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Uni Watch Library Update: Some New (Old) Catalogs

I recently acquired a bunch of old uniform catalogs. In some ways, they repeat a lot of the same stuff we’ve seen in other catalogs from my library. But they also have some things I’ve never seen before. So let’s take a look (you can click on the cover images to see larger versions)…

1955 Stall + Dean Catalog (6” x 9”, 56 pages)

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Many of you know the name Stall + Dean, of course, because it became a throwback brand, just like Mitchell and Ness. But this catalog dates back to when S+D was an active sporting goods operation. Among the highlights:

• I love these multi-striped softball jerseys.

• Two interesting things on this page: First, check out the ear cuff on the hockey helmet. And second, that “Puckmaster” logo is an early version of the label design that I recently turned into a T-shirt.

• I’m not sure what I like best on this spread: the feather stripes on the center basketball jersey, or the term “Sundries” at the top of the right-hand page.

• Hmmm, ya think these shorts are short enough?

• Always good to see them render the hockey hose in color. (Alas, the football socks weren’t so fortunate.)

• I was struck by the hockey pants at the top-right of this spread. It’s basically the Rangers’ design, only in blue. It’s amazing how iconic that simple stripe pattern is.

• I cracked up when I saw the icon in all of the baseball glove pockets. Maybe “Deepressed” wasn’t the best name choice.

• Holy moly, look at the football jersey at the top-right of this spread. Gorgeous!

• We’ve occasionally seen football players wearing those clear plastic faceguards. Look, here they are for sale.


1927 Schmelzer Catalog (7.5” x 10.5”, 64 pages)

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I’d never heard of the Schmelzer Company before. Such a great name — Schmelzer’s. I like how the front cover shows swimsuits (and a seagull!), instead of the usual baseball and football. Unfortunately, the interior pages are one-color throughout, but there are still some good bits:

• Do you see what I see? Striped undershirt sleeves!

• I like the cutaway illustration of the top catcher’s mitt on this page.

• There’s something really funny about this basketball shoe brand. “Dr. Meanwell” — sounds like a cartoon character. Like, he’s a crappy doctor, but he means well.

• Check out this great tennis cap with a “translucent pyraloid” visor. This reminded me of the note on the “Caps” page of Dressed to the Nines, which states, “In 1895, a number of ballplayers, including future Hall of Fame outfielder Jesse Burkett, experimented with baseball caps that had green-tinted, transparent bills. The idea was to allow the fielder a better range of view while protecting him from the glare of the sun, but apparently the see-through bills never caught on.” Sounds like the idea migrated from baseball to tennis.

• Speaking of interesting headwear, I didn’t know a striped beanie was once called a “rooter cap.”

• Mmmmm, thick-guage sweaters.

•  As soon as I saw this listing for Yankiboy uniforms, I thought to myself, “Hey, looks like they cribbed that illustration from a photo of Hughie ‘Ee-Yah!’ Jennings!” And sure enough, they did.

• Finally, even if it’s only in black-and-white, I can’t resist a display of striped socks.


1938-39 Lowe + Campbell Catalog (6” x 8.5”, 128 pages)

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I have another Lowe + Campbell catalog in my collection, but this one is bigger and nicer. A few choice bits:

• Check out the amazing horseshoe-shaped piping on the football pants at lower-right.

• Here’s a very nice assortment of old-school football jersey styles.

• Lots of winged football helmet models on this page. I like how the helmet with the facemask is singled out as a “Nose Guard Helmet,” as if it’s a novelty (which, at that time, it was).

• Sometimes these old catalogs have some odd non sequiturs. For example, why did this page of shoulder pads also feature a roll of admission tickets at the bottom? Guess they had some space to fill on the page.

• Look at the accessory at lower-right — turns any shoe into a kicking shoe!

• The diagonally striped shorts on this page seem pretty mod for their era. They’re paired with a matching jersey here.

• I love love love this scoreboard.

• Have I mentioned that I’m a sucker for athletic sweaters?

• Check this out: a basketball hoop with a light-up basket indicator.

• Finally, look at the helmet block/shaper thingie on this page. The listing reads, “Adjustable wooden forms that should be in every equipment room. Indespensible for reshaping and resizing helmets after they have become wet.” Guess that’s something today’s equipment managers don’t have to worry about.

