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I Don't Think Don Draper Worked on Any of These

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I recently came across a bunch of old uniform ads from assorted sporting goods brands. I started to add them to the Ticker and thought to myself, “Terry Proctor’s gonna shit when he sees these.” But then I thought, “Hmmm, why not run these by Terry before posting them on the site and get him to comment on them?”

So that’s what I did. Here are the ads, along with Terry’s commentary:

Medalist Sand-Knit, 1975: “This ad shows some of the more popular versions of the Sand-Mark series of uniform coordinates. All that the team had to do was pick out a template and in effect ‘color-by-the-numbers’ to complete its uniform. The design on the left was introduced by Marquette (big surprise) and also used by the Cleveland Cavaliers.”

MacGregor, 1955: “MacGregor made uniforms for all levels of baseball. They made their share of MLB and MiLB uniforms including both sets for their hometown Reds and at least one set for the Dodgers, Tigers, NY Giants, Pirates, and Indians. Minor League teams they outfitted included the Buffalo Bisons, Syracuse Chiefs, and Montreal Royals, to name a few. Several MLB teams would split their orders, using Rawlings, Wilson, and MacGregor. The home unis would be by MacGregor and the roads by Wilson, for example.” [Anyone else think the kid on the right looks kinda creepy? — PL]

Spanjian, 1968: “This print ad also appeared in the Spanjian catalog. The jersey was columbia blue with black and white lettering and stripes. Spanjian’s entire catalog was always done with these hand-drawn illustrations. We dealers would complain about it — photos would have been better — but our protests always fell on deaf ears.” [I love the heavily ribbed trim on the collar and sleeve cuff. I bet it wasn’t like that in real life. — PL]

Spanjian, 1967: “This is the only time I’ve ever seen Spanjian use a real photograph in an ad. The ad shows Spanjian’s nylon/durene cotton knit baseball uniforms that I mentioned this past summer in connection with the 40th anniversary of the Pirates’ switch to knits. I don’t know if the Dodger uniform shown in the ad was an actual prototype, but when you consider that the Spanjian plant was located at 535 N. Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena, it might have been. But considering the Dodgers longstanding rivalry with the Yankees, I don’t think that they would have ever worn pinstripes. The ad probably was just trying to show that any color of knit-in pinstripes was available and the name ‘Dodgers’ was selected because it was well-known to everyone.” [I’m not sure which disturbs me more about that Dodgers photo: the pins or the white belt. — PL]

Hanesport, 1967: “Hanes is best known for their underwear, but in the late 1960s they began making and marketing football jerseys. They should have stuck to T-shirts. Trying to compete with Russell and Champion for the football market was not a good idea. Ironically, the Hanesport uniform division turned into Southern Athletic, which then became Bike Athletic. Russell Athletic now owns Bike Athletic. What goes around comes around.” [Again with the heavily ribbed collar and cuffs. — PL]

Rawlings, 1968: “The hometown Redbirds used Rawlings forever.” [Interesting to see Rawlings was pushing the sex-appeal angle in this ad. Not exactly the best way to earn credibility or respect, but advertising was all over the place in the late ’60s, as ad agencies tried to figure out the new moral landscape. — PL]

Yankiboy, 1951: “I’m not familiar with this distributor/manufacturer, but I do remember my mother buying me a very similar baseball uniform at J.C. Penny when I was seven or eight years old. It was made out of 100% cotton cricket cloth, which was the standard for Little League uniforms for decades. It came with stirrups socks, a cap, and iron-on transfer letters and numbers. I’ve always been a Yankee hater, so I had my mother put ‘RED SOX’ on my uniform. My number was 2.”

Have I mentioned that I love Terry Proctor? I do. Thanks, as always, for sharing your expertise with us, buddy!


Gift sourcing reminder: I’m working on my annual holiday gift guide column for Page 2. If you know of good uni-related gift ideas ”” or if you’re offering some product or service yourself that you think might be appropriate ”” please let me know. Thanks.

ESPN update: My latest ESPN column, which was supposed to run last Friday but got bumped, is finally up today. It’s mostly stuff we’ve discussed here before, but there’s one new segment that I think you’ll find interesting. Link coming soon.


Memberships for the holidays: A new batch of membership designs have been added to the card gallery (including Kenny Loo’s Peruvian national soccer team treatment, shown at right). If you’ve been waiting for your card, it should mail out today or tomorrow.

Meanwhile, what if you want to give someone a membership for Xmas but don’t know what design motif to use? We’re once again offering a voucher to help smooth that process. Just pay for the giftee’s membership and I’ll send you larger versions of these voucher designs. You can choose the one you like, print it out, and enclose it in a card (or whatever) for the lucky giftee, who can then redeem it for the membership card of his or her choice. Cool?

As always, full details on how to sign up are available here.


