THE COFFIN CORNER - 1970's
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First All-Star Game from the Pittsburgh Press. Five years
after the first recognized pro football game, a selected team
of all-stars took on the Pittsburgh champs.
Competitors, 1935-41 - by Bob Braunwart. Four or more
leagues that wanted to be major league rivals of the NFL failed
during the Depression.
Tiger Trap: Ohio's First FB Ringers - by Bob Carroll.
Massillon wanted an amateur team to rival Canton, but they
ended up going pro.
Ironton Tanks: 1919-30 - by Tom Nikitas. Brief history
of a strong independent team. The
Story of the [Youngstown] Patricians - by Vic Frolund.
This strong pre-NFL team vied for the Ohio championship in
Davey's [O'Brien] Big Day - by Bob Braunwart & Bob Carroll.
Davey O’Brien was exceptional even before he set passing records.
Curious Case of the 13th Import - by Bob Braunwart & Bob
Carroll. How Frank Tripucka lost by winning in a Canadian
Parratt, MVP - by Milt Roberts. He dominated (and saved)
the pro game 1908-14. The
First Pro Pass - by Bob Carroll. Who threw it ? Find out
Blood: Vagabond Halfback - by Jack Henry in Pittsburgh
Steelers Weekly. The story of one of the great characters
of football history. A
Closer Look: 50-Yd DKs - by Bob Carroll. Some claims of
the good ol’ days don’t stand up. The
Day They Clobbered the Bronk - by Bernie McCarty. Lone
Star Dietz sets a trap for Nagurski.
Panhandles: Last of the Sandlotters - by Bob Braunwart
& Bob Carroll. Joe Carr and the Nesser brothers gain fame.
Before World War I. A
Closer Look: Pro Myth? - by David Shapiro. Does the run
establish the pass or visa versa?
Strong - by Bob Carroll. His name matched his game in
the 1930s. [Jock]
Sutherland - by Bob Carroll. The great coach in both college
and pro ball.
Flops! - by Bob Braunwart & Bob Carroll. College stars
who flunked as pros in 1920s-30s. George
McAfee: ‘One-Play’ - by Bob Barnett & Bob Carroll. One
of the greatest breakaway runners ever. Those
New Records: What Do They Prove? - by David Shapiro. Comparing
yesterday with today. Big
Foot - courtesy of Ironton Evening Tribune. Glenn Presnell
sets a field goal record.
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past (and some not-so-great), occasionally a stat article,
some opinion, and organization news.