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APFL - the forerunner of the NFL - is born

Updated: August 17, 2001, 3:18 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Aug. 20, 1920

The American Professional Football Conference -- the forerunner of the National Football League -- is formed in Canton, Ohio, in the offices of Ralph Hay at the Jordan and Hupmobile auto showroom. Hay is also the business manager of the Canton Bulldogs and he is chosen secretary of the new league.

The purpose of the APFC is to keep salaries down by eliminating the bidding for star players between rival teams, to have clubs and players honor the athletes' ...

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