Although the Triangles-Colts had no
connection with the NFL Triangles there were similarities as we both had man excellent
players from the University of Dayton.
In 1949 there were approximately twenty amateur teams
playing football in the parks on Sunday afternoons and two of the finer teams were The
Belmont Atomics who played their home games at Belmont grade school and the Washington
Park Flyers. Both teams were undefeated and played a season ending game for the mythical
City of Dayton Championship.
Washington Park won that game and afterwards an alliance of
the two teams were made. Sponsors were needed to finance the new team and a sponsor was
found in The Triangle Cafe located at Huffman and Linden Avenue's on the East side of
The players formed an Athletic Club and the football team
decided to use the name Dayton Triangles. The Triangles began an uphill struggle as they
began to schedule very good teams from all over the Midwest and it wasn't until 1955 that
the hard work began to pay off.
A combination of organization,good coaching and good
players made the wining fairly easy but the team did lose two games on the road to
Delevan, Wis. and Ft. Madison, Iowa and finished with a 8 win 2 loss record.
The 1956 team was a powerhouse winning 8 games but losing
to the Chicago Ravens in the opening game. The 1956 team was un-scored upon in the
last six games claimed the Ohio Semi-Pro Championship after beating Zanesville 40 to 0 and
Ashtabula 63 to 0 on successive weekends. A new league was formed in 1967 called the
"Ohio Semi-PRO Conference" and a new football field was built at Overlook Homes.
The Triangles now had a home field and went undefeated
,winning their league championship and a season record of 12 wins and 1 tie. The 1958 team
was a power house setting team records in most every department and going undefeated with
a record of 13 wins.
This team claimed the five state mid-west championship. The
Triangles continued to play with their financial support coming from The Triangle Athletic
Club and enjoyed great success on the field.
In 1964 a group of businessmen sponsored the team and
changed the name to the Dayton Colts. The players were the same but a new name was used.
They Dayton Colts played till 1975 when the insurance and travel expense became much more
than our paid attendance would permit.
We had many players tryout for NFL teams and some that
played are as follows:
Pete Miklajewski quarterback from Kent State U. played two
years with the San Diego Chargers,
Jim Overman fullback from U of Dayton played with the Green Bay Packers and Winnipeg,
Bill Almashy from the U.of Dayton wide receiver. played for Sarnia, Canada and
Cal Withrow an All-American center from the U of Kentucky played for the Green Bay
We played in Iowa, Wisconsin, St. Louis, Chicago,
Pittsburgh, Detroit, Sarnia Canada, Ft.Wayne, Michigan-Flint-Port Huron-Grand Rapids-as
well as Columbus, Hamilton, Cincinnati, Zanesville, Ashtabula, Newark, Cambridge and
Some of the outstanding players on opposing teams were:
Curly Morrison-Ohio State-Chicago Bears-Cleveland Browns,
Carl Sweetan-Detroit Lions,
Tommy Myers-All American At Northwestern-Detroit Lions,
Charlie Scales-Cleveland Browns,
Maurice Bassett-Cleveland Browns,
Horrace Gillum-Cleveland Browns,
Jerry Fields-Ohio State and
Louis Polk from Maryland State who was the 1949 College scoring leader.
There were many more but I can't remember them all. What
fun we had.
The players that played semi-pro football had a real love
for the game as most were married and had full time jobs. We would practice three times a
week and play on Saturday night or Sunday afternoons.
When I was general manager (1954--58) I scheduled two games
in one weekend. We played on both Saturday and Sunday the drove seven hours so we could
get back for work on Monday morning. We tried to drive station wagons so we could lay down
in the back to get some sleep on the way home. Sometimes we had to lay over to wait for a
player to get released from the hospital. We had some great bosses in those days.
When you play together on a team like this you become
family and the friendships last forever. We never saw a difference in the color of a mans
skin, only a big hearted person who loved to play football and share the fellowship with
others. These ex-players are my best friends today and I will be 70 years old this year.
Sixty-one of our players have passed away but are never forgotten as we review picture and
update the obits at every reunion. We have had reunions in 1981, 1985, 1991, 1994 and this
will be our fifth. We are on the Internet at Active Dayton and are details and statistics
are shown there.
I played from 1950 till 1962. I was an end playing both
ways until our club got stronger and had greater depth. I was General Manager (GM) from
1954 till 1958. My record as GM was 46 wins with 5 losses and 1 tie. I played beside some
great players and against some great players.
The GM job got me started in the Sporting Goods business
and even though I came up to Indian Lake, I built another store and still love talking
Some of the Triangles-Colts coaches were:
Jack Lenniger ex-Ohio State,
Bill Lange ex-University of Dayton and Chicago Cardinals,
Tony Furst ex-University of Dayton and Detroit Lion and
Don "Butch" Zimmerman ex-University of Dayton and St. Josephs College coach.
The Dayton Triangles-Colts Football Team Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame was started by Ed Tate when he was club
president and operating the club bar on Xenia Ave in 1981.
The people voting on the Hall of Fame members were Ed Tate,
Chuck Malloy, Roland Matthews, John Pierce, Butch Zimmerman and Lee Wellbaum. The first
group elected in 1981 were as follows:
Ben Pate -- Running Back
Chuck Malloy -- Running Back
John Pierce -- End - Quarterback - Coach
Chuck McEllicott - Wide Receiver
Ed McCracken - Running Back - Coach
The second group elected in 1982 were as follows:
Ed Hill - Running Back
Doug Kramer - Guard - Tackle
Roland Matthews - Tackle
Jim Welsh - Linebacker
Pete Mikolijewski - Quarterback
As part of the second group we selected people who helped
our team through the years and elected them as Honorary Members a follows:
Charlie Hall - Overlook Homes Trustee
Wade Furgerson - Overlook Homes Trustee
Ward Freeze - Overlook Homes Trustee
Ed "Lefty" McFadden - Sports Writer
Tom Hamlin - Sports Announcer an Writer
These 15 people represent the Dayton Triangles-Colts Hall
of Fame as of June 1, 2000.