Without a backstory, this is such a confusing picture. What is a famous football player doing with a fictional TV monster? Turns out the story is quite simple. Unitas wanted to visit the set, and he got his wish. Nicknamed “the golden arm” for the incredible power and precision he was able to put into his passes; it’s no wonder his wish was everyone else’s command.
Pictured here, the Baltimore Colts player is having a great time horsing around with Herman Munster on the set of The Munsters on January 5th, 1965. Sports and television were the biggest crazes of the time, and this image perfectly captures the spirit of the 60s.
A Bit Of Healthy Competition
Rivalry: it’s an essential component of sports, yet there are good and bad ways to go about it. We’ve all seen plenty of fights erupt at sporting events, if not between the players, then often among the fans! While contact sports like football and boxing may be the first to come to mind when you think of rivalry going wrong, the high-intensity nature of sports and the amount athletes have riding on their success means it can spill out anywhere, anytime.
This is even true in the most placid of all sports: golf. This photo from December 1966 shows Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who were competing against each other in that year’s Masters. While these guys were long-time rivals, you can probably guess from the smiles on their faces that they handled their rivalry the right way. They did so well, in fact, that a lifelong friendship developed out of it.
Andre Agassi Never Broke A Sweat!
It seems even sports stars weren’t immune to being influenced by the trends of the time. Here, Andre Agassi is seen making his best George Michael impression on the court. Or is it Farrah Fawcett he’s going for? Whoever he was emulating, we really should cut him some slack. This picture was taken in 1988 (when Agassi was just 18 years of age), and long feathered hair was definitely in at the time.
While athletes certainly work up a sweat, as we saw with Flamin’ Mamie’s Bouffant Belles, that doesn’t mean they can’t hit it in style. So, next time you use “I just got back from the gym” as an excuse for looking sweaty and grungy, remember Agassi managed to maintain this perfectly coiffed look while performing at an elite level in front of a crowd of thousands.
Fredbird Hugs Bird
Here’s another super sweet photo of a sports star having fun with a performer. From the 1960s and NFL legend Johnny Unitas, we shoot forward to the late 70s. We see the St. Louis Cardinals mascot, Fredbird, getting up close and personal with legendary Boston Celtics player Larry Bird. We won’t belabor the very obvious joke they were going for. But we will give you a hint: it’s all in the name.
Mascots were introduced to provide comic relief at sporting events, lifting the tension as two teams (and their emotionally invested fans) go head to head. This beautiful shot was snapped on June 2nd, 1979 before Larry Bird had even shown us how legendary he could be. Along with this charming photo, Bird was given the honor of throwing the first pitch at this game.
Larry Bird Wins The Eastman Award
Here’s the sweet and innocent-looking Larry Bird again, this time pictured with the Eastman Award, an honor presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for the year’s most outstanding player in college basketball. Bird is looking so relaxed here, as though he already knows how his award-filled future will play out.
This picture was taken on March 20th, 1979 and, though he looks calm and sure of himself, the adorable young man had no idea that he was about to grow into the kind of legend who enjoys a friendly rivalry with basketball greats like Magic Johnson.