Gashouse’s Sports Catalog Collection, Vol 5: NFL 1978

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Good morning, and happy summer solstice! It’s been a while since we took a look at a vintage sports merch catalog from Kevin “Gashouse” Cearfoss’s collection. We’ve already examined his NFL catalogs from 1970, 1971, and 1973, along with his MLB catalog from 1976. Today we’re shifting back to the NFL, with a catalog from 1978.

Like all of Kevin’s catalogs, this one was intended for retailers looking to stock their stores, not for consumers. The cover is shown above (love all those wordmarks!); here’s the inside front cover and the first few pages, which extoll the virtues of stocking NFL merch:

Now let’s start with the merch offerings, beginning with some kids’ apparel:

These mesh-backed hats look better than a lot of what passes for NFL headwear these days:

Love the striped sleeves on the Cardinals shirt at far right on this next spread:

Not fond of the name-tag chest patches, but aside from that I really like the color-blocked shirts on the right-hand page of this spread:

Sometimes I think they had a rule about at least half of the models having to be blonde:

Interesting tube socks on the left-hand page here — not just Northwestern-striped, but also an additional stripe right at the top:

Back in 2007, I met reader (and now-pal) Marty Hick at a Uni Watch party in St. Louis. He was wearing a Cardinals necktie just like the ones shown here:

Not sure which I like better — these kids’ track suits or pajamas:

You want round NFL belt buckles? Check. You say you prefer square belt buckles? Double-check:

It’s hard to think about winterwear in June, but here are some swell-looking gloves and mittens to keep your hands toasty warm:

Okay, now let’s shift to non-apparel items, starting with these excellent gym bags:

Check out the Bengals pennant on this next spread. It shows a helmet with “Bengals” lettering that’s pretty true to life, instead of the more cartoonish, exaggeratedly large lettering more typically used for Cincy graphics during this period:

Seems a little odd to have bobbleheads all wearing No. 0, no? But that’s what they chose to do:

Check out the lunchbox on this next spread. Great stuff, but surprising to see all the team helmets facing to the left! Also, those look like Pro Bowl illustrations along the sides of the box:

Take a look at the Cowboys mug at the bottom of the next spread. Is it just me, or is that an oddly shaped handle? Seems almost Vulcan-eared:

Whoa, check out that Saints wristwatch on this next spread. Definitely a watch style that didn’t catch on:

It’s pretty much a Uni Watch rule that if there’s any kind of standings board, we have to show it — or, in this case, show all three of them:

We’ve all seen NFL sheets, pillowcases, and so on. But I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the blue set shown on this next spread:

Also new to me: these NFL hairbrushes! Dig:

Next up is a section called “Li’l Pro” — a line of apparel and other merch with graphics depicting little kids dressed up as NFL players, sort of like little mascots. I don’t remember seeing these before, so I guess they didn’t catch on:

As usual, the catalog concludes with a fold-out showing all of the league’s then-current team helmets (this time including the Seahawks and Bucs, who didn’t yet exist during the years represented by the earlier catalogs we’ve looked at):

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Want to see more? There are several pages I left out, but you can see the entire catalog here.

(My continued thanks to Kevin Cearfoss for sharing his catalog collection with me and allowing me to share it with you.)

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“Brew Crew” times two: Reader and lifelong Brewers fan Scott Ross Steffes has noticed something odd about the City Connect script that the team is currently using as its Twitter avatar. If you look at the diagonal stroke that connects the “r” to the “e,” you can see that the stroke on the jersey has a dark outline, while the one on the Twitter avatar does not.

This inconsistency extends to other realms. The script shown on the official CC T-shirt, for example, includes the outline, while a graphic that appears at the of the official CC unveiling video does not:

Is it a big deal that a social media avatar or video graphic doesn’t quite match the on-field script? Of course not. But the inconsistency is surprising, and may indicate that this design was a rush job.

If anyone spots any other versions of the script without the outline, feel free to let me know. Thanks.

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It’s the little things: What’s going on in this photo? It’s from an Instagram account called MLB.mini, a meme project that shrinks MLB players so they’re only a few inches tall. The project been around for a while — ESPN wrote an article about it nearly a year and a half ago — but I don’t think we’ve ever mentioned it here on Uni Watch (or if we did, I’ve forgotten). It’s extremely entertaining!

Want to know more? The Athletic has a new article about MLB.mini here.

(Thanks to Anthony Nuccio for this one.)

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie
    

Remember these? There was a period in the early 1970s when NFL Properties cranked out a line of school supplies like notebooks, folders, and binders, all featuring the standard NFL helmet single-bar look, like these these St. Louis Cardinals book covers. You’d think these would be right up my alley, but I never bought them at the time, because I just made covers out of brown paper grocery bags.

