Sarah Lee’s Underwater Photos will leave you breathless ▸

Interview With Photographer Sarah Lee

1930s Vintage Wisco Boxing Boots,

By looking at these boxing shoes, you can just feel the pounding of an old leather bag in a musty and sweaty gym.

From Ad: These black leather boxing boots are in excellent condition and still have plenty of punches left in them! Made by Wisco Athletics, most likely in the 1930s before rubber was a common component in shoes, they’re looking for a good pair of feet to call home.

+ Source: 1930s Vintage Wisco Boxing Boots :: Intervention Vintage :: Etsy.com

Excellent read about the Rwandan national cycling team that was established in 2007.

Team Rwanda – New Yorker
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Found Baseballs – Don Hammerman

From Found Baseballs – Don Hamerman:

I began collecting these baseballs in the winter of 2004-2005. Discovered in the park near my house where I walk my dog daily, they went unnoticed by others. Abject, rejected and forlorn, their state depended on the season of their discovery. Some hid in the high grass, gutted by lawnmowers, or under leaves, rotting—the leather skins long since decomposed. Covered in ice crystals on a February morning or shrouded in summer moss, they all hinted at mysterious pasts.

Although I knew that one day I would photograph the burgeoning collection, most sat along a shelf in my studio for nearly a year before the exploration started. At last, I decided to photograph them above a flat field and with deep depth of focus, revealing, as much as I could, their distinct resumes.

Thanks John.

+ Source: Don Hamerman :: 20 x 200
 

The Future Mapping Company

I have two of these maps from the The Future Mapping Company. They’re stunning in both color and detail.

From The Future Mapping site:

This is an alternative and thought-provoking vision of our planet, using an equal-area projection to represent countries in their correct proportional size (something which a lot of maps don’t do).

Update:
Future Mapping has wallpaper maps. Oh yes, we’re getting one of these.

Future Mapping – Wall map

+ Source: The Future Mapping Company

1910’s Short Brim Baseball Cap

They don’t make them like this any more.

“This is a 1910’s Short Brim Baseball Cap. This antique baseball cap is made of maroon colored wool with a soft and supple leather band inside. The leather interior band remains soft and supple. It is of professional quality and exhibits very light use. This antique baseball cap would fit nicely into any vintage baseball memorabilia collection! The condition is NR-MT. Price $250″

+ Source: Antique Athlete

Derringer Cycles :: D. McPherson (1)
Derringer Cycles :: D. McPherson (2)
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Charles Mitchell

Famed bare-knuckled fighter, Charles Mitchell, posing on a tree stump.

Boxer John L. Sullivan

Boxer Terry McGovern

Boxer Terry McGovern


From Tim Hooper’s Bio:

“I grew up in Nashville, TN in the ’70s and ’80s – a typical middle-class kid who watched way too much TV. My first artistic endeavors were drawing on the walls of my closet with a purple crayon, copying characters from the funny pages and rendering all four members of Kiss.

In high school, some kid brought a R. Crumb comic book to school. Crumb’s art had a huge impact on me and inspired me to become a cartoonist. I spent my twenties creating comics and trying to get them published (with little success). As I look back, drawing countless comic strips and teaching myself to draw was the best training I could have had.”

Tim was kind of enough to tell me the story behind his boxing paintings…

“I am attracted to a lot of vintage imagery and the boxers are sort of an extension of that. I am fascinated with the bare-knuckle fighters. It is as much their clothing, hair-cuts and mustaches as anything else. When you start thinking about what the sport was like in those days it is amazing that people participated. But then again, it probably tells us something about history, true hard times, and desperation.” – Tim Hooper

+ Source: Tim Hooper  / Etsy.com

Official NBA Painted Basketball

+ From Etsy.com: 9.5″ Official NBA Basketballs. Limited edition. Artists:
1. Alex Yanes
2. Rekal & Grab
3. Under Water Pirates
4. Ewok
5. Billi Kid
6. 9teen
 

Walmart and Mookie Wilson end Bill Buckner’s 25 year nightmare.

Bill Buckner & Mookie Wilson– Walmart Memoribilia

It’s official – after twenty-five years of living-hell – Bill Buckner is over the whole ’86 World Series scapegoat-thingy. The proof: Billy Buck and Mookie Wilson have signed an 8×10 photograph to prove it. It’s like owning baseball’s version of the Treaty of Versailles. Yours for only $70.99 (Reduced price.)

From Walmart.com:
This 8×10 photo has been personally hand signed by both Buckner and Wilson. It is officially licensed by Major League Baseball and comes with an individually numbered; tamper evident hologram. To ensure authenticity, the hologram can be reviewed online. This process helps to ensure that the product purchased is authentic and eliminates any possibility of duplication or fraud.

+ Sources:
Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson Autographed 8×10 Photograph. Walmart.com
Catching Hell – The Steve Bartman Story :: MegaDeluxe.com
Buckner Deserves Some Peace – By Bill Simmons / ESPN

No Mas - NYC Culture

No Mas. New York City Sport and Culture since 2004. Sports equipment. A sporting goods store named after Roberto Duran’s infamous “No Mas” fight with Sugar Ray Leonard. Now that’s some boxing nostalgia.

+ Source: No Mas. Original acrylic on canvas portraits by Black Dragon from No Mas gallery show “Fall Classic.”

 

Chanel Sports Line

Let me repeat that stunner: C-h-a-n-e-l Sports.

Chanel and sports equipment go together like Catherine Deneuve and wine spritzers at a
monster truck rally.

+ Source: Chanel, White Zine
 

Pete Rose "I'm Sorry" Baseball
So what’s next…officially MLB licensed Ted Williams Igloos?

So who was the major-league genius who came up with this piece of merchandising caca?
Oh, it says it there in the product description – Major League Baseball. Genius!

Perhaps the most ironic product description of all-time, “…the product purchased is authentic and eliminates any possibility of duplication or fraud.”

Seriously, you do know this is Pete Rose we’re talking about?

Bart Giamatti must be doing barrel-rolls in his grave.

From Walmart.com – Sports Equipment Fan Shop:
“This product is officially licensed by Major League Baseball and comes with an individually numbered; tamper evident hologram from Mounted Memories. To ensure authenticity, the hologram can be reviewed online. This process helps to ensure that the product purchased is authentic and eliminates any possibility of duplication or fraud.”