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HAMMOND PROS, original NFL team 1920. Embroidered cotton twill ballcap. Free Shipping!

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Embroidered cotton twill ballcap, team script in purple on khaki, velcro adjustable. 

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Hammond was a pioneering Chicagoland football team, perhaps eclipsed only by the Racine Avenue Cardinals. Not only did gridiron giants George Halas and Paddy Driscoll get their professional start with Hammond, the team called Cubs Park* home the 1919 season - one year before the American Professional Football Association formed. 

Of APFA's original 14, the Hammond Pros were one of the few outfits to survive most of the decade, folding after 1926, along with Akron and Canton. Considering this was the nascent era when teams struggled to make payroll, fielding a team for seven seasons in a legitimate league was going the distance.

Hammond Pros, forgotten wellspring of pro football.  

*When was Cubs Park renamed "Wrigley Field"?

More history to be found in team ballcaps and dropkick shirts. 

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