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Lou Gehrig on the football field

Picked up an interesting Real Photo Post Card the other day – a scene from the game between Columbia and Cornell on Nov. 4, 1922. What makes it special is the player in the lower left part of the action … Continue reading

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1933 Championship Game Program

If someone had asked me twenty years ago what I most hoped to find in collecting football artifacts I would probably have mentioned my father’s 1933 Diamond matchbook and the 1931 Giants home program with his picture on the cover. … Continue reading

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Training Camp

Bill Pennington wrote an interesting article in the New York Times on August 8 about Joe Skiba, the NY Giants equipment manager, and all the supplies he had on stock for the Giants training camp –  3,500 pairs of shoes, … Continue reading

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Early NFL Contracts

Finding contracts from the early years of the NFL is not an everyday occurrence, but when they turn up they often yield both great autographs and interesting information. For example, the contract for the last game the Duluth Eskimos played … Continue reading

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An Interesting Contract

A number of items from the files of Charlie Conerly have recently come up for auction. I thought this contract was a real time capsule – can you imagine what such a contract would look like today?

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Update to Mystery Man in photos

Several people suggested that it was not the same player in the 1935 photo as appeared in the 1930 photo. If that’s the case then it seems to me the most likely identification of the 1930 mystery man remains Hilpert, … Continue reading

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Mystery Man

On April 10, I posted a photo of the Giants welcoming Chris Cagle in 1930.  There was one player I identified as Hal Hilpert (behind Friedman). Now I’ve found a 1935 photo of the Giants welcoming back Harry Newman after … Continue reading

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Grace Thorpe

Recently on eBay I found this 1931 wire photo of Jim Thorpe and his daughter Grace.  Years ago I was doing research on the World Famous Indians basketball team and I called Grace Thorpe and had a nice conversation about her dad and … Continue reading

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Earl Potteiger

Earl Potteiger was the coach for the New York Giants in their first championship season, 1927 (team photo detail above) – yet it is doubtful that many Giants fans would be familiar with his name. He was a rough and … Continue reading

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Chris Cagle

Chris Cagle had a long college football career – 8 years worth. He first played 4 years at Southwestern Louisiana where he scored 235 points. He then played 4 years at West Point where he was All American the last … Continue reading

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