[Phil here — Paul’s still on vacation, but work, life and grad school all conspired against me yesterday, so I wasn’t able to come up with a lede for today. Paul was gracious enough to let me “steal” this while he’s away. I will be back with fresh, new content tomorrow. Enjoy!]
Lots of good stuff this time around, courtesy of Mako Mameli, Bruce Menard, Jerry Wolper, Mike Hersh, and Greg Trandel. Without further ado:
• If you can manage not to be distracted by Dick Vitale’s rather loud trousers, you can see that he ordered some very cool T-shirts for his U. of Detroit players.
• I didn’t know Arizona ever wore uni numbers on the front of their helmets. That’s Jon Horton, who played for Arizona from 1983 through ’86. The uni numbers aren’t shown on the Helmet Project’s Pac 12 page. Anyone know more about this?
• Never seen this particular variation on the Giants’ NY script before. That’s Emlen Tunnell, who coached for Big Blue in the 1970s.
• Good to see that Henry Winkler and Ron Howard both knew how to blouse their pant cuffs. But man, even in a celebrity softball game, the Fonz had to be Mr. Too Cool by untucking his jersey. (And in a non-wire follow-up, Brad Kepler shows us how it looked in color.
• Check out Bob Feller in a Motorolla promotional uniform.
• I think we’ve seen this before, but just in case: This has gotta be history’s biggest helmet nickNOB.
• Can never have too many shots of Doc Ellis in curlers.
• Ditto for shots of the Giants’ 1906 “World’s Champions” jerseys.
• Man, does this cap logo look like it was drawn by a third grader or what? Sort of charmingly amateurish. The team was from Indianapolis.
• This is a nice photo, but the full impact becomes clearer when you read the caption.
• Dressed to Nines’ listing of MLB commemorative patches includes this: “1964, Baltimore (AL), 150th anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner.” I’d never seen that patch before, until now. (Special thanks to Todd Radom for the color version of the design.)
By Brinke Guthrie
Even though I am a SF Giants fan, I find the Red Sox’s shabby treatment of Terry Francona appalling. Two WS titles, a winning percentage off the charts, and those Red Sox management knuckleheads pin it on this guy? So, in the spirit of the Red Sox epic collapse, we lead Collector’s Corner off this week with an autographed photo of Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson, and dedicate it to John Henry.
Let’s add insult to injury for Sox fans, with this 1960s Yankees satin jacket.
Not sure what to make of this 1980s LA Rams Sand Knit jersey. I see the logo on the hemline, but the sleeves are a bit dodgy, no?
Nice vintage 1970s NFL pencil set!
Never seen these! NFL sticker set from the 1970s, from Chase & Sanborn coffee.
Your Sears Schwinn bike would look just like Bucco Bruce with this creamsicle-colored banana bike seat.
I’ve never been a fan of the current Reebok NFL stuff. Too expensive, too weird, and hard to find, too. I much preferred the 90s NFL Pro Line stuff, like this swell Cowboys pullover (had it) from Starter, or this Reebok Pro Line Dolphins shell.
Let’s head back to the 60s, shall we? Keep your dates straight- at least for 1969-70, with this vintage NFL appointment book.
Here’s a program for the 1969 “Eighth Annual New Jersey Jaycee Classic” between the Eagles and Giants. Note the curious NY font treatment.
Two more from 1969- this NFL Player Official Autograph Book, with Roman Gabriel on the cover, wearing the biggest sleeve numbers ever sewn on a jersey…and the Minnesota Vikings sing your favorite Christmas holiday hits.
Tracking The 2011 MLB Playoffs
He’s back again this year.
Yesterday, the National Leaguers took a rest, but, in an affront to the uni-gods, the Rangers wore softball tops, taking the game and a 2-1 series lead over the properly-attired Raays. Meanwhile, in Mo-Town, the Yankees and Tigers, who, not coincidentally have no softball tops, looked great. Detroit looked, and played, ever-so-slightly better, and wants to party like it’s 2006, taking a 2-1 lead over the Bombers.
Here is your updated 2011 MLB Playoff tracker.
by Rick Pearson
Tis never too late to zing a batting champ…
And of course, the full-size.
Uni Watch News Ticker: (Compiled by Johnny Ek) … An Octoberfest-inspired hockey jersey? (Joel V.) … From Mike Edgerley: “I can’t resist sending you this green and gold stripe and sock fest from FC Tampa bay!” … WaPo’s Sports Bog highlighted Brian Orakpo’s pink mouthguard (Jason Mott). … “I think the logo on Laurent Robinson’s sock is that of McDavid who are a sports medicine, protective equipment, protective apparel company … It turns out the sweatshirt-underneath-jersey look isn’t such a hot one. (Neil Scott) … Frank Bitzer: “A friend of mine snapped this photo at yesterday’s Bengals-Bills game. I think the fellow is trying to tell us something.” … Turner Motorsports has partnered with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. (Benjamin Traxel) … Ouch: “I saw this on a bus today in Boston. Hard to see but it features Beckett alongside Ortiz.” (Logan Jakubajtys) … Jeffrey Sak: “On Saturday night when Doug Fister faced the Yankees I noticed the name on his glove didn’t quite match.” … This photo has surfaced along with rumors that Georgia Tech will break out a new helmet for their Thursday night game with Virginia Tech later this season. (Britton Thomas) … Indianapolis took the “Think Pink” campaign up a notch and dyed the downtown canal pink early Friday morning for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Nile Smith) … The NFL has officially approved the Broncos’ request to change its full-time home jersey from dark blue to burnt-orange. (Kevin Clark) … Oregon has unveiled a super-fantastic “retro” uniform. (Jim Weber) … Forrest J. Bowlick: “It’s Homecoming Week here at the University of Idaho, and our Library has put up a nice gallery of Program Covers online.” … The University of New Mexico wore all silver uniforms for the first time in history. (Frank Mercogliano) … San Diego added pink to their wordmark in the endzone Sunday. (Ben Harris) … In yesterday’s post, Phil mentioned he’d seen a pink whistle but couldn’t find a photo. MJ Kurs-Lasky to the rescue: “I came across a picture from the Browns/Titans match.” … Michael Craig thinks he can top our American football for “pinking” out: “If you think american football takes breast cancer awareness too far, wait til you see how far we take it in australia. Here you have the Penrith Panthers of the NRL, the most watched sporting competition in Australia.”… Derek Bocek noticed not one, not 2, but THREE different shades of pink STRIPES on these socks! Says Derek, “Thats 4th year Bucs saftey Corey Lynch out of Appalachian State” … If you didn’t already know Hank Williams, Jr. was a
racist prick redneck, now you do.
“Apparently there are adults in positions of responsibility out there who believe that 12-year-old boys suffer from a lack of breast awareness.” — R. Scott Rogers