New York Yankees (1940 AFL)



The New York Yankees of the third American Football League was the third professional
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team competing under that name. It is unrelated to the Yankees of the first AFL (and the National Football League), the Yankees of the second AFL, and the (later) Yankees of the
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. The Yankees played their home games in
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and Downing Stadium in
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. After finishing fourth in the AFL’s season of 1940, the Yankees were sold to agent and promoter Douglas Hertz. By the summer of 1941, the team’s AFL franchise was revoked in light of a scandal involving the new owner, and a group headed by William Cox assumed control of the team by the beginning of the new season. The newly renamed New York Americans were competitive, finishing one-half game behind league champions Columbus Bullies. While the Americans were making plans for a 1942 AFL season, the league suspended operations in the wake of the entry of the United States into
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, and the Americans followed suit. The league did not return to business after the end of the war, and neither did the New York Americans.

1940 New York Yankees

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, Columbus Bullies and a newly minted Milwaukee Chiefs defected from the American Professional Football Association. The roster for the 1940 season had five players who competed in the NFL in 1939. Head coach Jack McBride was also the coach of the New York Yankees of the second American Football League (1936–1937).

1941 New York Americans

In January 1941, the Yankees were sold to agent and promoter Douglas Hertz. After questions arose about the finances of the new owner arose, the AFL revoked the franchise and transferred ownership to a syndicate headed by William Cox (later the owner of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team) in August. Shortly afterward, the team’s name was changed to the New York Americans. Unlike the 1940 Yankees, the Americans had a flair for publicity, having signed college star running back John Kimbrough for $37,500 on a personal services contract that required personal appearances on behalf of the team. Well into the season, the Americans announced the signing of
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(who had begun a career in broadcasting University of Michigan football games) for the game between the Americans and league leader Columbus. Harmon threw two
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s while Hutchinson was similarly ineffective. In the second half, the New York fans shouted “We want ill/nowiki> Hutchinson,” the Americans’ regular rusher. The game ended in a 0–0 tie. A loss to the Milwaukee Chiefs the following week (the last game of the season) cost the Americans the AFL championship.

1941 New York Yankees

The 1941 New York Yankees, the fourth New York professional football team with the name, was a team formed and owned by Douglas Hertz after the third American Football League revoked his ownership of a franchise that was later renamed the New York Americans in August 1941. Initially an independent team, the Yankees joined the American Association in October to replace the Providence Steamroller, which dropped out of the league after only two games. Having four members of the 1940 Yankees, the 1941 edition lost all six of its American Association games (as a
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) and folded soon afterward.Nothing Minor About It: The American Association/AFL of 1936-50
– Bob Gill, Professional Football Researchers Association (1990) Note: won-lost record includes American Association league games only


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