Chapter 1, Page 32

Behind 6-0 as time was running out in the first period, Baugh quick-kicked because he had the wind with him. The ball went 85 yards. Baugh explained later, "If I waited until the second quarter I would've had to kick into the wind."

Shortly afterward, Baugh threw a touchdown pass to Wilbur Moore, who caught the ball over his shoulder. The play followed a Moore interception. The Redskins had three interceptions in all, one by Baugh in the Redskins' end zone to hold off the Bears. The Redskins outgained the Bears on interception-return yardage, 114-0. Luckman did not have a good day. He ended up with two yards net passing. The Redskins put away the game on a 1-yard plunge by Farkas. Afterward, the subdued victors, knowing they were about to lose their coach, posed for a team photo; Flaherty sat in front, his boxer at his knee. He was bound for the Navy in two days, never to coach another game for the Redskins.

In his six seasons in Washington Flaherty won two NFL championships and three Eastern division titles (and he was 2-1 against the Bears in title games). His 49-17-3 record gave him a winning percentage of more than 73.5, the best of any coach in Redskins history.

George Marshall started spinning his revolving door for coaches. Arthur (Dutch) Bergman was up first, and the 1943 Redskins were off fast with four straight victories. Farkas, who led the team in rushing for four seasons, returned the opening kickoff 84 yards against the Cardinals. In a 48-10 victory at Brooklyn, Baugh played 60 minutes and threw six touchdown passes. Later in the season against Detroit, he intercepted Heisman Trophy winner Frankie Sinkwich four times as the Redskins won, 42-20. If Baugh wasn't the Babe Ruth of football, no one was. Like Ruth, who pitched before he became a home run hitter, Baugh excelled at every phase of his game. In 1943 he led the league in passing and interceptions, with 11 takeaways. His career punting average of 45.1 yards is an NFL record that still stands.

The 1943 Redskins again appeared to have everything necessary, even a distinguished water boy. He was none other than Max Krause. By then in the Navy, he was stationed at Anacostia, and at every opportunity he did chores for the team. Vincent X. Flaherty wrote that Krause wanted "nothing more than the chance to imparadise himself in the environment." In games, Krause rushed the water bucket onto the field. During a timeout in one game, he warned the players, hunched down taking their breather, that the Giants were cross-firing on their rushes to try to block Baugh's punts. No one listened to the water boy. And when the Giants did, in fact, block a punt, that was the ball game.

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