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New York Yankees
Founded 1946
Folded 1949
Based in New York, New York
Home field Yankee Stadium
League All-America Football Conference (1927-28)
Team History New York Yankees (1946-1949)
Team Colors Red, White, Blue


Head coaches Ray Flaherty (1946-1949)
Owner(s) Dan Topping

The New York Yankees were a professional American football team that played in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) from 1946 to 1949. The team played in Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, and often played in front of sold-out crowds. They were owned by Dan Topping, who brought many of his Brooklyn football players from the National Football League to the AAFC. The team's coach was Ray Flaherty, who had coached the Washington Redskins in the early 1940s. The NFL canceled its Brooklyn team.

The Yankees appeared in the 1946 AAFC championship game, but lost to the Cleveland Browns by a score of 14-9. The same two teams appeared in the championship game the following year, with the Browns winning again 14-3.

Before the 1949 season, the Brooklyn Dodgers football team folded and merged into the Yankees, which became the Brooklyn-New York Yankees, but this was the final season of the AAFC, which then merged with the NFL. The Yankees players were divided between the New York Giants and New York Bulldogs, who returned to their Yanks (from Boston) nickname in 1950.

Players of note[]

  • Brad Ecklund
  • Nate Johnson
  • Bruiser Kinard
  • Tom Landry
  • Clarence Parker
  • Spec Sanders
  • Otto Schnellbacher
  • Frank Sinkwich
  • Bob Sweiger
  • Arnie Weinmeister

Season records[]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff Results
New York Yankees
1946 10 3 1 1st AAFC East Lost to Cleveland, 14-9, in AAFC Championship Game
1947 11 2 1 1st AAFC East Lost to Cleveland, 14-3, in AAFC Championship Game
1948 6 8 0 3rd AAFC East Did Not Qualify
Brooklyn-New York Yankees
1949 8 4 0 3rd AAFC Lost to San Francisco, 17-7, in AAFC Semifinal Playoffs
Totals 35 17 2