Mark's 1940-1949 NFL Game Scores & Team History

Mark's 1940-1949 NFL Game Scores & Team History

Post by Mark Hopki » Sat, 07 Oct 1995 04:00:00

The National Football League (1940-9)
Franchise History:
     April 5, 1941  The Philadelphia and Pittsburgh teams were swapped.  The
                    Pittsburgh team named the Steelers by contest.
     April 6, 1943  The Cleveland Rams suspend operations for the 1943 season.
     June 19, 1943  The Eagles and Steelers merge for one season to the
                    Phil-Pitt Steagles, dissolved on December 5.
                    The Cardinals and Bears are not allowed to merge though.
     June 20, 1943  The Boston Yanks franchise formed for future play.
    April 19, 1944  The Boston Yanks activated, eventually added to the
                    Eastern Division.
                    The Cleveland Rams reactivated.
    April 21, 1944  The Cardinals and Steelers merge this year because of the
                    War.  They were called Card-Pitt, or the Carpets, because
                    everyone else walked all over them as they went 0-10 and
                    they play in the Western Division.  Merger dissolved on
                    December 3.
              1944  The Dodgers were renamed the Tigers
    April 10, 1945  The Tigers merge into the Yanks for one year.
  December 5, 1945  The Brooklyn team was formally disbanded, its players
                    assigned to the Yanks on December 17.  The owner went
                    on to launch the AAFC.
  January 12, 1946  The Rams move to Los Angeles.
  January 21, 1949  The Boston Yanks move to New York (on the expectation of
                    an NFL-AAFC merger).  They're renamed the Bulldogs to
                    avoid the conflict as the AAFC stays around.
 December 19, 1949  The NFL and AAFC merge into the National-American Football
                    League (NAFL).  The first discussions were carried out in
                    December 20, 1948 and were finally announced on the 9th.
                    The Browns, 49ers and Colts move into the NFL.  The
                    Brooklyn-New York team is split between the Giants and
                    Bulldogs, who change their name back to the Yanks.  The
                    Bills are merged into the Browns, the Dons merge with the
                    Rams, and the Hornets are bought out by the NFL and
                    disband.

NFL Team Abbreviations:
Bkn:  Brooklyn Dodgers    1940-43
      Brooklyn Tigers     1944
Bos:  Boston Yanks        1944-48
Car:  Chicago Cardinals   1940-43, 1945-49
Chi:  Chicago Bears       1940-49
Cle:  Cleveland Rams      1940-42, 1944-45
CP::  Card-Pitt           1944
Det:  Detroit Lions       1940-49
GB:   Green Bay Packers   1940-49
LA:   Los Angeles Rams    1946-49
NYB:  New York Bulldogs   1949
NYG:  New York Giants     1940-49
Phi:  Philadelphia Eagles 1940-42, 1944-49
Pit:  Pittsburgh Steelers 1940-42, 1945-49
PP:   Phil-Pitt Steagles  1943
Was:  Washington Redskins 1940-49

All-Star Teams:
CAS = College All-Stars            1940-49
EAS = Eastern College All-Stars    1940-41, 1947, 1949
MAS = Midwestern College All-Stars 1940-41
WAS = Western College All-Stars    1941
NAS = NFL Pro Bowl All-Stars       1940-42

Wartime Service Teams:
EA  = Colonel Robert R. Neyland's Eastern Army All-Stars  1942
CL  = Camp Lee                                            1943
WA  = Major Wallace Wade's Western Army All-Stars         1942

Other Non-League Opponents:
Ken = Kenosha Cardinals                 1940-41
StL = St. Louis Gunners                 1940
ECh = East Chicago Calumet Indians (AL) 1940
      (Quoted "Chicago Indians" in Sep 14 game)
JC  = Jersey City Giants                1940
Sta = Stamford Bears                    1941
Val = Valley Giants (semi-pro)          1940
Chu = Churchill                         1941
New = Newark Bears (Amer. Assoc.)       1941
LI  = Long Island Indians               1941

Comments:
All the games except those involving non-NFL teams, or marked "Exhibition",
"Tie-breaker playoff" or "Championship" are regular season games.  The dates
are given where known, otherwise are estimated.  The second team listed is the

is not known, else it is followed by the location of the game.

The schedules were arrived in the annual meetings in January.  The 1946 one
was held in New York and favored New York with 7 home games.  The others
I don't know anything about.

