A few months ago, Phil wrote an entry about Rosenblatt Stadium, the Omaha ballpark that was hosting its final College World Series. Now the Omaha World-Herald has published a book about Rosenblatt, and reader Todd Hotz reports that it features several uni-notable photos. He’s generously scanned the relevant images, including some real stunners.
Let’s take a look:
• I knew several minor league teams had worn shorts over the years (along with the Chisox, obviously), but I didn’t know it had ever been done by a college team. That’s Southern Illinois in 1969. Also note that everyone’s wearing a helmet — including the pitcher and the manager — and that the helmets have TV numbers.
• Another team that wore helmets in the field: Iowa, in 1972.
• Interesting to see that the tequila sunrise template had trickled down to the college ranks by 1978, only three years after it debuted in Houston.
• Here’s another tequila sunrise team. Also, note the very loose waistband on the infielder.
• Is this also a tequila sunrise design, or is it something else? Tough to tell with the black-and-white photo. Also, looks like the infielder is wearing a mesh-backed cap.
• The 1980 Hawaii team apparently wore a mesh-backed cap as well. Adjustable, too, looks like.
• The guy at far left in this shot is apparently future MLB pitcher Paul Splittorff. Note that the descender on his “j” appears to be falling off, or else it’s riding mighty low.
• Dave Winfield apparently liked to wear his pants skin-tight from an early age. Was that uni powder blue? Some other color?
• Apparently they should have planned a bit better when installing Rosenblatt’s light towers.
• Always fun to see a groundskeeper with a shotgun.
Great stuff, right? Big thanks to Todd for sharing these scans.
Update, 4pm: Turns out all the scans have been taken down by Flickr, due to a copyright claim by the World-Herald (who never contacted me to express their concerns). Lame move — here I am giving them free publicity for their book. And newspapers wonder why they’re going out of business.
ESPN Reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my annual NFL season-preview column (which also includes a fresh round of college uni changes) is up.
Also, even if you read the column yesterday, you might have missed a coupla late-breaking college changes that were added to the column during the afternoon:
• San Diego State has a Don Coryell memorial decal.
Also, a quick follow-up: Yesterday I mentioned that Maryland had white socks with stripes. What I didn’t mention — because I didn’t realize it until Matt Shevin told me — is that the socks are Under Armour-branded. Ew.
Beaver Shot Chronicles, Vol. 713: Mike Hersh has come up with what is likely to be the definitive view of the 1956 Portland Beavers’ striped undersleeves. The photo I showed on the site last week made it look like the stripes might have been sewn onto the sleeves (i.e., separate stripes of fabric), but this latest shot clearly shows they were knit in. And check out this great caption.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Big congrats to our own Jeremy Brahm, who just became the head coach of the varsity volleyball team at the Oregon School for the Deaf. ”¦ Tons of amazing 100-year-old football photos, plus some home movie footage, in this sensational video slideshow (big thanks to Jeff Wilk). ”¦ I originally reported that Boston College’s switch from Reebok to Under Armour resulted in no uni change except for the collar. But it turns out that the uni numbers got smaller, which has resulted in legibility issues. “The numbers have been difficult to read since BC went to a custom narrow/italic font in early 2000s, got harder last year when the numbers went from white to gold, and got impossible when made smaller on the new Under Armour version debuted last Saturday,” says Christian Eidt. “There just is not enough spacing to see the jersey contrast beneath the number.” ”¦ Ryan Connelly sent in some pics of Rick Dudley, one of the few hockey players to wear a headband (“and one of only four NHL players to wear #99!” adds Ryan). ”¦ Brian Schulz sent along some good pics of the Wild’s center-ice logo being applied. ”¦ Whoa, dig this old Bills sweater! ”¦ David Staples notes that the uni numbers on UCF’s new jerseys appear to be riding mighty low. ”¦ Hmmm, a Bengals-patterned race car helmet (with thanks to Michael Korczynski). ”¦ This Twitter post indicates that Miami will be wearing their “Storm Trooper” uniforms — that’s white on white — at Georgia Tech later this month. Which means, as another reader recently indicated, Tech will have to wear color at home after all (with thanks to Jesse Agler). ”¦ Wales, the only rugby power to be outfitted by Under Armour, has a new kit. “I’m not a big fan of the new design,” says Eric Bangeman. ”¦ Our own Vince Grzegorek has written a great piece about Felix Wright, the Browns’ uni policeman. ”¦ Nick Karaffa got a tour of Paul Brown Stadium as part of a sports law class he was taking last year. “It’s amazing the amount of gear each guy has in his locker,” he says. “Chad Ochocinco probably had the most stuff (multiple helmets, tons of gloves, cleats, etc.), but Carson Palmer had more Skoal than any other player. My buddy decided to use the bathroom in the locker room, simply because we realized we’d never be in a pro locker room again. As for Ochocinco’s ‘kiss the baby’ list, someone said it has something to do with him beating a corner or safety during each game.” ”¦ The situation with the Cubs’ 1957 stirrups gets curiouser and curiouser. Okkonen shows them being blue at the bottom, but yesterday’s Ticker had a photo in which they appeared white at the bottom, and now David Fetty has come up with a baseball card that shows them being red on the bottom. Very odd. ”¦ Dave Burns notes that Boise/VaTech game looked an awful lot like the futuristic football game shown in Starship Troopers. The color schemes even match! ”¦ The legitimacy of those new Sabres jerseys has now been confirmed, and I for one and happy about it. ”¦ Charlie Shields got a note from the Texas Rangers yesterday, as follows: “You will now be able to go to TexasRangers.com, sometimes as early as the night before any home game but in any event by the afternoon leading up to the game, to see what color jersey that night’s starting pitcher has chosen for the team to wear. The idea is to encourage fans who have Rangers red and blue and white in their closets to know which to wear before heading out to the Ballpark. The information will show up just below the fold on the front page of the website.” ”¦ Two new mask designs — presumably one home, one road — for Marty Turco (with thanks to Eric Lovejoy). ”¦ New hoops set for Navy. ”¦ Sicks Stadium, where the Raniers and Pilots used to play, no longer exists — it’s a Lowe’s hardware store. But the store has a little memorabilia case. Nice! Patrick Woody took that photo during a recent west coast road trip. ”¦ Wanna spend $300 on a pair of sneakers? Be my freaking guest. ”¦ The Pirates marked Roberto Clemente Night by wearing mustard throwback caps — with no MLB logo! — last night. Looked really good with their current uni. ”¦ The Bears will wear white at home against the Lions this Sunday. ”¦ Here’s a rarity: a Native American women’s basketball team, circa 1904. The initials on the collar stand for “Fort Shaw,” Oklahoma (great find by Matt Mitchell). ”¦ Here’s a good video of the Tennessee equipment staff prepping the Vols’ helmets for gameday (with thanks to Buddy Walker). ”¦ Back on Saturday I mentioned, without comment, that USC had changed from Oakley visors to Nike. Someone commented that the Nike version looked like shit, which led someone else to get all bent out of shape, and it became part of the day’s Nike-driven clusterfuck. But you know, the Nike visors really do look worse than all the other brands’, because they put the wordmark on one tab and the swoosh on the other, which makes the helmet feel unbalanced. This is one case when I’d actually prefer an added swoosh, just for the sake of symmetry. Of course, no logos on any visor tabs, regardless of brand, would be the best solution, but that’s obviously too sensible to happen.