• Lots of ground to cover here regarding non-uniform accessories, beginning with Uni Watch's recent mention of Rafael Palmiero, Bobby Bonilla and Chuck Finley wearing earplugs on the field. This prompted many readers to recall additional 'plugged players, including Joe Magrane (during the 1987 World Series), several members of the Braves (during the '91 Series), Sammy Sosa (while playing for the Cubs during interleague games at Comiskey Park), Steve Carlton (during the 1980 NLCS) and Carlos Beltran (when the Mets played in Houston last month). Big thanks to all who wrote in, especially Shane Drahota, Charlie Connell, Arden French, John W. Royal, Jerry Wolper, Tim Petranek and Alexander Chester.

There's also this, from reader Don Montgomery: "In 1969 or 1970, Carl Yastrzemski got off to a terrible start. Red Sox fans, with huge expectations after the Triple Crown of '67 and the batting championship of '68, booed him mercilessly. Mid-season, Yaz ran out to his left field position with two huge wads of cotton sticking out of his ears. As the boos started again, he made a big gesture of removing the cotton and putting it back in, at which point the fans gave him a standing ovation."

• On the topic of football players wearing wristwatches and wedding rings on the field, Ryan Thompson and Matt Thomas report that Texans quarterback David Carr wears his wedding ring with tape over it while playing. And according to Sid Steinberg, Eagles kicker David Akers not only wears his wedding ring but also wears a watch under his wristband (which is tough to confirm definitively, but it sure looks like he's got something under there).

• We can also add two additional names to the roster of bespectacled football players: Joe Washington and Chester Marcol (with thanks to Jason Buenning and Bill Kiel, respectively).

• And in one last accessory-related note, it turns out that when Alex Rodriguez recently wore "11" wristbands, he wasn't doing it in honor of teammate Gary Sheffield after all. Reader Colin Judnich sets the record straight: "When the Yanks were here in Seattle, Seattle broadcaster Dave Niehaus interviewed Alex before the first game and spoke about it on the air during the telecast. He said Alex wears those wristbands in honor of Edgar Martinez, his longtime good friend and hitting mentor."

• Turning our attention from accessories to actual uniforms, Uni Watch's discussion earlier this week of NFL teams wearing white at home prompted this response from reader Russell Goutierez:

"Have you seen the 'Lost Treasures of NFL Films' segment about when the Vikings decided to wear white at home on October 11, 1964? Games were seldom on TV then, so fans almost never got to see the Vikes in their white-over-purple road unis. So they decided to wear 'em for a home game. But the Vikings forgot to notify the Lions, who also wore white jerseys. The game started with both teams in white, and it wasn't until mid-second quarter that an equipment man could go from the stadium to the Vikings' practice facility and retrieve the purple jerseys. What followed was the odd sight of all the Vikings simultaneously changing jerseys on the sideline, followed by the Vikings finishing the game wearing purple jerseys over purple pants. Coach Norm Van Brocklin was so grossed out by the mono-purple look that the Vikings did away with the purple pants the following year and went to white-over-white on the road."


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