- Marcus Hartman
How many people knew it at the time isn’t certain, but a major event in American sports history occurred in Dayton 97 years ago today.
What’s special about Oct. 3, 1920?
That is when the Dayton Triangles beat the Columbus Panhandles 14-0 at Triangle Park in the first game between two teams from the American Professional Football Association, a league now known as the NFL.
According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, Lou Partlow of West Carrollton scored the first touchdown in league history on a 7-yard run. Miamisburg’s Hobby Kinderdine converted the first PAT kick. Frank Bacon of South Bend, Ind., returned a punt for the game’s other touchdown.
The Triangles went on to finish 5-2-2, good for sixth in the first APFA standings.
A team that not surprisingly consisted of many graduates of area high schools, the Triangles were part of the APFA/NFL for its first 10 seasons.
They also existed before the league formed and won the “Ohio League” championship in 1918.View full experience