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ChicagoButchers
Chicago Butchers
Division Northern
Founded 1900
Inaugural AFA Season 1946
Stadium Dever Stadium (1929–present)
City Chicago, Illinois
Owners Herb & Alice Granger
Head Coach Jim Hidra
Team Colors Red, Black, White
Division titles 5
West: 1950, 1951
North: 1956, 1970, 1975
Victory Bowl titles 2: (1951, 1956)
History Chicago Threes (1900–1919)
Chicago Butchers (1920–present)

The Chicago Butchers are a professional football team based in Chicago, Illinois, United States. A charter member of the American Football Association, the Butchers play their home games at Dever Stadium

HistoryEdit

The Butchers were founded by Hal Granger in 1900 as the Chicago Threes, and joined the Great Lakes Football League the same year. The team was made up of former players from Northwester, the University of Illinois, and the University of Chicago, and quickly became one of the new league's most successful teams.

When the GLFL was absorbed by the Midwest Football League in 1915, there was already a MFL franchise in the Windy City, the hapless Chicago Lakers. Granger arranged to buy out the Lakers, and pushed for the first rule establishing territorial dominance, which the league adopted. Under the new rule, teams had the right to veto relocation or expansion within 50 miles of their headquarters. The AFA still uses this rule today.

In 1920, Granger changed the name to the Chicago Butchers, in reference to Carl Sandberg's poem Chicago, which describes the city as "Hog Butcher for the World."

LogosEdit

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Chicago Butchers logo
(1920–1955)
Chicago Butchers logo
(1956–1972)
Chicago Butchers logo
(1973–present)

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Victory Bowl Champions Victory Bowl Appearance Division Champions Playoff Berth
Season League Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
Chicago Butchers
1946 AFA West 3rd 5 5 2 Missed playoffs
1947 AFA West 2nd 8 3 1 Missed playoffs
1948 AFA West 5th 4 7 1 Missed playoffs
1949 AFA West 4th 4 6 2 Missed playoffs
1950 AFA West 1st 9 2 1 Lost Fifth Victory Bowl (New York) 17–20
1951 AFA West 1st 10 1 1 Won Sixth Victory Bowl (Boston) 27–10
1952 AFA North 3rd 5 7 0 Missed playoffs
1953 AFA North 2nd 6 5 1 Missed playoffs
1954 AFA North 4th 1 11 0 Missed playoffs
1955 AFA North 3rd 5 7 0 Missed playoffs
1956 AFA North 1st 6 4 2 Won Semifinals (Washington) 14–10
Won 11th Victory Bowl (New York) 33–14
1957 AFA North 3rd 4 7 1 Missed playoffs
1958 AFA North 4th 4 7 1 Missed playoffs
1959 AFA North 3rd 4 7 1 Missed playoffs
1960 AFA North 4th 4 8 0 Missed playoffs
1961 AFA North 4th 4 10 0 Missed playoffs
1962 AFA North 2nd 8 4 2 Missed playoffs
1963 AFA North 2nd 8 6 0 Missed playoffs
1964 AFA North 3rd 5 8 1 Missed playoffs
1965 AFA North 2nd 8 6 0 Missed playoffs
1966 AFA North 2nd 6 7 1 Missed playoffs
1967 AFA North 4th 4 10 0 Missed playoffs
1968 AFA North 2nd 8 5 1 Missed playoffs
1969 AFA North 2nd 5 5 4 Missed playoffs
1970 AFA North 1st 9 4 1 Lost Quarterfinals (Pittsburgh) 0–13
1971 AFA North 4th 3 4 2 Missed playoffs
1972 AFA North 3rd 5 8 1 Missed playoffs
1973 AFA North 3rd 5 9 0 Missed playoffs
1974 AFA North 3rd 5 9 0 Missed playoffs
1975 AFA North 1st 13 1 0 Won Quarterfinals (Pittsburgh) 27–14
Won Semifinals (Portland) 52–10
Lost 30th Victory Bowl (Washington) 20–24
1976 AFA North 2nd 6 8 0 Missed playoffs
1977 AFA North 3rd 5 9 0 Missed playoffs
1978 AFA North 3rd 6 7 1 Missed playoffs
1979 AFA North 3rd 5 9 0 Missed playoffs
1980 AFA North 2nd 7 7 0 Missed playoffs
Total 191 217 29 (includes only regular season)
5 3 0 (includes only the postseason)
196 220 29 (includes both regular season and postseason)
e v American Football Association teams
North: Chicago Butchers · Cincinnati Guardians · Cleveland Ghosts · Detroit Gladiators
Northeast: Boston Captains · Buffalo Stampeders · New York Imperials · Philadelphia Railers · Pittsburgh Miners
Southeast: Atlanta Rebels · Baltimore Royals · Miami Suns · Washington Wasps
South: Arizona Firebirds · Houston Hurricanes · New Orleans Krewe · Texas Stallions
Central: Colorado Centennials · Milwaukee Wolves · Minnesota Angels · St. Louis Aces
West: California Whales · Los Angeles Comets · Portland Dragons · San Diego Destroyers · Seattle Grizzlies