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    Los Angeles Gladiators

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    Los Angeles Gladiators

    The Los Angeles Gladiators began with the formation of the Los Angeles Olympics Athletic Club in 1880. Members of this exclusive club organized a team called the Los Angeles Caballeros (fic) in 1900 who would play against other local teams like the Hollywood Prospectors (fic, 1910), Los Angeles Titans (fic, 1911), Los Angeles Players Club (1915), Los Angeles Lions (fic, 1917) and the Los Angeles Emperors (fic, 1919). Oil tycoon Edward L. Dohenys company Pan American Petroleum and Transport Company would sponsor what became known as the California League (fic) to create opposition for his L.A. Lions.

    The Cabelleros were sold to Meredith P. Snyder during his time as Mayor. He would merge his franchise with an independent team of college all-stars called the Los Angeles Tigers in 1926 followed by the PCFL's Los Angeles Angels, the first AFL's Los Angeles Wildcats and the NFL's Los Angeles Buccaneers. Snyders secret partner was a wealthy black businessman named Norman Oliver Houston who had formed Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company, the United States Negro Football Leagues (fic, USNFL) Pasadena Panthers (fic) and who purchased the L.A. Lions.

    Renaming the franchise as the Los Angeles Gladiators when they began play in the newly opened Los Angeles Coliseum, the team faired well until the arrival of the Los Angeles Bulldogs in 1936. This was a team who were destined to become one of the most successful football teams in the Californias history and proved damaging to every other team which played there. Then came the AAFC's Los Angeles Dons followed by the NFL's Cleveland Rams relocating to Los Angeles. When the L.A. Bulldogs folded in 1948, their owner Jerry Corcoran sold the team to the USA-AFL who moved it to Columbus, Ohio while he remained in Los Angeles.

    Jerry Corcoran had a long history as a player, manager, owner and acting commissioner in the NFL before becoming co-founder of the Pacific Coast Professional Football League. With his experience to guide them, the Gladiators became one of the USA-AFL's top teams for over a decade. The AAFC / NFL merger in 1950 dissolved the L.A. Dons into the Rams with their next serious challenges coming from the AFL's L.A. Chargers in 1960 and the World Football Leagues California Sun in 1974. The USA-AFL purchased the surviving assets of the L.A. Dons and California Sun to create the Puebla City Dons and Baja California Suns in the WFF's Liga Mexicana.

    Several years later, the USFL's Los Angeles Express began play and the Gladiators began playing an overly aggressive, highly penalized style of play as fans wanted their team to earn the reputation their hard hitting name implied. These factors would also mean they tended to turn the ball over more often through interceptions and fumbles but they could then quickly compensate for this making their games far more exciting. The last team to be merged with the Gladiators were the XFL's L.A. Extreme which they had to fight for as it was decided they could not absorb other teams after Jerry Corcoran purchased majority ownership.

    Team Colors ~

    Coral Green, Gold Chrome, Platinum, Black, and Navajo White


    The Gladiators adopted a unique gimmick in the 1980's where they introduced a silhouetted figure called the Emperor on the stadium video screens. Players and fans learned to salute this figure by saying Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant ("Hail, Emperor, those who are about to die salute you") which became unique to the Gladiators.

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    Berkeley Giants 1934 PCPFL #1
    Westwood Cubs 1935 ALPFL

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    San Diego Bombshells

    Womens football in California begins in the Los Angeles Womens Football league in the late 30's with teams like the Marshall-Clampett Amazons and Hollywood Stars. The USA-AFL Los Angeles Gladiators backed four teams to play at charity events and halftime shows at home until merging them in 1963 as a serious contender for the womens Ultra Bowl Championship. This team had taken it's name from the 1926 Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast Football League and preserved it as the most successful of the four teams.

