Sammy Baugh


  • Washington Redskins (1937-1952)


  • New York Titans (1960, 1961)
  • Houston Oilers (1964 )
  • Pro Bowl selection ( 1951)
  • 9x All-Pro selection (1937, 1938, 1940-1943, 1945, 1947, 1948) 1 2 team
  • 2x NFL Championship (1937, 1942)
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All- Time Team
  • NFL 1940s All- Decade Team
  • Cotton Bowl Classic MVP (1937 )
  • 70 Greatest Redskins
  • Washington Redskins ' Ring of Fame
  • Retired shirt number 33 on the Redskins
  • College Football Hall of Fame (1951 )
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1963 )
  • Texas Sports Hall of Fame (1954 )

Samuel Adrian " Sammy" Baugh ( born March 17, 1914 in Temple, Texas, † December 17, 2008 in Rotan, Texas ) Nickname: Slingin ' Sammy was an US- American football player and coach. He has played as a quarterback in the National Football League ( NFL ) for the Washington Redskins. Baugh was one of the first players in professional football, which established the passing game permanently and systematically as Angriffsspielzug in the game system of his team.


Sammy Baugh was born on a farm in Temple, Texas, in poor conditions. At the age of 16, he moved with his family to Sweetwater, where his father found work on the railroad. His father was an alcoholic and players, after he had left his family, divorced his mother, and was Sammy and his two siblings alone. During his childhood Baugh tried to improve his throwing technique, by throwing the ball from different distances through a suspended car tires. Baugh first attended in Temple and after the family moved to Sweetwater High School, where he played alongside American football, baseball and basketball.

Playing career

College career

Samuel Baugh received a baseball scholarship at Washington State University. Due to a knee injury but he could not take this. Baugh therefore studied from 1934 to 1936 at Texas Christian University ( TCU) in Fort Worth. Also on this college Baugh worked both as a football player, as well as baseball and basketball player.

College Football Players

As is usual for that time he played in the American Football at different positions. He was an outstanding punter, halfback and defensive back. The position of quarterback was not yet defined. Only players as Sammy Baugh, who were able to accurately throw a ball and looked at the passing game not only as " Notspielzug " made ​​from a ball -throwing running back currently known quarterback. While previously 10 passes per game were the rule, Baugh threw the ball 40 times per game. Overall, he threw 587 passes during his studies and was able to achieve 39 touchdowns. In 1936 he led his team in the Sugar Bowl, where the team from Louisiana State University was beaten 3-2. 1937 Baugh played in the Cotton Bowl Classic against Marquette University. The " TCU Horned Frogs " won with 16:6 and Baugh was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the selected game. Both 1935 and 1936 Sammy Baugh was elected to the All American. In his senior year, he starred as a player choice in college all-star game against the Green Bay Packers, who were beaten 6-0.

College Baseball Players

Nicknamed the Slingin ' Sammy Baugh was as a baseball player through a Texas sports journalists. For the TCU College baseball team he played as a third baseman. After his studies, he received a professional contract with the St. Louis Cardinals but was a unterklassigen team forwarded immediately, who passed it to a third-rate team. He received little use time and decided to end his baseball career, therefore.

Professional career

Sammy Baugh was drafted in the year 1937 by the Washington Redskins in the first round in sixth place. The Redskins early in his last year of college he had (according to other sources 5,000 U.S. dollars) made ​​an offer for a one year contract with an income of $ 4,000. Baugh demanded an income of U.S. $ 8,000. He received this amount and was the highest-paid professional players in the NFL. The Redskins should not regret this commitment. Head coach of the Redskins was Ray Flaherty, the Baugh initially began as a tailback. For his passes Baugh were several outstanding players like the end Wayne Millner, or halfback Cliff Battles available. The Redskins won in the regular season in 1937, eight out of eleven games and failed to qualify therefore for the NFL championship game against the Chicago Bears, coached by George Halas. Baugh threw in the final 17 passes for a room gain of 335 yards. Multiple succeeded Wayne Millner set the scene who could use two of the three touchdown passes from Baugh to points for the Redskins him. The Redskins won with 28:21.

Slingin ' Sammy was also involved in the greatest defeat the Redskins. In 1940 the team from Washington DC could, again qualify for the NFL playoff and the Bears got their revenge for the 1937 defeat -related. Sid Luckman, the Bears quarterback, led his team to an unchallenged victory 73:0 and Baugh contributed two interceptions in the defeat of his team. The defeat left its mark. 1941 was a good year personally neither for the Redskins, nor for Baugh. His ten touchdown passes were over 19 interceptions and the Redskins had nothing to do with the outcome of the championship. In 1942, the team showed clearly recovered and won ten of eleven games .. opponents in the NFL championship game was again the Bears. Baugh scored a touchdown pass to 14:6 victory of his team. In the 1943 season, coached by Dutch Bergman Redskins won in a play-off game against the New York Giants with 28:0. Baugh threw a touchdown pass and once again led his team for the fourth time in the NFL playoff one. As usual, we met the crew from Chicago, where Hunk Anderson took over as coach. Baugh threw two touchdowns, his counterpart at the Bears, Sid Luckman had, however, caught an excellent day - five of his passes could be recycled into touchdowns. During the game, Baugh retired also, he had suffered an injury in a tackle against Luckman. The Bears won with 41:21.

1944 took over as coach Dudley DeGroot at the Redskins. He led the team a year later, in the final game against the Cleveland Rams. The Rams had intensified in the same year with the new quarterback Bob Waterfield and hope the Redskins could defeat almost in the final 15-14. Baugh ran under it a game crucial mistake. When you pass attempt, he ran into the end zone and threw own the ball against the crossbar of his own goal. According to the then rules introduced this presents a safety and the Rams went 2-0 lead. DeGroot had to leave after the game his coach office and was replaced by Turk Edwards. Up to end of his career in 1952 Baugh should move more in not final, however, was on November 23, 1947 in a game against the eventual champions Chicago Cardinals again his great skill. Baugh threw at 45:21 victory 33 passes, was caught 25 of them and achieved an area gain of 355 yards and six touchdowns. This round should be remembered as " Sammy Baugh Day" in the American sports history. Local sponsors honored Baugh and gave him a car after the game.

Baugh was an outstanding player, who came at different positions as professional players used. As a playmaker he set numerous Jahresbestleistungen. In 1945, his quarterback rating was 109.9. 1947 was his best year statistically. Although his team's mediocre services offered, 59.3 % of his passes were caught by their own players. He thus achieved a gain of space of 2938 yards, 25 touchdowns with 15 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 92 Also available as a defensive back, he showed good performance. In 1943 he was able to intercept eleven passes, this also presented a Jahresbestleistung dar. As in college Sammy Baugh was also used for the Redskins as a punter. As with his statistics as a quarterback, he is also, as a punter today on the first places in the record books of the NFL.

Coaching career

The coaching career of Sammy Baugh was less successful. From 1955 to 1959 he worked as head coach at Hardin - Simmons University. But his team won only 23 of 51 games. In 1960 he took over as coach for the New York Titans in the newly formed American Football League ( AFL). After two years, he balanced the game was released after the season in 1961 and replaced by Bulldog Turner. After a term as assistant coach at the University of Tulsa, he returned to the AFL in 1964 and coached for a year without success, the Houston Oilers.


Samuel Baugh played in a Pro Bowl nine times and was voted All- Pro. Baugh is a member of the NFL 75th Anniversary All- Time Team, NFL 1940s All- Decade in the team, in the College Football Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His jersey number 33 is no longer awarded by the Redskins. The magazine The Sporting News selected him as one of the 100 best football players of all time.

Away from the NFL

Sammy Baugh played in 1941 in a twelve-part film series, a Texas Ranger. Him a salary of $ 4,500 was paid. After his career he acquired a ranch in Texas. Baugh was married and had five children. His wife died in 1990 and he last lived in a nursing home near his ranch, which was run by one of his sons on. Sammy Baugh is buried in the Belvieu Cemetery in Rotan.