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Five interesting facts about the Army-Navy football game

November 29, 2018

A long tradition

The first college football game between the U.S. Military Academy (Army) and the Naval Academy (Navy) was played on Nov. 29, 1890. The 128th anniversary of the contest comes Thursday.

It resumes next month

The next Army-Navy game is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Philadelphia.

An amazing Kankakee connection

When Army and Navy met on Dec. 2, 1939, the captains of the respective teams were both Kankakee High School graduates and former gridiron teammates. They were Allen Bergner, the Navy captain, and Harry Stella, the Army captain.

Contest christened Soldier Field

On Nov. 27, 1926, the game was held in Chicago for the formal dedication of Soldier Field in honor of the American servicemen who had fought in World War I.

Instant replay ushered in

Instant television replay made its American debut in the 1963 Army-Navy game.

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