“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”


 

ANDY KARPUS

In 1940, the Boston Bears, owned by Sheldon H. Fairbanks, competed in the third American Football League.  With Andy Karpus at quarterback, Coach Eddie Casey’s team was a competitive one, finishing the 1940 season with a 5-4-1 record, good for third place in the AFL, behind league champions Columbus Bulls and second-place Milwaukee Chiefs.  But success on the field did not transform itself into success in the stands.  Before the league’s annual preseason meeting, Fairbanks announced the dissolution of the team.  In the meeting, the league tabbed Detroit for an expansion team for the 1941 season to replace the Bears. The team later asked the league for a deferment until 1942, which was granted, but the league suspended operations in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack and the U.S. entry into World War II.

1940 BOSTON BEARS SCHEDULE
  RECORD OPPONENT   SCORE
10/02/1940 0-1 Columbus Bulls L 17-0
10/06/1940 1-1 Cincinnati Bengals W 29-7
10/13/1940 2-1 New York Yankees W 28-7
10/16/1940 3-1 at Buffalo Indians W 10-0
10/20/1940 4-1 Buffalo Indians W 20-0
10/27/1940 4-2 Milwaukee Chiefs L 14-0
11/03/1940 4-3 at Milwaukee Chiefs L 10-0
11/10/1940 4-4 at Cincinnati Bengals L 17-13
11/17/1940 4-4-1 at Columbus Bulls T 0-0
11/23/1940 5-4-1 at New York Yankees W 20-7
1940 AFL FINAL STANDINGS
 

Columbus Bulls

8

1 1 -  
  Milwaukee Chiefs

7

2 0 1  
  BOSTON BEARS

5

4 1 3  
  New York Yankees

4

5 0 4  
  Buffalo Indians

2

8 0 6 1/2  
  Cincinnati Bengals

1

7 0 6 1/2