1921 Syracuse Pros Season
The Pros opened their 1921 campaign with a scoreless tie against Tonawanda at Star Park. A touchdown pass from player-coach Mike Purdy to Lew Andreas in the last minute of play was called back on a holding penalty, costing Syracuse a win. Only 800 spectators showed up to the game because of inclement weather. The next two games were to be on the road against the AFPA's Buffalo All-Americans and New York Brickley Giants. However, both were later canceled for reason that are unknown. To fill the first open date, manager Andy Friedman lined up a game with the Oakdales, a local semi-pro team. Syracuse then coasted to an easy 19-0 victory before a slightly improved crowd of 1,000.
For the next home game, Syracuse was to play the defending AFPA champions, the Akron Pros. However a few days later, Akron canceled the game in order to play the Rochester Jeffersons. In return, Syracuse played the an incarnation of the Akron Indians, this one an all-Native American football team, led by Suey Welch. The Pros defeated the Indians 47-0 in front of only 1,500 people. The Pros then prepared for a series of tough games against Rochester and Buffalo. However both teams canceled their games against Syracuse. A week later the Pros finally played their second game against an APFA team. However this game against the Washington Senators resulted in a 20-7 Syracuse loss. The Pros ended their only possible AFPA-NFL season with 12-0 loss to Rochester, them with an APFA record of 0-2-1.
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