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    St Louis Arsenal

    The origins of the St. Louis Arsenal begins with a team called the the Irontonians in 1893 playing in Ironton, Ohio. This team would continue to evolve into the Ironton Tanks in 1919 and became known as the Big Red Machine because of their deep red jerseys. The Tanks went undefeated in 1922, won a state championship in 1926 and played against top caliber NFL teams winning victories against them. The Ironton Panthers relocated to St. Louis in 1926 followed by the Tanks four years later from which the team colors of Scarlet Red, Gold, White survived.

    The St Louis All Stars were formed in 1923 by a former player for the Rock island Independents named Ollie Kraehe. The team played one season in the NFL before folding and selling out to a new ownership group that included Ellis Wainwright (prior to his death), William J. Lemp III, Anton Bernard Griesedieck and Ed Wagner jr. in the USA-AFL. Under the IBC Syndicate name, they owned the team in one form or another for over a decade and called the team the St. Louis All-Star Brewers (fic) or St. Louis Brewers (fic) for short. They would be merged with the Ironton Panthers in 1926 and the Ironton Tanks in 1930 to strengthen them.

    Calling their new team the St. Louis Tanks (fic), the franchise was purchased in 1932 by William H. Danforth and merged with the St. Louis Veterans. The franchise purchased an Independent team called the Chicago Gunners in 1938 because they were rivals of the cross-town St. Louis Gunners. They would rename their team the St. Louis Arsenal in 1940 as Europe entered its first anniversary in WWII and President Roosevelt was trying to drum up support for America's entry into the war. The St. Louis Gunners relocated to become the USA-AFLs North Carolina Gunners in 1941 and the citys military shifted their full support to the Arsenal.

    Anheuser-Busch purchased the team in 1953 and rebuilt it from the ground up. Several teams in the USA-AFL have a military theme but the Arsenal would focus on all branches of the military and, in particular, honoring war veterans. Where possible, they drafted players from military academies and fielded semi-pro farm franchises that specifically gave military veterans a chance to make a living in football. In 1993, an ownership group attempted to put a team they called the St. Louis Stallions in the NFL but failed. This ownership group then purchased the Arsenal instead and 51% of the teams assets were donated to the state of Missouri.

    The Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League folded with their league in 2012 and their assets were bought out by the USA-AFL Omaha Bulls. Having no desire to retain the Nighthawks identity, the Omaha Bulls sold the team logo to the St. Louis Arsenal who were looking for a more modern look.




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    Team Colors

    Primary Colors: Metallic Red, Ghost White, Flat Black
    Accent Colors: Metallic Gold, Navy Blue, Slate Gray

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    Cheerleading Squad



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    Championships



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    Development Leagues






    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_All-Stars 1923
    St. Louis Veterans 1932
    Springfield Lumberjacks 1932 Illinois)
    Chicago Gunners in 1938 (Illinois)




    Last edited by Armorbeast; February 11th, 2019 at 10:08 PM.


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