The Brooklyn Football Dodgers
The Other “Bums”
by Roger A. Godin
The Brooklyn football Dodgers have long been forgotten except by the most ardent fans. This volume brings to life the history of the teams that played in the National Football League and in the All-American Football Conference—the other “Bums.” Also included is the story of Brooklyn’s first entry in the NFL: the 1926 Lions/Horsemen. The NFL Dodgers were owned by Dan Topping who was much better known for another team, the baseball New York Yankees.
In the 1930s and 40s, baseball greatly overshadowed professional football but the Dodger-Giant baseball rivalry spilled over to football. With the arrival of the dour Scot, Dr. John Bain Sutherland as coach in 1940, the Dodgers had their two best years (1940 and 1941) which included the famous Dodger victory over the Giants on Pearl Harbor Sunday in 1941. Key players such as Ace Parker, Perry Schwartz, Bruiser Kinard, Pug Manders, and others helped Brooklyn Football reach its peak.