Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tomboy Moment # 1406: Iron Mike, 06/30/66. Baseball's color line. Shoe history game proper.

1. There's been lots of talk lately about talented, tragic public figures. Just sayin.

I'm not sure how someone can seem sweet and rage-filled at the same time, but you done did it, Mike.
Happy 43rd, Mr. Dream.

2. Nice, Red Sox. Reallll nice.

How sneakers got their names!

Rhebok = African antelope. Reebok = Afrikaans spelling.

Adidas = Adi Dassler, German businessman.

ASICS = an acronym for the Latin phrase anima sana in corpore sano: “a healthy soul in a healthy body.”

The one about Chuck Taylor is kinda fresh, too.

Puma Clyde = duh, although the article taught me that the nickname came from Clyde Barrow and I enjoy that. Mostly I just wanted to post this picture and have used this post as a vehicle to do so.

"The subtle suede Puma Clyde is another classic shoe with origins modern wearers might have missed. In 1973, Walt Frazier, the flamboyant and fashionable point guard of the New York Knicks, wanted his Puma basketball shoes to fit a little differently. Frazier thought he’d be more comfortable in a wider shoe and asked Puma if they could design him one. Puma was glad to give the dapper Frazier a hand, and he quickly signed on to endorse the revamped kicks. To tie the product even closer to Frazier’s famously cool public persona, Puma gave the shoe Frazier’s nickname, “Clyde,” a moniker a Knicks trainer bestowed upon Frazier to honor his tendency to dress like famous bank robber Clyde Barrow."

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