The Louisville Breckenridges were a professional football team playing out of the Derby City throughout the 1920’s.
Many of the teams they faced in those days have since moved and disbanded and the Brecks were among the teams that were forced to close down shop when the fledgling professional football league was still attempting to find its footing. And, the Brecks made since because they were a football club playing professional rules prior to a league even beginning.
What’s interesting about the landmark associated with them is that it’s long gone despite the fact that the Breckenridges were a team actually named after where in Louisville the team played their home games.
Near Breckenridge Lane, well, as we all know Breckenridge Lane still stands however that stadium or any relic related to where the club was headquartered is gone.
The team itself was actually stationed at the corner of fifth and St. Catherine Street, any real nod to the team is nowhere to be found though.
And, I suppose that’s exactly what the players of the team would have wanted. They seemed to relish in being the unassuming club. According to a Courier-Journal article from 1922 the Brecks started, “back fifteen years (ago), springing from a boys neighborhood team, the Floyds and Brecks, that has kept itself intact probably longer than any independent team in the country.”
And, maybe that’s it. In my search for the landmarks from Louisville’s pro-football team I’m left with the fact that there is no one place to put it.
They were in every since of the word the Louisville area’s team, coming from every within the area. That article makes an interesting point in that statement alone, the “neighborhood kids” who ended up playing the Green Bay Packers were formed from two different teams in two different areas.
In the end I suppose the landmark should be there on Breckenridge lane though; after all that’s what was on their jerseys.
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