ON JULY 17, outfielder Yasiel Puig donned a pair of cleats decorated with an image of Vin Scully, the soon-to-retire play-by-play man who has called Dodgers games since the team played in Brooklyn. Scully admired the shoes, commenting on what good souvenirs they would make. It took a while but Puig got the hint, giving the shoes to Scully on Sept. 21. It has been a big year for commemorative sports footwear.
1. On April 15, for the 69th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's big league debut, UCLA's baseball team wore a shoe emblazoned with his image and number in a torn-from-the-newspaper style.
2. Adidas followed the Robinson cleats with a similar shoe in honor of Roberto Clemente Day, Sept. 17. The Pirates rightfielder, from Puerto Rico, was the first Latin American player enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
3. Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. played in cleats commemorating 9/11 on that day. The NFL backed off a threatened fine, and Beckham later auctioned off the shoes for charity.
4. On Sunday in Charlotte, quarterback Cam Newton warmed up in a shirt quoting MLK—INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE—and paisley purple cleats offering a tribute to Prince.
THEY SAID IT
"$100,000 SEEMS PRETTY EXCESSIVE FOR SOME WHIPPED CREAM TO THE FACE."
Lawyer for activist Sean Thompson (right), commenting on his bail after he was charged with assault for hitting former NBA player and current Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson with a pie on Sept. 21.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
One of the new oak trees at Toomer's Corner was set on fire after Auburn beat LSU 18--13 at home on Saturday.