White at Home

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota VikingsOctober 11, 1964

In 1964, the Minesota Vikings coice to wear white jerseys for every home game of that season. This was highy unusual for a northern state team but, in a promotion by the NFL, the Vikings joined with several other teams to bring the “Colors of the NFL” to their home game fans.

However, in a home game against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 11, 1964, someone forget t0 tell the Lions equipment manager to pack their dark jerseys for the game. So the game began with both teams in white jerseys. 

Now in 1962, the Vikings had begun wearing purple pants with their white jerseys which they would do for 3 more seasons but not again until 2006. 

But do to the confusion for players of both teams, the Vikings changed into their purple jerseys to begin the second quarter. This also made the 1964 Vikings the first team to wear a “monochrome” dark color uniform in the history of the NFL.  This would not occur again until the 2001 season when the New Orleans saints wore an all black uniform in 3 games during that season.   

Display commerating the Lions vs Vikings “white on white” game played Oct. 11, 1964

To commerate this game and get a feel for what this game might have looked, I created this display. The figures are custom painted Miggle ’67 Big Men displayed in a 5″ x 3 5/8″ x 3 1/8″ plastic display case for 1/64 scale die cast models. 

Author: nefgm6

Founder and Curator - The National ELECTRIC FOOTBALL Game Museum

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