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To a tee: A few thoughts on that most utilitarian of garments, the T-shirt:

• The Hungry Hungry Hipster has come up with a few Uni Watch T-shirt concepts that he’s certain will “sell like hotcakes.” Me, I’m not so sure, but I’m wiling to see what you folks think. Send your feedback this-a-way.

• Remember, my new line of T-shirts based on vintage sportswear tags is now available in the Uni Watch shop on Zazzle.

• And if you’re interested, just conceptually speaking, in a certain pair of theoretical T-shirt designs — just hypothetically, of course — let me know.

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My ESPN column about the sports-related artifacts at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally went up on Sunday. You can check it out here.

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Party reminder: Uni Watch gathering this Saturday, 6:30pm, at the Devil’s Den in Philly. See you there.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: What if every NFL team logo included Peyton Manning’s face? (Big thanks to Cary O’Reilly.) ”¦ Love these early-’70s Marshall uniforms with “The Herd” on the front (from Jake Keys). … Just like South Carolina, Auburn’s baseball team has switched headwear outfitters, from The Game to Under Armour (from Jonathon Binet). … Oregon’s new lacrosse uniforms are about what you’d expect (from Jeff Brunelle). ”¦ Several readers went bonkers on Friday when this photo of Tulane’s old vertically striped socks was posted on an SI blog. I’ve mentioned those socks several times over the years — you can see additional views here and here. ”¦ Unusual design by Perrydale High School in Oregon, whose uni numbers are accented by eyebrow-like markings. “I spent the whole game asking myself, ‘WTF?'” says Phil Amaya (whose son is No. 13 in blue, by the way). ”¦ Home high schools in Nebraska are having trouble with poor-quality basketballs (from Chris Bisbee). ”¦ Bit of a kerfuffle in DC over the font being used on some new street signs (from Matt Lucas). ”¦ Scott Haltom has scanned another one of his grandfather’s old baseball scrapbooks. Amazing stuff. ”¦ The Sioux Falls Skyforce — that’s a D-League basketball team — wore Twitter uniforms on Friday night (from Cody Schuiling). ”¦ A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy has listed the three things he hates most about spring training. Check out what he listed for No. 3. ”¦ Keenan Bailey was at an antiques shop and spotted an old football helmet with a very unusual facemask design. Never seen one quite like that before. ”¦ The Rapid City Rush wore these bizarre pink-accented uniforms that looked like they’d been used for a paintball battle (from David Trett). ”¦ Oh baby, now that’s an old-fashioned baseball uni (big thanks to Ian Carr). ”¦ David Soline was attending a minor league hockey game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana and saw a Pacers memorabilia display that included a Bruno Sundov jersey with a diacritical mark on the NOB. … “I was talking to a new UAB football recruit, and he mentioned that they’re getting new uniforms next year,” says Jordan Ney. “It will supposedly include a green and white helmet and white pants.” … Tim O’Connor sent a uni-related query to USA Hockey and got a very reasonable response. … “I came across my wife’s grandfather’s Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School yearbook from 1945,” says John Marshall. “The school was based at Fort Schuyler in the Bronx, and it featured a lot of ads from uniform companies.” ”¦ Not often that you see gymnast wearing a standard-looking numbered jersey (from Riley Danford). … While watching video of a 1973 Bills/Eagles game, Bill Kellick noticed that the Bills’ field used striped pylons. … Arsenal wore a very odd change kit the other day. “Seems like the most un-Arsenal kit you could create,” says Mark Coale. … This is pretty great: spatualas imprinted with college team logos (big thanks to Kyle Speicher). … Kansas wore 1952 throwbacks over the weekend, and you can see lots of photos here (from Matt Strauss). … We’ve seen lots of photos of Ron Paul wearing a tequila sunrise jersey in a Congressional baseball jersey. You can see video of him wearing that uniform — plus lots of other politicians in their home regions’ unis — Here (great find by Paul Watson). … I’m very intrigued by the Lions uniform in this photo. For one thing, the guy’s wearing shorts. For another, he’s wearing a colored jersey, which is unusual for the mid-century era. In addition, that jersey is a pullover with a two- or three-button placket (ditto for the Miami jersey being worn by the other guy) — even more unusual for that era. Plus the bat on the jersey appears to have some seriously textured chain-stitching. Plus-plus the bat knob has initials instead of a uni number. And yes, there’s also a bathing beauty in the photo, but that seems almost incidental compared to all the uni-notable details. Bruce Menard found the photo but isn’t sure if the teams are minor league, college, or what. … John Sobotka had a friend competing in the Wing Bowl (the annual chicken wing-eating contest at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly) and got to roam around behind the scenes a bit. He spotted this cool Flyers buggy outside of a loading dock. “There was also an NBA regulation hoop drilled directly into a concrete wall just outside the players’ entrance to the arena floor,” he says. “We asked one of the guys who worked there and he said the Flyers like to shoot around (in full uniform) before they hit the ice to warm up and ease some stress. Pretty neat to imagine, I thought.” … Latest NHL team to play G.I. Joe during pregame warm-ups: the Avs. … Indiana produced special Super Bowl badges for the State Police and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (from Daren Landers). ”¦ Aaron Siegel is trying to document the history of Syracuse sports wearing alternate uniforms. At present, there are a few holes in his research, so he’s asking for help in finding photos of the following games: basketball, 2/16/04 (throwbacks with script font, vs. Notre Dame); basketball, 2/24/08 (blue alts, vs. Notre Dame); football, 8/31/07 (solid orange, vs. Washington); football, 9/15/07 (solid orange, vs. Illinois). If anyone has photos of these games, contact Aaron here. ”¦ Chris Story recently got one of those awesome Football Vault books — about the Florida/UGA rivalry. He took some pics of the book, which you can see here. ”¦ Red Wings wore white at home on Friday and last night. “Seems more and more NHL teams are doing so whenever it strikes their fancy,” says Chris Mayberry. ”¦ Also from Chris: The Peterborough Petes had “Petes for Pediatrics Night.” What does that mean from a uniform standpoint? It means a jersey covered with teddy bears. ”¦ “I wrote you a while back about Tiger Woods wearing his new Nike Free shoes,” says James Samsel. “The problem was he was wearing the white version every round — even Sundays. He finally wore the black version during the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. But then he went back to the white version for the final two rounds of the Pebble Beach Pro Am. Black would have been the logical choice in both instances. I’m perplexed.” ”¦ The U.S. Army has introduced a new model of combat pants (from David Soline). ”¦ JetBlue has unveiled a Red Sox-branded plane (from Tom Mulgrew). ”¦ Ohio University baseball student manager Steve Givarz reports that the team is using Rip-It bats, helmets, and duffles this season. “We were supposed to use Easton, but they have not gotten back to us on our equipment, so we plan on using Rip-It, because they had contacted us,” he says. “Do you know of any other college programs using Rip-It? I know they’re semi-popular in softball but I believe unheard of in NCAA college baseball, as most schools use Easton, Rawlings, Nike, or Louisville Slugger.”

