San Francisco 49ers v Chicago Rockets Pro Football Program
2nd Game Ever!
The 49ers and Rockets met at Kezar Stadium for the final pre-season tune-up before the AAFC kicked off its inaugural season the following weekend. There were high hopes that the upstart league could compete against the established NFL, and the league did survive through 1949 before folding.
The program has individual photos of all of the 49ers and Rockets (the two clubs had full rosters, so there were several players who didn't make it onto the regular season rosters). There are also brief bios of many of the players on both squads. There's an article on the birth of the conference and a terrific illustrated feature on San Francisco head coach Buck Shaw.
The Chicago lineup featured Bob Hoernschemeyer, Elroy Hirsch, Ernie Lewis, Ned Mathews, Bob Dove and Frank Quillan.
The 49ers notables included Frankie Albert, Len Eshmont, Norm Standlee, John Strzykalski, Bill Fisk and Bob Tichenal.
condition: Writing on cover, soft corners, please see photo
All posters are originals in near mint or better condition unless otherwise indicated