On 1/30/27 two soon to be extinct pro football “traveling teams” faced off in just one of two exhibition games held at Wrigley Field of Los Angeles. Emerging from the one-year (1926) American Football League, the “Red” Grange led Los Angeles Wildcats hosted the Los Angeles Buccaneers, the NFL’s answer to the AFL’s L.A. representation. One the few surviving souvenirs from this early West Coast pro game, the offered program displays remarkable EX-MT details with deference to one light crease. More on our website.
Consider it a major conquest should you take home this impressive program. Clean cream colored pages serve as the background for bold printed text. The front covers proclaims the event as “Football Game, “Red” Grange and “Wildcat” Wilson vs. “Brick” Muller’s Californians, Wrigley Field, Sunday, Jan. 30, 1927”. The two interior pages feature team rosters (please note, several players names have small hash marks penciled next to them) along with a section for game officials and a scoreboard box recorded neatly in pencil. The back cover is printed with “Los Angeles Printing Co.”. Located at the top left corner, the single unobtrusive crease does not contact the printed area.
The 1920s saw the birth and rise of the NFL and its first serious competitor the 1926 AFL. Due to travel limitations there were no NFL teams in the western U.S. Grange’s AFL based Wildcats were a novel answer to representation of the City of Los Angeles, as the team was actually based in Chicago and played its games as a traveling team without an actual home stadium. Seeking to legitimize their west coast claim, the Wildcats employed only players who had attended western universities. The Los Angeles Buccaneers were the NFL’s response to keeping up with the competition, also playing all their games on the road. Both of these short-lived teams were gone by the end of the 1928 season.