1946: The end of World War II opened the door for a new football league, as the All-American Football Conference was formed with eight teams. With Dan Topping abandoning his NFL team in Brooklyn, to create the New York Yankees of the AAFC, the league saw the opportunity to add a team to Brooklyn and create a rival for the Yankees an AAFC team was awarded to Brooklyn. Playing at Ebbets Field the team would once again take the name of baseball’s Dodgers. The Dodgers would open the season with a 27-14 road win against the Buffalo Bisons, but had trouble duplicating the effort as they went winless over the next five games. The Dodgers would get back to back wins over the Miami Seahawks and Chicago Rockets, but would not win again, losing their last five games to finish their first season with a record of 3-10-1.
1947: Under Coach Cliff Battles, the Dodgers would not fare any better in their second season as they started the season with four straight losses before beating the Chicago Rockets 35-31 on October 3rd. The Rockets would also be on the losing side when the Dodgers won their next game, suffering two losses and a tie in between. The Dodgers would go on to finish the season with a 3-10-1 record for the second straight season.
1948: The Brooklyn Dodgers remained one of the weaker teams in the AAFC. Now led by Coach Carl Voyles, the Dodgers started the season by losing their first six games. The Dodgers would end their losing streak by winning back-to-back games against the Chicago Rockets. In fact if not for the Rockets, the Dodgers may have never won at all, in their three seasons five of the Dodgers as five of their eight wins came at the expense of the Rockets. Following the season in which the Dodgers posted a record of 2-12, the team decided to fold and merge with the New York Yankees. Playing as the New York Yankees, the team would post an 8-4 record in 1949, but would not be invited to join the NFL when the AAFC folded at the end of the 1949 season.
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