How Eagles Football Was Born

Even the youngest fans of football are aware of the Philadelphia Eagles winning the elusive Super Bowl. They may not be aware that the Eagles were the only team to beat Vince Lombardi’s Packers in a playoff. This was en route to winning the 1960 NFL Championship. But how was Eagles football born?

What most people do not know is the first NFL Championship for the City of Brotherly Love was actually in 1926. The Frankford Yellow Jackets who were the inspiration for the Frankford El. They went 14-1-2 and became champions of the NFL.

Frankford Yellow Jackets

The Yellow Jackets played in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, more precisely, the Wissinoming section. The franchise was started in 1899 as an independent team. The old Philadelphia “Blue Laws” prohibited games on Sunday. The team would play at home on Saturday and travel for Sunday games.

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Most of the players lived and worked right in the neighborhood. The team was so popular that the Frankford El was constructed so fans had an easier route to Yellow Jackets Field.

Hall of Famer, Guy Chamberlin was a player-coach who still holds the NFL record for best winning percentage for a Head Coach. He boasted a 58-16-7 record which gave him a .759 winning percentage. That gave Chamberlain the record for the best percentage for any coach with at least 50 wins. Chamberlin is the only coach to win a title with three different teams. He would later be named to the 1920s All-Decade team.

The Great (or Not So Great) Depression signaled the end of the team. The Yellow Jackets had issues when their stadium caught fire that resulted in them having to play a game at Municipal Stadium and a game at Baker Bowl. After Chamberlin left, finances got so bad the owners were forced to move a lot of the veteran players. They had to bring in untested College players.

The result was a disaster with the team going on a ten-game losing streak and league Commissioner, Joe Carr mandating that Frankford would be a travel-only team. To show the quality of the league, the legendary Jim Thorpe was the main attraction.

I know, you are asking,” What does this have to do with my Philadelphia Eagles?” Former Yellow Jacket player, Lud Wray, eventually bought the franchise and that is how Eagles football was born.

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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