[Today we have a guest entry by Anthony Giaccone, who sent the following piece in about a week ago, following the passing of the Eagles’ Glenn Frey. He supplied many of the photos seen below, but I added a couple as well. Enjoy! — Phil]
Rock Stars Wearing Sports Jerseys
By Anthony Giaccone
This may be an interesting article someday for Uni watch: “Rocks Stars Wearing Sports Jerseys”.
With the death of Glenn Frey last week, I remember that he was a big fan of wearing jerseys while on stage ”“ along with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Mick Jagger of the Stones.
Here are a few examples:
The Eagles actually had a softball team!
Tour jackets circa 1976-1977
Toronto Maple Leafs
[Frey also used to rock a LA Kings sweater with the #12. Why 12? Frey was good friends with #12 Gene Carr of the Kings, and began wearing his jersey in concerts. Our old buddy Teebz covered this and others in his own article on Musicians in Jerseys over on his blog — PH]
David Gilmour was fond of wearing a Montreal Canadiens jersey
And of course, there was weird Dallas Cowboys t-shirt ”” circa 1971-1973 (pictured with Sir Paul and Linda McCartney)
Finally, Mick Jagger, who wore an Eagles jersey on more than one occasion:
And he was also the recipient of at least two hockey jerseys:
Thanks, Anthony — obviously this is but a small sampling of rock stars and musicians who’ve worn jerseys — this might be an interesting thing to have as full a compilation as possible. If you have a photo of a musician in a jersey (or a t-shirt or jacket, etc.), either post a link in the comments below or shoot me an e-mail (Phil.Hecken@gmail.com). Let’s see if we can’t build a decent library (and as these come in, I’ll add them and post pics in a separate section). OK? OK!
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
We haven’t had any colorizations for our old pal Bruce Menard in a while, but that’s about to change. He’s back today with a great one.
Click photos to enlarge.
Here’s my latest colorization: Babe Ruth diving into a pool in Palm Beach, FL – January 30, 1930. It’s one of the pics I’ve had on my “colorization back burner” for the longest time…and with spring training right around the corner, it seemed like the right time to get it done. I included a before/after as well.
The Babe Takes A Ruthian Dive!
86 Years Ago Today In Palm Beach, FL – January 30, 1930
~ (Wire Tag): “A Ruthian Dive! – Where is your form, Babe? Babe Ruth and his wife are in the south enjoying golf, swimming and hikes, before The Bam reports to the Yankees for spring training. He is seen above at the Sea Spray Beach, Palm Beach, Florida.”
Great job, B!
UW’s Friday Flashback
In case you missed it, Paul’s Friday Flashback on ESPN took a look at the evolution of the Pro Bowl uniforms over the years. As you know (or should know), they’ve gone from good to bad to worse (and not many people watch the game anyway), so maybe the newer designs are created with an intent to drum up some interest in the game. Or maybe not.
Great read, so be sure to check it out if you missed it!
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: Yesterday (back in 1936), baseball legends Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame (great pic from Bruce Menard). … Paul is quoted in this piece about the Mariners Turn Ahead The Clock promotion from almost two decades ago. Of course, there were actually two years when this happened — 1998, when it was a brainchild of the Mariners, and was great and fun, and 1999, when about half the teams did it and it was awful. … If you like bobbleheads and you like the reigning World Champs, then the Royals have five of them for you. … On the opposite side of the spectrum, those same Royals have decided to host fireworks night and epilepsy awareness night on the same night. That will probably end well. … “Check out this navy baseball team uni my grandpa wore (he’s front row seated, solo),” says Jonathan Eskridge. Awesome! … Here are closeups of both the official Cactus League and Grapefruit League spring training patches (from The Emblem Source). … Check out the ring the White Sox gave ace Chris Sale for breaking the Sox strikeout record last season (from Ryan Lindemann). … The Potomac Nationals just released their 2016 promotional schedule. Says submitter R. Scott Rogers, “On May 7, they’ll wear Bad News Bears to celebrate the movie’s 40th anniversary. I bet we’ll see a lot of MiLB teams doing the Bad News Bears thing this season. Should make for an improvement over all the Batman v Superman unis we’ll no doubt be seeing.” … Toronto Blue Jays fans are wondering why the spring training uniform doesn’t match the cap (from Marc Bauche, who adds, “I’ve looked through every hat/Jersey combo and the Jays combo is the only one mismatched! I am speculating that this is new Era trying to make an extra buck with a different colour, but they could have made so much money, so many other ways.”
