There's No Service Like Wire Service, Vol. 28

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I have a huge backlog of excellent wire photos, and I’d like to get through as many of them as possible this week. Today’s batch was submitted by reader Mako Mameli. Here we go:

• What’s going on here? That’s Chicago Cardinals halfback Charlie Trippi, who was fitted with a special helmet after suffering nose and skull injuries during a 1955 exhibition game.

• I’d love to know what happened to this Mets batting helmet trunk. That’s batboy Joe Fitzgerald, circa 1968.

• Even better: Where is this Wes Santee warm-up pullover, and how soon can it be relocated to my closet?

• I told No Mas honcho Chris Isenberg that he should do a repro of Dave Parker’s T-shirt. His response: “So dope! Dave Parker is the MF man. Although possibly on a skinny white guy it may seem to refer to homosexual activity.”

• Wish we could see more of this very promising-looking hockey jersey. That’s Archie Wilder, who briefly played for the Red Wings in 1940, although he obviously isn’t wearing a Wings uni in that shot. Odd sleeve logo, too. Anyone know more? (Update: That’s an Indianapolis Capitals jersey — additional photos here.)

• Looks like Warren Spahn used two jerseys and two chairs to celebrate his 301st win.

• Like Casey always said, “I’m in the baseball business.” Love that tie! Somber caption, though.

• Hmmm, was Charley O. thinking about moving the A’s to Texas, or did he just find a bunch of 10-gallon hats on close-out special?

• Cookie Gilchrist is usually reported to have worn uni numbers 2 and 34. But here he is wearing No. 30.

• In 1959, Spalding joked that it had created a fumble-proof football. That’s Johnny U. posing with it.

• Notice anything weird about this 1974 Browns/49ers photo? Check out the Niner at far left — he’s wearing the NFL 50th-anniversary patch, which had been worn in 1969! This shot is from a preseason game, so the Niners must have been reusing old jerseys for marginal players.

• Whoa, check this out: Tony Perez playing in the Caribbean Series, where they apparently had jersey advertising way back in 1973. The caption says the other guy in the photo is Ron Cey, but that can’t be right — pretty sure it’s just the bat boy.

• This might be the saddest photo ever of Satchel Paige. Couldn’t someone have told him he messed up the buttons?

• Man, Temple had some odd football uniforms back in the early ’70s.

• William Hulbert, founder of the National League, has a unique gravestone in Chicago.

• Finally, check out the shoe at lower-right in this shot. Anyone have any insights?

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Put a (pitch)fork in them: Arizona State held a “secret” rebranding event yesterday for boosters only. Attendees had to sign a non-disclosure waiver, no cameras or cell phones were allowed, blah-blah-blah (the official public announcement will come tomorrow afternoon), but word has come my way via certain channels that the new football uniforms will look like so:

• Sparky is no longer on the helmets. The new helmet logo is a pitchfork design, angled horizontally toward the front of the helmet.

• There are two helmets: matte gold and matte BFBS.

• Three uniform sets: maroon, white, and BFBS, all of which can be mixed and matched.

• The shoulders will have pitchfork-prong stries, sort of like a treble hook.

• There’s a new Nike-designed number font (which will also be used on the school’s basketball and baseball jerseys).

