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Encyclopedia > Sammy Baugh
Sammy Baugh
Position(s):
Quarterback
Defensive back
Punter
Jersey #(s):
33, 45
Born: March 17, 1914 (1914-03-17) (age 94)
Temple, Texas
Career Information
Year(s): 19371952
NFL Draft: 1937 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
College: Texas Christian
Professional Teams

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As Coach For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... The 1937 NFL season was the 18th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1952 NFL season was the 33rd regular season of the National Football League. ...

Career Stats
TDs-INTs     187-203
Passing Yards     21,886
QB Rating     72.2
Stats at NFL.com
Career Highlights and Awards
  • 5x All-Star selection (1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942)
  • Pro Bowl selection (1951)
  • 9x All-Pro selection (1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1948)
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NFL 1940s All-Decade Team
  • 1937 Cotton Bowl MVP
  • 70 Greatest Redskins
  • Redskins' Ring of Fame
  • Washington Redskins #33 retired
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

Samuel Adrian Baugh (born March 17, 1914) is a retired American football player born in Temple, Texas, the second son of James and Lucy Baugh. Baugh, who came to be widely known by the nickname "Slingin Sammy", began playing football as a schoolboy in Sweetwater, Texas in the 1920s. He has been referred to as the first outstanding professional football quarterback. The New York Jets are a National Football League team that plays its home games in East Rutherford, New Jersey, but is based on Long Island. ... The 1960 American Football League season was the 1st regular season of the American Football League. ... The 1961 American Football League season was the 2nd regular season of the American Football League. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... The 1964 American Football League season was the 5th regular season of the American Football League. ... Texas Longhorn quarterback Vince Young (center top of picture), now with the Tennessee Titans, rushing for a touchdown vs. ... An interception or intercept is a move in many forms of football, including Canadian and American football football, as well as rugby league, rugby union, Australian rules football and Gaelic football, and involves a pass (either by foot or hand) being cut off by an opposition player who usually gains... Passer rating is a measure of the performance of quarterbacks or any other passers in American football and Canadian football. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team was chosen by a selection committee of media and league personnel in 1994. ... // Offense Defense Special teams See also National Football League NFL 1920s All-Decade Team NFL 1930s All-Decade Team NFL 1950s All-Decade Team NFL 1960s All-Decade Team NFL 1970s All-Decade Team NFL 1980s All-Decade Team NFL 1990s All-Decade Team ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Temple is a city in Bell County, Texas, United States. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... Sweetwater is a city in Nolan County, Texas, United States. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ...

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College career

Baugh matriculated to Texas Christian University after high school. At TCU, he was an All-American. His coach was the legendary Dutch Meyer and it was from him that Baugh first learned the passing skills and tactics that would make him a great quarterback in the pros. One of Sammy's favorite targets at TCU was the coach Meyer's nephew, L.D. Meyer, also known as Dutch and a future major league baseball player. Look up matriculation in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... All-American, a Broadway musical with book by Mel Brooks, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams, opened in New York on March 19, 1962, and played 80 performances. ... Dutch Meyer (born January 15, 1898) was the head football coach of TCU from 1934 to 1952. ... Lambert Daniel Dutch Meyer (October 7, 1915, Waco, Texas - January 19, 2003, Fort Worth) was the nephew of the famous TCU football coach Leo Dutch Meyer (also known as Dutch and L.D.). L.D. was called Dutch after his famous uncle. ...


He finished fourth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1936, when he was a consensus All-American. He led TCU to a 1936 Sugar Bowl victory, 3-2 over Louisiana State, and to a 16-6 win over Marquette in the 1937 Cotton Bowl (the first year this bowl was played). After college, Sammy signed as a third baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals, but he was unhappy with his prospects and turned to professional football. Heisman redirects here. ... See also: 1935 in sports, other events of 1936, 1937 in sports and the list of years in sports. // May 8: Jockey Ralph Neves was involved in a racing accident at Bay Meadows Racetrack in San Mateo, California and mistakenly pronounced dead. ... Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, or simply Louisiana State University or LSU is a public university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the main campus of the Louisiana State University System. ... Marquette University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States of America. ... The position of the third baseman “Third base” redirects here. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ...


NFL career

After graduation, Baugh was widely sought after. He was signed by the Washington Redskins. As a rookie, Baugh led the National Football League in passing while leading the Redskins to two NFL championships. At 6' 2" and 182 pounds, Baugh was the prototype NFL quarterback for his era. Due to his large hands, he gripped the football in an unconventional way (with his thumb resting on the laces); he said it gave him the flat, accurate down field spiral that his passes were famous for. For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... The Rookie: Norman Rockwells cover for The Saturday Evening Post Rookie is a term for a person who is in their first year of play of their sport and has little or no professional experience. ... NFL redirects here. ...


