Our ongoing series of wire service photos has gotten me interested in the history of teletype machines. One thing I’ve learned is that the Teletype Corporation used to have a super-cool logo, which just makes me like these old photos all the more. Here’s our latest batch:
• Here’s Jimmy Foxx wearing that early-’40s Cubs uni that I love and most of you hate. And here he is suiting up before the game, which gives us a better view of the undershirt. Actually, that shot makes me want one of those undershirts!
• Not sure I’ve ever seen a photo of this 1933 Indians uni before. The gent in the photo is none other than the Big Train, who was managering the Tribe that year.
• The Tigers have had the old English “D” on their home jersey every year since 1934 — except in 1960. That’s Jim Bunning on the left.
• The Cardinals aren’t the only team who’ve used the birds on the bat design. That’s the minor league O’s, from 1938, long before the Browns moved to Baltimore.
• Toward the end of his life, Casey Stengel took to wearing this mish-mash uniform. That photo is from his last public appearance, shortly before his death.
• Here’s a fascinating factoid: If a Dodgers player was injured during spring training, he was given a different-colored cap so the coaching staff would know not to judge his performance too harshly.
• Speaking of the Dodgers, it’s worth remembering that their “LA” cap logo existed long before the Dodgers moved west. That’s Rip Collins, playing for the minor league L.A. Angels in 1937.
• Wordmarks just don’t work on sleeves. That’s Jim Bottomley, circa 1935.
• Heeeeere’s Johnny! Yes, that’s Johnny Carson in a Yankees uniform, part of a promotion in which he pitched to Mickey Mantle at Yankee Stadium. (You can see the video of this stunt, along with footage of Carson in a Jets uniform, here. Major thanks to Bruce Menard for finding this one.)
• I’ve always said that Sandy Koufax wore perfect stirrups, and that was still true in 1981, when he was doing a bit of coaching for the Albuquerque Dukes.
• I can never see enough photos of Sonny Liston. Such a compelling character, even when he was just sitting there.
• This NHL shot is pure 1981 — the helmetless linesman, the girl’s hairstyle, the guy with the cigarette.
• Speaking of cigarettes: I was admiring this shot of Rider College’s 1961 uni — super-classy, right? — for quite a while before I noticed the coffin nail in the guy’s mouth. Not so classy after all.
• Good photo-op here of Scooter Rizzuto trading a signed contract for his jersey. Interesting that it’s a road jersey, though. Wouldn’t you think they’d use the home pinstripes for the occasion?
• Mets fans won’t like hearing this, but let’s be honest: Tom Seaver has always been a bit pompous. So I got a kick out of this stop-action sequence.
And that’ll hold us for this round. More wire service pics coming soon.
Sock Giveaway Results: The winner of the soccer sock giveaway is Jeff Poole. I’ll have a really exciting giveaway to announce next week — stay tuned.
Late ESPN Reminder: Wednesday’s ESPN column went up kinda late in the day, and then I forgot to mention it yesterday, so here ’tis, just in case you missed it.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Nice job by Vince unearthing this awesome montage of old Cavs video. ”¦ Have I featured this soccer kit blog before? Eh, can’t hurt to link to it one more time (with thanks to Adam Krasner). ”¦ Who was this tequila sunrise polo intended for — the Astros’ trainers? In any case, it’s a major find by Jonathan Trapp). ”¦ Ladainian Tomlinson has gotten really amateur-looking Chargers and Jets tattoos on his legs. ”¦ A group of baseball historians has begun providing headstones for the graves of Negro Leaguers. ”¦ The stars/stripes caps will be worn by lots of minor league teams this year. And really, that’s wear this gimmick belongs. They look ridiculous on the MLB clubs, but it strikes just the right tone for a minor league promotion. ”¦ Meanwhile, the Blue Jays wore their Canada Day caps yesterday, which just made them look even worse than usual. ”¦ The Indians are promoting a Shin-Soo Choo fan club and have created a logo featuring Choo’s signature double-flap helmet (as noted by Brian Geiger). ”¦ The San Diego State football team’s locker room has its own Facebook page, complete with lots of interesting photos (with thanks to Sonny Sanfilippo). … Another throwback game based on a uniform that was worn only a couple of times back in the day: The Orioles will wear solid-orange throwbacks on August 13th, while the Rays will dress up as the Tampa Tarpons. ”¦ Good article on NASCAR’s ever-changing paint schemes (with thanks to Matthew Dowell). ”¦ Hartford Whalers gear is apparently becoming a hot thing in Hollywood.
Holiday Schedule: First, I want to apologize to all our Canadian readers for neglecting to wish them a happy Canada Day yesterday. It’s an inexcusable omission, but maybe I can make up for it by showing you this, which was at the Canada Day party I attended last night. (If you think it’s just a Canada Dry bottle, take a closer look.)
As for this weekend, Phil will have his usual Saturday post tomorrow, I’ll have my annual ode to America on the Fourth, and I haven’t decided yet about Monday (probably just open comments). Everyone have a great holiday weekend, and make sure there’s a nice, long fuse on that M-80. See you next week.