Some of the most fascinating aspects of history are the most obscure -- for instance, Chicago gets its name from a Native American word meaning "stinky onions", which is fascinating because somehow those dudes knew what the river would smell like in hundreds of years! Digging deep into obscure sports history: People's Garment Company.
A Chi concern, People's produces fetchingly minimalist tees based on (and accompanied by deep-cut facts about) some of the local sporting scene's long-forgotten teams, so no Titans, because everyone remembers that even at age nine it was clear Hayden Panettiere was going to be hot. Some choice throwbacks:
Chicago Whales: Playing in the ill-fated upstart Federal League in 1915, the Whales, repped by a cartoon-y blue whale laid over a red "C", remain the last team to win a championship title in Wrigley, unsurprising considering no one who's played in it since seems to have been warm-blooded.
Chicago Duffy Florals: Sponsored by a still-in-business South Side florist (henceforth the flower/basketball hybrid logo), the Florals played just two seasons in the Midwestern Professional Basketball Conference during the '30s, but managed an unlikely win over the powerhouse Indianapolis Kautskys, a team led by a young John Wooden and fellow HoFer Branch McCracken, a phrase frequently heard in neighborhoods filled with both trees and clumsy Irish children.
Chicago Hornets: Sporting an angry-looking, gridiron-stomping insect, the Hornets played a role in the integration of professional football, and helped to popularize innovations like the facemask, as playing football is torture when your skin isn't appropriately rejuvenated.
There's also non-Chi action such as the aforementioned Kautskys, and a lesser-known football version of the Brooklyn Dodgers, plus you can even nab the Whales' logo in handkerchief form, ideal for covering your nose anytime you get near the river.
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