Tim Mara, the founding owner of the New York Giants in 1925, named his team after the popular National League MLB Giants of the time. They were called for all of the massive structures springing up in New York City. The original logo was a cartoon bear with a baseball in its mouth representing the city's fabled natural resources: wood for building materials and games, iron for weapons, and water for drinking and cleaning.
The first season saw the Giants play at the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan. They lost more games than they won that year, but still managed to draw large crowds to see them play. After their first season, manager Bill McKechnie left to take over as manager of the Chicago Cubs. He was replaced by Leo Durocher who led the team to a 100-game win streak from 1941 to 1942. In 1943, they moved into their new home stadium, which would become known as "The House That Ruth Built".
During World War II, many players joined military units to fight against Germany. At the end of the war, many of these players returned to find that there were no jobs available with any major league team. So, the Giants hired them all, even though they knew they might not be able to pay them. From 1946 to 1950, the Giants played in three different ball parks due to financial problems caused by the war.
Tim Mara named the squad after the National League baseball Giants, a longstanding New York favorite. Baseball being the king of professional sports at the time, therefore owner Tim Mara wanted the same name recognition in the hopes that fans would support both teams. The NFL team has never had the same success as their MLB counterparts, but they have still managed to be profitable over the years.
The Giants original home field was Columbia Park, which they shared with the Brooklyn Dodgers. When Brooklyn left New York for California in 1957, the New York Giants moved into their own stadium, known today as Yankee Stadium. The new site was chosen because it was far enough from Manhattan to avoid any possible conflict with the Yankees, but close enough to allow for easy travel to games throughout the city.
The football team hasn't won more than 10 games since their inaugural season, but they have still been able to attract large crowds and be competitive each year. Their most recent championship came in 2014 when head coach Tom Coughlin led them to victory over Seattle in one of the most memorable Super Bowls ever. After losing the first two games of the series, the Giants went on to win three straight games to claim their first Super Bowl title.
On August 31,1954, the NFL granted a franchise to the All-America Football Conference (AAFC).
Mara wanted to be sure that everyone recognized the name of his new team, so he titled it "Giants," which was already the name of another MLB team. Of course, the original San Francisco Giants moved to San Francisco. So that is why they are known as the New York Giants.
1925 Tim Mara formed the Giants in the then-five-year-old NFL in 1925. The squad was owned by Mara until his death in 1959, when it was passed down to his sons, Wellington and Jack. The Giants have won eight NFL titles, four of which have come in Super Bowls.
1926 The first game played by the New York Giants took place on December 29, 1926, with them losing to Pottsville 11-0. Steve Owen was the quarterback for the Giants back then. He would go on to play five more seasons with them, finishing with 28 touchdowns thrown and 14 interceptions. In 1927, the Giants finished with a 6-4 record under first-year head coach George Young. They returned again in 1928 and 1929 before breaking away from the NFL once again after the 1929 season.
1930 When the Giants returned in 1930, they had two new owners: John J. McGraw and Edward A. Hand. Both men were influential figures in the sport of football at the time and are considered among the best coaches of all time. John McGraw was the manager of the team from 1930-37, while Edward Hand managed them for one season (1938). Together, these two men led the Giants to seven more NFL championships, three of which came in a row from 1934-36. After their third straight title in 1935, they decided not to renew McGraw's contract after he signed on with another team.
Mara, John New York Giants/Owners Steve Tisch and Larry Tanenbaum.
The New York Giants are one of the original eight teams that made up the American Football League (AFL). The team was founded in 1925 as a replacement for the Providence Steamrollers, who had moved to Brooklyn after one season. The new team took its name from EAST 31st STREET IN NEW YORK CITY, where they will play their home games.
The Giants played their first game on October 3, 1960, at Yankee Stadium, where they lost 14-7 to the Chicago Bears. Their first win came two weeks later, when they defeated the Houston Oilers 16-6 at Yale Bowl. The team's first undefeated regular season was completed in 1962, and they went on to defeat the Baltimore Colts in the AFL Championship Game. After three more championship games lost, the Giants won their second title in 1970. They have not been back to the playoffs since then and currently play in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which is about 20 minutes by train from Manhattan.