We’ll know more tomorrow. Until then, have fun debating whether this means the end of life as we know it and so on.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: I spent almost all of yesterday down at the Brooklyn Beefsteak (thanks to all the readers who stopped by to say hello) and haven’t caught up with all the Ticker material that was submitted. So if you sent something in yesterday and don’t see it here, I’ll probably get to it tomorrow. ”¦ It had to happen eventually: U-DNOB — that’s upside-down name on back, as seen here on Thomas Woods of the Barcelona Dragons in 1991 (awesome find by Kenn Tomasch). ”¦ Also from Kenn: The Minnesota Stars — that’s an NASL team — play at the National Sports Center, or NSC, so they’ve put Nessie (i.e., the Loch Ness Monster — sorta rhymes with NSC, get it?) on the back of their jerseys. ”¦ Reprinted from Friday’s comments: The Under Armour logos on Gary Woodland’s shirt and belt buckle at Augusta sure were sutble. Yup, just another case of me picking on Nike and always giving everyone else a free ride. ”¦ Uni-numerical question from Phil Bergen, who asks: ” often watch Mexican soccer on weekends and have noticed an inordinate number of players wearing jersey #58. As soccer numbering usually centers on the lower numbers, is there a significance to 58 that I am not aware of? Also, I noticed some goalies in the league wearing jersey #125. Again, why?” ”¦ The Norwegian curling team has been up to its own pants tricks. ”¦ Hey, while the rest of us weren’t looking, someone created a UniWatch iPhone app, only it’s not what you think (big thanks to Richard Stover). ”¦ Steve Goluch has begun what he calls the “1000 Stirrups” campaign, in which he hopes to bring proper baseball hosiery back to youth baseball leagues. He’s begun with the 5th grade softball team that he coaches. And he got his stirrups, of course, from our own Robert Marshall. ”¦ I love these baseball glove design timelines (big thanks to Mako Mameli). ”¦ In addition to having the longest surname in MLB history, Salty may be the first catcher to feature a Bible verse on his chest protector collar (good spot by Brett Crane). ”¦ Fifth graf of this story indicates that Nike has already created “special uniforms” for Oregon baseball to wear in the College World Series — a rather presumptuous move for a team that got off to an 0-4 start (with thanks to Andrew Greif). ”¦ “Hunt Auctions is facilitating an auction of Robin Roberts memorabilia at the Phillies’ ballpark on Tuesday,” writes Morris Levin. “What stood out to me in that article is the mention of ‘100 game-used balls from his victories that feature scenes painted by catcher Stan Lopata.’ There are some nice pieces in the auction uni-wise — a gorgeous 1939 Phillies road uni, an early ballgirl uni from the Vet, etc. — but the balls are the most fascinating to me.” ”¦ Casey Barber has written a review of the new food options at Shea. ”¦ Ben Teaford notes that Jon Rauch’s NOB appeared to have some kerning issues the other day. ”¦ Stan Olechowski found this very cool Formula 1 posters for the new season. ”¦ Ryan Mandel think Nike may have inadvertently leaked Marquette’s new hoops uni: “I was looking on the website where you can customize Nike jerseys and noticed a new Marquette design. When you click on the jersey to customize (click on “Modified Basketball” and then “Team ID Plus Jersey” and you can click on the jerseys and preview them), it shows four options for the jersey, three of which were already customized as a Marquette jersey in white, navy, and yellow.” ”¦ Matt Ryburn was looking through a book on Busch Stadium and found some interesting photos, including a shot of Pete Vukovich smoking in the Cards’ clubhouse (also note Lou Brock’s stirrup extensions) and Gussie Busch wearing a Fredbird button (here’s a close-up). ”¦ Did you know there was something called the College Dance Team National Championships? Neither did I, but Terry Duroncelet was watching it (“I swear I was channel-surfing,” he says — yeah, sure) and noticed the competitors wearing cool letterman sweaters. Additional example here. ”¦ Worst breast cancer awareness design ever? Kenn Tomasch thinks so. ”¦ I don’t usually link to “Top 10 Worst Uni” slideshows because they’re all pretty much the same. But this one is different, because it’s from an Australian site, so they’ve chosen a bunch of stuff most of us have never heard of (good find by Jeffrey Allen). ”¦ “Watched the recently released third season of Friday Night Lights on DVD this weekend,” writes Ethan Allen. “Noticed that the logo for the fictional East Dillon Lions bears a striking resemblance to that of my alma mater, Southeastern Louisiana.” ”¦ Also from Ethan: Philadelphia Union head coach Peter Nowak was wearing the Bimbo logo (that’s the Union shirt sponsor) on his shirt collar points on Saturday. ”¦ “I noticed Jorge Posada wearing a Yankees-branded turtleneck with the MLB logo during Sunday’s Yanks/Sox game,” writes Alex Carlson (it’s actually a mock turtleneck, but we’ll cut Alex some slack on that one). “It’s like the ones I remember every team wearing in the late ’90s, but the one the Yanks wore back then only had the NY logo on it. I always wondered why the big leagues got away from that look — probably because of Under Armor-type fabrics. Either way, its nice to see Jorgie bringing it back.” ”¦ Awesome story behind this 1989-90 Ft. Wayne Komets jersey: “The design was a throwback to their late-’60s logo,” says Claude Jacques. “But the most interesting thing is the blackened teeth. Apparently, when a Komet would get into a fight, one of the astronaut’s teeth would be blackened out.” ”¦ A’s-alert Brandon Davis notes that Brian Fuentes has been wearing a gray underbrim lately. I’ll ask Steve Vuc for more info — stay tuned. ”¦ If you go to this site and click on “Jersey Guide,” you’ll get a very good PDF covering every aspect of Blue Jays jersey history (it’s a lot like the Bill Henderson guide, but even more detailed). For now, it does not include the spring training 1977 road design that we documented here last week, although I’ve suggested to the site owner that he should incorporate that info into his guide. ”¦ Hey, look at that, I got to just about all the Ticker submissions after all!

164 comments to There’s No Service Like Wire Service, Vol. 28

  • Mike Hersh | April 11, 2011 at 8:03 am |

    The Archie Wilder photo is from his days with the Indianapolis Capitals of the AHL he played with them for 2 seasons (1939-40 & 1940-41).

  • Robert | April 11, 2011 at 8:09 am |

    It’s not a “pitchfork” on the ASU logo, it’s a trident.

    • The Jeff | April 11, 2011 at 8:18 am |

      What’s the difference? I thought a trident was just a specific type of pitchfork with 3 prongs. As in, all tridents are pitchforks but not all pitchforks are tridents. Am I mistaken?

      • Broadway Connie | April 11, 2011 at 8:30 am |

        “…All tridents are pitchforks but not all pitchforks are tridents…”

        I agree.

        Besides, ASU guy is a devil and the devil — at least during the long lifetime of your correspondent — prods sinners with a pitchfork. Trident is usually confined to things marine: Poseidon had one, the Pentagon had a fleet of them, and the Roman gladiators who used them always had nets to reinforce the saltwater origin. Trident is nautical, and the last time there was a sea in Tempe AZ was… was… well, a long time ago.

        PS Mako Mamelli has a great name and made cool contributions today.

        • Mako Mameli | April 11, 2011 at 9:34 am |

          Thank you! My last name is Mameli, but Paul is too generous and gave me an extra “L”… :)

        • Kevin | April 11, 2011 at 10:05 am |

          If they steal our Trident design….There will be a lawsuit! Beggs High School, Beggs, OK

        • Paul Lukas | April 11, 2011 at 10:20 am |

          Ugh, I need to stop misspelling Mako’s surname (not the first time I’ve done it). Will fix now.

      • jdreyfuss | April 11, 2011 at 11:17 am |

        I think the difference is that a trident is barbed, since it’s designed to be a weapon. But yeah, the Devil has a pitchfork, not a trident. Poseidon has a trident.

    • Lew Holst | April 11, 2011 at 10:14 am |

      I don’t really care what they do to their uniforms as long as they still have the pitchfork at midfield going through a turkey when they host Thanksgiving weekend games.

    • Alec | April 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm |

      The only thing worse than wearing maroon jerseys & gold helmets during those noontime September TV games would be BFBS^2.

      The team has been a financial sinkhole for the university the past few years and this is what they’re worried about, just so some middle managers can justify the existence of their jobs?


      • Andy | April 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm |

        Holy hell, stop with the EPIC FAIL junk. It was funny one time, and that had to have been at least three, four years ago. The ship has sailed. Keep fail as a verb where it belongs.

