Joseph Carr

Joseph Carr

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Joseph "Joe" F. Carr (October 22, 1880 – May 20, 1939) was the president of the National Football League from 1921 until his death in 1939. Carr was born in Columbus, Ohio. As a mechanic for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Columbus, he directed the Columbus Panhandles football team in 1907 until 1922. The "Panhandles" were one of the largest draws in early professional football, starring the Nesser Brothers, and were nearly unbeatable at home in Indianola Park. He helped to reorganize the American Professional Football Association (APFA) in 1921, and moved the offices from Canton to Columbus, Ohio. This league would be renamed the National Football League in 1922, and Carr served as its president from 1921 until his death in 1939. He was elected to the Helms Hall of Fame in 1950 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963, and is the only non-player in both halls. Carr also served as president of the American Basketball League (ABL) from 1925 to 1928, and was also president of the Columbus Senators (baseball) team from 1926 to 1931. He is buried at St. Joseph Cemetery south of Columbus.

The NFL's original Most Valuable Player award was named for Carr in 1938.

Early life

Carr was born in Columbus, Ohio, on October 22, 1880 or he was born on October 23, 1879 and was baptized Joseph Francis Karr on November 2, 1879. He was the son of Irish immigrants Michael and Margaret...
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