Chapter 1, Page 25

With the Redskins and Bears tied at 21, Baugh threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Ed Justice. That gave Baugh three scoring passes in 10 minutes, and he would finish with 335 yards passing. The defense did the rest. An interception by Riley Smith clinched it.

The Redskins' play of 1937 suggested a dynasty. Baugh won the league's passing title, the first of six he would garner, and he signed a three-year contract at $10,000 a year. Battles retired prematurely when Marshall refused to raise his salary from $2,800 to $4,000. But Flaherty engineered a trade with Pittsburgh for Frank Filchock, demonstrating again Pittsburgh's knack for letting good throwers get away and giving the Redskins an unusual bounty of two excellent passers. With his No. 1 draft pick, Flaherty got Andy Farkas, from the University of Detroit; Farkas would become the running-back replacement for Battles and the Redskins' famous number 44 before John Riggins. He was 5 feet, 10 ½ inches and 190 pounds.

"He had short legs, and that was how he was able to run. He ran with his head down and his eyes up, blue eyes up. A lot of times he played without his helmet," said Ellen Farkas, Andy's wife of 58 years. "He played eight years, 60 minutes a game." He was in a Detroit hospital with Alzheimer's disease when she spoke. She wasn't expecting to bring him home.

But the Redskins fell just short of championships in 1938 and 1939. Baugh was injured off and on during both years, although he played hurt, and a 36-0 defeat at New York ended the Redskins' 1938 season and their title hopes. Flaherty suggested taking the team west for training camp the following summer, to his hometown of Spokane. That began the Redskins' tradition of training in the West, which for years was highlighted by a charity exhibition game against the Rams in the Los Angeles Coliseum.

In 1939, Flaherty set up camp at Cheney Normal School, 18 miles outside of Spokane. The clear air buoyed the spirits. More importantly, Baugh stayed a bit healthier that season, and the team went 8-2-1. The "1" was a scoreless tie with the Giants in the second game of the season, the only scoreless game in Redskins history. In a victory over Pittsburgh, Filchock flipped a pass from his own end zone to Farkas, who went 99 yards for a touchdown — a Redskins distinction to be duplicated in years to come by George Izo and Bobby Mitchell and then Sonny Jurgensen and Gerry Allen. Redskins title hopes for 1939 hinged, as they often did, on the final regular-season game with the Giants. Played before 50,000 at the Polo Grounds, that game proved as controversial as any the Redskins would ever play.

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