    The San Diego Bombshells began play as counterparts to the San Diego Bombers in the California Football Leagues (fic). The Bombers had been champions of the Pacific Coast Professional Football League beginning in 1940 and lasting until 1946 winning the championship in 1942, 1942 and 1944. This team then merged with the USA-AFL where it would be relocated to Wilmington, Delaware to become the Wilmington Bombers. A new San Diego Bombers was created to play in the California Leagues in 1948 made up of former Bombers players and coaching staff.

    While the Los Angeles Gladiators would remain the representative of California in the USA-AFL's professional league, it is from San Diego that it gains it's womens franchise. While the LA Angels were the first team to represent California in the USA-WFL, they were not the only team as the San Diego Bombers semipro mens team founded a womens team. Because the LA Angels consistently lost into the 1990's, the San Diego Bombshells challenged them to a league sanctioned Contest of Champions event of three games with the winner of at least two continuing to represent the state. The Bombshells won the first two games and were given the right to choose the best players from the Golden State Football League which now included the LA Angels.

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    The California Leagues (Formed 1936)
    (California Professional Football League)

    The first California Football League (fic) was developed by players from eastern colleges who found sponsorship from wealthy investors. One of these was wealthy oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny for which the league was loosely known as the Edward L. Doheny League. Teams in this league included the Los Angeles Caballeros (fic), Hollywood Prospectors (fic, 1910), Los Angeles Titans (fic, 1911), Los Angeles Players Club (1915), Los Angeles Lions (fic, 1917) and the Los Angeles Emperors (fic, 1919). This early league was more about prestige and wealthy men trying to gain bragging rights against one another. It was for this reason that records weren't kept adequately until an all-star team was created to play in the new LA Coliseum in 1923.

    This league folded and would be reborn as the California Professional Football League (fic), the Inland Empire Football League (fic) and the Southern California Football League (fic) which were only slightly better formed. The IEFL and SCFL played more strongly against one another until merging and decided to merge. The two teams played in the Sun Cup Championship for a gilded trophy filled with gold coins for the winning team. The Los Angeles Aztecas won this game and were then immediately challenged by the CPFL champion Los Angeles Lions for bragging rights. With the Lions victory, the three leagues became one again leading two teams to merge into what would become the Los Angeles Gladiators.

    The first incarnation of the Pacific Coast League began in 1926 and folded into the CPFL in 1927 bringing the Los Angeles Angels, Hollywood Generals, San Francisco Tigers and Oakland Oaks into the league. The Los Angeles Tycoons (fic), owned by railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington whose fortune came from his involvement in the Central Pacific Railroad and the Los Angeles Railway trolley system, then became a principle investor in the league preserving it in troubled times. It's for this reason that the championship cup was renamed the Huntington-Doheny Cup in his, and Edward L. Dohenys, honor. They would, however, retain the name Sun Cup Championship for the seasons final game.

    The Pacific Coast Pro Football league began in 1934 with the Berkely Giants, Southern Cal Maroons, Westwood Cubs, Stanford Braves, Del Rey Shamrocks and Moraga Wolves. The Wolves and Giants would be absorbed into the CPFL with the Los Angeles Maroons, Westwood Cubs, Hollywood Braves and California Shamrocks surviving one final season in 1935 as the American Legion Professional Football League before they too would be absorbed by the CPFL. A rival league tried to form in 1936 with the same name with the Salinas Packers, Hollywood Stars and San Diego Dons as it's core teams. While the CPFL stopped that league from forming, it could not stop the AFL with a team owned by the American Legion (backers of the 1935 ALPFL) called the LA Bulldogs joining in 1937.

    The new California Professional Football League began play in 1938 with the Stockton Shippers, Hollywood Stars, Salinas Packers, Fresno Crushers and Oakland Cardinals taking the field. Lasting only one season, the second CPFL's franchises went independent for one season before returning in 1940 as the new PCPFL and lasted until 1948 before folding into the California Leagues. Conflict where the was concerned led to the now defunct National War Industries League being reorganized as the new AFL in 1944 for one season before some teams merged with the PCPFL and others going Independent. The AAFC still had a team in California called the Los Angeles Dons until 1949 when it folded.

