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Monday, July 2, 2012

New Haven Glees tied Canton Bulldogs, Jim Thorpe

Imagine if the Pittsburgh Steelers came to New Haven to play a local club team. Not a city all-star team, mind you, but a team made up of players from a specific neighborhood. And the locals battled their professional opponents to a a game that counted in the NFL standings.

Ridiculous, right? In modern times, yes. But, 92 years ago, this unlikely scenario actually happened. A New Haven team played the Canton Bulldogs, an original NFL club, to a scoreless tie. Even more astonishing? Jim Thorpe played for the opposition.

Read Chip Malafronte's complete story.

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