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1930 NFL season

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1930 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 14 – December 14, 1930
ChampionsGreen Bay Packers
1930 NFL season is located in USA Midwest and Northeast
Yellow Jackets
Yellow Jackets
Red Jackets
Red Jackets
Steam Roller
Steam Roller
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............ Stapletons
APFA teams

The 1930 NFL season was the 11th regular season of the National Football League.

Prior to the season, Brooklyn bootlegger Bill Dwyer bought the Dayton Triangles, moved them, brought on former Orange Tornadoes star Jack Depler as a partner, and renamed them the Brooklyn Dodgers. With this move, the league was able to keep the final franchise from the Ohio League alive, albeit in a new location and with more skilled players, as it was unfeasible for the players in Dayton to move to Brooklyn during the Great Depression. The remains of the Tornadoes, with much of their roster now playing for the relocated Triangles-Dodgers franchise, moved to Newark.

The Portsmouth Spartans (now known as the Detroit Lions) joined the league, while the Buffalo Bisons and the Boston Bulldogs both folded.

The Green Bay Packers were named the NFL champions for the second consecutive year after they finished the season with the best record.


The league had 11 teams in 1930.

First season in NFL * Last active season ^

Player/head coach George Gibson was one of the ten players that the Minneapolis Red Jackets sold to the Frankford Yellow Jackets after Minneapolis folded following a 1–7–1 start to the season. This enabled Gibson to also serve as player/head coach for Frankford for five games late in the season.

Team Head coach(es) Stadium
Brooklyn Dodgers Jack Depler Ebbets Field
Chicago Bears Ralph Jones Wrigley Field
Chicago Cardinals Ernie Nevers Comiskey Park
Frankford Yellow Jackets Bull Behman (10 games) and George Gibson ‡ (5 games) Frankford Stadium
Green Bay Packers Curly Lambeau City Stadium
Minneapolis Red Jackets ^ George Gibson Nicollet Park
New York Giants LeRoy Andrews (15 games) and Benny Friedman (2 games) Polo Grounds
Newark Tornadoes ^ Al McGall (3 games), Andy Salata, and Jack Fish (9 games) Newark Schools Stadium
Portsmouth Spartans * Hal Griffen Universal Stadium
Providence Steam Roller Jimmy Conzelman Cycledrome
Staten Island Stapletons Doug Wycoff Thompson Stadium

Championship race

Defending champion Green Bay won its first eight games, including a 14–7 home win over the New York Giants on October 4. By Week Nine, Green Bay was at 8–0–0 and New York right behind them at 10–1–0. On November 16, the Packers lost to the Cardinals 13–6, but in New York, the Giants fell to the Bears, 12–0. On November 23, a crowd of 37,000 turned out as the Packers and the Giants met at the Polo Grounds in New York. The Giants' 13–6 win in Week Eleven gave it the lead, 11–2–0 (.846) to the Packers' 8–2–0 (.800). Missed extra points had a big effect, as four days later, the Giants were beaten on Thanksgiving Day by Staten Island, 7–6, while Green Bay defeated Frankford 25–7 to retake the lead at 9–2–0 (.818) to New York's 11–3–0 (.785). The Giants faltered again on Sunday, November 30, when Brooklyn beat them 7–6, again on a missed point after.

In Week Thirteen, the Giants beat the Yellow Jackets, 14–6, while the Packers lost to the Bears, 21–0, cutting Green Bay's hold on first place to a mere 4/10ths of a percentage point, .769 to .765.

The Giants finished their season at 13–4–0, while 10–3–0 Green Bay had a final game at Portsmouth: a loss would have given the Packers a 10–4–0 finish and a .714 percentage, giving the Giants, at .765, the championship, while a tie (10–3–1 and .769) or win (11–3–0 and .785) would give Green Bay the 1930 title, their second in a row.

Once again, the point after decided the race. On December 14, the Packers scored on Red Dunn's touchdown pass to Wuert Engelmann, but the point after by Verne Lewellen failed, giving them a 6–0 lead. After Chuck Bennett ran for a touchdown for the Spartans, the extra point attempt by Tiny Lewis was blocked, and when the game ended, the 6–6 tie gave the Packers the 1930 title. [1]

Had the current (post-1972) system of counting ties as half a win and half a loss been in place in 1930, the tie would have given the Giants (13–4–0, .765) the title, and Green Bay would have finished runner-up at .750.


NFL standings
Green Bay Packers 10 3 1 .769 234 111 T1
New York Giants 13 4 0 .765 308 98 L1
Chicago Bears 9 4 1 .692 169 71 W5
Brooklyn Dodgers 7 4 1 .636 154 59 L1
Providence Steam Roller 6 4 1 .600 90 125 L1
Staten Island Stapletons 5 5 2 .500 95 112 L1
Chicago Cardinals 5 6 2 .455 128 132 L1
Portsmouth Spartans 5 6 3 .455 176 161 T1
Frankford Yellow Jackets 4 13 1 .235 113 321 T1
Minneapolis Red Jackets 1 7 1 .125 27 165 L6
Newark Tornadoes 1 10 1 .091 51 190 L6

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.


  1. ^ "Green Bay Wins Pennant As Spartans Tie", Portsmouth Times, Dec 15, 1932, p10
  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1921–1930 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
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