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The Guy Who Shot The Catch

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By Phil Hecken

You know the photo above (or at least you should). It depicts a play known simply as The Catch. The photo itself is iconic. Paul even uses it during football season as his avatar for the “Catch of the Day.” It’s a damn near perfect photo. Hell, it was even the subject of a feature on Uni Watch several years ago.

But do you know the photographer who took the picture? I’m sure many of you do — but for those who don’t, it’s Walter Iooss, Jr. (pronounced ˈyose’). He’s a fairly famous photographer, having first worked for Sports Illustrated and then a number of other outlets. He’s a award-winning artist, and we’ve probably seen many of his photographs right here on Uni Watch.

The lifeblood of any visual blog — such as Uni Watch — is imagery and photographs. And Walter Iooss has taken some of the most famous photographs (and many not-so-famous) of sports and sports figures in the past half century. He’s still at it too!

Yesterday, a guy I follow on Twitter, UniformCritic (who also goes by “Stirrups Now!”), posted a series of Iooss photos — and I hadn’t even realized a couple of them were his:

Truly stunning work. Not just for the action he captures, and the exquisite play of color and light — but for the framing, detail and pure quality.

So I thought I’d post a few other wonderful Iooss photos, some of which are likely familiar to you, others are just incredible shots. In each one, he captures so much. You can click to enlarge Enjoy:

Juan Marichal, Philadelphia, 1961

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It wasn’t just the action shots that capture his tremendous ability. Sometimes the best shots are those that tell a story with almost action at all:

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Iooss didn’t just photograph the pros either. Some of his best shots are of everyday folks just doing what they love:

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Of course, professional sports photography is Iooss’ bread and butter, and we as viewers cannot under-appreciate his genius. Just wonderful stuff. If you’re not familiar with his work (you’ve probably seen it though), you cannot go wrong by checking it out.

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colorize thisColorize This!

Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.

Back today with our good friend and long-time colorization expert, George Chilvers, who has a pair of colo(u)rizations today, including one that’s NOT soccer football!

Here’s George (click to enlarge):

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Jim Turner and Casey Stengel

Hi Phil

From the excellent Boston Public Library Flickr account is this picture dated as 1949/1950 (approx) of New York Yankees coach Jim Turner and manager Casey Stengel at Fenway Park.

I thought I’d give you a break from ‘soccer’. Well, for one picture. More to come. :)

George

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But George wasn’t done with his colorizations. Here’s the second:

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Phil,

Well – you had a few minutes when I hadn’t sent you a football picture :)

This is proof that you can colourise a black and white kit – it’s Hughie Gallagher of Newcastle United (“The Magpies”) leading his team out at Highbury (Arsenal’s stadium) on 2 October 1926.

I quote from various sites:

“A pocket sized footballing phenomenon of natural skill and boundless determination, in 624 senior games, Hughie Gallacher scored 463 times in a goal drenched career of terrorising opposing defences.
He is the Scotland national football team’s most prolific goal scorer averaging more than a goal per game, 23 goals from his 20 internationals. Gallacher was one of the Wembley Wizards who beat England 5-1 at Wembley Stadium in 1928. He was the last man to captain Newcastle United to be champions of England.”

George

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Thanks George — stupendous work as always!

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all sport uni tweaksUni Tweaks Concepts

We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.

So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.

Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.

Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.

And so, lets begin:

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First up today is Thomas Juettner, with a whole set for the ChiSox:

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Phil:

I’ve tried to go for something clean and modern by going for monochrome elements. Any trim present on any uniform (cuffs, pants, collar, squatchee) is thick, solid red not the the thin piping we normally see. All uniform numbers or scripts are solid black or solid white and large enough to stand out. The sleeve patch is similarly uncluttered, no shield or roundel. The numbers are in a retro block style, broad and elegant not clunky. The cream on the home uniform should be fresh and subtle. If you look at photos of flannel uniforms the fabric appears bright not brown. Modern reproductions of this often mistakenly reproduce the look of a jersey that was sitting in a case for 50 years. This cream is just soft enough to stand apart from the bright white of the socks. The socks are a tweaked version of the 59 uniform. For spring training the team wears the familiar black hose, earning the white socks in April.

