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1934 "Sneakers Game" NFL title.... NYG...



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December 10, 1934

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, December 10, 1934 

* The famed "Sneakers Game" 
* NFL football title championship
 

The front page of the sport's section (page 13) has a seven column headline: "New York Giants Rally to Defeat Bears, 30 to 13, and Gain Title" with subheads and related photo showing Bronko Nagurski running the ball. Stats and lineups as well. 1st report coverage of the famous "Sneakers Game" which was the 1934 NFL football championship. The New York Giants upset the Chicago Bears.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout. Complete in 20 pages, light browning, very minor margin wear, otherwise nice.

wikipedia notes: The 1934 National Football League Championship Game, also known as The Sneakers Game, was played at the Polo Grwas New York Giants 30, Chicago Bears 13. It was the 2nd annuounds in New York City on December 9, 1934. The final score al NFL championship game.

A freezing rain the night before the game froze the Polo Grounds field. After Ray Flaherty, a Giants end, made a remark to Giants' head coach Steve Owen suggesting that sneakers would provide better footing on the frozen playing surface, Owen sent Abe Cohen to Manhattan College to get some sneakers. Cohen arrived in the third quarter with nine pairs of basketball sneakers from the college.

The Bears were leading the Giants 13-3 when the Giants switched to the basketball sneakers. Giants quarterback Ed Danowski threw a touchdown pass to Ike Frankian to make the score 13-10 (actually, the pass was intercepted at the Bears' 2-yard line, but Frankian then grabbed the ball out of the defender's hands). On the Giants next drive, running back Ken Strong scored on a 42-yard touchdown run. Later an 11-yard run by Strong was turned into another touchdown for the Giants. Finally the Giants closed it out with Danowski's 9-yard touchdown run. The game ended with the Giants ahead: 30-13.

Many of the participants have been interviewed since the game took place, most notably Bronko Nagurski of the Bears and Mel Hein of the Giants. Generally, players from both sides have attributed the Giants' second half dominance to their selection of footwear. A mini-documentary of the game, narrated by Pat Summerall, can be seen in the 1987 video "Giants Among Men."

Category: The 20th Century

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