Canton Bulldogs
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The Canton Bulldogs were a professional American football
American football
American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. The ball can be advanced by...

 team, based in Canton, Ohio
Canton, Ohio
Canton is the county seat of Stark County in northeastern Ohio, approximately south of Akron and south of Cleveland.The City of Caton is the largest incorporated area within the Canton-Massillon Metropolitan Statistical Area...

. They played in the Ohio League
Ohio League
The Ohio League was an informal and loose association of American football clubs active between 1903 and 1919 that competed for the Ohio Independent Championship . As the name implied, its teams were based in Ohio...

 from 1903 to 1906 and 1911 to 1919, and its successor, the National Football League
National Football League
The National Football League is the highest level of professional American football in the United States, and is considered the top professional American football league in the world. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing...

, from 1920 to 1923 and again from 1925 to 1926. The Bulldogs would go on to win the 1917, 1918 and 1919 Ohio League championships. They were the NFL champions in 1922
1922 NFL season
The 1922 NFL season was the 3rd regular season of what was now called National Football League . The NFL fielded 18 teams during the season, including new league teams such as the Milwaukee Badgers, the Oorang Indians, the Racine Legion, and the Toledo Maroons...

 and 1923
1923 NFL season
The 1923 NFL season was the 4th regular season of the National Football League. For the first time, all of the clubs that were considered to be part of the NFL fielded teams. The new teams that entered the league included the Duluth Kelleys, the St. Louis All Stars , and a new Cleveland Indians team...

. In 1921–1923, the Bulldogs played 25 straight games without a defeat (including 3 ties), which as of 2010 remains an NFL record.
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The Canton Bulldogs were a professional American football
American football
American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. The ball can be advanced by...

 team, based in Canton, Ohio
Canton, Ohio
Canton is the county seat of Stark County in northeastern Ohio, approximately south of Akron and south of Cleveland.The City of Caton is the largest incorporated area within the Canton-Massillon Metropolitan Statistical Area...

. They played in the Ohio League
Ohio League
The Ohio League was an informal and loose association of American football clubs active between 1903 and 1919 that competed for the Ohio Independent Championship . As the name implied, its teams were based in Ohio...

 from 1903 to 1906 and 1911 to 1919, and its successor, the National Football League
National Football League
The National Football League is the highest level of professional American football in the United States, and is considered the top professional American football league in the world. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing...

, from 1920 to 1923 and again from 1925 to 1926. The Bulldogs would go on to win the 1917, 1918 and 1919 Ohio League championships. They were the NFL champions in 1922
1922 NFL season
The 1922 NFL season was the 3rd regular season of what was now called National Football League . The NFL fielded 18 teams during the season, including new league teams such as the Milwaukee Badgers, the Oorang Indians, the Racine Legion, and the Toledo Maroons...

 and 1923
1923 NFL season
The 1923 NFL season was the 4th regular season of the National Football League. For the first time, all of the clubs that were considered to be part of the NFL fielded teams. The new teams that entered the league included the Duluth Kelleys, the St. Louis All Stars , and a new Cleveland Indians team...

. In 1921–1923, the Bulldogs played 25 straight games without a defeat (including 3 ties), which as of 2010 remains an NFL record. As a result of the Bulldogs' early success along with the league being founded in the city, the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of professional football in the United States with an emphasis on the National Football League . It opened in Canton, Ohio, on September 7, 1963, with 17 charter inductees...

 is located in Canton. http://www.profootballhof.com/hall/release.jsp?release_id=932 Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe
Jacobus Franciscus "Jim" Thorpe * Gerasimo and Whiteley. pg. 28 * americaslibrary.gov, accessed April 23, 2007. was an American athlete of mixed ancestry...

, who was considered the best all-around athlete of his era, was Canton's most-recognized player.

In 1924, Sam Deutsch, the owner of the NFL's Cleveland Indians, bought the Canton Bulldogs and took the Bulldogs name and its players to Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state. The city is located in northeastern Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie, approximately west of the Pennsylvania border...

 and named his franchise the Cleveland Bulldogs
Cleveland Bulldogs
The Cleveland Bulldogs was a team that played in Cleveland, Ohio in the National Football League. They were originally called the Indians in 1923, not to be confused with the Cleveland Indians NFL franchise in 1922...

