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Monday, August 16, 2010

Arizona Cardinals Uniform and Team History

Please click on the evolution of the Cardinals uniform poster above for a close-up version of the poster. The descriptions below give you some insight and background about the uniforms and/or eras depicted in the poster.

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1921 Chicago Cardinals uniform
The Cardinals franchise and the Chicago Bears (originally known as the Decatur Staleys) are two charter members of the National Football League still in existence. The Cardinals started out in 1899 as a neighborhood team from the Irish section Chicago’s South Side. Originally dubbed the Morgan Athletic Club, the team later changed its name to the Normals after club owner Chris O’Brien, a painting and decorating contractor, moved the team to Chicago Normal Field.

Wikipedia then chimes in with:
"In 1901, O'Brien bought used maroon uniforms from the University of Chicago, the colors of which had by then faded, leading O'Brien to exclaim, 'That's not maroon; it's cardinal red!' It was then that the team changed its name to the Racine Street Cardinals. The original Racine Street Cardinals team disbanded in 1906 mostly for lack of local competition. A professional team under the same name formed in 1913, claiming the previous team as part of their history. As was the case for most professional football teams in 1918, the team was forced to suspend operations for a second time due to World War I and the outbreak of the Spanish flu pandemic. They resumed operations later in the year (one of the few teams to play that year), and have since operated continuously."

Here's another version - more or less the same:
A few years after founding the team in 1899, O’Brien outfitted his team in second hand uniforms he bought from the University of Chicago. The second hand togs were supposed to be bright maroon in color, but the faded jerseys were closer to red than maroon and reminded O’Brien of the pugilistic red bird: the cardinal. From that point on the team's nickname was changed to the Cardinals. The team name was later changed to the Racine Cardinals because Normal Field was located on the corner of Normal Boulevard and Racine Avenue. In 1920 O'Brien bought new uniforms for his team and entered them in the American Professional Football Association, the forerunner to the NFL. The franchise membership fee at that time was $100.

In 1920, their first year in the APFA the Cardinals finished with 3 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. The coach of the team was Marshall Smith. The star of the team was halfback John “Paddy” Driscoll. He was an all-around football player who excelled in running, blocking, punting and he was possibly the greatest drop-kicker in football history. In fact, it was his heroics that prevented the Cardinals from becoming a footnote in pro football history. Driscoll scored the only touchdown on an outstanding 40-yard run that propelled the Cardinals to victory over the cross town rival Chicago Tigers in a “Loser leaves the League” game. I guess you could say the Cardinals franchise was saved by a Driscoll dash.

In 1921 Paddy Driscoll, while still excelling as a player, took over as coach from Marshall Smith. In his inaugural year the Cardinals record slipped to 3-3-2. That year they finished ninth in the 21-team APFA. The Chicago Staleys (to be known later as the Bears) were the top team in the league; they had a 9-1-1 record.

A season later after a team from Racine, Wisconsin joined the league, the Cardinals officially changed their name to the Chicago Cardinals.

The jersey was maroon red in color, the ‘C’ inside a ‘C’ insignia on the left forearm sleeve was white. The sleeves were long with broad tan and red striping.

Three things of special note (about this Chicago Cardinals jersey): unlike most of the 1921 jersey’s featuring raised lettering to help the ball carrier secure the football easier, this one had no words or logos on the chest Also note how high the pants are - they are designed this way to protect the kidneys – a different look from subsequent years. Finally, note the leather helmet, tan in color – which some but not all players wore to provide (at best!) minimal protection. It should also be pointed out that not all players chose to wear helmets - some preferred to go “hatless”.

1930 Chicago Cardinals uniform
In 1922 the American Professional Football Association officially became the National Football League. The League now had eighteen member clubs, with most of them coming from the mid-west United States. The Cardinals finished third that year with an 8-3-0 record behind the Canton Bulldogs and the Bears. In this same year, 1922, the Cards moved into their new home Comiskey Park.

In 1925, under new Head Coach Norman Barry, the Cardinals beat out the rugged Pottsville Maroons for their first NFL Championship. It’s interesting to note that from the beginning of the NFL in 1920 right up to 1932, the league champion was the team with the best winning record (it was actually more complicated than this in some years, but we’ll leave that story for another time). There were no playoff games; the regular season was the only season.

