A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 04, 2005
Giants (NFL football team)
The New York Giants currently play football in Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands - in New Jersey. The club began in 1925.

The name "Giants" has long been used by New York's National League baseball team (now the San Francisco Giants). Both Giants played at the Polo Grounds in that 1925 year.

http://www.giants.com/history/TeamHistory.asp
The city of New York was introduced to professional football on the same day that the city was introduced to the New York Giants. It was a clear sunny October afternoon in 1925 when the Giants took the field to play against the Frankford Yellow Jackets. The Giants lost their home debut by the score of 14-0 to lower their record to 0-3 after opening with two losses on the road. But more importantly, the New York Giants and professional football had arrived.

Tim Mara, a bookmaker (legal at the time) and successful businessman and promoter, purchased the team for a reported $500. In an era when professional football was in the shadows of baseball, boxing and college football, and professional football teams hailed from the towns of Dayton, Rochester and Columbus, league officials believed that a team in a large market such as New York was exactly what was needed to keep pro football alive.

10 September 1925, New York Times, pg. 20:
PRO OFFICIALS SEE
BIG FOOTBALL YEAR
(...)
Professional football is about to make another bid to gain a foothold in New York and under the guiding hand of Bob Folwell, coach of the Navy eleven last season and one-time mentor at Washington and Jefferson and the University of Pennsylvania. Backers of the project are confident their efforts will be crowned with success. Details of the campaign for the launching of the movement were outlined at a luncheon given yesterday in the Hotel Alamac by officials of the New York All-Collegians, or Giants, as they also are to be known, who will represent this city in the National Professional Football League of America, playing their home games at the Polo Grounds.

18 October 1925, New York Times, pg. S5:
PRO ELEVENS PLAY
OPENER HERE TODAY

New York Giants and Philadel-
phia Yellow Jackets to Meet
at the Polo Grounds.

The first big professional football game to be played in New York in several years will be staged at the Polo Grounds today, when the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Yellow Jackets clash in their first battle of the season.
(...)
The Giants' colors will be blue and the Yellow Jackets' a bright yellow.

(Trademark)
Word Mark THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS
Goods and Services IC 041. US 107. G & S: ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES IN THE FORM OF PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL GAMES. FIRST USE: 19250000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19250000
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 72250222
Filing Date July 14, 1966
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 0835679
Registration Date September 19, 1967
Owner (REGISTRANT) NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS INC., THE CORPORATION NEW YORK COLUMBUS CIRCLE COLISEUM TOWER, RM 1855 NEW YORK NEW YORK
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Disclaimer APPLICANT DISCLAIMS THE WORDS "THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL" ASIDE FROM THE MARK TAKEN AS A WHOLE.
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 19870919
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(Trademark)
Word Mark NEW YORK GIANTS
Goods and Services IC 041. US 107. G & S: Entertainment Services in the Form of Professional Football Games and Exhibitions. FIRST USE: 19250800. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19250800
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 73262800
Filing Date May 19, 1980
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition July 28, 1981
Registration Number 1174597
Registration Date October 20, 1981
Owner (REGISTRANT) NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS, INC., THE CORPORATION NEW YORK GIANTS STADIUM EAST RUTHERFORD NEW JERSEY 07073
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record DAVID M PROPER
Prior Registrations 0835679
Disclaimer Applicant disclaims the geographically descriptive words "New York" apart from the mark as shown.
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20011227.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20011227
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Posted by Barry Popik
Sports/Games • (0) Comments • Wednesday, May 04, 2005 • Permalink