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DeAngelo Hall, Sammy Baugh and four interceptions

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP)

Here's our main online Skins headline on Monday: "Redskins beat Bears, 17-14; DeAngelo Hall ties NFL record with 4 interceptions."

And here's The Post's headline when that record was first set: "Redskins Beat Lions, 42-20; Baugh Stars."

Besides capitalization, newspaper headline styles remain constant over 67 years! Hooray!

Hall this week became the 19th person to grab four picks in one game; the first was another Redskin, Sammy Baugh. See one of his interceptions right here. Because this gimmick never gets old for me, I went back to the archives. Here's how The Post handled Baugh's achievement in the Nov. 15, 1943 editions.

Another of Sammy Baugh's untouchable one-man shows, a truly great individual performance in which the torrid Texan smashed two more National Football League records, carried the Redskins to a 42-20 triumph over the Detroit Lions yesterday in Griffith Stadium before 35,540 fans, including those who paid out $5 for bleacher seats.

At his passing best with 18 completions in 30 attempts, including four for touchdowns; great as a kicker, specializing in quick kicks with one rolling up 81 yards, Baugh simply outdid himself in the pass interception department as his four for the game and total of 10 for the season both accounted for league marks.

While Hall made all four of his interceptions in the second half, Baugh perhaps one-upped him with three interceptions in the second quarter. He also punted on three consecutive first downs, for 54, 46 and 66 yards. The first-down punt has really fallen out of favor, huh?

But hey, it was a different age. The Post's story also says the Redskins accused an opponent of "roughing...when he smothered Gabby's nose in the lime and added a punch." A nose smothered in lime? That's like six blog items, right there.

Anyhow, the superlatives rolled in for Baugh that week, just as they are for Hall right now.

"He's something out of a book," the Lions' Frankie Sinkwich told Shirley Povich. "I'd like to pay my way into a game and just watch him throw those things."

That's called the Anti-Cutler response.

A third Redskin defensive back joins Baugh and Hall on this list, though his accomplishment seems to have been largely overlooked. In fact, when Dan Sandifer had four interceptions against the Boston Yankees on Halloween of 1948 -- including two returned for touchdowns -- The Post didn't mention the record in its game story, and didn't get to Sandifer at all until the sixth paragraph. That'll happen when you score a team-record 59 points, plus get four more TD passes and a then-NFL-record 446 passing yards from Baugh. From The Post:

The Boston Yankees lost a Baugh game yesterday at Griffith Stadium.

There was no stopping Slingin' Sam as the Washington Redskins rolled up a 59-21 victory to retain second place in the Eastern Division, National Football League....

When Baugh wasn't hurtling the Yankees, rookie Dan Sandifer or somebody else was. The big former L.S.U. star was intercepting passes by Roy Zimmerman, former Redskin quarterback, all afternoon and twice he carried them for scores. His runs were for 35 and 48 yards.

"Lost a a Baugh game," haha. Get it? His performance that day remains the second-biggest passing day in franchise history.

Sandifer, meanwhile, finished his rookie season with a then-NFL-record 13 interceptions. He still has the Redskins' single-season mark. Hall closed his NFL Network interview on Sunday by joking about how he was coming after Deion Sanders; he needs to set his sights on Dan Sandifer.

By Dan Steinberg  | October 25, 2010; 2:35 PM ET
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"The first-down punt has really fallen out of favor, huh?"

With McNabb at quarterback Shanahan may want to rethink this strategy.

Posted by: pearlbullets | October 25, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"the torrid texan" love it. the post should get back to such stylized writing.

Posted by: destewar | October 25, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Pretty crazy - the 1943 article says bleacher seats were $5...accounting for inflation, that's $63 in 2010 money.

Posted by: kevin2504 | October 25, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

okay, for the life of me, can't understand how or why in the rules the 1st down punt would ever be used.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 25, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I think Baugh wanted to intercept more passes that day so he decided to keep the other team's offense on the field by punting on 1st down. (G)

The way the defense and Cutler were playing yesterday, the Skins should have considered the same strategy since the offens was pathetic again for 3 quarters.

Posted by: bbmcoachk | October 25, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm kinda surprised Jim Zorn never tried a first down fake punt swing play.

Did that say there was a kick for 81 yards? Krikey.

Posted by: grimesman | October 25, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

the pic in the paper was of baugh and wilbur moore, #35 rhb redskins not lee artoe of the lions. slinging sammy was the greatest. by the way the skins were world champs in 1942 beating the bad bears 14-6

Posted by: yeldarb | October 26, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

I was at that game in 43, and I think that was the game they gave Baugh a new Packard

Posted by: ercle33 | October 26, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

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