The Toledo Maroons

by john amato

If we’ve told you once, we’ve told you thrice: You Will Do Better in Toledo. This story dated 8.27.1970 from the Toledo Blade is proof:

A new book, “Pro Football in the Days of Rockne,” by former South Bender Emil Klosinski, credits the Toledo Maroons with administering the worst beating ever handed a Knute Rockne-coached team.

It was 1917, the book maintains, when Rockne was coaching the South Bend J.F.C.s and was an assistant coach at Notre Dame. The South Benders had taken a tremendous physical beating the prior week, and came to Toledo not only short of players, but also short of Coach Rockne who had to accompany the Notre Dame team to Wisconsin. The Maroons won, 40-0.

The old Toledo Maroons are considered Toledo’s greatest professional football team. They were the best team in the local federation league and played teams throughout the region. The Maroons played in the National Pro League which was eventually renamed the National Football League.

We designed this Toledo Maroons shirt because we think this is a cool part of Toledo’s history.

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