Football Helmet

Jan. 23, 1974

Boston has plenty of failed professional football teams in its wake. That would include the Boston Bulls of the World Football League.

The Bulls were a charter WFL team in 1973. The league began play in 1974.

Howard Baldwin, who later founded the New England/Hartford Whalers, owned the franchise and hired a familiar figure to serve as coach. 

Babe Parilli, longtime Boston Patriots quarterback, handled the first WFL Draft, and was particularly happy to make Boston College QB Gary Marangi his top pick.

Alas, the Buffalo Bills (the team that has made “Wide Right” a continued mantra) chose Marangi in the third round of the NFL Draft.

Marangi wisely went with the NFL, playing three seasons for the Bills.

Baldwin had major problems trying to get the Bulls off the ground. He couldn’t find investors and couldn’t find a field to call home.

So, three days after the WFL Draft, Baldwin announced that he would merge the Bulls with the New York Stars. Eventually the franchise ended up in Charlotte and became the hornets.

The WFL pulled the plug and faded away halfway through its 1975 season.