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Monday, July 2, 2012

Johnny Unitas, 5 TDs in 1961 visit to Yale Bowl

In an effort to raise money to construct the Albie Booth Memorial Boys Club, city officials were able to entice the New York Giants to play their final NFL exhibition game at the Yale Bowl in 1960.

That game was a rather ho-hum 16-16 tie against the Detroit Lions.

But when the Baltimore Colts were secured as the Giants’ opponent for a similar game on Sept. 10, 1961, star quarterback Johnny Unitas, in an interview with Register reporter Bill Ahern, promised to deliver.

Read Chip Malafronte's complete story.

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