1920 Chicago Tigers season
|1920 Chicago Tigers season|
|Head coach||Guil Falcon|
|Home field||Cubs Park|
|Division place||T-11th APFA|
|Playoff finish||No playoffs until 1932|
The Chicago Tigers were formed in 1920. After the 1919 season, representatives of four Ohio League, a loose organization of professional football teams, teams—the Canton Bulldogs, the Cleveland Tigers, the Dayton Triangles, and the Akron Pros—called a meeting on August 20, 1920 to discuss the formation of a new league. At the meeting, they tentatively agreed on a salary cap and pledged not to sign college players or players already under contract with other teams. They also agreed on a name for the circuit: the American Professional Football Conference. They then invited other professional teams to a second meeting on September 17.
At that meeting, held at Bulldogs owner Ralph Hay's Hupmobile showroom in Canton, representatives of the Rock Island Independents, the Muncie Flyers, the Decatur Staleys, the Racine Cardinals, the Massillon Tigers, the Chicago Cardinals, and the Hammond Pros agreed to join the league. Representatives of the Buffalo All-Americans and Rochester Jeffersons could not attend the meeting but sent letters to Hay asking to be included in the league. Team representatives changed the league's name slightly to the American Professional Football Association and elected officers, installing Jim Thorpe as president. Under the new league structure, teams created their schedules dynamically as the season progressed, so there were no minimum or maximum number of games needed to be played. Also, representatives of each team voted to determine the winner of the APFA trophy.
|1||No game scheduled|
|2||No game scheduled|
|3||October 10, 1920||vs. Chicago Cardinals||0–0 T||Cubs Park||5,000||0–0–1|
|4||October 17, 1920||vs. Detroit Heralds||12–0 W||Cubs Park||5,000||1–0–1|
|5||October 24, 1920||vs. Decatur Staleys||10–0 L||Cubs Park||5,000||1–1–1|
|6||October 31, 1920||at Rock Island Independents||20–7 L||Douglas Park||N/A||1–2–1|
|7||November 7, 1920||vs. Chicago Cardinals||6–3 L||Cubs Park||7,000||1–3–1|
|8||November 14, 1920||at Canton Bulldogs||21–0 L||Lakeside Park||8,000||1–4–1|
|9||No game scheduled|
|10||November 25, 1920||vs. Decatur Staleys||6–0 L||Cubs Park||8,000||1–5–1|
|November 28, 1920||vs. Chicago Torn-Tornadoes||27–0 W||Cubs Park||N/A||2–5–1|
|11||No game scheduled|
|12||No game scheduled|
|13||No game scheduled|
Week 6: at Rock Island Independents
October 31, 1920 at Douglas Park, Rock Island, Illinois
In week six, the Tigers played the Rock Island Independents. The Independents out-gained the Tigers in first downs, 14 to 3. The first score of the game was a 6-yard rushing touchdown by Independents' Fred Chicken; however, the extra point was missed, so the score was only 6–0. The Tigers took the lead in the second quarter after Annan had a 2-yard rushing touchdown. Chicken ended up having two rushing touchdowns, and Wyman had another rushing touchdown, as the Independents beat the Tigers 20–7.
Week 8: at Canton Bulldogs
November 14, 1920 at Lakeside Park, Canton Ohio
The Tigers' next matchup was against the Canton Bulldogs. Hay cancelled his game against the Hammond Pros and decided to challenge the Tigers instead because he believed the Tigers were a better team. The first scoring came in the second quarter, when the Bulldogs' Bob Higgins recovered a fumble and ran it back for a touchdown. In the same quarter, Henry caught an interception and ran it back 50 yards for a touchdown. Calac then ran for a one-yard touchdown in the third quarter to seal the 21–0 win.
|1920 APFA standings|
|Rock Island Independents||6||2||2||.750||4–2–1||201||49||W1|
Brunswick-Balke Collender Cup and named APFA Champions.
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
|1920 Chicago Cardinals final roster|
- 1920 Chicago Tigers
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- PFRA Research 1980, pp. 3–4
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|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|