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Monday, July 9, 2012

New Haven Profs beat the mighty Yankees in 1928

An overflow crowd estimated at 11,000, around 3,500 over capacity, jammed into Hamden’s Weiss Park on May 17, 1928.

The occasion? An exhibition game between the minor league New Haven Profs and the team widely considered one of the greatest ever assembled — the “Murderer’s Row” New York Yankees.

Mind you, the Yankees had played in the city before. This time around, just months removed from the 1927 World Series championship, their arrival created all-out hysteria. New Haven fans flocked to catch a glimpse of Babe Ruth, now the biggest celebrity in the world, and Lou Gehrig

Read Chip Malafronte's complete story.

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