By John Turney
Below is the team photo of the 1969 Vikings in which they are wearing the Gopher/Medalist Sand Knit jersey with the "NFL-50 Year" patch on the left shoulder. Well, all except #22 Paul
has his jersey on backward with Krause who numbers in front. #21 does have an anomalous jersey with different "2" and "1". Bob Lee (#19) and Fred Cox (#14) have different "1s" as well as does Joe Kapp (#11). the large
However, we ran across this one, which is slightly different than the one in the team photo, the font that #67 is wearing in the team shot is not the same as a couple of others. The shape of the "6" here is very much like the typical "8s". And this one is not a Medalist Sand-Knit.
These are the standard jerseys, though Krause and Cox have different types of numbers and trim on the tackle twill. Cox's one is slanted, not a block and his trim is thinner.
The next four shots are of the standard jersey for the season. The numbers have a
, though the "1" on Eller's jersey is different than the "1s" on Kapps. serif
However, Kapp, on occasion wore a jersey that didn't have
or "box-top 1s". block
But, he does have an ice bag on his head, so maybe it was confusion?
Then, in Los Angeles, the team wore lighter weight mesh jerseys that were without
and had the "NFL-50" patch below the TV numbers. striping
This jersey is purported to be 1969, but it does not have a patch on it, but
could have been removed. is
Finally, as far as the dark jerseys, in the Cleveland game you can see the heavier jerseys with a different font for the numbers. They are sans serif and much thicker, though it appears not all players wore them as #80 and #11 and perhaps others wore the usual jersey.
Now, for the white jerseys. All season the Vikings wore the "NFL-50" patch below the TV numbers, but in Super Bowl IV they had to move them to the shoulder. It appears that happened for most, because we do see one player that was not a regular with the patch below the TV numbers.
And these two have it on the shoulder