Team History

Wil Greer, owner of the Seattle Bombers created the team based off his love for fighter jets, aviation and his favorite colors red, white and blue!

After defining the team name, building the website and crafting his brand…. Wil Greer recognized an error that stated the Seattle Bombers were from 1944 and not 2020. Wil, trying to figure out if this was a joke decided to research for more information and here is what he found! There was a Seattle team that existed in 1944 during World War II!

In honor of the 1944 Seattle Bombers, the 2020 Seattle Bombers will wear a commemorative patch on their 2020 inaugural jerseys!

Seattle Bombers (1944)

(Info provided by 2008 GNFA Greater Northwest Football Association)

1944 Schedule/Results (5-5-1):
 
Sep 4 @ Portland Rockets 21-13
Sep 7 – Los Angeles Mustangs^  7-12
Sep 15 – Hollywood Rangers 7-21
Sep 22 – Oakland Hornets 42-7
Oct 1 @ San Francisco Clippers 21-35
Oct 6 @ Los Angeles Wildcats. 14-14
Oct 13 – San Francisco Clippers. 0-13
Oct 27 – San Diego Gunners. 41-7
Nov 12 – Portland Rockets 19-0
Nov 23 @  Los Angeles Mustangs 12-0
Nov 26 @ Hollywood Rangers. 7-28

 ^ This night game featured “ghost” balls;  white footballs with 1″ wide black stripes.  The Mustangs traveled with 22 players.

“Inky” Boe quarterbacked the Bombers while Morrie Kohler ripped off an 87-yard jaunt against the Hornets.  Milt Popovich (Montana) played halfback.

The fate of the Bombers was tied to that of the Portland Rockets in July of 1945.  With the announcement that the Rockets would withdraw from the league, the Bombers found themselves without a “local” opponent and increase costs for travel during the season.

Football moved into the courtroom on July 18th, 1946 with the filing of an action by James A. Mandas of Seattle against Alvin T. Davies, Tacoma sportsman, in connection with operation of a Puget Sound entry in the Pacific Coast Football League, Inc.

Mandas asked that Davies be enjoined from claiming he had a franchise in the league operating a team in the league, judgment of $2,000 and an accounting of the receipts of the 1944 season.

The Seattlite’s complaint, filed in superior court, stated that Mandas held a franchise for operation of the Seattle Steelers in the coast circuit.  Davies owned a franchise from the American Football League for the Seattle Bombers and the complaint asserted, sought to employ Mandas as athletic manager and to acquire his players and training facilities.

Mandas stated he refused to sign such a contract but agreed to become Davies’ athletic manager.  In 1945, the American Football League ceased to exist and Davies asserted himself to be owner of the Seattle franchise in the coast loop.

In Sacramento, J. Rufus Klawans, Coast League president, declared league records show Davies as the owner of the Seattle-Tacoma franchise and that “no other parties have an interest”.

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