Canadian Football League v American Football League (1941-1948), International American Football, World Gridiron

Canadian Football League v American Football League Matches 1941-1948

CFL v AFL Results

DateVenueCFL TeamAFL Team
26.08.1941WinnipegWinnipeg Blue Bombers19Columbus Bullies12
01.09.1941WinnipegWinnipeg Blue Bombers0Columbus Bullies6
10.09.1941WinnipegWinnipeg Blue Bombers1Columbus Bullies31
28.08.1948MontrealMontreal Alouettes1Brooklyn Dodgers27
CFL v AFL Matches 1941-1948 [Ref: 1]

Report

The first Gridiron International at a Major League Level was one between New York Yankees and Los Angeles Wildcats, both of the AFL, in Toronto, in 1926. In the 1920s and 1930s NFL and AFL teams played each other, but the first true Gridiron Internationals were played in the 1940s between Canadian teams and American Football League teams.

In 1941 the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (later to join the Canadian Football League) played three matches against the Columbus Bullies of the American Football League. The Blue Bombers won the first 19-12 (in front of 4,500 fans), before the Bullies won 6-0 and 31-1 (before 4,500 and 3,000 fans respectively).

Former NFL team, the Brooklyn Dodgers, now in the AFL, beat Montreal Alouettes 27-1 in Montreal’s Delormier Stadium before 10,773 fans on 28 August 1948, again playing under CFL rules for the first half, and AFL rules for the second half.

These matches were played under CFL rules in the first half and AFL rules in the second half. In 1950 the first Internationals were played between NFL and CFL teams: (see: National Football League v Canadian Football League 1950-1969 for more details).

National Football League v Canadian Football League cartoon [Ref: 2]

References

Websites

[1] Ninety-Nine Yards, Chris Lawton (2020) An International Fixture: When the CFL played teams from other leagues [Internet] Available from: http://ninetynineyards.com/2020/04/27/international/ [Accessed 14 May 2020]

Images

[2] Ninety-Nine Yards, Chris Lawton (2020) An International Fixture: When the CFL played teams from other leagues [Internet] Available from: https://i0.wp.com/ninetynineyards.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/04/ezgif.com-webp-to-jpg.jpg?w=824 [Accessed 14 May 2020]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Robert Burns.

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American & World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 14 May 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved.

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