    • KT | April 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm |

      Just heard from a spy with knowledge of the event over the weekend:

      1 – Pitchforks on sides of helmets, angled upwards, kinda like FSU’s spears
      2 – At least one of the mix-and-match combos is black jersey, gold pants
      3 – They are planning a Blackout. Against Missouri. On September 9. At least it’s a night game, but in early September here it’s still well over 100 degrees after sundown.

  • Ed | April 11, 2011 at 8:17 am |

    Hmmm, was Charley O. thinking about moving the A’s to Texas, or did he just find a bunch of 10-gallon hats on close-out special?

    Maybe left over from their days in Kansas City (a true cow-town)?


    • DJ | April 11, 2011 at 10:32 am |

      Finley often wore Stetsons. I recall him wearing green or white ones during Oakland’s appearances in the 72-74 World Series.

      Considering Finley was from Chicago (where his insurance business was based), I wonder if he affected the Stetson look like men of his era did because of the presence of the Union Stockyards. For many years there was a big Western-wear store near the Stockyards and the International Amphitheatre. It’s not like everyone in Chicago wore a Stetson in the 20s-50s, but it wasn’t as noteworthy as if someone walked down Michigan Avenue this morning wearing one.

      • Ricko | April 11, 2011 at 11:20 am |

        Huge “Cowboy” history in that part of the country. Where do we think all those famous cattle drives up from Texas and points west ended? And the eastern terminus of the Pony Express was St. Joseph.

        Granted, Kansas isn’t Missouri, but Dodge City, Abilene, Wichita and such towns are all over western history, as are some of those who served as peace officers during that time…Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Wild Bill Hickok, to name three.

        • RS Rogers | April 11, 2011 at 11:36 am |

          Heck, the first cattle drives went to Chicago. As the railroads moved west, cattle drives got shorter, but even when driving herds to Abilene and whatnot, the whole point was to get them onto trains for shipment to Chicago.

    • Valjean | April 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm |

      Charlie O. loved his hats. Might have had more than a little to do with being bald (or with a bad piece) — but he even wore one for his Time closeup. As I recall, the 3-leafed shamrock was for the A’s titles from ’72-’74.

      Some other nice headwear shots here, here, and here.

  • Randy Miller | April 11, 2011 at 8:17 am |

    Re: The Robin Roberts painted baseballs. I suspect those were actually illustrated by former ML catcher Del Wilber, whose son Rick I had the pleasure of teaching with for many years at the University of South Florida.

    I have actually seen some of the balls illustrated by Rick’s dad, who died several years ago. He often would illustrate game balls for his teammates after a big game of some kind.

    I suppose it’s possible that two catchers painted scenes on baseballs, of course.

    • Richard | April 11, 2011 at 9:34 am |

      Good catch by Randy – it’s Wilber.

      From Wikipedia: According to The Sporting News’ Official Baseball Register, Wilber had a unique hobby during his catching career. When a pitcher hurled an especially noteworthy game, Wilber would decorate a game baseball, writing the line score of the contest, as well as game highlights, on the ball, then present it to his pitcher.[

      From Hunt Auctions: Beginning in 1952 Phillies catcher Del Wilber began the practice of hand painting the baseballs with relevant game statistics and imagery. After Wilber was released later that same year Phillies teammate Stan Lopata picked up the duties and also painted the baseballs from that point on for Roberts and other Phillies players.

      From me: The game was from 1951. Hunt says the practice started in 1952 by Wilber, but correctly states, the ball is from 6/13/1951. Both Wilber and Lopata were on the team on in 1951. Lopata, likely was not on the roster in June 1951. Lopata only played in three games in 1951 – all in April. Wilber was sold, not released, to the Red Sox, the next year, in 1952. Neither caught Roberts that day, Andy Seminik was the catcher.

      I’ve noticed Hunt Auctions makes plenty of errors – and sells the occasional fake.

  • notsOsama | April 11, 2011 at 8:32 am |

    I believe the shoe in question is the standard, Riddell ‘snug tie’ cleat with the players number written on its side.

    • Ricko | April 11, 2011 at 9:33 am |

      That’s the shoe, alright.
      Don’t know why the handwritten number, though.

      • Randy Rollyson | April 11, 2011 at 10:58 am |

        I believe that shoe would belong to offensive lineman, Bob Brown. I have seen other photos of him with that customization on his shoe before. Wish I had time to look up some photos, but I don’t right now.

        • jdreyfuss | April 11, 2011 at 11:05 am |

          It must be. I can’t find any evidence of any other player on either the Raiders or the Rams whose initials are BB

        • Mako Mameli | April 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  • Mark K | April 11, 2011 at 8:43 am |

    The Shea food article appears to be from last year.

    • Paul Lukas | April 11, 2011 at 10:23 am |

      Says right on it — updated as of 4/8/11.

      • scott | April 11, 2011 at 11:32 am |

        New Shea, perhaps, but old Shea is long gone.

  • josh's twin | April 11, 2011 at 8:49 am |

    Satch was playing for Trujillo, the Dominican dictator’s personal team of All-Stars. There’s a Ken Burns segment in which Satch recounts what that experience was like. He’s lucky he didn’t get “disappeared”.

  • M.Princip | April 11, 2011 at 9:01 am |

    One of the saddest pictures I’ve seen in quite some time.

    • LI Phil | April 11, 2011 at 9:07 am |

      im pretty sure movi would wear that

    • pru | April 11, 2011 at 9:13 am |

      It that a Play It Again Sports Arena team???? Not only do the colors match their logo, but they look like someone would have given those jerseys away about 10 years ago!

      • Bernard | April 11, 2011 at 9:27 am |

        From the looks of things, he may also have a sponsorship deal with these guys.

        • Ry Co 40 | April 11, 2011 at 9:46 am |

          in that case.. there is nothing wrong with that jersey/uni! wonder if they need a 4th string, out of shape QB, with a bum shoulder?

