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Yep, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be wearing these uniforms on Sunday (rubs eyes)

Oct 24, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT


The year was 1934: Alcatraz Federal Prison opened in San Francisco Bay, Hitler became supreme dictator of Germany, and It Happened One Night starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opened in theaters. In American sports, the Pittsburgh Pirates (not to become the Steelers until 1940) wore the uniform you see pictured.

And they’re back, folks. We warned you about this back in April, but did you believe us? No. Well, the time has arrived: the Steelers will be wearing this on Sunday in their game vs. the Redskins, and then again on Nov. 18 vs. the Ravens. Last worn by the team in ’34, when they went 2-10, all were though to be destroyed in a fire, prompting a new uniform design. It actually comforts me to know that these can be destroyed by fire.

I don’t think players wore the Nike swoosh back in ’34, although I could be wrong. That pants pictured here are obviously are a modern concoction, and make the uniforms look more ridiculous than the original version. It’s all part of the team’s 80th anniversary celebration, which begs the question, why not wear the unis from 80 years ago — 1933? Here’s what those look like, and they’re much better IMO.

Fun facts: The ’34 Pirates featured tailback Johnny “Blood” McNally, they played at Forbes Field, and one of their two wins that season was against the Philadelphia Eagles.

  1. agelardi - Oct 25, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Looks like one of the criminals from A Christmas Story.