Thomas Juettner

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And we close today with Matthews Todd who has tweaked the Titans:

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Hey,

Always thought the Tennessee Titans had an awful home look and even worse helmet logo. I came up with this home uni: Logo is a little grainy but you get the idea. It kind of pays homage to the old Houston Oilers while keeping some elements of the Titans.

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And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.

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EPL Tracker

Each Saturday or Sunday, Alex Gerwitz will be tracking the kit combinations (shirt/shorts/socks) of the teams in the English Premier League from the previous weekend and the current weekend.

Here is the EPL tracker for Weeks 26 & 27:

EPL Tracker Weeks 26 & 27

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: There is an awesome mural inside the St. Paul Saints new ballpark. Submitter Matt Larsen points out it was not painted by Michelangelo. … Some potentially troubling news here: remember Paul’s story on historic Hinchliffe Stadium? It seems the site is now being used as a snow dump (nice find by Dave Rakowski). … There is, of course, nothing better than stirrups with a uni. Except when they’re two-in-ones (from Northeastern). At least this version looks better than the “old” 2-in-1s (h/t Josh Carson). … Another gem from Bruce Menard: 1936 Cardinals Sluggers Get Their Bats Ready For Spring Training (2/29/36 – Leap Year!) … Yesterday the Orioles were wearing @LUNGevity shirts in honor of Monica Pence Barlow who passed away one year ago yesterday (from David Raglin). … In this video from Friday’s media day, White Sox slugger Jose Abreu is wearing the David Reinsdorf patch from last season (good spot by Ryan Lindemann. … Hoover baseball broke out the “vintage whites” yesterday (h/t Alan Skinner). … Check out the Boston Red Sox custom bat knob decals, with special designs for Pedroia (Sasquatch), Victorino (Flyin’Hawaiian) & Ortiz/Ramirez (DR) (thanks Paul). Also from Paul, A-Rod didn’t have the proper mitt for drills at first base. Guess he still thinks the third sacker spot is his to lose. Here’s more on that from an actual newspaper. … What’s almost as bad as stealth numbers? Stealth letters. … Here’s our first look at the Mets new white pinstripes (via DJ Short). … And if the Minnesota Twins must have a colored alternate top, they should wear these caps and tops (just fix the side panels to make the BP an alt). That reminded CJ Fogler of this red alt, which he still has. Those particular jerseys didn’t go over well. … Auburn baseball went with a brand new vest yesterday (thanks to Clint Richardson). … MLB photo day provided an opportunity to see the Mariners new home uniform — still wondering how these will look from distance. … Check out this video of Pete Rose pimping Encyclopedia Britannica (from Douglas Ford), who adds, “In a SWEET Phillies jacket circa 1981.” … Check out the two different jersey makers marks at Cleveland ST. According to Kevin J. Chmura, Rawlings is a minor league player. … New Canada Day jerseys for the Blue Jays (via Allen HJ Kim). … WOW! Check out Spring Training 1965, where Jesse Owens (then 51) demonstrates his technique with Yogi Berra & Mets GM George Weiss (great shot via High Heat Stats). … Didn’t realize this, but Tulane has a very similar uniform as the St. Louis Cardinals (good spot by Ron Peterson). … Cardinals hitting coach David Bell will be the first Cardinal player or coach to wear No. 25 since Mark McGwire did (thanks to Matt Larsen). … Very cool patch on Princeton’s unis yesterday (via Pod Katt). … “Odd color-on-color matches going on in Alabama,” writes Dustin Semore. “Black and gold on black and gold! The only difference from the back is the fielding team, Phil Campbell (Ala.) High School Bobcats have solid gold numerals. At the plate are the Vernon (Ala.) High School Bulldogs have black numerals with gold outline.” … Did you guys know Harmon Killebrew suited up with the KC Royals as a player? It’s true. Not a bad final season either (pic via High Heat Stats). … There are Houston Astros Tequila Sunrise wannabees, and then there are these (thanks to Jim McCue). … Funny-guy reliever Craig Kimbrel of the Braves has taken it upon himself to design some clever t-shirts for the ‘new look’ team (thanks, Brinke).

