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Pro Football Its Ups and Downs

Several efforts to publicize professional football were launched in the 1930s – Joe Carr, President of the NFL, had made arrangements for publication of both a “National League Football Guide and Rule Book” and a “Who’s Who in Major League … Continue reading

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The 1926 NFL Championship

Before 1933, the NFL championship was determined by the best winning percentage of league games. This created some problems in prior years when schedules were not set in stone and games could be added at the end of the season. … Continue reading

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Election Day in Buffalo 1929

In 1929 the New York Giants traveled to Buffalo for an Election Day game against the Bisons. This post shows the announcement of the game in the program from the Sunday prior, plus a flyer that was distributed to drum … Continue reading

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The Sneakers Game 1934

When I was growing up there were two Giants football games that my father would talk about – games he watched from the stands. One was the game on Dec. 7, 1941, Giants vs. Brooklyn Dodgers at the Polo Grounds … Continue reading

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Football Matchbooks

In 1933 the Diamond Match Company introduced a set of matchbooks with photographs of professional and college football players on the front and a brief bio on the back. These were sold two to a pack for a penny in … Continue reading

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A Most Amazing Story

This wire photo is from November 28, 1937 and shows Mario (Moots) Tonelli crossing the goal line giving Notre Dame a 13-6 win over Southern California. While that was a memorable event, it set the stage for what might be … Continue reading

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Steve Owen

Five years ago I wrote an article about Steve Owen for Gridiron Greats magazine (Steve Owen)  I’ll begin this post with the same paragraph: I remember Steve Owen as a very big man. Of course, I was just a kid tagging … Continue reading

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1930 Giants vs. Notre Dame All Stars

In December 1930 the New York Giants played a benefit football game against a team of Notre Dame All Stars to raise money for the unemployed in New York City (see Giants vs. Notre Dame) The contest was also promoted … Continue reading

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1929 Giants Schedule

In 1929 the Giants issued this schedule with Jack Hagerty on the front.  It measures 4.5″ by 6″ on card stock.  I’ve never seen one before but wondered if these were issued with different players featured on the front – … Continue reading

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Oorang Indians

In 1922 Jim Thorpe teamed up with the owner of an Airedale hunting dog kennel to create an all Native American football team – the Oorang Indians. Thorpe was a hunting buddy of Walter Lingo, whose Oorang Kennel was located … Continue reading

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