1929 NFL season

The 1929 NFL season was the tenth regular season of the National Football League. The league increased back to 12 teams with the addition of the Staten Island Stapletons, Orange Tornadoes and Minneapolis Red Jackets and the re-entry of the Buffalo Bisons. The Pottsville Maroons became the Boston Bulldogs, the New York Yankees folded, and the Detroit Wolverines merged into the New York Giants, with the Giants the surviving partner.

On November 3, the Chicago Cardinals at Providence Steam Roller match became the first NFL game to be played at night under floodlights. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers were named the NFL champions after finishing the season with the best record.

1929 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 22 – December 15, 1929
ChampionsGreen Bay Packers

Rule changes

The NFL added the Field Judge as the fourth game official.[1]

Championship race

Neither the Green Bay Packers nor the New York Giants lost a game during the first nine weeks of the season. When they met at New York's Polo Grounds on November 24, 1929, the Packers were 9–0–0 and Giants were 8–0–1.[2] "Whether New York or Green Bay, Wis., will hoist the 1929 National Professional Football league pennant to the top of the flagstaff will probably be determined here Sunday when the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers, both undefeated teams, meet," an Associated Press report noted, adding "Although both the Packers and the Giants play other games before the end of the season, past performances indicated that tomorrow's game will be the crucial contest for the league's standings."[3]

Verne Lewellen's pass to Herdis McCrary, and Bo Molenda's extra point, gave Green Bay a 7–0 lead in the first quarter. A pass from Benny Friedman to Tony Plansky gave the Giants a chance to tie in the third quarter, but the point after failed, and New York trailed 7–6. Green Bay added two touchdowns in the last quarter to win the game, 20–6 to take a one-game lead.[4][5] Neither team lost their remaining games; the Packers finished at 12–0–1, the Giants at 13–1–1, giving coach Curly Lambeau and the Packers their first league title.[6]

The NFL introduced a scheduled championship game four years later, in 1933. An unscheduled extra game was played the previous season in 1932, but as a tiebreaker game that counted in the final standings; it was played indoors on a modified field.


NFL standings
Green Bay Packers 12 0 1 1.000 198 22 W2
New York Giants 13 1 1 .929 312 86 W4
Frankford Yellow Jackets 9 4 5 .692 129 128 W1
Chicago Cardinals 6 6 1 .500 154 83 W1
Boston Bulldogs 4 4 0 .500 98 73 L1
Staten Island Stapletons 3 4 3 .429 89 65 L2
Orange Tornadoes 3 4 4 .429 35 80 L1
Providence Steam Roller 4 6 2 .400 107 117 L1
Chicago Bears 4 9 2 .308 119 227 L1
Buffalo Bisons 1 7 1 .125 48 142 W1
Minneapolis Red Jackets 1 9 0 .100 48 185 L7
Dayton Triangles 0 6 0 .000 7 136 L6

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.



  1. ^ Strickler, George (February 20, 1965). "Sixth N.F.L. official to watch scramblers, clock". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 2.
  2. ^ "Packers play N.Y. Giants for national grid title". Milwaukee Journal. November 24, 1929. p. 6, part 2.
  3. ^ "Packers Play N.Y. Giants For Pro Grid Flag Today". Capital Times. Madison, Wisconsin. November 23, 1929. p. B-1.
  4. ^ Darrow, Edward M. (November 25, 1929). "Packers crush N.Y. Giants, 20 to 6". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 12.
  5. ^ Gannon, A.D. (November 25, 1929). "Packers hand N.Y. Giants decisive defeat, 20 to 6". Milwaukee Journal. p. 2, part 2.
  6. ^ McGlynn, Stoney (December 9, 1929). "Bays defeat Bears, capture title". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 13.
  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1921–1930 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
1929 All-Pro Team

The 1929 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1929 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the Green Bay Press-Gazette (GB), based on the return of 16 ballots sent to the team owners, managers, and sports writers of clubs in the NFL, Collyer's Eye magazine (CE), and the Chicago Tribune (CT).

Felix McCormick

Felix John McCormick (May 21, 1905 – March 30, 1971) was a professional football player with the Orange Tornadoes of the National Football League. McCormick played college football at Bucknell University prior to playing professionally. On December 1, 1929, McCormick completed a 35-yard field goal to give the Orange Tornadoes the win over the Staten Island Stapletons, 3-0.

Herb Bizer

Herbert Otto "Herb" Bizer (August 3, 1906 – December 3, 1974) was a player in the National Football League. He played with the Buffalo Bisons during the 1929 NFL season.