NFL News: Hmmm. Browns ‘plagiariam’?: “The stripes above the ‘Dawg’s snout are suspiciously similar to the stripes on the Bengals helmet,” says Allan Chandler. “So not only was the beginning of the rebrand a flop, but potentially a bit of plagiarism. The Bengals used the Browns uniform as a template for their first design back in 1968. Is this a bit of retribution, or were the marketing whizzes at Browns central just a bit slow on the uptake?” Interesting. Personally, I think sometimes a logo is just a logo. … Shawn Kloetzer found this Steelers fashion cap in what appears to be the new Browns orange. … Here’s a photo of Fred Biletnikoff when he played for the Toronto Argos Montreal Alouttes in 1980. “Notice the Argos Alouettes patch on the arm of the jersey,” says Peter Fredrickson. “You can see where the sleeve numbers were removed and new numbers moved to the shoulder. Kind of funny see how much of the old numbers were still attached to sleeve after they were ripped off.”

College Football News: Here is a look at the new Stanford football uniforms for the 2015 season. Still with the BFBS, but I have to say I do like the new “Stanford Tree” S (via Steve Frost). Notice also that there are some big changes to the black uniform. … Speaking of Stanford, are these full length pants? (nice spot by Spencer Trygg). … Because we probably haven’t seen every NCAA football helmet design out there yet, check out these concepts from Empire Graphics (h/t Pro Line Designs). … Do we possibly have a hint at the new Miami uniforms? (h/t Adam Apatoff). … Feast your eyes on this beautiful 1962 Cotton Bowl Classic ticket stub: Texas vs Ole Miss. Longhorns won, 12-7 (from The Press Room).

Hockey News: “Jonas Gustavsson is very clearly wearing a Warrior Ritual ‘Euro’ setup,” says Mike Engle. “It’s called ‘Euro’ because Warrior moved all the logos to the sides to accommodate pad ads in Europe. Ironically, Warrior isn’t even advertising themselves. Clearly, they don’t pay the NHL to have their brand there anymore. They used to and they pay to have visible ads on goal sticks and players’ equipment, but since Gustavsson is the only goalie with a Warrior setup, I guess it isn’t cost-effective anymore.” … Check out newly acquired Carolina Hurricane Jack Hillen’s locker room name tag at Nassau Coliseum (via Mets Bro). … Oops — NFL tag on a Blackhawks jacket (via Michael Bochum). … Looks like the Sharks aren’t letting the Stadium Series uniforms go to waste (h/t Nicholas Moe and Mike Vamosi). … “As a Habs fan I can’t imagine rooting for the Toronto Make Me Laughs,” writes Matt Larsen. “But apparently these people can.” … There was a colorful matchup last night in South Bend (via Andrew Muccigrosso). … Last night, the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) paired capes with their breast cancer jerseys to help fight cancer (from Brandon Rose).

Soccer News: I honestly don’t know who these Batman and Robin guys are but thanks to Mark Coale. OK, it turns out they’re these guys (forwards for Borussia Dortmnund) who “are like brothers”. Here’s a bit more on yesterday’s B&R action, sent in by Laurence Holland. … Real Salt Lake was forced to wear gold training tops last night, as both teams only had primaries handy (from Carson Campbell).

College Hoops News: Yesterday, the ladies of the D3 went color vs. color. Here’s the USA South WBB Championship Game: Greensboro (NC) vs. Maryville (TN) (from USA South). … Villanova is playing who now? (good spot by Douggie Keklak). … Interesting University of Utah Delon Wright soda display at a local grocery store (sent in by Jordan Fischer). … North Carolina Central wore Every Life Matters shirts before yesterday’s game (h/t James Gilbert). … Central Arkansas did the pink thing yesterday. … Mizzou and UGA went a little color vs. color yesterday (via Wes Jackson). … Here’s a closeup look at the Gators new pants (via Austin Josiah). … The Illini wore gray unis yesterday (via Illini Hoops). That resulted in a color vs. color game. … Auburn hoops will be wearing black ribbons in honor of teammate Antoine Mason’s father, Anthony Mason (thanks to Tucker Carden). … There are good color vs. color matchups, and then there are awful color vs. color matchups. That’s CMU and NIU on that awful Northern Illinois court (h/t Uniform Snob). … Did I mention there are really really bad color vs. color games? (That’s Utah & Arizona). H/T to Sideline Starters). Here’s a better look (via Sports Center). … But there was also some good Southland Conference color on color action yesterday. That’s Nicholls at McNeese State in Lake Charles, Louisiana (big thanks to Chris Mycoskie for those great shots). … And, then there is some color vs. color that’s just…well, LaSalle vs. Rhode Islandish (h/t John Livewell). … Sometimes color vs. color is confusing, as last night Irvine was wearing blue, scoreboard highlights them yellow. UCSB wass wearing yellow, scoreboard says blue (h/t Bill Kenney).

