“We are thrilled for the opportunity to play Princeton in Yankee Stadium,” Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy said. “What a great opportunity for our team, coaches and fans. Playing in Yankee Stadium will provide a lifetime of memories for all involved. It’s especially exciting considering the game takes place during the celebration year of Dartmouth’s 250th anniversary.”
The series between Dartmouth and Princeton has enjoyed a long history that dates back to 1897 with the Big Green holding a 48-44-4 lead through the end of the 2016 season. The game at Yankee Stadium will be the 99th meeting between the two on the gridiron, but two of the early showdowns actually took place in New York at the Polo Grounds.
The first of Dartmouth’s two games against the Tigers in the city came on Nov. 7, 1908, which the Big Green won by a final of 10-6. Princeton returned the favor two years later with a 6-0 victory on Oct. 29, 1910. In all, Dartmouth played a dozen times at the Polo Grounds, posting a record of 7-4-1 at the site. The Big Green’s last game there was against Stanford on Dec. 2, 1939, which the Cardinal won, 14-3.
Aside from a fellow Ivy League member Columbia, the only other football games Dartmouth has played in New York City since that Stanford game were victories at Fordham in 1995 (34-14) and 1997 (31-10). All told, the Big Green have played 57 games in the city (including against the Lions), posting a record of 38-18-1 overall.
Since the Ivy League formed in 1956, Dartmouth has an overall winning percentage of .599 (689-454-46) and won 18 football titles, tying for the most by any school in the Ancient Eight.
“This is such a terrific opportunity for us to showcase our football team and the college on the New York stage at Yankee Stadium,” said Buddy Teevens, the Robert L. Blackman Head Football Coach at Dartmouth. “Our football program and the Yankees have a legacy of tradition and success, and to be able to partner with them to bring Big Green football to New York City will be an event our players and fans will never forget.”
Dartmouth College has other connections to Yankee Stadium, most notably its home baseball field of Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park which is named after the four-time All-Star third baseman who enjoyed a 10-year career with the Yankees. Rolfe was not only a member of the Dartmouth Class of 1931, but also the college’s athletics director for 13 years (1954-67). And Jim Beattie, a member of the Class of 1976, pitched two seasons for New York, winning a World Series game in the championship season of 1978.
Adding to the historical significance of the game will be the fact that it takes place three days after the 150th anniversary of the first intercollegiate football game between Princeton and Rutgers (Nov. 6, 1869). And like the Big Green, the Tigers will be playing their first game in a New York City-area site since 1997 when it played Yale at Giants Stadium while their home venue — Princeton Stadium — was being built.
“We are extremely proud to partner with Dartmouth and the New York Yankees to celebrate Princeton and Ivy League football in one of the world’s most spectacular sports venues.” said Mollie Marcoux Samaan ’91, the Ford Family Director of Athletics at Princeton. “Just as Yankee Stadium has housed so many iconic moments, Princeton has played an important role in the development of college football since its very beginnings. We are thrilled to provide this unique opportunity to our student-athletes and to be able to celebrate the generations of Tiger alumni who have represented the university so successfully for the past 150 years.”
The game against Princeton will be the second of two in a three-year span for the Big Green at a Major League Baseball venue. This fall, Dartmouth will take on the Brown Bears at Fenway Park on Nov. 10.