Meaty visit: I spent the weekend helping my friends David and Lori with their new house in Saugerties, a town in the Hudson Valley, about two hours north of NYC. This provided me with two great opportunities: First, I had a good excuse to wear this jersey. And since Saugerties is only about 20 minutes away from Kingston, I finally paid my long-overdue first visit to the awesome Fleisher’s Meats, the shop whose sustainably raised protein, butchery classes, restaurant-supply operation, and DIY ethos have made it the most important meat purveyor in the nation over the past few years. I had recently shipped the Fleisher’s folks a few dozen Meats T-shirts to carry in their shop, and it was a genuine thrill to see them for sale there.

As I introduced myself to the shop’s staff, someone walked over and said, “Wait, you’re the guy with the Meats shirts?” When I said yes, he pulled up his sweatshirt to reveal that he was wearing one. Very cool.

For those of you who don’t live near Fleisher’s, Meats tees are still available from me via mail-order. Plus you can now get Meats aprons, too.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s the jersey being worn by the USA at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo. If you click on the zoom function, you can see there’s a little Sabres logo on the chest (with thanks to Dillon Scibelli). ”¦ Colby Wood spotted someone wearing a Pittsburgh Maulers Mike Rozier jersey outside Sunday’s Steelers/Raiders game. ”¦ Daniel T. Waguespack, who’s the equipment manager at VCU, notes that BYU — which is a Nike school — has pants striping that looks very Adidas-ish. “If BYU was in fact an Adidas school, these pants would not be NCAA-compliant. At VCU, we had stripes on our Adidas soccer shorts that looked like this, and we had to take them off.” ”¦ I love this old hockey card showing the Wembley Lions’ sweater design (great find by Jeremy Brahm). ”¦ Jeremy also sent me a note saying, “You’ll love these striped shorts” — and he was right. ”¦ Sean Patton spotted something new on Wikipedia: Each NFL team entry is now represented by a Riddell Revolution Speed helmet. ”¦ According to this auction listing, Kansas considered going with a red football jersey in 2000 but kept it mothballed until 2005 (with thanks to Chris Stoppel). ”¦ Notre Dame alum Dan Cichalski had sideline access for the Irish’s game at Yankee Stadium and took these photos. ”¦ The state of Louisiana has a new flag design (with thanks to Christopher Falvey). ”¦ Here’s something you don’t often see: an obituary that based partially on the deceased’s helmet. ”¦ We’ve occasionally seen baseball jerseys with UCLA stripes, but it’s super-rare to see one from the 1940s. Andy Garms spotted that at a vintage shop. ”¦ Was it just the lighting, or was UNLV wearing gray uniforms at home on Saturday night? (As noted by John Barnes.) ”¦ The Kannapolis Intimidators — that’s the White Sox’s single-A affiliate — has a new logo featuring Dale Earnhardt, after whom the team was renamed in 2001. “I understand the sentiment, seeing as how Earnhardt is a hometown hero and all,” says Benn Wineka. “But having grown up in nearby Salisbury and attended games since the team was incepted as the Piedmont Phillies in 1995 (when current Dolphins RB Ricky Williams roamed left field before returning to college to win a Heisman), I always thought the team’s best identity was as the Piedmont Boll Weevils, the named used from 1996-2000.” ”¦ Here’s Michael Orr‘s latest round of EPL kit reviews. ”¦ Another keen observation from Jeremy Brahm, who notes that the Saskatchewan Roughriders 1970s throwbacks, worn this past weekend, included helmet uni numbers in a little white box near the earhole, which doesn’t seem to be the way they handled the helmet numbers back in the day. While researching that, Jeremy came across all sorts of cool vintage CFL photos and other items, all of which I strongly recommend looking at — check them out here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. ”¦ Pat Burns memorial tributes: a jersey patch for the Devils and helmet decals for the Leafs (it’s hard to see, but it’s there behind the ear) and Canadiens (ditto). That Canadiens shot is from Saturday, but it might have been a one-game thing, because they didn’t appear to be wearing a decal last night. Not sure what, if anything, the Bruins are doing. ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Bills WR Steve Johnson was channeling the Joker on Sunday. ”¦ “USF has a girl from Finland on their basketball team and her name on her warm-up has an umlaut on it,” writes Jessica Mosley. “The little o is weird, but at least they tried, right?” ”¦ Aussie-rules football news: New clash guernsey for Carlton. Even if you don’t care, you’ve gotta love the term “clash guernsey,” no? (With thanks to Scott Gleeson Blue.) ”¦ Lots of you have seen the “How to Wear Your Uniform” posters that appear in every NFL and MLB locker room. But I’d never seen the NBA version until Doug Keklak sent me this last night. Interesting that they require at least one inch of visible sock — I don’t have time to go poring over NBA photos right now, but aren’t some players wearing no-shows these days? ”¦ I really like these little football-shaped Miller patches. ”¦ But not as much as I like this old Oakland Invaders tee. ”¦ Hey, scroll down to check out the tagging on this jersey — must have been a salesman’s sample. Terry Proctor, can you tell us more about this? ”¦ Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Munich played the second half of Saturday’s draw against Bayer Leverkusen with an upside-down sponsor logo (big thanks to Neil MacLeod).

