In 1880 the
Princeton football team adopted an orange and black striped jersey
with alternating stripes on both the body and the full-length sleeves.
It was about this time that a newspaper account credited the men
from Nassau Hall with fighting like Tigers.
orange derives from the fact that its original college building,
Nassau Hall, was named in the "immortal memory" of William of Orange
of the House of Nassau. The black came about because it was the
only color ink available when the Class of 1869 wanted its class
numerals printed on orange badges to wear for a baseball game with
Yale in 1868. At the Saratoga Regatta in 1874, Princeton crews wore
orange and black, and since that year these have been recognized.
your mouse over Dick Kazmaier's Photo to see the current uniform.