    The United Negro Football League (fic) folded in 1958 sending two more teams into the California Leagues. Next came the Continental Football League in the 1960's which deposited several teams into the California Leagues by the time it was absorbed into the USA-AFL in 1969. Additional teams would be added to the California Leagues over the coming decades. However, most of theteams in these leagues were either renamed for the classic teams or are the leftover remains of the original franchises.

    CPFL I ~ Sacramento - San Joaquin
    Gold Coast Football League (18)

    Sacramento Mountain Lions (UFL 10-12, California Redwoods 09)
    Fontana Nuggets (Former Sacramento Nuggets PCPFL 46-47)
    Roseville Capitals (Former Sacramento Capitals 67-70, CoFL Sacramento Buccaneers 67; Capitals 68-69)
    Fresno Crushers (CAFL 38)
    Bakersfield Rangers (Former Hollywood Rangers (PCPFL 44; Ind 45)
    Stockton Gold Rush (Former Stockton Shippers CAFL 38)
    Santa Rosa Surge (Former Sacramento Surge WLAF 91-92)
    Modesto Gold Miners (Former Sacramento Gold Miners, CFL 93)
    Fairfield Avengers (Former Los Angeles Avengers 00-08 AFL
    Rancho Cucamonga Cougars (Former Sacramento Wildcats[/i] CAFL 38-39)
    Antioch Slaughter (Former Antioch American Legion 36)
    Redding Lightning (Former Stockton Lightning 06-09)
    Clovis Wolves (Former San Jose/Stockton Wolves 09-11)
    Elk Grove Blitz (Former Bakersfield Blitz 04-07)
    Concord Frenzy (Former Fresno Fury 02)
    Victorville Pioneers (Former Los Angeles Eagles Ind 36)
    Ontario Dragons (Former Los Angeles Dragons 00 SFL)
    Visalia Bulls (Former San Bernardino Bucking Bulls 07 NIFL)

    CPFL II ~ San Francisco Bay Division

    San Mateo Tigers (Former San Francisco Tigers PCFL 26)
    Berkeley Giants (PCFL 34)
    Santa Maria Clippers (Former San Francisco Clippers AFL 44, PCPFL 45-48)
    Oakland Hornets (AFL 44)
    San Jose Sabercats (95-15 AFL)
    San Francisco Gamblers (Former Oakland Oaks PCFL 26)
    San Jose Apaches (CoFL 62-68)
    Hayward Demons (Former San Francisco Demons XFL 2001)
    Santa Clara Steelheads (Former Oakland Giants PCPFL 45)
    Salinas Iceberg Packers (PCFL 36 -37, CAFL 38)
    Sunnyvale Suns (Former Southern California Sun 75-76)
    Fremont Generals (Former Hollywood Generals (PCFL 26)
    Fairfield Wolves (Former Moraga Wolves PCFL 34)
    Daly City Dutchmen (fic)
    Richmond Boilermakers (43 PCPFL)
    Vallejo Mustangs (Former San Jose Mustangs PCPFL 44-45, former Alameda Mustangs PCPFL 43)

    CPFL III ~ Los Angeles Division
    Inland Empire Football League (26)

