FRANCHISES ADDED : Boston Yanks FRANCHISES CHANGING NAMES : Brooklyn Dodgers to Brooklyn Tigers
FRANCHISES MERGING  : Chicago Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers FRANCHISES RETURNING : Cleveland Rams
WEEK ONE
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17
Green Bay 14, Brooklyn 7 at Milwaukee
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                     NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       0  0 0   0   0 GREEN BAY      1  0 0  14   7
Washington     0  0 0   0   0 Detroit        0  0 0   0   0
Philadelphia   0  0 0   0   0 Chi Bears      0  0 0   0   0
Boston         0  0 0   0   0 Cleveland      0  0 0   0   0
Brooklyn       0  1 0   7  14 Card-Pitt      0  0 0   0   0
WEEK TWO
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24
GREEN BAY 42, Chi Bears 28
Cleveland 30, Card-Pitt 28 at Pittsburgh
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                     NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       0  0 0   0   0 GREEN BAY      2  0 0  56  35
Washington     0  0 0   0   0 Cleveland      1  0 0  30  28
Philadelphia   0  0 0   0   0 Detroit        0  0 0   0   0
Boston         0  0 0   0   0 Chi Bears      0  1 0  28  42
Brooklyn       0  1 0   7  14 Card-Pitt      0  1 0  28  30
WEEK THREE
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 26
Philadelphia 28, BOSTON 7
SUNDAY OCTOBER 1
Green Bay 26, Detroit 7 at Milwaukee
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                     NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Philadelphia   1  0 0  28   7 GREEN BAY      3  0 0  82  42
Washington     0  0 0   0   0 Cleveland      1  0 0  30  28
New York       0  0 0   0   0 Detroit        0  1 0   7  26
Boston         0  1 0   7  28 Chi Bears      0  1 0  28  42
Brooklyn       0  1 0   7  14 Card-Pitt      0  1 0  28  30
WEEK FOUR
SUNDAY OCTOBER 8
New York 22, BOSTON 10
DETROIT 19, Brooklyn 14
GREEN BAY 34, Card-Pitt 7
CLEVELAND 19, Chi Bears 7
PHILADELPHIA 31, Washington 31 (T)
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                     NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Philadelphia   1  0 1  59  38 GREEN BAY      4  0 0 116  49
New York       1  0 0  22  10 Cleveland      2  0 0  49  35
Washington     0  0 1  31  31 Detroit        1  1 0  26  40
Boston         0  2 0  17  50 Chi Bears      0  2 0  35  61
Brooklyn       0  2 0  21  33 Card-Pitt      0  2 0  35  64
WEEK FIVE
SUNDAY OCTOBER 15
Washington 21, BOSTON 14
New York 14, BROOKLYN 7
CHI BEARS 34, Card-Pitt 7
Cleveland 20, DETROIT 17
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                     NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       2  0 0  36  17 GREEN BAY      4  0 0 116  49
Philadelphia   1  0 1  59  38 Cleveland      3  0 0  69  52
Washington     1  0 1  52  45 Detroit        1  2 0  43  60
Boston         0  3 0  31  71 Chi Bears      1  2 0  69  68
Brooklyn       0  3 0  28  47 Card-Pitt      0  3 0  42  98
WEEK SIX
SUNDAY OCTOBER 22
PHILADELPHIA 38, Boston 0
WASHINGTON 17, Brooklyn 14
NEW YORK 23, Card-Pitt 0
GREEN BAY 30, Cleveland 21
CHI BEARS 21, Detroit 21 (T)
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                     NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       3  0 0  59  17 GREEN BAY      5  0 0 146  70
Philadelphia   2  0 1  97  38 Cleveland      3  1 0  90  82
Washington     2  0 1  69  59 Detroit        1  2 1  64  81
Boston         0  4 0  31 109 Chi Bears      1  2 1  90  89
Brooklyn       0  4 0  42  64 Card-Pitt      0  4 0  42 121
WEEK SEVEN
SUNDAY OCTOBER 29
Boston 17, BROOKLYN 14
CHI BEARS 28, Cleveland 21
Green Bay 14, DETROIT 0
Philadelphia 24, NEW YORK 17
WASHINGTON 42, Card-Pitt 20
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                     NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Washington     3  0 1 111  79 GREEN BAY      6  0 0 160  70
Philadelphia   3  0 1 121  55 Cleveland      3  2 0 111 110
New York       3  1 0  76  41 Chi Bears      2  2 1 118 110
Boston         1  4 0  48 123 Detroit        1  3 1  64  95
NOTE : WIFU and IRFU suspended operations for the duration of the War.
