During the days when Willie Howard Mays was still playing baseball professionally, the late Aristotle Onassis was known for wearing his black neckties with the front blade thrown over the knot rather than pulled through it, much as an ascot is worn today. The Onassis, as this knot was known at the time, was copied fairly widely in New York's garment district but disappeared shortly after the wearer left the scene.
Perhaps Mr. Mays, probably the greatest baseball talent of all time and certainly the finest of the modern era, learned the knot as a young man roaming the Polo Grounds in New York before the team moved West. Wherever he was exposed to it, he wore the Onassis the other day for his visit to the White House.
Visits by champion sports teams are one of the perquisites of the American Presidency. They are rarely interesting from a sartorial perspective, but this one was.
Photo: Michael Stainbrook