Now for the rest of this week’s picks:

• Here’s a 1970s Pro Football Superstars poster book. You get a dozen of these with no team branding, including NFL stars like “Dallas Skipper” Roger Staubach, “Cool N’ Easy” Bob Griese (the artist even got the Cobra brand cleats right), and Earl Campbell (he’s a “Souper Back,” get it?).

• You really couldn’t beat the cover art on the 1970s NFL game programs called PRO! Here’s a set of four issues

• Are you a Pittsburgh Steelers fan? A real fan? Then check out this 1970s display of 28 Steelers pencil sharpener gumball helmets, ready to go.

• Staying with the Steelers: I remember Legos from way back, but there’s a similar product called BRXLZ, and you can get an NFL stadium made of them. (Mucho assembly required!) Here’s one for Heinz Field. And I’m fairly sure if you step on one of these parts, it will hurt the same as a Lego!

• These Los Angeles Dodgers “highly absorbent wax bottom coasters” are from the late 1950s.

• And what do you use with drink coasters? Drink glasses, of course, like this pair of 1970s glasses commemorating Henry Aaron’s 715th home run

• Here’s a NY Yankees jacket with a discreet logo on the front, the MLB patch on the sleeve and a large Yankees logo on the back. (Not sure of the era for this one. I pointed out to the seller that it’s not a 1950s item, due to the 1968 Jerry Dior MLB logo.)

• Look at this 1969 print ad for a Chiquita Banana NFL Radio. I have one of these radios sitting right here on my desk! A little static-y when you turn it on, then it still works great. (It sits next to this 1970 Panasonic radio.) 

• Here’s a pair of great late-1960s Dave Boss NFL posters, including one called the “Evolution of the Uniform,” which was a General Tire promotion. 

• The Golden State Warriors just won their 4th NBA title in the last eight years, so here we have a 1990s Logo Athletic jacket in their sharktooth motif. 

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball News: Paul already showed 10 of the MLB Independence Day caps when they leaked last week. Now the full set has been officially unveiled (thanks to all who shared). … The Red Sox wore their City Connect uniforms last night, and may wear them a few other times this week. Sox manager Alex Cora joked that the team needed to “sell a few of them” (from Phil). … Speaking of, the Bosox changed their Facebook avatar to CC colors, leading lots of fans to mistakenly think the colors indicated a political cause (from our own Anthony Emerson). … Reader Gregg Girard has been tracking the Mets’ record by uniform and has found the team is 10-1 at home when wearing blue, 10-8 in pinstripes and 3-1 in black. He also notes that P Carlos Carassco has worn pinstripes for every start this year besides two Friday night games which are designated for black uniforms. … Staying in Queens, SS Francisco Lindor and 3B Eduardo Escobar have made a habit of messing with manager Buck Showalter’s uniform when he comes to the mound for a pitching change. … Jason Hillyer’s son’s travel baseball team went with the all-red, full bloodclot look on Sunday.

Football News: With the World Cup coming to Kansas City, the Chiefs’ stadium is slated to get $50 million in upgrades (from Brinke). … West Virginia will wear a one-off uniform when they travel to Pitt for the “Backyard Brawl” this year (thanks to all who shared). … Iowa State’s football facility includes a wall that has nearly every helmet design the Cyclones have ever worn (thanks to all who shared). … An Oregon blog had contributors “draft” the helmets the Ducks have worn throughout the years (from Phil). … Troy announced yesterday that they will once again add black helmets to the rotation this upcoming season (from Ben Whitehead and @TrojanWallF5).

Hockey News: As many of you know, the Dallas Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabres in the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals. But Addison Walton spotted this cap for sale on eBay that lists the matchup as between the Flyers and the Stars. Even weirder is that the Flyers didn’t even make it out of the first round of the playoffs that year.

Basketball News: PF Pete Nance is transferring from Northwestern to North Carolina and will wear No. 32 with his new team (from James Gilbert). … The Spurs will reportedly have a new uni advertiser next season, along with a new black alternate uni that will be unveiled soon — possibly today.

Soccer News: Scottish club Dundee United has updated its crest. This PDF goes into details about the changes that were made (from our own Jamie Rathjen). … Yesterday was a big day for club soccer uniform unveilings, and the next seven submissions were sent in by prolific Ticker-er Kary Klismet: New home uniforms for Dutch club Ajax. … Italian clubs Lazio (Serie A) and Ternana (Serie B) have unveiled new kits. … New home uniforms for 2. Bundesliga clubs FC Ingolstadt 04 and FC Heidenheim. … Staying in Germany, 3. Liga club FC Saarbrücken unveiled new home kits. … In Spain’s La Liga 2, C.D. Leganés has unveiled new third kits and S.D. Huesca has unveiled new home kits. … Swiss Super League club Servette FC unveiled new home and away jerseys. … Japanese club Kawasaki Frontale is celebrating the team’s 26th anniversary with their new kit. … New away jerseys for Portuguese club Porto. … Mexican club Necaxa has unveiled new home and away jerseys. … New home uniforms for English League Two club Bradford City. … New shirts for Austrian club SK Rapid (from Ed Żelaski). … More from Liga MX: Cruz Azul has a new crest design (from @metallidicz).

