There’s A Bunch of Cool UC Stuff In The Getty Archives

I spent a long time rooting around for Bearcats stuff in the Getty Images archives. Here are my findings.


I love Bearcats history and old UC photographs. There aren’t many available online, so sometimes it feels like I’ve seen everything. However, the Getty Images archive is a treasure trove of UC history. I spent some time looking through their oldest offerings and grabbed some samples of cool and historically significant Bearcats shots.


Left: Cincinnati professor Dr. Albert Sabin is famous for having creating the oral polio vaccine. Here he is sitting at his desk in his laboratory at UC.

Right: I believe this is from a series of photos taken of Oscar Robertson before his first varsity season in 1957. This is notable because he’s wearing #23, not the #12 he became famous for in Clifton that hangs on the wall of The Shoe today.


Left: UC archery club member Alice Kern poses against a target.

Right: A long time ago, UC students used to do something called Flag Rush. Think of it as giant game of caputure the flag that pitted the freshman against the sophomores. It started in the 1870s before ending around WW1. The game would sometimes last for days. Here, in 1908, is Flag Rush. This picture is taken on Carson Field (where Nippert now sits) and you can see the original McMicken Hall looming behind the fence in the background. For its age, the quality is phenomeal.


Left: 1916 photo of a student in the Pi Kappa Alpha house at UC.

Right: 1921 photo of girls in Greek costumes competing in the “Grecian Games” to benefit the UC athletic fund.


Left: President Roosevelt speaking in the rain at Nippert Stadium, October 1936.

Right: 18-year-old UC pitcher Sandy Koufax signs with the Brooklyn Dodgers just before Christmas 1954.


Left: Oscar Robertson after a workout at UC, 1958.

Right: Oscar Robertson vs Iowa at Madison Square Garden for LIFE Magazine. He scored 50 points.


Left: Oscar Robertson bent over in pain after getting poked in the eye in a game against Iowa.

Right: Oscar Robertson reads a newspaper while in NYC for a holiday tournament at Madison Square Garden.


Left: Oscar Robertson shakes hands with George Smith as his jersey is retired.

Right: UC’s Paul Hogue faces off against Ohio State’s Jerry Lucas as the Bearcats win the 1961 NCAA Championship.


Left: Bearcats vs North Texas, November 1968. This was the last season UC’s wore blank helmets for each game. (They also wore blank red helmets in 1967, but without the white stripe.)

Right: UC professor Neil Armstrong steps out of his office for his first day as professor, 1971.


Bearcat quarterback legend Greg Cook faces the Ohio Bobcats at Nippert Stadium, November 1968.


Left: Bearcat basketball legend Pat Cummings takes one to the hoop against Eastern Kentucky at Riverfront Coliseum, circa 1978.

Right: Nick Van Exel drives to the basket against Michigan State in the second round of the 1992 NCAA Tournament in Dayton.


Nick Van Exel vs Michigan, 1992 Final Four.


Left: Penn State’s Richie Anderson flies into the endzone in a 1992 game at Nippert Stadium.

Right: President Bill Clinton reacts to a call during UC’s win over the Arkansas Razorbacks, December 1995.


Nick Van Exel runs the point, hoists a shot at Fifth Third Arena.


Left: Melvin Levett, February 1996.

Right: Danny Fortson, February 1996.


Left: Melvin Levett rises for a huge block, February 1996.

Right: Current UConn coach Kevin Ollie runs the court in a game against the Bearcats, March 1995.


Kenyon Martin reaches for a rebound and the Bearcats hoist a trophy for knocking off #1 Duke in the 1998 Great Alaska Shootout.


Left: Kenyon Martin sits injured on the bench during the 2000 NCAA Tournament.

Right: Kenyon Martin NBA Draft photo.


Left: Tony Bobbitt soars for a dunk against Oregon, December 2002.

Right: Bob Huggins argues with an official during what would be his final game with the Bearcats, March 2005.

