NBA and NHL Assist Tees, Available Now

Have you checked out our NBA and NHL Assist Tees?  These are our traditional fit tees with screenprinted logos.  Take a look at some of our favorites below.

 

 

To see the rest of the collection, click here.

August 15, 2012 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Happy Ernie Banks Day!

Mitchell & Ness would like to wish you all a very happy Ernie Banks Day! This day 48 years ago was declared by Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley to be Ernie Banks Day city-wide. Mr. Cub, already an eleven-year veteran with the North Siders, saw his club fall 5-4 to the Pirates that day, but Banks was able to tally a run.

Banks is widely considered the greatest Cub in franchise history. Banks played 19 seasons in Chicago, his one and only team. Despite never achieving much team success, Banks was able to star for the club. A shortstop, then later first baseman, Banks won consecutive National League MVP's in 1958 and 1959. He was honored as an All-Star 14 times throughout his career.

Banks optimism shined among the the "Lovable Losers" the Cubs were during his career. Mr. Sunshine became a second nickname for Banks, as was his famous catchphrase, "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame... Let's play two!" 

Banks hit 512 home runs with career, along with a then-record of 277 as a shortstop. Banks is still the Cubs record holder for games played, at-bats, extra base hits and total bases.

Banks' number 14 was the first number ever retired by the Cubs, and one of only six ever to retired by the franchise. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 1977. His bronze statue has resided outside the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field since 2008. Banks, now aged 81, resisdes with his wife Liz outside Los Angeles.

Even though Ernie Banks Day may have been officially a one-time even, we like to celebrate it every year here at Mitchell & Ness. We honor the positivity and legendary play of Mr. Cub himself with some of our authentic jersey offerings, which you can check out below:

1969 Home Cubs Jersey

 

1969 Away Cubs Jersey

August 15, 2012 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Happy Birthday Magic!

Everyone at Mitchell & Ness wants to wish a very happy 53rd birthday to Magic Johnson! To pay tribute to Magic (besides our normal offerings), we wanted to give you some lessons you can learn from Magic himself!

1. How To Come Up in the Clutch

 

2. How To Be Unselfish

 

3. How To Get Down

 

4. And of course, Say No To Drugs

 

August 14, 2012 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Johnny Pesky - In Memoriam

 

The Red Sox Nation and whole of the baseball world was saddened to learn that the legendary Johnny Pesky passed away yesterday. A Red Sox legend, Navy Veteran, and all around great-guy, Pesky's accomplishments loom large in baseball lore.

Pesky was born John Michael Paveskovich in Portland, Oregon on September 27, 1919. Pesky (he changed his name legally in 1947) was the son of Croatian immigrants. Pesky looked for every chance he could play as a youth in Portland, playing American Legion and even semi-pro ball in addition to high school baseball to get better. He helped support his family by working for the Portland Beavers, the local Pacific Coast League team, where future stars and friends like Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr were playing.

Pesky's strong play caught the eyes of Major League scouts. The Cardinals offered him a $2500 bonus, but he signed with the Red Sox for just $500 after the Red Sox scout had thoroughly impressed his parents. At the age of 20, Pesky was off to play in the Red Sox farm system. Pesky's strong play and consistent average would have him in the big leagues in just two years.

However, as Pesky entered his first big league Spring Training in 1942, larger events loomed over the world. Pearl Harbor had been bombed just three months earlier, as war was imminent for all of Major League Baseball. Pesky would have a sterling rookie season, hitting .331 as he finished third in the American League MVP voting. All the while, he was training for the military, attending Navy aviator training three nights a week with teammate Ted Williams.

Pesky, like many Major League Baseball players, left baseball to serve in the military after the season. Military service would take three years out of Pesky's young career. But in the service he met his future wife Ruth, to whom he remained married for another sixty years.

In 1946, with the war over, Pesky and his teammates returned to the Red Sox. Pesky would have perhaps his finest season that year as he hit .335 and earned his first and only All-Star Game appearance. The Red Sox won the American League pennant, but fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games in the World Series. It would be Pesky's only postseason.

Pesky formed a great friendship with his teammates Ted Williams, Dom Dimaggio, and Bobby Doerr in those years. All from the West Coast, they came up through the Red Sox together and served in the military. They spent seven seasons together with the Sox, but would remain best friends for more than half a century.

Pesky would continue on playing with the Red Sox through 1952, consistently posting high batting averages to go with his strong fielding at shortstop. He had little power in his game, but after his rare home runs were hit to the right field foul pole in Fenway Park a nickname was earned. That right field pole, then and forever, is "Pesky's Pole" --the shortest distance to hit a home run in baseball.

In '52, as the Red Sox tried to start a youth movement, Pesky was traded to the Detroit Tigers. Pesky, now in decline would play two seasons with the Tigers before being traded midway through the '54 season to the Washington Senators, which would mark Pesky's final season.

Pesky would go on to have a long and varied post-playing career. He began as a coach for the Red Sox, later managing for two seasons, before moving on to coach with the Pirates. He would go on to commentate for Boston for five years, before returning to first base coach the Sox for another decade. He became a marketer and club ambassador all the while, gaining a reputation for showing up to every Red Sox-related function in New England. He would remain a special instructor for the Red Sox even after that, found in the dugout during most Red Sox games.

Pesky remained a legend in Boston, and was honored for his service to the club. He's a charter member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, and saw his number six retired by Boston in 2008. When Fenway Park celebrated its 100th Anniversary on April 20th, 2012, Pesky was there, rolled out to second base alongside his teammate and friend Bobby Doerr.

Another one of The Teammates has passed, a friend and gift to all of baseball. From all of us here at Mitchell & Ness, rest in peace Johnny Pesky.

 

 

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Remember the Golden Seals

We get a lot of requests for California Golden Seals headwear.  So, we just wanted to let you all know that we are well stocked in Seals headwear right now, both in fitted and snapbacks.  Go get 'em before it's too late.
Here are a couple of our favorites.

 

 

 

Click here to see more of our Golden Seals collection.

August 13, 2012 | E-mail | Comments (1) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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