    • RS Rogers | April 11, 2011 at 9:27 am |

      Thing is, the pink portions of the uni look just fine to me. Pink is a color. No big deal, and the pink/white sublimation thing is actually a nice way to work with such similar tones. The problem is the orange pants, which (A) completely clash with the pink and (B) is just an unreedemably crappy hue of orange anyway. So the sad thing about that picture is that the base uni is so ugly that the pink jersey is the best thing about the photo.

      • The Jeff | April 11, 2011 at 10:35 am |

        The pink would be perfectly fine if a team actually decided “hey, pink is one of our team colors” and designed a uniform around it. Wearing it for attention-whore cancer day and looking like a mismatched mess is bad. We’re all *aware* of breast cancer. How about stop wasting resources manufacturing pink junk and actually do something about it? Which jersey is a fan more likely to buy – A stupid looking pink cancer jersey, or a regular jersey? How about you just take a cut of your normal sales and send *that* money off to the cancer research people? Instead of dressing in pink and looking like idiots, just have the PA announcer say something like “ATTENTION FANS, FOR THE NEXT 3 WEEKS THE TEAM WILL BE DONATING 25% OF THE MONEY FROM JERSEY SALES TO SUPPORT BREAST CANCER RESEARCH, DO YOUR PART AND BUY A JERSEY TODAY”. There. Isn’t that better?

        • RS Rogers | April 11, 2011 at 11:53 am |

          I’m with you, but what I’m saying is that the particular team in question is so ugly that the pink jerseys make them look less like idiots. That orange is such a remarkably ugly color that it’s the pants, not the pink jersey, that makes the players look so bad. And I say that as a fan of the color orange.

          When I saw Paul’s description, I expected the link to be a photo of a jersey that actually depicts a woman’s breasts and nipples on the players’ chests. You combine the IFL and the phrase “Worst breast cancer awareness design ever,” and that’s what I assume. That particular jersey is very far from being the worst breast cancer awareness jersey I’ve ever seen.

        • Aaron | April 11, 2011 at 11:56 am |

          I’m with you, The. Same as the “look at me, I’m patriotic” crap flag-patches and the like.

    • Ricko | April 11, 2011 at 10:55 am |

      Y’know that line we shouldn’t cross because it would be just “too much”?

      That uni’s an indication it’s behind us.

  • LI Phil | April 11, 2011 at 9:02 am |

    perhaps the los angeles vikings can petition the league for one of these for AD

    • RS Rogers | April 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm |

      I won’t mind all that much of the Vikes move to LA. I won’t mind all that much if LA keeps its stolen purple-and-gold color scheme, just like it did last time.

      But I will mind if LA steals the team, colors, and name. There are just as many Vikings in LA as there are lakes – which is to say, none. Take my team, fine. But please, LA, give the franchise a new name.

      • LI Phil | April 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm |

        i may be mistaken, but i thought the lakers stole the royal and white from minnesota

        didn’t they add the forum blue and gold after the fact?

        • Rob S | April 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm |

          Yep, Jack Kent Cooke made that change when he moved the team into the Forum, but in their early LA days, they retained their original colors from Minneapolis.

        • Rob S | April 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm |

          … as reiterated by Ricko earlier (and below). Ah, well.

      • The Jeff | April 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm |

        At least in the case of the Vikings, one could argue that they invaded, pillaged and took over Los Angeles.

        The Lakers have no excuse, as lakes don’t exactly do a lot of traveling.

      • Ricko | April 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm |

        Yup, is different now than when the sport/league came to town for the first time. Isn’t like, “The LAKERS play HERE now? Jeez!” LA’s had NFL football before.

        So in this instance a new name probably would be in order. When Red McCombs owned the Vikings I thought he was setting up the LA nickname when he kept bellowing about “Purple Priiiide.” Logo could change to a group of lions.

        And, in all fairness to Jack Kent Cooke and the Lakers, they didn’t import the color scheme from Minneapolis. The team colors they brought west were Royal, Powder and White.

  • Tom Nawrocki | April 11, 2011 at 9:02 am |

    I think the bigger news in that Cardinals locker room picture is that Keith Hernandez also has a butt in his hand. I thought the story was that Mex smoked only during the off-season.

    • Perry | April 11, 2011 at 11:37 am |

      I heard it the other way around, that Hernandez only smoked during the season, because of the stress — he’d give it up in the offseason.

      • Patrick_in_MI | April 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm |

        Yep, that’s why Elaine Benes dumped him.

  • Mark in Shiga | April 11, 2011 at 9:34 am |

    Jon Rauch has as issue with his jersey, but it’s the fact that he’s wearing the hideously-high #60 for no apparent reason. Is it just my imagination, or are there more numbers in the 60s than ever before? Even during the regular season people are getting them, and they’re not special requests or shout-outs to certain years (like Jagr in hockey) or anything like that. It’s like 60 is the new 50.

    (Seriously, with the kerning, I think it’s just Toronto’s huge NOBs. They all look like that.)

    • jdreyfuss | April 11, 2011 at 11:21 am |

      Maybe they’re using a monospaced font? :P

    • Eric Brown | April 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm |

      Rauch wears 60 as a tribute to a former teammate Scott Schoeneweis whose wife passed away. Rauch and Schoeneweis played with the Diamondbacks when that happened.

      • Mark in Shiga | April 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm |

        Thanks, Eric. Schoeneweis was the only player I could think of who’d previously requested 60, and (IIRC) the Angels gave it to him in spring training and then gave it to him again for the regular season when he made the team. He thought it was a little weird but didn’t want to argue, and then he got attached to the number and actually requested to have it again when he went to the Mets despite being assigned the more normal-looking 36.

        I guess I can forgive Rauch now. And I’m not about to criticize a grieving Schoeneweis. I’ll choose some other 60+ wearer to criticize.

