The Wilmington Clippers were a minor league football team in the American Association from 1939–1941, 1946–1949. They were located in Wilmington, Delaware. They were an independent team from 1937–1938 and in 1942.
|Based in||Wilmington, Delaware|
|League||Independent (1937–1938, 1942)|
American Association (1939–1941, 1946–1949)
None (1940–1941) Western (1946–1947)None (1948–1949)
|Team history||Wilmington Clippers (1937–1942, 1946–1949)|
|Head coaches||Dutch Slagle (1937)|
Walt Masters (1938–1940)
George Veneroso (1941–1942, 1947–1948)
Les Dodson (1946)
Doug Turley (1949)
Larry Weldon (1949)
|Owner(s)||Lammot du Pont Jr. (1937–1949)|
|Other League Championship wins||AA (1941)|
|Home field(s)||Wilmington Park|
In 1939, the Clippers joined the American Association. The team included Jack Ferrante, an End who led the league in touchdowns. The Wilmington Clippers finished the season with 9 wins, 3 losses, and a tie. They made the playoffs but lost to the Newark Bears, 13–6 (Wilmington protested the use of Sid Luckman who owner George Halas sent in for the Newark Bears because he had been with the Chicago Bears all season).
In 1940, the Clippers finished with a 5–4–1 record which was enough to make the playoffs. In the semifinals they beat the Paterson Panthers 11–8. There were 2 safeties in that game, one scored by each team. Then they made the championship but lost 17–7 against the Jersey City Giants.
In 1941 the Wilmington Clippers finished with a 4–3–2 record, which was 3rd in the league. They had Offensive Guard Ed Michaels who made the All-Star team for the 3rd year in a row. They played the Paterson Panthers again in the semifinals, and won 33–0. Then in the championship they won 21–13 against the 8–2 Long Island Indians. In the game Jack Ferrante had 2 touchdowns.
The 1942 American Association was cancelled due to World War II, but the Clippers kept playing, they were an independent team for that year. In 1942 they went 8–0–1. Their tie game was an exhibition match against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Then in 1943 because of World War II, they did not play, and they would not return to playing until 1946.
In the 1946 season the American Association continued but was renamed the American Football League. The team had their worst season in 1946, finishing with only a 1–7–2 record.
In the 1948 season, they finished with a 5–4–1 record, they made the playoffs and beat the Richmond Rebels to make the championship. However the Wilmington Clippers lost in the championship, 14–24 against the Paterson Panthers.
The 1949 season was their last season, and they finished the year with a 5–5 record. They lost 66–0 in the semifinals against the Richmond Rebels, and that would be their final game because they dropped out of the league the next year. They were replaced by a team called the Brooklyn Brooks.
NFL Hall of FamersEdit
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- "1937 Wilmington Clippers - Pro Football Archives". www.profootballarchives.com.
- "1942 Wilmington Clippers - Pro Football Archives". www.profootballarchives.com.
- 1937 Roster and Schedule 1937 Wilmington Clippers - Pro Football Archives
- 1938 Roster and Schedule 1938 Wilmington Clippers - Pro Football Archives
- 1939 Roster and Schedule 1939 Wilmington Clippers - Pro Football Archives
- 1940 Roster and Schedule 1940 Wilmington Clippers - Pro Football Archives
- 1941 Roster and Schedule 1941 Wilmington Clippers - Pro Football Archives
- 1942 Roster and Schedule 1942 Wilmington Clippers - Pro Football Archives
- 1946 Roster and Schedule 1946 Wilmington Clippers - Pro Football Archives
- 1947 Roster and Schedule 1947 Wilmington Clippers - Pro Football Archives
- 1948 Roster and Schedule 1948 Wilmington Clippers - Pro Football Archives
- 1949 Roster and Schedule 1949 Wilmington Clippers - Pro Football Archives