Dan Blaine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Dan Blaine
Date of birth 1891
Place of birth Stapleton, Staten Island, New York, United States
Date of death 1958
Career information
Position(s) Halfback
College None
Career history
As player
1915–1924 Staten Island Stapletons
As owner
1919–1934 Staten Island Stapletons
Military career
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Army seal U.S. Army
Years of service 1918-1919
Battles/wars World War I

Daniel Blaine (1891–1958) was a professional football player for the Staten Island Stapletons from 1915 until 1924. In 1915 he, along with three other players, formed the team to play other semi-pro teams from New York and New Jersey. He suspended his football career in 1918 to serve in the United States military during World War I. Once the war ended, Blaine took over sole ownership of the Stapletons. He stayed in the Stapleton lineup at halfback until ending his playing career in 1924 at age 33. After his retirement from football, Blaine focused solely on owning and managing the team.

After a November 14, 1926 33–0 loss to the Newark Bears, Blaine promptly hired most of the Newark players, including star rookie Doug Wycoff, who were still owed money by the Bears due to the team's financial problems. As a result, the Bears went out of business, while the Stapletons benefited from Newark's folding. In 1929, the Stapletons became members of the National Football League after the New York Yankees folded. This resulted in a rivalry between the Stapletons and the New York Giants. While the Stapletons never had a winning season in the NFL, they did manage to defeat, or tie some of the teams that are still in existence today.

A combination of the Great Depression and having too small of a stadium that could have never accommodated enough fans to make the team profitable caused great financial difficulties for the team. Many of the Stapletons' fans couldn't afford tickets to make a team possible. Blaine went through the formality of getting NFL permission to suspend league operations for the 1934 season. The team played one more season of semi-pro football in 1934 before quietly folding. In June 1935, Blaine's franchise was finally declared forfeit.

Restaurants[edit]

Blaine also owned several restaurants on Staten Island. However, it is rumored that some, if not all, of these restaurants were really speakeasies, that illegally served alcohol during the period of United States history known as Prohibition in the United States. One of Blaine's restaurants was located next to the Stapletons' home field, Thompson Stadium.

References[edit]