Much like its ancient rival, Harvard, Yale's uniform changes are subtle to the point it takes a keen eye to spot the differences. In the case of this Yale uniform, it's the striped socks that make said difference. And then in the socks, there are differences -- some stripes are thicker than others.
The striped socks were worn from 1973-80. In '73, Yale wore a unique "101" decal on the helmet (for 101 years of football at Yale; the year before, the Bulldogs wore a "100" decal); in '78, there was a one-year logo tweak and in '79 the number font changed see what I mean about those pesky subtle differences?). As time went on, white shoes began to dominate.
|Yale visits Penn in 1976, from the Yale Daily News.|
Note how the socks on No. 40 are thicker than those on No. 22.
I know I'll sleep better after knowing this.
|Another shot of Yale's mismatched socks, from 1975.|
Really, this photo is kind of an excuse to get in Dartmouth's Nick Lowery,
who had a long and proficient NFL career, mostly with the Kansas City Chiefs.