Friday, December 12, 2014

UNH Wildcats (1950)

  Three years after reaching the Glass Bowl, New Hampshire churned out another Yankee Conference championship team, going 8-0 overall and 4-0 in league play. The coach was Clarence A. "Chief" Boston, who compiled a 60-57-10 record and four YC titles in Durham from 1949-64. You can read a little more about him here.

The undefated 1950 UNH Wildcats, in their road whites.
All pictures here are from the 1951 Granite yearbook.

  This uniform was worn from 1949-54, with blue helmets used occasionally in '49 and plastic shells taking over by '51, which makes the 1950 uniform a sorta-kinda one-year style. The home shirts here don't look too different from what the Cats were wearing in 1965.
  You can read more about the 1950 team here.

Dick Dewing ran for 893 yards in 1950, a phenomenal total for that time period.
He was rewarded with an appearance in the 1951 Topps Magic set, a set of
college football stars and one of the gum giant's first sports card offerings.
Dewing had a long career in the military, was part of the UNH chain gang
and helped found the team that fires the cannon after every Wildcat touchdown.
This uniform bears not even a passing semblance to what the '50 Cats actually wore.

Geez, that water tower was around even then?
I dunno ... for some reason, I found this drawing from the '51 Granite
funny as hell, so I thought I'd share it here.

BTW, I have made some fixes to the 2010-13 and 2014 UNH uniforms; I enlarged the CAA logo on the home shirts and used a darker shade of blue for the 2010-13 unis. Check them out here and here.

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