1920 Detroit Heralds season

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1920 Detroit Heralds season
Head coach Billy Marshall
Home field Navin Field
Results
Record 2–3–3 Overall
2–2–1 APFA
Division place 9th APFA
Playoff finish No playoffs until 1932
Timeline
Previous season Next season
N/A 1921

The 1920 Detroit Heralds season was their inaugural season in the National Football League. The team finished 2–3–3,[1] earning them ninth place in the league.

Schedule[edit]

The table below was compiled using the information from NFL History and The Pro Football Archives, both of which used various contemporary newspapers.[2][3] A dagger (dagger) by a team means that team was not affiliated with the non-APFA. For the results column, the winning team's score is posted first followed by the result for the Heralds. For the attendance, if a cell is greyed out and has "N/A", then that means there is an unknown figure for that game. Green-colored rows indicate a win; yellow-colored rows indicate a tie; and red-colored rows indicate a loss.

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance Record
1 No game scheduled
2 No game scheduled
3 October 10, 1920 vs. Cleveland Panthersdagger 40–14 W Mack Park N/A 1–0
4 October 17, 1920 at Chicago Tigers 12–0 L Cub Park 5,000 1–1
5 October 24, 1920 vs. Columbus Panhandles 6–0 W Mack Park N/A 2–1
6 October 31, 1920 at Chicago Cardinals 21–0 L Cub Park 3,000 2–2
7 November 7, 1920 at Akron Pros Cancelled
8 November 14, 1920 at Fort Wayne Friarsdagger 0–0 T League Park 3,000 2–2–1
9 November 21, 1920 vs. Detroit Armadasdagger Cancelled
10 November 25, 1920 at Dayton Triangles 28–0 L Triangle Park N/A 2–3–1
November 28, 1920 vs. Lansing Oldsmobiledagger 0–0 T Mack Park N/A 2–3–2
11 December 5, 1920 vs. Detroit Maroonsdagger 7–7 T Mack Park N/A 2–3–3
12 No game scheduled
13 No game scheduled

Week 5: vs. Columbus Panhandles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panhandles 0 0 0 0 0
Heralds 0 6 0 0 6

October 24, 1920 at Mack Park

Following the loss, the Heralds were visited by the Columbus Panhandles, an APFA team. The Panhandles' passing attack helped them outgain the Heralds, but, according to the Ohio State Journal, it was a close game and "one play decided the outcome."[4] The Heralds' left end, Fitzgerald, intercepted a pass from Frank Nesser and ran it back for an 85-yard touchdown.[2][4]

Standings[edit]

1920 APFA standings[5]
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Akron Prosdagger 8 0 3 1.000 6–0–3 151 7 T2
Decatur Staleys 10 1 2 .909 5–1–2 164 21 T1
Buffalo All-Americans 9 1 1 .900 4–1–1 258 32 T1
Chicago Cardinals 6 2 2 .750 3–2–2 101 29 T1
Rock Island Independents 6 2 2 .750 4–2–1 201 49 W1
Dayton Triangles 5 2 2 .714 4–2–2 150 54 L1
Rochester Jeffersons 6 3 2 .667 0–1 156 57 T1
Canton Bulldogs 7 4 2 .636 4–3–1 208 57 W1
Detroit Heralds 2 3 3 .400 1–3 53 82 T2
Cleveland Tigers 2 4 2 .333 1–4–2 28 46 L1
Chicago Tigers 2 5 1 .286 1–5–1 49 63 W1
Hammond Pros 2 5 0 .286 0–3 41 154 L3
Columbus Panhandles 2 6 2 .250 0–4 41 121 W1
Muncie Flyers 0 1 0 .000 0–1 0 45 L1

  dagger  Awarded the Brunswick-Balke Collender Cup and named APFA Champions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1920 Detroit Heralds
  2. ^ a b NFL History (2003), pp. 1–7
  3. ^ "1920 Detroit Heralds". The Pro Football Archives. Maher Sports Media. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Willis (2007), p. 172
  5. ^ "NFL – 1920 Regular Season". National Football League. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 

Notes[edit]

Akron Pros Buffalo All-Americans Canton Bulldogs Racine Cardinals
Chicago Tigers Cleveland Tigers Columbus Panhandles Dayton Triangles
Decatur Staleys Detroit Heralds Hammond Pros Muncie Flyers
Rochester Jeffersons Rock Island Independents