A history of football at Yankee Stadium with Regis Philbin


Although the first college football game at the new Yankee Stadium is still a year away, the New-York Historical Society is opening up its doors to the history of the game in the Bronx. Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the Society is hosting a discussion on the history of college football at Yankee Stadium, moderated by Regis Philbin. The famed TV show personality will be joined by Dave Anderson, sports columnist for The Times; Pete Dawkins, a former Heisman Trophy winner; Thom Gatewood, a former Notre Dame player; and Tony Morante, the Yankees’ Tour director and team historian. According to the press release, this is the first in a series of NYHS events looking at historic sports events at Yankee Stadium, and this evening’s porgram will “explore the legendary Army vs. Notre Dame games and the popularity of college football in a bygone era.”

The fine print: The New-York Historical Society is located 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, and tickets are $24 for non-members and $12 members. However, the NYHS’ Twitter feed just published a discount code for those looking for half-priced tickets. I’ve been to some of their other programs, and they’re always interesting.

Categories : Asides, Yankee Stadium
  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
    • Benjamin Kabak

      I think the NYHS is going to look at historic sports events and not games we collectively have tried to forget ever existed in the first place. Although, a series of the latter might be rather entertaining.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I would think the Yankee bowl would be better if it was played in a stadium that could properly fit a football field on it. Those corner routes in the end zone could get a bit dicey.


    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      We’re gonna put up a huge padded wall and play it ArenaFootball style.

      Catch a player, throw him back; catch a ball, YOU KEEP IT!!!


    • Benjamin Kabak

      I’ve seen that graphic before. What happens if they line up the field along the first or third base foul line. Is there really no space for 360 feet of a football field? If not, then I wonder if the Yanks are actually planning on moving the home run-friendly fences back a few feet.

  • Jerry DeLeo

    I was at the 1962 Gotham Bowl at the age of 13. Discount or free tickets were provided with my ‘G.O.’ card. Great game- Miami (with George Mira) vs. Nebraska. I believe the score was 38-34.

    • Marsha

      G.O. card??? I’m having a 60s flashback!

      • Jerry DeLeo

        I wondered if anyone would know what I was talking about!

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      You probably sat next to my dad and my uncle at that game.