Grab Bag: Kelsey Lawrence, from Austin Texas, instructed her boyfriend Luke Winkie to dress her in what he found her most attractive in. It was fairly uninspired until the last day, when he put her in a Chargers jersey (from Chris Flinn). Also from Chris, Cake Boss made a Giants helmet and Yankees hat cake. … “Has anyone brought up the invasion of matte gray helmets in college lacrosse?” asks Travis Holland. “Teams with no business wearing gray, like my alma mater, Goucher College are going with the matte gray helmet. (Duke, Mercer, Air Force, High Point are just some of the others) It reminds me of a 90s movie that takes place in the future and everyone is wearing gray.” … Apropos of yesterday’s main article, check out this awesome beer can design from Rhinegeist brewery out of Cincinnati (via MC). … And also, John Sheehan has created “NFL stripe” themed home brew bottle labels, much like R. Scott. … Boy basketball trophies have changed. Chris Flinn notes, “My friend’s son got this today. Reminds me of a California raisin!” … I’m not really sure what’s going on here, but it involves J. Crew, men’s suits, and guys wearing those suits on hockey ice. … Take a look at this weird/cool stabilizer being used by Reid Carruthers of Manitoba. Don’t think I’ve ever seen one of them before. … Everybody’s favorite breakfast cereal (OK, not really) is throwing back. How do we know? Because they actually say “Throwback” right on the box (thanks, Brinke). … Scotland debuted their alternate red kit Saturday in the Six Nations against Italy. Scotland’s regular kit is navy blue, but with Italy wearing its light blue kit, they went with the alternate (which has historically been white); thanks to Eric Bangeman.

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And so, we’ve made it to March. Damn, for a short month, February sure seemed to take forever. Big thanks to George, Alex and the concepters, plus all of you who tweeted/sent in submissions. Great stuff. Everyone have a great rest of the weekend, and a good week, and I’ll catch you next Weekend.

For anyone who may have missed it: I had my first piece published on the Sporting News this past week (on the best American League uniforms for each team in their histories). The National League version should run this week, probably tomorrow. Hope you enjoyed it (the gig is a story or slide-show about once a week). I think you guys will very much enjoy the National League edition.

Oh. One last thing: The dress is gold and white.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace!

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51 comments to The Guy Who Shot The Catch

  • Uni Troll | March 1, 2015 at 7:23 am |

    There are actually several General Mills cereals getting the “throwback” treatment.

    http://blog.generalmills.com/wp-content/uploads/Retro-2015-BigG.jpg

    Old-school Sonny looks like some kind of carnival huckster.

  • Jerry | March 1, 2015 at 7:25 am |

    In the NFL section, I think you’ll find that Fred Biletnikof is shown in a Montreal Alouettes jersey, not the Argonauts

    • Phil Hecken | March 1, 2015 at 8:05 am |

      You are correct — submitter wrote Argos, but it is indeed the Alouettes. Now fixed.

      • Will S | March 1, 2015 at 9:19 am |

        The later part still says Argos instead of Alouettes “Notice the Argos patch …”

  • Brad | March 1, 2015 at 8:01 am |

    Nice entry today and fantastic photos, however, the last name of the great Walter Iooss, Jr is pronounced “yose” as in “dose,” not jous.

    • Phil Hecken | March 1, 2015 at 8:08 am |

      I tried to copy it as seen on wiki, however I agree that doesn’t come across properly. Changed it to “yose” to avoid any confusion.

