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New York Giants History

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Giants History

The current New York Giants was founded on 1925, by the late Hall of Famer Tim Mara, who paid $500 for the frannchise. Mara borrowed the name "Giants from the city’s Major League Baseball team of the same name. This was not unusual among early day pro football franchises. At one time or another there were NFL franchises named the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, and Detroit Tigers. The Giants are one of four teams that play in the East division of the National Football conference.

The New York Giants originate from New York city, but are currently based in New Jersey. The team uniform consists of the colors Dark blue with red trim. The Giants helmet design is dark blue, with a white lower-case sans-serif "ny" logo. The New york Giants played its home games at the Polo Grounds, which was also the home of the baseball team with the same "Giants" name. Legendary halfback Jim Thorpe was recruited to join the team, which earned its first league title in 1927 under head coach Earl Potteiger.


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The Giants shut out 9 of 12 opponents and surrendered only 20 points during the entire season.In 1934, the team defeated the Chicago Bears 30-13 at the Polo Grounds in icy nine degree temperatures. At half time, coach Steve Owen provided the team with basketball shoes for better traction on the icy turf, and the game came to be known as the "Sneakers Game".In 1958, the Giants played the Baltimore Colts for the NFL championship, in what came to be known as "The Greatest Game Ever Played".The passing combination of quarterback Y. A. Tittle to receiver Del Shofner keyed New York’s offense in the early 1960s.



Shofner broke the 1000-yard mark in receiving yardage in 1961, 1962, and 1963, and Tittle’s 36 touchdown passes in 1963 stood as an NFL record for 21 years. (It was broken by Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins in 1984 when he threw 48 touchdown passes.) After the death of their father, Tim Mara's sons Jack and Wellington, succeeded him and Tim Mara II served for many years as the club's vice president. Wellington Mara and Preston Robert Tisch, who purchased 50 percent of the club in 1991, are now co-chief executive officers.From the start, the Giants have been a family enterprise. The New York Giants have appeared in three Super Bowls, they have won two and lost one. In 1987, the Giants defeated the Denver Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI. Then in 1991, the Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV, 20-19, in arguably one of the most dramatic Super Bowls ever played.

The New York Giants Hall of Fame inductees include Rosey Brown, Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, Tom Landry, Steve O'Neill, Ken Strong, Lawrence Taylor, Y.A. Tittle and Emlen Tunnell. Retired numbers are Ray Flaherty (#1), Tuffy Leemans (#4), Mel Hein (#7), Phil Simms (#11), Y.A. Tittle (#14), Al Blozis (#32),Joe Morrison (#40), Charlie Conerly (#42), Ken Strong (#50) and Lawrence Taylor (#56). The New York Giants recently fired head coach Jim Fassel in 2004, and replaced him with Tom Coughlin.The New York Giants stadium is Giants Stadium which was opened in October 10, 1976 and has a seating capacity of 79,593. Former stadiums include Polo Grounds II (55,200) 1925-55 Yankee Stadium I (63,800) 1956-73, Yale Bowl, New Haven, CT (70,896) 1973-74, and Shea Stadium (60,372) 1975.


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