The 1924 NFL season was the fifth regular season of the National Football League. The league had 18 teams play during the season, including the new clubs Frankford Yellow Jackets, Kansas City Blues, and Kenosha Maroons. The Louisville Brecks, Oorang Indians, St. Louis All Stars and Toledo Maroons folded.
Before the season, the owner of the now-defunct Cleveland Indians bought the Canton Bulldogs and "mothballed" it, taking the team's nickname and players to Cleveland for the season. The new team, the Cleveland Bulldogs, won the 1924 NFL title with a 7–1–1 record.
|1924 National Football League season|
|Duration||N/A- November 30, 1924|
Eighteen teams competed in the NFL during the 1924 season.
|First season in NFL *||Team folded this season ^||Last season before hiatus, rejoined league later §|
|First season in NFL, and then folded after this season *^|
|Akron Pros||Wayne Brenkert|
|Buffalo Bisons||Tommy Hughitt|
|Chicago Bears||George Halas|
|Chicago Cardinals||Arnie Horween|
|Cleveland Bulldogs||Guy Chamberlin|
|Columbus Tigers||Red Weaver|
|Dayton Triangles||Carl Storck|
|Duluth Kelleys||Dewey Scanlon|
|Frankford Yellow Jackets *||Punk Berryman|
|Green Bay Packers||Curly Lambeau|
|Hammond Pros||Wally Hess|
|Kansas City Blues *||LeRoy Andrews|
|Kenosha Maroons *^||Bo Hanley and Earl Potteiger|
|Milwaukee Badgers||Hal Erickson|
|Minneapolis Marines §||Joe Brandy|
|Racine Legion §||Babe Ruetz|
|Rochester Jeffersons||Leo Lyons (3 games) and Johnny Murphy (4 games)|
|Rock Island Independents||Johnny Armstrong|
The Cleveland Bulldogs, Buffalo Bisons, Frankford Yellow Jackets, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears were the contenders for the title in November. However, Buffalo faltered down the stretch, dropping their last three games to drop from 6–2 to 6–5, squarely in the middle of the pack. Green Bay similarly fell from 6–2 to 7–4. This left Cleveland and Chicago to contend for the title, since Frankford had two losses and the other two teams only one. Teams such as the Duluth Kelleys and the Rock Island Independents would have been contenders for the title but their more limited schedules (six games for Duluth and nine for Rock Island) effectively ruled them out of title contention.
The official end of the season was designated as November 30, 1924, with Cleveland atop the league standings. After this date, Chicago challenged Cleveland to a post-season rematch and won, setting up a repeat of 1921, when the Bears (at that time still known as the Staleys) were able to win the championship from Buffalo (at the time known as the All-Americans) using the same trick. This time, however, league officials declared any game after November 30 to be effectively exhibition games, null and void with regard to the season standings, which allowed the Bulldogs to keep their title.
In terms of pure win-loss differential, the Yellow Jackets would have easily won the title, as they had nine more wins than losses, compared to the +5 of both the Bulldogs and Bears.
Had the current (post-1972) system of counting ties as half a win and half a loss been in place in 1924, the Kelleys (5–1) would have tied with the Bulldogs (7–1–1) for the league title at .833, with the tiebreaker not applicable as the Kelleys and Bulldogs did not play each other, while the Yellow Jackets (11–2–1) would have finished third at .821, well ahead of the Bears (6-1–4) in fourth at .727.
|Frankford Yellow Jackets||11||2||1||.846||326||109||W8|
|Rock Island Independents||5||2||2||.714||88||38||L1|
|Green Bay Packers||7||4||0||.636||108||38||L1|
|Kansas City Blues||2||7||0||.222||46||124||L2|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
The 1924 All-Pro Team consists of American football players chosen by various selectors as the best players at their positions for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1924 NFL season. Four players were unanimous first-team picks by both known selectors: guard Stanley Muirhead of the Dayton Triangles; quarterback Joey Sternaman of the Chicago Bears; and halfbacks Charley Way of the Frankford Yellow Jackets and Benny Boynton of the Buffalo Bisons.Al Bentzin
Alfred Ernest Bentzin (March 7, 1902 – January 6, 1979) was a guard in the National Football League. He played with the Racine Legion during the 1924 NFL season.Bill O'Toole
Bill O'Toole was a member of the Duluth Kelleys of the National Football League.Clete Patterson
Cletus "Clete" Patterson (March 18, 1902 – September 16, 1954) was a guard in the National Football League. He played with the Kenosha Maroons during the 1924 NFL season.
He was born in Wellsville, Ohio on March 8, 1902. He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1920 and attended Ohio University.Cleveland Bulldogs
The Cleveland Bulldogs were a team that played in Cleveland, Ohio in the National Football League. They were originally called the Indians in 1923, not to be confused with the Cleveland Indians NFL franchise in 1922. However, after team owner Samuel Deutsch purchased the Canton Bulldogs in 1924, he merged the Canton team with his Indians and renamed his franchise the Cleveland Bulldogs. The Canton Bulldogs remained a part of the team until 1925, when they were sold back to Canton. The Cleveland Bulldogs played in the NFL until 1928 when they were relocated to Detroit and became the Detroit Wolverines. The team was later incorporated into the New York Giants in 1929. The Cleveland Bulldogs won the 1924 NFL championship.George Berry (American football)
George Walton Berry (February 18, 1900 – February 25, 1986) was a guard in the National Football League. He split his first season between the Racine Legion and the Hammond Pros. He played another season with the Hammond Pros before splitting the 1924 NFL season with Hammond and the Akron Pros. Berry played another year in Akron, during which time the team changed their name to the Indians, before splitting his final season with Akron and the Hammond Pros.George Seasholtz
George Donald Seasholtz (November 14, 1900–April 11, 1945) was a fullback in the National Football League. He first played with the Milwaukee Badgers during the 1922 NFL season. After a year away from the NFL, he played with the Kenosha Maroons during the 1924 NFL season.Herbert Clow
Herbert Clow was a fullback in the National Football League. Clow was a member of the Duluth Kelleys during the 1924 NFL season. He died in 1977.Jim Ailinger
James Joseph Ailinger (July 10, 1901 – March 27, 2001) was a dentist, an American basketball and football player for the University of Buffalo, a football player for the Buffalo Bisons of the National Football League (NFL) and long time college football linesmen.
