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The National Football League Was Born Here on September 17, 1920

"I was at the Birthplace of the NFL"

 
 
The National Football League Was Born Here on September 17, 1920 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 24, 2022
1. The National Football League Was Born Here on September 17, 1920 Marker
Inscription.  
…when representatives of the league's ten charter members crammed into the tiny Hupmobile showroom of Canton Bulldogs owner Ralph Hay to create the American Professional Football Association (later renamed the National Football League)

In attendance were Jim Thorpe, called "The Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century", and George Halas, founder of the Chicago Bears and one of the greatest coaches in NFL history.

The First 10 Teams Of The NFL
Dayton Triangles • Hammond Pros • Muncie Flyers • Rock Island Independents • Rochester Jeffersons • Akron Pros • Canten Bulldogs • Decatur Staleys • Chicago Cardinals • Cleveland Indians
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports.
 
Location. 40° 47.878′ N, 81° 22.617′ W. Marker is in Canton, Ohio, in Stark County. Marker is at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue Southwest and 2nd Street Southwest, on the left when traveling north on Cleveland Avenue Southwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 Cleveland Ave SW, Canton OH 44702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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walking distance of this marker. Birth of the NFL (here, next to this marker); Ralph Hay / Jim Thorp (a few steps from this marker); Carnegie Library (within shouting distance of this marker); President McKinley (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Church Of The Savior (about 300 feet away); Ralph Hay Way (about 500 feet away); Trinity Lutheran Church (about 500 feet away); Stark County Courthouse (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canton.
 
The National Football League Was Born Here on September 17, 1920 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 24, 2022
2. The National Football League Was Born Here on September 17, 1920 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 18, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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