      • Mark in Shiga | March 1, 2015 at 11:49 am |

        Brad and Phil, Wikipedia is using the International Phonetic Alphabet, in which [j] has its German/Scandinavian pronunciation. This way of transcribing sounds isn’t popular in the English-speaking world, but it’s really handy to know, because it covers every sound in every one of humanity’s languages. The subtle varieties of consonants in Chinese, the consonants in India where you curl your tongue back, those awesome African click sounds… they all have their own letters.

  • Gary Alexander | March 1, 2015 at 8:46 am |

    Iooss did a subset of cards for Upper Deck in 1993.
    Some of the best looking baseball cards ever. Upper Deck pretty much let the picture stand on its own. (http://www.comc.com/Cards/Baseball/1993/Upper_Deck_Iooss_Collection)

  • BSmile | March 1, 2015 at 8:48 am |

    Always been a big fan of the the photography of Walter Iooss, Jr. Great pics!

    Also, here’s a link to a full-sized version of my 1936 St. Louis Cardinals photo, you can read the tag easier:

    https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8622/16495073230_515b069d7f_o.jpg

    It reads: “Card Outfielders Work On Bats – Bradenton, Fla. – Three St. Louis Cardinals shown boning and tarring their bats at their spring training camp here. Left to right: Pepper Martin, who has just been switched to the outfield, Terry Moore and Ducky Medwick.”

    • Jerry Reuss | March 1, 2015 at 1:36 pm |

      Great picture, Bruce!

      If memory serves me (not always a given), the structure in the background appears to be the same clubhouse on the third base side of Bradenton’s McKechnie Field that existed during my mid-70s years with the Pirates! I had no idea it was that old.

      As ol’ Diz once remarked, “Whodu thunk it!”

      Thanks for posting!

      • Phil Hecken | March 1, 2015 at 2:36 pm |

        Thanks for the additional information, Jerry!

        Hope all is well. Cheers.

      • BSmile | March 2, 2015 at 12:50 am |

        Thanks Jerry,

        I just caught up to your comment now, cool info about old McKechnie Field!

        ~Bruce

  • Chris | March 1, 2015 at 9:00 am |

    I think these crappy color v color games would be avoided if teams would just not wear gray. Pretty simple solution.

  • MJ | March 1, 2015 at 9:22 am |

    Like the idea of adding some red to the ChiSox. Hate the idea of grown men having SIX uniforms to choose from to play their games.

    • Phil Hecken | March 1, 2015 at 10:23 am |

      It wasn’t in the writeup, but in the concepts sent to me, the last two were indicated as BP tops in their titles (I assume they would not see in-game play) — Red is noted as “Practice home” and black is “Practice away.”

      So that would really mean only four uniforms to choose from for actual games.

    • Ben Fortney | March 1, 2015 at 12:39 pm |

      Early to mid-90s BP jersey. I’d say pre-94 since they went with racing stripes that year.

      Here’s Cecil and son with the elder wearing that style.

      • Ben Fortney | March 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm |

        Well, this ^^^ is on the wrong spot….

  • Seth | March 1, 2015 at 9:41 am |

    Love the White Sox road concept and how they resemble the underappreciated 1967 version (without the powder blue). I would be in favor of replacing the current greys with these beauties.
    The rest, meh. Leave alone, save for the Flyin’ Sock patch.

  • Rob Z | March 1, 2015 at 9:42 am |

    Love the red accents on the Chisox uni-Tweeks. Also prefer the Titan version to the real McCoy. Always hated the navy blue shoulders on the baby blue jersey (and vice-versa). Just go with a solid color!

  • chuck rios | March 1, 2015 at 9:46 am |

    Can someone check out the white sox road pants? It looks like they have new piping down the side as compared to last year’s black and white stripes.

  • Gusto4044 | March 1, 2015 at 10:10 am |

    Speaking of Stanford football, they’re one of the teams in recent years who downgraded their uniforms by losing the originality of their set. The Cardinal looks like a clone of Alabama, and I miss the days when Stanford had the numbers on the sleeve, a single stripe on the pants, and red pants as well.

    Mediocre programs like Iowa State and Indiana appear to be copying USC and Oklahoma, when they had more creative designs in the past.

  • StLMarty | March 1, 2015 at 10:47 am |

    Chicago is well represented today. Obviously and subliminally.

    “Mind control, the easiest way. Sponsored by the CIA.”

