Who Were The Ballston Skulls?

The Ballston Skulls sounds like a gang. They weren’t.

The Skulls played semi-pro football representing the village of Ballston. They played and practiced on a field, known as Ballston Stadium, at Ball’s Crossroads, currently the site of Ballston Common Mall. In 1937, when the Redskins moved here from Boston, the team worked out at the Ballston facility with the Skulls.

The Skulls didn’t last past the 1940s, but they did have a famous player in Forrest Tucker, though he was famous for his subsequent acting career and not his playing on the gridiron.

Sadly, we haven’t been able to dig up any old photos of the team or their field. So, if you know of any, please send them our way.

Washington Redskins work out at Ballston Stadium (1938 - Washington Post)
Washington Redskins work out at Ballston Stadium (1938 – Washington Post)

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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