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Bert Bank, Billy Martin, George Steinbrenner and Coach Paul Bryant before an exhibition game between the University of Alabama and the New York Yankees in 1978 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Alabama has played the Yankees twice, losing 0-6 in 1978 and coming to a 7-7 tie in 1984. It is said that George Steinbrenner scheduled these games simply to be able to meet and talk with The Bear. Unfortunately they only got to meet once due to Bryant’s death in 1983.