When Baltimore City College and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute meet on the football field in November, it’s about tradition. The City-Poly game is second only to the Boston Latin vs. English High football match-up in Boston among the longest-running rivalries in high school football. The Boston game dates back to 1887, while the Baltimore rivalry got started two years later, in 1889.
In 1926, one of the most famous Poly-City games was played. Prior to the game, the eligibility of City's halfback, Mickey Noonen, was challenged. A committee was formed to investigate Noonen's eligibility, but Noonen's father—frustrated with the investigation—struck one of the members of the committee. The result was that Noonen was not only barred from the team, but also expelled from the Baltimore City school system. In spite of Noonen's removal, the two teams met at the Baltimore Stadium with 20,000 fans in attendance. The game remained scoreless well into the fourth quarter. Finally, Poly's Harry Lawrence—who later became a coach at City—kicked a successful field goal from the 30-yard leading to a 3–0 victory over City.
This lot features a November 20, 1926 City Vs. Poly game program. The 8" x 12" program is in good condition aside from the middle page being loose from the spine. Also included is a 1926 Baltimore Polytechnic Institute football schedule. The schedule has scores written in pencil on the inside and some paper loss on the back. It measures roughly 4.5" x 3" when folded.