11/2/1935 at the Polo Grounds on a soggy field = nice stub top left corner crease and with crease on reverse that doesn't show much on the front as these old style stubs were much thicker cardboard -- blank back as the design of old college tickets was generally relegated to an impressive front ( much more so than professional football tickets)
Several (4) reprinted newspaper pages accompany this item
This was the 1st meeting of 3 conscecutive years and all ended scoreless! Jock Sutherland, a tall, grim man with a Scottish burr, coached Pitt at the time, presiding over a sort of thresher-type single-wing offense that ground opponents to ribbons, all the while abjuring the forward pass as a frill for sissies. Through seven years, 1931-37, Pitt never lost more than a single game per season.
Stocked in depth right down to the third team with the toughest soft-coal miners in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the Panthers also could brag about a defense that during those seven years averaged six shutouts a season.
As the ranking powerhouse of the East, Pitt decided to embellish its image by booking a series of New York appearances for exposure.Fordham seemed a likely opponent. The Rams, coached by Sleepy Jim Crowley, the ex-Horseman from Notre Dame, were coming into the big time and yet did not appear to have reached the point where they could handle Pitt. November 2, 1935, the date of the first Pitt-Fordham game, drew near with both teams showing identical recordsâfour victories and one defeat. But Pitt's defeat was by only three points, at the hands of Notre Dame. Bookmakers, who in those days did not bother to calculate point spreads, made the Panthers 2-to-1 favorites. "According to all available information," a Pittsburgh newspaperman wrote two days before the game, "the Crowley line is nothing over which to become excited." The Crowley line, as it happened, was to become legendary as the Seven Blocks of Granite!
The newspaper the day after the game reported: Two rugged lines of ganite mold batteled each other to a standstill! Checked offensive gestures at their very inception and finished 60 minutes of bruising, punishing football on even terms as Fordham and Pitt played a scoreless tie.
... Amid the exuberant shouts of a crowd of 38,000 at the Polo Grounds, the Rams turned aside the vaunted Panther attck with the precision of an army tank. Neither guille nor power could penetrate that Fordham forward wall of steel, and in as flaming an exhibition, of courage against odds as a local gridiron has seen all season, the Maroon stalked off with major honors of the day without scoring a point.
.... Down came the goal posts under a swarm of Fordhamites at the end. The Rams had outrushed, outcharged and outfought the Pittsburgh Powerhouse. And by an odd quirk of the fates, the Rams even won the game ball on the toss of a coin after the game.
Vince Lombardi is noted as one of the Blocks of Granite on Fordham and mentioned as substitution back and forth with Bernard.