American Football League 1938-1939

AFL 1938

*East Chicago Indians65108320.833
Louisville Tanks74306639.571
St. Louis Gunners84312973.571
Nashville Rebels52213961.500
Cincinnati Blades8350536.375
Dayton Rosies6150778.167

Reference: [2]

AFL 1939

Los Angeles Bulldogs871022385.875
Cincinnati Bengals862011785.750
Columbus Bullies1394023581.692
East Chicago Indians74305551.571
St. Louis Gunners11560141164.455
Dayton Bombers725045167.286
Kenosha Cardinals927097105.222
Louisville Tanks1129051226.182

Reference: [1]


The AFL of 1938-1939 featured ex-NFL team the St. Louis Gunners, as well as the Los Angeles Bulldogs, who had played and beaten NFL teams. It is considered a Major League Rival to the NFL.

East Chicago Indians won the 1938 title and the 1939 title was won by the Bulldogs.




[1] Bob Gill, The Coffin Corner, Pro Football Researchers Association (1989) Back Before Bengalmania – Cincinnati’s First Brush with the Big Time – [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 9 October 2018]

[2] Pro Football Archives (2019) 1938 | American Football League [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 12 October 2019]

[2] Pro Football Archives (2019) 1939 | American Football League [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 12 October 2019]


Thanks to Irene Carroll, Margaret Williams

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