. He then offered to sell the Canton franchise back to the city of Canton to play in the 1924 season, however there were no buyers interested in the team, so he "mothballed" the Canton club. The Canton Bulldogs were however re-established in 1925, and the NFL considers the 1925–1926 Canton Bulldogs to be the same team as the 1920–1923 incarnation.

An unrelated "Canton Bulldogs" team played in the United Football League in 1964; the team's name was somewhat coincidental, as it had moved from Cleveland and kept its original nickname; that team moved to Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Philadelphia County, with which it is coterminous. The city is located in the Northeastern United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. It is the fifth-most-populous city in the United States,...

 and became the "Philadelphia Bulldogs." All in all, this version of the Cleveland-Canton-Philadelphia Bulldogs played from 1961 to 1966, its last two years in Philadelphia as a member of the Continental Football League
Continental Football League
The Continental Football League was a professional minor American football league that operated in North America from 1965 through 1969. It was established following the collapse of the original United Football League, and hoped to become the major force in professional football outside of the...

.

Origin

Prior to the debut of professional football in the city, an amateur team from Canton was mentioned as being a superior team in Stark County, Ohio
Stark County, Ohio
Stark County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 375,586. It is included in the Canton-Massillon, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area....

. Until about 1902, this team competed with the Akron East Ends
Akron East Ends
The Akron East Ends are a defunct amateur American Football team that played in the Ohio League, a forerunner to the National Football League. They played in Akron, Ohio, from 1894 until at least 1904. Its primary rivals were the amateur Canton Athletic Association , the Shelby Blues, and later the...

 for the Ohio Independent Championship. When the Massillon Tigers
Massillon Tigers
The Massillon Tigers were an early professional football team from Massillon, Ohio. Playing in the "Ohio League", the team was a rival to the pre-National Football League version of the Canton Bulldogs. The Tigers won Ohio League championships in 1903, 1904, 1905, and 1906, then merged to become...

 arrived on the scene and went professional, Canton, as an amateur team, was no longer competitive. The Canton Bulldogs were officially established on November 15, 1904 as the Canton Athletic Club, a club designed to operate baseball
Baseball
Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot diamond...

 and football teams. The statement stated that the football team was to be a "professional organization," complete with a "professional coach."

Blondy Wallace era

The team was given the goal of beating the rival Massillon Tigers
Massillon Tigers
The Massillon Tigers were an early professional football team from Massillon, Ohio. Playing in the "Ohio League", the team was a rival to the pre-National Football League version of the Canton Bulldogs. The Tigers won Ohio League championships in 1903, 1904, 1905, and 1906, then merged to become...

, who had won the Ohio League championship in 1903 and 1904. To do this, Canton went out and offer money to the best players on all the other Ohio League teams. Bill Laub
Bill Laub
William Laub was an early professional American football player-coach with the Akron East Ends and the Canton Athletic Club...

, who was team captain and coach of the Akron East Ends
Akron East Ends
The Akron East Ends are a defunct amateur American Football team that played in the Ohio League, a forerunner to the National Football League. They played in Akron, Ohio, from 1894 until at least 1904. Its primary rivals were the amateur Canton Athletic Association , the Shelby Blues, and later the...

, was then named as the team's first-ever coach. The team began its 1905 season
1905 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1905 Canton Athletic Club season was their inaugural season in the Ohio League. The team finished 8-2, giving them second place in the league.-Schedule:-References:...

, with a 7-0 record. The Bulldogs then traveled to Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Latrobe is a city in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in the United States, approximately southeast of Pittsburgh.The city population was 7,634 as of the 2000 census . It is located near the Pennsylvania's scenic Chestnut Ridge. Latrobe was incorporated as a borough in 1854, and as a city in 1999...

 to play the Latrobe Athletic Association
Latrobe Athletic Association
The Latrobe Athletic Association was a professional football team located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, from 1895 until 1909. The team is best known for being the first football club to play a full season while composed entirely of professional players...

