Frankford Yellow Jackets

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The Frankford Yellow Jackets were a professional American football team, part of the National Football League from 1924 to 1931, though its origin dates back to as early as 1899 with the Frankford Athletic Association.wikipedia
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1924 NFL season

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This led to the Association being granted an NFL franchise in 1924.
The league had 18 teams play during the season, including the new clubs Frankford Yellow Jackets, Kansas City Blues, and Kenosha Maroons.

1926 NFL season

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The Yellow Jackets won the NFL championship in 1926. The Yellow Jackets began the 1926 season with an exhibition game against the Atlantic City Roses, which Frankford won 45–0.
The Frankford Yellow Jackets were named the NFL champions after finishing the season with the best record.

Frankford Stadium

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The team played its home games from 1923 in Frankford Stadium (also called Yellow Jacket Field) in Frankford, a section in the northeastern part of Philadelphia, noted for the subway-elevated transit line that terminates there.
Frankford Stadium, also known as Yellow Jacket Field, was a football field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that was the home of the Frankford Yellow Jackets football team of the National Football League, which predated the Philadelphia Eagles.

History of the National Football League championship

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The Yellow Jackets won the NFL championship in 1926. In 1925 the Frankford Athletic Association enlisted the services of Guy Chamberlin, who served as a player-coach for NFL championship teams such as the 1922 and 1923 Canton Bulldogs and the 1924 Cleveland Bulldogs.
Had win-loss differential (the standard method in baseball) been used, the Decatur Staleys would have won the 1920 title by virtue of being one game ahead of Buffalo, and the 1924 title would have been won by the Frankford Yellow Jackets, who were four games ahead of actual champion Cleveland in the standings by that measure.

Whitey Thomas

The team included players Harry Dayhoff, Russ Stein, Joe Spagna, Whitey Thomas, Al Bedner, and Bob Jamison.
He played for the Frankford Yellow Jackets in 1924 in the National Football League and for the Philadelphia Quakers in 1926 in the first American Football League.

Butch Spagna

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The team included players Harry Dayhoff, Russ Stein, Joe Spagna, Whitey Thomas, Al Bedner, and Bob Jamison.
He played in the early National Football League (called the American Professional Football Association until 1922) for the Buffalo All-Americans, Cleveland Tigers and the Frankford Yellow Jackets.

Al Bedner

The team included players Harry Dayhoff, Russ Stein, Joe Spagna, Whitey Thomas, Al Bedner, and Bob Jamison.
Albert Leon Bedner (July 9, 1898 – July 12, 1988) was an American football player who played three seasons in the National Football League with the Frankford Yellow Jackets and New York Giants.

Frankford, Philadelphia

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The team played its home games from 1923 in Frankford Stadium (also called Yellow Jacket Field) in Frankford, a section in the northeastern part of Philadelphia, noted for the subway-elevated transit line that terminates there.
The community was the home of the Frankford Yellow Jackets, a National Football League team that won the championship in 1926 but folded in 1931.

Harry Dayhoff

The team included players Harry Dayhoff, Russ Stein, Joe Spagna, Whitey Thomas, Al Bedner, and Bob Jamison.
He attended Bucknell University and later made his professional debut in the National Football League with the Frankford Yellow Jackets in 1924.

American Football League (1926)

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However, the NFL reinstated the Maroons the following year after fears that the team would join Red Grange's upstart American Football League, which posed a threat to the league.
Simultaneous with the Cardinals-Pros game was an exhibition game between Pottsville and an all-star team consisting of former Notre Dame players at Shibe Park, near the home of the Frankford Yellow Jackets, who protested the invasion of territorial rights by the Maroons.

Guy Chamberlin

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In 1925 the Frankford Athletic Association enlisted the services of Guy Chamberlin, who served as a player-coach for NFL championship teams such as the 1922 and 1923 Canton Bulldogs and the 1924 Cleveland Bulldogs.
He played professional football for nine years with the Canton Bulldogs (1919), Decatur Staleys (1920), Chicago Staleys (1921), Canton Bulldogs (1922–1923), Cleveland Bulldogs (1924), Frankford Yellow Jackets (1925–1926), and Chicago Cardinals (1927).

