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1968 Minnesota Vikings

Post  Tommy F on Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:55 pm

Just noticed something in the 1968 Saints highlight film: The Vikings in a purple jersey with no sleeve stripes, not unlike the jersey the Lions wore in their early-season game at Dallas.







I apologize for the quality of the screencaps. It's what you get when you point a smartphone at a TV screen, you know?


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Re: 1968 Minnesota Vikings

Post  Bill Schaefer on Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:48 pm

Nice find. It's going into the pipeline to be fixed/added.
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Re: 1968 Minnesota Vikings

Post  Tommy F on Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:31 pm

Excellent! That was half the fun of making the discovery: The realization "I know some guys will want this information!"

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Re: 1968 Minnesota Vikings

Post  BD Sullivan on Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:34 pm

Forgive the "Master of the Obvious" comment, but the stripeless jerseys are obviously their warm-weather jerseys. The Saints game in question was played on a warm (high of 82) day in New Orleans, and below is a sideline shot from the 12/7/69 Vikings game that was played in Los Angeles:

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/minnesota-vikings-defensive-linemen-gary-larsen-hall-of-news-photo/84054049

this is from a 1971 preseason game:

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/minnesota-vikings-hall-of-fame-defensive-end-alan-page-news-photo/80797975

from a 1971 late season game in San Diego:

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/minnesota-vikings-circa-1970s-carl-eller-of-the-minnesota-news-photo/78179977

Now, the perusing of photos to see how far back this goes begins...

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Re: 1968 Minnesota Vikings

Post  Tommy F on Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:49 pm

Yes, that's what I was thinking, too. The Lions' jersey to which I alluded was worn in the '68 season opener, in the Cotton Bowl. It suggests that this was the year the NFL realized that, on an 80-degree day, the players could do without the sleeves which went halfway down the forearm.

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Re: 1968 Minnesota Vikings

Post  timmyb on Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:54 pm

BD,

I thnk Bill will confirm this, but we sorta had this pegged for 1968, but we weren't sure if the Vikies did indeed go stripeless, I just couldn't get a good pic/film from that MIN-NO to fully confirm. Tommy F's screen shots did just that and we thank him for the assistance.

So, the Vikes went from 1968 thru 1973 where they wore both the mesh-stripeless purples and the striped-durenes.

The dual mesh/durene styles seemed to end in 1973 as I would guess most of the jersey makers were finally able to conquer the problem of properly stitching/screening issues by 1974. Only a couple of rare instances extend from 1974 with striping issues, notably the Eagles, but that had to do with them using the wire mesh and the standard mesh jerseys.

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Re: 1968 Minnesota Vikings

Post  BD Sullivan on Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:10 pm

If the Vikes did stop wearing the stripeless jerseys after '73, the last time they wore them was in the NFC title game win over Dallas--as evidenced by this SI cover photo:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/cover/featured/8364/index.htm

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Re: 1968 Minnesota Vikings

Post  Bill Schaefer on Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:08 pm

Just happened to notice in the second screenshot above...

Notice the Saints linemen wearing 2 different stripe patterns on the sides of their pants.
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