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).
Photography Credits: Masthead is courtesy of The Tradition Continues – Spartan Football. 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.