1945 Cleveland Rams season

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1945 Cleveland Rams season
Head coach Adam Walsh
Home field Cleveland Municipal Stadium
League Park
Results
Record 9–1
Division place 1st NFL Western
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1944 1946 >

The 1945 Cleveland Rams season was the team's eighth year with the National Football League and the ninth and final season in Cleveland.

The Rams franchise won its first NFL Championship.

Off season[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1945 NFL Draft
= Hall of Famer
Round Pick Player Position College
1 5 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch End Michigan
2 16 Milan Lazetich Tackle Michigan
3 21 W.G. (Dub) Wooten End Oklahoma
4 32 Jack Zilly End Notre Dame
5 37 Roger Harding Center California
6 48 Jerry Cowhig Back Notre Dame
7 59 Fred Negus Center Wisconsin
8 70 Johnny August Back Alabama
9 81 Dick Huffman Tackle Tennessee
10 92 Vern Walters Back Alma
11 103 Tom Fears End UCLA
12 114 Joe Winkler Center Purdue
13 125 Jack Aland Tackle Alabama
14 136 Chuck Uknes Back Iowa
15 147 Bill Lund Back Case Western Reserve
16 158 Bob Barton End Holy Cross
17 169 Dick Hoerner Back Iowa
18 180 Lee Kennon Tackle Oklahoma
19 191 Eagle Matulich Back Mississippi State
20 202 Bill Griffin Tackle Kentucky
21 213 Leroy Erickson Back Oregon
22 224 Ray Evans Tackle Texas-El Paso
23 235 Luke Higgins Tackle Notre Dame
24 246 Stan Nowak End South Carolina
25 257 Gene Konopka Guard Villanova
26 268 Ray Florek Back Illinois
27 279 Russ Perry Back Wake Forest
28 290 Pat West Back USC
29 301 Bill Davis Back Oregon
30 312 Charley Compton Tackle Alabama

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Results Venue Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Bye Week
2 September 30, 1945 Chicago Cardinals W 21–0 1–0 League Park 10,872
3 October 7, 1945 Chicago Bears W 17–0 2–0 League Park 19,580
4 October 14, 1945 at Green Bay Packers W 27–14 3–0 East Stadium 24,607
5 October 21, 1945 at Chicago Bears W 41–21 4–0 Wrigley Field 28,273
6 October 28, 1945 at Philadelphia Eagles L 14–28 4–1 Shibe Park 38,149
7 November 4, 1945 at New York Giants W 21–17 5–1 Polo Grounds 46,219
8 November 11, 1945 Green Bay Packers W 20–7 6–1 League Park 28,686
9 November 18, 1945 at Chicago Cardinals W 35–21 7–1 Comiskey Park 18,000
10 November 22, 1945 at Detroit Lions W 28–21 8–1 Briggs Stadium 40,017
11 December 2, 1945 Boston Yanks W 20–7 9–1 League Park 18,470

Standings[edit]

NFL Western
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Rams 9 1 0 .900 244 136 W-5
Detroit Lions 7 3 0 .700 195 194 W-1
Green Bay Packers 6 4 0 .600 258 173 L-1
Chicago Bears 3 7 0 .300 192 235 W-2
Chicago Cardinals 1 9 0 .100 98 228 L-6

Regular season[edit]

Week 2: vs. Chicago Cardinals[edit]

Week Two: Cleveland Rams vs. Chicago Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0
Rams 0 7 14 0 21

at League Park

  • Date: September 30
  • Game attendance: 10,872
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CLE – Waterfield 8-yard run (Waterfield kick)
Third quarter
  • CLE – Pritko 4 pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick)
  • CLE – Gillette 25-yard run (Waterfield kick)
Fourth quarter

Week 3: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Three: Cleveland Rams vs. Chicago Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 0 0 0
Rams 14 3 0 0 17

at League Park

  • Date: September 30
  • Game attendance: 19,580
Game information
First quarter
  • CLE – Waterfield 8-yard run (Waterfield kick)
  • CLE – Pritko 25 pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick)
Second quarter
  • CLE – FG Waterfield 28
Third quarter
Fourth quarter

Week 4: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 6 0 0 21 27
Packers 0 0 7 7 14

at East Stadium, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Game attendance: 24,607

CLE – Benton 17 pass from Waterfield (kick failed)
GB – Comp 1 run (Hutson kick)
GB – Fritsch 3 run (Hutson kick)
CLE – Colella 6 pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick)
CLE – Greenwood 1 run (Waterfield kick)
CLE – Colella 5 run (Waterfield kick)

Week 5: at Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 6 14 7 14 41
Bears 0 7 14 0 21

at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Game attendance: 28,273

CLE – Greenwood 11 run (kick failed)
CLE – Colella 3 run (Waterfield kick)
CLE – Gehrke 10 run (Waterfield kick)
CHI – Margarita 1 run (Gudauskas kick)
CHI – Margarita 42 pass from Luckman (Gudauskas kick)
CHI – Gallameau 2 run (Gudauskas kick)
CLE – Greenwood 8 run (Waterfield kick)
CLE – Benton 21 pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick)
CLE – Colella 18 paass from Reisz (Waterfield kick)

Week 6: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week 7: at New York Giants[edit]

Week 8: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week 9: at Chicago Cardinals[edit]

Week 10: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week 11: vs. Boston Yanks[edit]

Post season[edit]

NFL Championship Game: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

NFL Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 7 7 0 14
Rams 2 7 6 0 15

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium

  • Date: December 16, 1945
  • Game weather: −8 °F (−22 °C)
  • Game attendance: 32,178

In the first quarter, the Redskins had the ball at their own 5-yard line. Dropping back into the end zone, quarterback Sammy Baugh threw, but the ball hit the goal post (which at the time were on the goal line instead of at the back of the end zone) and bounced back to the ground in the end zone. Under the rules at the time, this was ruled as a safety and thus gave the Rams a 2–0 lead.

In the second quarter, Baugh suffered bruised ribs and was replaced by Frank Filchock. Filchock threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Steve Bagarus to give the Redskins a 7–2 lead. But the Rams scored just before halftime when rookie quarterback Bob Waterfield threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jim Benton. Waterfield's ensuing extra point was partially blocked, with the ball teetering on the crossbar, but it dropped over to give Cleveland a 9–7 lead.

In the third quarter, the Rams increased their lead when Jim Gillette scored on a 44-yard touchdown reception, but this time the extra point was missed. The Redskins then came back to cut their deficit to 15–14 with Seymour's 8-yard touchdown catch from Filchock. In the fourth quarter, Washington kicker Joe Aguirre missed two field goals attempts, of 46 and 31 yards, that could have won the game.

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh, p.57, 2008, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6

External links[edit]