THE 1926 LOS ANGELES BUCCANEERS
Every Bucs fan knows that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers started play in the 1976 NFL season and went winless in their first 26 games.
But how many of you know that 50 years earlier, another Buccaneers' team took the field in the NFL and posted a winning season?
Long before the days of Gene Deckerhoff, Dave Moore and TJ Rives ... well OK, long before the days of Dave and TJ then, back in the
early days of the NFL, when teams came and went every season, a team that called itself the Los Angeles Buccaneers played in the
1926 NFL season. The year before, there had been a team called the Los Angeles Tigers, but they were also a one-year wonder.
The LA Bucs played only ten games in their existence, and every one of them was a road game as most NFL teams in those days were
based on the East Coast or around the Chicago area. In addition, there was no proper NFL schedule and teams played an odd
number of games in a season. The unofficial champion went to the team with the best winning percentage and the idea of a Super Bowl
was still a long way in the future.
The head coach of the team was one Tut Imlay
who also played at running back, wing back and
full back for the franchise. Brick Miller was his
assistant playing at the end position. These
were the days of 60 minute football, two-way
players and no specialist substitutions. Not much
passing, definitely no Monday Night Football and George Halas
was still a player on his way to becoming a legend.
The Buccaneers even played a midweek match during their 10-
game schedule. Fresh from a narrow win over the Providence
Steam Roller (pictured), they lost to the Pottsville Maroons on a
Thursday afternoon, before defeating the New York Giants three
days later in a normal Sunday game.
Tut Imlay was the main offensive force of the team along with the
wonderfully-named Tuffy Maul, perhaps an ancestor of the Sith Lord Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace. Brick Miller's passing stats for that season
rank even some of the worst QBs in Buc history in terms of completion percentage, but in 1926, football
was by no means any kind of passing game.
The NFL re-organised itself at the end of the 1926 season and many teams were disbanded with their
best players being absorbed into other teams. The Los Angeles Buccaneers were one of those and their
records were consigned to the history books. It would be another 50 years before a team calling itself the
Buccaneers took the field in the NFL.
The playing roster included:-
G Juddy Ash, WB Ben Bangs, G Fred Beach, FB Bull Finch, FB Bill Gutteron, E Del Hufford, RB/WB/FB
Tut Imlay, FB Tuffy Maul, C/T/G/E Jack McArthur, E Brick Muller, T Don Newmeyer, G John Nolan,
FB/WB Artie Sandberg, E/FB/WB Pete Schaffnit, G Don Thompson, T John Thurman, WB/FB Ellery
White, WB/FB/RB Al Young.
LOS ANGELES BUCCANEERS RESULTS
26 Sep 1926
3 Oct 1926
17 Oct 1926
24 Oct 1926
7 Nov 1926
Providence Steam Roller
11 Nov 1926
14 Nov 1926
New York Giants
21 Nov 1926
25 Nov 1926
5 Dec 1926
Kansas City Cowboys
Tut Imlay 16-234, 14.6 avg.
Don Thompson 1 (1 TD), Bull Finch 1, Tuffy Maul 1, Jack
McArthur 1, Pete Schaffnit 1, John Thurman 1.