"Socks vanish like mad"
headline from a December 1947 Skiff,
further proclaimed: $135 Is Cost of "New Look" For Well Dressed
From the archives of The Skiff,
"It costs $135 to put a Frog football
player on the field for the first practice, when the expense of all his
equipment is counted up," according to Albert "Smitty" Smith, squad trainer
and "keeper of the togs."
The fancy game uniforms are a small item.
It's the gear worn in addition to the nylon shirts and the pants with
the two-way stretch backs that bring the total to its high mark.
On opening day, each squad man is issued
practice shoes, pants, three T-shirts, two sweatshirts and socks. The
shirt and socks are a "one in and one out" laundry system. Most of the
gear will last the season, with the exception of the backfield men's sweatshirts.
"One grab by a lineman will finish a shirt,"
says Smitty. "We figure on two extra for the backs during a season."
Longer service is gotten from the "hard"
equipment -- the shoulder pads, blocking pad and helmets. But a consistent
process of repair is needed to keep them in the game. Game shoes become
practice gear after the wear and tear of a few seasons.
Hardest item on the list to keep in stock
is socks, says Smitty. "We start the season with about 300 pair, but by
the time the laundry has gone out twice, there doesn't seem to be enough
to go around."
Fifty-five years later É
It runs $768 to put a player into just
one uniform today, says equipment manager Rich Abadie. That covers one
shirt, a pair of pants and the equipment, but each player is also issued
three jerseys and three pairs of pants -- one each in white, purple and
black. And for practice, two more jerseys and pants, as well as T-shirts
"Socks are still a problem," Abadie admits.
dressing out today's gridiron heros:
Knee pads-$5 a set
Thigh pads-$10 a set
Hip pads-$10 a set
Gloves-$20 a pair