Thursday, February 18, 2016

Brown Bears (1973-74)

I feel like I've done this post before, but the records say I haven't, so let's carry on ...

Brown's uniforms took a curious left turn in 1973 upon the arrival of John Anderson as coach. First off, the gold helmets the Bears had worn since 1967 were replaced by silver versions. 

The use of either of these colors, especially in such a prominent role, has always been strange, since the team's official colors are brown, red and white. But then, Harvard has gold pants, and I don't think any of the Crimson's 40-something other varsity teams use gold in any capacity. It's a throwback to the days when uniforms weren't so, er, uniform and weren't dictated by focus groups and apparel contracts. 

Anyway, silver has been used on and off by the Bears ever since.

A 1974 Brown media guide.
That's a pretty neat logo.

Brown at home in '74 against Princeton in this Daily Princetonian pic.
Another unusual feature is the big, curved numbers, used by Vermont during the exact same period. Then there's the trim -- instead of two or three thin stripes, you have one big, thick-as-three-bean-chili stripe on each sleeve. All in all, it adds up to a fun, unconventional uniform.

The '74 Brown road uniform at Columbia.
Columbia Spectator pic.
In '75, Brown went to a more conventional uniform and wore that style to its first Ivy League title.

More unis from the sons of Bruno: 2014, 2012-132004-082001-03, 1997-20001984-891981-831975-771967-71, 1957-58.

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