  • Connie DC | March 1, 2015 at 11:19 am |

    Dammit, I wish Chilvers would just rest on his bloody laurels and stop providing images that provoke even grander superlatives than those showered on the last batch. Today’s two are unsettlingly, inconveniently spectacular. Show-off! That guard pictured on the right of the 1926 Newcastle photo single-handedly defeated an entire regiment of German defenders when the Allied armies smashed through the Hindenberg Line in the autumn of 1918. Won the VC, of course.

    • George Chilvers | March 1, 2015 at 11:43 am |

      … and later appeared in films alongside Stan Laurel :)

    • LarryB | March 1, 2015 at 1:28 pm |

      Awesome stuff George. Keep them coming.

      Super Walter Iooss pics to see today too.

  • Thomas J | March 1, 2015 at 11:31 am |

    I’ve made some adjustments to the White Sox concept. The numbers are shrunk to a slightly more normal size and the cream is lighter. I’ve also dropped the snow whites, only three uniforms are available and only two for any given game.

    As Phil noted above, the two softball top sets are meant as home and road batting practice/spring training uniforms. Its why they’re paired with black socks instead of white. You’d have to make the big league club to earn your pale hose.

    One final small detail is that all jerseys have evenly spaced buttons ala the Cardinals. The road jersey has the second button fitted under the second ‘c’ in Chicago. No flapping lapels in this set.

    http://i.imgur.com/9WegNAV.png

  • Mark in Shiga | March 1, 2015 at 11:42 am |

    OK, uni buffs: help me identify this dark blue Detroit Tigers jersey. The short-lived 1995 dark blue alternate had orange borders and a tiger walking through the D; this is a little different from that.

    But it’s clearly a Russell Athletic, non-knockoff jersey.

    Did the Tigers ever wear this?

  • Willard | March 1, 2015 at 12:13 pm |
  • quiet seattle | March 1, 2015 at 12:45 pm |

    The brilliant eye of Walter Iooss, Jr., the greatest sports phoographer.

    Thanks, Phil.

  • Jim Y. | March 1, 2015 at 1:06 pm |

    To mention SI’s Walter Iooss Jr’s greatest photographs and not even mention the swimsuit issue? Isn’t that what he’s arguably most known for, or at least for as much as for the great sports shots. And because of the swimsuit issue’s place in pop culture, he’s probably more well known to many more people outside of the sports world because of it than he is known to people in the sports world for his sports shots.

    I get it, Uni Watch is supposed to be about sports, but then again isn’t Sports Illustrated as well? Plus, the SI swimsuit issue is the one yearly issue of a sports magazine that is (at least supposedly) about apparel being worn (or in some cases not being worn) so in some ways it’s kinda right up Uni Watch’s alley.

    And it’s not nearly as creepy as the dude with the blog about the women newscasters and their boots.

    • Phil Hecken | March 1, 2015 at 2:41 pm |

      Should I have mentioned the SI swimsuit issues? Absolutely. Should I have included pics from them? No, probably not. I was trying to keep it (the lede) short and to the point with the sports photography. But you’re entirely correct about the SI Swimsuit issues and the fact that most who read this blog likely know him for those as much as for his sports photography.

      • Jim Y. | March 1, 2015 at 3:58 pm |

        Right on.. I had also meant to say, I wasn’t suggesting you should have gratuitously shown an Iooss swimsuit pic (unless say it was cropped to just show her face, underlining that you’re intentionally not trying to be gratuitous by showing it) but just mentioning that that notable part of his portfolio and the importance of it and his place in pop culture…

        But the underlyling question/debate (that I guess isn’t one for you and Paul and Uni Watch – but rather is better directed at Sports Illustrated).. is that if it is gratuitous and undesireable for Uni Watch (since UW is about sports) to show a swimsuit pic, why is existencce of “The Swimsuit Issue” for Sports Illustrated not growing more and more unacceptable every year among the same more socally-conscious public that decides these things? Is not SI supposed to be about ‘sports’ and not about objectifying women?

