Three major events at old Yankee Stadium that were not related to baseball

The first Yankee Stadium was used from 1923-2008.

Three important non-baseball events that took place there:

College football: “In the 1928 game, with the score 0–0 at halftime, legendary Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne gave his “win one for the Gipper” speech (with reference to All-American halfback George Gipp, who died in 1920); Notre Dame went on to defeat Army, 12–6. “

Boxing: “Perhaps the most famous boxing match ever held at Yankee Stadium was on June 22, 1938, when Joe Louis, an African-American, squared off against Schmeling, a German. Adolf Hitler followed the rematch carefully, imploring Schmeling to defeat Louis, whom Hitler publicly berated. This left some with what they perceived as a moral predicament: root for the black fighter, or for the Nazi. Schmeling had defeated Louis in 1936, but in defense of his title, Louis knocked out Schmeling in the first round. This was one of eight championship fights the “Brown Bomber” fought at Yankee Stadium.”

NFL Football: “On December 28, 1958, Yankee Stadium hosted the 1958 NFL championship game, frequently called “The Greatest Game Ever Played”. The Baltimore Colts tied the Giants, 17–17, on a field goal with seven seconds left. Led by quarterback Johnny Unitas, the Colts won in overtime, 23–17. The game’s dramatic ending is often cited as elevating professional football to one of the United States’ major sports.”

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