Columbus Blue Jackets Logo
The Blue Jackets began play as an expansion team in 2000. In their initial years, the Blue Jackets struggled, failing to win 30 games in a season until the 2005–06 season. The team qualified for the S...

Defunct Teams

Teams that have folded or moved away from the Columbus area.
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Columbus Bullies Logo
The Columbus Bullies were a professional football team founded by Phil H. Bucklew in Columbus, Ohio in 1938. The Bullies started out as a member of the American Professional Football Association (APFA...
Columbus Athletic Supply Logo
The Columbus Athletic Supply, an American professional basketball team that played in the National Basketball League during the 1937–38 season....
Columbus Elite Giants Logo
The team's origins lie in two local negro amateur baseball teams: the Nashville Maroons and the Elites. The Giants welcomed any competition, including white-only teams, but played independently of any leagues until the mid-1920s.
Columbus Tigers Logo
🏈 NFL: 1902-1926 25
The Columbus Panhandles were a professional American football team based in Columbus, Ohio. The club was founded in 1901 by workers at the Panhandle shops of the Pennsylvania Railroads. They were a pa...
Oorang Indians Logo
In 1919 Oorang Kennel owner, Walter Lingo, met and became friends with Jim Thorpe of the Canton Bulldogs, a future Pro Football Hall of Famer who was considered the greatest athlete of his time. Lingo...
Ironton Tanks Logo
🏈 OL: 1919-1919 1
Perhaps the best team to not play in the NFL. This motto is reinforced on the wall of Tank Stadium, where the story of the stadium opening proclaims "When the Tanks Were Tops"
Columbus Solons Logo
⚾ AA: 1889-1891 3
After 3 years in the American Association, the franchise folded following the 1891 season.
Columbus Buckeyes Logo
After 2 years in the American Association, the franchise folded following the 1884 season.
The early history of sports contains hundreds of teams that appeared for only 1 or 2 seasons before folding. Most of these teams have no historical photographs or articles, so are omitted from this list to reduce clutter. To view a comprehensive list of all defunct teams, browse to the early leagues section for baseball, football, basketball, or hockey.