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LA Bulldogs vs Salinas Packers, 1937

American Football League game between LA Bulldogs and Salinas Packers at Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles, 1937. Bulldogs won 13-0.
Photo from LA Times Photographic Archive at UCLA Digital Library.


Team Period of Play
in/for Los Angeles
League
Los Angeles Buccaneers1 1926 National Football League
Los Angeles Wildcats1 1926 American Football League I*
California Shamrocks 1935 American Legion Football League
Hollywood Braves 1935 American Legion Football League
Los Angeles (Southern California) Maroons 1935 American Legion Football League
Westwood Cubs 1935 American Legion Football League
Long Beach Eagles 1936 No League Affiliation?
Hollywood Stars 1936-1938 California Pro Football League
Los Angeles Cardinals 1936 No League Affiliation?
San Pedro Longshoremen 1936 No League Affiliation?
Los Angeles Bulldogs 1937 American Football League II*
Los Angeles Bulldogs 1940-1945 Pacific Coast Professional Football League
Hollywood Bears 1940-1942, 1946-1947 Pacific Coast Professional Football League
Los Angeles Mustangs 1943-1944 Pacific Coast Professional Football League,
American Football League lll*
Hollywood Rangers 1944 American Football League lll*
Los Angeles Wildcats2 1944 American Football League lll*
Hollywood Wolves 1944 Pacific Coast Professional Football League
Los Angeles Dons 1946-1949 All American Football Conference
Los Angeles Chargers3 1960 American Football League lV*
Long Beach Admirals 1967 Continental Football League
Los Angeles Express 1983-1985 United States Football League
Los Angeles Raiders4 1982-1995 National Football League
Los Angeles Cobras 1988 Arena Football League
Los Angeles Dragons 2000 Spring Football League
Los Angeles Avengers 2000-2009 Arena Football League
Los Angeles Xtreme 2001 X Football League
Los Angeles Kiss5 2014-2016 Arena Football League
Los Angeles Rams6 1947-1995; 2016-present National Football League
Los Angeles Chargers3 2017-present National Football League

* There were four unrelated leagues over history named "American Football League."
1) See comment box below.
2) No relationship to 1926 team.
3) In 1960, team moved to San Diego and the NFL after only one season in Los Angeles, then returned to Los Angeles in 2017 after 57 years.
4) Founded in Oakland in 1960, the team moved to Los Angeles in 1982. It returned to Oakland in 1995.
5) Team actually played at Honda Center in Anaheim, California (Orange County).
6) Founded in Cleveland in 1936, the team moved to Los Angeles and L.A. Memorial Coliseum in 1946. It moved to Anaheim Stadium in Orange County in 1980 and to St. Louis in 1995. The team returned to Los Angeles in 2016.


Also see Women's Professional Football in Los Angeles County


Neither the Los Angeles Buccaneers nor the Los Angeles Wildcats from 1926 ever actually play any games in Los Angeles. Both teams were road teams (the Buccaneers played out of Chicago and the Wildcats out of Moline, Illinois) but were named for Los Angeles in order to showcase football talent from California and the West Coast colleges. According to historian Michael McCambridge in his 2005 book "America's game: the epic story of how pro football captured a nation," the Buccaneers did actually want to play in their namesake city, but could not do so because the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission allowed no professional games in its stadium.