Boston Yanks

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Boston Yanks
Boston Yanks logo
Founded1944
Folded1952
Based inBoston, Massachusetts
LeagueNational Football League
Divisionold Eastern Division
Team historyBoston Yanks (1944, 1946–48)
Yanks (1945)
New York Bulldogs (1949)
New York Yanks (1950–51)
Dallas Texans (1952)
Team colorsKelly Green, Gold, White      
Head coachesHerb Kopf (1944–46)
Maurice J. "Clipper" Smith (1947–48)
Owner(s)Ted Collins, (1900–1964)
Home field(s)Fenway Park (Boston)
Braves Field [a few regular season games] (Boston)

The Boston Yanks were a National Football League team based in Boston, Massachusetts, that played from 1944 to 1948. The team played its home games at Fenway Park. Any games that conflicted with the Boston Red Sox baseball schedule in the American League were held at Braves Field of the cross-town National League team, the Boston Braves. Team owner Ted Collins, who managed singer and TV show host Kate Smith (1907–1986), for thirty years, picked the name "Yanks" because he originally wanted to run a team that played at New York City's old Yankee Stadium. The Yanks could manage only a losing 2–8 record during their first regular season.

Because of a shortage of players caused by World War II, the Yanks were temporarily merged with the Brooklyn Tigers for the 1945 season, and styled as just the Yanks with no home city named. The merged team played four home games in Boston and one in New York and finished with a losing 3–6–1 record.

When Brooklyn Tigers owner Dan Topping announced his intentions to join the newly established rival professional football league, the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) in 1946, his NFL franchise was revoked and all of its players were assigned to the Yanks. After three continuous losing seasons, Collins finally was allowed to move to New York City. But instead of an official relocation, he asked the league to officially fold his Boston franchise and give him a new franchise, for a Federal tax write off. The League granted his request, and Collins named his new team the New York Bulldogs.[1] The Boston Yanks are the only officially defunct NFL team ever to have the first overall NFL draft pick. They had it twice, in 1944 and 1946, selecting a quarterback from Notre Dame: Angelo Bertelli and Frank Dancewicz, both Massachusetts natives.

First round draft selections[edit]

Boston Yanks first-round draft picks
Year Player name Position College
1944 Angelo Bertelli Back Notre Dame
1945 Eddie Prokop Back Georgia Tech
1946 Frank Dancewicz Back Notre Dame
1947 Fritz Barzilauskas Guard Yale
1948 Vaughn Mancha Center Alabama

Pro Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Boston Yanks Hall of Famers
Players
No. Name Position Tenure Inducted
Clarence "Ace" Parker QB, HB 1945 1972

Season-by-season[edit]

Year W L T Finish Coach
1944 2 8 0 4th East Herb Kopf
1945 3 6 1 3rd East Herb Kopf
1946 2 8 1 5th East Herb Kopf
1947 4 7 1 3rd East Clipper Smith
1948 3 9 0 5th East Clipper Smith
Totals 14 38 3

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