The Tampa Tribune from Tampa, Florida on June 15, 1975 · 55
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THE TAMPA TRIBUNE STATE LOCAL NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL SPORTS SECTION D TAMPA, FLA., Sunday, June 15, 1975 Swashbucklers Will Wear Orange, Red And White D asliimg Bees Hoist Tlneir Colors The Tampa Bay Buccaneers now have an official emblem appropriate to the nickname, official uniform design, and colors. The colors are Orange, Red and White, not Orange, Green and White as was originally proposed. The uniform will be basically White with Orange and Red striping, Orange numerals outlined in Red. On some away occasions, the jersies will be Orange, Vhich is identified as the primary color of the Bucs. The emblem, designed by award-winning Tribune artist-cartoonist Lamar Sparkman, is the head of a Buccaneer, wearing a wide-brimmed plumed hat. He is winking and he has a dagger clinched between his teeth. Color artwork by Sparkman on this page and on 1-A demonstrates. 1 James M. (Red) McEwen, chairman of Buc Owner Hugh Culverhouse's advisory committee, announced the choices yesterday. All have been registered and now are copyrighted. The NFL owners must approve them one more time, but no problems are anticipated. Green was dropped and Red subsituted for several reasons, said McEwen. "We had artists work on the original combinations of Orange, Green and White, for some time. Never were we able to avoid looking very much like either Florida A-M, the University of Miami, or the Miami Dolphins. The Miami Dolphins, I don't think, were too happy about that and right now we are not interested in upsetting any potential rival, especially one of the caliber of the Dolphins. "SO WE went to Red," said Red, "because it is a warm color like Orange and White, because it is a lively color, and because Red is Sort of pirate-y. White Base Uniforms Most Of The Time "Also, now we are embracing one color of most of our college football teams, including the Red of the late Tampa Spartans. Florida State also uses Red, to be exact, Garnet, and Orange is one of the colors of Florida, Florida A-M and Miami. So now the Bucs are a composite of all of our university teams." Ron Wolf, director of operations for the Bucs, said it now appears that the Bucs will be able to wear the basic white uniforms with striping at all home games and probably all away games except at Dallas, Miami and Cleveland, where Orange jersies will be worn. Tampan Bill Marcum, now the Buc director of public relations and promotions, pointed out that the White basic uniform should be a definite advantage playing in Florida in warm weather. "Take for example," he said, "when the Chicago Bears come here, Tampa will be in White, the Bears in Black jersies." . The Buc emblem required a bit more discussion by the advisory committee before the Sparkman design was okayed. There was some lobbying for a patch over the right eye, instead of having the eye winking. BUT, OBJECTORS noted first that the Oakland Raiders have a patch, and second that it is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and not the Tampa Bay Pirates and that there is a difference. "I think what we wanted," said McEwen, "was a sort of high class cut-throat, and we got him." The Buc emblem suggests a sort of rakish highwayman of the waterways. "Our Buccaneers," said Marcum, "are Robin Hoods of the bounding main." Culverhouse, Wolf and Ken LaRue, assistant to Wolf, pretty much left colors, emblems and general uniform design to the advisory committee, except for final approval. In the meeting when the decisions were made, one committee member was concerned that the Sparkman Buc looked more like Errol Flynn. MEMBER JIMMY Kynes quickly wondered aloud, "what's wrong with Errol Flynn?" Sparkman admitted he sought to design a Buc of the cut of Errol Flynn, or of Jean Lafitte, or of Musketeer D. 'Artag-non. The Tampa Bay Buc would be a woman's man as well as a man's man. A Cavalier Who Does Not Sweat Much He would be a likeable rogue and rascal. . He would tip his hat to the captain whose boat he just sacked, or to the swordsman he just beat, but whose life he spared. He would be impeccable in dress no matter what the circumstance, and gallant, swashbuckling, fearless, courteous, unfailingly fair, tireless, dashing, and aspire for nothing less than total victory, but he would not necessarily sweat a lot. All this was a piece of cake for artist Sparkman. "I guess the first thing I ever drew was a pirate," he said. The Morning After Tom McEwen Tribune Sports Editor "While I waited in my father's office as a kid and drew, I drew pirates." He has drawn countless buccaneers (or the Gasparilla Festival