Grab Bag: With the cryptocurrency market in a major recession, reports indicate that crypto firms are backing away from sports uniform advertising. … A new school in North Carolina, Mint Hill Elementary School, has chosen “Manatees” as its team name thanks to an incoming student’s illustration (from Kary Klismet). … U.S. soldiers stationed in Japan can now wear a unique uniform patch combining the Japanese and American flags (from Timmy Donahue).

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What Paul did last night: An old zine pal of mine, Brian Doherty (on the right in the photo above), has written a new book about the history of underground comics, called Dirty Pictures: How an Underground Network of Nerds, Feminists, Misfits, Geniuses, Bikers, Potheads, Printers, Intellectuals, and Art School Rebels Revolutionized Art and Invented Comix. He was in town last night to promote it and was interviewed for 90 minutes at a Manhattan club by Nick Gillespie, an editor at the libertarian magazine Reason.

I hadn’t seen Brian in many years, so it was a great to see him, and the interview was really interesting. (It will be published later this week as the next episode of this podcast.) Afterward, about a dozen of us went out for eats and drinks. A really good night. Hope your night was good too!

A Close Look at the New Brewers and Jazz Uniforms

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Good morning! Last Friday I promised that I’d have a full assessment of the Brewers and Jazz unveilings, so let’s get into that, beginning with the Brewers. Their “Brew Crew” City Connect design is shown above, and here are some additional pics showing the socks, cap, sleeve patch, and rear view:

Some thoughts:

• Everything about the chest insignia feels minor league at best, amateurish at worst. A nickname like “Brew Crew” loses a lot of its vernacular charm when you institutionalize it on a jersey. The whole point of it is that it’s informal, unofficial, conversational, organic. On a DIY T-shirt, it’s awesome; showcased on a jersey, it feels like just another piece of corporate branding. Pfeh. Plus the script is really clunky-looking, plus-plus it breaks very awkwardly across the placket:

• The cap is just brutal, with the “MKE” and “414” shoehorned together in a way that feels way too forced. Feels like a (non-winning) submission to a design contest. Plus area code branding, which has always felt stupid to begin with, doesn’t even make sense anymore because people move around the country and take their existing phone numbers with them.

• The socks, like most CC socks, are embarrassing.

• The grilling patch is a really fun design (it would look great on a hat or T-shirt, right?). The problem is that the idea behind it is too broad-based to work as a team logo. I mean, even if you accept the notion that Milwaukee fans tailgate more than other fans (which is the supposed idea here), tailgating and grilling are still universal concepts. If the grill had brats on it, then it would work as a Brewers patch. But the simple combination of baseball and grilling? Milwaukee has no monopoly on that — it belongs to everyone. Hell, every team could (and should!) make their own version of this logo, rendered in their own team colors.

In short: I’m not a big fan of this design. But the most interesting aspect of this uniform isn’t even mentioned on the team’s unveiling page, and I wouldn’t have known about it myself if former Uni Watch Ticker-er Mike Chamernik hadn’t brought this tweet to my attention:

This move — an extension of the team’s existing “Tavern of the Game” promotion — will make the Brewers the second Big Four team to offer free advertising space on its uniforms to local businesses. (The first was the Devils, last winter.)

Now, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger fan of Wisconsin’s tavern culture than me. I’ve had some of the best times of my life in Wisconsin taverns! But do I want to see the names of those taverns on jersey patches? No, I don’t (just like I don’t want to see the Mets wear patches promoting my favorite NYC pizza joints, or the Dodgers promoting L.A.’s best taco joints, or whatever).

I don’t want to be a killjoy here. The team’s impulse — providing free promotion to local businesses that are a big part of the local culture — is obviously laudable, and I salute that impulse. Is it better than wearing a big, honking corporate logo on your sleeve in return for gobs of money? Sure. But it’s still an ad patch and doesn’t belong on the uniform. If you want to support local businesses, there are other ways, better ways, of doing that.

Also, it’s interesting that MLB is okay with the Brewers wearing patches that essentially promote alcohol. Hmmmm.

We’ll have to wait and see what these tavern ad patches look like. But we won’t have to wait long — the CC uniforms are slated to make their on-field debut this Friday, June 24. (They’ll be worn for all three games this weekend, and then for Friday home dates after that.)

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Okay, now let’s move on to the Jazz. Here’s a look at the four uniforms they unveiled on Friday:

So they’re basically going with an assortment of designs that look like weekend rec league uniforms, supplemented by a revival of the ’90s-est design ever. Got it.

