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The Shelby Blues were an American football team based in Shelby, Ohio. The team played in the Ohio League from 1900 to 1919. In 1920, when the Ohio League became the APFA (now known as the National Football League), the Blues did not join but continued to play against APFA teams, only to later suspend operations. The Blues returned to play as an independent between 1926 and 1928.

Shelby Blues
Founded1900
Folded1928
Based inShelby, Ohio, United States
LeagueOhio League (1902–1919)
Independent (1926–1928)
Team historyShelby Blues (1905–1928)
Team colorsBlue, White
         
Head coachesPeggy Parratt (1910–1911)
Ohio League Championship wins(2) 1910, 1911

The team was named for their blue uniforms, that were worn in their first year. In 1905, the Blues replaced the Shelby Athletic Club as the top football team in town. A year later the team was the runner-up for the Ohio League title, behind only the Akron Indians. The Blues won Ohio League championships in 1910 and 1911, with Peggy Parratt, an early pioneer and master of the forward pass, at quarterback. In 1904, the Blues are credited with signing the first black players in American professional football, halfback Charles Follis.[1]

1902 Shelby Blues team photo

ReferencesEdit

  • Carroll, Bob (1991). "Shelby Who? Ohio Pro Football in 1910" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 13 (4): 1–7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-10-06.
  • Johnson, Pearce (1987). "When Did They Start?" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 9 (6): 1–5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-27.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
Achievements
Preceded by
Akron Indians
1908-1909
Ohio League Champions
Shelby Tigers & Shelby Blues

1910
Succeeded by
Shelby Blues
1911
Preceded by
Shelby Blues & Shelby Tigers
1910
Ohio League Champions
Shelby Blues

1911
Succeeded by
Elyria Athletics
1912