, led by quarterback
Quarterback
Quarterback is a position in American and Canadian football. Quarterbacks are members of the offensive team and line up directly behind the offensive line...

 John Brallier
John Brallier
John Kinport "Sal" Brallier was one of the first professional American football players. He was nationally acknowledged as the first openly paid professional football player when he was given $10 to play for the Latrobe Athletic Association for a game against the Jeanette Athletic Association in...

. Latrobe was not only the current Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a U.S. state that is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The state borders Delaware and Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, New York and Ontario, Canada, to the north, and New Jersey to...

 champions, but were undefeated for the last three seasons. They were also considered the only pro team capable of competing with Canton and Massillon. Canton would go on to lose their 1905 game to Latrobe, 6-0. However the worst part of the loss came when coach Bill Laub became injured and was unable to finish the season. Blondy Wallace
Blondy Wallace
Charles Edgar "Blondy" Wallace was an early professional football player. He was a 240-pound, former Walter Camp second-team All-American tackle from the University of Pennsylvania. He also played two years at Peddie Institute, in New Jersey, winning state championships in 1896 and 1897...

, a former All-American for the Penn Quakers
Penn Quakers
The Penn Quakers are the athletic teams of the University of Pennsylvania. The school sponsors 27 varsity sports. The school has won three NCAA national championships in men's fencing and one in women's fencing.-Men's crew:-Football:...

, was then named as Laub's successor and team captain. Two weeks later, the team would lose the Ohio League championship game to the Massillon Tigers, 14-4.

Sometime during the 1906 season, the Canton team became known as the "Bulldogs" although no one is quite sure how it came to be affixed to the Canton team. They weren't called that in 1905 nor through most of the 1906 season. As late as November 4, R.C. Johnson, an editorial cartoonist with the Canton Repository
Canton Repository
The Repository is a daily newspaper serving the greater Canton, Ohio, area. Founded March 30, 1815, by John Saxton, it started as a weekly, and began publishing seven-days-a-week in 1892...

, was only able to picture the Canton team as only a man with a club lying in wait for the Massillon Tiger. Most references to the team called it "Canton A.C.," "C.A.C.," "Canton eleven." "the Red and White" or "Wallace's Men." Suddenly, almost overnight, they became the "Bulldogs."
Blondy Wallace began the 1906 season by signing Jack Lang
Jack Lang (American football)
John "Jack" Lang was a professional American football player. In 1902 he won a championship in the first National Football League with the Pittsburgh Stars. A year later he was a member of the Franklin Athletic Club football team that was considered the "best in the world"...

, Jack Hayden, Herman Kerchoff
Herman Kerchoff
Herman Kerchoffe was professional American football player for the Pittsburgh Stars of the first National Football League in 1902, the Massillon Tigers in 1904 and the Canton Athletic Club...

, and Clark Schrontz
Clark Schrontz
Clark A. Schrontz was a professional American football player. In 1902 he won a championship in the first National Football League with the Pittsburgh Stars. A year later he was a member of the Franklin Athletic Club football team that was considered the "best in the world"...

 away from the Tigers and improving Canton's chances for 1906 championship. Due to the money that was being spent by Canton and Massillon on professional players, both teams ended up with a spending deficit that had to be shouldered by local businessmen.

That year the Bulldogs won their first game against the Tigers, at Canton, but lost the second game at Massillon. Due to rules of the championship series, the win in the second game allowed Massillon to claim the Ohio championship. Shortly after that second game, a Massillon newspaper charged Canton coach Blondy Wallace with throwing the 1906 championship game. Canton denied the charges, maintaining that Massillon only wanted to ruin the club's reputation before their final game with Latrobe. Although Massillon could not prove that Canton had thrown the game, the accusation so tarnished Canton's name that virtually no one attended the Latrobe game. The scandal ruined professional football in Ohio until the mid 1910s. Other sports pundits argue that the expense of placing all-star teams on the field each week hampered on the sport. The Canton Morning News put a $20,000 price tag on the Massillon Tigers 1906 team, while many speculate that the Bulldogs probably cost even more. Stiil others contend that the games involving top teams like Canton and Massilon were too one-sided and lacked excitement.

While Massillon was still able to field a local team in 1907 and still win the Ohio League championship, the Canton team folded. Blondy Wallace may have lost more than money. His libel suit never came to trial. The reason was probably that he settled out of court, rather than that Massillon had some sort of secret evidence. This leaves the scandal still disputed by historians and football fans alike. Because Wallace settled out of court, we have only charges and countercharges instead of a real end to the fix scandal.

Jim Thorpe era

In 1911, Canton fielded a new team, called the Canton Professionals. The team was made up entirely of local players and the pay was undoubtedly small. In 1915, Massillon and Canton began hiring several players away from the Akron Pros
Akron Pros
The Akron Pros were a professional football team located played in Akron, Ohio from 1908–1926. The team originated in 1908 as a semi-pro team named the Akron Indians, however name was changed to the Pros in 1920 as the team set out to become a charter member of the American Professional...

. Jack Cusack
Jack Cusack
Jack Cusack was one of the prominent early figures in professional football in Ohio. At the age of twenty-one, Cusack became the manager and owner of the Canton Bulldogs, one of the leading teams of the day...

, who had become manager of the Canton team, restored the old Bulldog name.

As the first of two Canton-Massillon games approached, Cusack signed Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe
Jacobus Franciscus "Jim" Thorpe * Gerasimo and Whiteley. pg. 28 * americaslibrary.gov, accessed April 23, 2007. was an American athlete of mixed ancestry...

 for $250 a game. Thorpe did not play much in the Bulldogs first game, at Massillon which the Tigers won 16-0. In second game, Thorpe took over as the team's coach played the entire game. He kicked two field goals in a 6-0 Canton win.

In 1916, the Bulldogs went undefeated, beat Massillon 24-0, and were generally recognized as the professional champions, not only of Ohio, but also of the country. Because Thorpe was able to draw big crowds to Canton for games, Cusack was able to put together a financially stable squad that included several former All-Americans. The average attendance for a game prior to Thorpe's signing was 1,500. That soon rose to 6,000 and eventually reached 8,000 spectators, which was the capacity of Canton's League Park
League Park
League Park was a baseball park located in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It was situated at the northeast corner of Lexington Avenue and E. 66th Street in the Hough neighborhood. It was home to the National League Cleveland Spiders, the American League Cleveland Indians, and the Cleveland...

. Thorpe would remain the chief attendance draw in professional football until Red Grange
Red Grange
Harold Edward "Red" Grange, nicknamed "The Galloping Ghost", was a college and professional American football halfback for the University of Illinois, the Chicago Bears, and for the short-lived New York Yankees. His signing with the Bears helped legitimize the National Football League...

 entered the game in 1925. In 1917, the Bulldogs won their first eight games to claim the 1917 league championship. Neither Canton nor Massillon played during the 1918 season because of World War I
World War I
World War I , which was predominantly called the World War or the Great War from its occurrence until 1939, and the First World War or World War I thereafter, was a major war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918...

 and the influenza
Influenza
Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is an infectious disease caused by RNA viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae , that affects birds and mammals...

 epidemic. Cusack left the team that year to start up an oil business in Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Oklahoma is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. With an estimated 3,751,351 residents as of the 2010 census and a land area of 68,667 square miles , Oklahoma is the 28th most populous and 20th-largest state...

 and Ralph Hay
Ralph Hay
Ralph E. Hay was the owner of the Canton Bulldogs from 1918 until 1923. However he is mostly recognized for organizing the first meeting of teams that would later former the American Professional Football Association, later called the National Football League....

, a successful auto dealer, took over managing the team.

Hay kept Cusack's team pretty much intact in 1919 and the Bulldogs won their third league championship in four years. They played the Hammond Pros
Hammond Pros
The Hammond Pros from Hammond, Indiana played in the National Football League from 1920 to 1926 as a traveling team.-History:The Pros were established by Paul Parduhn and Dr. Alva Young who was a boxing promoter, owner of a racing stable and a doctor and trainer for a semi-pro football team...

