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1954 BROWNS v REDSKINS program - Cleveland's BIGGEST WIN EVER Washington Vintage
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1950 NFL Football Game Program
Washington Redskins
Cleveland Browns

November 7, 1954
Cleveland Browns Stadium

FINAL RESULT - Cleveland def. Washington 62-3
*This game still stands as the MOST LOPSIDED VICTORY in Cleveland Browns team history*

The winner of this lot will receive:
• Original 1954 Washington @ Cleveland (11/7/54) NFL Football program
• Protective Hard Plastic Magazine Sleeve
• Printout of original article from Cleveland Plain Dealer about the win
• Printout of statistics and box score

Offered here is an original game program in great condition - see below description and pictures and ask any questions!
It contains 36-pages, and features a variety of football content plus a ton of great vintage American advertisements.
This game was the single most lopsided victory in Cleveland Browns History, and still holds that record to this very day.
The original owner wrote a box score onto the full color centerfold rosters and starting lineup page.
Ads include Miller High Life, Lucky Strike, Ford, Capital Airlines, Sylvania TV, General Electric, and more!

About the 1954 NFL Season
The 1954 was the 35th season of the National Football league, and fifth since the AAFC Merger.
The Cleveland Browns won the championship defeating the Detroit Lions.

About the Cleveland Browns
The 1954 Browns defense was the first defense in NFL history to lead the league in fewest rushing, fewest passing, and fewest total yards allowed.
Statistically, 1954 was Cleveland's best defensive team in franchise history, even to this very day.
Their defensive dominance led them to the 1954 NFL title, their sixth franchise title and second NFL crown.

About the Washington Redskins
The 1954 Redskins traded star defensive back Don Paul to the Browns before the season began, hoping their new pieces would improve upon their 6-5-1 record from 1953.
But they took a step back instead, finishing the year 3-9.  

About The Game
It was the single most lopsided victory in the history of the Browns.
Cleveland rushed for 226 yards and three touchdowns;
they passed for 310 yards, including four touchdowns;
they had 515 total yards resulting in 33 first downs.

It was a different story for Washington, who was shut down by the Browns dee from the get go.
They had 33 total rushing yards on 25 attempts and two fumbles, one which was lost;
they completed only 5-of-20 passes for 36 yards, with no scores and 3 interceptions.
In total, they could only muster 64 total yards.

See below for an excerpt from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a copy of which will be included with the purchase of this program.

This exceptionally rare program is complete and immaculate!
It exhibits excellent condition throughout,
and comes in a hard plastic sleeve to protect and display your investment.
It displays great for its age, with very minor wear and no holes or tears.
Pages are all there and complete, in the binding, and display boldly.
The binding is holding everything where it should be, no problems!
The program was folded at one point but sits flat after being protected for years.

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The following is an article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a copy of the full article will be included with the program.

Ratterman Fires Browns' 62-3 Blast
November 07, 1954
By Chuck Heaton
Plain Dealer Reporter

Paul Brown decided to "let George do it" for the Cleveland Browns yesterday at the stadium and turned what was shaping up as a close football game into an almost ridiculously easy 62-3 victory over the Washington Redskins.

George Ratterman, who has spent most of his three seasons with the Browns as the telephone operator on the bench, slammed the receiver on the hook early in the second quarter and moved into the game as Otto Graham's replacement with Cleveland hanging on to a 13-3 lead.

Then in less than two quarters, the ex-Notre Dame quarterback, now the highest-paid bench warmer in the game, completed 10 of 11 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns. When Ratterman left the game late in the third period, the Browns held a 41-3 bulge and their fourth victory in the National League race was assured.

Stay on Leaders' Heels

Cleveland, which will take a 4-2 mark against the Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field next Sunday, is in third place in the Eastern Division, a half game behind the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, tied with 5-2 marks.

"That Ratterman is a good one and there is no question about it," Brown declared after the victory, the most one-sided since the team moved into the National League in 1950.

"We seemed to need a change of pace, and he provided it with that perfect passing. We looked good today, and I'm hoping that we came through without too many injuries.

"We got Ray Renfro out of there in a hurry when he hurt his knee."

RAY-RENFRO.JPGThe Cleveland Browns' Ray Renfro went out of the game early with a knee injury.

 Renfro Back on Feet

Renfro, the speedy left halfback from North Texas State, suffered the knee injury in the first quarter after a 22-yard gain and was immediately moved to the dressing room. X-rays will be taken today to determine the extent of the damage, although Ray left the stadium under his own power.

Ratterman along with Dub Jones, who had a fine day both as a receiver and runner, and the entire defensive unit shared the ovation of the 25,158 fans who enjoyed bright sunshine and perfect football weather throughout the rout.

Jones, carrying the burden at right halfback because of Billy Reynolds' foot injury, made 84 yards in 10 tries on the ground and caught three passes for 93 yards and one touchdown.

The defense, with young Carlton Massey, the rookie end from Texas, sparkling, held the Redskins, who have won only one of seven games this season and haven't defeated Cleveland in eight tries, to a total of 64 yards, 33 rushing and 31 passing. Washington tried 20 passes and completed only five.

Brewster Scores 2

The Browns' touchdowns were well divided, with Darrell (Pete) Brewster, who took two touchdown passes, the leader. Also hitting the end zone for six points were Jones, Graham, Maurice Bassett, Fred (Curley) Morrison, Dante Lavelli and Ken Gorgal.

Gorgal, who has been bothered by a knee bruise and sat out last week's victory over the Giants, pulled down a pass by quarterback Al Dorow of the Skins and returned 53 yards for the last touchdown with only 20 seconds left to play.

Lou Groza registered Cleveland's first six points with field goals of 11 and 43 yards and booted the extra points after the first five touchdowns. After The Toe left the game with a stiff neck, which has bothered him the last few days, Kenny Konz added the points from placement after the last three touchdowns.

Vic Janowicz, the ex-Ohio State star who deserted the Pittsburgh Pirates and a major league baseball career for pro football, provided the Redskins' three points with a 37-yard field goal early in the second season.

Graham, who received a badly bruised left shoulder in the first quarter on a running play, clicked on eight of 17 passes for 102 yards. He fired to Brewster in the end zone while on the dead run for the Browns' seventh score with only a little over a minute left in the game.

Brewster's 114 yards paced the receivers, while Jones was next with his 84. Lavelli was well covered by the Washington defense, which used an eight- and even nine-man line at times, but took four aerials for 59 yards. His touchdown pass was on a 28-yard toss from Ratterman, a bull's-eye effort into the end zone in the third quarter.

Browns Pile Up 515

The Browns piled up 515 yards, gaining 226 net rushing and 288 net through the air.

Cleveland's previous biggest victory margin in the National League was the 62-14 drubbing handed the Giants last season. However, Paul Brown's first pro team in 1946 rolled up 66 points to Brooklyn's 14 in the All-America Conference.

During his remarkable pitching performance, Ratterman completed eight straight passes to come within one of the Cleveland record set by Graham, also against Washington. In 1950, George, who appears too frail for pro football, failed on his first try, but that one didn't count, the play being called back for Cleveland holding.

Then he hit Jones for a 44-yard gain and Bassett for 16 on the screen as the Browns moved to their second touchdown.

George remained on the ground for the remainder of the push, which actually carried 72 yards after Ratterman took over. Jones ran for 19 yards in two plays, and on a pair of quarterback sneaks Ratterman picked up four yards.

Bassett didn't have much of a hole on the payoff plunge, but the giant-sized rookie fullback from Langston University bulled the last nine yards for the second touchdown.

Graham had gone five yards around right end for the first Cleveland touchdown on a bootleg in the opening quarter. John Kissell set the stage by recovering Bob Goode's fumble on the Washington 12.

That touchdown followed Groza's pair of field goals, and Janowicz retaliated with three points for Washington at 4:30 of the second quarter. Ratterman then came in to lead the march to the second touchdown, and, with only 10 seconds remaining in the half, threw to Jones for 48 yards and another score. The Dubber took that one on the 12.

The Browns held a 27-3 halftime lead and Ratterman was the quarterback as the play resumed after the intermission. His 16-yard touchdown toss to Brewster finished a drive that covered 64 yards in six plays and finished the Skins.

However, George wasn't finished yet and engineered another ramble of 80 yards, with Lavelli taking the touchdown pitch of 28 yards in the end zone.

Graham then returned to the T-quarterback slot and led the Browns to a pair of scores. Morrison drove one yard for the first to finish a 58-yard march, and Otto pitched to Brewster for nine yards and the finale by the defensive team.

Chet Hanulak, the newcomer from Maryland who is looking better all the time, returned a punt by Charley Justice 43 yards to the Skins 13 to provide the momentum.

The defense managed to get in on the scoring act before the end on Gorgal's 53-yard return of Dorow's pass, a fitting finish to a day in which the Browns could do little wrong once George started to do it.

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