here, including most of The Tribune special section covers for years. Sparkman is a longtime member of the Gasparilla crew. Indeed, his daughter was Gasparilla queen. . BUT", SPARKMAN swears the official Tampa Bay Buc emblem had no model, only "the idea that he must be a cavalier, not a hairy-legged slob." He "took the hat sample, drew it and fitted the face beneath. The plum feather adds class, I think. I pot the dagger in his mouth to add aggression and then had him wink. It is a half wink and half sneer. Buc secretary Viola Drawdy was . asked by the committee for an opinion, as were two to other women. They all liked it, but identified the sneer as a leer. "Whether there should be a wink or not occupied the most prolonged discussion," said member Kynes. "A patch was put on and removed." Remember, the Oakland Raider wears a patch. That's appropriate. Oakland's colors are Black and Silver. The Buc emblem, of course, goes on the helmet, and it will be the only NFL helmet with a face. Sparkman checked that out. . "We believe the colors, the emblems and the uniform styles are most suitable, and genuinely represent Tampa Bay," said McEwen, who quickly denied the Red was in reward of his service as chairman of the selection committee. - , . " it ' : 4 "A -'"' , .. -V" i.f. ft, iff . . .! ifi ,V )s ..; , Jicr J .. y !' t " ' " ' " - . ' I I i - i i " - ' i t - - , ' t 1 tv; 4 ! 4 L Artwerk By Lamar Sparkman The Tampa Bucs As You'll See Them In 1976 . . official home uniform of the XFL's Bucs, and note the shadowy official signaling TOUCHDOWN! v '1 Reds Rout & , Cubs CHICAGO (UPI) - Johnny Bench collected four straight hits and Tony Perez drove in four runs yesterday to give the Cincinnati Reds an 11-3 lead over the Chicago Cubs in a game suspended after eight innings because of darkness.) The game, which was held up for an hour by after seven innings, will be resumed prior to Sunday's regularly-scheduled contest. It was the third game suspended because' of darkness at Wrigley field so far this season. The Cubs' home park is the only one in the major leagues without! lights. The Reds, who collected 13 hits, have now banged out 37 in the last two games against ; the Cubs. Cesar Geronimo picked up three more hits to. give him eight out of 10 in the two games played. The Reds jumped on Cub stater Steve Stone for three 1 runs and four hits in the second inning and added single 1 runs in the third and fourth. Cincinnati starter Clay ; Kirby was forced to leave the game after five innings when 1 his pitching arm tightened and -Fred Norman and Pedro Bor- bon pitched through the eighth -inning. When the game resumed after the rain delay, Cincinna- j! ti sent 10 batters to the plate against Bob Locker and scored five runs. Bench's fourth hit. a dou-ble, came after Joe Morgan had walked and both runners scored on Perez' single. 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Not Expansion Blockage Stewart Eyes S ol BYTOMMcEWEN Tribune Sports Editor Now comes the basic question, "Can Roger Stewart block expansion of Tampa Stadium from 46,000 to 71,000 seats?" The answer seems to be both yes, and no. But first, he says he doesn't want to do that, only to see that safe and lawful pollution standards are met. Stewart heads the county en-viornmental protection agency. He works for the county en-viornmental commission, which really is the Hillsborough County Commission, wearing another hat. Stewart has said that as the expansion plans now sit, he is in the process of disapproving them because off-site parking is inadequate and that enough cars to handle 71,000 moving about in the vin-cinty of Tampa Stadium would be ution harmful to health, and illegal, too. He wants a better satellite parking plan to assure that Tampa Stadium patrons won't be gassed into insensibility. THE TAMPA Sports Authority and Bill Watson Company archi-t e c t s and engineers continued working over the weekend on both a new pollution plan and studying the construction bids that were Please See Page 4, Col 1 Legendary Pele A Cosmos Today PELE . bouncing in TV: CBS (Ch. 13), 3:30 p.m. NEW YORK Except for a heavyweight championship fight, no other sports event in New York City has attracted so much attention around the world as today's soccer game in which Pele begins his comeback and reclaims the crown he gave up eight months ago. The game between the New York jjT Cosmos, the team Pele will be playing for, and the Dallas Tornado, which features Kyle Rote Jr., is an exhibition. At least 300 newsmen, most from Europe and South America, will cover the contest at Downing Stadium which will be televised in about 20 Please See Page I, Col.

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