Lou Partlow
Date of birth: October 9, 1892
Place of birth: Miamisburg, Ohio
Date of death: April 14, 1981 (age 88)
Place of death: Burbank, California
Career information
Position(s): Running back
College: None
Playing stats at

Louis (or Lewis) Jerald Partlow (October 9, 1892 in Miamisburg, Ohio – April 14, 1981 in Burbank, California) was a running back who played ten seasons with the Dayton Triangles in the National Football League. He is remembered for being the first professional footballer to score an official touchdown in NFL history.[1][2]

Lou Partlow started in 1914 with the West Carrollton Paper Company team, where he earned the nickname "West Carrollton Battering Ram" due to his training routine which involved deliberately smashing into trees.[1] Partlow also played with the Cincinnati Celts before joining the Dayton Gym-Cadets in 1915, the year before they changed their name to the Dayton Triangles.[1] On 3 October 1920, the Dayton Triangles beat the Columbus Panhandles 14-0 in the first ever NFL game, in which Partlow scored the first touchdown.[1][3]

Partlow retired in 1927.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Louis was the seventh child (of eleven) born to Adam Granville Partlow (1857-1928) and Amanda Isabell Muirhead (1864-1947). His siblings: Clara, George, William Jesse, Gussie, Mary, Frank, Vernie (she died in early childhood), Madge, Violet and Dorothy.

Personal lifeEdit

He went by "Lou".

He married Ruth Eloda Myers (1893-1981). She was the daughter of John Henry Myers and Mary Hipple. They had two daughters. The family lived in Ohio for many years, but in the 1950s Lou and Ruth moved to California. This is where they lived out the rest of their long lives, and are buried. Lou died at the age of 88, and Ruth at the age of 86. They are buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Goodman, Rebecca; Brunsman, Barrett J. (2005). This day in Ohio history. Cincinnati, OH: Emmis Books. pp. 307. ISBN 1578601916.
  2. Willis, Chris (2010). The man who built the National Football League : Joe F. Carr. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. pp. 128. ISBN 0810876698.
  3. Liu, Randall; Marini, Matt (1984). Official National Football League record & fact book.. New York: Workman Pub.. pp. 387. ISBN 0761126430.

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