Kanaweola Athletic Club

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The Kanaweola Athletic Club was a bicycling club, which later fielded a professional football team, based in Elmira, New York. The club operated an indoor bicycling track inside the Steele Memorial Library building. However the club is best known for the historical first of its football team.[1]

On Friday November 21, 1902 at 8:00pm (EST), Kanaweola took part in the first ever professional football night game. The game took place in Elmira at the Maple Avenue Driving Park (now called Dunn Field). That night Kanaweola was defeated by the Philadelphia Athletics of the first National Football League, 39-0.[2][3]

The historical significance of the game was initially lost. The town's newspaper, Elmira Daily Advertiser and Free Gazette, only reported on the score of the game, with the headline “Kanaweola Eleven was Brushed Aside, Great Game Just the Same.” It wasn't until decades later that the game was recognized as the first pro football game to be played at night.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Janowski, Diane. "History sometimes happens unnoticed: First Ever Night Football Game". New York History History (New York State History Books and Music). Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  2. ^ Carroll, Bob (1980). "Dave Berry and the Philadelphia Story". Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association) 2 (Annual): 1–9. 
  3. ^ "Chronology of Football 1869-1910". NFL Team History.com (National Football League). Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  4. ^ Janowski, Diane. "History sometimes happens unnoticed: First Ever Night Football Game". New York History History (New York State History Books and Music). Retrieved 2010-09-07.