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More football is coming to Yankee Stadium that will again be the site of a classic matchup as Hampton University will oppose Morgan State University Nov. 17 in the Bronx. The two-year agreement calls for the two schools to play at the Stadium in 2013 as well.
The original Yankee Stadium was the site of what became known as the annual New York Urban League Football Classic from 1968-73 and again from 1976-87. Morgan State played 11 times in the game, going 1-10 against Grambling and head coach Eddie Robinson each time. It will mark Hampton’s first football game at the Stadium, original or current.
“It’s wonderful that the New York Urban League Football Classic can once again call Yankee Stadium its home,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said. “As everyone knows, college football was a passion of my father’s, as was providing opportunities for future generations. The return of this rich tradition showcases both of those tenets, and our organization couldn’t be prouder to be hosting the NYUL Football Classic this fall.”
Now in its fourth year of existence, the current Yankee Stadium has already been the site to elite college football games: the annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl, the 50th all-time matchup between Notre Dame and Army in 2010 and Army vs. Rutgers in 2011. The home of the Yankees will be the site of Army vs. Boston College in November 2014. Additionally, the Public School Athletic League Football Championship Game has been held at the Stadium in each of the past two years.
Since its inception, proceeds from the New York Urban League Football Classic have helped to leverage more than $20 million in Whitney M. Young, Jr. Educational Scholarships to nearly 4,000 college-bound students.
Whitney M. Young, Jr., after whom the scholarship was named, was president of the National Urban League. His distinguished career was marked by his effectiveness in bringing the business community into full participation in the struggle for civil rights. Young focused on gaining equality for black people in business and politics, along with improving opportunities for the urban poor. The New York Urban League continues the mission to enable African-Americans and other under-served communities to secure a first-class education, economic self-reliance and equal respect of civil rights through programs, services and advocacy in a highly diversified city.
The original Stadium had a long association with numerous college and professional football classics. It served as home of the old New York Yankees football team and the New York Giants as well as the secondary football home for New York University from 1923-48.
As one of the world’s most prestigious addresses, the original Stadium was also home to scores of other sports, entertainment and cultural events, including boxing, pro football, soccer, political assemblies, three Papal masses, religious conventions, concerts, NYU commencement and the circus.
It has been an eventful few weeks for David Phelps, the Yankees’ lone bright spot Saturday in a lifeless, 7-1 loss to the Angels. He became a father for the first time during spring training. Thursday night at the Welcome Home Dinner, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, who gave the invocation, asked general manager Brian Cashman, “Which one is Phelps? I’d like to meet him.”
“That was awesome,” Phelps said. “My wife has two priests in her family. It is always an honor to meet people who devote their lives that way.”
The Dolan-Phelps connection was based on their shared hometown of St. Louis and Phelps’ background as a Notre Dame student. Saturday, there was another type of Cardinal who was in Phelps’ path, a former Cardinal, that is, by the name of Albert Pujols.
The three-time National League Most Valuable Player in his first year with a new team, the Angels, and in a new league, American, was the first batter Phelps faced Saturday after coming to the rescue of Phil Hughes, who was blasted for six runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Phelps faced Pujols three times in the game and retired him on each occasion.
Yeah, that’s the kind of streak Phelps is on.
“I’ve rooted for him pretty much my whole life,” Phelps said of Pujols, who doubled in a run off Hughes but remains homerless eight games and 32 at-bats into the season. “He is intimidating. I’ve never met him. We worked out in the same facility in St. Louis but not at the same time. I just left it in Russell’s [catcher Martin’s] hands. I wasn’t going to shake him off.”
Phelps’ mixture of fastballs, curves, sliders and changeups combined to hold Albert in check after he had gotten two hits off Hughes. Phelps lasted for 78 pitches over 5 1/3 innings, a worthy performance from a bullpen long man, which is the righthander’s role for the present.
Phelps opened plenty of eyes this spring when he earned the James P. Dawson Award as the top rookie in Yankees camp and has continued to do so in the regular season. In three appearances covering 8 1/3 innings, Phelps has allowed only one hit, the home run Vernon Wells hit Saturday off a wayward slider in the fifth. Phelps has walked two batters and struck out nine.
The Yankee Stadium crowd treated Phelps to a standing ovation when he came out of the game after retiring the first two batters in the ninth.
“That was awesome,” he said, “especially in a game when we were down. That tells you something about how great Yankees fans are.”
Fans especially like to feel they are recognizing quality in a young player on the rise. There has been a sense in watching Phelps pitch so far this year that he could turn out to be someone very special. Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn’t want to speculate about whether Phelps would be a starter someday but acknowledged that “he has been a starter his whole career.”