148 comments to I Don’t Think Don Draper Worked on Any of These

  • union jack | November 23, 2010 at 8:23 am |

    Minor geographic correction — Saugerties is North of Kingston.

    • Paul Lukas | November 23, 2010 at 8:26 am |

      Duh. Thanks. Now fixed.

  • allenjd | November 23, 2010 at 8:27 am |

    The logos on the helmets on the NFL team Wikipedia pages look very two dimensional on the three dimensional helmet.

    • Chris Roberts | November 23, 2010 at 9:02 am |

      The Titans helmet has the wrong color facemask. It’s light blue? instead of navy blue.

      …on the subject of the Titans, how come I’ve never seen them wear light blue over white? They would look amazing in that color combo.

      • LI Phil | November 23, 2010 at 9:07 am |

        “how come I’ve never seen them wear light blue over white? They would look amazing in that color combo.”

        i think you answered your own question

      • The Jeff | November 23, 2010 at 10:53 am |

        I’d guess it has something to do with not wanting to look too much like the Oilers used to. At least that’s the only semi-logical reason I can think of.

      • Flip | November 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
    • Chance Michaels | November 23, 2010 at 9:36 am |

      They’re hideous. I say we change ’em all back.

    • Rob S | November 24, 2010 at 12:21 am |

      They do look flat. Whoever assembled them didn’t do quite so good a job on the logos.

      Also, as of midnight ET, only 30 of 32 team entries have the new helmets – the Redskins and Giants still have the old lineart helmets on their pages. (Curiously with these two helmets, the Giants’ logo looks tacked on, while the Redskins’ logo is appropriately stretched to fit the contour of the helmet.)

  • Hank-SJ | November 23, 2010 at 8:47 am |

    The upside-down sponsor logo is a matter of perspective. To Bastian Schweinsteiger, it looks fine.

  • Mark in Shiga | November 23, 2010 at 8:53 am |

    Is Fleisher’s the actual name of the proprietor? If not, shouldn’t it be “Fleischer”?

    (Fleischer is German for “butcher”, for those of yuo without any Deutsch.)

  • Daren L | November 23, 2010 at 9:28 am |

    The Altoona Curve have unveiled new colors and logos. Uniforms will be revealed next month.

    • scott | November 23, 2010 at 9:41 am |

      More junk from Plan B. Can’t these teams hire a local company to do their design work rather than relying on a company that is destroying the individuality of the teams? I’d much rather see mom and pop design firms come up with new logos and graphics.

      At least Kannapolis didn’t rely on Plan B; for that, the fans should be thankful.

      • Jim Vilk | November 23, 2010 at 11:56 am |

        Are they the ones who designed the Richmond Flying Squirrels? This one’s slightly better. I haven’t liked the Curve unis for some time, so I see this as an improvement.

        Surprised they would do it right after winning the Eastern League title (which I just found out today):
        But I’m not complaining. Love the addition of the keystone.

        • Rob Ullman | November 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm |

          Asheville Tourists too, I think.

        • scott | November 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm |

          How could you not love this Altoona uniform set, which Paul described as a “gorgeous throwback design” when they were unveiled in October 2007?:

        • Jim Vilk | November 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm |

          Ooooh…I’d wear those!

          Obviously I never saw that before. Seemed as if every time they came to Akron they were wearing lots of black with some dark green. Also wasn’t a fan of the spike through the ball logo or the old c logo. I like the keystone logo, and the new C logo much better.

    • RS Rogers | November 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm |

      On the “C” cap logo, the Curve have made the wooden railroad ties steel gray and the iron rails woody tan. Apparently, they build railroads differently in Pennsylvania than in the rest of the world.

      The entire logo set so far consists of example after example of interesting ideas executed just completely bassackward.

      • Richard | November 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm |

        A lot like the Tourists, there’s a lot in here that I like (the Curve font, the keystone A) But it also feels like it’s the result of following a checklist (not quite as much as the Tourists, though). The cartoon engineer feels especially obligatory.

        I like what I see of the Plan B guys from their online presence. I think they do their share of good work, but I wonder if they’re boxing themselves into a way of doing things.

        I know part of the equation is client expectations, but it would be nice to see a design firm not get trapped into a pattern.

        • Jim Vilk | November 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm |

          I agree about the engineer. I could do without him, and keep the rest.

          Not perfect, but a step in the right direction.

  • DJ | November 23, 2010 at 9:29 am |

    “If BYU was in fact an Adidas school, these pants would not be NCAA-compliant.

