California Winter League 1928

Final Standings 1928

*New York Yankees63214239.600
*Cleveland Bulldogs52213834.500
Los Angeles Wildcats42111912.667
Duluth Giants30211933.000
California Winter League Final Standings 1928 [Ref: Compiled from results in 1]

Reference: Compiled from Results in [1] Note: Includes Championship Game.

Championship Game

DateHome TeamAway Team
Championship Game
05.02.1928New York Yankees13Cleveland Bulldogs6
California Winter League Championship Game 1928 [Ref: 1]


DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 1
02.01.1928Los Angeles Wildcats6New York Yankees0
Week 2
08.01.1928Los Angeles Wildcats7New York Yankees0
08.01.1928Duluth Giants6Cleveland Bulldogs13
Week 3
15.01.1928Los Angeles Wildcats6Cleveland Bulldogs12
15.01.1928Duluth Giants0New York Yankees7
Week 4
22.01.1928New York Yankeees9Cleveland Bulldogs7
22.01.1928Los Angeles WildcatscDuluth Giantsc
Week 5
29.01.1928Los Angeles Wildcats 0Cleveland Bulldogs0
29.01.1928Duluth Giants13New York Yankees13
California Winter League Results 1928 [Ref: 1]


In the Winter of January-February 1927 & 1928, some of the top teams in the National Football League & American Football League played in a Winter League in California, following the end of the Fall (Autumn) NFL & AFL seasons. The teams included star players from college teams in California and were dubbed after the teams’ star NFL & AFL players. e.g. the Nevers Eskimoes were the Duluth Eskimoes of the NFL with star player, Ernie Nevers.

For the second year in a row the Duluth Eskimoes and New York Yankees ended their seasons by competing in a Winter League in California over January and February 1928. They were joined this time by the Cleveland Bulldogs.

There were no Pacific Coast Football League teams this year, however, the Duluth Eskimoes included many Californian College players on their roster, and were dubbed Nevers-Imlay Giants by the press (after their two star players – Ernie Nevers of the Eskimoes and Tut Imlay from the Californian Colleges). The Los Angeles Wildcats, previously of the American Football League, named Wilson’s Wildcats by the Press, made up the final team in the four team league.

The Wildcats won their opening two fixtures against the Yankees, before dropping a game to the Cleveland Bulldogs. Their fourth game, against the Duluth Giants was cancelled, and they tied their last game 0-0 with the Bulldogs.

The Yankees recovered from their defeats to the Wildcats to defeat the Bulldogs and tie with the Giants, and the Bulldogs had started their season with a win over the Giants and Wildcats, before losing to the Yankees and tying their last game.

Despite being the best team on the circuit for the second year in a row, the Los Angeles Wildcats were not invited to the season ending Finale, their place insted going to the Yankees as they were a better draw for the fans, even though they had lost both games to the LA team.

The Yankees made no mistake in their second California Winter League Finale, winning 13-6 against Friedmann’s Bulldogs.

The League was essentially a AAA League/Major League Rival to the NFL from 1927-1928, featuring both star NFL & AFL teamxs and players and teams and players from the Semi-Pro Pacific Coast Football League and Californian College players.

Teams & Star Players

TeamNFL/AFL/PCFL TeamStar Players
Grange’s YankeesNew York Yankees (NFL Fall 1927)Red Grange
Wilson’s WildcatsLos Angeles Wildcats (AFL)Wildcat Wilson
Friedman’s BulldogsCleveland Bulldogs (NFL)Benny Friedman
Nevers-Imlay GiantsDuluth Eskimoes (NFL) & Californian College PlayersErnie Nevers & Tut Imlay
(College Player)
California Winter League 1928 [Ref: 1]

Reference: [1]

Bob Gill (2009) Seasons in the Sun – The California winter league of 1927 and ’28 The Coffin Corner Volume 31,No. 1, Pro Football Researchers Association (2009)[Internet] Available from:’s/CC-31-1.pdf [Accessed 20 October 2019]


Thanks to Eoin O’Fearghaill.

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