The November 28, 1940 Steelers-Eagles in Philadelphia was originally scheduled
for the previous Sunday (the 24th), but the whole field was soaked that day.
For a while it was considered postponed indefinitely because otherwise it
would interfere with Brooklyn's contention for the Eastern title by giving the
division-leading Redskins an game-weary opponent the following Sunday.  Since
the NFL schedule was regularized in 1935 only one game has ever been cancelled
and this was in 1935.

The early 1940's featured, among other things, a 15-game winning streak by the
Chicago Bears, including exhibition and postseason games, lasting from
November 17, 1940 to November 2, 1941.

The Redskins had intra-squad games on their exhibition schedule in 1941 in
San Diego on September 6 and Colorado Springs on Sepember 20.  There were
also intra-squad games in 1940 that I either don't know of or didn't record.

Key: *     = Packers game played in Milwaukee


1940



Sep  2  Was 20  GB  28* (Exhibition)

Sep  4  EAS 16  NYG  7   MAS  0  Cle 29
Sep  5  Chi 27  Phi 21  (Exhibition)
Sep  7  Ken  0  GB  17

Sep  8  Car  7  Pit  7



Sep 15  Bkn 17  Was 24   Phi 20  GB  27   NYG 10  Pit 10

Sep 20  Phi 13  Cle 21
Sep 22  Chi 41  GB  10   Pit 10  Det  7   NYG  7  Was 21
Sep 25  Chi  7  Car 21
Sep 28  NYG 20  Phi 14
Sep 29  Bkn 10  Pit  3   Car  6  GB  31*  Cle  0  Det  6
Oct  4  Phi 17  Bkn 30
Oct  5  Car 14  Det 43
Oct  6  Was 40  Pit 10   Chi 21  Cle 14   JC  21  NYG 41
Oct 13  Phi  7  NYG 17   Det  0  Chi  7   Pit  0  Bkn 21   Car 21  Was 28
        Cle 14  GB  31
Oct 20  Det 23  GB  14   Was 34  Phi 17   Car 14  Cle 26   Pit  0  NYG 12
        Bkn  7  Chi 16
Oct 26  Bkn 21  Phi  7
Oct 27  Was 20  Det 14   Chi 37  NYG 21   Cle  7  Car 17   Pit  3  GB  24*
Nov  3  NYG 10  Bkn  7   Det  0  Cle 24   GB   7  Chi 14   Pit 10  Was 37
Nov 10  Chi 14  Det 17   Phi  3  Pit  7   GB  28  Car  7   Cle 13  NYG  0
        Was 14  Bkn 16
Nov 17  GB   3  NYG  7   Cle 14  Bkn 29   Det 21  Phi  0   Chi  3  Was  7
Nov 24  GB  50  Det  7   Cle 25  Chi 47   Was  7  NYG 21   Car  9  Bkn 14
Nov 28  Pit  0  Phi  7
Dec  1  Bkn 14  NYG  6   Car 23  Chi 31   Phi  6  Was 13   GB  13  Cle 13
Dec  8  Chi 73  Was  0  (Championship)

1941
Aug 19  Chi 27  Ken  6
Aug 23  NYG 17  GB  17
Aug 26  Phi 35  Ken  6


        Bkn __  Sta __
Sep  1  Det  0  Pit  7  (Exhibition)

        MAS  7  Cle 37
Sep  7  NYG  8  Chi 14  (Exhibition)
        Phi 21  GB  28* (Exhibition)