    Possibly not. IIRC, BYU wears a version of the Northwestern stripes. As long as the three stripes are not of the same width, you might be able to convince even the NCAA that they’re legal.

    Or if not, just make the stripes in contrasting colors.

    • Chad G. | November 23, 2010 at 9:39 am |

      Yeah, BYU definitely wears northwestern stripes so the whole adidas issue is moot.

      surprised this even made the ticker. Kind of below uniwatch’s level

      • Pauly D | November 23, 2010 at 10:27 am |

        On that picture it obvious that the stripes are different. but on the blue picture not so much.

      • DJ | November 23, 2010 at 11:40 am |

        Then again, Northwestern (an Adidas school) avoids the problem by having their “Northwestern stripes” in two colors (purple and white on their black jersey, purple and black on their white jersey).

    • MPowers1634 | November 23, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  • Chance Michaels | November 23, 2010 at 9:35 am |

    Fleisher’s is outstanding. Have you ever been to Smoke House of the Catskills in Saugerties?

    • Paul Lukas | November 23, 2010 at 9:46 am |

      Yes, we stopped there too! Amazing place!! Got some excellent weissewurst…. Sadly, they’re not interested in carrying the T-shirts — a pity, but whaddaya gonna do.

  • Chance Michaels | November 23, 2010 at 9:42 am |

    As for Carlton, shouldn’t that be “clash guernsey”? ;)

    • Paul Lukas | November 23, 2010 at 9:45 am |

      Yup. Thanks. Now fixed.

  • Jeremy | November 23, 2010 at 9:44 am |

    Danish club AGF Aarhus (American Benny Feilhaber’s club) launched their new away kit with a Reservoir Dogs poster knock-off. I do like the retro Hummel look.

  • Paul Lukas | November 23, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  • Casey Cp;;oms | November 23, 2010 at 10:08 am |

    From that Hanesport 1967 ad – I’m almost certain that the model track and field uniform showing “State College” was an actual issued uniform to NC State (called State College at the time). The shorts were still being issued as a PE uniform for gym classes (with the year of issue printed too) when I was there in the early 2000’s,

    The Hanes family were big-time donors and beneficiaries of NC State’s College of Textiles, so that may have something to do with it.

    • teenchy | November 23, 2010 at 11:40 am |

      Time for a search, or at least a question for some of my NCSU alumni friends.

      • teenchy | November 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm |

        So far all I’ve been able to find re Wolfpack home jerseys in the mid-1960s shows just a plain red jersey with a pair of white stripes on the sleeves, not unlike Wisconsin’s current home jerseys. Hoping someone else can find more.

        • Casey Cp;;oms | November 24, 2010 at 10:37 am |

          I’ve checked the university photo archives where I can – so far, nothing in football, baseball, or basketball. I’m hoping to find some non-revenue sports photos, but those have slimmer pickings.

  • Ricardo Leonor | November 23, 2010 at 10:14 am |

    I love looking at these old uniform and sportswear catalogs. I always wonder, who was the first manufacturer to actually use a non-caucasian in an illustration or picture?

    By the 70s every sport ( if not society ) had been completely integrated. It’s surprising that even that late, most catalogs are still not…..

    • Paul Lukas | November 23, 2010 at 10:41 am |

      >>I always wonder, who was the first manufacturer to actually use a non-caucasian in an illustration or picture?<< That is an excellent question. Terry Proctor, can you tell us more about when the advertising became integrated?

      • Terry Proctor | November 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm |

        You’re right. At some time in the 1970s manufacturers finally felt comfortable using non-whites in their catalogs but I can’t remember when or who was the first. But you have to remember that a lot of catalog photos were done in New York City by professional ad agencies. They more than the manufacturer selected the talent to be used. Somehow runway-type models of both genders didn’t quite work when showing athletic uniforms. Some of the men looked like rejects from the Village People and the women were so skinny they made Twiggy look overweight.

        One of the worst of these catalogs was the first-ever catalog to use real photos that was put out by Russell Athletic in the mid-’70s. It was a joke. Dealers from all across the country (us included) began complaining about the poses in the catalog and Russell got the message. Their next catalog was shot right there in Alexander City, Ala. using models from the local high school and community college. Big improvement.

        Paul, you actually could get the wide cuffs on football jerseys in those days. We sold two sets (home and away) of jerseys very simiilar to that catalog picture that featured quarter-sleeves, UCLA shoulder inserts (real, full inserts) and 2 1/2″ knit cuffs with stripes. Looked sharp on the field.

        • Terry Proctor | November 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm |

          I’m sorry for not looking closer at the ticker earlier today. I’ve been doing too many other things today and really apologize. Yes, that Wilson jersey with the complete information tag was definitely a salesman’s sample. It says it was made from Stretch Nylon/Durene fabric which definitely dates it to the mid-’60s or slightly later. I would say it never saw any game use. And what better NOB to use than the company’s?

