Uni Watch: An update on the 1976 Braves’ nickname uniforms

From SABR member Paul Lukas at Uni Watch on July 17, 2012:

Well well well, look what we have here — Jimmy Wynn in nickNOB mode. I recently obtained that photo from the Braves. It’s the only color image of their 1976 nickNOBs I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, they have only one other nickNOB photo in their archives, and it’s the Andy Messersmith “Channel 17″ shot that we’ve already seen. Still, we’re getting closer, bit by bit.

Speaking of which, we also have two new nickNOB pics that have been turned up by reader Jerry Wolper, whose devotion to this particular project continues to impress.


Okay, so the image quality isn’t great, but I’ll take what I can get here. The first shot shows Rowland Office, who wore “Row,” and the bottom one is Darrell Evans, who wore “Howdy” (as in Howdy Doody). Both of these had been listed on our chart before but had been unconfirmed until now.

Jerry’s biggest contribution, however, is that he noticed a visit that we’d gotten from an important figure in the nickNOB saga. Here’s the deal: The last time I wrote about the nickNOBs was on June 27. The following afternoon, June 28, a comment was posted to that entry by Bob Hope, who was the Braves’ PR Director back in the 1970s. I usually track an entry’s comments throughout the day it’s posted, but I rarely go back to see if any additional comments have been posted over the subsequent few days, so I hadn’t seen Bob’s communiqué until last Friday, when Jerry pointed it out to me. … Bob included a link to his PR agency, so I shot him a note and asked if he’d be willing to let me pick his brain about the nickNOBs. He responded almost immediately and couldn’t have been nicer. Here’s how our conversation went.

Read the full article here: http://www.uni-watch.com/2012/07/17/braves-nicknobs-continued/

Originally published: July 17, 2012. Last Updated: July 17, 2012.