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  • 9-57 Marker 9-57 Marker
  • 9-57 Howell Field 1 9-57 Howell Field 1
  • 9-57 Howell Field 2 9-57 Howell Field 2
  • 9-57 Triangle Park sign, near marker 9-57 Triangle Park sign, near marker
  • 9-57 Dayton Triangles Game Program Cover 9-57 Dayton Triangles Game Program Cover
  • 9-57 Triangle Park Historical Marker 9-57 Triangle Park Historical Marker
Title, side A
Site of First Game in the NFL
Title, side B
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Text, side A
On October 3, 1920 the first game matching two professional teams of the American Professional Football Association, a league that would become the National Football League (NFL), was held on this field within Triangle Park. In that game, the Dayton Triangles defeated the Columbus Panhandles 14-0. The Triangle's Lou Partlow scored the first touchdown and George "Hobby" Kinderdine kicked the first extra point. Three factories founded by Dayton businessmen Edward Deeds and Charles Kettering sponsored the Dayton Triangles team. The factories were the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (DELCO), Dayton Metal Products Company (D.M.P.Co.), and Domestic Engineering Company (DECO), later call Delco-Light. They formed an industrial triangle of plants in downtown Dayton.
Location
Howell Field in Triangle Park, 2424 Ridge Avenue just N of Ridge and DeWeese Pkwy.