No photo but this find by Alex T shows that both the Racine Legion and the Toledo Maroons of 1923 wore numbers on the backs of their jerseys. Numbers have been added in white despite the font of the numbers not being known. Based on PFA information, the same numbers are being added to the Maroons' 1922 uniforms, as well.
No photo but this find by Alex T shows that both the Racine Legion and the Toledo Maroons of 1923 wore numbers on the backs of their jerseys. Numbers have been added in white despite the font of the numbers not being known. Based on PFA information, the same numbers are being added to the Legion's 1922 uniforms, as well.
A photo originally thought to be containing Jim Thorpe of the 1924 Rock Island Independents was actually from a 11/7/20 game between the Independents and the Decatur Staleys. We are removing the 'black jersey' combo for the '24 Independents. We are revising the multi-sleeve-stripe green jersey combo for the 1920 Independents.
The 1920 green jersey depicted in the photo will be adjusted to have the correct number of stripes and proper spacing between them. The helmets are being darkened. Numbers and stripes are no white but rather an off-white shade, perhaps khaki/gold.
A photo once thought to be of Jim Thorpe as a 1924 Rock Island Independent has been shown to actually be of George Trafton playing for the 1920 Decatur Staleys. The same photo turned up in the 11/8/20 Davenport (IA) Democrat and Leader the day after the 11/7/20 Decatur Staleys @ Rock Island Independents game. The photo features ball-carrier "Flyin'" Fred Chicken (RII) falling towards big George Trafton of the Staleys. This identifies the team with the wide sleeve stripes as Rock Island.
The player in the bottom left corner is mis-identified in the caption as George Halas of the Staleys.
As you can see in the original photo, the player on the ground in the lower left corner is actually an Independent with the same stripes as Chicken. Compounding the error, Halas wore #7 (not #9) and that number has been long retired by the franchise in his honor. In the middle of the photo (on hands and knees) is a player identified as (Burt) Ingwersen, however he, too, is not a Staley but rather another unidentified Independent. Of note also, Trafton, as well as the Staley approaching Chicken from behind with holes in his jersey's elbows, have thinner sleeve stripes than those of the Independents. These will be added to what were thought to be plain, red Staley jerseys. Additionally, those same jerseys were worn in 1921 and parts of the 1922 season for the Staleys/Bears franchise.
PFA states that the Staleys also wore jerseys adorned by numbers on the backs. Had the numbers been the same shade as the sleeve stripes, they'd have been most difficult to read. We are adding white numbers to their backs for the time being.