Firsts in Sports History

Firsts in Sports History in Dayton, Ohio


  • The Dayton Triangles were an original franchise of the American Professional Football Association (now the National Football League) in 1920. The Triangles were based in Dayton, Ohio, and took their nickname from their home field, Triangle Park (capacity 5,000), which was located at the confluence of the Great Miami and Stillwater Rivers in north Dayton.
  • The Dayton Marcos was one of eight teams in the National Negro Baseball Association that was organized in Kansas City in February 1920.
  • Elwood Parsons of Dayton was the first full-time African American major league scout.
  • The first night game involving a major league team played in a major league ballpark was as exhibition game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Dayton Shroyers on September 12, 1931.  Grover Cleveland Alexander, on loan from The House of David, pitched for Dayton.
  • Don Meineke (UD) was the first NBA Rookie of the Year - 1953.
  • Wayne Embry (Miami) was the first African American NBA General Manager - Milwaukee Bucks (1971-1979).
  • Dayton is the only city to stage the PGA Championship on three different courses, Moraine Country Club in 1945, Miami Valley Golf Club in 1957 and NCR Country Club in 1969.
  • The first Soap Box Derby was organized by Myron E. "Scottie" Scott, a news photographer for the Dayton Daily News, in 1933 and was held on Hilltop Avenue in Oakwood, Ohio (suburban Dayton).                           
  • In 1909, a two-seater Stoddard-Dayton won the first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, averaging 57.3 miles per hour. The first pace car ever was a Stoddard-Dayton driven by Carl G. Fisher to start the Indianapolis 500 in 1911.                                                                                                                               
  • Rolla O. (Pop) Heikes of Dayton was the winner of the first Grand American Trapshooting Handicap Tournament in 1900.