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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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Gridiron

Although the forward pass had been used earlier, it was only legalized by rule changes in 1906. The idea was to encourage a more wide open game which, hopefully, would be a safer game. The 1906 Spalding’s Guide set forth … Continue reading

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Coach

Of all famous football coaches, my favorite is Jim Lee Howell, the coach of the New York Giants from 1954 to 1960. His particular genius was hiring the right people to assist him and not getting in their way – … Continue reading

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