        Indeed, it seems the Swimsuit Issue (and the marketing around it) gets bigger and more popular every year, and sure while there is still an outrage about it among a certain segment of the populus, (but also the bikinis — or lack of them — are seemingly skimpier every year) yet it seems that for the most part the public “outrage” of it reached it’s peak with the Cheryl Tiegs fishnet see-through deal in 1978 and it has only become more a socially accepted and mainstream phenomenomon since then.

        And I got no problem with the swimsuit issue, in fact I like it. I’m just wondering in a world where we’re allegedly “progressing” on all sorts of social issues and such, we seem to be “regressing” as far as allowing the objectification of women (which, again I’m not complaining about) in SI’s swimsuit issue being more popular every year.

        I’m just wondering why SI isn’t hit with more and more protests each year about it? Or is it like the Tennessee women BB team calling themselves the ‘Lady Vols’? It isn’t demeaning, it’s empowering!

  • Skycat | March 1, 2015 at 1:27 pm |

    Can anyone tell me who is responsible for the travesty of the really bad color vs color games, such as the one referred to in the ticker (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B–lUm2WsAAKgsY.jpg)? It seems like a matchup such as this might look okay in person, but on TV, it’s very difficult to follow.

  • quiet seattle | March 1, 2015 at 1:55 pm |

    Oh, man, COTD is great.

    One of many beauties you’ll find:

    http://www.bottlecapclub.org/?crown/19397

  • Andres Lynch | March 1, 2015 at 1:55 pm |

    Speaking of Stanford regarding the full length pants are actually white pants with white tights or leggings and with white socks along with white/red cleats. You can see this here as evidenced by an older Oregon uniform as modeled by Dennis Dixion http://cdn0.sbnation.com/imported_assets/188554/dennis-dixon.jpg

  • Kenny6 | March 1, 2015 at 4:16 pm |

    Scotland is the second team to debut a red secondary kit this Six nations. The French did it in the first round against Scotland in who was wearing their navy blue.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/article10031313.ece/alternates/w620/Camille-Lopez.jpg

  • BurghFan | March 1, 2015 at 6:14 pm |

    In the photo of Wilt at Boston Garden, you can see a row of green Celtics conference championship banners behind the white ones. Eventually, all the NBA championship banners crowded them out.

  • Fred K | March 1, 2015 at 6:45 pm |

    Tulane has rocked the bird on the bat for at least a decade. Coach Rick Jones also implemented the alt hat with bird/pelican on the bat. I love the colors and Coach Jones was the master of alternate uniforms in the early 2000’s before anybody was trying to preach it as a recruiting tool in NCAA Baseball. They are worth a deeper look because they are all pretty sharp, plus they were on the wagon with original trends like white side piping on jersey tops and white cleats.

  • DaninLA | March 1, 2015 at 8:54 pm |

    In the Jacques Plante photo, is it just the angle or are the logos blanked out ? I don’t see any crest on Plante’s jersey.

  • hugh.c.mcbride | March 1, 2015 at 11:10 pm |

    Fantastic (as always) job by George Chilvers. So much wonderfulness going on in that second photo — looks like a Normal Rockwell painting. Bravo, Mr. Chilvers!

  • Cab647 | March 2, 2015 at 12:12 am |

    Ticker on Scotland is incorrect. They debuted those red jerseys back in November against the All Blacks.

  • Kenny6 | March 2, 2015 at 12:50 am |

    Cab647 totally forgot the game against the ABs think I was too interested in the ABs being in the US I missed half of the Autumn Internationals

  • Thresh8 | March 2, 2015 at 7:40 am |

    Waaaay way late, but: In New England that Iooss shot of the Pats sideline with the robes in the snow is very fondly remembered.

    I think it’s at Denver, if memory serves.

    (PS When it comes to the SI Swimsuit Issue, I say, not quite kiddingly: Do they ever have racerbacks? The pedant in me wonders, What is a “swimsuit” v. “bathing suit” v. “beachwear”? Should there be some Uni Lexicon entry for suits that people actually wear while swimming v. those suits which hardly ever see the water?)

  • urbanleftbehind | March 2, 2015 at 12:55 pm |

    It would be cool if the kids in that last George Chilvers foto (the Pop Warner #33 running back), “morphed” into players in the 1988 Rose Bowl (USC – Michigan State) – http://photos.mlive.com/lansing/2013/12/rose_bowl_memories_michigan_st_1.html