Gotham Bowl: Wikis


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The Gotham Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game that was played in New York City, United States, in 1961 and 1962.[1] The game was initially created as a fund raising attempt for the March of Dimes.

The game was not a success financially: the two games that were played both lost money as few fans were willing to sit through the cold December New York weather. Plus, as it was essentially a charity game, it had little financial capital on which it could survive.



The first game, scheduled for December 1960, immediately ran into trouble when Oregon State was invited, but no opponent for the Beavers could be found. The game was cancelled.


The following year, the Gotham Bowl managed to find two teams to play, Baylor and Utah State, for the game at the Polo Grounds. Baylor won, 24-9, in front of a sparse crowd of some 15,000 fans. (1961 Gotham Bowl logo can be found here.)


The 1962 edition of the Gotham Bowl, played in Yankee Stadium, was particularly tormented with poor planning and bad luck. Again, the game had been scheduled, but only one participant had been invited: the Miami Hurricanes. Finally, on December 4, 1962, just eleven days before the game, the Gotham Bowl invited Nebraska, which had just finished an 8-2 season. However, the day before the contest, the Cornhuskers' team plane refused to leave the Lincoln airport until the bowl's check for expenditures cleared. It did, and the Cornhuskers were on their way to New York, for their first game ever in the Big Apple. (Miami made a similar demand and received their $30,000 expense check up front.)

In addition, the 1962 New York City newspaper strike ensured that the Gotham Bowl would receive virtually no coverage in its own city. The contest was, however, aired on national television by ABC's Wide World of Sports.

And the weather didn't cooperate, either: a damp, 14-degree day limited the official attendance to just 6,166 (plus 5,000 tickets given away). Perhaps a few thousand stalwarts were actually in the stands at kickoff.

The game itself was a thriller: Nebraska edged Miami, 36-34, despite an MVP performance by Miami (and future professional) quarterback George Mira, who passed for 321 yards and a pair of touchdowns. [2]

The poor attendance ensured the 1962 Gotham Bowl would be the last one played.

Game results

Date Winning Team Losing Team Location
1960 Oregon State was invited to play, but no opponent was found.[3]
December 9, 1961 Baylor 24 Utah State 9 New York, New York
December 15, 1962 Nebraska 36 Miami 34 The Bronx, New York

Pinstripe Bowl in 2010

Football configuration for new Yankee Stadium.

On September 30, 2009, a new bowl game to be played in Yankee Stadium in 2010 was announced at a press conference in New York. The game will feature the third- or fourth-place finisher in the Big East against the seventh-place team in the Big 12, according to BCS rules. If the Big 12 team does not meet those guidelines, Notre Dame has agreed to step in. The game will be played between Christmas Day and New Year's Day. [4]

The name for the contest was revealed on March 9, 2010 as the Pinstripe Bowl. The leagues and the New York Yankees have a four-year agreement in place, running through the 2013 season. The payout to each team will be about two million dollars. [5]

See also

List of college bowl games


  • Fitzgerald, Francis and Tagge, Jerry. "Devaney--A Dynasty Remembered" (1994). New York; Athlon.

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