By adding a black armband for Ralph Houk, I believe the Yankees have now become the first MLB team — and maybe the first North American sports team, period — to commemorate three different people with three different memorial gestures.
To be sure, this is not the first time a team has honored three people simultaneously. The 1993 Dodgers memorialized Roy Campanella and Don Drysdale with one patch and Tim Crews with another, and the 2005 Blue Jays had one patch for manager Bobby Mattick, broadcaster John Cerutti, and player Doug Ault. But I can’t think of any previous examples of a team wearing three distinct memorials like the Yankees are now doing. And all three of them have been added to the uni in the space of a week!
That’s it for today, because I’m on my way out the door. I’ll be on the road until Monday evening but should still have a regular entry that morning. See you then.
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
Another day, another round of eBay finds:
• Wow, look at this great 1960s Boston Patriots blow-up figure.
• Did you like that old “alternate” MLB logo? Here it is, on a belt buckle.
• This Eagles helmet bank is beat-up but still very cool.
• Current version of Chief Wahoo isn’t un-PC enough for you? Try this version, from 1950.
• Here’s a familiar sight from the 1970s: Sparky (Captain Hook) Anderson on the phone to the bullpen. “Get Carroll up!”
• Got a kid who’s a Cowboys fan? Get him these sneakers. Kinda look like Riddells.
• Lukas alert: a ’68 Mets yearbook.
Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Rod Barajas wore Mike Pelfrey’s BP jersey on Tuesday. ”¦ Mike Perrin has a baseball team called AppleKnockers, but they wear A’s uniforms, complete with striped stirrups and white shoes. “Tell me where you can find a better-looking uniform!” he says. ”¦ Rickie Weeks’s Brewers-logo socks were peeking out from his slacks the other day. “Exciting stuff,” says Joe Hasek, quite accurately. ”¦ Typo alert! That’s Braves outfielder Brent Clevlen on a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday (good spot by Mickey Seward). ”¦ Cycling note from Sean Clancy, who writes: “At the prologue of the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Ore., Floyd Landis wore a T-shirt when race officials deemed his skinsuit illegal. He was 19 seconds off the winning time.” ”¦ Scientists have created new fibers that can see, hear, and talk — sort of. Not clear yet whether this material will be used in uniforms (nice find by Tom Mulgrew). ”¦ The Bears are using a vaguely retro ticket for their games against the Packers and Vikings. I guess the Lions were deemed too pathetic to qualify (with thanks to Adam Hainsfurther). ”¦ Here’s yet another photo of Wilt not wearing No. 13 (with thanks to Matt Mitchell). ”¦ SI.com has a good gallery of 1985 NFL photos. Among the highlights: the best look I’ve ever seen of the Rams’ 40th-season-in-LA patch; Reggie White not wearing No. 92 (note the cut-off fingers on his gloves, too); Sweetness in a Roos headband; Marcus Allen with some serious high whites; some major mesh-jersey action from the Seahawks and Bucs; and John Stalworth in a Maxpro helmet. ”¦ Bill Pintsak pointed me toward a uni-reference site I hadn’t seen before. Haven’t had time yet to explore it fully — anyone care to weigh in with a yea or nay? ”¦ Oooh, check out this old Seahawks pin by Mad magazine’s Jack Davis (with thanks to Reuven Szleifer). ”¦ I hear through the grapevine that Nike will have another round of Pro Combat uniforms this season. Look for an announcement at the ACC media day for the season-opening Virginia Tech vs. Boise State game. ”¦ It may be the middle of the summer, but a little lobe of my brain is still thinking about curling. Jared Wheeler sent me that shot. ”¦ Good catch by Nick Minnott, who noticed Justin Smoak of the Mariners wearing an upside-down logo on his batting helmet. ”¦
New uniforms forthcoming next week for the UFL Never mind, nobody cares. … Autism-awareness jerseys on tap for the Brockton Rox of the independent Can-Am League. “I love the idea, not so sure about the execution,” says Matt Moschella. … Biggest uni numbers ever? Could be. “Caption said Mrs. Churchill was meeting the Canadian players,” says Ben Traxel.
FWHA! Update: Coupla new entries over on my other site.