  • Seth F | April 11, 2011 at 9:37 am |

    Hey Paul,

    Did you notice the lady in the Mets’ food article is sporting a shirt promoting a certain protein-based foodstuff?? Looks good, huh?

  • Ethan | April 11, 2011 at 9:47 am |

    FYI…. that’s the FIFTH season of Friday Night Lights, not the third.

    I’m an idiot.

    • MPowers1634 | April 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm |

      It is an absolute shame that that show has not received more praise.

      A great, great show that is about alot more than football.

      UA outfits all of the athletes but they do a nice job with it.

      And Connie Britton is my TV crush!

      Great book, great movie, even better TV series.

  • Ry Co 40 | April 11, 2011 at 9:50 am |

    so ASU removed “Sparky” from the helmet? were too many devils getting offended? nothing like taking one of the best logos in sports and you know… removing it… thanks nike!

    //but i bet the pitchfork is really mean and intimidating!

    • Bernard | April 11, 2011 at 10:02 am |

      I was always a huge fan of ASU’s football uniforms (prior to the superfluous piping added a few seasons ago), and will lament their demise. I’m with RyCo, Sparky was/is awesome. Something decidedly old school about that look, in what is an increasingly new school town.

    • Ricko | April 11, 2011 at 10:57 am |

      Yeah, obviously a racist image.
      Good that it’s gone.

    • Simulated Steve | April 11, 2011 at 11:26 am |

      As a sun-devil alum, I am sickened by the BFBS. And the baseball team??? I just threw up in my mouth.

    • pflava | April 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm |

      Those were really nice uniforms. Very underrated.

      The new ones sound like an epic debacle.

      And the baseball team has sported some of the finest uniforms you will ever see…

    • LarryB | April 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm |

      I too liked the ASU uniform and helmet. To me it was a nice color combo. Ok I saw some pictures of them wearing all black helmets in the early 50’s Big deal

      Curious to see the new look. But yes I liked the look they had.

    • Jeff P | April 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm |

      Have to disagree. Helmets work best with a simpler and bolder logo. Sparky may be cute to you, but I honestly don’t see the attraction. Most mascot logos in its vein just are plain bad. Yeah, they’re nostalgic, but once you’re looking at them from more then 3 feet away, they turn into a muddled blob of color.

      Compare it to something like the Habs logo. Simple, classic, bold. You can make it out from a long distance. The more detailed your logo, the less distinct it is.

      Distinct and bold is good. A trident logo will almost certainly have that quality. The little cute figurine blob doesn’t.

      Yes, I also hate Pat Patriot. I have no real love for the Flying Elvis, but Pat is just not something that makes a good logo.

      • KT | April 11, 2011 at 11:14 pm |

        It’s a mascot. It’s not supposed to be attractive to YOU. It has meaning to the people who are actually fans of the Sun Devils.

        And with more people watching more games on high-definition TV sets, how it renders from a distance is slightly less of an issue. If it ever was an issue.

        • Jeff P | April 12, 2011 at 4:13 am |

          Then the mascot can be a cute little sleeve patch. Being old and cute does not an attractive uniform make.

          I thought this site was about aesthetics, not the nostalgia of stupid looking logos. Sorry.

  • Daren L | April 11, 2011 at 9:53 am |

    The Baltimore Sun has a neat article and picture about the old tomato feud between Earl Weaver & groundskeeper Pat Santarone during the 1970’s at Memorial Stadium.

    • Paul Lukas | April 11, 2011 at 10:27 am |

      Which of course means we have to listen to the (in)famous edition of “Manager’s Corner” that features a tomato plant reference (audio very nsfw; also very, very funny):

      • Shane | April 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm |

        I think I once wasted an entire afternoon listening to the auto-tuned version of that recording.

      • MPowers1634 | April 11, 2011 at 7:18 pm |

        One of my favorite Internet nuggets…”Terry Crowly from the Cincinatta Reds”.

        More than Earl, I love the responses of the host.

  • Luther Mahoney | April 11, 2011 at 10:06 am |

    Re.:Stan Lopata baseballs.

    I remember reading in Joe Garagiola’s book Baseball
    Is a Funny Game that the St.Louis Cardinals’ clubhouse manager would take the final out ball from a Cardinals’ victory and write the box score on it and also draw detailed
    images of major moments of the game on the ball.

  • Kasey Ignarski | April 11, 2011 at 10:08 am |

    That Hulbert Gravestone is in Graceland Cemetary, just a stones throw from Wrigley Field.

  • Paul Lukas | April 11, 2011 at 10:17 am |

    Mako has now provided two additional shots of Archie Wilder’s Indianapolis Capitals jersey:

  • Ben Fortney | April 11, 2011 at 10:20 am |

    My goodness, those F1 posters are a thing of beauty.

    Very clever integration of the flags on some of them: Japan, Great Britain, and Turkey.

    Spain also incorporates the “sketched” style prevalent in a lot of their tourism merch, and a certain album cover

  • Yankee Tank | April 11, 2011 at 10:21 am |

    No pix of the golden Giants Unis or the Rings?

    • Paul Lukas | April 11, 2011 at 10:25 am |

      Phil covered that yesterday.

  • Kevin | April 11, 2011 at 10:30 am |

    ESPN’s NHL front page is still using the Buffaslug’s logo for the playoff matchups. I don’t know how to do a print screen/save/whatever.

    • Rob S | April 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm |

      I’m not seeing it. On both the NHL and Playoff front pages, I see the circle logo for the Sabres.

      What is interesting is seeing the “Weagle” being used on the NHL front page for the Capitals.

  • Kevin | April 11, 2011 at 10:45 am |

    Also, I had a dream last night that the Packers wore silver colored stripes instead of yellow for the opening home game next year. Much like the “new age” gold for the MLB teams who win the championship. I assume silver because of the Lombardi trophy? Who knows…It was a horrible, horrible dream.