111 comments to Uni Watch Library Update: Some New (Old) Catalogs

  • Mike Edgerly | February 13, 2012 at 7:59 am |

    1. Glad to see that Brandon McCarthy hates the Spring Training hats more than I do!

    2. That’s been Arsenal’s change kit all season, I’m not crazy about it either, but have gotten used to it.

    • Bob A. | February 13, 2012 at 8:42 am |

      After you read his hat comments be sure to keep scrolling. You’re welcome.

    • Rob S | February 13, 2012 at 9:27 am |

      I was particularly amused by his comparison of spring training to the Oregon Trail game.

      • concealed78 | February 13, 2012 at 10:16 am |

        I always loved how bacon & coffee was an acceptable breakfast for the children & the references to diseases! Bullets or clothes? I have to choose?

        Oh man, that takes me back to the 1980s classroom.

    • concealed78 | February 13, 2012 at 10:05 am |

      I know it’s very popular to complain about Spring Training or the NFL pre-season. But news to Brandon: it’s not always about you. The coaching staff needs those exhibition games to evaluate talent & fill out the rest of the roster. Just saying.

      The caps complaint I find moot because there’s no rule to wear BP caps.

      • DarkAudit | February 13, 2012 at 10:28 am |

        Stick up your butt much? He was just trying to have some fun.

    • jdreyfuss | February 13, 2012 at 11:11 am |

      If he really wants to stay cooler under those oppressive ST caps, he should wear his pants high.

  • Kyle Allebach #school | February 13, 2012 at 8:06 am |

    This, this, and this. You could use those when the respective teams have a losing season.

  • Chris M | February 13, 2012 at 8:10 am |

    “While watching video of a 1973 Bills/Eagles game, Bill Kellick noticed that the Bills’ field used striped pylons.”

    Wow, that is very rare! Also pictured that’s rare, the Bills scoring a touchdown.

