November, my favorite month, is finally here! One of the best things this month brings is the bounty of Christmas gift guides. My favorite spotting so far has been Free People’s Vintage Loves shop, which featured a surprising number of vintage and vintage-inspired sports items. While they’re all filed under the “For Him” gifts, I think any gals like me would be equally stoked on this. I’m thrilled to see collector items like this being highlighted at a major brand, but I’m also a little selfishly disappointed that collectors will have to be competing with corporations that are scouring the market.
Due to the condition and rarity of these items, a few have been unsurprisingly sold already. For items just as cool, but much lower in price, I highly recommend Etsy for finding that unique gift for the sports fan in your life.
1. Handsome Dan Football
2. Vintage Sports Illustrated – 1975 Nolan Ryan cover [sold]
3. Vintage Hank Aaron Signed Bat
4. Vintage 1950 Phillies Yearbook [sold]
5. Vintage 1940s Phillies Pennant
6. Vintage 1950s Phillies Decal
7. Vintage Steve Carlton Set [sold]
8. Vintage Negro League Legends Signed Bat
Tomorrow evening is the Heisman Trophy Presentation, one of my favorite sport moments of the year. While it’s about celebrating this season’s top talent, with all signs pointing to FSU’s Jameis Winston as the shoe-in winner, it’s the heritage of the award and the spirit of football that really nabs me. And if tuning in for football reasons isn’t your thing, sometimes some of the attendees make some questionable sartorial choices.
In honor of my dear Rams playing in their 1999 throwback uni’s this Sunday, I perused Etsy for some vintage items from the golden era of when the team was based in Los Angeles. The good ol’ days!
*This list also doubles as a birthday/Christmas list if any of my friends or family are noticing.
Why I love Esther Williams*:
• She was a native Los Angeleno, hailing from Inglewood specifically.
• She took on the “male-only” swims, including the breast stroke, and not only won, but set records. She joined the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s medley team and won three national titles by age 16.
• She wanted to be attend USC [a D in her senior year of Algebra prevented her from going] and pursue a degree in physical education.
• She would’ve competed in the 1940 Olympics had WWII not broken out.
• She revolutionized swimwear both in styling and fabrication advancements. After nearly being drowned while wearing, get this, a flannel swimsuit on set, she signed a contract with Cole of California to represent their latex suits. The US Navy even took notice and immediately ordered 50,000 units of the “Esther Williams” style suits.
The lovely Esther Williams sadly passed the other day, but she leaves quite a legacy spanning from sport, film, and fashion. Williams is easily one of my favorite Old Hollywood personalities and it’s not hard to see why. She’ll be missed!
*Some of these reasons may be a bit biased. Whoops.
Any guesses on who this young prep footballer is? It’s author of the hour, F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was a huge fan, but stopped playing once he didn’t make the cut for the Princeton team. Anyone catching “The Great Gatsby” this weekend?
[Ed.: Thanks, WP, for not posting this on Friday]
Happy Super Bowl Weekend, everyone! Whether you’re planning on watching the game, commercials, or just Beyonce, I hope you have a great time getting together with friends and family.
Some fun facts about Super Bowl I, held here in Los Angeles, 1967.
My beloved Rams are wearing their throwback uniforms this weekend from their Los Angeles era. Here’s to hoping the cheerleaders get in the spirit, too. Look at that headband!