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The great Slingin Sammy Baugh 1937 has joined our 'America 1940' gallery of vintage photos from the US around the time of WWII . . .
"Slingin' Sammy Baugh 1937" . . . "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh played college football for the Horned Frogs at Texas Christian University. His record was outstanding (two-time All-American & nominated for the Heisman Trophy in 1936) and he was offered a contract by the Washington Redskins in 1937 where he played until 1952.
Sam won six NFL passing titles (a record itself) and set thirteen NFL records as quarterback, punter, and defensive back. In 1963 he was inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame. Two of Samís records still stand today . . . although the great Steve Young did manage to tie the Most Seasons Leading the League in Passing with six as well.
Slingin' Sammy's playing set records and even his losing could be one for the books . . . in a 1940 championship game the Chicago Bears beat the Redskins 73-0. The most lop-sided victory in NFL history.
A reporter once said of Sammy Baugh, "He brought not just victories but thrills and ignited Washington with a passion even the worst Redskins periods can barely diminish."
Hollywood beckoned in 1941 and Sammy starred as Tom King in the 12-week serial, King of the Texas Rangers. His co-star was Duncan Renaldo who later became the Cisco Kid in the television series.
Sammy Baugh returned to the east coast to become the first coach of the New York Titans for the American Football League during 1960-61.