    I’m a Bills fan…

    • Kyle Allebach #school | February 13, 2012 at 8:15 am |

      Well, you were playing the Eagles, who went 5-8-1.

      And I’m an Eagles fan…

      • Gusto44 | February 13, 2012 at 9:02 am |

        One of the notable aspects of that ’73 Bills/Eagles game aside from the big rushing game by O.J. Simpson, was how it ended. Trailing by a single point, the Eagles drove down the field and Tom Dempsey had a short field goal to win the game. Instead, the NFL leader for the longest FG in league history, missed the easy kick.

        • bquinn | February 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm |

          I also found it odd that the Bills used pylons for the goal line, but kept the old-school red flags in the corners of the end lines.

  • BSmile | February 13, 2012 at 8:13 am |

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame piece was great, looked like a lot of fun. Awesome uni catalogs too.
    Cheers! ~B

  • Kyle Lamers | February 13, 2012 at 8:39 am |

    Maybe the Padres will wear new combat baseball pants next season.

  • Gary M. | February 13, 2012 at 8:40 am |

    The link for the Ron Paul/Congressional unis takes me to the KU throwback article… Just me?

  • Adam R. W. | February 13, 2012 at 8:44 am |

    Happy to say that I received a Boilermakers Sportula for Christmas 2010.

    • Matthew Radican | February 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm |

      Does it work OK? I wouldn’t mind getting one but, the picture makes it look like it may be a little flimsy.

      • Adam R. W. | February 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm |

        It works just as good as any other spatula. It’s definitely not some cheap-o piece of equipment. It’s solid and sturdy. I’d recommend it.

  • Pierre | February 13, 2012 at 8:59 am |

    Regarding Tulane’s vertical-striped socks, the Tulane player immediately below Pete Maravich is Johnny Arthurs who played briefly for the Milwaukee Bucs. Arthurs was a senior at my high school when I was a freshman.

  • dgm | February 13, 2012 at 9:20 am |

    not sure what’s so strange about arsenal’s change kit… it’s been that way all season, and arsenal has worn blue as their alternate colour pretty consistently, going as far back as the 1920s… more specifically, this current away kit references the 95-96 away kit…

    • dgm | February 13, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • James A | February 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm |

      The Arsenal jersey does make me think of the Port Adelaide Power of Australian Rules Football.

    • Chance Michaels | February 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm |

      Actually, gold is their traditional change color.

      Blue was a product of Nike’s design department, coinciding with the boom of merchandising. While common enough in recent years, blue shirts are considered by many of us to be bad luck for our Gunners.

  • Jason M (DC) | February 13, 2012 at 9:27 am |

    I’m not shocked to see that street signs in DC have gotten screwed up like that. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ll be on the lookout now. This city is so freakin’ dysfunctional it’s comical. Congress needs to repeal their self-rule authority.

  • Michael Benvenuto | February 13, 2012 at 9:39 am |

    In regards to the Arsenal change kit they wore in their win against Sunderland on Saturday, they have been wearing that kit all season.

    “The front of the new away shirt is divided into two halves, one navy blue and one turquoise blue, inspired by the away kits worn by Arsenal teams from the past. The diagonal line represents the gnomon (the pointer) which casts the shadow on a sundial — to commemorate the original Dial Square sundial on the site of the Arsenal munitions factory in Woolwich, where the Club was founded in 1886.”

    Link to more info:

  • Connie | February 13, 2012 at 9:43 am |

    “… Speaking of interesting headwear, I didn’t know a striped beanie was once called a ‘rooter cap.’…”

    Where’s the little propeller that goes on top?

  • Connie | February 13, 2012 at 9:46 am |

    “… Here’s a very nice assortment of old-school football jersey styles…”


    • interlockingtc | February 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm |

      I know.

      Whenever I get bent outta shape about the weird designs of today’s uniforms (Vikings, Falcons, Cardinals, et al) I need to remind myself that styles come and go and every era has its own outre´looks.

      There is a standard classic design that rules IMO (see most teams in the ’70’s), but yeah, the past is not necessarily any different from the present sometimes.

  • teenchy | February 13, 2012 at 9:49 am |

    Wow, a huge amount to digest today; this is gonna take a while.

    I know I can search for this but hoping someone has a quicker answer. From the Stall & Dean catalog, on the hockey pants link: I know what tackle twill and army duck are, but what are sport twill, Government twill (must be important if the G is capitalized), and combat nylon twill?