        • Ricardo Leonor | November 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm |

          Hey Terry I am not sure if you worked directly for a manufacturer, sold via catalogs to individuals or sold to college / high school ADs, but I have a question for you.

          Since the 1920s the high school I attended, wore the same uni colors. Navy Blue and White. Modeled somewhat on Penn State. Then suddenly during the 4 years that I attended, they switched the football unis to Powder Blue Jerseys and Powder Blue Pants. The other sports remained Navy. As was the custom, the unis were eventually replaced at the varisty level, and the JV inherited the powder blues, then the freshmen etc…

          The new unis were then Navy and have been so in the 20 years since…

          My question is, at the High School level, do schools ever decide to change colors because of “special” deals they get from manufacturers? Is there a discount catalog that went out to ADs with unis that had been ordered and then cancelled?

          Is this, or was this to your knowledge a common practice among the more “financial challenged” school districts?

          Most names are pretty common, my high school was the Bulldogs, and we always speculated that is happened.

          My 20 year reunion is this upcoming Friday and we have been discussing this…..

  • Ted | November 23, 2010 at 10:18 am |

    Paul touched my naughty bits

  • adam | November 23, 2010 at 10:20 am |

    i’m sure i’m missing something here, but how could Ricky Williams Play Professional Minor League Baseball and maintain his NCAA eligibility to win the Heisman the next year? isn’t that verboten?

    thanks in advance.

    • Aaron | November 23, 2010 at 10:39 am |

      If I remember correctly, John Elway played minor league baseball in college, too. And I think Ohio St. had a kicker that had played in the MLS. I think it’s on a sport by sport basis, so as long as Ricky didn’t get paid for football, he was still good. I’m not 100% sure, but that’s what my memory says.

      • scott | November 23, 2010 at 10:54 am |

        David Shinskie began his college quaterbacking career at Boston College last season after playing in the Blue Jays’ farm system.

      • JTH | November 23, 2010 at 11:05 am |

        Devin Barclay? He’s still there.

        I believe that he maintained eligibility for two reasons.

        1) he was a pro in a different sport.
        2) he didn’t earn any money from endorsements.

      • JamesBN3 | November 23, 2010 at 4:16 pm |

        Yes Elway did play in the minors in the Yankees organization while still at Stanford. His two years of pro ball, and reasonable prospects in baseball gave him the leverage to force the Colts, who had drafted him #1 to trade his rights to a potentially decent team.

    • Stephen King | November 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm |

      Players are allowed to be professional in other sports but still retain their amateur status in their NCAA sport. I’m not sure when this rule went into effect, but it has been in place for a long time.

      There have been some odd situations created by this. Jeremy Bloom was a professional freestyle skier and chose to play football at Colorado. Since professional skiers receive their income through endorsements, he had to give up his endorsements to play. The argument was that his future endorsements would benefit him for his status as a player.

      Also, Tim Dwight did things kind of backwards; He went back to college and ran track at Iowa after turning pro in football.

      • JamesBN3 | November 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm |

        The rule had been changed by the mid-70’s. Danny Ainge was drafted out of high school by the Blue Jays and played for that organization throughout his 4 year at BYU.

        • Rob S | November 24, 2010 at 1:01 am |

          Let’s not forget Drew Henson, Yankees prospect while playing QB for Michigan. He never did quite catch on with the Yanks, though, although he did manage to hang around the NFL just long enough to be part of the Worst. Season. Ever.

  • lee | November 23, 2010 at 10:23 am |

    Does anyone have a link to photos of old (pro or college)football practice T-shirts from the 70’s – 80’s? They typically said “Property of XXXXXXX” on it and had the shirt size in the middle…Trying to replicate it for a youth team I coach. Thanks in advance for any help.

  • Josh N. | November 23, 2010 at 10:24 am |

    Is everyone aware that Ohio State is wearing its 2010 Pro Combat uniforms on Saturday?

    • LI Phil | November 23, 2010 at 10:50 am |


      pitt & wvu will also be facing off against each other in their combat unis this friday…i’ll have a special column with kek & bernard for that one

      • Rob S | November 24, 2010 at 12:27 am |

        Well, at least Ohio State will be fashionable as they have a field day with Rich-Rod’s swiss cheese defense.

  • Roger Faso | November 23, 2010 at 10:38 am |

    How odd would it be to see Jeter in another uniform?

    There’s gotta be a UniWatch term for the initial shock of seeing a player in a uni, that they’re not so closely identified with. Like Jordan in a Wizards uni or Seaver in a White Sox uni.

    I know there was “uni-cameo,” but that doesn’t cover the mild “shock” one might feel. Rickey Henderson had so many “uni-cameos” at the end, that it was no longer shocking.

    “Uni-WTF” ?

    • Paul Lukas | November 23, 2010 at 10:42 am |

      I did an ESPN column on that topic a few years back:

      • Gusto44 | November 23, 2010 at 11:23 am |

        I would add seeing Mike Webster play center for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Steelers in 1989 was strange.