What a brick. I can sorta/kinda get behind the white design because I’ve always liked it when they use the jazz note and number by themselves. But the previous versions of that approach were much better. This new design, and this whole set, feels so rote and uninspired by comparison.

The “purple mountains” throwback will be this season’s City alternate, and then they plan to have a new purple City design every year. The one for 2023-24 — the franchise’s 50th season, dating back to its days in New Orleans — will apparently be this:

Want a good laugh? Check out this hilariously pathetic “storytelling” (quoting from this page):

The white and black uniforms symbolize the white and black keys on a piano, a significant element in the history of jazz music. The yellow jersey represents the spotlight designated to the greatest performers in history, a nod to the fact that Utah embraces being in the spotlight with all eyes watching.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

These uniforms will be worn with two new court designs:

Additional info and hype here, if you dare.

So how was your weekend?

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Ring around the collar: Interesting scene on Saturday, as the umps made Reds pitcher Graham Ashcroft remove his silicon wedding band, so Ashcroft attached it to his necklace instead.

There’s a good recap of the situation — including the rarely enforced rule that the ring does indeed violate — here. (Meanwhile, longtime readers may recall that I did an in-depth piece back in 2011 on players in various sports who wear their wedding bands during games.)

(My thanks to our own Alex Hider for this one.)

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LGBTQuila sunrise: The Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones gave away this Pride jersey (but did not wear it on the field) the other day. Has any other team combined the Pride rainbow with the tequila sunrise template? Seems so obvious once you see it executed like this, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it done before.

(My thanks to Robert Brashear for this one.)

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Uni Watch Hit Parade: Yesterday was Juneteenth. A few days before that, my favorite radio DJ, WFMU’s Dave the Spazz, heralded the holiday by playing this old song by Gladys “Fatso” Bentley, “Juneteenth Jamboree.”

It’s so good — an instant party, and a great holiday anthem that I’d never heard before. Enjoy!
 

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: MLB players wearing Nike cleats had a common Father’s Day design (from Luke Mendheim). … Yankees manager Aaron Boone had two different pairs of Father’s Day shoes, one for before the game and one for during it (thanks, Brinke). … Also from Brinke: Nationals OF Juan Soto’s cleats were based on a picture of him with his dad after what looks like one of the games of the 2019 NLDS. … Nationals P Steve Cishek had “dad shoe” cleats that looked like sneakers (from multiple readers). … The collegiate summer Western Canadian Baseball League’s Brooks Bombers wore plaid jerseys for Father’s Day (from Wade Heidt). … With the Nationals retiring No. 11 for Ryan Zimmerman on Saturday, William F. Yurasko sends us the story of how Zimmerman got the number in college at Virginia. … A Nationals usher has a cane made from a Louisville Slugger bat. “He says the guests in his section bought it for him,” says Max Weintraub. … The Dodgers revealed a Sandy Koufax statue on Saturday (from multiple readers). … Cardinals OF Harrison Bader had a hole in his leggings, or something, yesterday (from Andy Zare). … The Atlantic League’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs wore Baltimore Elite Giants Negro League throwbacks for Juneteenth (from John Cannon). … Hamtramck, Mich.’s Hamtramck Stadium is one of the few Negro League stadiums still standing and is being rededicated today with a tribute game (from Kary Klismet). … The next two are also from Kary: The collegiate wood bat Northwoods League’s Battle Creek Battle Jacks have a new costumed mascot. … Former Iowa men’s basketball player Keegan Murray threw the first pitch at the Cubs game last Wednesday and had a jersey with his NOB and No. 15. (from Kary Klismet). … Denver Broncos QB Russell Wilson and former QB Peyton Manning came to Rockies batting practice the other day wearing full Rockies uniforms. … Speaking of the Rockies, their CC jersey looks a lot better when paired with white pants (from Paul Munoz). … A new Red Sox-themed ice cream is studded with little hanging socks-shaped chocolate pieces (thanks, Brinke). … The Mariners and Tigers both wore Negro League throwbacks on Saturday for Juneteenth. The Tigers’ opponents, the Rangers, were supposed to wear throwbacks as well, but that plan was scuttled by supply-chain issues.

Football News: The Cowboys have a new alternate helmet — presumably the return of the white throwback — in the works. … Some NFL players have been busy appearing in other teams’ uniforms over the past few days: Cross-posted from the baseball section, Broncos QB Russell Wilson and former QB Peyton Manning came to Colorado Rockies batting practice wearing full Rockies uniforms, while Buccaneers C Ryan Jensen is from Colorado and came to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final(s) with an Avalanche/Lightning frankenjersey (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: Michigan revealed its Big Ten championship rings. … Brashear High School in Pittsburgh poaches the Texans’ logo (from Andrew Cosentino).

Hockey News: Cross-posted from the football section: Tampa Bay Buccaneers C Ryan Jensen is from Colorado and came to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final(s) with an Avalanche/Lightning frankenjersey (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: The NHL now has a interactive 3D model of the Stanley Cup, though you need your phone or something with a touchscreen to view it properly.

