|Los Angeles Buccaneers (C)||5||3||2||0||56||43||.600|
|New York Yankees||4||2||2||0||74||43||.500|
|Los Angeles Wildcats||2||2||0||0||45||7||1.000|
Note: Includes Championship Series (C) Champions.
|Date||Team 1||Team 2|
|30.01.1927||New York Yankees||14||Los Angeles Buccaneers||0|
|06.02.1927||Los Angeles Buccaneers||7||New York Yankees||6|
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|18.12.1927||California All-Stars||0||Duluth Eskimoes||19|
|25.12.1927||Hollywood Generals||6||Duluth Eskimoes||3|
|26.12.1927||California All-Stars||9||Duluth Eskimoes||7|
|02.01.1927||California All-Stars||0||Duluth Eskimoes||10|
|09.01.1927||Los Angeles Buccaneers||19||Duluth Eskimoes||0|
|09.01.1927||Los Angeles Wildcats||28||Hollywood Generals||7|
|16.01.1927||Los Angeles Buccaneers||30||New York Yankees||6|
|23.01.1927||Hollywood Generals||6||New York Yankees||48|
|23.01.1927||Los Angeles Wildcats||17||Los Angeles Buccaneers||0|
In the Winter of January-February 1927 & 1928, some of the top teams in the National Football League & American Football League played in a Winter League in California, following the end of the Fall (Autumn) NFL & AFL seasons. The teams included star players from college teams in California and were dubbed after the teams’ star NFL & AFL players. e.g. the Nevers Eskimoes were the Duluth Eskimoes of the NFL with star player, Ernie Nevers.
The Duluth Eskimoes opened with 19-0 victory over the California All-Stars, a Pacific Coast Football League All-Star team made up of players from the Oakland and San Francisco franchises. They then lost to both the Hollywood Generals and California All-Stars, before winning the third match against the All-Stars, and finishing their tour with a loss to the Los Angeles Buccaneers (dubbed Muller’s Californians by the Press). The Los Angeles Wildcats also beat the Hollywood Generals on that day.
The New York Yankees, with star player, Red Grange then started their tour the following week (16 January 1927), with a loss to the Los Angeles Buccaneers, and then beating the Hollywood Generals. The same day the Los Angeles Wildcats beat the Los Angeles Buccaneers 17-0, but were not invited to the season ending series of games as they were not the draw the organizers wanted.
Instead, the Los Angeles Buccaneers met the New York Yankees for a shot at the title, and lost the first match 14-0, before winning the second, and last match 7-6, to finish the seson with three wins, and the unofficial Champions.
The League was essentially a AAA League/Major League Rival to the NFL from 1927-1928, featuring both star NFL & AFL teamxs and players and teams and players from the Semi-Pro Pacific Coast Football League and Californian College players.
Teams & Star Players
|Team||NFL/AFL/PCFL Team||Star Players|
|Muller’s Californians||Los Angeles Buccaneers (NFL)||Brick Muller|
|Wilson’s Wildcats||Los Angeles Wildcats (AFL)||Wildcat Wilson|
|Grange’s Yankees||New York Yankees (AFL Fall 1926)||Red Grange|
|Nevers’ Eskimoes||Duluth Eskimoes (NFL)||Ernie Nevers|
|Hollywood Generals||Hollywood Generals (PCFL)||Semi-Pro Team|
|California All-Stars||Oakland and San Francisco (PCFL)||Semi-Pro Team|
Bob Gill (2009) Seasons in the Sun – The California winter league of 1927 and ’28 The Coffin Corner Volume 31,No. 1, Pro Football Researchers Association (2009)[Internet] Available from: http://www.profootballresearchers.org/coffin-corner00’s/CC-31-1.pdf [Accessed 20 October 2019]
Thanks to Eoin O’Fearghaill.
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