This weeks Flashback Friday details the 1943 game between the Washington Redskins faced the Detroit Lions in front of a home crowd of over 35,000 at Griffith Stadium A game that featured Washington Redskins Hall of Fame quarterback ‘Slingin’ Sammy Baugh intercepting four passes and throwing four touchdown passes in the same game.
Sammy was the NFL’s top passer while also starring at defensive halfback and punter for Washington. No one has ever matched his performance from that day, there have been several players who have had four interception games, including current Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, but none of those same players played on both sides of the ball and excelled to the point Baugh did.
Baugh’s four picks against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 14, 1943, was only part of his big day. The Redskins star led his team to a 42-20 win on a chilly day in Washington by also throwing four touchdown passes and continually pinning the Lions deep in their own end with his quick, accurate punts.
Sunday, November 14, 1943
Detroit Lions (3-5-1)
Washington Redskins (5-0-1)
Bob Masterson 10 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick)
Bob Seymour 28 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick)
Over the years the Washington Redskins have had several great players. The 1980′s and 1990′s were times when the talent of the Redskins truly shined the brightest.
Three major reasons for that were Art Monk, Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders, or as Redskins fans know them, the Posse. This trio was one of the best receiving corps in the NFL during the late 1980′s and early 1990′s and is our feature this week on Flashback Friday.
In 1989 they were the first NFL trio to each accumulate 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. Here is a breakdown of the stats the Posse put up.
When Redskins fans think of the defenses in the 1980′s their minds all rush to the memories of Charles Mann and Dexter Manley (not to forget Dave Butz at all, in fact expect to see Butz featured on Flashback Friday in the future). While Manley was the bigger character and overall all better pass rusher, Mann was a consistent leader that showed up every year and gave Pro Bowl caliber seasons year after year.
Charles Andre Mann played in 163 games over the span of an 11 year career in Washington that netted him 82 sacks, and 784 tackles as a Redskins player. Mann was a born leader who was drafted in the third round of the 1983 draft by the Redskins. His best year was in 1985 when he registered 14.5 sacks and 85 tackles.
Dexter Keith Manley (A.K.A. “The Secretary of Defense”) was a guy, who unlike Mann, was out spoken and a bit cocky. In his 125 games that spanned 9 seasons, Manley recorded 91 sacks, he had 18.5 in 1986, his best year. Although his career is tainted in some ways due to his battles with drugs and crime away from the football field, Manley is still held close to the hearts of Redskins fans.
Coming off the feeling of reaching the post season for the first time in 26 years the season before, the George Allen led Washington Redskins of 1972, won 11 of their first 12 games. After dropping the last two games of the season, the Redskins were charged and ready for a push in the 1972 NFL Playoffs, and push they did.
The Redskins beat the Green Bay Packers and then the Dallas Cowboys in the 1972 NFC Championship game in route to Superbowl VII. The Redskins would come up short against the undefeated Miami Dolphins in the Superbowl, losing 14-7.
Today we travel all the way back to the very beginning of the Washington Redskins and profile two men who will be forever linked, in burgundy and gold folklore.
George Preston Marshall was one of the NFL’s biggest innovators, who ushered in several changes to the game as a whole. In 1932 he become the owner of the Boston Braves, the team would go on to change their name less than a year later to the Redskins, and five years later Marshall moved the team to Washington, DC. Sadly, Marshall is more known for the one change he wouldn’t commit to, racially integrating the team.
That is where these two are forever linked. On draft day, Marshall traded the rights to Ernie Davis (who refused to play for him) to the Cleveland Browns in return for Robert Cornelius Mitchell (Bobby Mitchell) and first round pick Leroy Jackson. Mitchell would go on to spend 40 years as a part of the Washington Redskins organization, both as a player and in the front office.
During his six seasons as a player, Mitchell never caught fewer than 58 passes. When he retired, his 14,078 combined net yards was the second highest total in NFL history. He had also scored 91 touchdowns (18 by rushing, 65 on receptions, 3 on punt returns, and 5 on kickoff returns). He amassed 7,954 yards on receptions and 2,735 yards on rushes. This past week, Mitchell turned 77….Enjoy this weeks video which gives a more in depth look at these two men.
This week we flash back to a time when the Washington Redskins traded five veteran players to the Houston Oilers for safety, Kenneth Ray Houston. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Houston is widely considered the best safety to ever play for the Burgundy and Gold!
Throughout his career, Houston intercepted 49 passes, recovered 21 fumbles, gained 1,498 return yards and scored 12 touchdowns.
Darrell Ray Green was born in Houston, Texas on February 15, 1960. Little did the world, or the state of Texas know that such a great man and football player had been born that day. Green will long be remembered for many different reasons, but most will remember a little guy with the heart of a lion, who could run like a cheetah. Taken with the last pick in the first round of the 1983 draft, Green may be the best draft pick the Washington Redskins ever made this side of Sammy Baugh.
Green had more moments than I can begin to mention without missing a few, so I figured I would share this video, and let it be today’s walk down memory lane!
Hail to Darrell Green!
You can visit Darrell’s Hall of Fame page by clicking HERE.
Here is a list of Darrell’s NFL records and achievements he still holds.
Most seasons with one team (20); tied with Jackie Slater
Most seasons with one team in one city (20)
Most consecutive seasons with an interception (19)
Most seasons with at least one touch(receptions, rushes, returns) (20); tied with Jerry Rice
Most consecutive seasons with at least one touch (20); tied with Jerry Rice
Oldest player with a 35+ yard gain(lateral on punt return), (42 years, 327 days)
Oldest player with an interception return for a touchdown in overtime, (35 years, 249 days)
Oldest player with an interception (41 years, 304 days)
Oldest player with an 80+ yard interception return (37 years, 309 days)
Oldest player with a non-offensive touchdown in overtime, (35 years, 249 days)
Oldest NFL cornerback (42 years old)
2nd Oldest player to return an interception for a touchdown (37 years, 309 days)(Albert Louis is the oldest: 38 years, 26 days)
Most games played by a defensive player (295)
4 time NFL’s Fastest Man Competition winner, only player to win multiple times and never lose
1996 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award winner
Starting this week, we are going to look back at a piece of Redskins history every Friday. What better way to kick off this column than a video look back at Sonny Jurgensen for Flashback Friday. Enjoy!