Despite their championship the Cardinals were in bad financial shape. The following year owner Chris O'Brien was forced to sell Paddy Driscoll to the Chicago Bears. Without their star, the Cardinals slipped to 10th place in the now 20-team league, and attendance slipped as well.

In 1929, O'Brien faced with insurmountable financial concerns, begrudgingly accepted an offer of $25,000 for his beloved Cardinals from David Jones, a Chicago doctor. The first thing Jones did was to convince Ernie Nevers, the All- America fullback from Stanford, to come out of retirement and join the team as a player/ coach. Pop Warner, who had coached both Nevers and Jim Thorpe, always said Nevers had a better temperament for the game than Thorpe did. Nevers, 26, stood 6'1" and weighed 210 lbs. One season at Stanford, Nevers injured one ankle and broke the other, but refused to stay on the sidelines. Playing with a homemade aluminum splint, Ernie gained 117 yards on 34 carries. Also, Nevers, nicknamed the Blonde Blizzard, set an NFL record for most points scored in a game, 40.

In 1930 the team’s jersey featured a red color closer to the color of Cardinals of today. It was two-toned with crew-neck collar. The upper part, that includes the arms and chest, was red. The midsection, collar and striping around the cuffs of the sleeves were white. Still at this time, there were no numbers or crests featured on the front of the jersey.

The pants were still tan, but were cut lower at the waist, then secured by a belt. As for the helmets, we believe that around this time helmets began to move away from the standard tan color, to colors matching the jerseys. In this case the Cardinals wore red helmets.

1935 Chicago Cardinals uniform
In 1932 Ernie Nevers retired as player/coach. During his three seasons with the Cardinals, he amassed a record of 16-14-3.

Also in 1932, the Chicago Bears played in one of history's most pivotal games, a hastily-scheduled NFL championship game against the Portsmouth Spartans (later know as the Detroit Lions). The game was won by the Bears 9-0 in the first ever INDOOR pro football game, played December 18, 1932 in Chicago Stadium because of inclement weather. By winning, the Bears ensured themselves of the ‘World’s Champions’ title in what was the first ever NFL playoff game.

The departure of Coach Nevers also marked the end of Dr. David Jones’ ownership of the club. That same year Dr. Jones sold the club to Chicago Bears Vice President, Charles W. Bidwill Sr., for $50,000. The club has remained in the Bidwell family to the present day.

In 1933 the NFL split into two divisions, Eastern and Western. The Cardinals finished that year in last place, with a 1-9-1 record, in the five-team NFL West division.

In 1934 the Cards improved to fourth place in the six-team West division with a 5-6 record.

In 1935, under head coach Milan Creighton, the Cardinals had their best season in ten years, achieving a 6-4-2 record. Despite their winning record it was only good enough for a tie for third (or last) in the divisional standings. That year, in the four-team West division, all clubs finished with a better than .500 record. The team was led by half back Doug Russell. He led the NFL in rushing with 499 yards on 140 attempts.

At this point in time football uniforms started to take on the look of the modern uniform. On the ’35 Cardinals uniform we see the player’s number is now boldly displayed on the chest and the back of the jersey. Also the jersey had a “crew neck” collar with white trim that extend over the tops of the shoulders.
The pants were, like in 1930 waist high and tan in colour with a belt. As for the helmets, they were still hard leather variety that provided the players with some protection.

1947 Chicago Cardinals uniform
The old saying “it was the best of times and it was the worst of times” could certainly be applied to the Cardinals franchise in 1947. For this was a year the team achieved great things on the playing field and suffered a great loss off the field.

From 1936 to 1946 the Cardinals struggled. During this period the team had four different head coaches. In 1939 Ernie Nevers returned to coach the Cards; sadly his return wasn’t enough to inspire the team to success as they only managed to win one game that year. The Cardinals had a no-wins season in ‘43 and another 1-win season in ‘45 under head coach Philip G Handler.