Every Bearcats Basketball Uniform Ever (Part 1: 1898–1971)


Basketball illustration from the 1907 edition of The Cincinnatian. (UC Libraries)

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been slowly chipping away at it. This is a really time consuming project that I would have preferred to complete all at once. However, you’ll noticed I stopped at 1971. The ’70s and ’80s are a weird dead space for UC history because it’s the period after early history (which is cataloged online) and it’s before recent history (which is cataloged online). I can find every uniform starting in the ’90s pretty easily, but that dead zone will be hard to fill. If you have any photos from the ’70s and ’80s, or ideas on where to get them, feel free to let me know. I’d love to finish Part 2 of this.

If you have a question, or if you see something I’ve messed up, let me know. I’m not perfect, this was a cumbersome project, and history can get murky. I’d rather just get everything correct.

A huge thanks to the online archives of the UC Libraries. I believe every image is from them. They’re the best.

Tip: Use CTRL+F (or command+F on Mac) to quickly jump to a specific year.


[NOTE: This wasn’t even a varsity team. (The first varsity team on record isn’t until 1901–02.) It’s not listed in the basketball media guide, but the 1897–98 edition of The Cincinnatian has a photo and team roster of what appears to be the first UC basketball team. They played one game that season, and it looks like it was an scrimmage against another UC club team. The game ended in a 2–2 tie.]

They didn’t have uniforms. What you’re seeing are the football uniforms.



Solid black with a Block “C”. The turtlenecks are what was worn by the football during that time period, so it looks like they just copied those.


1902, 1903

Solid black with subtle striping. It’s hard to say for sure what the colors were, but UC hadn’t adopted red and black as official colors yet. They really could be anything.


1904, 1905, 1906

Solid black with “UC” inside a circle. I think it’s interesting how the wide shoulders resemble the more modern cut jerseys worn in the Adidas era. I also find it interesting that the team returned to pants after wearing shorts for three seasons. I can’t imagine anyone playing basketball in shorts and deciding heavy football pants were better.



1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911

Very similar to the 1904 uniforms, but now with just a “C” inside a circle. Again with heavy football pants. These even look like they have pads in them.



1912, 1913, 1914, 1915

Solid black with script “Cin’ti.” I don’t know the etymology of that, but it’s an abbreviation for Cincinnati that you see fairly often on older postcards and things of that nature. It’s the equivalent of a “Cincy” jersey nowadays.



1916, 1917

Black and white stripes.


1918, 1919, 1920, 1921

Completely blank. Solid black and solid white. I’d like to see a team brave enough to try turning these into throwbacks. Imagine blank uniforms on ESPN.



Solid black with an elongated Block “C”. Since one player is wearing the same jersey in white, I’d assume they had home and away uniforms with the same design.


1923, 1924, 1925

NOTE: For a brief period in the ’20s, UC just pretended its mascot was a bear. You can see the logo here. They even had a live bear cub at football games.

Solid white and black with a bear logo. If I could pick one throwback for Under Armour to whip up, these would be my choice.





1926, 1927, 1928

1926 was the first time “Cincinnati” appeared on the front of Bearcats basketball jerseys. It was black font on a black uniform.


1929, 1930, 1931

1929 added black (or maybe even red) piping on white uniforms around the shoulders and at the bottom of the shorts. Piping around the shorts is still common to this day, and we first saw the trend on UC uniforms in 1929.

[Note: I couldn’t track down good enough photos of the 1930 team, so I can’t say for certain that they worse these uniforms. Based on the fact that they wore them in ’29 and ’31, I feel comfortable assuming.]


1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936

In 1932, uniforms featured a prominent belt buckle as well as something resembling modern sneakers. Those are the only two differences separating these from the 1926 uniform, as far as I can tell.



Similar to the 1929 uniforms but without piping around the shoulders, the addition of black belts, and black-striped socks.



Same as 1937, but minus the socks.


1939, 1941, 1942, 1943

Very similar to the 1932 uniforms, but it looks like shiny (silk?) shorts were standard starting in 1939.



In 1940, at least one uniform featured mismatched jersey and shorts. I’m not sure if the black road uniforms had white shorts.


