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The Rich Got Richer, The Poor Got Poorer: The Mansions And Shantytowns Of The NFL Before It Discovered League Parity

Akron Rubber Bowl

The Cleveland Rams played several games at the so-called neutral site of the Akron Rubber Bowl, including the 1941 season opener against the Steelers and this 1942 exhibition game against the Giants. With the ball is the Rams’ Gaylon Smith, later to join the Cleveland Browns.

Today we take it as a given: A professional sports team will play an even number of games at home and on the road across the course of a regular season.

Not so the National Football League in the 1930s and 1940s. This was an era in which there were distinct winners and losers both on the field and at the box office and when actions by the league office had a way of widening the divide.

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Cheers! One City That Is Not Dodging Its History

imageThe Dodgers won the 1955 National League pennant (and the World Series, against the hated Yankees), then left for Los Angeles two years later. Cause for mourning, right? And for tossing the team forever down the memory hole, just for spite.

Not in Brooklyn. The borough celebrates its sporting past, warts and all, in myriad ways — including Brooklyn Brewing Company’s “Pennant Ale ’55.”

If only Cleveland would honor its Rams history in even this small way. How refreshing would that be?

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