The first use by UCLA of “UCLA stripes” on pale-blue jerseys: the 1954 San Diego Navy game . . .

A look at the 1955 Southern Campus makes it clear that the UCLA football team wore the pale-blue jerseys with white UCLA stripes during the first three games of the season, starting with the September 18, 1954, game against San Diego Navy.  (The photos in the yearbook are black and white, however.)

These would be the first games with both pale-blue jerseys and “UCLA stripes.”  (The pale-blue jerseys were introduced for the 1949 season, as discussed in another post.)

The following image shows UCLA start quarterback Primo Villanueva running the ball against Washington, in the first “white-jersey” game of 1954.  Probable color-scheme:  blue numerals (but not the curved font), blue-gold-blue stripes, white jersey, gold pants.  Helmets were gold with no stripe.  No “uniform socks” — just short white socks.  This image is from a picture in the 1955 Southern Campus.

Primo V v Wash 1954 3 3 14 a

—Tom Sawyer

April 4, 2014

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