Lot 150. Cleveland Browns Inaugural NFL Game Program – the “World Series of Pro Football.” Think of this game, played on Sept. 16, 1950, at Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, as a kind of pre-Super Bowl Super Bowl. After capturing All-America Football Conference championships from 1946-49, the Browns joined the National Football League in 1950. They opened their season against the Philadelphia Eagles, 1949 NFL champions, before crowd of more than 71,000 at Philadelphia Municipal Stadium. The outcome for the Eagles was far worse than it was for the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. The Browns led 14-3 at halftime and then went on to thrash the Eagles, 35-10. Billed as “The World Series of Pro Football,” the game even featured an MVP. That honor went to Otto Graham. Even though Eagles coach Greasy Neale took the Browns lightly, their victory was no fluke. They finished the regular season tied with the New York Giants atop the NFL’s American Conference, beat the Giants 8-3 in a playoff and then edged the Los Angeles Rams, 30-28, with a late-game field goal in the NFL Championship Game. The program for the Browns’ first game contains 28 pages and is vg-ex to ex; the staples have been removed. The program pictures NFL Commissioner Bert Bell, Browns and Eagles coaches Paul Brown and Neale, respectively; and several players, including Walter Stickel, Mike Jarmoluk, Chuck Bednarik, Pete Pihos, Clyde Scott, Tommy Thompson, Steve Van Buren, John Schweder, Graham, Mac Speedie, Horace Gillom, Lou Groza, Tony Adamle and Marion Motley.
Winning Bid $68
Lot 151. Cleveland Browns’ Program for Their First Home NFL Victory – Oct. 15, 1950. After four consecutive championships in the All-America Football Conference, the Browns joined the NFL in 1950 and won their first two games on the road. In their home debut on Oct 1, they lost to the New York Giants, 6-0. A victorious trip to Pittsburgh followed, and then the Browns returned to Cleveland Stadium for a 34-24 win over the Chicago Cardinals on Oct. 15. Later in the season, the Browns claimed the American Conference Championship and then defeated the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL Championship contest. The 44-page program has a Browns team photo inside the back cover. On the pages, Browns are liberally pictured, and some Cardinals are shown as well. There are photos of coach Paul Brown, Marion Motley, Dante Lavelli, Frank Gatski, Lou Groza, Bill Willis, Otto Graham, Jim Martin, Len Ford, Mac Speedie, Lou Rymkus, Dub Jones, Tony Adamle, Curly Lambeau, Pat Harer, Rank Tripucka, Charley Trippi, and others. Ex.
Winning Bid $50