Today's Tidbit... Officials' Uniforms in 1932
Yesterday, the U.S.P.S. brought me the 1932 revision/supplement to F.A. Lambert’s 1926 volume, How to Officiate Football. As the first, or one of the first, books detailing the philosophy and mechanics of officiating, it influenced the state and regional organizations that formed at the time to train and schedule officials.
Officials did not consistently wear uniforms before the 1920s when they began wearing white (with black socks) as seen in Lambert’s picture above. While his organization opted for generic white, he commented positively on the Southern Football Officials Association’s (SFOA) spin on the regulation uniform and jacket.
Lambert also argued for officials to:
Arrive clean-shaven in a clean uniform
Not wear a coat over their white shirt unless, like SFOA officials, they have a regulation jacket.
For more on the appearance of officials, the following articles cover the evolution of officials’ uniforms from football’s birth to the 1960s.
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