Yale Football
Sam Rubin

Ever since the first Yale team took the field in 1872, the Bulldogs’ place in the history of college football has been well established. With 26 national championships, 14 Ivy League championships, 100 consensus all-Americans, dozens of College Football Hall of Famers, two Heisman Trophy winners, and over 800 victories, the Elis’ list of accomplishments is unparalleled. Yale Football captures all the elements that make the sport so special: the epic rivalry with Harvard, the atmosphere of a packed Yale Bowl, the history that spans generations. From Walter Camp’s role as the father of American football to the glory years under legendary head coach Carm Cozza and beyond, Yale’s great players and achievements are portrayed through rare and captivating images.

Author Bio: Sam Rubin is the editor of the Yale Football News and a 1995 Yale graduate. He is also the author of Baseball in New Haven, which chronicles both the history of the Yale baseball team, and the famous major leaguers who played in the Elm City.

The Yale football team is the subject of a new pictorial history book as part of Arcadia Publishing's "Images of Sports" series. The series also includes books on Yale baseball ("Baseball in New Haven") and Yale men's hockey ("Bulldogs on Ice"). This 128-page softcover book includes 200 black-and-white photographs from athletic department and university archives with detailed captions, dating from Yale's first football team (1872) to the present day. It is available for pre-order now at sites such as and barnesand and will be in stores in September.

Radio Interviews:

  • 8/29/09- Interview on Rich Marazzi's "Inside Yankee Baseball" program at 11:15 AM on ESPN 1300 AM and on their website at
  • 11/10/07- Pre-game interview before the Yale-Princeton game with Ron Vaccaro and former Yale head coach Carm Cozza on station WELI-960 AM New Haven
  • 9/23/06- Halftime interview on the former Yale head Coach Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro show on station WELI-960 AM New Haven during the Yale-Cornell game.
  • 11/4/06- Halftime interview on the Yale student radio station WYBC 1340 am during the Yale Brown game which kicksoff at noon.The broadcast was also available on-line at ..
  • 12/9/06- Sam was interviewed by Matt Levine on radio stations WNLK/WSTC (1350AM/1400AM) at about 1:35 pm on Saturday, December 9th

Television Interviews:

  • 10/11/06- WTNH Channel 8 New Haven- The noon news.
  • 10/27/06- Beyond the Game-White Plains Cable TV Ch. 76 Friday at 9.00 p.m
  • 10/28/06- the YES Network, home of the New York Yankees, which is Channel 30 in Manhattan, at halftime during the Columbia-Yale football game which kickoffed at noon from New Haven. He was interviewed by Chris Shearn the side line reporter with John Stirling and Howard Cross covering the game.
  • 10/31/06- Beyond the Game-White Plains Cable TV Ch. 76 on Tuesday at 10:00 p.m.
  • 11/18/06- Yale-Harvard Game-Halftime Interview (kickoff at 12:00)- Charley Steiner (radio voice of the L.A. Dodgers), former Yale star QB Brian Dowling and ex-Harvard standout Vic Gatto call the action.
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On-line Interviews:

  • 11/7/06- Sam was a guest on Ron Vaccaro's first audio show, which starts at 7:00 p.m about Yale Football, which was broadcast live on-line from the fabled Mory's. There will be a link available on  
  • 11/28/06- Sam was a guest on Ron Vaccaro's audio show, which starts at 7:00 p.m about Yale Football, which was broadcast live on-line from the fabled Mory's. There will be a link available on  


  • WTNH- New Haven
    (New Haven-WTNH, Oct. 11, 2006 12:25 PM) - If you've got a Yale football fan in the family there is a new must have out in bookstores now. It's titled "Yale Football," and it has some great glimpses of Yale football past.
    We spoke with the author of the book, Sam Rubin, who has penned "Baseball in New Haven," the story of the Yale baseball team.
    Yale Football (Images of Sports) is published by Arcadia Publishing. (ISBN #0738545325). It's available online and at area bookstores.

Speaking Engagements:

  • 8/13/09- At the Public Library in Derby, Connecticut at 10 AM
  • 12/5/08- At the Film Forum, located at 209 West Houston Street in Manhattan. Sam appeared in a Q& A session after the 7:50 pm showing of the critically acclaimed movie "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29" with Kevin Rafferty, the director of the movie. The movie is about the famous 1968 Harvard-Yale football game.
  • 2/12/07- At the Branford Rotary Club, at Noon at the Italian-American Club in Branford, CT

Among the subjects in the book:


  • Walter Camp, the father of American football
  • Heisman Trophy winners Clint Frank and Larry Kelley
  • NFL stars from Yale such as Calvin Hill, Dick Jauron, Chuck Mercein and Eric Johnson
  • Coaches such as Carm Cozza, Jordan Olivar and more
  • Over two dozen College Football Hall of Famers, including Pudge Heffelfinger, Frank Hinkey, brothers Howard and Tad Jones, Amos Alonzo Stagg and more
  • All-America running backs Rich Diana and John Pagliaro
  • Passing leaders Brian Dowling, John Rogan, Kelly Ryan, Joe Walland and more
  • Receiving leaders Dean Athanasia, Gary Fencik, Curt Grieve, John Spagnola and more
  • Defensive standouts Kevin Czinger, Tim Tumpane, Jim Gallagher, Elvin Charity, John Zanieski and more
  • Players who went on to careers in television such as Stone Phillips and Jack Ford
  • Individuals who went on to careers in politics, such as Senator William Proxmire and President Gerald Ford (a former assistant coach at Yale)

Legendary Yale Teams

  • the 1888 national championship squad that went 13-0 and outscored its opponents 698-0
  • the 1900 "Team of the Century" that went 12-0 and won the national championship, featuring seven All-Americans
  • the 1923 team that went 8-0, including five shutouts and a win over Army in front of 80,000 people at the Yale Bowl
  • the 1956 team that won the first Ivy League championship
  • the 1960 team, Yale's last unbeaten and untied team at 9-0, that outscored its Ivy League opponents 206-51 en route to winning the league title
  • the 1968 team and the famous Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 game.
  • and more

Memorable Games:

  • the first game in Yale history, against Columbia in 1872 (a 3-0 Yale win)
  • the 1894 game against Harvard, a 12-4 Yale win, that was so violent it led to the series being suspended for two years
  • the "Battle of the Giants" in 1909, when 9-0 Yale beat 8-0 Harvard for the national championship
  • the 7-0 upset win at Princeton 1934 in which Yale's 11 "Iron Men" played the entire game
  • the 14-12 upset win over Army in 1955 at the Yale Bowl
  • the 54-0 win over Harvard in 1957, Yale's biggest win over its traditional rival
  • the 23-19 upset win against Navy at the Yale Bowl in 1981
  • the come-from-behind 24-21 win over Harvard in 1999 that clinched Yale's 13th Ivy League championship
  • and more

For further information, please e-mail Sam Rubin '95 at or call (203) 432-1456.
To purchase a "Yale Football" T-shirt for $20, please e-mail

(Editor's note- Both the first and second editions of Sam's first book "Baseball in New Haven" have been sold out, and are therefore not available from Arcadia or any brick or online bookstore. Allan Rubin, Sam's father, has a total of 5 of this book (both first and second editions) that are available at a price of $25 each plus postage and handling. If interested, please e-mail at . There are a few T-shirts available for sale, the front of which has a picture of the cover of the book. They are available at a cost of $20 plus postage and handling.)


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