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  Ubangi Club "Blackhawks" (1937)

Years of Operation: 1937


Overall Record


First Game:


First Win:


Final Game:


League Affiliation:  


Seattle Community Football League (1937)


Team Headquarters:

Sponsor: Ubangi Club/E. Russell "Noodles" Smith


General Manager: Bruce Rowell




Home Field(s):

Titles Won


1937 Seattle Community League Champions







The Ubangi Blackhawks were a predominantly black semipro football team in Seattle who played for the Community League in the 1930s.  Sponsored by nightclub owner "Noodles" Smith, who was said to be present for every game, the team was also helped by Bruce Rowell who looked after the team's financial and physical health.

In 1937 the Blackhawks were considered the most sensational team in the league, and during this time the community rallied behind such players as George "Switchy" Height, Rhino Nakamura, Brennan King, and Joe Staton.  The Blackhawks won the first six games of the season without allowing a single score, and this led many to think they were unstoppable. There was some question as to whether the nightlife of some of the players and internal dissent among the team would sabotage their season, after they were upset by the National Guards in the seventh game of the season.  There were no such misgivings after the Blackhawks came back and beat the National Guards 13-0 in the league finals; they won the Community League football title.  After the game Brennan King was awarded the James Scavotto trophy, which he promptly gave to "Noodles" Smith.

The Blackhawks were so popular at this time that after their league finals game the New Enterprise claimed "that there will not be another performance of any kind in the near future that will draw the number of colored fans that the Ubangi championship game did."


Players (in picture - back row)

Dave (Babe) Wilson, Joe Staton, Scotty Brown, Bob (Red) Parsons, Sammy Bruce, Ernie Lewis, Reino Nakamura, Brennan King, Bob Flowers, Bill Dozier, Otis Reese, Frank (Doghouse) Houston, Danny Allen, George (Switchy) Height, Paul Chappell, Abby Perkins, Carl Bentley, Lester Catlett, Mark Allen, Bert Allen, Harber Gaston, Jack Tanner, and Paul Chinn.

1937 Schedule/Results (7-1):

Oct W
-National Guard L
-National Guard * 13-0
  *Community League Championship  







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