        Also, the sight of Willie Stargell in a Braves uniform coaching first base was jarring. I can understand why Yankees fans would have felt the same way about Joe DiMaggio in a Oakland A’s uniform.

        • Jim Vilk | November 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm |

          I had purged the memory of Stargell in a Braves uni. Thanks for bringing it up again…

      • Ricardo Leonor | November 23, 2010 at 11:47 am |

        Regarding the uni-cameos….I really do not recall Eric Dickerson playing for anyone other than the Colts and Rams!!

        • Lorenzo St. DuBois | November 23, 2010 at 11:28 pm |

          JoJo White in a clipper’s uni –late 70s.
          Mike Jordan in a Bullets/Wiz uni…. just NOT right.
          Kenny Stabler in an Oilers and Saints uni…. too jarring.
          Johnny U as a Charger?
          Namath as a Ram?????
          Jim Taylor as an expansion Saint?
          Clyde was the first I experienced as an 11 yr. old. so therefore the one that is etched in my mind, the rest from magazines, books et al.
          we could do this for days as there’s a million of them…

      • Flip | November 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm |

        Here’s a picture of Clyde from your ESPN column wearing the threads Terry Proctor was describing.

  • Mikey | November 23, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  • steve | November 23, 2010 at 10:59 am |

    UNLV’s home uniforms are definitely gray. I was there for the first home game and noticed it right away.

  • Dave Sizer | November 23, 2010 at 11:12 am |

    Hey Paul, I don’t know if anyone already sent this to you. But I saw a picture of your Lane jacket that you showcased last week in the bottom, right of this photo.

    • Paul Lukas | November 23, 2010 at 11:32 am |

      Oooh, that one’s better than mine, because it has stripes down the sleeves!

  • SkinnerAU | November 23, 2010 at 11:19 am |

    Morning everyone! Just wanted to share this Chapman University lacrosse jersey with yall check out the grey stripes!

    • Kevin Hastings | November 23, 2010 at 11:31 am |

      Very nice

    • Jim Vilk | November 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm |

      I’d wear that!

  • Kenny L | November 23, 2010 at 11:39 am |

    Awesome job on the card, can’t wait to see it in person.

    • Paul Lukas | November 23, 2010 at 11:47 am |

      Glad you like, Kenny. I’ll be laminating it later today!

      • LI Phil | November 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm |

        …visions of cynthia albritton just ran thru my head

        sorry…back to your regularly scheduled uni content

  • Jeremy | November 23, 2010 at 11:48 am |

    wish there were pics of Kobe’s jacket…

    • Chance Michaels | November 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm |

      That is cool.

      And also surprising – few pro athletes wear the colors when not on the job.

  • Ricardo Leonor | November 23, 2010 at 11:52 am |

    Can you imagine this.

    Opening Day 2011. Sunday night ESPN. Boston @ New York.

    First batter of the game is Derek Jeter hitting leadoff for the Red Sox!!!

    • Ricardo Leonor | November 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm |

      Will we hear Bob Sheperd’s voice:

      ” Now Batting for the ( Red Sawks dubbed in a Boston Accent ) shortstop, number 2 Derek Jeter, number 2 “

    • Seth H | November 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm |

      Except that per Bud Selig baseball will start in the middle of the week next year.

      Of course, I am one of those old fogies who still think that Cincinnati should open at noon on a Monday as the first game of the season.

    • RS Rogers | November 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm |

      You show me a team that’s willing to sign Jeter at shortstop instead of second or third, and I’ll show you a team that won’t win the 2011 World Series.

      Seth, you don’t have to be an old fogie to think Cincy should open the season at noon on a Monday. I’d be willing to change the day of the week, but Opening Day ought to mean a Reds game.

  • steve | November 23, 2010 at 11:53 am |

    I had one of those Wilson 32 football jerseys shown the salesman sample tag item of the ticker in the late ’70s. Don’t remember the itemized tag.
    Bought it from the sample rack a Athletic Supply, then in Seattle, .
    My mom cut the supporter off and hemmed it striaght.

  • Jim Vilk | November 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm |

    I like stripes, but I don’t know about those striped shorts on the right:
    The tiled striping? You betcha!
    Any team ever mix and match like the guy at the bottom? I wouldn’t mind seeing that.

  • Jim Vilk | November 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
    • Gusto44 | November 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm |

      I always liked the road Ottawa uniform which featured a white jersey with red pants which had a big white stripe. I wonder if Ottawa ever went multicolor and used the dark home jersey with those red pants.

      I miss that 1980s show on ESPN called “From the 55 yard line”, it was a weekly program with highlights from around the CFL.

