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Too Good for the Ticker!: Vintage Football Observations

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Why Were the Packers Playing on an Infield in 1969?

If you click on the video above, you’ll see some highlights from a 1969 Packers/49ers game. The Packers were the home team, but the field included a baseball infield diamond, so you can tell that the game was played at County Stadium in Milwaukee, where the Packers used to routinely play two to . . . → Read More: Why Were the Packers Playing on an Infield in 1969?

Talking Helmets with Curtis McClinton

Super Bowl IV is not generally regarded as a good game. The score was lopsided (Chiefs 23, Vikings 7) and the outcome was never in doubt. These days the game is remembered primarily for Chiefs coach Hank Stram’s sideline chatter and for being the final game before the AFL/NFL merger. For those of . . . → Read More: Talking Helmets with Curtis McClinton

1962 Broncos Photo Has Lots of Stories to Tell

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About a month ago I linked to four photos from the Broncos/Titans game played on Sept. 30, 1962 at the Polo Grounds. Those shots, provided to me by Broncos historian Tom Jacobsen, gave us best looks yet at the Broncos’ blue helmet logo, which was worn for the first five games of that season (and then was changed to white, so it would contrast more with the orange shell).

Now Tom has sent me another shot from that game (see above), and it’s notable for reasons that go beyond the blue helmet logo. For starters, the kicker is Gene Mingo, who’s credited with being pro football’s first African American placekicker.

But the real prize can be seen near the right edge of the shot — a player wearing No. 0! That’s Johnny Olszewski, who normally lined up as a fullback. “That’s the only No. 0 I’ve ever seen in a Broncos photo,” says Tom. “From what I can tell, this was the only year the team had a 0 on the roster.” (Continue reading)