California Football League 1938

CFL 1938

Stockton Shippers2200397
Hollywood Stars541010339
Salinas Packers42208671
Fresno Crushers72505190
Oakland Cardinals2020678

Reference: [1]


There was no League season on the West Coast from 1936-1937, with the Salinas Packers playing an independent schedule. In 1936 they defeated the Los Angeles Bulldogs of the AFL 21-17, and Wisconsin Cardinals 61-0. The Packers played against the Brooklyn Dodgers of the NFL in 1936, losing 18-0 and also the Green Bay Packers (NFL Champions) who won 42-7. [1]

In 1937 the Salinas Packers played three AFL teams: Los Angeles Bulldogs (Later that season AFL Champions), losing 0-13, two victory over the Rochester Tigers (25-0) and (7-3), and the Boston Shamrocks (Salinas beat the defending AFL Champions 41-0). The Bulldogs won two December games against the Packers, leaving a 3-0 sweep for the LA team on the West Coast in 1937. [2]

In 1938 Pro League Football returned to the West Coast, with the California Football League, featuring the Salinas Packers, as well as fellow San Fernando Valley teams the Fresno Crushers & Stockton Shippers, who won the title. There were also teams in Oakland (Cardinals) and Hollywood (Stars), giving the League a Major League feel to it, although it was more AAA in status.


[1]  California Dreamin’ – West Coast Pros in the 1930s – Bob Gill, in association with Tod Maher, The Coffin Corner, Pro Football Researchers Association (1984) California Dreamin’ – West Coast Pros in the 1930s [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 9 October 2018

 [2] Tod Maher, The Coffin Corner, Pro Football Researchers Association (1987) The Salinas Packers [Internet] Available from:   [Accessed 9 October 2018]


Thanks to John Wills, John Doody, John Kane, John Cummins & John Morahan.

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