Formally dedicated on November 27, 1926 for the 29th installment of the historic Army-Navy football tilt, Chicago’s Soldier Field became the first venue outside the East Coast to host the famed service academy gridiron rivalry (the game has since been played west of Pennsylvania just once). Among the most scarce and precious college football artifacts, this full-size pennant was issued for that historic battle. Measuring 27” in length, the gray felt banner features “ARMY” embroidered in black block-style characters, as well as a 4-3/8”-diameter design in which “SOLDIERS (sic) FIELD CHICAGO NOV. 27 ‘26” is symmetrically embroidered in four tiers. The gold-colored spine and tassels remain intact. While there is a series of faint stains and expected wrinkling, this football and U.S. Military relic is amazingly well kept and free of pinholes.
Having entered the game with a 7-0 loss to Notre Dame the lone blemish on its record, Army played to a 21-21 tie with Navy that day. Navy, which entered the game undefeated, was awarded its first and only national Championship.