Army – Navy Game – 1973
by Gary S.
My cousin was a Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy and he invited my family to go to the Army vs. Navy Football in 1973 game. The game was held at the old JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa.
That year the game ended in the worst lost that the Army Black Knights had in the 110 years history of the competition. The Navy Midshipmen went on to win 51-0. It wasn’t much of a game, but the parade was interesting.
JFK Stadium was an open air stadium, first open in 1925 and demo’d in 1992 for the new Wells Fargo Center. The stadium was condemned after a Dead concert in 1989, but still held concerts after that, it was a dump. The Academy that wins the game get a week vacation from school, so my cousin was happy.
The Army vs. Navy football game is true American classic event that has been moved to the back pages of the newspapers over the last 40 years or so. They can’t recruit the quality of players they had in the past and it seems this game will remain as just other game to watch on a Saturday afternoon.