Pro Football Championships Before the Super Bowl

A Year-by-Year History, 1926–1965

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About the Book

While the Super Bowl has become a worldwide cultural event, the annual league championship games had a long history even before the first Super Bowl in January, 1967. From the first American Football League’s attempt to settle the league title on the gridiron in 1926 to the separate NFL and AFL championships of the 1965 season, this history offers a narrative of each game, including line-ups, box scores and team statistics.

About the Author(s)

Joseph S. Page is an organizational development consultant in Nashville, Tennessee. His other works include biographies of former heavyweight boxing champion Primo Carnera and boxing’s first world middleweight champion Nonpareil Jack Dempsey.

Bibliographic Details

Joseph S. Page
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4809-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5785-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      viii

Introduction      1

1926 AFL—The First Championship Games      3

1926 AFL—The NFL Challenge      9

1932 NFL—In from the Snow and the Cold      13

1933 NFL—Number One      22

1934 NFL—MVP: Abe Cohen      28

1935 NFL—The Lions Roar      32

1936 NFL—The First Neutral Site      35

1937 NFL—Enter Sammy Baugh      40

1938 NFL—The Gridiron Sport at Its Primitive Best      44

1939 NFL—Curley’s Perfect Packers      49

1940 NFL—The Wrath of the Bears      53

1941 NFL—Storm Clouds on the Horizon      59

1942 NFL—The Redskins’ Revenge      63

1943 NFL—Bronko’s Back!      67

1944 NFL—A Hidden Jewel      71

1945 NFL—Of Cold and Crossbars      75

1946 AAFC—The Browns Take Center Stage      80

1946 NFL—A Dark Day in Gotham      83

1947 AAFC—The Browns Repeat      89

1947 NFL—This One’s for Charlie      92

1948 AAFC—Perfect      96

1948 NFL—Snowbirds      99

1949 AAFC—Four for Four!      104

1949 NFL—Are You Sure This Isn’t Seattle?      108

1950 NFL—Look, Elmer, We’ve Got a Ball!      111

1951 NFL—How to Stop a Freight Train?      119

1952 NFL—The Lions’ Texas Connections      124

1953 NFL—The Lions Repeat      128

1954 NFL—Goodbye, Otto      133

1955 NFL—Goodbye, Otto …Again      137

1956 NFL—Gene Filipski’s Giant Day      141

1957 NFL—A Long Day in Detroit      145

1958 NFL—Sudden Death      149

1959 NFL—A Brilliant Duel in Baltimore      157

1960 AFL—The George Blanda Show      160

1960 NFL—Swan Song for the Dutchman      164

1961 AFL—Blanda Bowl II      168

1961 NFL—The Pack Is Back      171

1962 AFL—Sudden Death II      175

1962 NFL—One That Got Away: Tales of the Wind and Jimmy Taylor      180

1963 AFL—Keith Lincoln’s Big Day      184

1963 NFL—One More for Papa Bear      188

1964 AFL—Jack Kemp’s Revenge      194

1964 NFL—Ambush by the Lake      199

1965 AFL—Trampled by a Thundering Herd      203

1965 NFL—A Win for the Walking Wounded      206

Professional Football Champions Prior to the 1933 Title Game      209

Chapter Notes      211

Bibliography      217

Index      219

Book Reviews & Awards

“Page clearly has labored to gather factual information and present it in a clear, straightforward fashion. Football trivia buffs will encounter many unusual and interesting tidbits”—ARBA.