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Check out the Cleveland Browns' special 75th anniversary alternate uniforms

The threads resemble those worn by the team during their inaugural season in 1946.
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CLEVELAND — Browns fans are finally getting a look at the special alternate uniforms the team will wear in honor of its 75th anniversary.

The club officially unveiled the threads Saturday at midnight, with only registered Browns Mobile App users getting an exclusive first look. Posters and trading cards released electronically show stars like Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, and Jarvis Landry sporting the new attire. It is unknown exactly when they will be worn on the field this upcoming season.

As expected (and as previously indicated in an eBay leak back in March), the uniforms are a modern take on the ones the Browns donned during their inaugural season in 1946. While the all-white ensemble looks familiar, an orange drop shadow surrounds the brown numbers, and a special "1946" patch has been placed on the left chest to commemorate the anniversary.

The Browns wore the uniforms 10 times (home and away) during that first season, including during the AAFC Championship Game when they beat the New York Yankees (not the baseball team) 14-9 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. They were only worn for that one year, however, as in 1947 the drop shadow was scrapped in favor of the plain brown and white numerals most fans know today.

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Harvey Johnson (extreme right), New York Yankees back, kicks the ball for a first period field goal from the 10-yard line against the Cleveland Browns in the All- American Football Conference Championship game in Cleveland, Ohio Dec. 22, 1946. Browns breaking through New York defense are: Frank Gatski (22) and John Harrington (55). Cleveland won 14-9.

There is one stark difference from the uniforms of yesteryear: the helmet, which was plain white for most of 1946-51. Due to current NFL rules that won't change until next season, teams must wear their same helmet shells throughout the year, meaning the Browns must stick with their traditional orange.

Rather than go with the modern design, though, the team once again reached back into its past, placing a single white stripe and brown numerals on the orange shell along with a gray face mask. It's the exact motif the squad sported from 1957-59, during the early years of the Jim Brown era.

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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 1958, file photo, Cleveland Browns fullback Jim Brown runs against the Chicago Cardinals for a touchdown in the first half of a football game in Cleveland. Brown scored three touchdowns in Cleveland's 35-28 win. Brown led the NFL in rushing eight times and was league MVP three times; finished with more than 12,000 yards rushing and 106 rushing touchdowns; and averaged 5.2 yards per carry. And he did all this in only nine seasons before retiring at age 30 to become an actor.

Through Monday, all registered Browns App users will be able to purchase the uniforms as well as other items from the 75th anniversary "1946" merchandise collection, with the commemorative posters being offered as well. You can download the app and create a user profile using the link in the tweet below.

The jerseys will go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday at the Browns Pro Shop at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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