When I did the "Rivalry Week(s)" posts in November, I promised I'd look at some of the featured uniforms in greater detail down the road. So let's start with Holy Cross, a school I've mostly neglected since this project began.
The Holy Cross uniforms from the 1930s through 1955 underwent little change: Silver helmets, white shirts and silver/gray pants served as the basic template. Purple jerseys were worn less frequently, and in 1951 weren't used at all, to the best of my knowledge. I believe purple socks were worn on and off.
|A good close-up shot of Holy Cross' Tom McCann, from the 1952 Purple Patcher.|
You can read a little more about him here.
Above is the early-50s model, with a plain sans-serif number font after using a more serifed block font in the 40s.
|Holy Cross' Mel Massucco is depicted in an early 1950s cartoon from|
The Crusader newspaper (then called The Tomahawk). He was later
a Holy Cross announcer and was a longtime coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
In 1956, the Crusaders made an overhaul, switching to purple helmets and pants and dumping silver until the mid-1960s. Shoulder stripes also appeared on the jerseys.
|The 1951 Crusaders take on Dartmouth in this pic from the '52 Purple Patcher.|
Nothing says "old school sports photo" like a dashed line depicting the path of the football
and little arrows with the players' names on them.
|The '52 Crusaders, in white, take on Boston College in this pic from the '53 Purple Patcher.|
The game was played at Braves Field, which the baseball Braves abandoned for Milwaukee
just before the '53 season.