CHICAGO HORNETS

  • The Chicago franchise played in the All-American Football Conference (AAFC) all four years of the league’s existence. The team was named the Chicago Rockets for the first three years, and then changed its name to the Chicago Hornets for the final season.
  • The Rockets franchise was owned by Chicago trucking executive John L. “Jack” Keeshin. He originally attempted to purchase the Chicago White Sox from the Comiskey family but was turned down. Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward suggested that Keeshin instead start 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.

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