Basketball News: These three are all from Kary Klismet, and the first one is cross-listed from the baseball section: Former Iowa men’s player Keegan Murray threw the first pitch at last Wednesday’s Chicago Cubs game and had a jersey with his NOB and No. 15. … What is claimed to be the oldest extant basketball court in the world, from 1893, is in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, and a group is hoping to turn it into a museum (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: A public court in Philadelphia in memory of Kobe and Gianna Bryant opened last week.

Soccer News: The NWSL’s Washington Spirit wore warm-up shirts on Friday supporting the Black Women Players’ Collective, an association of Black current and former NWSL players. … OL Reign also had a Juneteenth-themed captain’s armband, but I’m not sure if any other teams did. … In the same league, it was the Kansas City Current’s turn to wear rainbow numbers. … Meanwhile, the Orlando Pride had artist Diana Al Shammari, who embroiders soccer shirts, create a piece based on the Pride’s second shirt. … St. Louis City, who won’t start playing in MLS until next year but have a reserve team playing in MLS Next Pro, wore Juneteenth warm-up shirts on Friday saying, “Support Black Dreams.”. … New shirts for Belgium’s KAA Gent, England’s Lincoln City, Mexico’s Club Tijuana, and Poland’s Ruch Chorzów (from Ed Żelaski). … New second shirt also for Scottish club Partick Thistle. … More new shirts for Germany’s St. Pauli and Turkey’s Galatasaray (from Kary Klismet). … In England, both Norwich City and Crystal Palace updated their crests. Palace dug further in on their alleged connection to the first Crystal Palace club founded in 1861 by putting that year in the crest instead of 1905, the year the modern club is usually taken to date from (the latter of those is from Trevor Williams). … Another from Kary: The English Football League has a new number/NOB font, and we can tell because it appeared on a shirt Ipswich Town used to reveal a new men’s team signing. Ipswich also revealed next season’s shirts. … New home shirt for Austrian side SK Rapid (from Ed Zelaski). … La Liga’s Real Valladolid has a new shield design (from @stickyjuan).

Grab Bag: Aston Martin Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel has brought attention to social or environmental issues in F1 host countries a few times this season by wearing T-shirts during the race weekend. He targeted Alberta’s oil sands for yesterday’s Canadian Grand Prix, and his helmet design also tied into that theme. … Reader William F. Yurasko points out that with the Nationals’ retirement of No. 11 for Ryan Zimmerman on Saturday, three D.C. pro teams have retired No. 11 and the Mystics surely represent a future fourth for Elena Delle Donne. … English field hockey’s Teddington Hockey Club, which claims to be the oldest in the sport, celebrated its 150th anniversary by reenacting a match as they say it would have been in 1871. Players used modern sticks and boots but it looks like the game was even played on grass, which the sport has long since abandoned in favor of artificial turf. … “Here’s a cool story about how fashion design students at The New School in New York City are helping to create adaptive and inclusive uniforms for Special Olympics athletes,” says Kary Klismet. … Jared Buccola’s weekly PLL report: “”Business as usual for Redwoods vs Chaos and Cannons vs Archers, while Whipsnakes wore their red jerseys for the first time this season vs Atlas. Chrome wore new matte grey helmets over a black/grey gradient uni combo. Waterdogs wore full lavender with new white helmets.”

Uni Watch Father’s Day 2022: Our Dads in Uniform

By Phil Hecken

For the past nine years it has been my privilege and pleasure to run photographs of our fathers dressed in uniforms — whether they be sports uniforms, military uniforms, or any other uniform. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and I’m pleased to again run this feature. This year, like last, I let readers know they could submit photos of their dads, grandpappys and uncles.

Once again, it’s a rich panoply of photos and stories. As always, this one-day special tribute post will stand alone (no uni news, no tweaks, no scoreboard, no ticker), and I hope everyone enjoys this, even if you didn’t submit this year.

Happy Father’s Day (and Juneteenth) everyone!

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Robert Andrews

Hello Phil…

This is my grandfather, Manual Andrews. He served with the 2nd Division in 1917 thru 1919 as an infantryman and then as part of the ‘occupying forces’ in Germany during and after WWI. His backstory is a remarkable one and too long to fit this space but it includes being a stowaway from the Azores and landing in Key West, working his way back to New Bedford Ma.and talking his way into the US Army as an underage 16 year old circa 1916. His Army unit fought the Battle of Belleau Wood where he was wounded and suffered damaged lungs due to mustard gas which bothered him for the rest of his life. Following the Armistice he was assigned to a farm in the German countryside where he met the girl who later became his wife, my grandmother. He returned to the States in 1919, sent for her and her mother, and worked as a pipe-fitter in the Brooklyn Navy Yard for almost 40 years. His second job was spoiling me rotten while we lived with them in Brooklyn in the 50s and early 60s. I’m proud of what he made of his life and am happy to share his story with the UW community.

