Ongoing Research Project

Uniform Numbers of the NFL:

Pre-1933 Defunct Teams

In light of a number of practical considerations during the research for the book, I decided not to pursue the uniform number data for teams that went pfft before the reorganization of the NFL in 1933. It would seem that collecting that information would be an ideal use of the community of football historians, researchers and collectors on the Web. I am proposing that this site be a clearinghouse of uniform number data for the 40+ NFL franchises that vanished before the New Deal. Below are links to the rosters of each of those teams. If you have access to game programs, local newspaper listings or even team pictures that provide uniform numbers for these teams, please forward the information to me and I will post it here and credit your contribution. Similarly, if you have evidence that a team did not wear numbers on their jerseys in any seasons, forward that as well. My contact information is at the bottom of the page. Thank You.

Akron Pros (1920-25)/Akron Indians (1926) (85%) Kenosha Maroons (1924)
Boston Bulldogs (1929) (75%) Los Angeles Buccaneers (1926) (95%)
Brooklyn Lions (1926) (95%)
Louisville Brecks (1921-23)/Louisville Colonels (1926) (60%)
Buffalo All Americans (1920-23)/Buffalo Bisons (1924-25, 1927, 1929)/Buffalo Rangers (1926) (75%) Milwaukee Badgers (1922-26) (35%)
Canton Bulldogs (1920-23, 1925-26) (85%) Minneapolis Marines (1921-24)/Minneapolis Redjackets (1929-30) (50%)
Chicago Tigers (1920) Muncie Flyers (1920-21) (50%)
Cincinnati Celts (1921) New York Brickley Giants (1921)
Cleveland Tigers (1920)/Cleveland Indians (1921) New York Yankees (1927-28) (95%)
Cleveland Indians (1923)/Cleveland Bulldogs (1924-5, 1927) (67%) Newark Tornadoes (1930) (80%)
Cleveland Indians (1931) Oorang Indians (1922-23) (90%)
Columbus Panhandles (1920-22)/Columbus Tigers (1923-26) (55%) Orange Tornadoes (1929) (80%)
Dayton Triangles (1920-29) (90%) Pottsville Maroons (1925-28) (95%)
Detroit Heralds (1920)/Detroit Tigers (1921) Providence Steam Roller (1925-31) (85%)
Detroit Panthers (1925-26) (95%) Racine Legion (1922-24)/Racine Tornadoes (1926) (67%)
Detroit Wolverines (1928) (95%) Rochester Jeffersons (1920-25) (60%)
Duluth Kelleys (1923-25)/Duluth Eskimos (1926-27) (40%) Rock Island Independents (1920-25) (60%)
Evansville Crimson-Giants (1921-22) (40%) St. Louis All-Stars (1923)
Frankford Yellow Jackets (1924-31) (95%) Staten Island Stapletons (1929-30)/Staten Island Stapes (1931-32) (50%)
Hammond Pros (1920-26) (33%) Toledo Maroons (1922-23) (90%)
Hartford Blues (1926) (95%) Tonawanda Kardex (1921)
Kansas City Blues (1924)/Kansas City Cowboys (1925-26) (95%) Washington Senators (1921)

Percentage completed is in parentheses.

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Contact information:

John Maxymuk
Paul Robeson Library
Rutgers University
300 North 4th Street
Camden, NJ 08101

Phone: (856) 225-2842
Fax: (856) 225-6428

Email: Maxymuk@camden.rutgers.edu

 

Updated 7/18/07