1946 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1946 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Greasy Neale
Home field Shibe Park
Results
Record 6–5
Division place 2nd NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1946 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 14th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous output of 7–3, winning only six games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the 14th consecutive season.

Off Season[edit]

With the war restrictions over the Eagles move their training camp from West Chester State Teachers College in West Chester, Pennsylvania, to Saranac High School Field in (Saranac Lake, New York)

NFL Draft[edit]

The 1946 NFL Draft was held on January 14, 1946. There was 32 rounds and the Eagles had the 7 or 8th pick in the rounds. The top 5 teams in the league, from the 1947 season, did not get a draft pick in rounds 2 and 4. The Eagles made 30 selections in this draft.

The overall number one pick in the draft was by the Boston Yanks and the choose Frank Dancewicz a quarterback from the Notre Dame.

Player Selections[edit]

The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had that were traded away and the team that ended up with that pick. It is possible the Eagles' pick ended up with this team via another team that the Eagles made a trade with. Not shown are acquired picks that the Eagles traded away.

= Pro Bowler [2] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick Player Position School . Rd Pick Player Position School
1 8 Leo Riggs Back USC 2 No PICK
3 22 Gordon Gray Back USC 4 No PICK
5 37 Walt Slater Back Tennessee 6 48 Felto Prewitt Center Tulsa
7 57 George Robotham End UCLA 8 68 Jim Lecture Guard Northwestern
9 77 Ernie Lewis Back Colorado 10 88 Al Vandeweghe End William & Mary
11 97 Bill Iancelli End Franklin & Marshall 12 108 Pat McHugh Back Georgia Tech
13 117 John Wingender Back Washington 14 128 Homer Paine Tackle Tulsa
15 137 John Kerns Tackle Ohio 16 148 Buddy Hubbard Back William & Mary
17 157 Allen Smith Back Tulsa 18 168 Bernie Millham End Fordham
19 177 Lawrence Mauss Center Utah 20 188 Dave Butcher Back William & Mary
21 197 Don Fabling Back Colorado 22 208 George Feldman Back Tufts
23 217 Ed Cameron Guard Miami (FL) 24 228 Charley Steed Back Arkansas-Monticello
25 237 Ed Grygiel Back Dartmouth 26 248 Ben Raimondi Back Indiana
27 257 Sam Bailey End Georgia 28 268 Bob Long Back Tennessee
29 277 Bill Fisher Tackle Harvard 30 288 George Slusser Back Ohio State
31 292 John Itzel Back Pittsburgh 32 298 Larry Kirkman Back Boston University

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 29, 1946 at Los Angeles Rams W 25–14
30,500
2 October 6, 1946 Boston Yanks W 49–25
33,986
3 October 13, 1946 Green Bay Packers L 19–7
36,127
4 October 20, 1946 at Chicago Bears L 21–14
41,221
5 October 27, 1946 at Washington Redskins W 28–24
33,691
6 November 3, 1946 New York Giants W 24–14
40,059
7 November 10, 1946 at New York Giants L 45–17
60,874
8 November 17, 1946 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–7
38,882
9 November 24, 1946 Washington Redskins L 27–10
36,633
10 December 1, 1946 Pittsburgh Steelers W 10–7
29,943
11 December 8, 1946 at Boston Yanks W 40–14
29,555

Game recaps[edit]

Week 2 vs Boston Yanks[edit]

For the first time in Eagles franchise history a Head coach has a .500 winning percentage. By winning this game the Eagles are 25–25–4 under Greasy Neale. The Eagles would have a 63–43–5 record, 3 Championship games appearances and winning 2 of them, under Neale lifetime as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Week 2: Philadelphia Eagles (2–0–0) vs Boston Yanks (0–2–0)
1 2 3 4 Total
Yanks 12 0 6 7 25
Eagles 14 14 7 14 49

at Shibe Park on Grass,

  • Date: October 6, 1946
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: degrees, wind mph
  • [1]
Game information
1st quarter
  • Eagles Jack Ferrante 48 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Augie Lio kick), Eagles 7 – 0
  • Eagles Bosh Pritchard 68 yard rush (Augie Lio kick), Eagles 14 – 0
  • Yanks John Grigas 1 yard rush (kick failed), Eagles 14 – 6
  • Yanks Paul Governali 3 yard rush (kick failed), Eagles 14 – 12
2nd quarter
  • Eagles Dick Humbert 7 yard pass from Allie Sherman (Augie Lio kick), Eagles 21 – 12
  • Eagles Steve Van Buren 31 yard rush (Augie Lio kick), Eagles 28 – 12
3rd quarter
  • Yanks Don Currivan 60 yard pass from Paul Governali (kick failed), Eagles 28 – 18
  • Eagles Steve Van Buren 2 yard rush (Augie Lio kick), Eagles 35 – 18
4th quarter
  • Eagles Bosh Pritchard 35 yard pass from Tommy Thompson (Augie Lio kick), Eagles 42 – 18
  • Eagles Bert Kuczynski 9 yard pass from Tommy Thompson (Augie Lio kick), Eagles 49 – 18
  • Yanks Hal Crisler 62 yard pass from Paul Governali (Nick Scollard kick), Eagles 49 – 25

