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Portland Loggers
Founded1969
LeagueContinental Football League
ArenaMultnomah Stadium
Based inPortland, Oregon
Head coachChuck Fenenbock
Championshipsnone
Division titlesnone

The Portland Loggers were a professional American football team based in Portland, Oregon. They were members of the Continental Football League and only lasted one year. Featuring much of the roster of the defunct Orange County Ramblers, the team was originally known as the Hawaii Warriors, but were relocated from Honolulu to Portland just 18 days before the start of the 1969 season.[1] The team played at Multnomah Stadium in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland. They were coached by retired running back Chuck Fenenbock and their general manager was Al King.[2][3]

To boost attendance towards the end of the season, team owners held several promotions at one game, including their November 16 game against the Spokane Shockers where it was "Ladies Night", "Boy Scout Night", "Chamber of Commerce Night" and "Picture Night".[4] In October the team stopped holding their practices at Multnomah Stadium and started using the football field at Central Catholic High School.[5] In late October the Loggers received placekicker Momčilo Gavrić on loan from the National Football League (NFL) San Francisco 49ers.[6] Manch Wheeler, who played four games for the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, was a quarterback on the team.[7] Ultimately, only 25,157 fans attended the Loggers' six home games, or 4,192 per contest.[8]

The Loggers were mentioned as a team that could have potentially played in a 1970 iteration of the Continental Football League, one that would have been based only in the western United States. The Loggers had stopped responding to phone calls by August 1970, effectively ending the league.[9]

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  7. https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/08/14/manch-wheeler-remembered-for-ability-loyalty-to-school/
  8. 1969 Portland Loggers
  9. "Spokane Daily Chronicle - Google News Archive Search". https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jQg0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=OPgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6757,488619&dq=continental-football-league&hl=en. Retrieved December 21, 2014.

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