Ailinger played center and tackle for the University of Buffalo football team and was captain of the basketball team for one year.
He played as a reserve on the line during the 1924 Buffalo Bisons (NFL) season. He was part of an initiative to boost gate attendance for the Buffalo, New York franchise, mixing local talent such as Ailinger with big-name stars such as Benny Boynton, Eddie Kaw, Pete Calac and Swede Youngstrom. He was paid $50 U.S. for each game he was on the roster. After the 1924 NFL season, Ailinger swiftly retired despite an offer to return to the team in 1925. (As a future dentist, he was fearful of hurting his hands.) Ailinger put his NFL earnings toward tuition for dental school at the University of Buffalo.In addition to running a successful dental practice for over 60 years, Ailinger remained involved in sports. He served as an assistant football coach and assistant basketball coach at the University of Buffalo. He was once considered the dean of eastern collegiate football officials, officiating in over 425 college football games from 1925 to 1960. He was frequently sought after for prestigious collegiate football assignments and worked four Army–Navy Games and three Harvard–Yale games. He also spent time in the mid-1940s as the general manager of the Buffalo Bisons (AHL) minor league hockey franchise.
In 1998, he was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. He was, at the time of his death in 2001, the oldest surviving NFL player. (Sam Dana, who was born in 1903, assumed that title after Ailinger's death.)Johnny Murphy (coach)
John "Johnny" Murphy (May 6, 1889 — Sept. 13, 1961) was an American basketball player-coach for the Rochester Centrals from 1925 to 1931. Murphy played for the Centrals until 1927 and co-held the positions of head coach and general manager. Outside of the American Basketball League, Murphy was the head coach of the Rochester Jeffersons during the 1924 NFL season.Lee Croft (American football)
Leland Reynolds Croft (November 5, 1898 – January 28, 1984) was a guard in the National Football League. He was a member of the Racine Legion during the 1924 NFL season.Len Watters
Leonard Alvyn Watters (June 4, 1898 – December 1986) was an American football player and coach.
Watters was born in Dubuque, Iowa and attended Central High School in South Bend, Indiana, and Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He played professional football for the Buffalo Bisons in the 1924 NFL season, appearing in eight games for the Bisons. Watters spent 42 years as a coach, including 15 years as the head football coach for Williams College from 1948 to 1962. He compiled a record of 68–47 at Williams and ranks fourth in career wins among Williams Ephs football coaches.Marty Norton
Martin Norton (born c. 1902) was a player in the National Football League. He first played for the Minneapolis Marines during the 1922 NFL season. After a season away from the NFL, he re-joined the Marines for the 1924 NFL season. The next season, he played with the Green Bay Packers. He was also a member of the team for the next three seasons, but did not see any playing time during the season.
Norton was captain of the football, basketball and tennis teams while he attended Central High School in Minneapolis (class of 1921). He coached the Minneapolis Globe Trotters basketball team in the 1920s. In 1925, he was named the coach of the basketball team at Ripon College. He was also an assistant coach to Carl Doehling on Ripon's football team. Norton also played on the Minneapolis Whiz Bangs basketball team (also serving as captain), a basketball team from Appleton, Wisconsin, a football team from Ironwood, Michigan, and the Muscatine Muskies basketball team.Marv Wood
Marvin Wood (November 28, 1900 – December 18, 1973) was an American football player in the National Football League. He played with the Kenosha Maroons during the 1924 NFL season.Pete Henry
Wilbur Francis "Pete" Henry (October 31, 1897 – February 7, 1952) was an American football player, coach, and athletic administrator. He was a charter inductee into both the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Henry attended Washington & Jefferson College where he played at the tackle position from 1915 to 1919. He was selected as a consensus All-American in 1918 and again in 1919.
He next played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) for the Canton Bulldogs (1920–1923, 1925–1926), New York Giants (1927), and Pottsville Maroons (1927–1928). He helped lead Canton to consecutive NFL championships in 1922 and 1923 and was selected as a first-team All-Pro four consecutive years from 1920 to 1923. He also served as head coach with Canton in 1926 and with Pottsville in 1928.
In 1929, Henry returned to Washington & Jefferson as an assistant football coach. He became athletic director in 1932 and held that position until his death in 1952. He was also the head coach of the Washington & Jefferson football team in 1942 and 1945.Ray Oberbroekling
Raymond Joseph Oberbroekling (December 31, 1898–March 16, 1972) was an American football player in the National Football League. He played with the Kenosha Maroons during the 1924 NFL season.Roman Brumm
Roman Brumm (March 5, 1898 – September 2, 1981) was a player in the National Football League. He first played with the Racine Legion during the 1924 NFL season. The following season, he played with the Milwaukee Badgers before returning to Racine, by then renamed the Tornadoes, for the 1926 NFL season.Swede Erickson
Swede Erickson was a player in the National Football League. He was a member of the Kenosha Maroons during the 1924 NFL season.Walt Cassidy
Walter Charles Cassidy (October 16, 1899 – December 27, 1944) was a player in the National Football League. He played with the Kenosha Maroons during the 1924 NFL season.
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