Baugh started barking his signals in 1941 when the Redskins switched to the T, and he was in complete charge of the game. Now he was the quarterback, beholden only to general instructions from head coach Flaherty. He called almost all his shots, in contrast to the modern system in which plays generally are sent in from the sideline.
Redskin fans went wild for Baugh. In his tenth season here, "Sammy Baugh Day" was celebrated, with the fans giving him a maroon station wagon. Usually, athletes flop when they are given a "day." In baseball they go 0 for 5 as a rule. Not Baugh. That day he gave the 35,361 celebrant fans six touchdown passes. This was against the Chicago Cardinals, then the best defensive team in the NFL.
When Baugh retired from the Redskins in 1952, after his 16th season, The Washington Post editorial page stated: "Washington, especially in the autumn months, will be a duller and sadder place." One is tempted today to borrow Thomas Jefferson's memorable tribute to a departed friend: "He will have successors, but he will not be replaced."