ORFU FINAL (Hamilton won series, 13-10)
Hamilton 13, TORONTO BALMY BEACH 4
Toronto Balmy Beach 6, HAMILTON 0
1944 GREY CUP GAME (Saturday, November 25 at Hamilton - 3,871)
MONTREAL ST. HYACINTHE-DONNACONA NAVY (3-0) 7, HAMILTON FLYING WILDCATS (6-2) 6 - The Hamilton Wildcats were a good bet to defend their championship, but the St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy team finished off a Cinderella season by returning the Grey Cup back to Montreal for the first time since 1931. The 1944 champions started off as a pick-up crew, a bunch of sailors who liked to mess around on the football field. But as the Quebec season progressed, wins began to pile up, and before anybody knew it, the Donnies were in the big game. Playing coach Glen Brown moulded four seniors (including himself), several intermediates and a group of high schoolers into an excellent defensive unit which won by taking advantage of their opponent’s mistakes. Fourteen of his players made a 40 mile trek just to get to the team’s headquarters for practice. After Dutch Davey’s rouge in the opening quarter, the sailors took a 6-0 lead into halftime. Joe Krol, star of the 1943 Grey Cup, was hit hard on a run in the second quarter, and coughed up the ball to a St. Hyacinthe’s player. The Donnies took advantage of the miscue, as Davey completed a forward pass to Johnny Taylor, who ducked through the Hamilton line and ran 10 yards for the major. The Wildcats were kept off the scoreboard for three quarters. In the final 15 minutes of action, Hamilton’s ground game went to work, as Krol, Paul Miocinovich and Tom Hickey picked up the necessary yardage from midfield. Miocinovich capped off the scoring drive for Wildcats, and Krol kicked a convert tie the score. Davey went on to kick the winning single late in the game, as St. Hyacinthe held on to win the crown. It was the only time Krol lost the Grey Cup in his storied career. There wasn’t a lot of interest in the game, as only 3,871 paid to see the contest at Hamilton’s Civic Stadium. It was the last time Grey Cup attendance was below 10,000 fans. It was the final time in Grey Cup history that two Eastern teams competed for Canada’s top football prize. It was also the last time service clubs played for the coveted prize, as things returned to normal following the conclusion of World War II in 1945.
Brooklyn       0  5 0  56  81 Card-Pitt      0  5 0  62 163
WEEK EIGHT
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5
NEW YORK 31, Boston 0
Philadelphia 21, BROOKLYN 7
CHI BEARS 21, Green Bay 0
WASHINGTON 14, Cleveland 10
Detroit 27, Card-Pitt 6 at Pittsburgh
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                     NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Washington     4  0 1 125  89 GREEN BAY      6  1 0 160  91
Philadelphia   4  0 1 142  62 Chi Bears      3  2 1 139 110
New York       4  1 0 107  41 Cleveland      3  3 0 121 124
Boston         1  5 0  48 154 Detroit        2  3 1  91 101
Brooklyn       0  6 0  63 102 Card-Pitt      0  6 0  68 190
WEEK NINE
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12
CHI BEARS 21, Boston 7
Washington 10, BROOKLYN 0
DETROIT 21, Card-Pitt 7
Green Bay 42, CLEVELAND 7
PHILADELPHIA 21, New York 21 (T)
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                     NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Washington     5  0 1 135  89 GREEN BAY      7  1 0 202  98
Philadelphia   4  0 2 163  83 Chi Bears      4  2 1 160 117
New York       4  1 1 128  62 Detroit        3  3 1 112 108
Boston         1  6 0  55 175 Cleveland      3  4 0 128 166
Brooklyn       0  7 0  63 112 Card-Pitt      0  7 0  75 211
WEEK TEN
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19
BOSTON 13, Brooklyn 6
DETROIT 41, Chi Bears 21
NEW YORK 24, Green Bay 0
Philadelphia 37, WASH. 7
Cleveland 33, Card-Pitt 6 at Chicago
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                     NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Philadelphia   5  0 2 200  90 X-GREEN BAY    7  2 0 202 122
Washington     5  1 1 142 126 Chi Bears      4  3 1 181 158
New York       5  1 1 152  62 Detroit        4  3 1 153 129
Boston         2  6 0  68 181 Cleveland      4  4 0 161 172
Brooklyn       0  8 0  69 125 Card-Pitt      0  8 0  81 244
X-Clinched Division Title
WEEK ELEVEN
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26
WASHINGTON 14, Boston 7
NEW YORK 7, Brooklyn 0
Bears 28, PHILADELPHIA 7
Detroit 26, CLEVELAND 14
Green Bay 35, Card-Pitt 20 at Chicago
