Thursday, June 11, 2015

Delaware Blue Hens (1973-74)

The big difference between Delaware's 1972 uniforms and the version you see above is the addition of the three-striped socks, a very 1970s delicacy -- Maine, Northeastern, Brown, UNH and UConn all wore their socks this way during the decade. Most -- but not all -- of the '74 roads lost the blue trim, making for a very plain jersey.

Delaware takes on Temple in 1973, in this picture from the 1974 Blue Hen yearbook.
Delaware Stadium appears to have changed very little over the decades. ...
just like the Hens' uniforms.

The '74 Hens in action, from the '75 yearbook. Notice how some
shirts have blue sleeve trim, others do not. Fascinating stuff, no?

After snubbing the Boardwalk Bowl in '72, the '73 Hens returned to the Bowl -- now part of the NCAA Division II playoff system -- and lost to Grambling, 17-6. In '74, Delaware reached the D-II championship game -- called the Camellia Bowl -- and lost to Central Michigan, 54-14. 

A close-up of the '73 Blue Hens.

There's more from Delaware: 2011-142004-061989-921980-8819721967-71.

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