1944, 1945, 1946, 1947

Similar to the 1938 uniforms, but these don’t have black piping around the shorts. “Cincinnati” is also changed, and this new version reminds me a lot of old Reds uniforms, for whatever reason. A much more subtle arc to the word itself.

The road uniforms were black on black, and thus nearly impossible to see in photos. Additionally, you can tell in the photo below that some jerseys had a number on the front but no “Cincinnati.” This happened on and off from 1944–47.


1948, 1949

1948 is when the uniforms started to resemble what we picture when thinking of Bearcats throwbacks. The shorts featured piping with a triple stripe (white, black, white). The warmups were really spiffy, and are adorned by my favorite version of the bearcat.


1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959

These were a common version of the ’50s and ’60s era uniforms. The triple stripe piping on the shorts appears to be black-red-black. “Cincinnati” appears to be red outlined in black.

Below is a game against Cedarville in 1950 when at least one player wore mismatched jersey and shorts. I couldn’t find evidence of this being a trend, so I can’t say with confidence if this was something that happened for one game, one season, multiple season, or was nothing more than a wardrobe issue by a forgetful equipment manager.



1951, 1952

These appear to be the same as the 1950 uniforms, but with solid black piping instead of the triple black-red-black. After a couple seasons, they abandoned that until 1966.


1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965

These are the classics, in my opinion. Simple and perfect.

The shoulder piping was nothing more than a heavy black stripe. The piping along the shorts appears to be a triple stripe of black-red-black. “Cincinnati” is now a solid, flawless black.

They wore these for five consecutive Final Four appearances and back-to-back National Championship victories. The Bearcats revived these (or something based off of these) in 2010–11 and 2011–12.


1966, 1967, 1968, 1969

Starting in 1966, the uniforms were essentially a combination of the 1960 uniforms (same jersey, it would appear) and the 1950 uniforms (similar single black stripe piping on the shorts).

These seem like a half-step away from the ’50s and ’60s standards, and the next edition in 1970 completes the full step.


1970, 1971

Another small set of tweaks to the 1966 uniforms results in a completely different set of duds than the ones worn from 1948–1965. These uniforms are fine, although nothing special. They’re essentially a standard ’70s version of what was worn in the previous 20+ years.


Storylines Heading Into Bearcats Basketball Season


Troy Caupain celebrates a three-pointer against Iowa State. (

We’re on the cusp of basketball season, and I could not be happier. Between the struggles the Bearcats have endured on the football field since September and the talent Mick Cronin has in his locker room this year, I’m not sure I’ve ever been more excited for the season to tip off.

One thing I always make note of before opening night are the storylines to follow. I know the season ultimately boils down to wins and losses, but things are much more exciting if you can follow smaller, more nuanced developments throughout the season. Losses are much more palatable if you can look back and say “Tough night, but that Jarron Cumberland kid is going to be special.”

Sports, especially at the collegiate level, are filled with drama. Here’s what to watch for this season:

Team Storylines:

