The Fashion of Rick Barry: A Tribute

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Aug. 29, 1969: Confidence, and a adore of excellent fabrics, finished Rick Barry a conform titan. If aliens landed, they would demeanour during this headband and assume Rick Barry is a king. (AP / 1969)

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May 7, 1965: Barry as a youth during University of Miami. Note a knee-high socks, wristbands and badass glare. At age 21, he’s already display flair. (Chronicle record / 1965)

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Jan. 13, 1965: If Barry’s conform is a Rolling Stones, this is his “Out of Our Heads” phase. Understated though well-crafted, earnest mass to come. (AP / 1965)

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Jan 26, 1967: Barry hands a round to Nate Thurmond during a Cow Palace. I’m assured if Barry played in 2012, he would reject prolonged shorts and wear these. (Chronicle file)

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Oct. 13, 1967: With ex-wife/partner in conform Pam Barry, assembly and Oakland Oaks owners Pat Boone — yes, that Pat Boone — after Barry assimilated a ABA team. (AP / 1967)

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May 5, 1969: Posing with Mario Andretti, another mythological sportsman. This was Barry’s largest headband — I’m guessing there’s tighten to an hactare of component here. (UPI print / 1969)

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Aug. 25, 1969: Rick Barry with Pam during a airport, during a finish of a headband era. In a story of mankind, we would disagree that usually dual people wore a headband with as many panache as No. 24: Audrey Hepburn and Lorne Greene. (Stan Creighton / The Chronicle)

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Oct. 22, 1969: Barry looking awesome, on crutches after an injury. Pretty certain this shirt is a coverlet finished from a tablecloths of all his depressed opponents. (UPI print / 1969)

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Sept. 20, 1970: With New York Nets manager Lou Carnesecca. Barry’s time in a ABA was tumultuous, though he looks happy in many of a photos. (UPI print / 1970)

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Sept. 11, 1973. Back with a Warriors after his ABA career ended, display his proposal duck-feeding side during a Palace of Fine Arts. (William S. Young / The Chronicle)

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Sept. 12, 1973: Barry’s mustache proviso was brief though impactful, many like Neil Young’s initial duration with electronic rock. (William S. Young / The Chronicle)

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Feb. 20, 1976: Wearing a wobble shawl on a day he suggested a hair reweaving. Among other pro athletes who cribbed a Barry look: Tim Lincecum. (Joe Rosenthal / The Chronicle)

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Feb. 20, 1976: Warriors good Rick Barry checks out his new hair wobble before practice. “After carrying it done,” he told reporters progressing that day. “I consider a male would have to be crazy to hang with a decrease hair line.” (Joe Rosenthal / The Chronicle)

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Feb. 21, 1976: I’m guessing that reporters didn’t like Barry much. He was cold about responding their wobble questions, and they finished hair puns anyway. (Archive picture / 1976)

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Feb. 29, 1976: Another headline. But once again, a male clearly doesn’t give a @#$%. Decades later, Barry does commercials for his implants on KNBR. (Archive picture / 1976)

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Sept. 2, 1973: Barry leaps high during a diversion opposite Detroit. we enclosed this mostly since of a print of Jim Barnett on a left. (Vincent Maggiora / The Chronicle)

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Aug. 12, 1976: Barry meets with reporters. Scotty Stirling, former Warriors executive and one of a inventors of anticipation football, is on a right. (Peter Breinig / The Chronicle)

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Sept. 10, 1975: Barry with socialite Delia Ehrlich. He seemed to enthuse mixed film fashions; this is Chevy Chase from “Caddyshack.” Note he’s surrounded by a 1970s checklist — mill fireplace, drum and pointless hi-fi stereo equipment. (Chronicle record / 1975)

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Oct. 9 , 1973: Barry personification golf. we like black white photos, though this is one where we wish color. I’m betting those pants are fuschia. (William S. Young / The Chronicle)

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Jan, 13, 1976: Barry in his hulk leather coupler phase, celebrating a pretension with Franklin Mieuli, Mayor John Reading, Richard Kent and Al Attles. (Joe Rosenthal / The Chronicle)

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Aug. 25, 1978: A going-away party, before Barry assimilated a Rockets. That shirt is open good next his sternum. Bill King is on a right. (Susan Katz / Special to a Chronicle)

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March 28, 2005: With Butch Beard and Frank Kendrick, looking over clippings from their 1975 championship. Navy coupler with black pants and T-shirt. (Eric Risberg / AP)

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March 19, 2012: At Chris Mullin’s jersey retirement. He’s adopted a Rocky Mountain demeanour in new years. Barry lives in Colorado Springs. (Jeff Chiu / AP)

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The final time we saw Rick Barry, during a retirement of Chris Mullin’s jersey this March, he was wearing a coupler that looked like a ex-Warrior had skinned a bear, and afterwards hand-stitched it together with a bellow of a birch tree. Sports speak hosts and Twitter pundits seemed confused, though we wasn’t. we had seen a Rick Barry record in a Chronicle print morgue.

Barry is famous for his mass as a basketball player. But I’ve identified a second area where he is universe class: Looking awesome. Barry possesses dual critical celebrity traits, that make him ideal for a multi-decade conform profile: An appreciation for new trends, and a healthy sip of “I don’t give a @#$%.”

For a purposes, a latter component is a substantially many important. Rick clearly feels that he looks amazing, and he positively doesn’t caring what we think. Someone who did caring competence intent to a photographer holding photos in a sauce room as he rearranges his code new hair weave. Not Rick. He didn’t even put on a shirt.

This week’s Let’s Go to a Morgue! is The Fashion of Rick Barry. If this proves popular, intensity follow-ups embody The Fashion of Willie Brown, The Fashion of Dianne Feinstein, The Fashion of Joe Montana/Dwight Clark and The Fashion of The Band Journey. As always, we take requests.

Two some-more photos and a few records below.

* we was primarily alerted to Rick Barry’s awesomeness by Will Ferrell, who modeled some of his “Semi-Pro” basketball personification character’s conform after a ABA-era Barry. Here’s my talk with a actor. Barry is mentioned during a end.

* Note that a photographer who shot a Barry hair wobble photos was Joe Rosenthal, who also photographed a iconic Raising a Flag during Iwo Jima print during World War II. It wasn’t an waylay — there were some-more than 20 photos in a series, so Barry contingency have famous Joe was there. Barry also sat down and answered steady hair wobble questions from reporters. we suspicion that pronounced some-more about his celebrity — realistic confidence, and a dash of self-centredness — than any of a wilder fashions.

* we think Barry will hatred this, or during slightest consternation if we’re derisive him. we unequivocally do meant it as a tribute. The late 1960s to early 1980s was a conform honeyed mark — someone with disposable income and a small courage could indication a far-reaching array of looks in a brief time. It seemed as if a trends altered during 5 times a normal speed, and Barry’s choices illustrate that. Most of a best galleries of this form (did we discuss we have Willie Brown?) cover a same era.

* If we enjoyed this, check out my Ambush on Memory Lane video with Warriors player/coach Al Attles. He contributed some explanation about a conform of a 1970s. And he has a good voice. we wanted him to review me a children’s book.

Two some-more photos below, including a closer demeanour during a checked pants …

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(Chronicle record 1967)

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(William S. Young/The Chronicle 1973)

PETER HARTLAUB is a cocktail enlightenment censor during a San Francisco Chronicle and founder/editor of The Big Event. He takes requests. Contact him during phartlaub@sfchronicle.com. Follow him on Twitter @peterhartlaub. Follow The Big Event on Facebook.

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