DeAngelo Hall, Sammy Baugh and four interceptions
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.
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