On September 26, 1944 — At Fenway Park in front of 19,815 paid fans, the Boston Yanks lose their NFL debut, with B.C. Alumnus Teddy Williams scoring the squad’s only touchdown in the 28-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Team owner Ted Collins, who is singer Kate Smith’s manager, selected the name ‘Yanks’ because he initially thought the new franchise would represent New York with its home games played at Yankee Stadium, but the football Giants refused to let his team share the New York metropolitan area.


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