In 1944 the Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers rosters were so depleted by players gone to fight in World War II, the teams decided to merge. The team was called was called Card-Pitt. That team didn’t win a game.

In 1946 Jimmy Conzelman, who coached the club from 1940 to 1942, returned as head coach. Also that year, World War II had ended and talent started to return to the NFL clubs. Fortunes started to turn around for the Cards as they were managed to put up their first winning season in ten years; they finished the season 6-5.

In 1947 the Cards emerged as the class of the NFL. They stormed to the Western division title 9-3 record. They went on to play the Philadelphia Eagles in December for the NFL championship. They won the game, on the strength of a fourth quarter Elmer Angsman touchdown, 28-21. It was the Cards’ second NFL title, first championship since 1925.

But the triumph of the ’47 season must have been tempered with sadness for the Cardinals. Earlier that year, in April, Charles W. Bidwill Sr. died depriving the owner a chance to witness the clubs first championship in 22 years.

It seems a s the years progress the Cards uniform seem to adopt simpler qualities. The jersey has no detailing at all. Only the white numerals would appear on the solid red jersey. The pants, now white in color, are still wait high, but now feature a zipper fly instead of laces. The helmets are still made from leather, but are now white to match the pants.

1956 Chicago Cardinals uniform
Mrs. Violet Bidwell assumed control of the football team after her husband’s passing in 1947. She would remain in control of the Cardinals for 15 years.

The Cardinals remained a winning club in the NFL for two years after their ’47 championship. In 1948 they made an appearance in the NFL championship game only to lose 7-0 to Philadelphia. From 1950 to 1955 they were unable to transcend a .417 winning percentage. Over that period time they had four head coaches: Earl “Curly” Lambeau 1950-51, Joseph Kuharich 1952, Joseph Stydahar and Ray Richards. It wasn’t until Richards second year were they able to win more than they lost. In 1956 the Chicago Cardinals finished the season with a 7-5-0 record.

You can see this white road jersey still features long sleeves, while still moving towards details that can be found on today’s football uniforms. The jersey seems to be a bit larger to accommodate large shoulder pads players were wearing. Also the size of the numeral on the uniform are larger than seen in previous years. The pants are red with white striping from the top of the hip to the knee. And the pants have moved away from the zipper fly and gone back to laces.

After WWII plastic became more prevalent in its use in society and in football. Gone are leather helmets that provided minimal protection, in are new stronger plastic helmets that provided ample protection. Helmets now sported some added protection: a faceguard.

1962 St. Louis Cardinals uniform
The period of 1957 to 1962 were years of significant change for the Chicago Cardinals franchise. The team’s on-field record over that period of time was an embarrassing 23-50-3, with their best season coming in 1961 when they finished 7-7-0 under coach Frank “Pop” Ivy.

By the mid-fifties it was become clearer everyday that Chicago wasn’t big enough for two NFl teams. As it turned out neither the Cardinals nor the Bears were able to take advantage of the lucrative television market because there was no market for televised Cardinals’ road games when the Bears were playing at home; and vice versa. Each team offered each other $500,000 to leave the Windy City, but neither would budge. Finally, after the threat of the new American Football League coming into existence the Bidwell family decided to move the club to St. Louis before they lost that market to the upstart rival league. In 1960 the St. Louis Cardinals were born; co-incidentally giving the town a football team and a baseball team with the same name.

In 1962 team owner Violet Bidwell died and control of the club was passed along to her two sons Charles W. Bidwell Jr. and William V. Bidwell.

The 1960’s was an innovative period where football uniforms were concerned. The AFL introduced not only new teams and cities to football fans, but new dynamic uniform designs too. This forced the NFL teams to rethink their look. Teams realizing the marketing value began to adorn helmets with a team logo. On this 1962 Cardinals uniform we see, for the first time, the famous cardinal head logo on a white helmet.

Also this rendition of the Cards outfit featured a short-sleeve jersey with numbers on the sleeves. The pants were white with red stripes from hip to knee, a lace-up fly and cinched at the waist with a belt.

