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So Long, Slingin' Sammy

Sammy Baugh, the Redskins' legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer who died Wednesday at 94, was a quarterback, punter and defensive back who set a bunch of passing records while playing in an era in which the game was played almost exclusively on the ground.

"Slingin' Sammy" was the last surviving member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class (inducted Sept. 7, 1963) and played for the Redskins from 1937-1952. Redskins fans hardly need a reminder of how great he was, but just to provide a bit of perspective, here are the other members of that class: Bert Bell, Joe Carr, Earl Clark, Red Grange, George Halas, Mel Hein, Wilbur Henry, Robert Hubbard, Don Hutson, Earl Lambeau, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, John McNally, Bronco Nagurski, Ernie Nevers, and Jim Thorpe.

These guys invented football -- on and off the field -- and now the last of that group is gone. Our condolences to the Baugh family.

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 18, 2008; 8:09 AM ET
 
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A great class indeed. Condolences to the Baughs.

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 18, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

paging 70chip.

Posted by: Original_etrod | December 18, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

I refuse to say any nice comment for a guy who was racist and played for owner who hated blacks. Now say that's false !! I will say a prayer for his family, but no pat on the back for a guy who didn't like blacks.

Posted by: Daggarforracialjustice | December 18, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

I'm great as long as we don't turn it into a 365-day wake complete with wailing and gnashing of teeth. He is forever in the pantheon of NFL greats. His contribution to the game can neither be underestimated nor truly appreciated. That, my friends, is the mark of a legend.

Posted by: 70Chip | December 18, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Here we go again with Poolman's alias... obviously must be Poolman cause he spelled "Dagger" wrong for his name. Ignorant as they come.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 18, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

He's reason one why the Redskins are one of the storied franchises in NFL history. Without him football would have been dead in this town until the late 60's.

Its a shame that the younger generations never really got to see or hear from him that much. But he lived and died a Redskins fan. God bless ya Sammy.

Posted by: Predator48 | December 18, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

"I refuse to say any nice comment for a guy who was racist and played for owner who hated blacks."

What proof do you have that Sammy Baugh was racist? Yes, Marshall was racist, but playing for him doesn't make Baugh a racist.

Posted by: mgonter | December 18, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

mgonter,

Don't bother that guy is a complete jacka$$ who makes everything about race.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 18, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

"played for owner who hated blacks."

You do know that Bobby Mitchell and Charley Taylor played for G. P. Marshall too, right.

Yes Marshall was a bastard for his views, but he more than paid for it by fielding losing teams for almost 20 years after WWII, until he was forced to integrate.

Don't recall Baugh being an overt racist, he may have been, but who knows. Still, he's one of the G.O.A.T.

Posted by: Predator48 | December 18, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

"I will say a prayer for his family, but no pat on the back for a guy who didn't like blacks.

Posted by: Daggarforracialjustice "

What about all the other minorities and races?

Or do they not matter?

And you talk about racists...

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 18, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

guys, for the love of Christmas, ITA would you please....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 18, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse


I refuse to say any nice comment for a guy who was racist and played for owner who hated blacks. Now say that's false !! I will say a prayer for his family, but no pat on the back for a guy who didn't like blacks.

Posted by: Daggarforracialjustice

That post says a lot about you!


"Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were."

Cherie Carter-Scott
Career Coach

Posted by: lsskinsfan | December 18, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

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