    Greater Los Angeles Bulldogs (PCPFL 40-48)
    Los Angeles Lions (1910)
    Irvine Wildcats (Former Los Angeles Wildcats AFL 44, not same as 26 team)
    Hollywood Wolves (PCPFL 44)
    Los Angeles Mustangs (PCPFL 43)
    Hollywood Stars (CAFL 36-38)
    Burbank Bears (Former Hollywood Bears)PCPFL 40-48)
    East Los Angeles Caballeros (Former Los Angeles Caballeros Athletic Club 1900, fic)
    Huntington Beach Blacktips (fic)
    El Monte Aztecas (Former Los Angeles Aztecas (fic)
    Santa Ana Flyers (PCPFL 42)
    Long Beach Admirals (CoFL 1967)
    Pomona Tycoons (fic Los Angeles Tycoons 08)
    Torrance Titans (fic, Los Angeles Titans 1911)
    Glendale Braves (Former Stanford Braves 1934 PCFL; Hollywood Braves ALFL 1935)
    Santa Clarita Cubs (former Westwood Cubs PCPFL 34-35)
    Inglewood Clippers (Former San Francisco Packers 1941 - 1944, San Francisco Clippers 1945 - 1947 PCFL)
    Anaheim Ramblers (CoFL Orange County Ramblers 67-69)
    Ventura Xtreme (XFL 2001, Former Los Angeles Xtreme)
    Garden Grove Longshoremen (Former San Pedro Longshoremen CAFL 36)
    Pasadena Express (Former LA Express USFL 83-85)
    Norwalk Golden Condors (Former Los Angeles Olympics Athletic Club)
    West Covina Cardinals (Former Oakland Cardinals)
    Lancaster Maroons (Former Southern California Maroons PCFL 34; Los Angeles Maroons ALPFL 35)
    Cal State Diablos (Ind 78-1999; Downey)
    Palmdale Wildfire (Former LA KISS 13-16 AFL)

    CPFL IV ~ San Diego Division
    Southern California Football League (19)

    San Diego Bombers (PCPFL 40-46)
    Oceanside Clippers (PCPFL San Diego Clippers 48)
    Chula Vista Piranhas (Former Anaheim Piranhas 96-97 Las Vegas Sting 94-95 AFL
    Riverside Flyers (Former March Field Flyers Ind 42)
    Fullerton Shamrocks (Former Del Rey Shamrocks 34 PCPFL, California Shamrocks ALPFL 35)
    Huntington Beach Tigers (Los Angeles Tigers Ind 26)
    Costa Mesa Silverados (Former Santa Ana Silverados fic)
    Carlsbad Cobras (Former Los Angeles Cobras (1988 Colors Navy, Goldenrod, White arena football)
    San Bernadino Dons (Former identity of the L.A. Dons)
    Oxnard Gunners (AFL San Diego Gunners 44)
    Moreno Valley Missionaries (fic)
    Escondido Riptide (Former San Diego Riptide 02-05)
    El Cajon Silver Dons (Former San Diego Dons 36)
    Ventura County Coyotes (Former Central Valley Coyotes 02-09 representing Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks)
    Temecula/Murrieta Lobos (fic)
    Vista Sun Dogs (fic)
    Jurupa Valley Vipers (fic)
    Corona Shockwave (Former San Diego Shockwave 07)
    Rialto Racers (Former Pomona Cool Riders 01-07 NIFL)

    CPFL V ~ Womens League
    Golden State Football League

    Los Angeles Lynx
    California Quake (01-15)
    San Diego Sunfire
    Oakland Banshees
    Sacramento Sirens
    Los Angeles Lasers
    Long Beach Aftershock
    Sacramento Gold Rush
    San Francisco Tsunami
    Anaheim Angels
    Stockton Gold Diggers
    Arizona Firebirds
    Ventura Black Widows (Various 08-14)

    USIFL (United States Indoor Football League; Mens)

    Los Angeles Lynx (NIFL 06-07)

    USIFL (United States Indoor Football League; Womens)

    Legacy Leagues


    Pacific Coast Football League (Formed 1940, Folded 1948)

    Northwest War Industries League (Formed in 1942, folded 1942)

    American Football League IV (1944)

    AAFC (Formed 1946, Folded 1949)

    Continental Football League (Formed 1967, Folded 1970)

    World Football League Formed 1973, Folded 1975)

    United States Football League Formed 1982, Folded 1986)

    World League of American Football (Formed 1989, Folded 1997)

    CFL-USA (Formed 1993, Folded 1995)

    XFL 2001

    National Indoor Football League (2001-2008)

    United Football league (Founded 2009, Folded 2012)

    Arena Football League Founded 1995, Folded 2015)

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