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History Of The New York Giants (1960-1969)

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Yankee Stadium Home Of The Giants 1956-1973

Hope everyone is enjoying the history of the Giants, here is some info about the Giants of the 1960’s

1960: At 5-1-1 the Giants had that Championship look heading into back-to-back match up with Philadelphia Eagles. However, the Giants season would come to crashing end in the first match up when Eagles Defensive Back Chuck Bednarik leveled Frank Gifford. Gifford would not regain conciseness for a few days, and would miss the rest of the season and the entire 1961 season. The Giants would only win onegame the rest of the season finishing with a 6-4-2 record.

1961: The Giants go through changes on the sidelines and on offense as Allie Sherman takes over for Jim Lee Howell, as Head Coach, while former 49er Y.A. Tittle wins the starting Quarterback job away from the aging Charlie Conerly. Y.A. Tittle would have a stellar first season passing for 2,272 yards, which would serve important as Frank Gifford sat out the season recovering from the Bednarik hit. The Giants 10-3-1 record, that included a sweep over the Eagles that catapulted them into the NFL Championship Game. However, the Giants would find themselves over matched by the Packers who claimed the first of their five NFL Championships in seven years. The Packers would get 19 points from the lags and foot of Running Back Paul Horning, who also served as the Packers kicker on the way to a 37-0 thrashing.

1962: With the return of Frank Gifford, and the stellar passing of Y.A. Tittle who threw for 3,224 yards, and connected on 33 Touchdown passes the Giants cruise to the Eastern Conference Title with a 12-2 record.  This set up the Giants with a NFL Championship rematch against the Packers at Yankee Stadium. Bitter cold weather was no deterrent to 64,892 fans that turned out for the game. As things turned out, a trio of field goals by Packer guard Jerry Kramer made the difference in a game where both defensive units turned in superlative jobs. The only Giants score was a result of defensive work when Erich Barnes blocked a Max McGee punt and reserve end Jim Collier fell on the ball in the end zone, as the Packers emerged with a 16-7 victory.

1963: Y.A. Tittle puts together another stellar 3000 yard passing season, while connecting on 36 Touchdown passes, which earns him the NFL MVP. The passing of Tittle enables the Giants to make return trip to the NFL Championship Game with an 11-3 record. In the NFL Championship Game in Chicago the Bear defense turned the tide in this championship game, after the Giants took an early 10-0. The Giants were the victims of five pass interceptions thereafter, two of which set up the Bear scores. Tittle, who suffered a knee injury in the first half, gallantly returned to action in the second half, but was hampered by his injury.

The Giants seemed to get old at once gone was the magic in Y.A. Title’s arm that only passed for 10 Touchdowns against 22 interceptions. The magic was also gone form Frank Gifford’s legs as he only managed to cross the end zone 4 times. Both Giants greats would retire after the season as the Giants would suffer through a 2-10-2 season.

1965: Shortly after a mediocre 7-7 season the Giants shake the world of pro-football to its core by signing Kicker Pete Gogolak. However, Gogolak was already property of the AFL’s Buffalo Bills. The AFL threatened a lawsuit, and began talking with NFL stars about buying out their contract. This worried owners in both leagues that salaries would escalate, and forced both leagues to meet on how to respect each other’s contracts. The meetings would go better then expected, and resulted in a merger that included an end of the season Championship Game starting in 1966.

1966: The addition of Pete Gogolak is no help for an inept Giants team that suffers through its worst season in franchise history finishing with an awful 1-12-1 record, while allowing over 500 points on defense.

The acquisition of Quarterback Fran Tarkenton ignites the Giants offense, and helps the Giants improve to 7-7. The nimble footed Tarkenton passes for 3,088 yards and 29 Touchdowns. Tarkenton’s favorite target was a young Wide Receiver named Homer Jones who scored 13 Touchdowns, and caught 1,209 yards in passes. When Jones scored he would slam the football into ground, giving birth to the Touchdown celebration called the spike.

The Giants get off to a promising start winning their first four games, and giving hope to Giants fan. However, the hope would fade, as the Giants would begin to struggle splitting their next six games, as rumors of coach Allie Sherman’s firing began to circulate. The rumors would get louder as the Giants would lose their final four games to finish with a disappointing 7-7 record. In the final game of the year at Yankee Stadium frustrated Giants fans serenaded their departing coach with a verse of “Goodbye Allie”.

1969: Under new Coach Alex Webster the Giants would get off to a strong start winning three of their first four games. However, the Giants would go into a tailspin losing their next seven games, which wiped out any playoff hopes. The Giants would win their last three games to post a record of 6-8. Despite the poor record Quarterback Fran Tarkenton would have a fine season with 23 Touchdowns to just eight interceptions.

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  3. Bob says:

    Great job! You did forget an important addition to the 1964 season. After the 1963 Championship game Allie in all his wisdom traded Sam Huff, Erich Barnes and Dick Mogeliski. For the likes of Lou Slaby Jim Moran. The defense was a shadow of it’s former self in 1964. Thnak you for all your great work.

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