The Story of the NFL's Dayton Triangles

Pro Football: Dayton Triangles' Impact on Early Records


Contemporaries viewed Triangle players Al Mahrt, Lou Partlow, Norb Sacksteder and Hobby Kinderdine as top players in their era. 

Lee Fenner deserves special recognition for playing with the Triangles every year from 1916 to 1929 -- a total of 14 seasons. He weighed only 150 pounds during his playing days, and accomplished the additional feat of playing for two entire seasons without being taken out of a game.

By the late 1920s, the Racine Cardinals moved to Comiskey Park and become known as the Chicago Cardinals. The Decatur Staleys moved into Chicago and became the Chicago Bears. Of the remaining eight charter-member teams which attended the league's organizational meeting on September 17, 1920, seven had folded. Of the ten charter-member teams of the NFL, only the Dayton Triangles remained playing as originally organized.

On July 12, 1930, the Dayton Triangle franchise was purchased by syndicate from Brooklyn headed by John Dwyer. He moved the franchise to Brooklyn, New York, and renamed the team the Brooklyn Dodgers. To view the historic football records of the Brooklyn Dodgers 1930-1943 (N.F.L.), and 1946-1948 (A.A.F.C.), and the Brooklyn Tigers 1944 (N.F.L.).

Triangle manager Carl Storck continued to serve the NFL. When Joe Carr, NFL president since 1921, died in Columbus on May 20, 1939, the NFL named Dayton's Storck as acting president five days later. He served in that post for almost two years, resigning due to poor health, on April 5, 1941. He was replaced by the NFL's first commissioner, Elmer Layden of Notre Dame.

In 1989, the NFL celebrated its seventieth season of play with little fanfare regarding the Dayton Triangles' key role in the founding and early history of the league. The Dayton Triangles team was one of the charter members of the National Football League. The first league game played in the NFL was played in Dayton at Triangle Park on October 3, 1920. The first touchdown in the NFL was scored in that game by Lou Partlow of the Dayton Triangles.

In addition, Dayton provided one the league's organizational founding fathers, the manager of the Triangles, Carl Storck. Storck participated in all of the league's first organizational meetings and served the NFL for the first 21 years of its existence.

 

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