Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 4/18/13
In the winter of 1925, a couple of New York hustlers approached noted Wall Street broker and bookmaker – a legitimate profession back then – Tim Mara, looking for an investor. They had an idea of starting a new team in the fledgling National Football League. When Mara inquired as to the amount of his money they were looking for, the answer was either $500 or $2,500 – accounts differ to this day. Mr. Mara’s famous response: “Heck, a storefront with a couple of chairs in it in New York is worth $(2)500!” Thus were born the New York Football Giants. That first season, the Giants bumped along to middling-low attendance and were generally considered to be a money-losing proposition – bad news for a toddling NFL, seeing as a successful New York franchise is generally considered crucial to the success of any nationwide business venture, and not many of their other teams were making money either. The only team with a bona fide gate attraction was the Chicago Bears, who snapped up college
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