From the Vault: Classic Gilman – McDonogh Football

Back in April, Gilman Archivist Steve Ammidown talked about digitizing football film. Today he shares a new phase of that project.

Football practice has begun on Gilman’s campus. And while Coach Poggi and the team are focused on the season ahead, there’s one particular game that many of us are thinking about.

Captain Frank Riggs in 1956

Captain Frank Riggs breaks through against McDonogh in the 1956 game.

On November 7th at John McDonogh Stadium, Gilman will face off against McDonogh for the 100th regular season game.  This storied rivalry dates back to 1914 when the Blue and Gray trounced the Cadets 35-0. Gilman holds a 60-34-5 advantage in the series.

To get you into the spirit, Gilman Archives will be spending the next few months opening our vaults and sharing recently uncovered films of Gilman-McDonogh games spanning more than half a century of clashes between the two teams. We’ll start by posting one game a week, and each post will include commentary from that year’s Cynosure or Gilman News.

You can follow along on our YouTube channel, or by following Gilman Archives on Twitter.

I want to know what you think! You can email me at with your questions and comments.

This is an exciting project, and I’m thrilled to be sharing these rarely seen films with you. We kick it off with the 1956 contest, a resounding 38-14 victory for Gilman. Enjoy!


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