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NFL established... Jim Thorpe named president...



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September 19, 1920

THE DETROIT SUNDAY NEWS, Detroit, Michigan, September 19, 1920 

* NFL created
* National Football League
* Jim Thorpe named president


Page 2 of the sport's section contains a very significant--albeit modestly presented--report on the founding of the NFL, headed: "THORPE TO HEAD 'PRO GRIDDERS'" and "Becomes President of First Foot Ball Organization". The report is datelined "Canton, Ohio, Sept. 18", & begins: "Jim Thorpe, famous Indian football player,  and coach of the Canton Bulldogs, a local professional team, has been chosen head of the American Professional Football Association, the only professional football organization in the cuntry (sic).....".

The report concludes with an interesting line: "A decision was reached to refrain from luring players out of college for the professional game."

Obviously a humble beginning for a league that has become a major business, and a sport with a tremendous audience.

Complete in 60+ pages, light browning, some margin wear with some tears and a few archival mends, otherwise good. Should be handled with care.

Category: The 20th Century

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