Clark Kent and Mitchell & Ness On Broadway

We were thrilled to learn that our friend Clark Kent was going to be the DJ for The Undisputed Truth at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway.  We were even more thirlled to learn that he would be wearing a different NY / Mitchell & Ness jersey every night! 
Since Clark is pretty much a twitter king, he sent out lots of pics from the theatre.  Below are some of our favorites.  Thanks Clark,
bring that show to Philly!

August 13, 2012 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Today In History - Ripken Makes His Debut

Today at Mitchell & Ness we pay tribute to the Iron Man himself, Cal Ripken Jr, who made his Major League debut 31 years ago today with the Baltimore Orioles. Ripken and the Orioles hosted the Royals that day in 1981. A 2-2 game entering the bottom of the 12th inning, Ripken came on to pinch-run for Ken Singleton, and would later score the game-winning run after John Lowenstein hit a walk-off single. That run would start off the legacy of one of the greatest and most enduring players of the 80's and 90's.

Ripken was born August 24, 1951 in Havre de Grace, Maryland. His father, Cal Sr., was a long-time member of the Orioles organization, moving from player to minor league manager to big league coach, spending 36 years in the organization. Ripken Jr., along with his brother Billy, were stars at Aberdeen High School. Cal caught the interest of his father's organization and was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1978 MLB Draft by the Orioles.

Ripken rose quickly through the minors, earning plaudits for his strong fielding at shortstop and surprising power for a middle infielder. Ripken at 6'4" was the first in a new breed of strong, powerful shortstops, as a new era of five-tool shortstops would follow. The Orioles took notice, and in '81 they called up Ripken to give the O's a boost in the strange strike-shortened season. Ripken would be a bit-part player the rest of that season.

1982 is when he took the league by storm, winning AL Rookie of the Year on the back of his 28 home runs. On May 30th of that year, he would start something significant as well--his consecutive games streak. But 1983 would see Ripken earn his elite standing in a legendary O's season. Ripken led the Orioles that regular season to 98 victories, winning the AL MVP in the process. Ripken's .400 batting average in the League Championship helped the Orioles reach the World Series. It would take just five games for the Orioles to defeat the Phillies, as Ripken took home his first and only World Series ring.

The next decade would see the Orioles unable to capture the American League East. But Ripken continued his game streak as he continued to put up unprecedented offensive numbers from a shortstop to go along with his strong defense. His younger brother Billy would join him in the majors in 1987 (managed by their father Cal Sr.), as the Ripkens formed the Orioles middle infield pairing for five years.

1991 would see Ripken post perhaps the greatest season ever by a shortstop, as his .323 batting average, 34 home runs and 114 RBI's and a Gold Glove win earned Ripken his second AL MVP. This is not even to mention his All Star Game performance, where he took home the game's MVP and Home Run Derby title. Ripken's play helped lead the Orioles into a new era, as the team moved from Memorial Stadium into the revolutionary Camden Yards.

1996 would prove a massive year for Ripken, as he broke Lou Gehrig's consective game streak of 2,216. Ripken's Orioles would return to the postseason for the first time in 13 years that offseason. Baltimore defeated the Indians in the Divisional Series, but fell to the Yankees in the League Championship. The Orioles would get there revenge in 1997 as the disposed of New York in the Divisional Series, but Cleveland got their revenge in the League Championship. That defeat would mark Ripken's last game in the playoffs.

With the consecutive games streak firmly in hand, Ripken decided to end the streak on his terms. Rookie third baseman Ryan Minor found out he was starting the final game of the 1998 season against the Yankees, while Ripken started on the bench for the first time in 16 years. After the Orioles recorded their first out, everyone in Camden Yards gave Ripken a standing applause as one of baseball's most enduring records ended.

2000 would see Ripken collect his 3,000th hit. With a legacy that could not be more enhanced, Ripken decided he would retire after the 2001 season. September 11th forced the last game of the season to be rescheduled to be played in New York, but the game moved to Oriole Stadium so Ripken's final game could be in front of the Baltimore faithful. Ripken's legendary #8 was retired after the game.

Mitchell & Ness remembers that day 31 years ago, and we commemorate it by offering some Cal Ripken Jr. authentics. Here is our 2001 edition, worn in Ripken's final season: 

August 10, 2012 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Vintage Olympic Posters

Just in case you haven't noticed, Team USA is kicking some butt and acquiring a lot of bling with 34 gold, 23 silver, and 25 bronze medals as of today. We came across some beautifully designed vintage Olympic posters honoring the games from years past.  Some posters are a bit more recent, while others may be way before our time. Either way, go Team USA!

