American Ingenuity: Sportswear, 1930S-1970s by Richard Martin

By Richard Martin

A examine of mid-twentieth-century American sports clothing.

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After Ford graduated, Harold “Hayseed” Stephens — a 5' 9" 170-pound scrambler — took over at quarterback. Baugh changed the offensive scheme to incorporate more running and rollout passes, and Stephens repeated Ford’s feat. 4. Slingin’ Sammy 41 Baugh had an uncanny ability to read defenses and quickly determine what would work against them.

Otto Graham, the former quarterback of the Browns, and former Illinois coach Ray Elliot were also rumored to be in contention for the job, but neither appeared to have much interest. With his top candidates out of reach, Wismer was at the Deepdale Golf Club watching a telecast of the Giants-Redskins game on November 29 and happened to see Sammy Baugh, the former Redskins star who was the head coach at Hardin-Simmons University, interviewed at halftime. A light bulb went on. Baugh was a big name that might put some people in the seats.

Although Wilson had not intended to make any decisions that day, he committed to place a team in Buffalo if a satisfactory stadium lease could be arranged. Four more investors committed to join Hunt, including 32-year-old Barron Hilton, son of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, who was approached by Hunt through a mutual friend, tennis pro Gene Mako. Hilton agreed to fund a franchise in Los Angeles. Bob Howsam, whose family owned the Denver Bears of baseball’s American Association, agreed to head up a Denver team.

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