The increasingly indispensable Mike Hersh recently turned me on to a site I hadn’t been aware of before, Antique Sports Collector. It’s filled with excellent photographs of some really nice baseball jerseys and related items. Let’s take a look:
• I love this style of ticking stripe. What a beauty!
• Check out the old-school sleeve cuffs on this jersey.
• So rare to see green on an early baseball jersey. It was an extremely uncommon uniform color back in the day.
• Oooh, check out the awesome navy/gold trim on this jersey. Click on the photos for larger versions.
• Man, what a clusterfuck of a logo. If you untangle it, I believe it’s YMCA!
• I really like the vest down in the lower-right corner of this photo. The big letters, the gold trim — spectacular.
• Look closely at this jersey — is that a tab collar? I have never seen that on a baseball uniform before.
• Totally digging this girls’ baseball uni.
• There isn’t much football material shown on the site, but check out the amazing gold uniform with red/blue trim shown in this photo.
• The site also includes a nice gallery of tags. Look at all those Spalding variations!
• Dear Nike, Reebok, and Adidas, could you please start using envelopes as cool as this one? Right, didn’t think so.
Great stuff, right? (Mike also told me about an antique football collectors’ site, although that one doesn’t have nearly as much material.)
Just as I was getting ready to publish this piece, reader Jason Hillyer sent me an article about the guy who runs the site where I found all these photos. Kismet!
Mouth almighty: I’m quoted in two articles about college football that were published yesterday — one in the New York Times and one in the Washington Post. (The AP just published a similar piece but somehow neglected to call me, which is something of a relief, because boy am I sick of talking about Maryland.)
One final thought on all of this: It’s disappointing to see how many people have either voiced or accepted the notion that the Maryland uniforms were a “success” simply because they garnered a lot of attention, as if attention is self-justifying. When a two-year-old gets attention by yelling and screaming, we don’t call that a success; we call it a tantrum. When a creepy guy in the park gets attention by walking over and opening his trenchcoat, we don’t call that a success; we call it a misdemeanor. I’m not trying to equate the Maryland uniforms with screaming toddlers or flashers, but I am trying to suggest that we should all hope for a higher standard of discussion than simply “attention = good,” because life is more complicated than that.
There’s a new post over at the Permanent Record blog.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Another team wearing the kidney jerseys: South Carolina, 1927. “But their best look has to be the dart boards in 1929,” says Lance Hall. … New lacrosse gloves for Notre Dame (from Jeff Brunelle). … Here’s some video that provides our first look at the Preds’ new road unis in action. … Andy Chalifour has identified an interesting trend among rookie catchers: They’re wearing their catchers’ helmets with the brim facing front. Recent examples in include Ryan Lavarnway, Jose Lobaton, and Welington Castillo. … Auburn was apparently once considering a giant eagle mascot (from Jeremy Henderson). … Rangers outfielder Craig Gentry has been wearing toe socks (from Rachel Johnson). … Lots of great old photos from the Boston Public Library archives. “Might be the best news of the day,” says Ian Carr. … Finally, someone is creating a Negro Leagues database (thanks, Phil). … O.J. DeCastro spotted something odd during the New England player intros from Monday night’s Dolphins/Pats game: a coupla guys in Packers jerseys. What was that about? ”¦ Lots of pics of the Islanders’ ice being painted. “40th-anniversary logo looks sharp,” says Jason Hoffman. ”¦ Maryland will be wearing solid black this weekend. ”¦ College hoops has its first blue court, thanks to Cal State Bakersfield (from Lee Wilds). ”¦ The great Flip Flop Fly Ball site has taken an interesting look at score bugs (from Kurt Esposito).