    • Coleman | April 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm |

      It sounds horrible. And if it comes to fruition, ever, I will hold you personally responsible!

  • Ricko | April 11, 2011 at 10:49 am |

    “Did you know there was something called the College Dance Team National Championships?”

    Yup. Takes place at the Milk House right next door to the baseball stadium at Wide World of Sports at Disney World.

    Was there in ’06 to watch my daughter’s team compete among the smaller schools. Oh, and Powers, Wagner was in the competition, too. Only entrant with a guy on the team.

    • Ricko | April 11, 2011 at 10:59 am |

      Oh, wait, that’s homophobic, huh.
      Couldn’t be I mention it cuz the kid was a helluva dancer.

    • LI Phil | April 11, 2011 at 11:16 am |

      Wagner was in the competition, too. Only entrant with a guy on the team.


      what are you saying? men shouldn’t be allowed to compete in all-girl *competitions*?

      was the guy about to be reassigned?

      • Ricko | April 11, 2011 at 11:28 am |

        No. That’s why I remembered Wagner.

      • MPowers1634 | April 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm |

        and no, Phil…I can vouch for my whereabouts!

        Wagner does have a stellar Theatre and Performing Arts department though!

    • Simply Moono | April 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm |

      I SWEAR I was channel surfing *grins*

  • Dave Johnson | April 11, 2011 at 11:06 am |

    Thats too bad about Arizona State. Sparky is one of the coolest logos in all of sports.

  • Matthew Robins | April 11, 2011 at 11:19 am |


    Washington State is always having an unveiling today for new uniforms and rolling out a fresh brand and identity:

    • Matthew Robins | April 11, 2011 at 11:19 am |

      Whoops! Always should say, also…

  • RS Rogers | April 11, 2011 at 11:44 am |

    Couple of things surprised me about the Nats’ first road trip of the season, uni-wise. First, the Nats actually got their road batting helmets painted with red visors to match the new road caps (which are still being listed by most merchants as “alt” caps). I wasn’t sure they’d bother.

    Second, the Nats broke out their red alt jerseys on Saturday, which is notable enough on its own for the fact that they’re wearing what had been a home alt both home and away now, but the Nats also broke out all-red batting helmets (presumably their normal home batting helmets) to match the red (home) caps they wear with the red alt jerseys. A lot of teams don’t bother to match batting helmets to caps when they wear alts at home, much less on the road, so kudos to the Nats for getting at least this detail right. Makes it easier that the “alt” helmet is just the regular home helmet, but still.

    Still no sign of the much-anticipated curly M jersey, though.

    • Ricko | April 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm |

      Or would that be the “skywriting 2”?

    • LI Phil | April 11, 2011 at 12:23 pm |

      Still no sign of the much-anticipated curly M jersey, though.


      to match the curly m fencing?

      • RS Rogers | April 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm |

        I thought it was pretty well established that the fence photo was flipped. The perspective and background are all wrong. Unless there’s a scoreboard at Nationals Park that has a red pennant flying from the bottom instead of the top, and also an iron fence in the main grandstand that’s higher than the top of the scoreboard.

  • kyle | April 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm |

    This site has some talk about the ASU “rebranding” tomorrow and some pictures of ASU baseball in tequila-sunrise type jerseys.

  • Arnold | April 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm |

    I was at the Clippers-Rockets game Saturday night, and noticed that Mo Williams had what appeared to be a lion’s head and mane on the inside of his shoes. Has anybody seen this before? Does anybody know the significance?

    • jdreyfuss | April 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • Arnold | April 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm |

        Thanks. The lion logo I’ve found doesn’t look exactly like what I saw. I should have taken a picture. The interesting thing would be if Williams is still wearing Nikes with LeBron’s logo — (1) especially after how LeBron left Cleveland and (2) now that Williams is with the Clips.

    • MPowers1634 | April 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm |

      Lebron Soldier

  • Jet | April 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm |

    Satchel Paige may have buttoned his jersey wrong but that sweet-looking double-pinstriped cap makes up for it…


    • Ricko | April 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm |

      Are we certain that jersey’s buttoned wrong?
      Type on one side is arched, other side is straight line horizontal.

      And it isn’t an illusion created by mis-buttoning.

      • RS Rogers | April 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm |

        Nah, it’s buttoned wrong. Look at the sun collars, and the placket hems, and also the piping terminus, and also the way the fabric bunches differently on either side of the placket at the waist. Looks like Satchel’s problem, though, is that he’s missing his top button.

        The arched/horizontal thing looks like an illusion caused by fabric distortion; his left arm is raised and foreshortened, lifting the edge of the lettering into apparent line. Plus, it’s buttoned wrong, so the whole shirt is being distorted. Look at the verticals on the two L’s and the O, and it’s apparent that they are arched, not parallel.

        • Ricko | April 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm |

          So you’re saying “JILLO” is arched the same as the lettering on the other side? How does fabric twist or stetech enough make the bottom of the letters all line up? And close up the angled spaces between the tops of the letters?

        • RS Rogers | April 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm |

          The whole point of fabric is that it’s flexible. You can see several very prominent folds running across his left chest and through the “JILLO” letters. Look at the tops of the letters again: they’re not uniform distances apart. There’s more space between the tops of the letters than the bottoms. They’re clearly not vertically parallel. Hell, the bottoms of the letters aren’t even close to horizontally parallel, which they’d obviously be if the letters were aligned in a straight horizontal. That whole side of Satchel’s jersey is being pushed up and to the viewer’s left by his raised arm, yet the “O” is angled down and to the viewer’s right. As it would do if “JILLO” were radially arched, and as it physically cannot do if “JILLO” were a straight-line horizontal.

          If you’re still not convinced of the whole fabric-is-flexible thesis, make sure that you’re wearing a fabric shirt instead of, say, a coconut bra or medieval armor or other solid garment, go stand in front of a mirror, and raise your arm toward the mirror until your elbow is as high as your shoulder, as Satchel is doing. You’ll see significant apparent distortions to whatever pattern your shirt has, and the the part of your shirt closest to your armpit will lift by 2-3″ while the fabric at your placket will hardly move at all.

