Here are (7) early gridiron programs from various levels, venues and events. Includes:
1940 Boston Bears vs. Columbus Bulls: issued at Fenway Park for the AFL III season opener, this two-page thick stock roster listing presents (VG-EX) with multiple creases. The Bulls blanked the hosts that day, 17-0.
1942 World’s Funniest Football Game: issued at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, this eight-page guide lists the participants and images of combatants in a U.S.O. charity game. Billed as the “Leading Men” vs. “Comedians,” the rosters include Lon Chaney, Jr. (quarterback), Jimmy Durante, Buster Keaton, Anthony Quinn, Cesar Romero and John Wayne (captain). Presents (EX) with covers/pages intact and minor creases.
1944 Los Angeles Mustangs vs. San Francisco Clippers: issued at Gilmore Stadium during the lone season of the short-lived AFL, this 16-page publication features roster listings, photos and stories detailing members/teams throughout the West Coast-based league. Presents (VG-EX) with covers/pages intact.
1944 Ohio State vs. Great Lakes Navy Bluejackets: issued at Ohio Stadium for the tilt between the No. 6 and No. 8 ranked rivals, this 36-page program features rosters and photos of the combatants. On the cover are images of the opposing coaches with the legendary Paul Brown (who had coached Ohio State the year before) at the helm for Great Lakes. Presents (VG) with covers/pages intact.
1945 U.S. Navy Football Classic: issued at Kezar Stadium for the Victory Loan Drive benefit game between the Fleet City Bluejackets and Pacific Fleet All-Stars, the 16-page souvenir presents (VG-EX) with covers/pages intact and a horizontal compacting fold.
1945 Navy vs. Marines: issued at Furlong Field at Pearl Harbor, the 12-page guide features rosters and photos of the opponents, including Hall of Famer Cliff Battles as a coach for the Marines. Presents (VG-EX) with covers/pages intact.
1946 Bethlehem Bulldogs vs. Wilmington Clippers: issued at Liberty High Stadium for the AFL showdown, the 32-page program presents minimally (EX-MT) with crease-free covers/pages intact.