  • Beezer | November 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

    Looking at pics from the Terry Collins/Mets press conference….he’s wearing the pinstripes with the blue cap (hopefully a good sign for more usage in the future) but the script still has the black drop. I was hoping they’d lose that for 2011, but this doesn’t get my hopes up. Oh, well.

    • Paul Lukas | November 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm |

      Mets are not making any uni changes for 2011 (unless you count the firing of Charlie Samuels).

  • interlockingtc | November 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

    Well…not *everything* looked better in the ’70’s.

    • Flip | November 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm |

      I was a Sand-Knit fan. Loved leafing those catalogs in the coaches’ office; wish I’d hung on to some.

  • Silver Creek Doug | November 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm |

    Watching the UEFA Champions League match in Moscow. Marseille is wearing their third kit tonight (black) with Spartak in their home reds.

    What I can’t figure out is two things- why Marseille isn’t wearing their home whites or normal change strip of blue (although their keeper is wearing it as his kit), as neither would clash with the Spartak red. I guess they are using the black as their European change strip.

    Also, Marseille is going sans sponsor (Bet Clic). I know gambling adverts aren’t prohibited in the EU, so does anyone know if it is a Russian law?

    One last thing- the officials are in white. It’s a personal thing for me, but as a soccer official (and as a nod to Jim Vilk), I would NOT wear that. It’s a terrible look.

    • Stephen King | November 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm |

      Teams in the Champions League will often find excuses to wear alternate uniforms, particularly when those uniforms are Champions League only. If Marseille’s third uniform is Europe-only, they’ll wear it virtually every chance they get.

    • DJ | November 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm |

      It appears outdoor advertisements for on-line gambling are prohibited under Russian law:

  • interlockingtc | November 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm |

    That is a beautiful logo. Now, imagine the clash guernsey without all the extraneous crap and a looser fit.

  • Ian K | November 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm |

    What if I HAVEN’T seen the MLB How to Wear Your Uniform poster? Where would I?

    • LI Phil | November 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm |

      jim vilk’s bedroom

  • trevor | November 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm |

    Sorry if this has been mentioned before, does anyone know of a good website(s) that discuss hard to find MLB caps? I’m trying to find an Astros fashion cap (I know, I know) from earlier this year that used the current star, but instead of red, the star was blue with orange trim on a blue cap. I believe it was made by New Era. I have contacted MLB Shop and New Era, but they have not helped at all.

    • RS Rogers | November 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm |

      Try,, or

      • trevor | November 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm |

        It was adjustable so it makes the search even harder since it seems more people like fitted caps. Any other hat websites you would suggest?

  • David | November 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm |

    I’m not particularly fond of the new logo for the Kannapolis Intimidators. The main reason is I am not a NASCAR fan, but I also find the ongoing adulation of a deceased person somewhat troubling – and this is even another sport.

    That got me wondering, though – how many other professional teams have used images, equipment, etc. from another sport in their logo? Maybe it’s just a minor league thing, given the unusual nicknames. Anyone have any examples?

    • Mike Engle | November 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm |

      Detroit Red Wings?

      • Rob S | November 24, 2010 at 12:42 am |

        The Red Wings’ logo is a shout-out to the automobile industry, not to motorsports. Plus, it’s actually derived from the “Winged Wheelers” – the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association hockey club – that were the very first Stanley Cup champions back in 1893.

    • JTH | November 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm |

      I’m not entirely sure why the Clippers have a basketball in their logo.

      • Paul Lukas | November 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm |

        Line of the day.

    • Jim TN | November 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm |

      Another minor league example. The Nashville Sounds AA baseball team started play in 1978 with the “swinging guitar” logo:

      In 1981, the Nashville South Stars (affiliate of the Minnesota North Stars) began play with this version of the same logo:

      Probably had something to do with the fact that both teams were owned by the same guy.

      • Rob S | November 24, 2010 at 12:47 am |

        All I can think of when I see those is “El Kabong! Olé!” *KABONG*

    • Chance Michaels | November 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm |

      The Augusta Greenjackets use golf clubs and a Masters jacket in their logo.

    • RS Rogers | November 23, 2010 at 6:12 pm |

      I’m more curious about the matter of eponymous team names: Teams named after an individual person. I hadn’t known that about the Intimidators. Similarly the Auburn Doubledays and the Round Rock Express.

      • Jim TN | November 24, 2010 at 8:43 am |

        Cleveland Browns.

  • Tris Wykes | November 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm |

    Images from a recent day at the Princeton-Dartmouth football game:

    • LI Phil | November 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm |


      • Tris Wykes | November 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm |

        I really want an orange-and-plaid van. But doesn’t everyone?

    • Jeremy | November 23, 2010 at 3:26 pm |

      If you’re going to go mono-black, that’s the way to do it. And yes, I want an orange plaid van too.

  • Komet17 | November 23, 2010 at 2:46 pm |

    Two (or three) questions/comments on the NBA poster:

    1. I wonder why “wristbands” can only be white, black, or primary team color, but “bands” can be white, black, team colors, or navy? (And, what are these “bands” for?)

