Today in Military History: Nov. 29, 1890, The first Army-Navy Football Game

Army-Navy Game, Franklin Field, 1908, Courtesy of the Library of Congress


The first Army-Navy football rivalry kicked off on November 29, 1890. Navy won the first game, 24-0, even though Army had the home field advantage in West Point.

In the following years the game has been played at a variety of locations, mostly in/or around Philadelphia, which is roughly equidistant between the two service academies. This year the game will be played again in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field, on Saturday, December 8. The gates open for tailgating at 11:00 a.m. ET and the march-on is at 12:15 p.m.  The game itself starts at 3, and you can catch all the action on CBS.