The 1920 Columbus Panhandles season was their inaugural season in the National Football League. The team finished 2-7-2,[1] earning them fourteenth place in the league.


1920 Columbus Panhandles season
Head Coach Ted Nesser
Home Field
Results
Record 2-7-2
Place 14th APFA
Playoff Finish No playoffs until 1932
Timeline
Previous season Next season
N/A 1921

Roster[edit | edit source]

Player Position
John Beckwith B
Hi Brigham G
John Davis B
Charlie Essman G
Jim Flower T/E
Hal Gaulke B/E
Babe Houck G
Oscar Kuehner T/G
Frank Lone Star G/T
Wilkie Moody B/T
Joe Mulbarger T/G
Frank Nesser B/G
Phil Nesser G/T
Ted Nesser C/T
Dwight Peabody E
Homer Ruh E/B
John Schneider B
Lee Snoots B
Will Waite G/C
Oscar Wolford G/C
Howard Yerges B

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Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result
1 October 3, 1920 at Dayton Triangles L 14-0
2 October 10, 1920 at Akron Pros L 37-0
3 October 17, 1920 at Fort Wayne Friars L 14-0
4 October 24, 1920 at Detroit Heralds L 6-0
5 October 31, 1920 at Cleveland Tigers L 7-0
6 November 7, 1920 at Zanesville Mark Gray W 10-0
7 November 14, 1920 Buffalo All-Americans L 43-7
8 November 21, 1920 at Zanesville Mark Gray T 0-0
9 November 25, 1920 at Elyria Athletics T 0-0
9 November 28, 1920 at Youngstown Patricians L 0-2
10 December 5, 1920 Columbus Wagner Pirates W 24-0

Week 2

Columbus Panhandles (0-0-0) at Dayton Triangles (0-0-0) - Triangle Park

Dayton defeated Columbus 14-0 in the first game between two APFA teams. Lou Partlow scored the first TD in a game between two league teams on a 7 yard run in the 3rd quarter. Mid way thru the 4th quarter Francis Bacon returned a punt 60 yards for the 2nd TD.[3][4]

Week 3

Columbus Panhandles (0-1-0) at Akron Pros (1-0-0) - Akron League Park

Wingback Frank McCormick ran for two early touchdowns to give Akron a 14-0 lead. Bob "Nasty" Nash later recovered a fumble in the end zone (the first fumble recovery for a touchdown in a game of two league teams) and the defense added the leagues first safety to give the Akron Pros a 37-0 victory over the Columbus Panhandles.[5][6]

Standings[edit | edit source]

APFA
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Akron Pros 8 0 3 1.000 151 7 T-2
Decatur Staleys 10 1 2 .909 164 21 T-1
Buffalo All-Americans 9 1 1 .900 258 32 T-1
Chicago Cardinals 6 2 2 .750 115 43 T-1
Rock Island Independents 6 2 2 .750 201 49 W-1
Muncie Flyers 3 1 0 .750 56 45 W-3
Dayton Triangles 5 2 2 .714 150 54 L-1
Rochester Jeffersons 6 3 2 .667 156 57 T-1
Canton Bulldogs 7 4 2 .636 208 57 W-1
Detroit Heralds 2 3 3 .400 53 82 T-2
Cleveland Tigers 2 4 2 .333 28 46 L-1
Hammond Pros 2 5 0 .286 41 154 L-3
Chicago Tigers 2 5 1 .286 49 63 W-1
Columbus Panhandles 2 6 2 .250 41 121 W-1

References[edit | edit source]


Akron Buffalo Canton Chicago Cardinals
Chicago Tigers Cleveland Columbus Dayton
Decatur Detroit Hammond Muncie
Rochester Rock Island
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