-Bob Andrews

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Thomas Roddy

Hi Phil,

The enclosed photo is my brother and I with my dad (who passed suddenly in 2018), circa 1990. Although this was not an official uniform for work or organized sport, these were our outfits we wore to listen to the Patriots on the radio. Pre-1994 when the Patriots rarely sold out, it was our tradition to dress this way and listen to the games on the radio on our porch because my mother couldn’t stand the yelling…remember, the Patriots were dreadful in the early 90s. For Christmas that year, Dad got us hoodies that matched his, but for the life of me, I can’t find the picture of us all matching, but this will have to do, I guess!

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Jason Gomez

Phil

This is my Dad, Carlos “Chuck” Gomez. This was taken before he left for Vietnam in 1966. He served in the US Army, 4th ID, then after he returned home, joined the National Guard. Dad was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, so he was all about the A’s then the Royals and the Chiefs. We lost him to covid in January 2021, he is missed everyday. My Dad was a 2nd generation Army Vet, both my grandfathers served in the Army during WWII, and I carried on that tradition in Iraq.

Thank you for doing this!

Jason Gomez

P.S. I have a collage of my Dad and Grandfathers in their uniforms. I attached it in case you use this picture with the write up from my previous email.

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Tommy Timon

My dad, 1st Lt Tom Timon, Sr. He was a Vietnam veteran who loved baseball and all things Cleveland sports. His favorite thing to do was sit on his back porch and listen to the Guardians on the radio with a cold beer. He passed away on Veterans Day 2019. Miss him every day.

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Ron Ruelle

Hi, Phil!

A few years ago you published a photo of my dad, Don Ruelle, in his Navy uniform. While his stint in the military was brief due to a medical condition, he did appear in uniform in the mid 1990s in the Cookeville, Tennessee, summer theater production of South Pacific as Stewpot.

Thanks
Ron Ruelle

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Munch Suchland

My dad, Spec/4 Michael Suchland, US Army 1968-1969, 3rd Armored Division. As part of the Cold War, Dad was stationed in Germany where they kept an eye on Russia as well as maintained and repaired tanks that came over from the war in Vietnam. He often talked about “survivors guilt” since he never had to experience the war but recently has accepted his good fortune and his fate. He is a hero to his seven children and his 20 grandchildren.

Munch Suchland

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Frank Seitz

Phil

This is my Dad, FRANK SEITZ, Sr. at a family Christmas Party in the mid-late 80s. He had the rather unique habit of undoing his clip on tie and first couple of button on his duty shirt when he was on his dinner break (he worked swing shift for the Baltimore County Police and his sector included our neighborhood). Dad wasn’t much on ties and was happy when the department did away with them in the duty uniform right before he retired in the mid 90s. I wish I had more pictures of him in uniform but this really shows him as a person. Thanks.

Frank Seitz

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Robert Brashear

Robert S. Brashear. world war II

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Dan Hardin

I have attached a photo of the “M&K Football Squad” of Rock Island, Illinois, with the ball dated 1904. My grandfather, Conrad Mell, is the second player from the left in the top row. He would have been 18 at the time. I believe that M&K was a clothing store, assumption based on a 1918 newspaper ad that I found online.

I wish I knew more, he died in 1937, 15 years before I was born, I would have loved to be able to ask him about it.

Dan Hardin

Austin, Texas

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Jay Jones

Phil,

Please find attached a photo of my dad.

My father, Johnny Jones, was a US Army paratrooper at 17 years old. He served in Korea toward the end of the conflict, from late 1952 through 1953. Being a minor, my grandfather had to sign a waiver to allow him to serve. My dad’s family was poor tenant farmers in Spalding County, Georgia. The story goes that dad enlisting meant one less mouth to feed and a chance for better opportunities in the Army. After Korea, he bounced around – airplane mechanic, truck driver, HVAC repair, and eventually a long career as a union pipefitter. He passed away in 2015.

Thanks,

Jay Jones

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Ronnie Poore

Hi Phil,

attached is a photo of my dad Henry Poore in his Lebanon High School baskeball uniform 1953.

Ronnie Poore
Greenville SC

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Christopher Hickey

Phil:

Thank you for coming up with and continuing this feature…one of the best on Uni Watch.

I’m sharing a photo of my dad, the late Dr. John S. Hickey, MD, taken in the late 1940’s outside my grandfather’s corner rowhome/doctor’s office in Mayfair (NE Philly). Dad returned from his service in the US Navy after WW2 …he wore the uniform of the SeeBees…and followed in his father’s footsteps to become a general practice physician. Soon after meeting/marrying my mom, they purchased an end-of-row of their own in the same neighborhood and, like his father, converted the basement into an office; above they raised 11 (yes, 11!) children. In addition to rendering care at his office, he also spent time treating hospitalized patients, made time for house calls, and served as the team doctor for the Father Judge High School (Crusaders) football team for over 20 years.

