Thursday, May 28, 2015

Yale Bulldogs (1965)

Nineteen sixty-five was a significant year at Yale for a couple reasons: 

1) Carm Cozza began his 32-year reign as the Bulldogs' coach;
2) It was the last year Yale's helmets lacked the trademark "Y," introduced in '66.

The rest of the uniform looked pretty Yale-ish, missing only the sleeve numbers. The helmets, however, bore numbers a year after using a teeny-tiny bulldog logo. Yale's helmets also had numbers from the 1950s through 1963.

Cozza's coaching career got off to a dubious debut, as Yale lost to UConn for the first time in history -- this was back when Yankee Conference teams were regularly blood-sacrificed to the Ivies. (My, how times changed: UConn won 14 of the last 16 games before the series was given a mercy-killing in 1998, when the Huskies were preparing to join Division I-A/FBS.) The Bulldogs had losing records in '65 and '66, but won the first of Cozza's 10 Ivy League titles in '67.

Yale loses to UConn, back when that was a big deal.
Can you imagine Yale beating UConn in anything these days? Oh, wait ....

The '65 Bulldogs' road uniform.
These are both from the Yale Daily News.

Want more from the sons of old Eli? Look here: 201420131997-981994, 1996, 19781974-77,  1967-68. Rivalry Week: Harvard-Yale.

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