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1956 - 1963 Michigan State Football Jersey & Helmet Style

The helmet featured player numerals to enhance the viewing of growing television audiences.

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Michigan State player wearing the 1956 helmet with small player numerals
Michigan State player wearing the 1956 helmet with small player numerals

Duffy Daugherty added side numerals to Spartan helmets for the 1956 regular season. The green helmet with white one-inch center stripe now had three-inch thin, rounded "charger" style player identification numerals placed on each side of the shells for a classic appearance.

Michigan State was encouraged by the Big Ten league office to wear the numerals to enhance the viewing pleasure for the growing national television audiences who followed Big Ten football. Duffy Daugherty retained the side helmet numerals up through the 1964 season.

Jersey

Halfback Sherman Lewis wearing the 1956 - 1963 jersey with no stripes on the sleeves
Halfback Sherman Lewis wearing the 1956 - 1963 jersey with no stripes on the sleeves

Pants

Quaterback Dick Proebstle wearing the 1956 - 1963 pants
Quaterback Dick Proebstle wearing the 1956 - 1963 pants

1957 Season Changes

Helmet

Halfback Sherman Lewis running past a Notre Dame defender in the 12 – 7 victory of 1963 - both teams wearing large player numerals on the side of their helmets
Halfback Sherman Lewis running past a Notre Dame defender in the 12 – 7 victory of 1963 - both teams wearing large player numerals on the side of their helmets
This photo found in The Tradition Continues - Spartan Football

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