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Victory Bowl
Sport American Football
League American Football Association
Founded December 15, 1946
Trophy Victory Cup
1985 Season 39th Victory Bowl (February 3, 1985)

Cleveland Ghosts 35, California Whales 23

The Victory Bowl is the championship game of the American Football Association. Previously known variously as the AFA Championship Game and the Granger Bowl, the Victory Bowl name debuted with the 19th edition of the game following the 1969 season, however it has retroactively been applied to previous championship games. The first six Victory Bowls were played at the home field of the higher seed; beginning with the 7th Victory Bowl, the game was to be played at a neutral site.  However, the Los Angeles Comets qualified for the Victory Bowl that year, which was scheduled to be held in Pasadena.  Since then, only the New Orleans Krewe have played a Victory Bowl in their home market, a 14-13 loss to the Detroit Gladiators in the 17th Victory Bowl.  Interestingly, Los Angeles and New Orleans both had a lower seed than their opponent, meaning that they were officially the visiting team for those games.

The current Victory Bowl champion is the Cleveland Ghosts, who won their second Victory Bowl championship at the 39th Victory Bowl.

Game Date Winning Team Losing Team Stadium City
1st December 15, 1946 New York Imperials 24 Guardians of Cincinnati 13 Taft Field Cincinnati, Ohio
2nd December 14, 1947 New York Imperials 20 Guardians of Cincinnati 17 Taft Field Cincinnati, Ohio
3rd December 12, 1948 New York Imperials 34 Guardians of Cincinnati 31 Taft Field Cincinnati, Ohio
4th December 11, 1949 Pittsburgh Miners 13 Richmond Royals 3 Byrd Stadium Richmond, Virginia
5th December 17, 1950 New York Imperials 20 Chicago Butchers 17 Metropolitan Stadium Manhattan, New York
6th December 23, 1951 Chicago Butchers 27 Boston Captains 10 Dever Stadium Chicago, Illinois
7th January 11, 1953 Los Angeles Comets 20 Cleveland Ghosts 0 Rose Bowl Pasadena, California
8th January 10, 1954 St. Louis Aces 19 Boston Captains 13 Tiger Stadium Baton Rouge, Louisiana
9th January 9, 1955 Boston Captains 19 Guardians of Cincinnati 13 Imperial Coliseum The Bronx, New York
10th January 8, 1956 Minnesota Angels 13 New York Imperials 10 Dever Stadium Chicago, Illinois
11th January 13, 1957 Chicago Butchers 33 New York Imperials 14 Clarendon Park San Francisco, California
12th January 12, 1958 Minnesota Angels 21 Cleveland Ghosts 15 Capital Stadium Washington, District of Columbia
13th January 11, 1959 Pittsburgh Miners 27 Minnesota Angels 20 Franklin Field Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
14th January 10, 1960 Cleveland Ghosts 21 Philadelphia Railers 13 Dever Stadium Chicago, Illinois
15th January 8, 1961 Pittsburgh Miners 31 Detroit Gladiators 24 Orange Bowl Miami, Florida
16th January 21, 1962 Detroit Gladiators 16 Pittsburgh Miners 3 Rose Bowl Pasadena, California
17th January 27, 1963 Detroit Gladiators 14 New Orleans Krewe 13 Tulane Stadium New Orleans, Louisiana
18th February 2, 1964 Pittsburgh Miners 30 Detroit Gladiators 27 Orange Bowl Miami, Florida
19th January 24, 1965 Detroit Gladiators 34 Buffalo Stampeders 3 Cotton Bowl Dallas, Texas
20th January 23, 1966 Colorado Centennials 27 Detroit Gladiators 17 Imperial Coliseum The Bronx, New York
21st January 21, 1967 Pittsburgh Miners 27 Detroit Gladiators 17 Rose Bowl Pasadena, California
22nd January 21, 1968 Washington Wasps 23 St. Louis Aces 14 Autodome Sterling Heights, Michigan
23rd January 26, 1969 St. Louis Aces 27 New York Imperials 17 Orange Bowl Miami, Florida
24th January 25, 1970 Pittsburgh Miners 17 St. Louis Aces 16 Rice Stadium Houston, Texas
25th January 30, 1971 Seattle Grizzlies 23 Pittsburgh Miners 17 Orange Bowl Miami, Florida
26th January 30, 1972 Pittsburgh Miners 15 New Orleans Krewe 13 Rose Bowl Pasadena, California
27th January 21, 1973 New Orleans Krewe 23 Pittsburgh Miners 21 Cotton Bowl Dallas, Texas
28th January 27, 1974 Philadelphia Railers 17 Minnesota Angels 3 Orange Bowl Miami, Florida
29th January 26, 1975 New Orleans Krewe 26 Milwaukee Wolves 17 Imperial Coliseum The Bronx, New York
30th February 1, 1976 Washington Wasps 24 Chicago Butchers 20 Knight Stadium Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
31st January 23, 1977 Pittsburgh Miners 50 Houston Hurricanes 0 Emerald Dome Seattle, Washington
32nd January 22, 1978 Washington Wasps 21 Arizona Firebirds 13 Stanford Stadium Palo Alto, California
33rd January 21, 1979 Washington Wasps 40 Milwaukee Wolves 24 Sundome Phoenix, Arizona
34th January 27, 1980 Minnesota Angels 23 Texas Stallions 16 Huey P. Long Dome New Orleans, Louisiana
35th January 25, 1981 San Diego Destroyers 9 Colorado Centennials 7 Orange Bowl Miami, Florida
36th January 31, 1982 Colorado Centennials 20 Texas Stallions 6 Rose Bowl Pasadena, California
37th January 30, 1983 Minnesota Angels 27 Cleveland Ghosts 14 Lone Star Stadium Arlington, Texas
38th January 29, 1984 Colorado Centennials 27 New York Imperials 14 Veterans Stadium San Diego, California
39th February 3,