Sep  9  Chi 14  Bkn  9  (Exhibition)
        Car 21  Ken 21


Sep 13  NYG 24  Phi  0
Sep 14  Det  0  GB  23

        Chi 47  New 12
Sep 16  Cle 10  Car  6
Sep 21  Cle  7  GB  24   Det  7  Bkn 14   Phi 10  Pit  7
Sep 23  Cle 23  Ken  0
Sep 27  Bkn 24  Phi 13   Det 14  Car 14
Sep 28  Chi 25  GB  17   NYG 17  Was 10
Oct  5  Chi 48  Cle 21   NYG 37  Pit 10   Car 13  GB  14*  Bkn  0  Was  3
Oct 12  Car  7  Chi 53   Bkn  7  GB  30*  Was 24  Pit 20   Cle  7  Det 17
        Phi  0  NYG 16
Oct 19  Det  0  Chi 49   Pit  7  NYG 28   Was 21  Phi 17   Car 20  Bkn  6
        GB  17  Cle 14
Oct 26  Pit  7  Chi 34   GB  24  Det  7   Car 14  Phi 21   Cle 13  Was 17
        NYG 13  Bkn 16
Nov  2  Pit  3  Was 23   GB  16  Chi 14   Phi  6  Bkn 15   Det 14  Cle  0
        Car 10  NYG  7
Nov  9  Was  7  Bkn 13   Det 13  NYG 20   Cle 13  Chi 31   Pit  7  Phi  7
        GB  65  Ken  2
Nov 16  Bkn  7  Pit 14   Cle 14  NYG 49   Was 21  Chi 35   Car  9  GB  17
        Phi 17  Det 21
Nov 23  Was 13  NYG 20   GB  54  Pit  7   Chi 24  Det  7   Car  7  Cle  0

Nov 30  GB  22  Was 17   Chi 49  Phi 14   Car  3  Det 21   Pit  7  Bkn 35
Dec  7  Bkn 21  NYG  7   Chi 34  Car 24   Phi 14  Was 20
Dec 14  GB  14  Chi 33  (Tie-breaker playoff)
Dec 21  NYG  9  Chi 37  (Championship)

1942


Aug 30  GB  21  Bkn 16 (Exhibition)




Sep  9  WA  12  Det  0

Sep 13  Chi 38  Was 14 (Exhibition)
        WA  21  GB  36*







        GB  17  Car 13
Oct 11  Phi 17  NYG 35   Car 14  Chi 41   Pit  7  Bkn  0   Det  7  GB  38*
        Cle 14  Was 33

        Pit 14  Phi  0

        Was 14  Pit  0

        Phi 27  Was 30

        Car  0  Was 28

Nov 22  Chi 42  Det  0   Car  3  Pit 19   GB  21  NYG 21   Bkn  3  Was 23

        Bkn  0  Pit 13

Dec 13  Chi  6  Was 14  (Championship)

1943

Sep 19  Car 17  Det 35
Sep 26  Was 43  Car 21 (Exhibition)
        NYG 21  CL   0 (Exhibition)


Oct  3  Chi 27  Det 21   GB  28  Car  7

Oct 10  Bkn  0  Was 27   Car  0  Chi 20   Det 14  GB  35




Nov 14  Chi 56  NYG  7   PP   7  Bkn 13   Det 20  Was 42   Car 14  GB  35*



Dec 12  NYG 31  Was  7
Dec 19  Was 28  NYG  0  (Tie-breaker playoff)
Dec 26  Was 21  Chi 41  (Championship)

1944




Oct  1  Det  6  GB  27

        Was 31  Phi 31


        Det 21  Chi 21

        GB  14  Det  0










Dec 17  GB  14  NYG  7  (Championship)

1945

Sep 23  Det 10  Car  0
Sep 25  Pit  7  Bos 28


Oct  7  Det 21  GB  57*

        Car 16  Chi  7

        Phi 14  Was 24

        Car 14  GB  33

        GB  24  Chi 28

        Det 35  Chi 28



Nov 25  GB  23  NYG 14   Was  0  Phi 16   Chi 28  Pit  7

        Chi 28  Car 20

Dec 16  Was 14  Cle 15 (Championship)

1946

Sep 20  NYG 35  GB  21 (Exhibition)
        Car  7  Pit 14
Sep 22  Chi 20  Was 14 (Exhibition)
Sep 29  Phi 25  LA  14   Pit 14  Was 14   Chi 30  GB   7
Sep 30  Det 14  Car 34


        LA  21  GB  17*
Oct 13  NYG 14  Was 24   GB  19  Phi  7   Bos  7  Pit 16   LA  28  Chi 28
        Car 36  Det 14
Oct 20  Car 24  NYG 28   Phi 14  Chi 21   Was 14  Bos  6   Pit  7  GB  17
        Det 14  LA  35
Oct 27  Chi  0  NYG 14   Phi 28  Was 24   Pit 33  Bos  7   LA  10  Car 34
        Det  7  GB  10*

        LA  41  Det 20
Nov 10  Phi 17  NYG 45   Bos 14  Was 17   Chi 27  LA  21   Pit  7  Det 17
        GB  19  Car  7