, twice in Chicago at Cubs Park, now Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field is a baseball stadium in Chicago, Illinois, United States that has served as the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. It was built in 1914 as Weeghman Park for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the Chicago Whales...

, in front of crowds of 10,000 fans.

NFL

While the Bulldogs were selling out stadiums and promoting professional football in America, many teams were in serious financial trouble. These teams, who were trying to compete with the Bulldogs, were spending more money than they could afford and were stealing players from one another, which drove salaries even higher. In 1920 at Hay's auto showroom, known for Hupmobiles, the American Professional Football Association was organized. Thorpe was named the APFA's first permanent president, solely because he was the best-known name in the game. After scheduling a showcase game between Canton and the Buffalo All-Americans in New York City
New York City
New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and...

 in December 1920, Thorpe left the Bulldogs at the end of the 1920 season.

In the APFA, the Bulldogs found the competition somewhat tougher than expected. Canton had a respectable 9-5-4 record over the next two seasons. The APFA became the National Football League
National Football League
The National Football League is the highest level of professional American football in the United States, and is considered the top professional American football league in the world. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing...

 in 1922 and Hay hired Guy Chamberlin
Guy Chamberlin
Berlin Guy "Champ" Chamberlin was a professional American football player and coach in the National Football League . He played at Nebraska Wesleyan University and then at the University of Nebraska, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He graduated from Nebraska in 1916...

 as Canton's player-coach
Player-coach
A player-coach, in sports, is a member of a sports team who simultaneously holds both playing and coaching duties. The term can be used to refer to both players who serve as head coaches, or as assistant coaches....

. Chamberlin rebuilt the Bulldogs into a championship team. He kept just five players from the 1921 squad. As a player Chamberlin led his team past the Chicago Cardinals in 1922 by blocking a punt that set up a touchdown
Touchdown
A touchdown is a means of scoring in American and Canadian football. Whether running, passing, returning a kickoff or punt, or recovering a turnover, a team scores a touchdown by advancing the ball into the opponent's end zone.-Description:...

, and running back two interceptions for touchdowns to beat the Cards' 20-3. The Bulldogs went on to win back-to-back NFL championships in 1922 and 1923.
Things began to unravel for Canton in 1923. First Hay announced that he did not care to manage the Bulldogs anymore. His asking price for the team was $1,500, which was decided to be about $500 more than the 1922 champions were worth. Things were still up in the air when Hay and Chamberlin left for Chicago to represent the Bulldogs at the league's summer meeting. When Ralph Hay returned to Canton, he unloaded the Bulldogs on a group of local businessmen who formed the Canton Athletic Company to run the team. Chamberlin stayed on as coach, assuring the team of success on the field. Success at the gate was not nearly so likely.

Cleveland Bulldogs

As the payroll for Canton players became too expensive, the team lost about $13,000 in 1923 and the Canton Athletic Company sold the franchise in August for $2,500 to Cleveland promoter Samuel Deutsch
Samuel Deutsch
Samuel H. Deutsch was a prominent sports franchise owner and jeweler. He is best known as being the owner of the National Football League's Cleveland Indians, formerly the Cleveland Tigers, in 1923 of the as well as for moving the Canton Bulldogs to Cleveland from Canton and renaming the team the...

, owner of the NFL's Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians (NFL)
The Cleveland Indians was a professional football team in the National Football League for the 1931 season. The 1931 team was a league-sponsored club that only played games on the road. The NFL intended to locate this team permanently in Cleveland...

. He added seven players from Canton, renamed his team the Cleveland Bulldogs
Cleveland Bulldogs
The Cleveland Bulldogs was a team that played in Cleveland, Ohio in the National Football League. They were originally called the Indians in 1923, not to be confused with the Cleveland Indians NFL franchise in 1922...

, and they won the 1924 NFL championship. Chamberlin also served as a player-coach of the Cleveland Bulldogs. He became the first to coach NFL champions in three consecutive years.

Deutsch then sold the franchise back to a group of Canton investors for $3,000 and the Canton Bulldogs were back in the NFL, along with the Cleveland Bulldogs. Canton had an overall record of 4-4-0 in 1925 and 1-9-3 in 1926. Before the 1927 season
1927 NFL season
The 1927 NFL season was the 8th regular season of the National Football League. Prior to the season, the league decided to eliminate the financially weaker teams. As a result, the league dropped from 22 to 12 teams, and a majority of the remaining teams were centered around the East Coast instead...

, the league decided to purge itself of some of the weaker franchise. Twelve teams were jettisoned, including the Bulldogs and three other charter members of the APFA.

Pro Football Hall of Famers

  • Guy Chamberlin
    Guy Chamberlin
    Berlin Guy "Champ" Chamberlin was a professional American football player and coach in the National Football League . He played at Nebraska Wesleyan University and then at the University of Nebraska, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He graduated from Nebraska in 1916...

  • Joe Guyon
    Joe Guyon
    Joseph Napoleon Guyon was a professional American football player in the National Football League...

  • Wilbur "Pete" Henry
  • William "Link" Lyman
    William R. Lyman
    William Roy "Link" Lyman was a professional American football player. He played tackle for the Canton Bulldogs, the Cleveland Bulldogs, the Frankford Yellow Jackets and the Chicago Bears....

  • Greasy Neale
  • Jim Thorpe
    Jim Thorpe
    Jacobus Franciscus "Jim" Thorpe * Gerasimo and Whiteley. pg. 28 * americaslibrary.gov, accessed April 23, 2007. was an American athlete of mixed ancestry...


Season-by-season

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Year League W L T Finish Coach Outcome
1905
1905 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1905 Canton Athletic Club season was their inaugural season in the Ohio League. The team finished 8-2, giving them second place in the league.-Schedule:-References:...

 
Ohio 8 2 0 2nd Bill Laub
Bill Laub
William Laub was an early professional American football player-coach with the Akron East Ends and the Canton Athletic Club...

, Blondy Wallace
Blondy Wallace
Charles Edgar "Blondy" Wallace was an early professional football player. He was a 240-pound, former Walter Camp second-team All-American tackle from the University of Pennsylvania. He also played two years at Peddie Institute, in New Jersey, winning state championships in 1896 and 1897...

 
Lost Championship to Massillon Tigers
1906
1906 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1906 Canton Bulldogs season was their second season in the Ohio League. The team finished 10-1, giving them second place in the league. The championship series between the Bulldogs and the Massillon Tigers was rumoured to be fixed.-Schedule:...

 
Ohio 10 1 0 2nd Blondy Wallace Lost Championship to Massillon Tigers
1907 did not play
1908 did not play
1909 did not play
1910 did not play
1911
1911 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1911 Canton Professionals season was their third season in the Ohio League, and their first since 1906. The team finished 8-1.-Schedule:-References:...

 
Ohio 8 1 0 2nd Ben Clarke Lost Championship to Shelby Blues
Shelby Blues
The Shelby Blues were an American football team based in Shelby, Ohio. The team played in the Ohio League from 1900 to 1919. In 1920, when the Ohio League became the APFA , the Blues did not join but continued to play against APFA teams, only to later suspend operations...

1912
1912 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1912 Canton Professionals season was their fourth season in the Ohio League. The team finished with a record of 7-4.-Schedule:-References:*...

 
Ohio 7 4 0 Harry Blythe
1913
1913 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1913 Canton Professionals season was their fifth season in the Ohio League. The team finished with a record of 4-2-2.-Schedule:-References:...

 
Ohio 4 2 2 Harry Hazlett
1914
1914 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1914 Canton Professionals season was their fifth season in the Ohio League. The team finished with a known record of 9-1.-Schedule:-References:...

 
Ohio 9 1 0 2nd Harry Hazlett Lost Championship to Akron Indians
1915
1915 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1915 Canton Bulldogs season was their sixth season in the Ohio League. For the first time since 1906, that the team was once again called the "Bulldogs". The year also marked the arrival of the legendary Jim Thorpe to the Canton line-up...

 
Ohio 5 2 0 1st Harry Hazlett, Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe
Jacobus Franciscus "Jim" Thorpe * Gerasimo and Whiteley. pg. 28 * americaslibrary.gov, accessed April 23, 2007. was an American athlete of mixed ancestry...

Co-Champions with the Massillon Tigers and Youngstown Patricians
Youngstown Patricians
The Youngstown Patricians were a semi-professional football team based in Youngstown, Ohio. In the 1910s, the team briefly held the professional football championship and established itself as a fierce rival of more experienced clubs around the country, some of which later formed the core of the...

1916
1916 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1916 Canton Bulldogs season was their eighth season in the Ohio League. The team finished 9-0-1 to clinch their first sole league title .-Schedule:-Top Ohio League team consensus standings:-References:...

 
Ohio 9 0 1 1st Jim Thorpe Champions: defeated Massillon Tigers
1917
1917 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1917 Canton Bulldogs season was their eleventh season in the Ohio League. The team finished with a 9-1 record and captured their third Ohio League championship.-Schedule:-References:...

 
Ohio 9 1 0 1st Jim Thorpe Champions: defeated Massillon Tigers
1918 did not play
1919
1919 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1919 Canton Bulldogs season was their tenth season in the Ohio League, and their last before entering the National Football League in 1920. The team finished 10-0.-Schedule:-References:...

 
Ohio 1st Jim Thorpe Champions: defeated Massillon Tigers
1920
1920 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1920 Canton Bulldogs season was their inaugural season in the National Football League. The team finished 7-4-2, giving them eighth place in the league.-Schedule:* Games in italics are against non-NFL teams.-References:...

 
NFL 7 4 2 8th Jim Thorpe
1921
1921 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1921 Canton Bulldogs season was their second in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 7-4-2, losing only two NFL games. They finished fourth in the league.-Schedule:* Games in italics are against non-NFL teams.-Standings:...

 
NFL 5 2 3 4th Cap Edwards
Cap Edwards
Howard Eugene "Cap" Edwards was a National Football League coach and player in American football's earliest years. In the early 20th century, football in America was just beginning to catch on, with professional teams popping up in numerous cities, and at the time college football was more...

1922
1922 Canton Bulldogs season
- Week 1 : Louisville Brecks :at Lakeside Park, Canton, Ohio* Game time:* Game weather:* Game attendance: 4,500* Referee:Scoring Drives:* Canton - Miller 10 run...

 
NFL 10 0 2 1st Guy Chamberlin
Guy Chamberlin
Berlin Guy "Champ" Chamberlin was a professional American football player and coach in the National Football League . He played at Nebraska Wesleyan University and then at the University of Nebraska, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He graduated from Nebraska in 1916...

 
NFL Champions
1923
1923 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1923 Canton Bulldogs season was their fourth in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 10-0-2, winning eleven games. With the best record in the league, they were crowned the NFL Champions.-Schedule:-Standings:-References:...

 
NFL 11 0 1 1st Guy Chamberlin NFL Champions
1924 did not play
1925
1925 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1925 Canton Bulldogs season was their fifth in the National Football League and their first season since 1923. The team failed to improve on their previous record against NFL opponents of 11-0-1, winning only four NFL games. They finished eleventh in the league.-Schedule:* Games in italics are...

 
NFL 4 4 0 11th Harry Robb
Harry Robb
Harry Duplein Robb was an American football player and coach during the 1920s. He was born in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania and attended Peabody High School in Pittsburgh. Upon his high school graduation, he attended college at both Penn State University and Columbia University...

1926
1926 Canton Bulldogs season
The 1926 Canton Bulldogs season was their sixth and final season in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous output of 4-4, winning only one game. They finished twentieth in the league.-Schedule:-Standings:-References:...

 
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Pete Henry
Wilbur Francis "Pete" Henry was a professional American football player and coach in the National Football League. He later worked for more than 20 years as athletic director and occasional football coach at Washington & Jefferson College, his alma mater.Henry attended college at Washington &...

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