Chapter 1, Page 13

But Baugh played a part. Among other things, his passes to Wayne Millner, Charley Malone and Bob McChesney set up Smith`s second field goal. Then Smith clinched the game by intercepting a pass and running 60 yards for a touchdown. And he kicked the point after.

Later in the season Smith kicked a 27-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining to play to beat Philadelphia, 10-7. Against the Cleveland Rams, he scored 10 points in the third period to clinch another victory. With the ball tucked under his left arm, he was the cover boy on the program (10 cents would buy it) on November 28, 1937 when the Redskins beat the defending champion Packers, 14-6, at Griffith Stadium. "He told me," said his son, Riley Smith, a businessman in Mobile, Alabama, "that when he'd walk into the Shoreham, the band would break into `Hail to the Redskins.' "

Smith was awestruck by the attention he and the team received in Washington. The love affair between the city and the Redskins began instantly. Good football was being played then at Georgetown, George Washington and Catholic University, so it wasn't a matter of filling a vacuum. The Senators had won the pennant as recently as 1933. Washingtonians simply liked their sports, and there was keen interest in this pro league that brought together an array of standouts from the college ranks. For Washington and the Redskins, it was a perfect match: instant love from the fans, instant greatness on the gridiron.

For Marshall, it was all he could ask for. He loved sitting back at halftime at Griffith Stadium and basking in the glory of the games and the increased ticket sales and the shows he put on. He had a band, the first in league history, and a team song and halftime surprises galore.

Corinne Griffith, the silent screen star and Marshall's second wife, wrote the words to "Hail to the Redskins." They had been married in 1936, and she had no choice but to get involved with the team if she were to keep much of his attention. In her book My Life With the Redskins, Griffith (no relation to the baseball family) wrote that sitting with Marshall at a game could try her patience. He always was jumping up, yelling at an official and sometimes even rushing down to the field to confront an official or a Redskins coach, to whom he would "suggest" plays and personnel changes. Griffith wrote, "A pair of flying coattails whipped me smartly in the face as George clambered over the railing to the field, en route for a man-to-man chat with the referee."

Marshall tried one of these talks once with Flaherty. Jim Barber, a former tackle who lives in Spokane and is the only living player from the original Washington Redskins team besides Baugh, recalled, "Marshall came down to the bench and right up to Ray.

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Other Pages in Chapter 1:
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42

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