These guys weren’t “LDS” — they were Mormons and proud of it

September 11, 2012    By: Geoff J @ 9:41 am   Category: Life

Check out this great shot of the 1951 NIT Champion BYU Cougars men’s basketball team.  Too cool.

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  1. Anyone know anything about this picture? I assume it is real but with Photoshop there is no telling.

    Comment by Geoff J — September 11, 2012 @ 10:41 am

  2. I’m told the photo is real. Seems legit enough to me. It was reportedly taken in Brazil on a trip that team took.

    Comment by Geoff J — September 11, 2012 @ 11:14 am

  3. Cool shot. Looks like it’s included in this book published earlier this year.

    Comment by Christopher — September 11, 2012 @ 11:48 am

  4. If the photo is real why is there a glowing halo block around the words Mormon on each of their jackets? The way the letters “sit” on the fabric is also off…

    Comment by k — September 12, 2012 @ 4:56 am

  5. The sharpness clarity and richness of the black text is also off from the surrounding image.

    Comment by k — September 12, 2012 @ 4:58 am

  6. why is there a glowing halo block around the words Mormon on each of their jackets?

    Likely because the letters are not sewn on directly but rather are a nameplate added afterward, and the two fabrics don’t match exactly. This is fairly common in sports.

    Comment by Christopher — September 12, 2012 @ 6:47 am

  7. Also, see this video for members of that team specifically remembering wearing the “Mormon” warm ups: http://youtu.be/fB0L-8nXueY?t=1m30s

    Comment by Christopher — September 12, 2012 @ 6:57 am

  8. Thanks for the extra info and links, Christopher.

    Comment by Geoff J — September 12, 2012 @ 8:48 am

  9. That’s a great picture.

    Comment by Jacob J — September 22, 2012 @ 8:06 am

  10. Signature Books ran another version of this photo in the book “Zion’s Camp,” although the author identified it as the football team, with a joke figuring Jim McMahon. See also “Hail Mary” and “Miracle Bowl.”
    http://signaturebookslibrary.org/?p=17962

    Comment by BC — September 23, 2012 @ 6:48 am

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