The red-white-and-blue gloves that U.S. Olympic hockey player Phil Verchota wore during the 1980 Miracle-on-Ice victory over the Soviets are on display in the case in front of you.
This touchable model is of the left glove; it is actual size.
Parallel red leather pads—like sausages laid side by side—run across the back of the glove from its thick white wristlet to its padded blue fingers. Two parallel off-white stripes run up the glove from wrist to knuckles. The 27 on its padded blue leather cuff was Verchota’s jersey number.
Team USA’s upset victory over the Soviet Union’s “unbeatable” team boosted Americans’ optimistic resolve at a time when Iran was holding American diplomats hostage, and the nation was suffering an energy crunch, a recession, and what President Jimmy Carter decried as a “crisis of confidence.” The team’s victory helped usher in the can-do ’80s.