Chapter 1, Page 35

Gilmer and Baugh Crisler and Taylor
Passers and receivers: At left, Harry Gilmer with legendary quarterback Sammy Baugh. At right, the younger Hal Crisler gets a few tips from seasoned Redskins end Hugh (Bones) Taylor.


"Wayne would have gone the rest of the distance, no question," said Al Demao, then a rookie. As it happened, the ball fell back into the end zone. It was an automatic safety, according to the rules then (Marshall would get that rule changed for 1946). The score was 2-0, Cleveland.

At the half, Marshall showed up in the Redskins locker room, demanding to know why the team wasn't wearing sneakers. DeGroot revealed his "gentleman's agreement." "What do you mean, gentleman's agreement?" Demao remembered Marshall roaring. Demao: "DeGroot finished the game, but actually he was fired on the spot," making way for yet another head coach, Turk Edwards.

The final score of that loss to Cleveland was 15-14. Baugh always would hold himself accountable. "If I hadn't done that," he recalled, remorse in his Texas drawl, "we would have won the game."

Thus began the long decline of the Redskins.

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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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