OK, this is the post I've wanted to do since this blog started, but it took forever to get the helmet just right, ya know?
In 1977, Bob Blackman -- who racked up a 104-37-3 record at Dartmouth -- became Cornell's head coach after six largely forgettable seasons at Illinois (29-36-1). the Big Red's uniforms immediately began to take on a Big Green appearance. Funky helmet stripes? Check. Giant sleeve numbers? Check. But Cornell's uniforms went beyond anything Blackman did at Dartmouth, with a giant "CORNELL" across the front of the shirts and bold, curved numbers. Of the teams in the project, only Vermont's (1973-74) are more distinctive from this era.
In 1980, another degree of boldness was added with the debut of red pants. Alas, they were worn only with the white shirts.
|A 1978 program showing the 1977 uniform. The white "CORNELL" on the helmet |
over the red background was inverted for '78.
|The program's from 1981, but the photo is from 1978-79, when|
a sans-serif "CORNELL" was worn on the jersey.
I can't say this is one of the best uniforms in this project, but it's one of my favorites, just because there are so many little goodies to discuss here.
|The red pants, c. 1980. From the Cornell Daily Sun.|
The only thing missing? A winning team.Blackman was 23-33-1 in six seasons and retired after the 1982 season. In '83, the Big Red debuted the block "C" on the helmets they've used ever since, with a few modifications.
You can read more about Blackman and his penchant for unique helmets here (scroll to the bottom).
|A good close-up of the helmet.|