1985

Cleveland Ghosts 35 California Whales 23 Tampa Bay Stadium Tampa, Florida
  • † – Game went into overtime

Most championships wonEdit

As of 39th Victory Bowl

Team Championships Winning Years
Pittsburgh Miners 8 1949, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1976
New York Imperials 4 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950
Washington Wasps 4 1967, 1975, 1977, 1978
Minnesota Angels 4 1955, 1957, 1979, 1982
Detroit Gladiators 3 1961, 1962, 1964
Colorado Centennials 3 1965, 1981, 1983
Chicago Butchers 2 1951, 1956
New Orleans Krewe 2 1972, 1974
St. Louis Aces 2 1953, 1968
Cleveland Ghosts 2 1959, 1985
Boston Captains 1 1954
Los Angeles Comets 1 1952
Philadelphia Railers 1 1973
Seattle Grizzlies 1 1970
San Diego Destroyers 1 1980

StandingsEdit

As of 38th Victory Bowl

Team W L PCT. PF PA Last Appearance
Washington Wasps 4 0 1.000 108 71 1978
Los Angeles Comets 1 0 1.000 20 0 1952
Seattle Grizzlies 1 0 1.000 23 17 1970
San Diego Destroyers 1 0 1.000 9 7 1980
Pittsburgh Miners 8 3 .727 251 182 1976
Minnesota Angels 4 2 .666 80 85 1982
New York Imperials 4 4 .500 139 151 1983
Chicago Butchers 2 2 .500 97 68 1975
New Orleans Krewe 2 2 .500 75 67 1974
St. Louis Aces 2 2 .500 76 70 1969
Colorado Centennials 3 1 .750 34 26 1983
Philadelphia Railers 1 1 .500 30 24 1973
Detroit Gladiators 3 4 .429 149 134 1966
Boston Captains 1 2 .333 42 59 1954
Cleveland Ghosts 1 3 .333 36 54 1982
Arizona Firebirds 0 1 .000 13 21 1977
Baltimore Royals* 0 1 .000 3 13 1949
Buffalo Stampeders 0 1 .000 3 34 1964
Houston Hurricanes 0 1 .000 0 50 1976
Texas Stallions 0 2 .000 16 23 1979
Milwaukee Wolves 0 2 .000 41 66 1978
Cincinnati Guardians 0 4 .000 74 97 1954

Coaching RecordsEdit

As of 34th Victory Bowl

Coach G W L PCT. Team(s) Appearance(s)
Edgar Bachman 2 0 2 .000 Milwaukee Wolves 1975, 1978
John Beaulieu 7 3 4 .429 Detroit Gladiators 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966
Bob Berg 1 1 0 1.000 Philadelphia Railers 1973
Bobby Blankenship 1 1 0 1.000 St. Louis Aces 1953
Jimmy Bull 3 2 1 .667 Minnesota Angels, Seattle Grizzlies 1957, 1958, 1970
Warren Bull 1 1 0 1.000 Minnesota Angels 1955
Jim Capron 1 1 0 1.000 San Diego Destroyers 1980
Joseph Cobb 1 1 0 1.000 Los Angeles Comets 1952
Tom Crewe 1 0 1 .000 Boston Captains 1951
Sidney Cryer 6 4 2 .667 New York Imperials 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1955, 1956
Charlie Dow 1 0 1 .000 New Orleans Krewe 1962
Neal Fabbro 1 0 1 .000 Texas Stallions 1979
Lonnie Gabriel 1 0 1 .000 New York Imperials 1968
Hal Granger 2 1 1 .500 Chicago Butchers 1950, 1951
Cecil Harris 1 0 1 .000 Cleveland Ghosts 1952
James Hendricks 3 2 1 .667 New Orleans Krewe 1971, 1972, 1974
Jim Hidra 1 0 1 .000 Chicago Butchers 1975
William Huizenga 1 0 1 .000 Cleveland Ghosts 1957
John Immison III 3 0 3 .000 Guardians of Cincinnati 1946, 1947, 1948
Donald Karm 1 0 1 .000 Houston Hurricanes 1976
Gus Koch 2 1 1 .500 Minnesota Angels 1973, 1979
Willie Krause 11 7 4 .636 Richmond Royals, Pittsburgh Miners 1949, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1976
Chuck Lee 3 1 2 .333 St. Louis Aces 1967, 1968, 1969
John Logan 3 3 0 1.000 Washington Wasps 1975, 1977, 1978
Ed MacLaren 1 1 0 1.000 Colorado Centennials 1965
Nelson Mathis 1 0 1 .000 Arizona Firebirds 1977
Clyde Mitchell 1 0 1 .000 Colorado Centennials 1980
Doc Payne 1 0 1 .000 Philadelphia Railers 1959
Will Redmond 1 1 0 1.000 Washington Wasps 1967
Wendell Ridley 1 0 1 .000 Guardians of Cincinnati 1954
Charles Smith 1 1 0 1.000 Chicago Butchers 1956
Wayne Smith 2 1 1 .500 Boston Captains 1953, 1954
Chester Southern 1 0 1 .000 Buffalo Stampeders 1964
Victor Szczepanski 1 1 0 1.000 Pittsburgh Miners 1949
Leo Wright 1 1 0 1.000 Cleveland Ghosts 1959