    2. No flashing lights allowed on shoes? Aw, come on!

    • DJ | November 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm |

      They’re the type of things LeBron James wears, for example. Non-hazardous ornamentation (as opposed to necklaces, rings, etc. that could get caught on the rims, cut other players, etc.)

      They also ban bands that support “inspirational, promotional, or charitable” organizations. So, no LiveStrong bands. I suppose that’s a case of just banning everything so they don’t have to go to a case-by-case review. I wonder if a team’s own charitable arm is permitted.

      Why navy, though, as an approved color?

  • aflfan | November 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm |

    The first of three Connecticut Whale uniforms have been unveiled

    • Rob S | November 24, 2010 at 1:12 am |

      A rather simple striping design. While I’m sure some would’ve liked to see a return of the old Whalers’ striping patterns, this one at least has the benefits of no Edge piping, and no bizarrely placed color panels. But that logo is still pretty weak. And what is that patch on the right shoulder? There’s no good look at it.

      That patch for The Hartford is downright horrible. I get that it’s their corporate logo and all, but it really stands out in a negative way. I mean, is The Hartford so iconic that they can’t adjust their logo’s color scheme to match what they’re sponsoring?

  • interlockingtc | November 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm |

    Forgive me if this has been mentioned, but Paul’s segment is playing on…

    Paul comes off great, but the segment led me to believe that sleeves will never return. That’s sad. And foolish.

    • Paul Lukas | November 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm |

      I hadn’t actually seen this segment until now! They did a pretty good job with it (except for getting this site’s URL wrong — grrrrrr). And that brief view of Rob Carpenter being laced into his jersey *down the center of the back* is amazing!

      • LI Phil | November 23, 2010 at 8:03 pm |

        great stuff!

        like you, i hadn’t seen that until now either (stupidfuckincablecompany)

        anyway — aside from learning the term *pit chub* (glad i just ate)…that was very cool

        was carpenter being laced into his jersey or was that a spot repair? obviously that’s pre-skeeb, but was that a custom job or just a rip that needed darning?

        • Jim Vilk | November 23, 2010 at 10:35 pm |

          Loved Norv Turner’s line, “Ten pounds of bologna in a five-pound bag.” Great job, Paul.

  • Chris in Nashville | November 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
    • RIcardo | November 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm |

      I am usually a traditionalist, but I have to say that Orioles holiday hat looks fun. The Blue Jay, on the other hand, is wearing his hat on his butt or neck- not sure where exactly that is….

      • RIcardo | November 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm |

        Ok just took another look- it’s on the back of his head (this is what happens to me when I have too much time on my hands!)

    • RS Rogers | November 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm |

      Disturbing Santa-with-a-baseball-bat cartoon mascot on the back of the caps.

    • Paul Lukas | November 23, 2010 at 5:59 pm |

      I would never wear any of these, but I don’t think I’d cringe if I saw someone else wearing them. Fun. Or at least fun enough.

      • JTH | November 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm |

        I certainly wouldn’t buy one of those but I think I’d wear one if it was given to me as a gift.

        Of course, I’d have to cut my hair first because that type or cap looks terrible on me unless my hair is really short. So maybe, all things considered, it wouldn’t be worth the effort.

        I would keep it, though, because it would probably look good on a snowman.

        • Jim Vilk | November 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm |

          Those would go great with our striped warmup pants…

          The only one I’d wear, though, is the Orioles one. And, as you said, if it were a gift.

        • Jim Vilk | November 23, 2010 at 10:37 pm |

          if it was…

  • JamesBN3 | November 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm |

    Carlton’s new sky blue clash guernsey is sweet, but kinda miss the days when VFL/AFL teams wore the same guernseys every week. It was left to the shorts to provide contrast.

  • Ryan Pry | November 23, 2010 at 9:49 pm |

    Here’s a link to the baseball equipment page from the 1897 Sears Roebuck catalog — some interesting items:

  • traxel | November 23, 2010 at 10:00 pm |

    Terry Collins looked like a little leaguer in his jersey and kicked back cap at his presser. Sounded like one too saying how he “wants to win”. At least he didn’t wear the little black outfit, but if it weren’t for his white hair I’d have thought he was twelve.

  • Jim Vilk | November 23, 2010 at 11:02 pm |

    The only thing missing is a ski jump:
    Hey, if you’re gonna have cold weather, embrace it. I don’t say this often, but good job, Cleveland Indians.

  • Oscar | November 23, 2010 at 11:07 pm |

    Does anyone know where a can get an cleaner photo of the NBA “How to Wear Your Uniform” poster? Thanks!

  • BrianC | November 24, 2010 at 11:20 am |

    “Anyone else think the kid on the right looks kinda creepy?”

    Kid? I thought it was a midget…