The Indianapolis Colts are a professional football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. They are currently members of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National League. The club was officially founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1953, but can trace its history to the Dayton Triangles, a founding member of the league that was originally created in 1913. After a series of changes, it assumed the name Baltimore Colts, replacing a previous team that folded in 1950. Playing at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, the Colts became the first team to have cheerleaders. The team then relocated to Indianapolis in 1984, first playing at the Hoosier Dome, which was then renamed the RCA Dome before moving to Lucas Oil Stadium in 2008. The Colts won four championships (three Championships in 1958, 1959, 1968; and Super Bowl V in 1971) while in Baltimore. Since moving to Indianapolis, they won Super Bowl XLI in 2007. Also since 1998, the team has become the first in league history to win 12 games or more in five consecutive seasons—extending this record to seven after the 2009 season.
Origin of the Colts
The Colts franchise was officially created in 1953, but can trace its history to before the League actually began: its earliest predecessor was the Dayton Triangles, a founding member of the League that was originally created in 1913. That team went through the following changes:
Dayton Triangles relocated and renamed Brooklyn Dodgers in 1930.
Changed name to Brooklyn Tigers in 1944. In the same year, the Boston Yanks are founded.
Merged with Boston Yanks in 1945 as the wartime "The Yanks."
Franchise cancelled in 1945 by league and the team's temporary merger with the Boston Yanks is made permanent, as a parallel team (AAFC New York Yankees) is founded by the Tigers' former owner.
Miami Seahawks of the AAFC are purchased and relocated to Baltimore and renamed the Colts (Originally wearing Green and Silver). This franchise was dissolved by the league on January 18, 1951.
Boston Yanks move to New York in 1949 and become New York Yanks, absorbing much of the Yankees' roster the next year.
New York Yanks move to Dallas in 1952 as Dallas Texans.
Texans become a road team halfway through the 1952 season and are dissolved shortly thereafter.
Dallas Texans franchise was moved to Baltimore on January 23, 1953 where, keeping the Colts name, they keep the Texans team colors of blue and white.
The AAFC Baltimore Colts
The 2 leagues merged in 1950, and the Colts joined the National League. After posting a 1–11 record for the second consecutive year, the franchise was dissolved by the league on January 18, 1951, because of its failing financial condition. But many Baltimore fans protested the loss of their team and continued to support the marching band (the second in professional football, after that of their local rivals, the Washington Redskins) and fan club, both of which remained in operation and worked for the team's revival.
The Dallas Texans
After two seasons without professional football, Commissioner Bert Bell challenged Baltimore in December 1952 to sell 15,000 season tickets within six weeks in order to re-enter the League. That 15,000-ticket quota was reached in four weeks and three days. On January 23, 1953, under the principal ownership of Carroll Rosenbloom, the Dallas Texans franchise was moved to Baltimore where, assuming the Colts nickname, the Texans' team colors of blue and white were retained. This is the franchise that exists today in Indianapolis. The Texans had a long and winding history; they started as the Boston Yanks in 1944 and merged with the Brooklyn Tigers (previously known as the Dayton Triangles, an original League team established in the 1910s) for the 1945 season before moving to New York as the Bulldogs in 1949. The team then became the Yanks in 1950, and many of the players from the New York Yankees of the All-America Football Conference were added to the team. The Yanks moved to Dallas after the 1951 season, but played their final two home games of the 1952 season at the Rubber Bowl in Akron, Ohio. Note: This team should not be confused with the Dallas Texans of the American League; they were a founding member of the AFL in 1960 and in 1963 moved to Kansas City and became the Chiefs.
The Baltimore Colts
On December 28, 1958, Baltimore faced the New York Giants in the Championship game at Yankee Stadium. Unitas handed off to Alan Ameche who dove across the goal line to give Baltimore a 23–17 win, in what many call the greatest game ever played. The game would serve as a launching point for the NFL's remarkable boom in popularity. The next season, Baltimore had a Championship Game rematch with the New York Giants, with the game this time being played at Memorial Stadium. For the first three quarters the Colts fell behind 9–7. Unitas led the Colts back in the fourth quarter scoring 24 unanswered points, and Baltimore to claim their 2nd straight NFL Championship with a 31–16 victory.
Baltimore Colts at Super Bowl III
Super Bowl III was the third Championship Game in professional American football, but the first to officially bear the name Super Bowl (The two previous Championship Games would retroactively be called Super Bowls as well). This game is regarded as one of the greatest upsets in sports history. The heavy underdog American League champion New York Jets (11–3) defeated the National League champion Baltimore Colts (13–1) by a score of 16–7. It was the first Super Bowl victory for the AFL. Baltimore moves on. The new Baltimore team was named the Ravens after a fan vote. The Colts' final game in Baltimore was played on December 18, 1983 against the Houston Oilers. When the Colts play a game in Baltimore the name Colts is not used. The Colts are introduced as the Indianapolis professional football team and referred to as Indy on the stadium scoreboards. 1999 In what was the greatest one-year turnaround in League history, the Colts went 13-3 in 1999, tying a franchise record for most wins in a season, and won the AFC East. They finished tied for the second best record in the conference with the Tennessee Titans (who did not win their division), the second best record in the League with the Titans and St. Louis Rams, and earned a first-round bye. In the first ever playoff game in Indianapolis, however, the Colts fell 19-16 to the eventual AFC Champion Titans. Manning, James and Harrison earned Pro Bowl honors, while kicker Mike Vanderjagt won the League scoring title and James took home the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Baltimore Colts Logos and uniforms
The Colts' logo and uniforms have remained the same since the team's debut in 1953. The helmet is white with a speed blue single stripe & horseshoe logos. The blue jerseys have white shoulder stripes while the white jerseys have blue stripes. The team also wears white pants with blue stripes down the sides. From 1982 through 1986, the Colts wore gray pants with their blue jerseys. The gray pants featured a horseshoe on the top of the sides with the player's number inside the horseshoe. The Colts continued to wear white pants with their white jerseys throughout this period, and in 1987, the gray pants were retired. The Colts wore blue pants with their white jerseys for the first three games of the 1995 season, but then returned to white pants with both the blue and white jerseys. The team made some minor uniform adjustments before the start of the 2004 season, including reverting from blue to the traditional gray face masks, darkening their blue colors from a royal blue to speed blue, as well as adding two white stripes to the socks. In 2006, the stripes were removed from the socks. In 2002, the Colts made a minor striping pattern change on their jerseys, having the stripes only on top of the shoulders then stop completely. Previously, the stripes used to go around to underneath the jersey sleeves. This was done because the Colts, like many other football teams, were beginning to manufacture the jerseys to be tighter to reduce holding calls and reduce the size of the sleeves. Although the white jerseys of the Minnesota Vikings at the time also had a similar striping pattern and continued as such (as well as the throwbacks the New England Patriots wore in the Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions in 2002, though the Patriots later wore the same throwbacks in 2009 with truncated stripes and in 2010 became their official alternate uniform), the Colts and most college teams with this striping pattern (most notably the LSU Tigers football team) didn't make this adjustment. Replica jerseys sold for retail still have the original striping pattern, though authentic game-day worn jerseys do have the partial striping pattern of the current jerseys. The 2010 season will see the Colts with an “updated” third jersey.
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