Baugh led the Washington Redskins to the top of the NFL in 1937 (his rookie year), where they beat the Chicago Bears 28-21 for the league title. Baugh threw for 335 yards and three TD passes in the bitter cold of Wrigley Field, including the game-winning 33 yarder to Ed Justice. Three years later he faced the Bears again for the championship. Baugh deployed the single wing formation against Chicago's revolutionary T-formation. The Bears dominated from the outset. To avoid further embarrassment to their star player, the Redskins pulled Baugh out of this historic game, a 73-0 Bears victory. Baugh was 9 of 16 for 91 yards and 2 interceptions in that game. Arguably, his peak as a pro player came in 1942 when the Redskins defeated Chicago 14-6 to win the NFL championship and prevent a perfect season by the Bears (who had finished the regular season 11-0). In 1943, the Redskins and Bears met again in the title game. Baugh left with injury after tackling Sid Luckman, the Bears QB (every player went both ways in the years before free substitution). The Bears won easily 41-21. City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Sid Luckman (November 21, 1916 - July 5, 1998) was an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears from 1939 to 1950 leading the team to 4 NFL championships during that period. ...


Baugh encouraged the Redskins to deploy the T-formation, which they finally did for the 1945 season, unleashing a potent passing attack and fully exploiting Baugh's quarterbacking skills. Baugh's best statistical season came in 1945 when he completed 128 of 182 attempts for 1669 yards. His 70.3 completion percentage that year was an NFL record for decades before being bested by Ken Anderson in 1982. Baugh and the Redskins lost the 1945 championship to the Cleveland Rams, 15-14. Sammy left the game with an injury, somewhat besmirching an otherwise stellar season. His best game may have been on "Sammy Baugh Day" in 1947 where he threw for 6 touchdowns against the Chicago Cardinals, that season's eventual NFL champion. Kenneth Allan Ken Anderson (born February 15, 1949 in Batavia, Illinois) is a former American football quarterback who spent his entire professional career playing for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL and later returned as a position coach. ... The St. ... The Arizona Cardinals are a National Football League team based in Tempe, Arizona. ...


Baugh stayed with Washington through the 1952 season, playing for 16 seasons, a record at that time. He led the NFL in passing six times, punting average four times, and interceptions once. He is the only player to lead the league in an offensive, defensive, and special teams category.


"Slingin' Sammy" was the finest punter of his time, leading the NFL for four consecutive seasons from 1940-1943. His 45.1 career punting average is still the second best in NFL history. His single season punting average of 51.4, a record set in 1940, still stands. He held most of the league passing records at the time of his retirement although they have all since been broken.


His career ledger shows 1695 completions on 2995 attempts. He threw for 21,886 yards and 187 touchdowns. Baugh rushed for 9 touchdowns. He also had at least 12 interceptions, including 4 in one game, still tied for the NFL record.


Sammy Baugh and Sid Luckman (of the Bears) are the only two early NFL quarterbacks for which the present-day NFL passer rating can be applied. Passer rating is a measure of the performance of quarterbacks or any other passers in American football and Canadian football. ...


Baugh starred in several movies, including "King of the Texas Rangers". King of the Texas Rangers (1939) is a Republic Movie serial. ...


Coaching career

After his playing career, Baugh became a coach. He coached at Hardin-Simmons University from 1955 to 1959, with a record of 23-38. Then he was the first coach of the New York Titans of the American Football League and briefly with the AFL's Houston Oilers. He retired to Rotan, Texas, where he worked for years as a cattle rancher. Hardin-Simmons University Hardin-Simmons University (or HSU) is a private Baptist university located in Abilene, Texas. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Note: There were three earlier and unrelated major American professional football leagues of the same name: One in 1926, one in 1936-1937 and one in 1940-1941. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... Rotan is a city located in Fisher County, Texas. ...


Honors

Baugh is the last living charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Additionally he has been honored by the Redskins with the retirement of his jersey number, #33, the only number the team has officially retired. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ...


Additional Honors:

  • An avenue in his hometown of Rotan, Texas
  • 50th Anniversary Team by the NFL (1969)
  • 75th Anniversary Team by the NFL (1994)
  • 36th greatest athlete of the 20th century by Burt Randolph Sugar (1995)
  • 64th greatest athlete of the 20th century by ESPN (1999)
  • 43rd greatest athlete of the 20th century by the Associated Press (1999)
  • 3rd greatest NFL player of the 20th century by the Associated Press (1999)
  • 11th greatest NFL player of the 20th century by The Sporting News (1999); highest-ranking player for the Redskins
  • Scripps-Howard all-time college football team (1999)
  • 4th greatest college football player by SPORT magazine(1999)
  • 3rd greatest college football player by College Football News (2003)
  • 7th greatest college football player by Brad Rawlins (2006)
  • 5th greatest college football player by ESPN (2007)
  • Named starting quarterback, defensive back and punter of the Cold, Hard Football Facts.com "All-Time 11" (2006)
  • Named as the Most Versatile Player of all-time by the NFL Network (2007)[1].
  • Has his number retired at Sweetwater High School, his alma mater.

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See also

The following is a list of players that played for the 1960-1969 American Football League. ...

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Preceded by
No Pure Quarterback
Washington Redskins Starting Quarterbacks
1937-1951
Succeeded by
Eddie LeBaron
Preceded by
First coach
New York Titans Head Coaches
1960–1961
Succeeded by
Bulldog Turner
Preceded by
Pop Ivy
Houston Oilers Head Coaches
1964
Succeeded by
Hugh Taylor
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