Syracuse Braves



The Syracuse Braves were a professional
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team that competed in the second American Football League in 1936 and 1937. Coached by Don Irwin and
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, the Braves played in Municipal Stadium, which had a capacity of only about 10,000 people. The team was not a strong draw as it lost its first five games, prompting a search for a new home, including
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, before settling upon a move to Rochester. On October 25, 1936, a 16–7 victory over the Boston Shamrocks in
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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. The game was finished; the Braves lost, 13–0; the franchise folded immediately afterward. Coach Don Irwin joined the
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, while co-coach Red Badgro returned to the NFL's
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to finish the season.NFL Competitors 1926–1975
– Stephen Hensley, Professional Football Researchers Association (1981) 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 third professional football team and continued as the Rochester Tigers in 1937.


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