Originally Posted by Pacman Fever
I’d love to know if you rocked a Starter jacket as a kid. If so, what model and what team? And what memories does it bring back?
Absolutely NOT (nothing against 'em however).
I was a die-hard "punk rocker" from the age of around 12 - 17 (in style of dress through those ages, that is...heck, to this day I'm STILL an aging ole punker @ heart and must say, beyond the style of dress, I never "grew out of" the music itself
). I rocked a leather motorcycle jacket, had a half-foot tall mohawk (think Bird-Man of the Miami Heat, except my mo was taller and without all that tattoos) & rocked a wide variety of Ramones/Misfits/Damned/Clash/Exploited/Adicts/Motorhead and so on and so forth tee-shirts. Learned the art of screen printing, saved up my lawn-mowing money one summer and purchased myself a 2 color silkscreen press of my own (after graduating high school, I opened my own print shop and did very well for several years prior to becoming an engineer). I was quite a sight to see in my small little Kentucky town
But I was a damn good baseball player (in comparison to the majority of a good portion of the other local talent) so I was that rare "oddball" sorta dude that got along well with and fit in with pretty much everyone. My coaches were never too crazy with my "style", but they learned to look over it (hey, a mohawk doesn't stick out so bad with a batting helmet/cap and/or catchers gear on anyways).
Unfortunately, my extreme interest level in music very quickly far outweighed my interest in playing baseball, so post-high school, I simply quit playing and set out to tour the country playing in a band of my own. Something I wish that I could go back and have a do-over with regard to. Sure, the chance that I would have EVER even SNIFFED making it to MLB was about as good as my chances of hitting the lottery. Looking back, I simply wish that I would have stuck it out and at least accepted a college scholarship to play. But, I didn't & the rest, as they say, is now ancient history.
Now certainly this post has little to nothing to do with "swag before swag was swag", but the question you posed at the end of your lengthy posting made me laugh a bit thinking back to those days as a young, punk-rockin', baseball playin' catcher...and just the very fact that nearly all of the jocks, "rednecks" and various other like-minded "cliques" all accepted with open-arms that "weirdo punk-rocker" dude
Ahhh, punk rock & baseball, 2 of my very favorite past-times. (Some times, I kinda like to think that maybe a guy like Mat Latos was possibly a whole lot like I was...just 2+ decades later)...