Team Stats

  • First downs – Bos 17 – Phila 21
  • Rush-yards-TDs – Bos 26–59–2 – Phila 37–197–3
  • Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT – Bos 13–24–282–2–3 – Phila 14–18–208–4–1
  • Sacked-yards – Bos 0–0 – Phila 0–0
  • Net pass yards – Bos 282 – Phila 208
  • Total yards – Bos 341 – Phila 405
  • Fumbles-lost – Bos 2–1 – Phila 2–1
  • Turnovers – Bos 4 – Phila 2
  • Penalties-yards – Bos 7–55 – Phila 6–67
American Conference Standing
  • Philadelphia (2–0–0)
  • New York (2–0–0)
  • Pittsburgh (1–1–1)
  • Washington (0–1–1)
  • Boston Yanks (0–2–0)

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Giants 7 3 1 .700 236 162 W-1
Philadelphia Eagles 6 5 0 .545 231 220 W-2
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 5 1 .500 136 117 L-2
Washington Redskins 5 5 1 .500 171 191 L-2
Boston Yanks 2 8 1 .200 189 273 L-1

1946 Roster[edit]

(All time List of Philadelphia Eagles players in franchise history)

= 1946 Pro All-Star[2]
  • + = 1st team All-Star
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Greasy Neale 55 Coach 1946
record

6–5–0
NFL-Eagles
Lifetime

29–30–4
6th West Virginia Wesleyan
Mel Bleeker 26 HB 4 0 189 5–11 2 USC
Larry Cabrelli 29 E-DB 8 6 194 5–11 5 Colgate
Jim Castiglia 28 FB 11 2 208 5–11 5 Georgetown (DC)
Russ Craft 25 DB-HB 9 1 178 5–9 Rookie Alabama
Otis Douglas 35 T 11 0 224 6–1 Rookie William & Mary
John Eibner 32 T 9 0 228 6–2 5 Kentucky
Jack Ferrante 30 E-DE 11 9 197 6–1 5 none
Bob Friedlund 26 E 2 0 210 6–3 Rookie Michigan State
Ray Graves 28 C 7 0 205 6–1 4 Tennessee, and
Tennessee Wesleyan College
Henry Gude 27 C-G 2 0 225 6–1 2 Vanderbilt
Jack Hinkle 29 B 10 3 195 6–0 6 Syracuse
Dick Humbert 28 E-DE 11 4 179 6–1 4 Richmond
Bucko Kilroy 25 G-MG-T-DT 9 1 243 6–2 3 Notre Dame, and
Temple
Ben Kish 29 B 10 2 207 6–0 6 Pittsburgh
Pete Kmetovic 27 HB 5 0 175 5–9 Rookie Stanford
Bob Krieger 28 E 7 2 190 6–1 5 Dartmouth
Bert Kuczynski 26 E 3 0 196 6–0 3 Pennsylvania
Vic Lindskog 32 C 11 10 203 6–1 2 Stanford
Augie Lio 28 G-T-PK 11 5 234 6–0 5 Georgetown (DC)
Jay MacDowell 27 T-DE 6 0 217 6–2 Rookie Washington
Duke Maronic 25 G 11 11 209 5–9 2 none
Flip McDonald 25 E 1 0 200 6–2 2 Oklahoma
Bob McDonough 27 G 10 0 205 5–11 Rookie Duke
Eddie Michaels 32 G 10 5 205 5–11 10 Villanova
Joe Muha 25 FB-LB 10 8 205 6–1 Rookie Virginia Military Institute
Elliott Ormsbee 25 HB 4 0 185 5–11 Rookie Bradley
Cliff Patton 23 G-LB 4 0 243 6–2 Rookie TCU
Bosh Pritchard 27 HB 11 5 164 5–11 4 Georgia Tech, and
VMI
Vic Sears 28 T-DT 11 11 223 6–3 5 Oregon State
Allie Sherman 23 QB 11 0 170 5–11 3 Brooklyn
Rudy Smeja 26 E 11 1 195 6–2 2 Michigan
Ernie Steele 29 HB-DB 9 4 187 6–0 4 Washington
Gil Steinke 27 HB 10 0 175 6–0 1 Texas A&M-Kingsville
Tommy Thompson 30 QB 10 3 192 6–1 6 Tulsa
Steve Van Buren 26 HB 9 8 200 6–0 2 LSU
Al Wistert+ 26 T-G-DT 9 9 214 6–1 3 Michigan
Alex Wojciechowicz 31 C-LB-E 7 1 217 5–11 8 Fordham
John Wyhonic 27 G 11 2 213 6–0 Rookie Alabama
Roy Zimmerman 28 QB-WB-K 11 7 201 6–2 6 San Jose State
41 Players
Team Average
27.6 11 202.6 6–0.3 3.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1946 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. ^ a b Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.