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A Little Helmet History

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by cincibuck, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. cincibuck

    cincibuck You kids stay off my lawn!

    BuckfromscUM posted a uniform thread last week and I found this on tOSU helmets:

    <TABLE cellSpacing=1 border=0><TBODY><TR><TH>[​IMG]</TH><TH>[​IMG]</TH><TH>[​IMG]</TH></TR><TR align=middle><TD>c.1962 - c.1963</TD><TD>c.1964 - c.1965</TD><TD>1966 - 1967</TD></TR><TR align=middle><TD>*see note 1 below </TD><TD>*see note 1 below </TD><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE cellSpacing=1 border=0><TBODY><TR><TH>[​IMG]</TH></TR><TR align=middle><TD>1968 - present</TD></TR><TR align=middle><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

    Ohio State's current helmet design has been used essentially unchanged since 1968, making it one of the longest-running continously-used designs among the NCAA Division I-A colleges. There have been some minor changes to the relative widths of the stripes, however (in particular, the black stripes were somewhat wider prior to 1979 than they have been since then).

    *1 The "red stripe" on these helmets actually consisted of some extra padding worn on the exterior of the helmet shell, making this a physical feature of the helmet rather than just an artistic one. Ohio State used this helmet style during at least the period 1962 through 1965, and possibly earlier (I do not yet have any information for OSU for the years 1960 and 1961). I have so far identified only five other colleges that appear to have used this design, all at about the same time as did Ohio State: Ohio University, Fresno State, Duke, Harvard, and Brigham Young. (from The Helmet Project)
    From at least 1950 until the late 50's when they went to the padded helmet (just like the 62 helmet but without a number on the side) the helmet was a Riddel plastic shell in a light gray with a single scarlet stripe.

    Wish I could find a site that goes back further. At one point during the 30's the Buckeyes wore a leather helmet in which the sides were red and the crown was gray, looked something like a buckeye.

    The winged pattern that Michigan has retained was born from the leather helmet era. They simply painted along the stitched together sections that made up the helmet. That's the birthplace of the Philadelphia Eagles "wings" also. The Gray pants and Scarlet/White Jersey scheme came about early in Woody's career. At times in the past and as late as 1952 the Bucks have worn Scarlet pants with gray trim along with scarlet or white jerseys.

    I found a book several years ago that went through the history of MLB uniforms starting in 1900 and going up to current days. It pictured each team's home and away uniforms for each year. I'd love to see a book that did the same thing for college football, but I suspect that there are too many teams and too few changes.

    One thing the baseball book pointed out was that uniform changes were usually the product of a bad team on the field. Thus the Yankees' uniform has undergone the fewest changes... they didn't need to change to keep the fans coming in. It follows then that Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State have seen the fewest changes over the years and Indiana and Northwestern the most.

    Whatever happens, I hope the same person(s) who is/are currently making the uniform decisions in the NFL never lands the job in Columbus. the last thing I want to see is something like the Seahawks/Bengals/Broncos/Bills uniforms on the Buckeyes.
  2. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    wasn't the link to this same site in the thread that BFS had?

    I think it's post #56 :wink:
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2005
  3. djtidebuck

    djtidebuck Hang on Sloopy

    I sure am glad that I did not start this thread.:)
  4. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    Edit: Nevermind.... I thought I was still in BFS's thread.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2005
  5. cincibuck

    cincibuck You kids stay off my lawn!

    BFS did a neat graphic job on the whole uniform. The Helmet Project, which I cited, deals only with helmets.
  6. coxew

    coxew Newbie

    When watching the '69 Rose Bowl against OJ and SC on DVD a couple years ago, I think the players numbers on the back were in yellow. Do any of the older guys remember this? How long were they like that?
  7. cincibuck

    cincibuck You kids stay off my lawn!

    The numbers on the back of the helmet were yellow for at least three seasons, 68, 69, 70. 68 was the first season with the gray (now silver) helmet.

    But you have the 69 Rose Bowl on DVD? Tell me more. I was in Vietnam that year and missed the game, although I was able to listen to it live. First and only time I bet a substantail (for me then) amount of money on anything. I did it to shut up some loud mouth USC fan who kept bragging about how OJ was going to blow the Buckeyes out of the water single handed. God, how sweet it was to take his cash. Would be willing to pay for a copy of that tape or DVD if you have it.
  8. coxew

    coxew Newbie

    Shortly following the Fiesta win over Miami, someone realeased the '69 Rose Bowl for sale. I bought mine off Bucknuts but it doesn't appear to be there anymore. A Google search found this, though:
    '69 Rose Bowl
  9. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    Football is a violent game, and Ohio State is doing every thing it can to protect its athletes. To exemplify this, the football program released a video Wednesday afternoon detailing its helmets.

    They feature Riddell's Precision-Fit technology, which debuted in 2017 and was first used by Colgate University back in March.

    Entire article:
  10. HorseshoeFetish

    HorseshoeFetish Silver Bullet Supporter

    I just found this thread. Not what I expected. I thought @cincibuck was going to share some of his conquests throughout history.

    That being said, my favorite ones look like this.


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