National Football League v Army & College All-Stars 1942


DateLocationAll-Star TeamNFL Team
27.08.1942ChicagoCollege All-Stars0Chicago Bears21
30.08.1942Los AngelesWestern Army All-Stars7Washington Redskins26
31.08.1942PhiladelphiaCollege All-Stars8Philadelphia Eagles16
06.09.1942DenverWestern Army All-Stars16Chicago Cardinals10
09.09.1942DetroitWestern Army All-Stars12Detroit Lions0
12.09.1942New YorkEastern Army All-Stars16New York Giants0
13.09.1942MilwaukeeWestern Army All-Stars21Green Bay Packers36
16.09.1942BaltimoreEastern Army All-Stars13Brooklyn Dodgers7
19.09.1942SyracuseWestern Army All-Stars7New York Giants10
20.09.1942BostonEastern Army All-Stars7Chicago Bears14
National Football League Preseason 1942 [References: 1]


Each of the National Football League teams played a game in Preseason 1942 against either the College All-Stars (0-2 Wins-Losses), Western Army All-Stars (2-3), or Eastern Army All-Stars (2-1). The NFL teams record read 6-4 Wins Losses. Playing the NFL teams before heading over to Europe or the Pacific just before entering World War II must have given the Soldiers a huge morale boost.

Some of these games were played at Major Stadiums such as Soldiers Field in Chicago (home of the Bears, 101,000 capacity crowd attended) or cities without Major League Pro Teams, such as Syracuse (NY), Baltimore (Maryland), Denver (Colorado), Los Angeles (California), Boston (Massachusetts) and Milwaukee (Wisconsin).



[1] Daye, John (2014) Encyclopedia of Armed Forces Football: The Complete History of the Glory Years pg. 92. St. Johann Press. Haworth, New Jersey.


Thanks to Todd Zboyan, Sondra Maher, Rick Kelley, Kim Kelley, Bart Barden, Sam & Robin Thompson & Tim Leadingham.

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