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 – Pearl Harbor Day. The other was the 1934 NFL Championship Game, Giants vs. Chicago Bears, also at the Polo Grounds. The 1934 game has gone down in football history as “The Sneakers Game” because the Giants came out in the second half wearing basketball sneakers instead of football cleats and this gave them better footing on the frozen field. They won the game over the favored Bears 30 – 13. ¬†I have always been on the lookout for anything related to the Sneakers Game and last week added a ticket stub to the game program, a letter from Ray Flaherty about the sneakers, and the watch fob given to Steve Owen as coach of the Championship team. I suspect somewhere out there is another kind of gameday program, just a single sheet folded cardboard line-up that was often sold for 10 cents. ¬†Patience is a virtue!

1934 Championship Game Stub

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Flaherty Sneakers 1

Flaherty Sneakers 2



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