Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012
Closer look: New attraction
TEN THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT THE DAYTON TRIANGLES
1. The Dayton Triangles were an original franchise of the American Professional Football Association (now the National Football League) in 1920.
2. The Triangles were based in Dayton and took their nickname from their home field, Triangle Park (capacity 5,000), which was located at the confluence of the Great Miami and Stillwater rivers in north Dayton.
3. Many of the early Triangle football players were former athletes from St. Mary’s College (University of Dayton).
4. Dayton native Carl “Scummy” Storck was the salaried secretary of the NFL for 18 years, and then interim president for two years.
5. The salary rate for the Triangles in the 1920s was a basic $75 to $100 per game with deductions made for travel and other expenses.
6. Because of attendance problems at home, the Triangles played most of their games on the road, traveling in a rented Pullman railroad car, which served for sleeping, dining and as a locker room.
7. The Dayton Triangles were the only undefeated professional football team in the country in 1918.
8. Lou Partlow, the Triangles running back, was known for his unusual training method of practicing blocking and dodging tacklers by running through the dense woods along the Miami River and slamming into trees. He was known as the “West Carrollton battering ram.”
9. The Dayton Triangles were one of the first four teams in the National Football League.
10. The first game between two NFL teams was played here, at Triangle Park on Oct. 3, 1920. The Dayton Triangles defeated the Columbus Panhandles 14-0.
SOURCE: Nancy Horlacher, Local History Specialist, Dayton Metro Library
CLOSER LOOK AT DAYTON HISTORY PROJECTS
At its annual meeting in July, Dayton History unveiled plans for four new major exhibits that will be added to Carillon Historical Park. Beginning last week, and continuing for the two Sundays, we’ll take a closer look at each of the new initiatives. You’ll learn what each exhibit will mean for the park and for you, as a visitor. Over the past year, $4 million has been raised to fund the new projects.
LAST WEEK: The Carillon Brewing Co.
TODAY: The Dayton Triangles Locker Room
SEPT. 30: The Great Dayton Flood of 1913
OCT. 7: Photographer William Mayfield’s Private Collection
How to get involved
Those interested in getting involved with the new sports center can contact Skip Ordeman at (937) 299-9652 or MBO510@aol.com