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Steelers preseason 1968

Post  Mako Mameli on Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:19 am

Just found this photo of Rocky Bleier


His number is 26, so it must be 1968, his rookie season (the Steelers lost to the Bengals in preseason)

2 Steelers with stripeless sleaves, I don't know the other players

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Post  timmyb on Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:04 am

The game is from 8/25/68, played at old Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, WV.

Can't tell for sure, but it appears that the Steelers are wearing their 1967 jerseys here, with the sleeves cut off. The sunlight is hitting the shoulders, making the yellow shoulders practically invisible.

Mako, I must say, you are finding some gems out there!

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Post  Mako Mameli on Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:40 am

timmyb wrote:it appears that the Steelers are wearing their 1967 jerseys
I was thinking the same thing but wasn't sure because of the light
timmyb wrote:Mako, I must say, you are finding some gems out there!
I have time to "waste"... Wink

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Post  Mako Mameli on Tue Jul 19, 2011 2:15 pm



I think it's from the same game since Tom Watkins (if it is him) played with the Steelers only in '68

We can now tell for sure they're using the 1967 jerseys

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Post  timmyb on Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:51 pm

Mako,

I'm with you on the 67 Steelers jersey for this 68 preseason game.

AND it looks like the Bengals have a stripe separation on the sleeves on their black jerseys for the 68 preseason, too.

Gotta ask, where did you find these pics??

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Post  Bill Schaefer on Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:00 pm

I have a couple of questions.

1) Is it possible the Cincy jerseys with seperation between sleeve stripes were their 'warm-weather' jerseys? We have a newspaper photo of them wearing the white version of these jerseys @ Denver the same Preseason. Also, in 1977, they wore the non-seperated durene jerseys for a late season home game against Pittsburgh (their 'cold-weather' jerseys?). They had gone completely with the seperated's since last wearing the durenes in 1973.

2) I can't quite tell looking @ #69 but it kinda looks like he may be going NNOB. What do you guys think?

3) Does it also seem that Cincy is wearing the pants with the equal BOB stripes they wore in the Denver game instead of the regular season ones they wore with the 'much-thicker' orange central stripe?

4) Since 1968 is the year the Steelers introduced essentially their current look, does logic dictate since we found evidence from this game that they likely wore the 1967 "BATMAN" jerseys (B & W) for the entire '68 Preseason, waiting to unveil the new uniforms when the season started?
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Post  Mako Mameli on Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:40 am

timmyb wrote:Gotta ask, where did you find these pics??
ebay seller
I started saving his scans in february 2010. Unfortunately most of them are undated

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Post  timmyb on Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:37 pm

Bill Schaefer wrote:I have a couple of questions.

1) Is it possible the Cincy jerseys with seperation between sleeve stripes were their 'warm-weather' jerseys? We have a newspaper photo of them wearing the white version of these jerseys @ Denver the same Preseason. Also, in 1977, they wore the non-seperated durene jerseys for a late season home game against Pittsburgh (their 'cold-weather' jerseys?). They had gone completely with the seperated's since last wearing the durenes in 1973.
Likely.

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2) I can't quite tell looking @ #69 but it kinda looks like he may be going NNOB. What do you guys think?
My analness is showing. I need to see more than one player before I can speak for the team in general. One "trend" about the AFL teams in general is that a LOT of the teams didn't seem to bother with NOB's until the regular season.

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3) Does it also seem that Cincy is wearing the pants with the equal BOB stripes they wore in the Denver game instead of the regular season ones they wore with the 'much-thicker' orange central stripe?
Looks that way!

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4) Since 1968 is the year the Steelers introduced essentially their current look, does logic dictate since we found evidence from this game that they likely wore the 1967 "BATMAN" jerseys (B & W) for the entire '68 Preseason, waiting to unveil the new uniforms when the season started?

I give a tentative yes. I would like to see pics from their other exhib games, though.

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Re: Steelers preseason 1968

Post  Rob Holecko on Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:47 pm

notice they do have the preseason helmet numbers in this era
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Post  timmyb on Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:03 pm

Yes.

I think the Steelers no front helmet numbers began in force in 1971.

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