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1906 Canton Bulldogs football team picture

My great-grandfather, Bob Shiring, played center for the Massillon Tigers team that was Canton's main rival from 1903-06. He was from the Pittsburgh area and was one of four "ringers" from Pittsburgh paid by Massillon to play for them. He and Bob Maxwell (i.e. Maxwell College Player of the Year Award) were the two who were allegedly bribed by Wallace to throw one of their 1906 games. There was an article in Sports Illustrated on 2/6/12 called The First Super Bowl on the big game between these teams in 1906. Over the years, I have collected much information and many original photos on these teams and the earlier ones from Pittsburgh. SI gave me a photo credit for the picture postcard of the Canton team that I provided them for the article. I have recently shared my collection with the Hall oF Fame in Canton so that they can add to their exhibit on the early game. I am working on some related projects. If anybody is interested in knowing more, sharing information, asking questions, please feel free to contact me at


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