The 1906 Massillon Tigers football season was their fourth season in existence. The team finished with a record of 9-1 and won their fourth Ohio League championship in as many years. However a scandal, revolving around the Tigers championship game against the Canton Bulldogs, tainted the 1906 title and, along with escalating player salaries, reportedly helped ruin professional football in Ohio until the mid-1910s.

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1906 Massillon Tigers season
Head Coach Sherburn Wightman
Home Field Hospital Grounds Stadium
Record 9-1
Place No divisions
Playoff Finish No playoffs
Previous season Next season
1905 1907


Game Date Opponent Result
1 September 29, 1906 Pittsburgh Lyceum W 19-0
2 October 6, 1906 Muskingum College W 96-0
3 October 13, 1906 at Benwood Athletic Club W 22-0
4 October 20, 1906 Shelby Athletic Club W 57-0
5 October 27, 1906 Combined Benwood-Moundsville Team[1] W 61-0
6 October 29, 1906 at Toledo Athletic Association W 49-0
7 November 3, 1906 Wilmington Orange W 77-0
8 November 6, 1906 Pittsburgh Lyceum W 33-0
9 November 16, 1906 at Canton Bulldogs[2] L 10-5
10 November 24, 1906 Canton Bulldogs[3][4] W 13-6

Game notesEdit

  1. This game showcased the first recorded use of the forward pass in the professional football game. Massillon's QB Peggy Parratt completed the pass to Bullet Riley.
  2. Game is the focus of the Canton Bulldogs–Massillon Tigers betting scandal.
  3. Game is the focus of the Canton Bulldogs–Massillon Tigers betting scandal.
  4. This was the deciding game for the Ohio League title.


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