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The Bay City Blazers "Semi-Pro" Football Team.
Member of the semi-pro Canadian-American Football League.

The Bay City Blazers football team was established in 1949 as a part of the new Canadian-American Football League, which consisted of six teams from Michigan and Ontario. The first officers of the league were Clarence "Buck" Short of Bay City, president; Cliff Date of Flint, Secretary-Treasurer; Ken McCann, coach of the Bay City Blazers was the Publicity Director.

The founding teams in the league were: Bay City Blazers, Windsor-Ontario Bulldogs, Flint Blue-Devils, Fenton Independents, Detroit All-Stars and Port Huron. Each team was required to post a $500 forfeiture bond.

Game Program --
Sunday, October 30, 1949.

Shown here are reduced size images of each of the eight pages that appeared in the game program for October 30, 1949 when the Bay City Blazers took on the Toledo Sylvania Merchants of Ontario, Canada, which was held at St. Andrews Field in Saginaw. A large team picture is below the program images. Click a page to see a larger image with greater detail.

The program was contributed by Kathy (Stroemer) Czuba, the daughter of Clarence Stroemer who was a member of the team. Kathy came across this gem while browsing Ebay.com and was able to placed a successful bid. She wanted to share it on Bay-Journal for other families to see it who may also have had a member that played on the Bay City Blazers team.

If you can contribute additional photos or information about the Blazers team, please let us know so we can add it to this history.

Advertisers in Program

Al's Service Station
Woodside & Belinda
Anderson Paint Shop
410 Third St.
Balcer Bros. Motor Coach Co.

Banks Hardware & Supply
1014 Marquette
Bay City Printing & Engraving
1604 Broadway
Bill's Cafe
1345 N. Johnson
Boehringer Greenhouse Inc.
355 Park.
Chamber's Paint Shop
105 N. Dean
Charlie's Market
3511 U.S. 23
DeWaele & Regan Jewelry
200 Fifth Ave.
Dobson Pest Control
1006 E. Indiana
Faygo Soft Drinks
"Bud" Manyen
Goddeyne Sport Shop
1201 N. Johnson
Joe's Radiator Shop
2101 Broadway
Harris Moving & Storage
701 Salzburg
U & I Cafe
302-1/2 E. Midland
Rex Bar
1210 Henry St.
Robt. Gage Coal Co.
Water & Tenth
Russel Callender
Bay City Bank bldg.
Sears Roebuck & Co.
711 Washington Ave.
Serve-Us Dairy
1203 Salzburg
Short Freight Lines, Inc.
220 Saginaw St.
Short's Garage
201 S. Henry
Smith-Maynard Electric, Inc.
1108-10 N. Water St.
Staudacher's Gulf Service
Midland & Litchfield
Steve's 24-Hour Service
105 Garfield
Ted Schumann & Son Cleaners
3680 E. Schumann Rd.
Valley Electric Service
1110 N. Madison
Van's Sporting Goods
805 Broadway

(Click images to enlarge.)
26Braman, Bill175Guard-Tackle
38Braman, Frank----
9Braman, Fred190Back
7Brooks, Jim175Back
--Callender, Russel--Advertising
22Clifford, F.165Back
--Cook, Woodrow---Equip. Mgr.
11Feiske, Don165End-Guard
52Felke, Harvey160End
3Heintz, E.160Back
4Hugo, Art160Guard-Back
50Hurst, Nelson160End
54Klepser, Andy180End
60Kraut, E.195Back
22Martins, Carl------
40Mason, John160Guard
--Maxson, James--Asst. Equip. Mgr.
--McCann, Ken---Asst. Coach
32Middleton, George170Center-Back
36Mount, Gene200Center
--Mueller, Vernon---Mascot
10Northrup, E.200Guard
38Nowak, Ben165Back
56Pelletier, Jake------
56Pero, Don160Back
58Powell, Art195End
48Rafferty, Jim170Back
--Revette, R.160Back
6Rohrer, Ken160Back
28Roth, Howard225Tackle
--Short, Clarence "Buck"---Sponsor
1Simon, Herman165Back
2Snable, Carl180Back
5Stanley, Louie170End-Back
24Stroemer, Clarence190Center
8Tobin, C.185End
30Townsend, Hank200Tackle
34Van Gaal, Al235Tackle
29Waterbury, Doug165End-Guard
44Watkins, Bob------
42Welter, Bernie210Back
3Weiske, Don------
44Widman, Bill190Guard
46Wosewoda, John240Back

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