1910 : Michigan Campus Newspaper Calls for Numbers on Football Jerseys

October 11, 2021 all-day

On October 11, 1910, a Michigan Daily editorial strongly requested that University of Michigan’s football players be identified during future games by sewing numbers on their jerseys. But Coach Fielding H. Yost vetoed the idea, saying he feared it would interfere with teamwork by singling out the efforts of individuals.

University of Michigan players were not assigned numbers until the 1916 season.

Source: Mich-Again’s Day

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