The Boston Yanks was a National Football League team based in Boston, Massachusetts that played from 1944 to 1948. The team played its home games at Fenway Park. Team owner Ted Collins picked the name "Yanks" because he originally wanted to run a team that played at New York City's Yankee Stadium. Unfortunately, the Yanks could only manage a 2-8 record during its first regular season.
Due to a shortage of players caused by World War II, the Yanks were merged with the Brooklyn Tigers for the 1945 season, and styled as the Boston Yanks. The merged team played four home games in Boston and one in New York. But fans from neither cities cared as they finished with a 3-6-1 record.
When Brooklyn Tigers owner Dan Topping announced his intentions to join the All-America Football Conference in 1946, his NFL team was revoked and all of its players were assigned to the Yanks. But in 1948, after suffering through three more losing seasons and financial woes, Collins asked the NFL to fold the Boston Yanks for a new franchise in New York City. This new team would be called the New York Bulldogs.
The Boston Yanks are the only defunct NFL team ever to have the first overall NFL draft pick. They had it twice in 1944 and 46. Both times they selected a quarterback from the University of Notre Dame: Angelo Bertelli (44) and Frank Dancewicz (46).
Professional football would eventually return to Boston in 1960, with the formation of the American Football League's Boston Patriots.
First Round draft selections
1944 Angelo Bertelli Back Notre Dame
1945 Eddie Prokop Back Georgia Tech
1946 Frank Dancewicz Back Notre Dame
1947 Fritz Barzilauskas Guard Yale
1948 Vaughn Mancha Center Alabama
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Clarence "Ace" Parker
Year W L T Finish Coach
1944 2 8 0 4th East Herb Kopf
1945 3 6 1 3rd East Herb Kopf
1946 2 8 1 5th East Herb Kopf
1947 4 7 1 3rd East Clipper Smith
1948 3 9 0 5th East Clipper Smith
Totals 14 38 3