In today’s Ticker: Larry Bird in a baseball uni, the Hokies go BFBS, and more.
- If you look in the front row of this mid-1960s Cardinals team portrait, you can see Bob Uecker holding Bob Gibson’s hand while Gibson tries not to crack up. According to this page, “Uecker later said he was fined for this.” Here’s a video clip of Ueck discussing the photo with Johnny Carson. (From Chris Weber and our own Jerry Wolper)
- The Blue Jays plan to add an advertising patch to their jerseys “within the next two years,” which I guess is good news because it means they might not do it next season.
- Shoeless Joe Jackson apparently cut holes in his wool cap in order to keep cool. (From @NoelBlaha)
- Virginia Tech revealed their ACC championship rings. (From Andrew Cosentino)
- Did you know basketball great Larry Bird played college baseball? Here he is in his Indiana State uniform. (From Trevor Williams)
- Sigh: The Bills are going blue over blue yet again this week. Meanwhile, the Bengals are going black over white and the Jags are going white over teal.
- The Vikings are calling for a whiteout for their Christmas Eve game against the Giants, although it’s not yet clear if the team itself will be wearing white for that home game.
- Ravens TE Mark Andrews says he wears No. 89 as a tribute to former NFL great Steve Smith. (From Andrew Cosentino)
- Late-breaking item from last Sunday: Bears WR Byron Pringle changed his socks/leggings setup at some point during the team’s game against the Packers. (From Jonathan Safron)
- Also from Jonathan: In that same game, a Packers sideline staffer was rubbing some sort of wax on a player’s helmet. He then held it up to one of the sideline heaters and then gave it to the player.
- Two more sideline observations from Jonathan: The Packers had some sort of small accessories sorted by uni-number range, and in this next shot you can see how many knee braces, insoles, and and other orthopedic items they had on hand.
- Here’s something I didn’t know: Lindy Infante, who would later coach in the NFL, created helmet logos for Florida and Memphis State when he was an assistant coach at those schools. (Good find by Phillip Tutor)
- At about the 1:11 mark of this video clip, LaVar Arrington talks about how he started wearing No. 11 at Penn State and why he doesn’t want it retired. (From William Yurasko)
- New Shorsey-themed uniforms this Friday for the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves. (From Benjamin Grix)
- Hays High School in Kansas, whose teams are called the Indians, is debating whether to change its team name.
- Meanwhile, the King Philip Regional School District in Massachusetts is phasing out its Native American iconography.
- Canada has a new Queen Elizabeth memorial coin, which looks a bit like a 45-rpm record. (From Andreas Papadopoulos and Mike Styczen)
- AFL Women’s will stop having its teams wear white clash shorts starting next season. “The white shorts were a custom borrowed from the men’s league,” says our own Jamie Rathjen. “Every team has colored shorts as first choice, so white shorts were the traditional way to solve color clashes and are still worn with clash guernseys. Going forward, AFLW teams can have colored clash shorts instead.”