Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 15 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
All-American Football Conference
1946. In both 1947 and 1948, the Chicago Rockets finished with a record of 1-13. In 1949, the Baltimore Colts finished with a record of 1-11. The worst record in 1946 in the AAFC belonged to the Miami Seahawks, who had a record of 3-11.
Alyn Beals. Beals, a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, scored 278 points in his AAFC career on 46 touchdowns and two extra points. Groza finished second in league history with 259 points.
Buffalo. In a season where Cleveland went 9-1-2, their only two ties (in fact, the only two ties that took place in the entire league that season) happened against the Buffalo Bills. Cleveland tied Buffalo 28-28 in week one in Buffalo, and again in week ten, 7-7 in Cleveland. The two teams would play again in the 1949 AAFC playoffs, with Cleveland winning 31-21.
Spec Sanders. Spec Sanders of the New York Yankees led the league in rushing for both the 1946 and 1947 seasons, rushing for 709 yards in 1946, and 1432 yards in 1947. Motley led the league in rushing in 1948 with 964 yards, and Perry led the league in 1949 with 783 yards. After sitting out the 1949 season with a knee injury, Sanders played one season in the NFL, 1950, for the New York Yankees. Sanders played defense and had 13 interceptions before retiring.
Hornets. The Rockets changed their nickname to the Hornets after two straight 1-13 seasons. The change didn't help too much as the Hornets finished the last season 4-8.
New York Yankees. The Yankees lost in the 1946 championship game to Cleveland 14-9, and 14-3 in 1947. Brooklyn and Baltimore never qualified for the AAFC Championship game, and there never was an AAFC team in Boston.
Cleveland-Miami. The first regular season game in AAFC history was played on September 6, 1946, at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Seahawks that day 44-0.
Angelo Bertelli. Bertelli, the first Heisman trophy winner to play for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, played for the Dons in 1946, and Chicago in 1947 and 1948. He did not have a memorable AAFC career.
Brooklyn Tigers. Don Topping, who was part owner of the NFL's Brooklyn Tigers in 1945 (and also the owner of the baseball New York Yankees), pulled the team out of the league after the 1945 season. They then moved the team into Yankee Stadium to play, and renamed them the New York Yankees.
Cleveland Browns. In their four years in the AAFC, Cleveland finished with an overall regular season record of 52-4-3. They defeated the New York Yankees for the title in the first two seasons (14-9 in 1946 and 14-3 in 1947), Buffalo 49-7 in 1948, and San Francisco 21-7 in 1949.
Seahawks. The Miami Seahawks finished their only AAFC season with a record of 3-11, playing home games in the Orange Bowl. Their owner, Harvey Hester, lost everything he had on the team and the franchise was transferred to Baltimore for the following season.
Jim Crowley. Crowley was named commissioner of the AAFC on November 22, 1944, and served until 1947, when he resigned to become part-owner and head coach of the AAFC's Chicago Rockets franchise. In fact, when Crowley was named AAFC commissioner, fellow Notre Dame horseman Elmer Layden, was serving as the commissioner of the NFL.
St. Louis. Representatives of six cities (Buffalo, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Cleveland) met in St. Louis on June 4, 1944, to form the new league. They would meet a second time three months later in Chicago.