55 years ago: NFL game played in Bangor

Posted Sept. 04, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.
New York Giants great Pat Summerall kicks the ball as Anthony Rogera of P. Ballantine Inc. holds in the pregame workout on Sept. 4, 1959, in Bangor. Ed McInnis of the Bangor Jaycees witnesses Summerall's boot into the uprights.
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New York Giants great Pat Summerall kicks the ball as Anthony Rogera of P. Ballantine Inc. holds in the pregame workout on Sept. 4, 1959, in Bangor. Ed McInnis of the Bangor Jaycees witnesses Summerall's boot into the uprights. Buy Photo
New York Giants halfback Frank Gifford (from right), rookie and former UM player Roger Ellis and quarterback Chuck Conerly discuss game plans at their practice session the day before the Giants played the Green Bay Packers in Bangor in September 1959.
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New York Giants halfback Frank Gifford (from right), rookie and former UM player Roger Ellis and quarterback Chuck Conerly discuss game plans at their practice session the day before the Giants played the Green Bay Packers in Bangor in September 1959. Buy Photo
Giants coach Jim Lee Howell talks to tackle Bob Schmidt on the sidelines moments after coming off the field of play during a Giants-Packers game in Bangor in 1959.
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Giants coach Jim Lee Howell talks to tackle Bob Schmidt on the sidelines moments after coming off the field of play during a Giants-Packers game in Bangor in 1959. Buy Photo
Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi scratches his head as the Giants stop his team on the Packers' 40-yard line during a game in Bangor in 1959. Lombardi had coached with the Giants the year before.
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Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi scratches his head as the Giants stop his team on the Packers' 40-yard line during a game in Bangor in 1959. Lombardi had coached with the Giants the year before. Buy Photo
An estimated crowd of 12,000 fans attended a professional football game at Bangor's Garland Field between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants in 1959.
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An estimated crowd of 12,000 fans attended a professional football game at Bangor's Garland Field between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants in 1959. Buy Photo
J. Dan Baldwin (second from left), dxecutive director of Bangor's quartquicentennial celebration, hugs a football as he arrives in Bangor after closing negotiations to bring the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers to Bangor for a pro football exhibition Saturday, Sept. 5, 1959. Shown welcoming Baldwin are (from left) Gordon W. Clapp, chairman of quartquicentennial steering committee; Anthony J. Rogers, local distributor for co-sponsor P. Ballantine & Sons; and Edward J. McInnis, vice president of the Maine Junior Chamber of Commerce, another sponsoring
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J. Dan Baldwin (second from left), dxecutive director of Bangor's quartquicentennial celebration, hugs a football as he arrives in Bangor after closing negotiations to bring the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers to Bangor for a pro football exhibition Saturday, Sept. 5, 1959. Shown welcoming Baldwin are (from left) Gordon W. Clapp, chairman of quartquicentennial steering committee; Anthony J. Rogers, local distributor for co-sponsor P. Ballantine & Sons; and Edward J. McInnis, vice president of the Maine Junior Chamber of Commerce, another sponsoring Buy Photo
New York Giants halfback Alex Webster takes time out from an afternoon workout at Doyle Field in Brewer to sign autographs for two fans, Carol Stebbins (standing) and Charlotte Mulherin, both of Bangor, in 1959.
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New York Giants halfback Alex Webster takes time out from an afternoon workout at Doyle Field in Brewer to sign autographs for two fans, Carol Stebbins (standing) and Charlotte Mulherin, both of Bangor, in 1959. Buy Photo
This vintage poster advertised the Giants-Packers football game that took place on Garland Field in Bangor on Sept. 5, 1959.
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This vintage poster advertised the Giants-Packers football game that took place on Garland Field in Bangor on Sept. 5, 1959.

BANGOR, Maine — Thursday night is the official start of the 2014 National Football League season, featuring the Green Bay Packers at the Seattle Seahawks.

In September 1959, the Green Bay Packers played an exhibition game in Bangor against the New York Giants. The game was part of Bangor’s 125th anniversary celebration.

The Bangor game was the Packers’ first under now-legendary head coach Vince Lombardi, who was hired away from the Giants after five years as an assistant coach.

The Giants were favored and won the game 14-0 in front of a crowd of 13,000 people at Garland Street Field.

 

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