Another great batch, mostly courtesy of Mike Hersh, who by this point deserves a silver-plated teletype machine for his efforts. Here we go:
• Here’s Mr. May, as the Boss liked to call him, in his college days. Note the basketball-style centered uni number. I also like how the caption lists him as a “pitcher-left fielder.”
• Lots of weirdness in this 1943 shot. For starters, although the caption says the guy in the center is 7 feet tall, he doesn’t look nearly that big to me. Whatever his height, nobody by the name of Richard Ahrens is listed in the all-time registry of big-leaguers, so he never played. Also, note that the caption refers to the Senators as the “Nats,” as was common parlance in those days.
• Do pitchers still wear toe plates? If so, they certainly aren’t contrast-colored.
• Oh man, how soon can we get the Rays to wear this Tampa Tarpons uni as a throwback?
• Who’s that kid lurking in the doorway? Must’ve been Jeffrey Maier’s father. Also, note the stirrup star on the Astros outfielder.
• The thing that jumped out at me from this photo was the inconsistent sleeve patches (both of which are awesome, no?). Then I realized the guy on the right has no collar/placket piping, while the other two guys do. Which means we’re probably seeing a mix of the Cubbies’ 1929 and 1930 road uniforms.
• Quick, can you guess the colors of this Booklyn Dodgers uni design? I bet 99% of you will be surprised to learn the true hues. The caps in the photo don’t match the ones in the Okkonen template because the photo was taken in spring training of 1932 — they were wearing the previous season’s uniforms but the upcoming season’s cap.
• Speaking of the Dodgers (or the Robins, as they were known back then), here’s skipper Wilbert Robinson wearing one beauty of a sweater. Don’t think I’ve ever seen two-tone sleeves like those on a baseball sweater before. Note the tattersall uniforms on the flanking players, which means the photo was likely taken in 1916.
• And speaking of sweaters, you’d be hard-pressed to find a nicer one than this 1934 Cardinals model. That’s Dizzy Dean with the Pedro Porthole and brother Paul with the partially unbuckled belt.
• And speaking of the Cards, it’s always nice to see a good photo of their 1927 “Look at us!” uni.
• One last sweater shot: Who’s that? It’s none other than Shoeless Joe Jackson, playing for Savannah in 1908.
• And finally, a non-baseball shot, and it’s a doozy.
That’s it for this time. More wire service goodies coming soon.
World Cup Giveaway: The folks at Puma are making one of their Africa Unity jerseys available to a lucky Uni Watch reader (further info on the jersey is here). The jersey will be packaged in a special wooden box and will include a set of patches, so the winner can customize the shirt to his or her liking.
To enter, send an e-mail with your name, shipping address, and preferred shirt size (S, M, or L only) to the giveaway address by this Thursday, June 17th, 7pm eastern. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner on Friday.
Uni Watch News Ticker: New logo for USA Ultimate (with thanks to Chris Ashworth). ”¦ “For the second year in a row, the Canadian team Cervelo has realized it gets pretty hot in July and is switching to a white kit for the Tour de France,” says Jeff Mayer. “They pulled the same trick last year.” ”¦ Here’s what this year’s World Series patch will look like (with thanks to Justin Kerr). ”¦ Gotta love this: a 1910 baseball team sponsored by a clothier. Dig that guy with his back to the camera! (Great find by Dave Eskenazi.) ”¦ Really cool World Cup interactive schedule here (with thanks to Brad Shannon). ”¦ And there’s a good visual timeline of soccer gear here (as forwarded by John Muir). ”¦ Lots of catcher’s have their names, nicknames, or uni numbers on their chest protector collars. But Joe Mauer appears to be the only one who has his own personal logo. And no, that’s not a Twins “M” — it’s Mauer’s own mark (with thanks to Willie Oelrich). ”¦ The Jazz will unveil their new logos, colors, etc. tomorrow morning. ”¦ New logo for the Portland Timbers. ”¦ Interesting clear facemask on this softball player (with thanks to Tris Wykes). ”¦ Anyone know what David Huff had written on his cap yesterday? (As noted by Alex Higley.) ”¦ Double-whammy for Jamie Moyer the other night: a Pedro porthole and an extra “el” (with thanks to Tom Adjemian). ”¦ Tim Lincecum was breathing Ethier on Friday night (screen shot provided by Laren Richardson. ”¦ Very interesting interview with the guy who designed the Big 10 logo (big thanks to Rachel Bicicchi). ”¦ In a related item, Chiraag Dharia has come up with a great logo design that will come in handy if the Big 10 ever expands to 16 teams. ”¦ What’s worse than a softball team wearing solid black? Two softball teams wearing solid black. That’s from the Utah state championship semi-finals (with thanks to Shane Jorgenson). ”¦ The White Sox wore this road uniform for only one season — 1926. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a photo of it before. Love that cap! And man, those sneakers (awesome find by Bruce Menard). ”¦ Good video survey of English soccer jersey history on this page. It has a really annoying musical accompaniment, so hit the mute button before clicking on the video (with thanks to Greg Trandel). ”¦ Last week I mentioned that Nate Robinson was wearing a Livestrong-ish bracelet with the MLB logo. Now Jamie Hall informs me that the bracelet in question is actually this Phiten model, so at least it’s Boston-related. ”¦ I’m quoted fairly extensively in this article about the Blackhawks’ uniforms. ”¦ New basketball floor design for Auburn (with thanks to Jeff Hunter). ”¦ Who’s that wearing the Chelsea kit? None other than Raquel Welch (with thanks to Lance Smith). ”¦ Lots of good new additions to Michael Princip‘s Illustrated NFL site, including a rundown of players who wore glasses; some great Jack Davis illos of Errol Mann, Garo Yepremian, and Rich Szaro; and a sensational Chuck Ren portrait of George Kunz. ”¦ Check out the duds on Bucky Dent and Dick Howser in this Old Spice ad (with thanks to Bill Kellick). ”¦ As several readers have noted, many of the World Cup shirts have the team’s opponent listed just below the badge. ” I’m assuming it’s because the players trade uniforms after the game,” says Adam Yarnevich. ”¦ In a related item, here’s a good video clip showing England’s kits being prepared for their match against the USA. ”¦ Phil Amaya notes that most of the Arizona State caps have the outline of Arizona on the back, but third baseman Raoul Torrez has a pitchfork (or maybe a cactus). ”¦ Here’s a rarity: a St. Louis Stallions cap (nice find by Jeffrey Brand). ”¦ Matthew Hiett notes that the Baseball Tonight crew was using an outdated Twins jersey to introduce Braves/Twins highlights last night.