Cleveland Brewers

From Ohio History Central

The Cleveland Brewers was a professional football team, consisting of women players. It is unclear when the team came into existence, but it might have been as early as 1966. By 1980, the Brewers had joined the National Women's Football League. In the team's first season with this league, it won two games and lost four. The squad played its games at Baldwin-Wallace College. Usually only one hundred people attended the games. By the end of the season, eleven of the team's original twenty-five players were too injured to participate.

In the Brewers' second season, the team won four games and lost two. The players' fortunes continued to improve in 1982 and 1983, when the Brewers won the National Women's Football League's championship. Attendance in 1983 grew to almost four hundred spectators at each game.

The National Women's Football League lasted only two more seasons. Poor attendance and high transportation costs eventually limited the league to teams in Ohio and Michigan only, when during the league's first years of existence, there were teams across the United States. By the mid 1980s, the Brewers broke with the National Women's Football League, preferring to play flag football instead of tackle football as mandated by the league. The Cleveland Brewers quickly folded after this separation.

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