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Break Out the Powder Blue


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By Tate Hawkins, Student Assistant, Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations

You've seen it all over athletics and campus. From jerseys, hats, helmets, and even to T-shirts that get tossed into the crowd. Fans have clung to this over the past few years with their attire. Now, what are you thinking about? If you're thinking of a color, then you are absolutely correct. Over the past few years, the Rebels' alternate color of powder blue has become a fan favorite. Now, the beloved color will be featured by the Ole Miss baseball team throughout the 2016 season.

Powder blue was first donned by an Ole Miss sports team during the 1948 football season when the color was on the football helmet. Worn up until 1977, then again from 1983-1994 the powder blue was beloved by Rebel fans. The color made a surprise comeback in 2014 when the Ole Miss football team wore powder blue helmets identical to the ones worn in 1989 to honor the late Chucky Mullins who lost his life after battling being paralyzed from a hit in a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores on October 28, 1989. Mullins received a wide outpouring of support from the Oxford community and Rebel fans nationwide, symbolizing the family aspect that Rebels of all ages love to this day.

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The powder blue helmets were worn four times during the 2015 football season. They were featured when the Rebels went to Tuscaloosa to beat Alabama, followed by games against Vanderbilt, Memphis, and in the Sugar Bowl victory against Oklahoma State. Then in last week's series finale against FIU, a 16-5 win, the Rebel baseball team warmed up in its traditional white with navy pinstripes before making the switch into all powder blues before taking the field. Coach Mike Bianco said that the jerseys "were something we've been planning for a while, and we're glad to see that they turned out well." Players loved them as well. J.B. Woodman described them as "the coolest uniforms in college baseball," while Wyatt Short said that he didn't "have words to describe my feelings," when the jerseys were unveiled. The powder blues were broken out again in the rubber game against No. 2 Louisville, who wore a red uniform combination that resembled the Houston Astros' jerseys during the Nolan Ryan era. Now, fans have had their own opinions of the jerseys: some love the idea, and some are not so fond of it. However, the history and tradition behind the color means more to Rebel fans than the idea of just having a cool uniform.

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If you haven't seen the jerseys I'm talking about, you have a few options to get a look for yourself. You can come out to a home game this season; the powder blues have been worn on Sunday of the first two weekend series. You can check out the pictures on the Ole Miss Baseball's social media accounts (Twitter: @OleMissBSB, Facebook: Ole Miss Baseball and Instagram: olemissbsb.). If neither of those are your forte, think Stan Musial-era St. Louis Cardinals.


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