Union Quakers of Philadelphia

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In 1922, Frankford absorbed the Philadelphia City Champion team, the Union Quakers of Philadelphia.
Holmesburg, Conshohocken Athletic Club and the pre-NFL Frankford Yellow Jackets were considered the top teams in eastern Pennsylvania at the time.

Pottsville Maroons

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After a 49–0 defeat to the Pottsville Maroons, Frankford's captain Bull Behman was suspended indefinitely from the team for indifferent play.
Immediately after winning the Anthracite League title, the Maroons issued challenges to both the NFL champion Cleveland Bulldogs and the Frankford Yellow Jackets, who claimed the Eastern professional championship.

Cleveland Bulldogs

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They finished third in league standings only behind the Cleveland Bulldogs and Chicago Bears; under modern standings tabulation procedures, Frankford would have finished in first place.
After winning their first six games, the Bulldogs lost to the Frankford Yellow Jackets and entered a virtual tie with the Chicago Bears for first place in the standings.

Hust Stockton

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Frankford went on to win the game 20–14, due mainly to a touchdown pass from Hust Stockton to Two-Bits Homan.
He played with the Frankford Yellow Jackets from 1925 until 1928, and was a member of Yellow Jackets' 1926 NFL Championship team.

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The Yellow Jackets began the 1926 season with an exhibition game against the Atlantic City Roses, which Frankford won 45–0.
Due to the team's location in Atlantic City, the Roses attracted several of the teams from the Anthracite League, based in Pennsylvania, as well as the Canton Bulldogs, Frankford Yellow Jackets, Pottsville Maroons and Rochester Jeffersons of the National Football League.

Russ Stein

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The team included players Harry Dayhoff, Russ Stein, Joe Spagna, Whitey Thomas, Al Bedner, and Bob Jamison.
He played for Toledo, Canton Bulldogs, Frankford Yellow Jackets, and the Pottsville Maroons over the course of his four-year career.

Punk Berryman

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The Yellow Jackets assembled in September 1924 under coach Punk Berryman to begin preparing for the upcoming season.
In 1924, he coached the Frankford Yellow Jackets, newly enfranchised to the National Football League (NFL), to a record of 11–2–1, good enough for only a third-place finish.

Bull Behman

After a 49–0 defeat to the Pottsville Maroons, Frankford's captain Bull Behman was suspended indefinitely from the team for indifferent play.
In 1924, Behman joined the Frankford Yellow Jackets, a long-established team but then new to the NFL.

Providence Steamrollers (National Football League)

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However, they had an upcoming two-game set with their toughest opponent yet, the Providence Steam Roller.
Both of their two losses came against the Frankford Yellow Jackets (21–10) and (16–3).

Two-Bits Homan

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Frankford went on to win the game 20–14, due mainly to a touchdown pass from Hust Stockton to Two-Bits Homan.
Homan joined the NFL in 1925 with the Frankford Yellow Jackets and played his whole career with them until 1930.

Red Grange

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However, the NFL reinstated the Maroons the following year after fears that the team would join Red Grange's upstart American Football League, which posed a threat to the league.
On December 5, he scored two touchdowns including the game winner against the Frankford Yellow Jackets.

Swede Youngstrom

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Weir had fellow players Russ Daugherty, Charlie Rogers, and Swede Youngstrom serve as assistant coaches.
Over the span of his career in the National Football League, Youngstrom played with the Buffalo All-Americans, Canton Bulldogs, Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Bulldogs and the Frankford Yellow Jackets.

Buffalo (NFL)

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They then played a two-game series against the Buffalo Rangers.
A week later, the Bisons were defeated by the Frankford Yellow Jackets, 12–3.

John F. Kennedy Stadium (Philadelphia)

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The Yellow Jackets had to overcome this scheduling problem by playing at two different locations around the city of Philadelphia: Philadelphia Municipal Stadium and Baker Bowl.
The Frankford Yellow Jackets also played here intermittently until the team's demise in 1931.