  • Is the “curse” over? Last season a black cloud seemed to be following this team. Despite its talent and depth, they could never get over the hump or mange to bring home the big wins. The Bearcats lost 11 games last year. Eight of those were by decided in overtime or by four points or fewer. Another was a loss to Xavier. That makes nine of 11 losses that eat at you. If the Bearcats play just as well as last season, but manage to make an extra play in those big games, we’re looking at a very successful year. From a sheer mathematical standpoint, it’s highly unlikely that kind of “bad luck” continues.
  • Can the offense adapt? Mick Cronin has more talent and scoring ability than he’s ever had. Troy Caupain will be a senior who has shown the ability to take over at the end of games. Gary Clark and Kyle Washington are both strong offensive threats down low. Jarron Cumberland is young, but should be able to throw some points on the board. Jacob Evans may be Cronin’s most talented scorer ever. This is not the team Mick took to battle in the Old Big East. These kids can score, and competition isn’t nearly as tough. Five or six years ago, Mick was forced to play a grind-it-out game in order to limit possessions and hang with more talented teams. With competition and talent being inferior in the AAC and the Bearcats having an array of scorers, Mick needs to open things up a little bit. I’m not saying UC should play like the Golden State Warriors, but it would be smart to let these kids run a little bit. Playing a slow, grinding game would squander a lot of talent Mick has dressed in red and black.
  • How good is the AAC? Fingers crossed, but the AAC might be better top to bottom than it’s ever been. Of course, the bottom of the conference is still awful, but I don’t think most of those teams will be putrid. The upper crust is clear-cut. The middle, with teams like SMU, Houston, and Memphis will likely surprise some. Temple, ECU, and UCF will at least be respectable. Tulsa, USF, and Tulane will struggle, but they have solid coaching that should keep them from being the kind of 325 RPI team that murders your strength of schedule.
  • Who wins the conference? Cincinnati was the preseason favorite, receiving six votes to UConn’s five. However, as Cronin pointed out at media days, that’s essentially a tie. UC and UConn will enter the season as virtual co-favorites, and the battle figures to be proven talent (Cincinnati) vs young potential (UConn). The showdowns between these two will continue to be must-see, as the most underrated conference rivalry in America rages on.
  • Will the Bearcats face Duke? I’m trying to contain my excitement on this one, because UC must first get past a very good Rhode Island team in the third game of the season. Howver, a game against #1 Duke would be incredible. If you win, it’s a marquee victory in program history. If you can hang tough in defeat, it will still be a really nice boost to RPI and KenPom rankings. I’m rooting hard for this matchup.

Individual Storylines:

