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Yale Football Book

Bulldogs' History Featured in New Book

The Yale football team is the subject of a pictorial history book released in 2006 as part of Arcadia Publishing's "Images of Sports" series. The series also includes books on Yale baseball ("Baseball in New Haven") and Yale men's hockey ("Bulldogs on Ice"). This 128-page softcover book includes 200 black-and-white photographs from athletic department and university archives with detailed captions, dating from Yale's first football team (1872) to the present day. It is available now at sites such as and and also in stores.

Among the subjects in the book:


  • Walter Camp, the father of American football
  • Heisman Trophy winners Clint Frank and Larry Kelley
  • NFL stars from Yale such as Calvin Hill, Dick Jauron, Chuck Mercein and Eric Johnson
  • Coaches such as Carm Cozza, Jordan Olivar and more
  • Over two dozen College Football Hall of Famers, including Pudge Heffelfinger, Frank Hinkey, brothers Howard and Tad Jones, Amos Alonzo Stagg and more
  • All-America running backs Rich Diana and John Pagliaro
  • Passing leaders Brian Dowling, John Rogan, Kelly Ryan, Joe Walland and more
  • Receiving leaders Dean Athanasia, Gary Fencik, Curt Grieve, John Spagnola and more
  • Defensive standouts Kevin Czinger, Tim Tumpane, Jim Gallagher, Elvin Charity, John Zanieski and more
  • Players who went on to careers in television such as Stone Phillips and Jack Ford
  • Individuals who went on to careers in politics, such as Senator William Proxmire and President Gerald Ford (a former assistant coach at Yale)

Legendary Yale Teams

  • the 1888 national championship squad that went 13-0 and outscored its opponents 698-0
  • the 1900 "Team of the Century" that went 12-0 and won the national championship, featuring seven All-Americans
  • the 1923 team that went 8-0, including five shutouts and a win over Army in front of 80,000 people at the Yale Bowl
  • the 1956 team that won the first Ivy League championship
  • the 1960 team, Yale's last unbeaten and untied team at 9-0, that outscored its Ivy League opponents 206-51 en route to winning the league title
  • and more

Memorable Games:

  • the first game in Yale history, against Columbia in 1872 (a 3-0 Yale win)
  • the 1894 game against Harvard, a 12-4 Yale win, that was so violent it led to the series being suspended for two years
  • the "Battle of the Giants" in 1909, when 9-0 Yale beat 8-0 Harvard for the national championship
  • the 7-0 upset win at Princeton 1934 in which Yale's 11 "Iron Men" played the entire game
  • the 14-12 upset win over Army in 1955 at the Yale Bowl
  • the 54-0 win over Harvard in 1957, Yale's biggest win over its traditional rival
  • the 23-19 upset win against Navy at the Yale Bowl in 1981
  • the come-from-behind 24-21 win over Harvard in 1999 that clinched Yale's 13th Ivy League championship
  • and more