          Seeing as how exactly the same distortion of radially arched lettering on the left side of a jersey is visible here, I’m calling case closed.

    • Mark K | April 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm |

      Where is the top button- wouldn’t we see it?

    • RS Rogers | April 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm |

      The more I look at that photo, the more I wonder whether it was taken in the Dominican Republic or in Denver’s Merchant Field, where the Negro Leaguers who defected to Trujillo’s team entered and won the annual Denver Post pro-am tournament. They played as the Trujillo All Stars, which eventually turned into the Satchel Paige All Stars.

  • berto | April 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm |

    A couple clarifications: Sparky is still the mascot and logo… he’s going to be around – like still painted on the field, etc – but just won’t be as prominent on the helmet. I haven’t seen the new unis, but BFBS is not 100% accurate. Yes, it’s likely there will be black, but in the 1950s ASU had black helmets, so maybe it’s black for psuedo-traditional sake (BFPTS).

    • berto | April 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm |

      Also, the baseball uniforms aren’t changing.

    • KT | April 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm |

      ASU was the Bulldogs back in those days, weren’t they, berto?

  • Brian | April 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm |

    The stadium is called Citi Field, not Shea. Get over it, Lukas. Or are you still trying to shill more awful t-shirts based on your inability to move forward and your insistence on living in the past? Hayseed rube…

  • Scott M.X. Turner | April 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm |

    Pretty disappointing comment from No Mas’ Isenberg about Dave Parker’s shirt. It’s so not dope.

  • Tim E. O'B | April 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm |

    apparently fake jerseys are a big problem in Vancouver because the Canucks’website has an entire section devoted to the issue called ‘Fight the Fake’

    • dgm | April 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm |

      a lot of nhl teams have this on their site.

      • Tim E. O'B | April 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm |


        How big of a problem are fake jerseys in the NHL? And who decided to set these pages up, individual teams, the NHL or RBK?

        • Teebz | April 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm |

          The problem is insanely huge, Tim. When Chinese companies are advertising pro jerseys for $50, the NHL and its teams get a little steamed because they see none of that revenue.

          I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with having jerseys at $50, but the NHL hasn’t licensed anyone in China to make those jerseys. It’s a whole business unto itself.

          Personally, if the NHL was smart, they would drop the pricing on their jerseys to be minimal, and just have people pay for the name on the back and the logo on the front. $10 for the jersey, $40 for the logo, and $50 for the name on the back. Done and done… I’d buy that for a (hundred) dollar(s). LOL

        • KT | April 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm |

          Seems to me you can eliminate the market for knockoffs if you don’t insist on gouging people on the actually licensed stuff. There’d be no need to go to China to get something if teams (in all sports, I’m not singling out the NHL) didn’t just insist on getting every last penny out of you.

        • LI Phil | April 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm |

          isn’t buying chinese knockoffs the american way?

        • Tim E. O'B | April 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm |

          But my question is why is this problem so epidemic to the NHL and certain clubs?

          NBA, NFL and MLB teams don’t have this on their websites, they sell their jerseys at exorbitant prices and they’re all more popular.

        • RS Rogers | April 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm |

          It’s a “problem” for the company that bought the NHL’s license to make and sell authorized merchandise. It’s not a problem for fans,* for any team, or for the NHL itself.

          And it’s really not even much of a problem for the license holder, either. For any non-commoditized product, customers are willing to pay a premium for authentic brand identity. If a thriving market for pirated goods exists, that demonstrates that the legitimate seller has chosen to charge a premium for authenticity higher than the market will bear. That’s not a problem, that’s a choice. If the legit seller dropped prices to the premium that the market would support, pirated goods would all but disappear from the marketplace.

          *Well, it’s a problem for those fans who want authentic merchandise and who purchase pirated goods believing them to be authentic goods at miraculously low prices. But that’s more a factor of willful self-delusion than it is of fraudulent marketing. Yeah, sure, the price is $250 for everyone else, but for you, it’s $50.

        • KT | April 11, 2011 at 11:16 pm |

          “NBA, NFL and MLB teams don’t have this on their websites, they sell their jerseys at exorbitant prices and they’re all more popular.”

          Those sports are more popular. The NFL could probably charge double what it does for its jerseys, but it’s the most popular sports league ever in this country. If you don’t buy it, there are still a ton of people who will.

  • dgm | April 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm |

    with regards to the mexican soccer league, #58 is popular for one main reason – in guadalajara there is a radio station called “canal 58” (channel 58 for you monolingual antiquarians) and the station would pay an extra bonus to a player from each team to wear 58 as their number. originally it was just the guadalajara-based clubs (chivas, atlas, and tecos) but then they started paying players from other clubs to do it.

    the secondary reason is that a couple of the players who wore #58 ended up becoming fairly popular (jared borgetti wore it for a while) and so then other players copied it, like lebron previously using 23.

    as for the 125, apparently it has to do with banamex (a large mexican bank) celebrating its 125th anniversay in 2009 and paying goalkeepers to wear 125, in the same way that canal 58 did in the 1990s.

    weird uniform numbers is one of those little quirks that makes the mexican league so much fun to follow.

    • KT | April 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm |

      Someone on Chivas de Guadalajara wore #100 for the 100th season of the club, as well.

      I have also known players of Mexican heritage to wear #58 while playing in American soccer leagues. Carlos Zavala of the Rochester (then-Raging) Rhinos comes to mind.

      • LI Phil | April 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm |

        they are no longer raging?

        • KT | April 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm |

          They no longer rage, no.

          When the franchise almost went under and was rescued by its current ownership, they dropped the “Raging” part of the moniker. Now they’re just the Rochester Rhinos.

