With the Hawaii Warriors coming to Tucson this weekend, there will be plenty of ceremonies honoring the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the U.S.S. Arizona.
At the forefront of those tributes are these special uniforms the Arizona Wildcats will be wearing on Saturday:
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Essentially, these uniforms are supposed to represent the different parts of the ship, and the colors they were back in 1941.
Let’s break this down piece by piece, starting from the top.
The white helmet represents the upper mast of the ship, while the slightly different A is one that was worn by the Arizona’s football team.
Plus the date of Pearl Harbor just above the facemask.
And the bell will be on the back as well:
The whole thing is grey to match the color of the ship’s hull, and the hull number will be worn on the back instead of a nameplate.
The patch on the right shoulder represents the 47th Pursuit Squadron. This group is credited with shooting down eight Japanese planes on that day. The left shoulder will have a 48-star flag, since Arizona was the 48th state admitted to the Union, and there were also only 48 states at the time of Pearl Harbor.
The pants are red to match the color of the ship’s keel.
Is this the best thing that Arizona Athletics has ever come up with? I think this is about as perfect as it can be. Hopefully they look as good if not better in person Saturday night.