    • Paul Lukas | February 13, 2012 at 9:56 am |

      Just different grades of fabric. The word “twill” refers to a twill weave, which is used on all sorts of fabrics. A twill weave produced a diagonal pattern in the fabric:

      If you’re wearing jeans, look at your leg. See those diagonal lines? That’s because denim is made with a twill weave.

      • teenchy | February 13, 2012 at 10:10 am |

        Thanks. I’m familiar with the concept of twill; though I’m not wearing jeans today I do have on chinos which are woven in a heavyweight twill.

        I figured the various types of twill referred to weight and finish, e.g., tackle twill is heavy and stiff and tends to have a bit of a shine to it.

      • LarryB | February 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm |

        Paul, I love when you share your catalogs. I like to learn about the material they used. Not many places online to actually see the types of material on old unis.

    • Simply Moono | February 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm |

      What the heck is “army duck”?

      • The Jeff | February 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
      • Andy | February 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm |

        Duck is a thick, heavy cloth. I guess the most common example are those caramel-colored clothing items that people use for hunting. Classic Carhartt jacket material maybe?

  • TOMtiger | February 13, 2012 at 10:41 am |

    I got one of those TAMS hats last night. First 5000 people at the Griz-Jazz game got a hat. I got at the front gate 35 min early and all the hats were gone. Majorly disappointed I made my way to my seat…..low and behold the side gate ushers still had a few hats left!

    go tams!

  • Jet | February 13, 2012 at 10:44 am |

    Good grief, I need to take the day off from work just to fully digest today’s heapin’ helpin’ of Uni goodness!

    I love that the only jersey choices in that Stall & Dean catalog are durene and nylon – NO POLYESTER!

    How ’bout them “bakelized” football helmets?

    Aw heck, I just want one of every item in those freakin’ catalogs!


    • jdreyfuss | February 13, 2012 at 11:15 am |

      I thought polyesters were just any fiber made from polymers derived from esters. Isn’t durene an ester?

      • Jet | February 13, 2012 at 11:49 am |

        I don’t know the fine points, I just know I liked the feel of jerseys (pro game-worn and replica) that I’ve owned from the pre-polyester era (mid 70’s) and hate the feel of the polyester jerseys that replaced them. Durene may be a synthetic but those jerseys were usually a blend with cotton or wool so it wasn’t completely “fake” like polyester…


      • Andy | February 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm |

        Durene is a chemical that I believe was used to coat the yarns. A garment that was knit from the durene-coated yarn was more durable than one knit from non-coated yarn.

  • Jet | February 13, 2012 at 10:45 am |

    …specifically I meant the only HOCKEY jersey choices were durene and nylon…


  • BrianC | February 13, 2012 at 11:04 am |

    “We’ve occasionally seen football players wearing those clear plastic faceguards.”

    I didn’t know Hannibal Lechter played football.

  • jdreyfuss | February 13, 2012 at 11:16 am |

    That Bronco with the Manning face is disturbing. It makes me think of the horse from Ren and Stimpy for some reason.

    • The Jeff | February 13, 2012 at 11:19 am |

      That whole set of logos is rather disturbing.

    • Simply Moono | February 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm |

      “That Bronco with the Manning face is disturbing. It makes me think of the horse from Ren and Stimpy for some reason.”

      Well, let’s get the word from the horse’s mouth. Mr. Horse, what do you think of the Manningface Bronco logo?

  • The Jeff | February 13, 2012 at 11:17 am |

    Lots of winged football helmet models on this page. I like how the helmet with the facemask is singled out as a “Nose Guard Helmet,” as if it’s a novelty (which, at that time, it was).

    I think that’s the first time I’ve seen a facemask on a leather helmet.

  • umplou | February 13, 2012 at 11:17 am |

    Oh Man…er..Manning – I have a touch of a chest cold, and those Manning logos made spit more good phlegm up than the Robitussin from laughing so hard.

  • jdreyfuss | February 13, 2012 at 11:24 am |

    This is entirely speculative, but the design of that circle mask seems like it’s for a position that has to make calls at the line of scrimmage. Given the nose bar, I’ll guess that it’s either for a linebacker that makes the defensive audibles or a center that makes line calls.