      • KevinW | April 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm |

        Adolfo Bautista, or “Bofo”, wore #100 during his first stint with Chivas.

    • Mark in Shiga | April 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm |

      DGM, thanks for the info; I would never had known about that! Not too happy about the fact that they’re virtual advertisements, and that they use very non-soccer-like numbers that stand out a bit too much… but your explanation is much appreciated!

      • Geen! | April 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm |

        It’s kind of subliminal, like Andy Messersmith wearing the No. 17, or someone named Heinz wearing No. 57, or the Domino’s Pizza car wearing No. 30 (delivery in 30 minutes or less, get it?).

        And when 7-Eleven sponsored race cars, Kyle Petty was the No. 7 in NASCAR, while Tony Kanaan was the No. 11 in the Indy Racing League.

  • Fred | April 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm |

    The mystery shoe- I’m a Patriots fan and have no care for the Raiders’ history but I decided to look it up anyway as a challenge. I think that shoe belongs to Bob Brown, the offensive lineman for the Raiders. The leg is away from Hubbard, meaning that he was blocking for him, I gather the initials to read “B.B”. I tried to find other pictures of Bob Brown wearing the same shoes or an article about that interesting style but can find none. Maybe someone can pick up the ball on this one and carry it further?

  • Ricko | April 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  • Matthew Robins | April 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm |

    Sharks will wear Black Jerseys for opening playoff game:

    • KT | April 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm |

      I know there’s BFBS and all that, but, man, the Sharks’ blacks are about as gorgeous a jersey as I’ve ever seen.

      • Ben Fortney | April 11, 2011 at 5:19 pm |

        BFBS Black’s been a “primary” color from the beginning.

        • KT | April 11, 2011 at 11:18 pm |

          I am aware of this. I said I know there IS (such a thing as) BFBS. But the Sharks have been teal and black (didn’t they start the whole teal thing?) from the get-go.

          I just love the simplicity of the black with just the simple teal and white stripes and the white laces just cap it off for me. No off-color panels, no raised stitching in an accent color, no strange color that doesn’t belong, no epaulets, no yoke, nothing but simplicity.

          It appeals to me. YMMV.

      • Jeff P | April 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm |

        Really? I think of the Sharks’s black jersey as one of the more lousy jerseys in the NHL. Put your normal striping on the hem and it might reach forgivable status, but really. It’s just ugly to my eye.

    • jdreyfuss | April 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm |

      The tagline for the post was Uni Watch. Evidence of Paul’s influence? (Even if the actual choice isn’t)

  • Fred | April 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm |

    Sorry I missed it, I searched for the word “shoe” and did not find any in the response boxes so I assumed nobody said anything!

    That’s a great picture. Interesting- it was taken in 1973. The original picture was in 1972 against the LA Rams so that’s a span of 1 year he’s had those inscriptions. Wonder how long he wore them?

  • possum | April 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm |

    The Dave Parker shirt is, despite what the caption says, a nod to a Funkadelic song (or is it Parliament…I’m too busy to look it up).

    Love the Tony Perez Puerto Rican jersey. Don Q is the most delicious rum I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting, do yourself a favor and get some if in PR. Is the fact that it’s a liquor company sponsoring him notable? I know how commonplace it was to see alcohol (and tobacco) before I was born, but how many teams put it on their jerseys? Makes me want to name my next fantasy team the Johnny Walkers.

    • motherfunky | April 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm |

      It’s Parilament, yo.

  • Jon Smith | April 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm |

    Add my Pony team to the 1000 stirrups campaign. That’s my son pitching last Saturday for the Northwest Austin Pony Twins.

  • Original Jim | April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |

    Saltalamacchia is not the only one to wear the “Phil 4:13” brand…NY Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes also had it on his glove.

    I think it translates to “thou shalt have a slow start”

    • LI Phil | April 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm |

      heh…that’s what’s written in the office log for when i return to the office after tomorrow’s day off

    • Jeff P | April 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm |

      “I can do all things through him that strengthens me”.

      Except for hit curveballs. Jesus no help with that.

      • MPowers1634 | April 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm |

        Are you tellin me that Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball?

        That movie came out when I was in eighth grade…my middle school baseball coach ended up making us run every time we uttered any line from it!

        • jdreyfuss | April 11, 2011 at 11:00 pm |

          “See, I’ve got it right here in my contract. It says I don’t have to do any calisthenics that I don’t feel are necessary. So what do you think about that?”

  • Kevin | April 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm |

    More info on the ASU uni’s. Have any pictures leaked yet?

    • KT | April 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm |

      No, but I know someone who has seen said pictures. Supposed to be announced tomorrow. The same week the school is to announce a 22 percent tuition hike. Right before my son goes there in the fall. Thank you, ASU!

  • christian | April 11, 2011 at 9:22 pm |

    Miguel Tejada for the Giants wears a “mock turtleneck” as well. Lookie here:
    If that wasn’t good enough then look here:
    Just keep clicking on next and you will see it. He seems to only wear them for home games. Here’s opening day at SF for ANOTHER look:

  • Matthew Robins | April 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  • Patrick_in_MI | April 12, 2011 at 12:00 am |

    Baseball jerseys for Madison Heights (MI) Lamphere Rams. I have no idea what’s going on here! This is the only pic I could find:

  • Chris | April 12, 2011 at 2:21 am |

    Oh wow, I was flipping the channels and landed on Fox Sports NW…the new Washington State unis are atrocious

  • snsptzr | April 12, 2011 at 2:37 am |

    i certainly was less than impressed with most of the indians’ uni adjustments for this season but tell you what, throw a little dirt, 8 shutout innings and an 8 game win streak on ’em and they don’t look too shabby.

  • Samuel | April 12, 2011 at 3:25 am |

    FYI on the A’s and gray underbrims
    Most of the A’s commercials they have with players this year feature them wearing the old caps. They must have a lot in stock… and I want one