Significance in the Formation of the NFL and Professional Football in America
The Dayton Triangles professional football team was one of the four charter member teams of the professional football league that was to become the National Football League (NFL).
The Dayton Triangles representative, their manager Carl “Scummy” Storck was at the first professional football meeting in Canton, Ohio August 20, 1920. It was held at Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile auto dealership on Tuscarawas Street in Canton, Ohio. Teams represented were, the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, and Dayton Triangles.
Scummy Storck was at the second organizational meeting held in Canton, Ohio, September 17, 1920. Teams represented were from four states: the Akron, Canton, Cleveland, and Dayton from Ohio, Hammond Pros and Muncie Flyers from Indiana, Rochester Jeffersons from New York, and Rock Island Independents, Decatur Staleys (now the Chicago Bears), and Racine Cardinals (named after the Racine Street neighborhood in Chicago, now the Arizona Cardinals) from Illinois.
The name selected for the league was, “American Professional Football Association” (APFA). The APFA changed its name to the National Football League (NFL) on June 24, 1922.
After the second meeting four more teams joined the league: the Buffalo All-Americans, Chicago Tigers, Columbus Panhandles, and Detroit Heralds.