Colts Franchise History

Indianapolis Colts

The roots of the franchise go back to December 28, 1946, when the bankrupt Miami Seahawks of the All-America Football Conference were purchased and relocated in Baltimore by a group headed by Bob Rodenberg. September 7, 1947, wearing green and silver uniforms, the Colts, under Head Coach Cecil Isbell, won their initial AAFC game, 16-7, over the Brooklyn Dodgers. The team concluded its inaugural season before a record Baltimorecrowd of 51,583 by losing to the New York Yankees, 21-7. The Colts finished with a 2-11-1 record, good for a fourthplace finish in the Eastern Division. The Colts completed the 1948 season with a 7-8 record, tying the Buffalo Bills for the division title. The Colts compiled a 1-11 mark in 1949.

The Indianapolis Colts is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. However, the club was officially founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1953, but can trace its history to the Dayton Triangles, a founding member of the NFL that was originally created in 1913. After a series of changes, it assumed the “Baltimore Colts” name, replacing a previous team that folded in 1950. Playing at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, the Colts became the first NFL team to have cheerleaders, and the first to put its logo on the side of its helmets. The team then relocated to Indianapolis in 1984, first playing at the RCA Dome before moving to Lucas Oil Stadium in 2008.

The Colts won four NFL championships (three NFL Championships in 1958, 1959, 1968; and Super Bowl V in 1970) while in Baltimore. Since moving to Indianapolis, they won Super Bowl XLI in 2006. Also from 1998, the team has become the first in league history to win 12 games or more in five consecutive seasons—extending this record to six after the 2008 season. In addition, the Colts in 2007 became the first NFL team to beat all of the other 31 NFL teams.

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