NFL News: Oops! Remember yesterday’s ticker item showing the Carolina end zone. Notice in the top shot how it looks like they might have been doing the outline of the mane of the Broncos logo? Well — the Supe grounds crew accidentally painted the wrong end zone (h/t Chris Brueckner). Here’s more on that. … Of course, it’s also noteworthy that Supe50 will have no AFC or NFC logos in either endzone (from Mandy Lopez). … Looks like gold shoes will be very prevalent at the Pro Bowl (which sorta makes sense, since the Pro Bowl unis have gold accents). … Um, someone has mocked up a pair of possible Packers color rash unis (h/t Jesse Zakshesky). … Are we getting a “sneak peak of next year’s @NFL draft hats appearing in this year’s Super Bowl?” asks Ben Hibberd. Here’s the Broncos version. … Check out this Super Bowl ring gallery (thanks, Brinke, via Paul). …The Broncos and the Carolina Panthers will sport official NFL Super Bowl 50 patches on their jerseys and hats made at FiberLok in Fort Collins. … The Panthers are packing six jerseys for Cam Newton to take to the Supe. Yes, six. … And here’s what one of those jerseys looks like (h/t Patrick Wright). Also from Patrick, a look at the Panthers jerseys for the game. And a closeup of the patch. … What do you do when your last name is too long to fit on one line on a jersey? … Oh man, a bet is a bet, but — the Official Dog(?) Gubernatorial Pooch(?)–anyway, the pet dog of Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey will have to dress “Woody” in a Panthers jersey since the Panthers beat the Cardinals last week. … Here’s a look at some of the signage hung at Levi’s Stadium for Supe 50 (via Joe Fann). … “Super Bowl Rice Krispy treats by the Treat Shop on the Upper West Side,” says Robert Brashear. “BTW, that’s all they sell– Rice Krispy treats– would have liked to have seen that business plan”
College/HS Football News: On September 10, 2016, Bristol Motor Speedway will “transform its iconic short track into a world-class football stadium for the inaugural Battle at Bristol, College Football’s Biggest EVER, featuring a border battle between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers.” Here’s a rendering of what that might look like. And for scale, here’s Neyland Stadium compared to Bristol (Neyland is the Volunteers’ stadium). The whole stadium basically sits inside the Bristol track (pics via Pick Six Previews). … “I was looking through a chat with Todd Gurley on Reddit from around the time of the 2015 NFL Draft,” writes Mike Chamernik. “He says that Maryland tried to recruit him with the pitch that the Terps are the East Coast Oregon when it comes to uniforms.” … Why does it seem that every team who dresses like the Steelers gets the sleeve stripes better than the Steelers (that’s made by Russell)? Comes from this article. … Hall, Conard High “throwback” T-shirts cause concern over use of Native American imagery (from Tim Cross). … Our own Jimmer Vilk was thrifting and picked up this nifty Sun Bowl glass. … Looks like a new blue helmet and white helmet for the Georgia State Panthers (h/t Doug Hazard). … The Tennessee Vols revealed a cool-looking logo for the 2016 Orange & White Spring Football game (from Lee David Wilds). … Check out these bulls eye jerseys for Furman Football from way back in 1925 (from Furman Equipment). Here’s the shot in the collection.
Hockey News: Our pal Chris Creamer over at the Sports Logos blog is reporting that the new Maple Leafs logo will be kind of a combination of their past logos (h/t Robert Hayes). … As you all likely know, the NHL’s All Star Game is tomorrow in Nashville, and there is plenty of (mostly) bad fan crap on which you can
waste spend your hard-earned money. … The Spokane Chiefs will be wearing “Military Appreciation Jerseys” tonight. Submitter Larry Brunt adds, “At least they aren’t all camo, but the timing is odd–they’ll be playing the Tri-Cities Americans that night.” … The Toronto Maple Leafs “might stink but Babsocks have the scent of success” (From Mike Styczen). … The Stockton Heat (a Flames AHL affiliate) have unveiled a new all black alternate uni.
Basketball News: Today, the Marshall Thundering Herd will wear mismatched shoes to bring awareness to Pediatric Cancer in their game against UAB, who will also be participating (via Marshall Equipment). … Of course, lots of schools are participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer campaign, where the coaches wear sneakers with their suits and dress slacks. It’s all about the shoes, man. … UNC is doing it too (thanks to James Gilbert). … Today, Louisville is wearing white uniforms that adidas is calling “White Ice” and they’re having a White Out. … An Iowa player says Maryland’s Under Armour ball is ”˜heavy like a street ball’ (thanks to Tommy Turner). … Purdue will be wearing throwbacks today (from Michael Burnett), who notes that was tweeted out yesterday and deleted 5 minutes later. … WOW — check out the unis HBU will wear for their retro night tonight against Sam Houston (h/t Steven Key). Here’s a bit more on that. … Conrad Burry loves this “North” hat from the Mitchell & Ness NBA All-Star 2016 collection. “Gotta love the flair of the ’90s Raps,” he adds.
Soccer News: These are the new Albania Euro 2016 kits According to Patrick Thomas, they’re switching from adidas to Macron. If you’re curious, like I was, Macron is an Italian sporting apparel company, based in Crespellano, Bologna, and “considered a European leader in the production of active sportswear.” … “I was checking in to Manchester United’s FA Cup match earlier today and noticed something odd,” says Ryan Madden. “The FA Cup began the season in the fall with Emirates as its brand new primary sponsor; Budweiser was the main sponsor for three seasons from ’11-’14 and, as of May, is merely the official beer of the tournament. So ESPN FC’s page for FA Cup-related stories and results should probably include the logo for the former, and not the latter. But I noticed they’re still using the logo from when it was known as “The FA Cup with Budweiser” (screenshot, just in case). I was wondering if it was just an American thing, what with Bud being more familiar here than Emirates, but even the Mothership’s UK version of the site has that logo.”
Grab Bag: It used to be that soldiers could only wear white socks during training workouts, but now they can wear black socks, which “hide the dirt and muck encountered on trails during workouts, and they better match the mostly black physical-training uniform the Army began using in 2014,” (from Tommy Turner). … When not donning their power-suits-cum-flag-lapel-pin, the GOP contenders like to sport fleece zip pullovers, all of which are flag-free. Clearly they don’t love America when dressing down. … When singlets go bad: “I sent you the lead on the unique Post 22 in Rapid City hardhats they wear in the field!” writes Tanner Friesen. “I have another one from back home in SD except this one is more embarrassing then interesting haha.” … The kids in this photo were suspended for having an offensive uniform. Why? A concerned parent told Fox 9 the boys’ coordinated dodgeball uniform made it look like they were members of the Ku Klux Klan.
And that’s it for today. Big thanks to Anthony and Bruce for their parts. Everyone have a good day — should be a pretty sweet post tomorrow, so make sure you check back then, and don’t forget to post/e-mail your shots of musicians in jerseys/unis.
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–R. Scott Rogers