  • CD | February 13, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  • Nathan R | February 13, 2012 at 11:40 am |

    According to ESPNFlorida, the Marlins are un-retiring a uni number for Logan Morrison. This seems quite unusual. Has this been done before in any sport, un-retiring a number for a current player to use? I thought once you retired a number it wasn’t to be use because it was a tribute to the former player.

    • Paul Lukas | February 13, 2012 at 11:45 am |

      When Jerry Rice had his brief stint with the Seahawks, Steve Largent personally OK’d bringing No. 80 out of retirement for him.

      Ditto when Trent Dilfer played for the Niners and wanted to wear No. 12 — John Brodie green-lighted it.

      • The Jeff | February 13, 2012 at 11:52 am |

        Wait… they unretired a number for <i?Trent Dilfer? Really? Wow, what a perfect argument for ending the practice of number retirement. Every team should just put up a Ring of Honor or similar structure within the stadium/arena and let all numbers be available again.

        • The Jeff | February 13, 2012 at 11:53 am |

          (pretend that Trent Dilfer is in italics as I flubbed the tag)


        • Paul Lukas | February 13, 2012 at 11:57 am |

          Dilfer was/is close friends with Brodie, so it was a personal tribute kinda thing:

        • Kyle Allebach #school | February 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm |

          Trent Dilfer asked Brodie if it was okay, since he was a friend of his apparently.

          I kind of agree, except I can’t see any Eagle’s player wearing #12 or #99. I’m sure its the same with other teams.

      • DenverGregg | February 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm |

        Randy Gradishar’s #53 was unretired by the Broncos for Bill Romanowski.

        BTW the “old fashioned baseball uniform link” is wonky.

        • Keith S. | February 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm |

          Are you sure? To my knowledge, only three numbers are retired:

          7 Elway
          18 Tripucka
          44 Little

          I know Grafishar is in the ring of fame, but didn’t think his jersey number was ever retired.

    • HHH | February 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm |

      When Michael Jordan came back to the NBA after retirement, he couldn’t even wear his old number (23) because it was retired, even though he was the guy it was retired for! This led him to briefly wearing number 45, which was his baseball number with the Birmingham Barons. He did end up going back to 23 eventually though.

      • Andy | February 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm |

        45 was his fathers number as well, no?

        • JTH | February 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm |

          No. It was his brother’s number.

      • JTH | February 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm |

        There was nothing stopping him freom wearing #23. He just didn’t want to. He went with #45 by choice.

        The Bulls didn’t even make BJ Armstrong stop wearing #10 when they retired it for Bob Love. But when he came back to the team for the final year of his career, he wore #11.

        Speaking of #11, Omar Vizquel wore it with the White Sox, even though it’s retired for Luis Aparicio.

        • JTH | February 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm |


        • The Jeff | February 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm |

          Even more reason to stop the silliness of retired numbers. Let the numbers be free!

          I suppose I’m biased as Raiders fan, since they don’t retire numbers, but I love that Stabler’s 12 was also worn by Gannon & Heyward-Bey, or Tatum’s 32 also worn by Marcus Allen & Zach Crockett… etc.

          I think there’s some incentive in giving legendary numbers to young players. It’s sort of a challenge to those players – to prove themselves worthy of wearing the number.

        • HHH | February 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm |

          I agree with The Jeff. How does never seeing a certain number on the field of play again honor the last best player who wore it? I think it would honor that player more if their number was granted to the next best rookie prospect. Fans seeing that same number on the field brings back good memories of the super star player who first wore it well, and if the new player wearing it becomes a legend in their own right, the number just gets more powerful.

          For example, wouldn’t it have been cool if Tebow was wearing Elway’s number 7 when he threw that game-winning TD pass in OT to beat the Steelers?

          Don’t they do something like this in international soccer?

    • ken | February 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm |

      I remember when Mario “66” Lemieux came back the Pens “unretired” his #. And I think the Bruins in the 80s..let Guy Lapoint wear #5 even though they retired for Dit Clapper.

  • tosaman | February 13, 2012 at 11:44 am |

    Wow, it certainly is a lot of uni-goodness to digest on a Monday morning. Couple comments:

    – Marshall needs to wear those early 70’s unis as throwbacks/fauxbacks like, yesterday

    – Someone needs to bring back those Schmelzer’s girls felt tams and hats like, yesterday

    Paul, do you have a feel for when these catalogs started to insert pages with color photos among the black & white pages? And when the catalogs started going all-color? I’m kinda curious about the time when it began being cost effective to print in 4 or 5 colors. Thanks.

