Cleveland Panthers

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1926 American Football League season

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The Panthers competed in the first American Football League (AFL), founded by Charles "Cash and Carry" Pyle (1882–1939), in 1926.
Most AFL games were defensive affairs, with only New York and the Cleveland Panthers averaging more than 10 points of offense per contest.

Charles X. Zimmerman

The Panthers, owned by General Charles X. Zimmerman (1865–1926) (the vice president of the AFL), played their home games in old Luna Bowl in Luna Park.
He was also the vice president of the first American Football League, as well as the owner of the league's Cleveland Panthers.

American Football League (1926)

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The Panthers competed in the first American Football League (AFL), founded by Charles "Cash and Carry" Pyle (1882–1939), in 1926.
The AFL's Cleveland Panthers, previously independent, were also preparing to go face-to-face with their opposites Cleveland Bulldogs, the earlier NFL champions of 1924, when Bulldogs owner Sam Deutsch decided to suspend the operations for 1926.

Cookie Cunningham

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Other former Cleveland Bulldogs Dave Noble and Doc Elliott helped provide offensive firepower, while two-sport star Cookie Cunningham excelled at end, scoring twice on long passes in an October 3, 1926, game against the Los Angeles Wildcats.
He started his professional football career by playing end for the Cleveland Panthers of the first American Football League.

Youngstown Patricians

They were an independent team founded in 1919 from the remains of the Youngstown Patricians.
Much of the rest of the team ended up with the brand-new Cleveland Panthers in 1919; thanks in large part to their connections to Hughitt, the Panthers played primarily New York-based teams.

Al Nesser

The next week, the Panthers returned home to old Luna Park for a rematch with the Los Angeles Wildcats, a hard-fought game dominated by defense, with Cleveland guard Al Nesser dictating much of the game until a fourth quarter fumble by Al Michaels led to the only score of the game in a 6-0 Wildcats win.
He played for seven teams: Akron Pros, Cleveland Bulldogs, Columbus Panhandles, Akron Indians, New York Giants, and Cleveland Indians in the National Football League (NFL) and the Cleveland Panthers in the first American Football League.

Doc Elliott

Other former Cleveland Bulldogs Dave Noble and Doc Elliott helped provide offensive firepower, while two-sport star Cookie Cunningham excelled at end, scoring twice on long passes in an October 3, 1926, game against the Los Angeles Wildcats.
Elliott joined the AFL's Cleveland Panthers that year, however later in the season he signed with Philadelphia Quakers.

Al Michaels (American football)

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The veteran squad led by tailback Al Michaels was one of only two AFL franchises (the other was the New York Yankees) to average more than 12 points per game.
The following year, Michaels joined the Cleveland Panthers of the new American Football League and appeared in all five games the team played before folding.

Luna Park, Cleveland

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The Panthers, owned by General Charles X. Zimmerman (1865–1926) (the vice president of the AFL), played their home games in old Luna Bowl in Luna Park. The next week, the Panthers returned home to old Luna Park for a rematch with the Los Angeles Wildcats, a hard-fought game dominated by defense, with Cleveland guard Al Nesser dictating much of the game until a fourth quarter fumble by Al Michaels led to the only score of the game in a 6-0 Wildcats win.
The Cleveland Panthers of the first American Football League and the Cleveland Bulldogs of the National Football League played their home games in Luna Bowl, and (after the dismantling of the amusement rides had begun) Negro league baseball teams Cleveland Stars (1932), Cleveland Giants (1933), and Cleveland Red Sox (1934) each played their home games at the ballfield that was originally adjacent to the football stadium.

Ray E. Watts

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Coached by Ray E. Watts, the team drew its players from Ohio colleges and universities and raided the rosters of early National Football League (NFL) teams based in Ohio

Los Angeles Wildcats

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Other former Cleveland Bulldogs Dave Noble and Doc Elliott helped provide offensive firepower, while two-sport star Cookie Cunningham excelled at end, scoring twice on long passes in an October 3, 1926, game against the Los Angeles Wildcats. The next week, the Panthers returned home to old Luna Park for a rematch with the Los Angeles Wildcats, a hard-fought game dominated by defense, with Cleveland guard Al Nesser dictating much of the game until a fourth quarter fumble by Al Michaels led to the only score of the game in a 6-0 Wildcats win.
By the end of October, the Cleveland Panthers and Newark Bears have closed up shop; the Brooklyn Horsemen merged with their NFL cousins, the Brooklyn Lions in early November, and the Boston Shamrocks, a team that was subsidized by Pyle’s money dropped out.

Rock Island Independents

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In terms of fan support, the Panthers appeared to have had a good start, defeating the Yankees in their first game, at Luna Bowl in front of a reported 22,000 people, but after a second home victory (17-13, against the Wildcats) in which the attendance figures were apparently not reported, and a third straight home win (this time 23-7 against the Rock Island Independents) in front of only 7000 people, it was becoming evident that the Panthers were in trouble despite being in first place with an undefeated record.
Founding American Football League teams for 1926 were the Boston Bulldogs, Brooklyn Horsemen, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Panthers, Los Angeles Wildcats, Newark Bears, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Quakers and the Rock Island Independents.

Guy Roberts

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Guy Roberts – 1926 Canton Bulldogs, 1927 Pottsville Maroons
In 1926 he played with the Canton Bulldogs in the NFL and the Cleveland Panthers in the AFL.

Dave Noble

Other former Cleveland Bulldogs Dave Noble and Doc Elliott helped provide offensive firepower, while two-sport star Cookie Cunningham excelled at end, scoring twice on long passes in an October 3, 1926, game against the Los Angeles Wildcats.
The following year, Noble stayed in Cleveland but changed teams, playing for the Cleveland Panthers of the new AFL.

Ralph Vince

Ralph Vince – 1923 and 1925 Cleveland Bulldogs
Raffaello "Ralph" D. Vince (March 18, 1900 – October 29, 1996) was an American football player for the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Bulldogs, and the Cleveland Panthers.

Red Roberts (American football)

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Red Roberts – 1922 Toledo Maroons, 1923 Akron Pros
He also played in the first American Football League for the Cleveland Panthers.

Dick Wolf (American football)

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Dick Wolf – 1927 Cleveland Bulldogs
He also played in the 1926 American Football League for the Cleveland Panthers.

Jack Sack

Jack Sack – 1926 Canton Bulldogs
Sack also played in the 1926 organization of the American Football League for one year while with the Cleveland Panthers the entire time.

Paul Brown

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When Cleveland was getting a new team to play in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) in 1944, the team's head coach, Paul Brown, (1908-1991), was reluctant to use his own name, and the Panthers name still had popular support in a newspaper contest.
McBride then held a contest to name the team in May 1945; "Cleveland Panthers" was the winning choice, but Brown rejected it because it was the name of an earlier failed football team.

Arthur B. McBride

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Jones still held the rights to the "Panthers" name, and he apparently demanded several thousand dollars from owner Arthur B. McBride for the use of the name.
McBride then held a contest to name the team in May 1945; "Cleveland Panthers" was the most popular choice, but Brown rejected it because it was the name of an earlier failed football team.

American football

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The Cleveland Panthers were a professional American football team.

C. C. Pyle

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The Panthers competed in the first American Football League (AFL), founded by Charles "Cash and Carry" Pyle (1882–1939), in 1926.

Ohio

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Coached by Ray E. Watts, the team drew its players from Ohio colleges and universities and raided the rosters of early National Football League (NFL) teams based in Ohio

Halfback (American football)

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The veteran squad led by tailback Al Michaels was one of only two AFL franchises (the other was the New York Yankees) to average more than 12 points per game.