The 1920 [1]Decatur Staleys season was their inaugural regular season completed in the newly formed American Professional Football Association. The club posted a 10-1-3 record under first year head coach/player George Halas earning them a second place finish in the team standings. The stars of the Staleys were Ed "Dutch" Sternaman, Jimmy Conzelman, and George Halas. Sternaman has a remarkable season with 11 rushing TDs, 1 receiving TDs, 4 field goals, and 3 PATs, totaling 87 points scored out of the Staleys' total of 164. Jimmy Conzelman ran for two scores and threw two more. Halas led the team in receiving scores with 2. In the last league game of the season, the Staleys needed a win versus Akron to have a chance at the title. Akron, predictably, played for a tie, achieved that, and won the first APFA title.

1920 Decatur Staleys season
Head Coach George Halas
Home Field Staley Field
Record 10-1-3
Place 2nd APFA
Playoff Finish No playoffs until 1932
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N/A 1921

Future Hall of Fame PlayersEdit

Other Leading PlayersEdit


Date Opponent Location Result Score Record Attendance
Sunday, Oct. 3 Moline Tractors Staley Field Win 20-0 1-0-0 1,500
Sunday, Oct. 10 Kewanee Walworths Staley Field Win 25-7 2-0-0 1,500
Sunday, Oct. 17 Rock Island Independents Douglas Park Win 7-0 3-0-0 7,000
Sunday, Oct. 24 Chicago Tigers Cubs Park Win 10-0 4-0-0 5,000
Sunday, Oct. 31 Rockford AC Kishwaukee Park Win 29-0 5-0-0
Sunday, Nov. 7 Rock Island Independents Douglas Park Tie 0-0 5-0-1 4,991
Thursday, Nov. 11 Champaign Legion Win 20-0 6-0-1
Sunday, Nov. 14 Minneapolis Marines Nicollet Park Win 3-0 7-0-1
Sunday, Nov. 21 Hammond Pros Staley Field Win 28-7 8-0-1 3,000
Thursday, Nov. 25 Chicago Tigers Cubs Park Win 6-0 9-0-1 8,000
Sunday, Nov. 28 Chicago Cardinals Normal Park Loss 7-6 9-1-1 5,000
Sunday, Dec. 5 Chicago Cardinals Cubs Park Win 10-0 10-1-1 11,000
Sunday, Dec. 12 Akron Pros Cubs Park Tie 0-0 10-1-2 12,000
Sunday, Jan. 16 Chicago Logan Square AC Dexter Pavillion Tie 0-0 10-1-3


W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage

Akron Pros 8031.000
Decatur Staleys 1013.909
Buffalo All-Americans 911.900
Chicago Cardinals 722.777
Rock Island Independents 722.777
Muncie Flyers 310.750
Dayton Triangles 522.714
Rochester Jeffersons 632.667
Canton Bulldogs 742.636
Detroit Heralds 233.400
Cleveland Tigers 242.333
Chicago Tigers 251.286
Hammond Pros 250.286
Columbus Panhandles 272.222

Season resultsEdit

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

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