    • Paul Lukas | February 13, 2012 at 11:47 am |

      Many of my 1930s catalogs have at least a little bit of color. By the 1960s, most of them were color throughout.

  • Brinke | February 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm |

    How can Oregon Lacrosse get away with that? Obvious Nike design, and there’s even a mock-swoosh included. These won’t last.

    • Kyle Allebach #school | February 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm |

      They wanna look like the football team…and they can’t get the official Nike treatment if they aren’t a varsity team. I mean, everyone knows the school because of the football team, so it’s a good idea, from a marking standpoint, to get notoriety for the team.

      Imitation is the best form of flattery, I guess.

    • JTH | February 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

      Where is this mock-swoosh?

      Unless Nike “owns” the Bellotti Bold font, I can’t see how they can stop the team from wearing those unis.

      • Brinke | February 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm |

        5th shot down on that linked page. tell me that doesn’t look like a swooshee.

        • JTH | February 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm |

          Ehhhh… maybe.

          But the folks at Nike are well aware of the MCLA. They’re basically giving tacit approval of that logo by virtue of their sponsorship agreement.

  • Randy Rollyson | February 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm |

    Those Marshall uniforms from the early 70’s were the best. They had a very thin red trim, similar to the Milwaukee Bucks of that era, never used at Marshall, before, or since. The Herd often wore the green shorts with the white jerseys at home. That 72 team with Mike D’antoni and Russell Lee was ranked as high as #10 in the nation and was defeated in the NCAA tournament by the Bo Lamar led Southwestern Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns.

    • Geeman | February 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm |

      It’s funny that you say that about the white shirts and green shorts. I once them saw in precisely the opposite uniform.

      In 1980 or ’81, Marshall came to Davidson for a conference game and was wearing green jerseys with white shorts. They were new uniforms, but the uniform supplier had not delivered the road green shorts yet so they had to wear the home white shorts for a few road games early in the season.

      • Geeman | February 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm |

        Also, the Marshall unis of the late 1970s and early 1980s were green with gold trim.

  • ACMESalesRep | February 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm |

    The “Dr. W.E. Meanwell” thing might be bigger than we realize. According to Wikipedia, Dr. Walter E. Meanwell coached both Wisconsin and Missouri’s basketball teams. Does this make him the first coach (we can find) with his own shoe line?

  • Scott | February 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm |

    Walter “Doc” Meanwell was one of the most influential coaches of the early 20th century. At Wisconsin, he won eight Big Ten titles between 1912 and 1929 (the program overall has won 17 conference titles in 114 years – only six of those in the 83 years since Meanwell left). In 1927, Meanwell nearly persuaded the NCAA to outlaw the dribble and make basketball a passing game.


  • SWC Susan | February 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm |

    “Detachable Supporter on Satin Shorts”…???? That is so wrong in so many ways!!!

  • Chance Michaels | February 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm |

    The catalogs are stunning, Paul. I love the shadows on the Stall & Dean cover.

  • Will S | February 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm |

    The goalie store bulletin board has some old price lists and catalogues of mostly goalie equipment.

    My contribution to the list is quite a bit older than most being some mail order catalogues online from Library and Archives Canada – just search “hockey” or “baseball” or whatever. Most of the results searched will be from Eaton’s catalogues: results from 1880’s to 1970’s.

  • Tim F. | February 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm |

    AJ Green tweeted that he just left a Nike photoshoot in Las Vegas and commented that he liked the “new gear”, promising a picture soon.

    Our first peak at new unis? Just sideline gear?

    Am I bored at work on a Monday??

    • Simply Moono | February 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm |

      I’m never on Twitter as much as Facebook, but because Twitter has rules regarding the downloading of pictures, someone should make a screengrab of the pic when it hits, just in case it gets taken down a minute later.

  • Simply Moono | February 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm |

    Hydro Graphics Inc. just posted this on their Facebook page. It’s from the Lonestar Coaches Clinic held in College Station, TX this past weekend. Anybody know more about that matte granite “Cowboys” helmet between the Boise State NPC and Maryland Pride helmets?

    Here’s the Facebook link:


    • Simply Moono | February 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm |

      UPDATE: Just got a reply from the HGI Facebook page saying: “The Charcoal helmet is actually for a youth football organization that Riddell works with.”

