New York Yankees (AAFC)

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New York Yankees
Folded1949 (merged with BKN in 1949)
Based inNew York, New York, United States
LeagueAll-America Football Conference (1946–1949)
Team historyNew York Yankees (1946–1949)
Team colorsBlue, White, Silver[1]      
Head coachesRay Flaherty (1946–1949)
Owner(s)Dan Topping
AAFC Championship wins0
Home field(s)Yankee Stadium

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[citation needed]. They were owned by Dan Topping, who transferred the team from the NFL Brooklyn Dodgers, retaining many of the same players. The team's coach was Ray Flaherty, who had coached the Washington Redskins in the early 1940s. Former NFL player Jim Barber served as an assistant coach under Flaherty.

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 was then absorbed by the NFL. The Yankees players were divided between the New York Giants and New York Bulldogs, who played as the New York Yanks starting in 1950.

Players of note[edit]

Pro Football Hall of Famers[edit]

New York Yankees Hall of Famers
No. Name Position Tenure Inducted
44 Bruiser Kinard T 1946–1947 1971
88 Ace Parker QB/HB 1946 1972
44 Arnie Weinmeister DT 1948–1949 1984
49 Tom Landry CB, P, QB, RB 1949 1990
Name Position Tenure Inducted
Ray Flaherty Head Coach 1946–1948 1976

Season records[edit]

Season records
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