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Slingin' Sammy: 1937

Slingin' Sammy: 1937

September 11, 1937. "'Slinging Sammy' Baugh, new addition to the Washington Redskins. The Texas Christian U. star is rated as one of the greatest of this generation as far as the passing game goes. Sammy's most recent feat was the practical winning alone of the Green Bay all-stars game at Chicago with a series of sensational passes. He is 24 years old, weighs 190, is six feet tall. Followers of professional football will hear a lot from Sammy this fall." View full size.

 

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Bring him Back

The Redskins need him -- NOW.

Jazz Hands

I now realize after looking again that he's posed as if someone is throwing him the ball. At first I thought he was vogueing or making some kind of a silly mime gesture. "Here I am!"

Anyway - Hail Redskins, indeed.

King of the Texas Rangers

I am watching "King of the Texas Rangers," the 1940s movie serial Sammy starred in as Tom King Jr. Apparently he was a much better football player than he was an actor, as this is pretty much the only movie experience he was to receive.

Physique

Its great to see how excellence doesn't depend on being 6'10 and 300 lbs.

Blankety Blank

He could sling, all right - and not just the pigskin. The man was a world class cusser. This ol' feller was as crusty as they ever made a man. Check out any interview where the venerable Texan was quoted verbatim. He generally was amenable to talk to the media, and as he grew older his legendary skills in the Art of Profanity also grew incrementally.

He was way ahead of his time. He would be perfect for today's satellite radio.

Indians on Ice

This looks very similar to the current Chicago Blackhawks team jersey, except the Indian is facing the other way.

Love the jersey

I wish someone would reproduce it.

Timing

He was the right player at the right time. Heck, he'd probably do just fine today! A great Redskin! Never to be eclipsed! Well, maybe by Sonny!

Posture's good, but...

His jazz hands need some work.

Slingin' Sammy

I remember him in Saturday matinee serials (circa 1940s) where he was cast as the cowboy hero.

Greatest QB, ever

Without a doubt, this man was the greatest QB in Pro Football history; he invented the modern passing offense, and his jersey number is the only one to be officially retired by the Washington Redskins.

And to think, he probably would have gotten into the HOF as a defensive back or as a punter if he hadn't gone in as QB. He played all three ways, every down, and was a great one. He led the league in one season alone in passing, pass attempts, completions, touchdowns thrown, interceptions (not the QB stat, the DB stat; he picked off the other teams' QBs), and punting average.

Hail to the Redskins, Hail Victory.

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