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                     NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       6  1 1 159  62 X-GREEN BAY    8  2 0 237 142
Washington     6  1 1 156 133 Chi Bears      5  3 1 209 165
Philadelphia   5  1 2 207 118 Detroit        5  3 1 179 143
Boston         2  7 0  75 195 Cleveland      4  5 0 175 198
Brooklyn       0  9 0  69 132 Card-Pitt      0  9 0 101 279
X-Clinched Division Title
WEEK TWELVE
SUNDAY DECEMBER 3
DETROIT 38, Boston 7
NEW YORK 16, Washington 13
PHILADELPHIA 34, Brooklyn 0
Bears 49, Card-Pitt 7 at Pitt
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                     NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       7  1 1 175  75 X-GREEN BAY    8  2 0 237 142
Philadelphia   6  1 2 242 118 Chi Bears      6  3 1 258 172
Washington     6  2 1 169 149 Detroit        6  3 1 217 150
Boston         2  8 0  82 233 Cleveland      4  5 0 175 198
Brooklyn       0 10 0  69 166 Card-Pitt      0 10 0 108 328
X-Clinched Division Title
WEEK THIRTEEN
SUNDAY DECEMBER 10
New York 31, WASHINGTON 0
PHILADELPHIA 26, Cleveland 13
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                     NFL WESTERN DIVISION
X-New York     8  1 1 206  75 X-GREEN BAY    8  2 0 238 141
Philadelphia   7  1 2 267 131 Chi Bears      6  3 1 258 172
Washington     6  3 1 169 180 Detroit        6  3 1 216 151
Boston         2  8 0  82 233 Cleveland      4  6 0 188 224
Brooklyn       0 10 0  69 166 Card-Pitt      0 10 0 108 328
X-Clinched Division Title
1944 NFL TITLE (December 17 at New York - 46,016)
GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-2) 14, NEW YORK GIANTS (8-1-1) 7
TRANS-AMERICA FOOTBALL LEAGUE - The league, formed by promoter John "Chick" Meehan, who was the commissioner of the proposed league, was announced in September 1944. The original franchises were slated for New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles. In late October 1944, Meehan announced the Dallas franchise had secured the Cotton Bowl as its home field. Meehan traveled to Denver in December 1944 to meet with investors in a possible franchise in the city. At one point, Meehan had collected a $10,000 franchise fee (1/5 of the NFL franchise fee) from the prospective owners and announced plans to to play in 1945 with teams in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Akron, Chicago and a Honolulu-based franchise which would play in Buffalo or Cincinnati until World War II had ended. In April 1945, Meehan proposed a 16-team NFL, with the 11 franchises in the senior league being joined by the five strongest franchises from the TAFL. He also indicated he may pull the plug on his league if the New York franchise cannot secure a home field soon. On June 1st 1945, Meehan ended his hopes to launch the TAFL after it was clear the New York team could not play at Yankee Stadium. That became clear when the NFL allowed the Brooklyn Tigers to move to Yankee Stadium and the New York Giants to the Polo Grounds.
UNITED STATES FOOTBALL LEAGUE - The USFL was announced in July 1944, with ten franchises in two divisions (East - New York, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, West - Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Akron, and Honolulu Bears) were proposed. Two other franchises were set to be awarded, with Seattle, Portland, Buffalo, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Fort Worth and Detroit in the running.  The league would play a 20-game schedule. Organizer Ronald Payne announced in October 1944 that seven franchises were definitely "in", having posted $10,000 in franchise fees, and that Los Angeles appeared set to join. By the time the USFL held a leaggue meeting on November 18th and 19th 1944, eleven prospective cities remained. On November 27th 1944, Red Grange was named commissioner of the USFL, and eight cities were formally admitted (Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Akron, Boston and Honolulu). Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh were the three cities present at the November 18-19th meetings which were not included in the lineup. In December 1944, the Honolulu franchise announced it would play its games in Cincinnati until World War II was over, and airline travel from the mainland to Hawaii was feasible. Not much more news was heard from the USFL until June 1st 1945, when Grange announced he was resigning as commissioner, and some franchises were refunding their deposits. Within a week, the USFL was gone.
1944 - The Year in Football