                              

                               

                              

                              

                              

                              

                              

                              

                              

 

 

August 9, 2012 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Today in History - White Sox Wear the Short Shorts

On this day 36 years ago, the Chicago White Sox decided to make the... interesting decision to be the first and only team to wear shorts during a Major League Baseball game. This Softball look was inspired by White Sox Owner Bill Veeck's wife Mary Frances. Mrs. Veeck defended her creation as a practical one.

"They were not totally a gag thing," she said. "It got very hot in Comiskey Park." 

The look, featuring some extremely short navy shorts paired with the traditional high "White Sox", was used in the first half of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. The White Sox, behind a strong start from Terry Forster and save from Goose Gossage won 5-2. Undeterred by their new shorts, the White Sox even stole five bases in the game.

However, the shorts would remain the story after the game. Gossage later commented on the look:

“Wilbur Wood and Bart Johnson looked like they were oversized kids. Bart looked like a 6-foot-5 baby. But I’ll tell you who looked the worst was Jim Spencer, ’cause he had no legs. I mean, your legs were white, sticking out of that dark blue color. It was bad. We were sitting there thinking, ‘What are we doing?!’

The White Sox would only wear their shorts twice more in that 1976 season before retiring the look permanently. The shorts have never been worn in a game since, but remain a relic of the zany marketing schemes of Bill Veeck.

Sadly, Mitchell & Ness does not have any authentic shorts to offer you. But we do pay tribute to the era with the black collared jerseys of the White Sox. Check out this Carlton Fisk jersey:

August 8, 2012 | E-mail | Comments (1) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Today In History - Yaz's 8 is Retired

Today at Mitchell & Ness we pay tribute to Carl Yastrzemski, whose number eight was retired by the Boston Red Sox thirteen years ago today. "Yaz", as   Yastrzemski is more commonly known, had a 23-year career entirely in Boston, where he is revered as one of the greatest players in Red Sox history.

Yaz was born August 22, 1939 in Southampton, New York. A prep star in baseball and basketball at Bridgehampton High, Yaz earned a scholarship to play both sports at Notre Dame.  The Red Sox offered Yastrzemski a contract which he accepted after impressing in just a sole season with the Fighting Irish. Yastrzemski flew through the minors, making his major league debut in 1961.

A left fielder, Yaz was raised to replace the legendary Ted Williams, who had retired the year previous. Williams, now coaching, would act as a hitting mentor for the young outfielder. Yastrzemski began his Red Sox career in unspectactular offensive fashion, but won plaudits with his sterling defense. It would not be until 1963 that Yaz began to be renowned as a rising star, as he won the AL Batting title and earned his first All-Star appearance. That All-Star appearance would start off a chain of Yaz being chosen for 15 of the next 16 All-Star games.

Yaz's breakout season though came in 1967, a memorable year for all Red Sox fans. Yastrzemski took home the AL Triple Crown that year, with a .326 batting average, 44 home runs (tied with Harmon Killebrew) and 121 RBIs, along with the AL MVP. Yaz is still the last batter to win the Triple Crown. Coinciding with Yaz's star season was a Red Sox renaissance, as Boston reached the World Series for the first time since 1946. Yastrzemski was phenomenal in that series, batting .400 with three home runs, but the Red Sox fell to the Cardinals in seven games.

Yastrzemski continued to lead the Red Sox into the seventies, playing increased first base as well for the team. However, the Orioles and Athletics dynasties of the era kept the Red Sox from returning to the World Series. But Yaz and his Red Sox would have one more chance in 1975.

After winning the AL East, the Sox were able to take out the three-consecutive World Series winning A's in a three game sweep. But the World Series would prove fruitless again, as the Big Red Machine of the Cincinnati Reds won in seven games. Yaz, despite slowing down at this point in his career, came up big again in the postseason for the Red Sox, hitting .350 in that postseason. It would be his last trip to the Fall Classic.

Yastrzemski kept trucking for the Red Sox, playing until he was 43 after the 1983 season. His retirement was felt across baseball, but what he had accomplished throughout his career was staggering. No player has had a longer career with only one team, 23 seasons, a record which he shares with Brooks Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles. His finished his career with 3,308 games played (second all-time and most with only one team).

Wearer of number eight for his entire career, Yaz's iconic number was retired by the Red Sox in 1989. A first ballot Hall of Fame induction came the same year. Known as one of the greatest all-around players of his era, Yaz stands as one of the most durable and likable players of his era.

Mitchell & Ness honors Yaz with three jerseys from throughout his legendary career, which you can check out here. Here's our jersey from Yaz's legendary 1967, where he won the Triple Crown:

 

August 6, 2012 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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