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Earl Ball

Summary
Earl Wayne Ball (1885–1947) was a co-owner of the Muncie Flyers football team from 1917 until 1922, as well as a co-founder of the American Professional Football Association (renamed the National Football League in 1922). Career Earl first took over as the team's manager in 1917 and lined up some former college players, including Al Feeney of Notre Dame and Dick Abrel of Purdue. However, Ball was forced to cancel the 1918 season due to World War I. In 1919, Ball and team quarterback, Cooney Checkaye reorganized the Flyers and guided them to a 4-1-1 record. The following year, Ball and Checkaye traveled to Canton, Ohio attended the organizational meeting of the American Professional Football Association located at Ralph Hay's Hupmobile dealership. The pair renamed their team, the Muncie Flyers, and the franchise became a charter member of new the league. The Flyers lost their first scheduled league game, to the Rock Island Independents, 45-0. Because of the team's poor sh
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