The Chicago Rockets was an American football team that played in the All-America Football Conference from 1946 to 1949. During the 1949 season, the team was known as the Chicago Hornets. Unlike the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and Baltimore Colts, the franchise was not one of the three AAFC teams that joined the National Football League prior to the 1950 season.
The Chicago Rockets franchise was owned by Chicago trucking executive John L. "Jack" Keeshin, president of the National Jockey Club that owned and operated Sportsman's Park race track in Cicero, Illinois. He originally attempted to purchase the Chicago White Sox from the Comiskey family but was turned down. Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward suggested starting a pro football team in the AAFC. In a market where the NFL Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cardinals were already well established, Keeshin stood little chance of success. He did cause a stir by attempting to sign Chicago Bears stars Sid Luckman, George McAfee and Hugh Gallarneau without success.
The Rockets played their home games at Soldier Field.
... Note W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties Season W L T Finish Playoff results Chicago Rockets 3. 4th AAFC West -- 0. 4th AAFC West -- 0. 4th AAFC West -- Chicago Hornets 0. 6th AAFC -- Totals 3.. ...
... See also 1946 Chicago Rockets season 4 ... Total • Browns 20 ... Rockets 6 ... Date Friday, September 13 Location Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois Game ... Chicago's only points came on a touchdown run by Billy Hillenbrand on the first play of the fourth quarter ...
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—William Gibson (b. 1948)
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