On December 15th a time-honored tradition returned to Salem as the 50th annual Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl was played in Salem Stadium. A part of this tradition is the team signed footballs associated with the game. Leading up to the game, the players and coaching staffs of each team sign a football to give to the City of Salem as thanks for hosting the event. They continued this practice this year, with Cortland and North Central both signing a football.
The Stagg Bowl is the name given to the NCAA Division-III Football National Championship game. Salem has hosted the most Stagg Bowls of any location since its founding in 1973. Salem hosted the Stagg Bowl for the first time in 1993, for the 21st Annual Stagg Bowl game.
The signed footballs pictured here are from the 2023 Stagg Bowl, recently signed by champion Cortland and runner-up North Central. They are now on display at the Salem Museum.
Thank you to the City of Salem for bringing them to the Museum for visitors to enjoy.
The Salem Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and located at 801 E. Main St.