1967 St. Louis Cardinals uniform
In 1967, the Cardinals, now a fixture in St. Louis, were led by Coach Charley Winner, baby-faced QB Jim Hart and NFL leading scorer, place kicker Jim Bakken. Bakken led the league with 117 points scored on the strength of 27 made field goals.11

From 1962 to 1967 “Big Red” amassed a record of 41-38-5. They had three winning season in that stretch but never managed to qualify for the playoffs. 1967 the Cards finished the season in third place in the four-team NFL Eastern Conference Century Division, with a 6-7-1 record.

The 60's were a time of innovation in the football uniform styles. Some teams experimented with different looks and colors while others, like the Cardinals, chose to maintain the status quo. On this Cardinals white uniform please note that black has been added to the striping on the jersey sleeves and the pants. The look of the helmet remained the same as 1962.

The period of time between 1966 and 1969 warrants a bit of explanation. The 8 team AFL began in 1960 as a rival league to the NFL - both leagues competed head to head for players, fans and TV revenue. And thus it was for 5 years - two separate leagues, two separate champions (although few people would have honestly believed that the AFL champion could have beaten the NFL champs). Then in 1965 the two leagues agreed to merge. It was decided that beginning in 1970 there would be only one league, the NFL, and that between 1966 and 1969 the AFL Champion would play the NFL Champion for the “World Championship”. It was only after the first World Championship had been played in 1966 that the name “Super Bowl” came into being.

Thus the 1966 season saw the first meeting of the AFL and NFL champions, with the NFL Champion Green Bay Packers humbling the AFL’s KC Chiefs 33-10. (Even though the game was played in 1967, most football historians refer to this as the 1966 Super Bowl because it was the culmination of the 1966 season.) The NFL superiority was on display again in 1967, when the NFL’s Packers pounded the AFL’s Raiders 33-14.

Then came 1968 and the stunning upset - the AFL’s NY Jets shocked the football world by beating the NFL’s heavily favored Baltimore Colts 16-7.
Thus the stage was set for the Super Bowl IV, the last meeting between the AFL and NFL Champions.

1979 St. Louis Cardinals uniform

In April of 1973 a jersey numbering system was established by NFL where each position on the football field was given a range; i.e. quarterbacks and kickers could wear 1-19, running backs and defensive backs 20-49, centers and linebackers 50-59, 60-79 offensive and defensive lineman, wide receivers and tight ends 80-89 and defensive linemen and linebackers 90-99.

In 1974 the Cardinals won their first division crown in St. Louis; their first title in 26 years, under the guidance of second year head coach Don Coryell. They won the NFC Eastern Division with a 10-4 record. They played their first playoff game since 1948 against Minnesota, losing 30-14.

In 1979 tragedy struck the Cardinals when during training camp TE J.V. Cain suffered a fatal heart attack. This set the Cards into a tailspin that would last all season long. They finished that year in last place with a 5-11 record. A highlight from this otherwise disastrous season was RB Otis Anderson. Anderson won Offensive Rookie of the Year rushing for 1605 yards.

The 1979 uniform did not change much from the uniform worn in the late 1960’s. Some notable, but small, changes: the belt now has red striping and the numerals on the jersey are outlined in black. And of course the black arm band to commemorate the death of their fallen teammate J.V. Cain.

1984 St. Louis Cardinals uniform
In 1984 the Cardinals were an offensive juggernaut. Thanks to the passing of QB Neil Lomax and All-Pro WR Roy Green Big Red managed to score thirty + points in a game seven times that year. They missed the playoffs that year after losing to the Redskins 29-27 on the final game of the season. They finished that year 9-7 under head coach Jim Hanifan

The 1984 red Cardinals jersey is interesting because, unlike most other teams, it is not just the opposite of their white jersey. Unlike their white jersey, the red has no striping on the sleeves and there is no black outlining around the numerals. It is simply cardinal red with white numbers. Also, note 1984 marked the 25th season of Cardinal football in St. Louis, hence the commemorative patch on the left shoulder.

Helmets, as always, continued to improve in quality and a multitude of different facemasks began to emerge. In our 1984 illustration you see a shorter, three-bar face mask.

