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  Portland Boilermakers/Busters (1942)


Years of Operation: 1942


Overall Record:  4-2


First Game:


First Win:


Final Game:

League Affiliation:  

Northwest War Industries Football League



Team Headquarters:

Owner: Boilermakers' Union


General Manager:


Coaches: Larry Wolfe


Home Field(s): Multnomah Civic Stadium








Leonard Younce - Guard (All-NWIL 1942)




End: Joe Wendlick (Pittsburg Steelers)

Guard: Leonard Younce (Oregon State)

Tackle: Bill Morgan (Oregon/New York Giants)

Back: Bob Dethman (Oregon State-Rose Bowl)

Guard: Tony Amato (Oregon)

Back: Dick Emerson (Washington State)


Bob Dethman turned down a Detriot Lions contract and chose to play for Portland instead.


Coach Wolfe employed a "double cross" system that got the linemen involved in scoring.  Of the 184 points Portland scored, 111 came from linemen and all but one member of the team had scored...that being center Quentin Greenough of Oregon State's 1942 Rose Bowl team.  Guard Leonard Younce, a former New York Giant led with 27 points from 2 TDs, a field goal and 12 conversions.


Portland came on strong at the end of the season destroying Spokane 68-6.  Younce accounting for 11 points with a TD and 5 conversions.  9 other Boilermakers scored TD's on the day.




1942 Schedule/Results (4-2):

Sep 20 - Vancouver Warcos 35-0
Oct 4 - Seattle Shipbuilders 3-7
Oct 18 @ Seattle Shipbuilders 0-3
Oct 25 @ Spokane Manlowes 68-6
Nov 1 - Vancouver Warcos 48-0
Nov 8 - Spokane Manlowes 33-0

Leonard Younce was a Portland native (Roosevelt) and played at Oregon State University.  In 1941, the New York Giants drafted him 67th overall.  He played linebacker, offensive line, kicker and punter.  He played one season with the Boilermakers before returning to the Giants where he was a 5-time All-Pro.  After retiring from playing, he was an assistant coach with Oregon State from 1949-1954, and with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Edmonton Eskimos.  Inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and OSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.  In 1992 he was coaxed out of retirement to coach high school football at Joseph High in Enterprise, Oregon, but health problems prevented his continuation. 




Time Magazine. Nov 23, 1942