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    Oregon Silverbacks


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    Oregon Silverbacks

    The Multnomah Amateur Athletic Club "Winged M's" began play in 1891 when members of the members of the Portland Football and Cricket Team met to form an athletic club. Soon after, others would be formed such as the Portland Athletic Club, Eugene Rescuers the Astoria Athletic Club, the Beaver Athletic Club and Portland Independents. A team called the Portland Pirates (fic) had emerged during this time that were owned by William M. Ladd, son of famed businessman William S. Ladd, who paid his players to compensate them for their labors and even provided them with health insurance..

    The teams identity is based on legends about pirates visiting the coasts of Oregon in centuries past and when Ladd sold his company to Paul C. Murphy, the team was part of the deal. When the Winged M's shut down in 1939, the Pirates absorbed them and created the Oswego Athletic Club (fic) to manage the franchise. The OAC would then oversee the purchase of the NWIFL; Portland Boilermakers in 1942 and then the 1944 AFL; Portland Rockets in 1944. Joining the USA-AFL in 1945 as the Portland Steelheads, the franchise sought to reconnect to the companys roots as Oregon Iron & Steel Company.

    When Paul Murphy died in 1957, the team was sold to reclusive billionaire Daniel K. Ludwig. Renaming the team as the Portland Lumberjacks, Ludwig retained ownership using it as a diversion and viewing it's players like game pieces on a chessboard. But when the team won the 1959 Ultra Bowl, Ludwig lost interest in the team and more interested in the WFF itself. When he sold the team to begin what would become the Japanese Imperial Football League (日本帝国フットボールリーグ, aka Nihon Teikoku Futtobōrurīgu), Samuel "S.I" Newhouse Jr took over as owner and immediately began cutting costs weakening the team.

    The team was then liquidated and purchased by the Jantzen Inc., in 1962 who saw them as a promotions outlet viewing cheerleaders dressed in Jantzen swimwear as a good marketing tool. Bob Sweet became General Manager in 1967 after selling his CoFL team to the Lumberjacks. Keeping their identity as the Portland Thunderbirds (who began play in 1961 as the Portland Pioneers), the franchise became more successful and more prosperous. The Thunderbirds would purchase the Eugene Bombers in 1968 after one season in the Pacific Football League and another in the CoFL.

    Next would be the WFL's; Portland Storm arrived in 1974 and were owned by Bruce Gelker and Canadian businessman Robert Harris. When the Storm failed, their assets were purchased by the Thunderbirds from the IRS which held a lien against the franchise for back taxes. Thinking they had eliminated a rival, the Thunderbirds were angered when the WFL placed a new team owned by attorney Richard V. Bayless in the city called the Portland Thunder in 1975. It was with this merger that the OAC decided it was time for a makeover and reinvented the team as the Silverbacks based on gorillas but which became renowned soon afterwards in association with Oregons most famous cryptid... Bigfoot!




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    Championships

    Flying M's
    1892 Pacific Northwest Amateur Association
    1893 Pacific Northwest Amateur Association
    1907 Pacific Northwest Amateur Association
    1918 Northwest Champions

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    Portland Storm (WFL 1974)



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