1952 team surrounds Biggie Mun for the team photo
1952 team surrounds Biggie Mun for the team photo
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1947 - 1955 Michigan State Football Jersey & Helmet Style

Green helmets with a one-inch white center stripe. Three stripes on the jerseys and one down the pants.

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All-American Don Coleman wearing the 1947 - 1955 helmet
All-American Don Coleman wearing the 1947 - 1955 helmet

Before the second game of the 1947 season (Kentucky), Biggie Munn presented to each player a new, Riddell plastic suspension helmet with a kelly green shell and a white one-inch center stripe. Either superstition over the blowout loss at Michigan or just a morale booster, the new plastic helmets were a huge hit with players and fans. These helmets remain today as a virtual base design for all helmet styles.

Biggie Munn’s helmet design would don the rest of his career and continue through the 1955 season with the exception of two games in 1954 (Wisconsin and Indiana).

Jersey

Guard Don Mason wearing the 1947 - 1955 jersey
Guard Don Mason wearing the 1947 - 1955 jersey

Pants

John 'Thunder' Lewis wearing the 1947 - 1955 pants
John "Thunder" Lewis wearing the 1947 - 1955 pants

1954 Mid-Season Changes

No. 44 decal worn on the back of the helmet as a tribute to Josh Rouse
All-American Earl Morrall wearing the white helmet with a kelly green one-inch center stripe
Guard Henry Bullough wearing green pants against Marquette
Guard Henry Bullough wearing green pants against Marquette

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Photography Credits: Images of 1947 – 1955 helmet, 1947 – 1955 jersey and 1947 – 1955 pants are courtesy of Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections; image of 1945 mid-season changes courtesy of Marquette Hilltop. Spartan Jerseys claims no ownership to these images.

Information Credits: Helmet Hut and The Tradition Continues - Spartan Football. Spartan Jerseys claims no ownership to this information.

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