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  1. I’d like to think the 2-tone is due to two different fabrics being used, and one of them fading in the wash more than the other. If not, those are just weird pants.

  2. I hadn’t noticed the two tone pants before, but I loved the tight shoulder stripes on the mid 70s road jerseys. Seems like they brought them back once – maybe for the 1993 Rose Bowl…

    But with the essentially sleeveless jerseys of today, it would be pointless to got back to those.

  3. I do not recall the difference in those Michigan pants from the 70′s. But the pics make it obvious. As for 2 shades I noticed those cool early 1930′s jerseys. # 28 and # 32 had different shade of maize number on the front and back.

  4. cb2009 :I’d like to think the 2-tone is due to two different fabrics being used, and one of them fading in the wash more than the other. If not, those are just weird pants.

    That is correct – you’ll see that among colleges and NFL teams in the 60s, 70s, and even up until say 1985/86 when that shiny-spandex fabric that didn’t fade became used for the entire pants, not just the fronts that got more wear on artifical turf.

  5. I agree thatit is two different fabrics. The showy shiny front fabric is a no-stretch woven nylon called combat cloth. The lighter color back and crotch fabric was usally a double knit polyester which had more flex and some stretch and not as good dye. Spandex fabrics did not exist that long ago.