!985 was not a banner year for the St. Louis Cardinals. Jim Hanifan, now in his 6th year as head coach, was losing his ability to motivate his team. That year the team’s record slipped from 5-11 to 4-11-1. He was relieved of the head coaching duties at the end of the season.

LB EJ Junior was a standout at his position and was selected to the 1985 NFC Pro Bowl team. QB Neil Lomax had a decent year completing 265 passes for 3214 yards. There weren’t too many other great performers on the team as the Cardinals ranked 27th out of 28 teams in points scored and 24th in points allowed.

1985 St. Louis Cardinals uniform
This 1985 road white jersey features an addition of a small Cardinal logo at the top of the sleeves at the shoulder. Just below are wide bands of cardinal red striping separated by thin black and white stripes. On the shoulder are red “TV” numbers, so named because TV coverage demanded an easier way for viewers to identify players. On the front and back are large Cardinal red numerals outlined in black trim.

Other uniform elements : White pants with red and black striping, fastened at the wasit by a white belt; and the helmet remains the same, white with the profile of a cardinal’s head.

1988 Phoenix Cardinals uniform
In 1987 the Cardinals were facing dwindling attendance in an outdated Busch Stadium and talk swirled around St. Louis that the team was ready to take off for a new home. The Cardinals would get off to a slow start, which included 3 games played by replacement players while the NFL was on strike. The Cards finished the 1987 season 7-8 under second year head coach Gene Stallings.

In the Spring of 1988 the Cardinals relocated to Arizona after 28 seasons in St. Louis.
They would call Sun Devil Stadium, on the campus of Arizona State University, their new home and they would now be known as the Phoenix Cardinals.

In their fist season in the desert, the team raced to a 7-4 record, gaining a share of the NFC East Division lead. But the club was beset by injuries and a five-game losing streak dashed the Card’s hopes for a postseason berth, their first since 1982. They finished the season 7-9.

Stars on the 1988 team were: RB Ron Wolfley, WR JT Smith and OL Luis Sharpe.

New to the 1988 road white jersey is an addition of the state flag of Arizona over top of wide bands of cardinal red striping separated by thin black and white stripes on the sleeve. Otherwise this jersey is pretty much the same as the road jersey worn in previous years. On the shoulder are red “TV” numbers, so named because TV coverage demanded an easier way for viewers to identify players. On the front and back are large Cardinal red numerals outlined in black trim.

The white lace up pants have a new twist to them. Five stripes ( 2 black, 2 white and one thick red stripe) run down the side of the leg. Again the pants are fastened at the waist by a belt, this time a black one. And the helmet remains the same, white with the profile of a cardinal’s head.

May 2017 note: It was pointed out to me by a keen-eyed reader that the Cardinals didn't actually add the state of Arizona flag onto their white jersey until 1989, their second season in the desert. This is confirmed by the terrific Gridiron Uniform Database.

1994 Arizona Cardinals uniform
In 1994 the Cards undergo another name change, but not another city change, as they become the Arizona Cardinals, thus making themselves marketable to the entire state instead of just the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Changes were also made at the top as defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan took over as head coach.

Combined with a strong finish the previous year and a big-name coach, excitement filled the desert as Cardinals fans anticipated a bright future under "Buddy Ball". However, the team got off to a slow 3-6 start, but then caught fire, winning 5 of their next six to stand at 8-7 with an outside chance of the playoffs heading into the final week of the season. Unfortunately, before even taking the field for their last game the Cards were eliminated, and they played a lackluster game losing 10-6 to the Atlanta Flacons to finish the season with an 8-8 record.

In 1994 the NFL celebrated its 75th anniversary (1920 - 1994). As part of the 75th anniversary celebrations, during selected games during the 1994 season, teams wore uniforms and helmets designed to resemble those from an earlier season in the team's history. The 75th anniversary was signified by the large, diamond patch on the left shoulder.

This uniform, a throwback to the look of the 1920/1921 Cardinals, captured a similar jersey design feel all the while keeping the team’s modern “red and white” color schematic. While most NFL throwback uniforms in 1994 were designed to pay tribute to a particular season in a club’s history, the Cardinals’ 1994 throwback more closely represents a combination of uniforms worn over the entire decade of the 1920’s, combining different elements of various 1920’s uniforms.

