spring training. Anyone know if they ever used it during the regular season, and/or if any other teams ever tried anything similar?
Big thanks to Paul for all this great material, and let’s all be alert to wire service photo collections, which are clearly an untapped gold mine of uni-relevant imagery.
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Western-Pennsylvania Reminder: Doug Keklak, Ryan Connelly, and some other Steeltown-area readers are organizing their own Uni Watch gathering this Thursday, January 7th, 6pm, at Silky’s in Squirrel Hill. Highlights from the past Steelers season will most definitely not be shown.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Marlins are changing their road jersey insignia. ”¦ Jason Bay was signed by the Mets and Rangers. ”¦ Cycling update from Jeff Mayer, who writes: “Here’s the first look at the U.S. National Championship jersey for George Hincapie, who’s switching teams from Columbia to BMC.” ”¦ Bruce Soltys recently saw The Blind Side and, like everyone else, noticed all the Under Armour logo creep. But he also noticed this: “When former Vols coach (Phil Fulmer) made an appearance, the Adidas logo on the side of the hat was blacked out, but a Nike logo was in full view on the Florida rep directly behind him.” Interesting that they’d put the kibosh on one but not the other — did Nike pay a fee that Adidas declined to pay? ”¦ Webmaster John Ekdahl took this shot a while back. Note the cameraman’s jacket logo. ”¦ Georgia Tech hoops player D’andre Bell was sporting an upside-down flag patch last night (with thanks to Britton Thomas). ”¦ Yet another uni-related wedding maneuver, this time by Andrew Harris‘s 2008 ceremony: “I had to find a way to honor my groomsmen, a quintet of Mets fans I’ve known forever. Here was the result — an acceptable use of the Mets’ black, I think (it was a wedding, after all). Each number represented the number of years I’d known the wearer. I’m wearing 43. My bride, Shawn, was excused from compliance.” ”¦ Very cool USFL helmet animation here. There’s also a WFL version (great find, Phil). ”¦ Andy Kuempel’s jersey number and helmet number didn’t match last night (with thanks to Dan Winter). ”¦ Interesting footwear note from Peter Macaluso, who writes: “My good friend plays receiver for a D-III football program and blew out his knee while making a cut this year. When he went to the rehab center, the people asked him if he was wearing the new Nike Vapors. When he said yes, they checked off a box, because apparently there’s been a jump in knee injuries this year due to the cleats actually being too good at gripping the ground and causing people’s knees to give out instead. I thought that was pretty crazy. I believe Wes Welker was also wearing Vapors when he was injured this week.” … Here’s a subtle little rivalry message. That’s Iowa State in 1977 (with thanks to Brian Powers).