Right now, the Yankees are up to their elbows in starters. They have the current rotation plus Michael Pineda on the disabled list and Andy Pettitte working his legs back into shape. The manager contends the rotation will consist of the five best starters at a particular moment, so there is likelihood for change if a pitcher falters too often.
Girardi was not ready to suggest Hughes is in trouble, but he is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA. Unlike a year ago, arm strength is not an issue with Hughes. His fastball was in the 91-94-mph range much of the game, but his pitches were up and he fell into a lot of deep counts, pushing his pitch count to 84 one out into the fourth inning when he was relieved after giving up a bomb of a three-run homer to Howie Kendrick.
“Phil got strikeouts [six] up in the zone, but he also got hurt up in the zone.” Girardi said. “They either missed it or got hits. I’m not getting too concerned yet. The arm strength is there. With the spring he had, I expected him to pitch well at the beginning.”
The skipper was delighted to get length and quality from Phelps.
“He hasn’t been phased at all by the situations we’ve put him in,” Girardi said. “He has come into games with men on base, and this time the first batter he sees is Albert Pujols.”
Right, but did Albert know that Phelps had another Cardinal on his side?
Freddy Garcia has worked out for the Yankees. So, too, did Bartolo Colon before he went on the disabled list. Why not Brian Gordon?
Get ready, Yankees fans, because Colon’s spot in the rotation that comes up Thursday will be taken by Gordon, 32, a veteran of 15 minor-league seasons whom the Yankees signed after he opted out of his contract with the Phillies. Gordon, a righthander from West Point, N.Y., was 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA for the Phillies’ Triple A Lehigh Valley affiliate, the team managed by Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.
Gordon’s deal with the Phillies called for his being called up to the majors at some point or else he could become a free agent, a situation the Yankees had earlier this season with Kevin Millwood, who also opted out. Gordon is a converted outfielder who had a brief stint in the majors with the Rangers in 2008.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi did not announce his decision about Thursday’s starter until after Wednesday night’s game. Speculation had centered on Hector Noesi, who rejoined the team this week from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, or David Phelps, a righthander from Notre Dame who is 4-4 with a 2.95 ERA for the Triple A team. That was before Gordon became available.
The Yankee Stadium College Football Series ticket package for the games Nov. 12 between Army and Rutgers and Dec. 30 between teams yet to be determined in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl go on sale at 1 p.m. Tuesday at http://www.yankees.com/football and http://www.pinstripebowl.com.
Packages are priced as low as $55 apiece.
The Nov. 12 game will be Army’s second at the current Yankee Stadium. West Point played in the inaugural college football game Nov. 20, 2010 and lost to Notre Dame, 27-3, in the 50th all-time meeting between the schools. Army played 38 times at the original Stadium and compiled a record of 14 victories, 19 losses and 5 ties.
Rutgers will return to the home of the Yankees for the first time since 1948. The Scarlet Knights played nine times at the original Stadium – all against New York University – and had a 1-7-1 record. The schools played annually from 1926-33 and again in 1948.
Army and Rutgers have played each other 37 times, with Rutgers holding a 19-18 edge in the all-time series.
This year marks the second annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl, which pits teams from the Big East and Big 12 conferences. In the inaugural game Dec. 30, 2010, Syracuse defeated Kansas State, 36-34.
College football will return to Yankee Stadium Saturday, Nov. 12, when the Black Knights of Army and the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers will oppose each other for the 38th time in their history. The kickoff is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. for the game that will be televised by CBS.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public Thursday, June 23, at http://www.yankees.com/football and http://www.pinstripebowl.com. Special ticket packages will be available to season ticket holders from Army (www.goarmysports.com) and Rutgers (www.scarletknights.com).
It will be Army’s second game at the current Yankee Stadium. West Point played in the new Stadium’s first college football game Nov. 20, 2010 in a 27-3 loss to Notre Dame in the 50th meeting between the universities.
Army played 38 times at the original Stadium and had a combined record of 14-19-5 against Air Force (1959), Columbia (1936), Illinois (1930, ‘47), Michigan (1945, ‘50), Navy (1930-31), Notre Dame (1925-29, ‘31-46, ‘69), Oklahoma (1961), Pittsburgh (1962), Princeton (1942), Southern California (1951), Stanford (1928, ‘48) and Syracuse (1960, ‘64).
Rutgers will return to the home of the Yankees for the first time since 1948. The Scarlet Knights played nine times at the original Yankee Stadium, all against New York University, and were 1-7-1. NYU and Rutgers played annually from 1926-33 and then resumed the rivalry for one year in 1948. Rutgers holds a 19-18 edge in its all-time series against Army.