  • Troy Caupain: I’ve called it the “SK leap,” but it should probably be called the “K-Mart leap.” Troy Caupain has built a very solid career for himself at Cincinnati. Staring down his senior season with the preseason accolades to match, can he make the leap from good player to great player? For this team to reach its ceiling, it needs an alpha dog. Caupain has that inside him, but will it come out for 35 minutes per game for an entire season? For the Bearcats, Troy may be the biggest factor separating a good season and a tournament win from a great season, a conference championship, and an appearance in the second weekend of March Madness.
  • Kevin Johnson: The local kid is in a pretty good spot. It’s rare that a one-dimensional scorer can play starter’s minutes without having to worry about adding other dimensions. In a starting lineup that will be filled with weapons, all Kevin has to do is hit open shots and play Bearcat defense. The Bearcats need him to be JaQuon Parker. He doesn’t need to score a ton, but he needs to out-hustle everyone on the floor and be the glue guy that covers up team mistakes with strong individual defense. Nobody will be talking about KJ this year, but that’s what makes his season so fascinating. Without him in the lineup, this is a vastly different team. Players like him tend to be my favorites, and I’m hoping he can put a good senior year at the end of his tenacious tenure in Clifton.
  • Jacob Evans: Troy has the weight of the team on his shoulders, but there may not be a player facing more personal pressure than Jacob Evans. With all the hype, it’s easy to forget that Evans had a pretty spotty freshman year that showed only glimpses of greatness. Of course, all signs point to that continuing consistently, but that’s not a given. If Troy isn’t the most important player on this team, it’s Jacob. The Bearcats need him to have a big year and be the consistent, versatile scoring threat they haven’t had since Sean Kilpatrick graduated. The potential and the talent is there, but that doesn’t mean it will happen overnight. Evans has the best NBA potential of any player in the Cronin era. Will we see that in 2016–17?
  • Gary Clark: The quietest member of the Big Three needs to quit being so quiet. CBS Sports analyst Jon Rothstein called him “silent yet violent.” That’s an amazing nickname, but it’s not what Cronin wants from him. Gary has the talent to be a dominant, intimidating player. Cronin has worked for three years on getting him out of his shell, and we haven’t seen it happen fully yet. The K-Mart comparisons are unfair, because they’re totally different players and it’s hard to expect a kid to be just like a #1 draft pick. However, the similarities in the confidence aspect of their careers is striking. Once Kenyon came into his own, he was a different player. Gary already has two great seasons under his belt. If he can be reborn as an in-your-face leader on the court, look out.
  • Kyle Washington: This will be one of the most interesting and obvious storylines this season, and it’s not something you’ll have to pay close attention to. If Washington buys into the system and successfully plays his role the way Mick wants him to, he’ll look like a good player. If he tries to be someone he’s not and forgets what Mick has been forcing on him, the team will struggle, he’ll look bad individually, and he won’t get the same kind of minutes he would otherwise. Kyle loves to shoot, but that’s not always what the team will need from him. If he can correctly pick his spots, the whole unit will look much smoother and more successful. Each player on the team has an important role to fill, but if Washington doesn’t play his, the Bearcats will be in trouble. He’s the only good option at center. He’s a great fit on paper, but he needs to be a great fit on the court.
  • Jarron Cumberland: Considering he’s (nearly) a Top 50 player and he’s from Cincinnati, Cumberland looks to be one of the biggest recruits in Cronin’s tenure. He’s built like an absolute tank and has a scoring prowess that’s beyond his years, especially by Bearcats standards. He’s in the perfect spot this year, because he’ll get significant minutes (15–20?) and he’ll be a big contributor without facing any pressure to by the guy. All he has to do is back up Johnson and Evans while scoring some points and not giving up buckets on the defensive end. He’ll probably be slow to come around defensively, but the system and the rest of the team is good enough that Cronin should be able to essentially make that a non-factor this season. He’ll be asked to do big things in the future, but all he has to do this year is give us a taste of that. Also, be on the lookout for at least one explosive game from him. He can be a J.R. Smith type of player. If he gets hot, he can go off.
  • Justin Jenifer: Last year, Jenifer’s only real job was to soak up a few minutes on the floor while Troy Caupain quickly caught his breath on the bench. This year, that will still be a factor in his role, but he’ll also have the opportunity to do a lot more. I’ve now heard several people say that Justin was the team’s most improved player this offseason. His style of play is exciting and not something the Bearcats have had in a while. If he can truly have a breakout year, this team is going to be so much better for it. It sounds like he’s learned to make the smart, easy plays rather than the difficult, flashy ones. If he can be responsible with the ball and create open shots, Cronin will be able to play Troy off the ball at the shooting guard position while Jenifer runs the offense. Overall, I’m not convinced this would be a fruitful endeavor, but I’m a fan of anything that adds an extra dimension to an offense that’s historically been pretty simple. I love the position Justin is in because he won’t be forced to do a ton, but he can seize a larger role if he earns it.
  • Quadri Moore: This is an interesting one. After two seasons of looking for signs of life from Quadri, I think we’re finally seeing some. Physically, he looks better than he has. Mentally and emotionally, he looks more engaged. He had a pretty solid preseason, which surprised many. It comes at a perfect time, because the Bearcats will actually need something from him this year. With thin front court depth, he’ll have to give his team some strong minutes so big men like Gary and Kyle can rest. He’s a versatile player when he’s playing to potential, and he’ll be an important wrinkle for the ‘Cats.
  • Tre Scott & Nysier Brooks: I’m not quite sure what to expect from these two, which I suppose is a storyline in itself. I think they’ll be what Justin Jenifer was last year, where you take whatever you can get and play it by ear. Mick could use any depth he can get in the front court, so if Scott or Brooks impress, they’ll earn themselves some minutes. Overall, I think they’ll be seen in limited spots, especially in game against weak non-conference teams and — god forbid — in case of injury.

These are the things I’ll be following closely as the season goes on. Let me know what you’re looking for. College basketball can be one of the most unpredictable sports, so it makes storylines like these even more fascinating. If a few of these go in UC’s favor, it will be a great season. On the other hand, if a few of these fall apart, the Bearcats could find themselves trying to sneak in the back door of March Madness when the final weeks of the season roll around.

The Bearcats Basketball YouTube Bible


(AP Photo)

Bearcats basketball is so close I can taste it. This is wonderful news, but it’s also excruciating. We’re heading into the longest week of the year as we prepare to tip off against Brown on Friday, November 11.

