1930 NFL season

The 1930 NFL season was the 11th regular season of the National Football League. Prior to the season, Brooklyn businessmen William B. Dwyer and John C. Depler bought the Dayton Triangles, moved them, and renamed them the Brooklyn Dodgers, eliminating the NFL's last tie to its direct predecessor, the Ohio League. The Orange Tornadoes relocated to Newark and the Buffalo Bisons and the Boston Bulldogs dropped out. The Portsmouth Spartans, the team now known as the Detroit Lions, entered as a new team.

1930 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 14 – December 14, 1930
ChampionsGreen Bay Packers

Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers were named the NFL champions for the second straight year after they finished the season with the best record.

Teams and head coachesEdit

The league had 11 teams in 1930.

First season in NFL * Last active season ^

Player/head coach George Gibson was one of the ten players that the Minneapolis Red Jackets sold to the Frankford Yellow Jackets after Minneapolis folded following a 1–7–1 start to the season. This enabled Gibson to also serve as player/head coach for Frankford for five games late in the season.

Team Head coach(es)
Brooklyn Dodgers Jack Depler
Chicago Bears Ralph Jones
Chicago Cardinals Ernie Nevers
Frankford Yellow Jackets Bull Behman (10 games) and George Gibson ‡ (5 games)
Green Bay Packers Curly Lambeau
Minneapolis Red Jackets ^ George Gibson
New York Giants LeRoy Andrews (15 games) and Benny Friedman (2 games)
Newark Tornadoes ^ Al McGall (3 games), Andy Salata, and Jack Fish (9 games)
Portsmouth Spartans * Hal Griffen
Providence Steam Roller Jimmy Conzelman
Staten Island Stapletons Doug Wycoff

Championship raceEdit

Defending champion Green Bay won its first eight games, including a 14–7 home win over the New York Giants on October 4. By Week Nine, Green Bay was at 8–0–0 and New York right behind them at 10–1–0. On November 16, the Packers lost to the Cardinals 13–6, but in New York, the Giants fell to the Bears, 12–0. On November 23, a crowd of 37,000 turned out as the Packers and the Giants met at the Polo Grounds in New York. The Giants' 13–6 win in Week Eleven gave it the lead, 11–2–0 (.846) to the Packers' 8–2–0 (.800). Missed extra points had a big effect, as four days later, the Giants were beaten on Thanksgiving Day by Staten Island, 7–6, while Green Bay defeated Frankford 25–7 to retake the lead at 9–2–0 (.818) to New York's 11–3–0 (.785). The Giants faltered again on Sunday, November 30, when Brooklyn beat them 7–6, again on a missed point after.

In Week Thirteen, the Giants beat the Yellow Jackets, 14–6, while the Packers lost to the Bears, 21–0, cutting Green Bay's hold on first place to a mere 4/10ths of a percentage point, .769 to .765. The Giants finished their season at 13–4–0, while 10–3–0 Green Bay had a final game at Portsmouth: a loss would have given the Packers a 10–4–0 finish and a .714 percentage, and given the Giants, at .765, the championship, while a tie (10–3–1 and .769) or win (11–3–0 and .785) would give Green Bay the 1930 title, their second in a row.

Once again, the point after decided the race. On December 14, the Packers scored on Red Dunn's touchdown pass to Wuert Engelmann, but the point after by Verne Lewellen failed, giving them lead was 6–0. After Chuck Bennett ran for a touchdown for the Spartans, the extra point attempt by Tiny Lewis was blocked, and when the game ended, the 6–6 tie gave the Packers the 1930 title.[1] Had the current (post-1972) system of counting ties as half a win and half a loss been in place in 1930, the tie would have given the Giants (13–4–0, .765) the title, and Green Bay would have finished runner-up at .750.


NFL standings
Green Bay Packers 10 3 1 .769 234 111 T1
New York Giants 13 4 0 .765 308 98 L1
Chicago Bears 9 4 1 .692 169 71 W5
Brooklyn Dodgers 7 4 1 .636 154 59 L1
Providence Steam Roller 6 4 1 .600 90 125 L1
Staten Island Stapletons 5 5 2 .500 95 112 L1
Chicago Cardinals 5 6 2 .455 128 132 L1
Portsmouth Spartans 5 6 3 .455 176 161 T1
Frankford Yellow Jackets 4 13 1 .235 113 321 T1
Minneapolis Red Jackets 1 7 1 .125 27 165 L6
Newark Tornadoes 1 10 1 .091 51 190 L6

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.


  1. ^ "Green Bay Wins Pennant As Spartans Tie", Portsmouth Times, Dec 15, 1932, p10
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