TYPE: Archive
COMPONENTS: 1. 14 letters and 4 notes to and from Dan Topping (some on Brooklyn Dodgers stationery), concerning the management of the Brooklyn Dodgers Football Club, Inc, 18 pp total, dated January 19, 1939-February 1, 1943, some staple rust stains. 2. 10 cancelled checks (two from Henry T. Topping Jr; and eight signed by Rhea Reid Topping on her son's behalf), endorsed by Dennis J. Shea, Manager, dated December 13, 1937-September 28, 1939. 3. 2 capital stock transfers for respectively 1,250 and 40 shares of the Brooklyn Dodgers Football Club, Inc., to National Surety Company, both signed by Topping and witness Neal M. Welch, each 7 x 8 3/8 inches, December 7, 1940, creases. 4. 2 Financial Reports on the Brooklyn Dodgers Football Club, carbon copy, 1941-42, 4to, original titled brown paper bolted folder. 5. Signed letter of agreement with Henry J. Topping Jr. for a 30% stake in the franchise of the Brooklyn Dodgers Football Club, Inc., once professional football is resumed after World War II, February 3, 1943, 4to, creased.
ITEM ID: 4252

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Brooklyn Dodgers Football Club Archive

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Century: 20th (1901-2000)

An archive of material relating to the Brooklyn Dodgers Football Club.

Prior to his purchase of the New York Yankees Baseball Team in 1945, Dan Topping owned the Brooklyn Dodgers Football Club, Inc. with his wife and his brother Henry J. Topping Jr.

The football Dodgers played in the National Football League from 1930 to 1943 (and in 1944 as the Brooklyn Tigers). Topping’s records here show that he paid $4,811.10 into the club for entire year of 1939. Professional football was hurting from World War II with financial strains on both players and fans.

A carbon of a letter of January 22, 1941 from Albert L. Strong reports that net operations resulted in a loss of $14,720.45. The final 1941 financial report declared that the club was running on a deficit of $68,951.91. The 1942 statement showed that the loss from operations was $20,662.80. Topping pulled the team out of the NFL in 1946 and placed it in the newly established All-American Football Conference before devoting his full attention to the New York Yankees Baseball Team. Nevertheless, in its relatively short history, the football Dodgers produced four Hall of Famers: Morris “Red” Badgro, Benny Friedman, Frank “Bruiser” Kinard and Clarence “Ace” Parker.