Team Hickey misses him each day, remembers him today, and thanks you for providing this special way to share him with the comm-uni-ty.

ChrisH

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William Quinn

This photo of my dad was taken in 1937 in Niagara Falls, N.Y., when he would have turned 14. He loved being a catcher and idolized Yankees backstop Bill Dickey, maybe in large part to sharing a first name. He went on to be a three-sport athlete (baseball, basketball and football) at Holy Cross College and a Navy Captain during World War II, truly part of The Greatest Generation. He passed in 2002 and I still miss talking sports with him.

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Scott Pendergraft

Hi Phil.

First time long time. Attached is a photo of my late father, Wayne Pendergraft (left), in his Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) basketball uniform from about 1936. He was stationed at CCC Co. 737, Prairie Creek Camp in Orick, California at the time. Tremendous man, athlete, and most of all, father. He is dearly missed and remembered fondly.

Thanks for all you do!

Scott Pendergraft
Salem, Oregon

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Eric Lovejoy

My dad passed away just about five years ago in the coming weeks. With Father’s Day and the anniversary of his death approaching, along with his birthday shortly after, it’s a difficult time of year for me. He wore many uniforms in life, some he really liked, others not so much, but some of those helped provide for our family and allowed us kids to do many fun things. I miss him very much. Happy Father’s Day Dad.

Regards,
Eric Lovejoy

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John Kimmerlein

Phil,

Thanks for putting together the Fathers Day lede-always a favorite.

Here’s a photo of my father in uniform during the Korean War. From a pure uni-perspective, the wool Ike jacket he’s wearing in this photo is really nice and has held up incredibly well. We used to wear it as kids and one of my brothers still has it.

John

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David Eichblatt

Not my father, but it is me with my two older sons at Ft Benning, GA

Dave Eichblatt

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Will Scheibler

My dad, then age 79, organized a team of primarily local hockey players to play in the 70+ age group (oldest one) of the Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournament back in 2017. He unfortunately was unable to play but traveled down to Santa Rosa for the tournament. He’s the one the red arrow is pointing to.

They ended up winning the 70B division.

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Jaime Galindo

Here’s a photo of my dad during his senior year of high school. He graduated in 1965. He played on the offensive line. A funny thing is that the yearbook has his name reversed. It’s actually Galdino Galindo. When added to the fact that he gave my brother the same name, confusion still arises to this day.

Thanks for doing this every year.

Jaime Galindo

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Steven Whitney

Phil,

A photo for the Uni-Watch Father’s Day.

This is a photo of my daughter (Taylor) and I. We took it last Thanksgiving during a visit to her Squadron at Offutt AFB.

Thanks for doing this.

v/r,

Steve
STEVEN WHITNEY, Brig Gen, USSF

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Tom Dunphy

Hi Phil and Paul,

My submission. Thanks for all you do.

Here’s my dad, Joe Dunphy, with my ‘Nana’ Grimes (not my ‘real’ grandma but a family friend he emigrated to from Waterford Ireland in 1950.) He promptly enlisted and was injured badly in the Korean War (hit by a flamethrower!) Convalesced in VA hospitals in Tokyo and Boston before returning to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Met my mom Caroline soon thereafter – Nana ‘knew some Waterford girls up in the Bronx.’ He managed supermarkets – ran the ‘flagship’ Finast on W. 57th Street and Ninth Ave. for years — before opening his own liquor store in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. Pretty dapper!

-Tom Dunphy

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Michael Emody

Hi, Phil!

Here’s a photo of my dad in the U.S. Navy during WW2. He was on a supply or support ship, I don’t remember the name.

Hope you can use it. Thanks.

Michael Emody

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Jeff Lewandowski

This is a photo of my dad at Orioles spring training in Leesburg, Florida in 1962. He never did make it to the majors but I’m proud of his accomplishments as a baseball player and as a father. Happy Fathers Day dad!

Love, Jeff

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Jimmy Corcoran

Hard to believe it’s been more than fifty years since my mother, sister, and I spent a week of our summer vacation watching my father blow his last chance to play in the NFL with the Eagles. Every day at practice my father and coach Jerry Williams would go at it, The King didn’t like number 7, he wouldn’t touch his toes during calisthenics or do full jumping jacks and of course the nail in the coffin that had to have them separated by players, my father asked him for dry footballs. I also got on the King’s bad side one day, he introduced me to the QB’s the first day, the next day a QB named Rick Arrington remembered me and walked over and gave me his wrist bands. I thought that was great and wore them to the next practice, when I told my father look what number 11 gave me, he said “I can’t believe you are wearing Arrington’s wrist bands Jimbo, he’s my competition!” …Ah the memories. Happy Father’s Day

Jimmy Corcoran

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Paul Muckler

Hello Phil,

Thank you for this opportunity to run my father’s photo (attached).