Herb Franta

Herbert Joseph Franta (March 10, 1905 – August 3, 1950) was an American football player, a tackle and guard in the National Football League.

Jack Evans (American football)

John "Jack" Vinson Evans (August 5, 1905 - March 11, 1980) was a National Football League quarterback.

John Fahay

John Fahay (June 16, 1902 – January 8, 1980) was a player in the National Football League. He was a member of the Milwaukee Badgers during the 1925 NFL season before playing the following season with the Racine Tornadoes during the 1926 NFL season. That same year he was also a member of the Chicago Bulls of the American Football League. After two years away from professional football, he played with the Minneapolis Red Jackets during the 1929 NFL season.

Ken Haycraft

Kenneth C. Haycraft (February 16, 1907 – June 29, 1995) was an American football player in the National Football League (NFL).

Ken Strong

Elmer Kenneth Strong (April 21, 1906 – October 5, 1979) was an American football halfback and fullback who also played minor league baseball. Considered one of the greatest all-around players in the early decades of the game, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1957 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 and was named to the NFL 1930s All-Decade Team.

A native of West Haven, Connecticut, Strong played college baseball and football for the NYU Violets. In football, he led the country in scoring with 162 points in 1928, gained over 3,000 yards from scrimmage, and was a consensus first-team selection on the 1928 College Football All-America Team.

Strong played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) for the Staten Island Stapletons (1929–1932) and New York Giants (1933–1935, 1939, 1944–1947), and in the second American Football League for the New York Yankees (1936–1937). He led the NFL in scoring in 1934 and was selected as a first-team All-Pro in 1930, 1931, 1933, and 1934. He also played minor league baseball from 1929 to 1931, but his baseball career was cut short by a wrist injury.

Knights of Columbus Stadium

Knights of Columbus Stadium was a football stadium located in East Orange, New Jersey, along Main Street. The stadium was used by the Orange Tornadoes of the National Football League in 1929. However, the Tornadoes first moved into the stadium in 1926, when they were still called the Orange Athletic Club. The Tornadoes briefly moved to Newark, New Jersey in 1930. However, after a disastrous season, the team moved back to Orange and played independently at the stadium from 1931 until 1935. The team also played at Knights of Columbus Stadium in 1936, as a member of American Association.

The largest crowd in 1929 was 9,000 people who attended the season opener on September 29. The smallest crowd of the season was 1,500 people on November 17. Former Orange player, Ernest Cuneo, once wrote that the attendance mainly ran in the range between 2,500 and 3,000 fans at Knights of Columbus Field, which was low even for a Depression year.

List of Pottsville Maroons players

This is a list of American football players who have played for the Pottsville Maroons in the National Football League (NFL). It includes players that played at least one match in the NFL regular season. The Pottsville Maroons franchise was founded in 1920 and lasted until 1928, when the team relocated to Boston, Massachusetts and became the Boston Bulldogs. The franchise folded the following the 1929 NFL season.

Orange/Newark Tornadoes

The Orange Tornadoes and Newark Tornadoes were two manifestations of a long-lived professional American football franchise that existed in some form from 1887 to 1941 and from 1958 to 1970, having played in the National Football League from 1929 to 1930, the American Association from 1936 to 1941, the Atlantic Coast Football League from 1963 to 1964 and 1970, and the Continental Football League from 1965 to 1969. The team was based for most of its history in Orange, New Jersey, with many of its later years in Newark. Its last five seasons of existence were as the Orlando Panthers, when the team was based in Orlando, Florida. The NFL franchise was sold back to the league in October 1930. The team had four head coaches in its two years in the NFL – Jack Depler in Orange, and Jack Fish, Al McGall and Andy Salata in Newark.

Paul Longua

Paul J. Longua (April 17, 1903 – June 13, 1983) was a professional football player with the Orange Tornadoes and Newark Tornadoes of the National Football League. He also played pro football for the independent Millville Big Blue in 1925. He would finish the 1925 season with 3 touchdowns. Afterwards he played with the Staten Island Stapletons prior to the team joining the NFL. On October 6, 1929, Longua ran 60 yards for a touchdown to give the Orange Tornadoes a 7-0 victory over the Boston Bulldogs.

Longua played college football at Villanova University prior to playing professionally. While at Villanova, Longua completed the longest punt in school history on November 25, 1922 against Duquesne University. The punt was record as going 95 yards.

Ted Richards (American football)

Edward John "Ted" Richards (November 7, 1901 – December 1, 1978) was a player in the National Football League. He was a member of the Chicago Bears during the 1929 NFL season.

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