        Car 14  LA  17

        Car 24  GB   6

Dec  1  LA  31  NYG 21   GB  20  Was  7   Pit  7  Phi 10   Car 35  Chi 28

Dec 15  Chi 24  NYG 14 (Championship)

1947

Sep  3  NYG 21  EAS  0
Sep 21  Det 10  Pit 17
Sep 28  Det 21  Car 45   Chi 20  GB  29   Was 42  Phi 45


        Chi  7  Car 31
Oct 12? NYG 20  Was 28   Phi  7  Chi 40   LA  27  Det 13   Pit 30  Bos 14
        Car 14  GB  10

        Det 24  Chi 33

        Det 17  GB  34

        NYG  7  Det 35

        GB  17  Chi 20

        Chi 41  LA  21

        Det 17  LA  28
Nov 27  Chi 34  Det 14
Nov 30  Car 31  NYG 35   Was 24  Bos 27   Pit  0  Phi 21   GB  30  LA  10
Dec  7  LA  17  Chi 14   Car 45  Phi 21   Bos  7  Pit 17   Was 10  NYG 35
        GB  35  Det 14
Dec 14  Car 30  Chi 21   GB  14  Phi 28   Bos 13  Was 40   NYG 10  LA  34
Dec 21  Phi 21  Pit  0  (Tie-breaker Playoff)
Dec 28  Phi 21  Car 28  (Championship)

1948

Sep 11  Car 23  Phi  9 (Philadelphia Inquirer annual charity football game)
Sep 14  NYG 17  Chi  7 (Herald-Tribune Fresh Air Fund)


Sep 24  Phi 14  Car 21
Sep 26  Pit 14  Was 17   Chi 45  GB   7
Sep ??  Det  7  LA  44
Oct  3  NYG 10  Was 41   Bos 14  Pit 24   Det 21  GB  33   Phi 28  LA  28
Oct  4  Chi 28  Car 17

Oct 10  LA  21  Chi 42   Car 17  GB   7*  NYG  0  Phi 45   Was  7  Pit 10
Oct 17  Pit  7  Bos 13   Det  0  Chi 28   Car 63  NYG 35   LA   0  GB  16
        Phi 45  Was  0

        Was 23  GB   7*
Oct 31  NYG 14  Chi 35   Car 27  LA  22   GB  20  Det 24   Phi 34  Pit  7
        Bos 21  Was 59
Nov  7  Chi 21  LA   6   Det 20  Car 56   Phi 35  NYG 14   GB   7  Pit 38
        Was 23  Bos  7

        Det 21  Was 46

        NYG 49  GB   3*
Nov 25  Car 28  Det 14


        LA  41  Was 13
Dec 12  Car 24  Chi 21   Pit 14  LA  31   Det 21  Phi 45   Was 28  NYG 21
Dec 19  Car  0  Phi  7  (Championship)

1949



Sep 23  Det 24  LA  27
Sep 25  Chi 17  GB   0   NYG  7  Pit 28
Sep 26  Was  7  Car 38

Oct  2  Chi 17  Car  7   LA  48  GB   7
Oct  3  Phi 22  Det 14   Was 27  Pit 14

Oct  8  Car  3  Phi 28   Det  7  Pit 14
Oct  9  NYG 45  Was 35   LA  31  Chi 16
Oct 16  Phi 21  Chi 38   Pit 21  NYG 17   LA  21  Det 10   Car 39  GB  17*
        NYB 14  Was 38
Oct 23  Chi 28  NYG 35   NYB 13  Pit 24   Was 14  Phi 49   Det 24  Car  7
        GB   7  LA  35
Oct 30  Was 14  NYB 14   NYG 41  Car 38   Det 14  GB  16   Chi 24  LA  27
        Phi 38  Pit  7

        Car 42  Det 19
Nov 13  LA   7  Pit  7   Phi 44  Was 21   Det 24  Chi 27   NYG 30  GB  10


        Pit 30  GB   7*
Nov 24  Chi 28  Det  7

Dec  4  Phi 24  NYG  3   GB   0  Was 30   NYB 27  Det 28   Pit 21  Chi 30
        Car 31  LA  27
Dec 11  Was 27  LA  53   NYG  3  Phi 17   Car 21  Chi 52   GB   7  Det 21
        Pit 27  NYB  0
Dec 18  Phi 14  LA   0  (Championship)