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Epic moments in pro football

On Oct. 22, 1939, 500 or so New Yorkers who owned televisions were the fortunate few who were able to witness a defining moment in pro football's relationship with mass media. NBC was the first network to televise a pro football game when the Philadelphia Eagles and Brooklyn Dodgers faced off in front of 13,050 spectators at Brooklyn's legendary Ebbets Field. The game featured three future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame: quarterback Ace Parker and tackle Bruiser Kinard of the Brooklyn Football Dodgers, and Eagles end Bill Hewitt.

Now flashback to Sept. 17, 1920, when 15 pioneers met in a Canton, Ohio automobile showroom to create what would soon be known as the NFL. Originally founded as the American Professional Football Association, the name was changed two years later to the National Football League. That inaugural season included 14 charter teams, five of which were in Ohio, with the first official National Football League game taking place on Oct. 3, 1920 between the Dayton Triangles and the Columbus Panhandles.

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