  • Waywardeffort | February 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm |

    Love the site and just something maybe to add to the ticker from my blog, soccer shirts banned at a prison in UK –

  • Jeff P | February 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm |

    Anyone else catch the description for the catcher’s mitt Paul liked the cutaway of?

    Molded to your hand with a special asbestos felt pad. They really used that stuff for everything, didn’t they?

    • Keith S. | February 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm |

      Hey, for $16 bucks you can get a glove and cancer! What a deal.

  • Wes | February 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm |

    Can’t believe there was no mention of the fact that the guy on the cover of the first catalog is holding a cigarette! That’s something you’ll never see on a modern catalog!

  • Gregory Koch | February 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm |

    Re the Arsenal change kit: Arsenal’s first uniform is Red. When they play a team that wears red, they wear their secondary white kit. On those rare occasions when they play a team who wears red and white, they wear those.

    Similarly, Man U’s primary kit is red and their secondary kit is blue. When they play a team in red and blue, they wear white. Their record in white is atrocious, but all of those games have been road games (or neutral-site finals where they were the “road” team) and the vast majority of them were against FC Barcelona. After all, who else has a red and blue primary kit? Well, FC Basel, and they got knocked out of the UCL after losing to them in white on the road.

    • Matt | February 15, 2012 at 5:22 am |

      Arsenal doesn’t have a secondary white kit (not this year, anyway). The blue/turquoise one is their secondary kit. They wore it at Man United earlier this year and I’d be willing to bet they’ll wear it at Liverpool next month.

  • Unit B | February 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm |

    A Red Sox plane? Looks pretty cool, but I wouldn’t fly on it in September! [Insert crash/collapse joke here.] —JB

  • LarryB | February 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm |

    And then I have to check out the catalogs from the 2006 column
    Glad you posted that Paul.
    Oh my.

  • LarryB | February 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm |

    Somebody needs to make football pants like these again

    • Keith S. | February 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm |

      I think that’s what UA was going for with the U of Hawaii pants. Didn’t work though.

  • LarryB | February 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm |

    Interesting names of materials for numbers in the 1938-39Lowe catalog

    Felt numbers had rubberized backing. Gabertex is another name

  • Neeko | February 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm |

    From ‘Ask Vic’, daily read

    “Brent from Cedar Grove, WI

    This upcoming season, Nike will make the NFL uniforms. I want to know if the Packers will be changing uniforms anytime soon? Who decides what uniforms are worn?

    Vince Lombardi.”

    So that answers that.

  • LarryB | February 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm |

    Chris Story, Thanks much for sharing some of the Georgia Florida vault.

    Those are sweet books. Only bad thing is they cover up some great pics with captions and such.

    • LarryB | February 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm |

      Great color or colorized pic of Youngstown, Ohio’s Frank Sinkwich and Pittston Pa’s Charlie Trippi

  • Brinke | February 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
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  • David Murphy | February 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm |

    Perhaps Tiger just WANTED to wear his white shoes with his black pants. At least with the white shoes, you can see the cool notch at the bottom of his pants leg. Didn’t he fare poorly in that final round when he wore the black shoes? Perhaps he was trying to change his luck. Then when he did well Saturday in white shoes/black pants, he decided to go with the same combo again Sunday. Makes perfect sense to me. I couldn’t keep my eyes off his shoes.

    And about un-retiring numbers, did the Cowboys retire Drew Pearson’s 88, then unretire it for Michael Irvin, then again recently? I’m not sure.

  • Cmoney | February 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm |

    The rumor on is the white shoes have some sort of orthodic build to them that is more than just an insole. Not sure why Nike wouldn’t/couldn’t get a black pair done quickly.

  • Komet17 | February 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm |

    Quote of the day:

    Every spring training clubhouse smells like a distinct mix of sunscreen and coffee farts.

    ~Brandon McCarthy

  • Neeko | February 13, 2012 at 11:27 pm |

    Carl Barger’s family isn’t happy with No. 5 being unretired for Logan Morrison

  • David R. Jackson | February 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm |

    I’m enjoying the latest catalog collection scans from Stall & Dean and Lowe & Campbell.

    I have a question for you, Paul: Do these catalogs inlcude any color swatches or color chart page? And what about the Felco catalog you acquired? Does that have any color swatch or color chart pages? If so, I’d love to see you post these!

    Thank you.

  • Randy Rollyson | February 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm |

    The 72 Marshall jerseys also were the type that had the extended snap-crotch. Never wore a jersey like that but cannot imagine it was comfortable.