One other note about the uniform: If you look closely at almost all NFL uniforms worn from 1991 on, you’ll note a small NFL shield patch on the jersey’s neckline. Most NFL uniforms added the NFL logo patch to the neck, and to the upper left thigh of the pants, beginning in 1991. The only major exception to this practice was this year, 1994, when the teams wore their throwback uniforms – in these cases, as was the case with the Cardinals throwback uniform, most teams did not wear the NFL shield patch on their jersey or pants.

1998 Arizona Cardinals uniform
The Cardinals, now under the guidance of 3rd-year head coach Vince Tobin, stumbled out of the gate, losing their first two games, both of which were on the road. They would bounce back to win their next two including a win in their return trip to St. Louis to take on the Rams. Over the next two months the Cards would alternate wins and losses. With three weeks left, the Cardinals stood at 6-7, and were faced with missing the playoffs once again (the Cards hadn’t made the playoffs since 1982).

However, this year would be different thanks to a gutsy effort on the road against Philadelphia late in the season. Trailing late in the game, the Cards scored in the final minutes to force OT, where they won the game on a last minute field goal to keep their playoff hopes alive. They went on to defeat the Saints and the Chargers in the final two weeks of the season to secure a Wild Card playoff berth, their first trip to the playoffs in 16 years.

Their roll continued into the first round of the playoffs as they defeated the Dallas Cowboys, in Texas Stadium, 21-7. This was a timely win for the club as is was the third time they met the Cowboys that season - they lost the previous two regular season games - and it was the Cards first postseason victory since 1947 when the team won the NFL Championship!!! In the NFC Divisional playoff game, they lost 41-21 on the road to the Minnesota Vikings to close out the team’s most successful season in a long time.

DB Aeneas Williams was selected to the Pro Bowl that year.

Please note that on this red home jersey you will see a patch on the left shoulder celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cardinals franchise, a proud franchise with its initial roots in Chicago, then St. Louis.

One other note about the uniform: If you look closely at almost all NFL uniforms worn from 1991 on, you’ll note a small NFL shield patch on the jersey’s neckline. Most NFL uniforms added the NFL logo patch to the neck, and to the upper left thigh of the pants, beginning in 1991. The only major exception to this practice was in 1994 when the teams wore their throwback uniforms – in these cases, as was the case with the Cardinals in 1994, most teams did not wear the NFL shield patch on their jersey or pants.

2001 Arizona Cardinals uniform
In 2001 the Cardinals were trying to rebound from a miserable 3-13 season in 2000. Dave McGinnis, in his first full year as head coach, was charged with the responsibility of righting the Cardinals ship; but it wasn’t to be. The Cardinals got off to a brutal 2-6 start, as their offense only managed to score 20 points twice (their only two wins in their 1st eight games). In the middle of the season they managed to put together a 3-game winning streak, but it wasn’t enough and red birds from the desert missed the postseason yet again with a 6-10 record. In the franchise’s storied 80+ year history, they have only been able to reach the post-season on six occasions.

In a real world note, the 2001 season was the 4th and last NFL season for the Cardinals’ remarkable safety Pat Tillman. Tillman turned down literally millions of dollars in NFL pay when he left the Cards in late 2001 to sign up with the US Army in light of the 9-11 attack on America. He went on to serve his country with the Army Special Forces in Afghanistan, then served with the 173rd Airborne in major combat in the war in Iraq. On April 22, 2004, Tillman was killed in a fire fight near the Afghan-Pakistan border.

This 2001 road jersey is white with large red numerals on the front and back of the jersey and smaller TV numbers on the tops of the shoulders. The detailing on the sleeves consists of the state flag of Arizona and are five stripes of red, white and black that can be found at the bottom of the sleeve near the elbow.

With this white road jersey the Cards wore red pants with white stripes down the side. The helmet would remain the same as previous years - white with the profile of a cardinal’s head.

2005 Arizona Cardinals uniform
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This blog was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 16, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at !

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  1. Didn't the Cardinals in St Louis and early on in Arizona have blue stripes instead of black?


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