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Syracuse-Rochester Braves
Founded 1936
Folded 1937
Based in Syracuse, New York
Rochester, New York , United States
Home field Municipal Stadium
Silver Stadium
League American Football League II
Team History Syracuse Braves (1936)
Rochester Braves (1936)
Team Colors Unknown
Head coaches Don Irwin & Red Badgro

The Syracuse Braves were a professional American football team that competed in the second American Football League in 1936 and 1937. Coached by Don Irwin and Red Badgro, the Braves played in Municipal Stadium,[1] which had a capacity of only about 10,000 people.[2] The team was not a strong draw as it lost its first five games, prompting a search for a new home, including Providence, Rhode Island, before settling upon a move to Rochester.[3]

On October 25, 1936, a 16-7 victory over the Boston Shamrocks in Fenway Park provided the franchise its first win in its last game as the Syracuse Braves. The following week would see the newly-renamed Rochester Braves face the Shamrocks in a rematch in Silver Stadium. The second half was delayed 40 minutes by Braves players demanding back pay.[4] The game was finished; the Braves lost, 13-0; the franchise folded immediately afterward.[5][6] Coach Don Irwin joined the New York Yankees, while co-coach Red Badgro returned to the NFL's Brooklyn Dodgers to finish the season.[7]

Two weeks later, another AFL team made the trek to Silver Stadium to call it home: the Brooklyn Tigers, having spent most of the 1936 season as a traveling team, became Rochester's second professional football team and continued as the Rochester Tigers in 1937.

TeamYear W L T FinishCoach
Syracuse Braves*1936 1 6 0 6th (AFL II)Don Irwin, Red Badgro[8]

* 0-1 as Rochester Braves in 1936

ReferencesEdit

  1. Braves Lose Again, May Move to Rochester or Providence for Games - Oswego Palladium-Times, 19 October 1936
  2. Bob Carroll, Michael Gershman, David Neft, and John Thorn, Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (HarperCollins 1999) ISBN 0-060-39232-0
  3. Braves Lose Again, May Move to Rochester or Providence for Games - Oswego Palladium-Times, 19 October 1936
  4. History of Football in Western New York
  5. History of Football in Western New York
  6. History of Football in Western New York
  7. NFL Competitors 1926-1975 - Stephen Hensley, Professional Football Researchers Association (1981)
  8. History of Football in Western New York

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