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    Des Moines Blackhawks

    The Blackhawks begin in 1912 as a team called the Des Moines Sparrowhawks (fic), a small bird of prey actually called the Black Sparrowhawk which was also the name of the famous Sauk war chief Black Hawk. They used the belief that Black Hawk was descended from Nanamakee (Thunder), the mythical Thunderbird, to gain sponsorship by Frederick Marion Hubbell and ownership by his youngest son Grover C. Hubbell. The teams majority ownership was sold to Charles A. Rawson of Iowa Pipe and Tile Company in 1924 and then he sold his interests in the team to Duesenberg Motors Company in 1931 due to the effects of the Great Depression.

    The Chicago Black Hawks were formed in 1928 by Fritz Pollard who was a quarterback, running back, coach and owner for this team. They would also adopt the Black Sparrowhawk from Africa as the team mascot using the myth of the African Izulu (lightning bird) giving them slogans and songs about thunder and lightning to inspire fans. The team disbanded in 1932 while playing on the west coast due to poor attendence and sell the remnants of this African-American team to the Duesenberg Motors Company. They would retain the name Sparrowhawks for their baseball, basketball and hockey teams.

    However, Duesenberg also retained a black team called the Blackhawks to play in the USA-AFL's USNFL (fic, United States Negro Football League) and sold their USA-AFL franchise to the Chicago and North Western Railway after running into severe financial trouble. The CNW was a major sponsor of the North West Football League which had existed from 1936 - 1938 before collapsing. Buying that league, the USA-AFL merged the Des Moines Comets (NWFL Champions in 1937 & 1938) with both Blackhawks teams to create a single franchise. They then purchased the Chicago Comets specifically to gain Duke Slater as Head Coach.

    They would purchase the Chicago Brown Bombers in 1940 to recreate the USNFL Des Moines Blackhawks. That same year, John Stewart (wealthy heir and CEO of Quaker Oats) into the USA-AFL as the new owner of the Des Moines Blackhawks and its USNFL counterpart. When the USNFL folded, Stewart merged his two teams resulting in a 1943 Ultra Bowl Championship for the Des Moines Blackhawks and established a dynasty of Divisional Championships. The Blackhawks became one of the teams that played against the USA-AFL's Canadian Division regularly and most of its players were black Native American.

    During WWII, they developed a strong rivalry with the Quebec Redhawks and an annual game began between them. The winner of this game would take home bragging rights and the Jacques Marquette Cup (fic), a trophy named for a famous explorer from the period when France dominated much of the Iowa region. The 1947 Arizona White Hawks immediately began a similar rivalry between the three teams and the Blackhawks dominated against both rivals. The last team they absorbed were the Des Moines Warriors in 1968 ending acquisitions, turning majority ownership of the team over to the state (1978) and building from within from that point.



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    Black, Gold and White

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    Championships

    1937 Northwest Football League Champions
    1938 Northwest Football League Champions
    1943 USA-AFL Ultra Bowl Champions



    Legacy Teams


    Davenport Independents 1912 - 1915
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    Des Moines Hawkeyes 1915
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    Des Moines Missions 1915
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    Des Moines Maroons 1915
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    Oelwein Independents 1915 - 1919
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    Waterloo Independents 1915, 1916
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    Dubuque Braves 1915
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    Dubuque Hawkeyes 1915, 1916
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    Dubuque Independents 1916 - 1919
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    Davenport A.C. 1916 - 1919
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    Dubuque Saxons 1917
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    Monticello Athletics 1917
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    Dubuque Mohawks 1917
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    Chicago Mohawks 1917
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    Des Moines All-Stars 1917
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    Clinton Independents 1919
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    Dubuque Legion 1919
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    Chicago Black Hawks 1928 - 1932
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    Des Moines Tigers 1930
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    Cedar Rapids Crushers 1937 - 1939
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    Des Moines Comets 1939
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    Des Moines Hawkeye AC 1939
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    Sioux City Olympics 1941 & 1942
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    Kenosha Cardinals


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