This is my dad, Edward Muckler, wearing his Army uniform at home on leave in Pleasantville, NY, sometime in late summer 1951. Also in the picture is his dog, Jackson. This was shortly before my dad shipped out for Korea. My father always remarked that on their way to Korea, the pilot announced the news about Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ’round the World” to the troops onboard. During those years my father was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan…

Again, thank you for your time – much appreciated,

Paul Muckler
Oak Creek, Wisconsin

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Don Norwood

This is my father, Jimmy Norwood. He was a captain in the U.S. Army when I was born (Fort Benning; hence the infantry school patch). He was a dentist, marathoner, cyclist, HS football down marker guy (who got paid with a new pair of shoes each year), Southern Gospel singer, and artist. He was also the best dad anyone could have and my best friend. He died last September at the age of 79. He was one of a kind.

Don Norwood
Silsbee, TX

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JD Director

While some might say, “hang on, that’s no uniform,” I beg to differ. These salesmen (my dad among them, top row on the right) were indeed wearing the “uniform” of the day (c. 1964-65). Can’t help but bring a smile to my face (my dad wore a uniform in WWII, but this . . . ).

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Doug Keklak

My grandparents on their wedding day (he served in the Army).

Kek

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Jeff Ash

This is my favorite picture of my dad, Ray Ash, in the service. This probably is 1946, so he’d have been 21. Dad ran an enlisted men’s club in Vegesack, Germany, after World War II ended. He made sure there was plenty of Coca-Cola, beer, cigarettes and 45s for the jukebox. It was near Bremen, about 25 miles from the North Sea.

Thanks,
Jeff Ash
Green Bay, WI

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David Staples

This is my father, Cpl. George W. Staples Jr. He served in the USMC and fought in the Korean War. He was a Purple Heart recipient.

David M Staples
UCF Knight & Hufflepuff

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James Gilbert

Here’s a pic of my father (L) and his brother in a Feb. ’45 textile mill newsletter.

Thanks for doing this every year.

Cheers,

James

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Bob Wilmot

Phil:

My dad, Pete Wilmot, passed away in December at age 93. He was a 30-year Army officer, and a leader all his life. He started in Armor, then moved into Intelligence, then Special Forces – earning a Green Beret at age 40. We have many photos of him in his Army uniforms, but recently we found college photos. He played football at Penn Military College (now Widener University), Class of ’51. He also boxed and played baseball. This photo, though, shows him in his physical prime, ready to do some damage from either side of the line.

Keep up the good work!

Bob Wilmot

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Howard Bosworth

Good Morning Phil

Thanks for running feature yet again this coming Fathers Day

John Snyder was my step dad. He was a good man and welcomed me when he and my mother were married and blended families.

We watched a lot of sports on TV, especially the Knicks and he told me about his beloved RPI hockey team where he graduated school.

I miss him very much.

Happy Fathers to all

Howard Bosworth

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That’s all for 2022! Thanks to all who submitted and as always, this was another wonderful way to honor our dads on Father’s Day. Stay safe everyone, have a great Dad’s Day and Juneteenth and I’ll catch you next weekend.

Peace,

PH

A Classic Father/Son Uni Photo, to Get Us Ready for Father’s Day

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[Editor’s Note: Phil is busy with a curling bonspiel this weekend, so we don’t have a full Uni Watch entry today. But reader Kary Klismet has provided a nice little story in advance of Father’s Day. Enjoy. — Paul]

By Kary Klismet

There’s so much to love in this old photo of Texas Longhorns coaching legend Darrell Royal with his young son Mack, taken during Darrell’s playing days at the University of Oklahoma. Royal enrolled at Oklahoma in 1946 as a 22-year-old married father after a three-year stint in the Army Air Corps during World War II and went on to an All-American career for the Sooners as a quarterback and defensive back.
 
Darrell looks great in OU’s classic uniforms of the era, with the Northwestern stripes on the long-sleeved jersey and the cream/khaki canvas pants (if only the photo were colorized!). But the real star of the photo is little Mack’s turtleneck with the radially-arched “Oklahoma” wordmark across the chest and the “1966 All-American” graphic on the torso.
 
Although the turtleneck’s bold proclamation proved to be more aspirational than prophetic (Mack’s eventual college experience focused more on chemistry than on football), the photo still feels like a little uni-centric Father’s Day gift to all of us. Here’s wishing everyone out there a happy and memorable Father’s Day tomorrow.

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Thanks for that, Kary!

Phil’s annual “Dads in Uniforms” piece will run tomorrow, and I’ll have full coverage of the Brewers and Jazz unveilings on Monday. Here’s wishing a happy Father’s Day and Juneteenth weekend to everyone. — Paul