The 1903 Massillon Tigers football season was their first season in existence. The team finished with a record of 8-1 and won the Ohio League championship. The Tigers began as an amateur team, however after their roster was decimated by injuries, the team paid several professional football players from western Pennsylvania to play for them against the Akron East Ends for the championship game. The Tigers would remain a professional team for the rest of their existence.

1903 Massillon Tigers season
Head Coach E.J. Stewart
Home Field Hospital Grounds Stadium
Record 8-1
Place No divisions
Playoff Finish No playoffs
Previous season Next season
N/A 1904


Game Date Opponent Result
1 September 26, 1903 at Wooster College L 6-0
2 October 17, 1903 Mount Union College W 16-0
3 October 24, 1903 Akron Imperials W 6-0
4 October 31, 1903 Akron Blues W 38-0
5 November 7, 1903 Dennison Panhandles W 34-0
6 November 14, 1903 Canton, Ohio[1][2] W 16-0
7 November 21, 1903 All-Clevelands[3] W 29-0
8 November 26, 1903 Wooster College[4] W 34-0
9 December 5, 1903 Akron East Ends[5][6] W 12-0

Game notesEdit

  1. Team consisted of Canton locals. Not yet affiliated with the Canton Bulldogs
  2. Game shorted due to darkness.
  3. A second-string Tiger named "Klein" played for All-Cleveland, after an injury to one of its players forced the team to almost forfeit.
  4. Thanksgiving Classic
  5. Massillon brought in four professional football ringers from western Pennsylvania to play after injuries took a toll on their roster.
  6. "Ohio League Championship"


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