Rival Pro Leagues

Pacific Coast Pro Football League 1940-1948

PCPFL 1940

  P W L T PF PA PCT
Los Angeles Bulldogs 11 7 2 1 212 142 .778
Hollywood Bears 8 6 2 0 145 84 .750
Oakland Giants 6 1 3 2 30 65 .250
Phoenix Panthers 4 0 3 1 67 97 .000
San Diego Bombers 4 0 4 0 26 92 .000

Reference: [1]

PCPFL 1941

  P W L T PF PA PCT
Hollywood Bears 8 8 0 0 167 51 1.000
Los Angeles Bulldogs 8 4 4 0 156 119 .500
San Diego Bombers 6 1 5 0 78 147 .167
San Francisco Bay Packers 6 1 5 0 23 107 .167

Reference: [1]

PCPFL 1942

  P W L T PF PA PCT
San Diego Bombers 5 4 1 0 71 28 .800
San Francisco Bay Packers 3 2 1 0 32 28 .667
Los Angeles Bulldogs 4 2 2 0 35 62 .500
Hollywood Bears 4 0 4 0 15 35 .000

Reference: [1]

PCPFL 1943

  P W L T PF PA PCT
San Diego Bombers 8 7 1 0 214 117 .875
Los Angeles Mustangs 8 4 4 0 167 124 .500
Oakland Giants 8 4 4 0 118 143 .500
Richmond Boilermakers 4 2 2 0 44 41 .500
Los Angeles Bulldogs 7 3 4 0 119 125 .429
Alameda Mustangs 4 1 3 0 53 72 .250
San Francisco Bay Packers 5 1 4 0 30 123 .200

Reference: [1]

PCPFL/AFL 1944

  P W L T PF PA PCT
PCPFL              
San Diego Bombers 9 9 0 0 335 54 1.000
San Francisco Bay Packers 7 4 3 0 107 122 .571
Oakland Giants 7 4 3 0 46 86 .571
San Jose Mustangs 6 2 4 0 69 109 .333
Los Angeles Bulldogs 7 2 5 0 105 168 .286
Hollywood Wolves 6 0 6 0 46 169 .000

Reference: [1]

Date Home Team   Away Team  
  Pacific Championship      
  Hollywood Rangers 42 San Diego Bombers 7
  San Diego Bombers 10 Hollywood Rangers 21

Refences: [1]

PCPFL 1945

  P W L T PF PA PCT
Hollywood Bears 11 8 2 1 248 95 .800
Oakland Giants 9 7 2 0 151 105 .778
Los Angeles Bulldogs 11 5 5 1 163 143 .500
San Diego Bombers 8 4 4 0 159 126 .500
San Francisco Clippers 8 1 7 0 47 195 .125
San Jose Mustangs 5 0 5 0 58 162 .000

Reference: [1]

PCPFL 1946

  P W L T PF PA PCT
Northern Division              
Tacoma Indians 11 7 4 0 202 141 .636
San Francisco Clippers 10 6 4 0 182 112 .600
Sacramento Nuggets 8 2 5 1 67 201 .286
Salt Lake City Seagulls 8 2 5 1 81 138 .286
Oakland Giants 6 1 5 0 66 89 .167
Southern Division              
Los Angeles Bulldogs 12 9 2 1 300 161 .818
Hawaiian Warriors 12 8 4 0 236 185 .667
Hollywood Bears 11 5 5 1 188 196 .500
San Diego Bombers 8 1 7 0 65 164 .125

Reference: [2]

Date Home Team   Away Team  
  Championship      
  Los Angeles Bulldogs 38 Tacoma Indians 7

Refences: [2]

PCPFL 1947

  P W L T PF PA PCT
Hawaiian Warriors 9 7 2 0 267 121 .778
Los Angeles Bulldogs 8 5 3 0 165 126 .625
San Francisco Clippers 8 4 4 0 158 175 .500
Salt Lake City Seagulls 6 1 4 1 48 130 .200
Sacramento Nuggets 5 0 4 1 75 161 .000

Reference: [2]

PCPFL 1948

  P W L T PF PA PCT
Hawaiian Warriors 6 5 1 0 181 86 .833
Long Beach Bulldogs 4 3 1 0 102 49 .750
Hollywood Bears 5 1 3 1 93 152 .250
San Francisco Clippers 5 0 4 1 69 158 .000

Reference: [2]

About

The Pacific Coast Pro Football League flourished during the Second World War as Soldiers based in California led to a boom in the game on the West Coast. Initially the League was vehicle for the Los Angeles Bulldogs and Hollywood Bears who won the first two titles and most games played involved one or other of these teams.

From 1942-1945 the League expanded and could be considered the Major League rival to the NFL during these years. The 1942 & 1943 title were won by the San Diego Bombers. In 1944 the Bombers won the League again and played the Hollywood Rangers, the winners of another League to call itself the AFL for the Pacific Championship. This AFL was the first truly Pacific Coast League as it included teams in Seatlle & Portland, and the Rangers won both legs of the Pacific Championship.

The AFL disbanded after one season and the 1945 PCPFL Championship was won by the Hollywood Bears. After the war the NFL’s Cleveland Rams relocated to Los Angeles, and the All-America Football Conference put the San Francisco 49ers (later to join the NFL) on the West Coast, and the PCPFL’s Major League status was gone.

The League soldiered on as a Minor League, adding teams in Tacoma, Hawaii, Salt Lake City and Sacramento, but was no longer important in the eyes of people on the West Coast and folded after the 1948 season. The Los Angeles Bulldogs and Hawaiian Warriors won the title during these these years.

References

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Websites

[1] PCPFL: 1940-45 – Bob Gill, The Coffin Corner, Pro Football Researchers Association (1982) Pacific Coast Pro Football League [Internet] Available from: 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine. – https://web.archive.org/web/20110726192703/http://www.profootballresearchers.org/Coffin_Corner/04-07-104.pdf [Accessed 19 January 2018]

[2] The End of the PCPFL – Bob Gill, The Coffin Corner, Pro Football Researchers Association (1982) The End of the PCPFL [Internet] Available from: http://profootballresearchers.com/archives/Website_Files/Coffin_Corner/05-04-135.pdf [Accessed 9 October 2018]

 

Acknowledgements

 

Thanks to Eoin O’Fearghaill & John Wills

 

About this document

 

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

World Gridiron Archive

Last Updated: 28 January 2019

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and World Gridiron Archive 2019

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved.

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