If you want to kill time and stuff yourself with YouTube videos, I have you covered. These should hold off the cravings for another seven days until we reach paradise. If you have something you feel should be added, let me know. I’d be happy to stuff this page with as much goodness as possible.

I’ve got some highlights and documentaries as well as some full games. Remember, everything in moderation. Now go crazy:


Bearcats TV 2015–16 Season Highlights

Remember where we left off with this spiffy recap of last season.



This gets me so hyped.


Suit Up Cincinnati

Answer everything we’ve heard without ever speaking a word.


Fifth Third Arena Renovation Fly Through

Get a feel for what the new home of Bearcats basketball will look like for the 2018–19 season.


The Bearcats Basketball History Video

The original Bearcats history video is the best. If you only have 90 seconds to get yourself hyped, this will do the trick every time. There’s a new version now that incorporates more modern elements like Yancy Gates, Cashmere Wright’s buzzer beater, and Sean Kilpatrick’s 2000th point. However, I always preferred the first version with the Nelly song. It’s the best. There’s also a slightly different version of this one.


1991–92 Season Highlight Video

This is now the most ’90s thing on this website. Re-live the Bearcats’ magical 1992 Final Four season with this recap video, complete with some NBA Jam-type music that gives way to “When You Wish Upon A Star” by Billy Joel. Try not to cry.


Cincinnati Upsets #2 Syracuse at Madison Square Garden

Watch the closing seconds of Mick Cronin’s biggest win at Cincinnati.


ESPN SportsCentury — Oscar Robertson (2003)


Fox Sports Beyond The Glory — Nick Van Exel (2002)


Nick Colosimo Highlights

Nick’s got videos for everybody. Troy Caupain’s junior year is above, but the rest can be found on his YouTube channel.

Full Games:

[If you go digging, there are more available online, and they’re constantly being added and removed. If you see one you really love, you might want to, um, “save it for yourself” using an online tool…]


Cincinnati Beats Memphis, K-Mart Notches Triple-Double

Kenyon Martin powers the #1 Bearcats past Memphis with a 28 point, 13 rebound, 10 block triple-double in January 2000. Thanks to Bearcats TV, you can watch the entire performance — called by Dan Hoard — in pretty impressive quality. If you’d prefer the condensed K-Mart highlights, those are on YouTube as well.


The Bearcats Beat FSU, Punch Their 2012 Sweet 16 Ticket

In one of the more exciting Bearcats games I can remember, the Bearcats overwhelmed 3-seed Florida State to clinch a trip to the Sweet 16 for the first time in the Cronin era. Thanks to Thane Stephen, the full game is available. Or you can just skip to the good part. The first-round game against Texas is also online.


Cincinnati vs Michigan — 1992 Final Four

The NCAA’s own YouTube channel is full of goodies for diehard college basketball fans. Check out the full 1992 Final Four game against Michigan and the Fab Five. It was a tough loss for the Bearcats, but it was the best tournament run for the program in 30 years.


Cincinnati Upsets #1 Duke In Alaska

Don’t let the title of this video fool you; this game took place in 1998. In the Great Alaska Shootout, the #14 Bearcats sprung the upset on #1 Duke in one of the most exciting games in school history. In the final seconds, Kenyon Martin grabbed a full-court pass and quickly dumped it off to Melvin Levett, who hammered it home for the winning basket. Expect to see highlights of this one if the Bearcats can knock off Rhode Island this month to set up a rematch with the Blue Devils.


Melvin Levett Destroys Eastern Kentucky

Another Bearcats TV classic. In 1997, the EKU Colonels made the trek to The Shoe and never stood a chance. The Bearcats steamrolled to a 106–54 victory, and Levett scored 42 points on a school-record 10 three-pointers on just 14 attempts.


Kenyon Martin’s First Collegiate Start

Kenyon Martin gets his first start at UC, and 25 points from Melvin Levett help the Bearcats lay the hammer on Damon Jones and the hapless Houston Cougars.

More full games: