Posted 6 years ago
We all know who the 49ers and the Steelers are but who remembers the L.A. Dons, the Brooklyn Football Dodgers, the NY Football Yankees, the Chicago Rockets or the Boston Yanks?
In '47 the Boston Yanks and the Steelers were in the NFL. The Yanks franchise went through several changes, they were the Tigers and the Texans. Today, that old franchise is the great grandfather of the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens.
The LA Dons were owned by Louis B. Mayer, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Don Ameche. The Dons, along with the Niners, Yankees and Rockets were all part of the All America Football Conference. There were several NY Yankee football teams over the years. This team was with the AAFC and in '49 they merged with the Dodgers to become the Brooklyn-NY Yankees.
The program posted is from the first regular season AAFC game between the Niners and Yankees. For some reason, Niner cover artist, William Kay, always took it easy on the Yanks. As you can see, mascot, Sourdough Sam is "dancing" with the lovely Yankee majorette. You can also see that he's being less than civil with the Rocket mascot. The Chicago Rockets never really caught on and after two years they became the Chicago Hornets. They folded after the '49 season. Their biggest star was the future NFL hall of famer, Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch.