“In a wild, frenzied battle for points on the frozen turf of Wrigley Field, the deft arm of Slingin’ Sammy Baugh prevailed today and Washington’s Redskins emerged as the champions of the National Football League,” the A1 dispatch began. “From the stabbing efforts of Baugh’s rapier-like heaves, the big, bruising Chicago Bears, champions of the West, reeled and stumbled and finally yielded to the Redskins, 28 to 21. It was a triumph of Baugh over brawn, of East over West.
Emphasis mine — that was the great Shirley Povich reporting. Baugh led the Redskins back from a 21-14 defecit for the 28-21 win. The rookie quarterback threw 3 touchdowns on an icy Wrigley Field with a bad leg while wearing rubber souled sneakers for the first time in his life. Fewer than 16,000 fans braved the sub-freezing temperatures, but apparently 3,000 came from the nation’s capital.
Here is a newsreel of the game – no narration, just music and title cards to go with the action.
The Redskins beat the Bears again for the championship in 1942, avenging a close loss in 1940. In the modern era, they won Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI.