1947 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1947 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Greasy Neale
Home field Shibe Park
Results
Record 8–4
Division place 1st NFL American
Playoff finish Lost NFL Championship
Timeline
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< 1946 1948 >

The 1947 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 15th in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 6–5, winning eight games.[1] The team qualified for the playoffs for the first time in fifteen seasons.

Off season[edit]

The Eagles for the 2nd year went to Saranac High School Field / Eagles Residence, in Saranac Lake, New York to hold training camp. Greasy Neale liked having the Eagles train away from Philadelphia and they only trained near their homebase when there were wartime travel restrictions during WW II. Under Neale the Eagles trained in Wisconsin, upstate New York and Minnesota when they could travel.

NFL Draft[edit]

The 1947 NFL Draft was December 16, 1946. The NFL started a lottery of a bonus pick for the first pick in the draft. They did this until 1958.

The Eagles made 29 selections over the 32 rounds. They got the 6th or 7th pick in the rounds in which they had picks.

The top two picks in the draft was a lottery bonus pick as the number-one pick by the NFL champion Chicago Bears was Bob Fenimore, a back who attended Oklahoma A&M. With the number-two pick the Detroit Lions took 1946 Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis a halfback from Army. He was unable to play due to his required military service. Cal Rossi, a running back from UCLA was drafted again this year with the 4th pick by the Washington Redskins. He was taken in error with the 9th pick in the 1946 draft when he was still a junior in college. He declined to play pro football.

The future NFL Hall of Famers that were in this draft where Dante Lavelli (12th round), Art Donovan (22nd round) and Tom Landry (20th round).

Some players drafted were signed by All-America Football Conference teams.

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 Neill Armstrong End Oklahoma A&M 2 No PICK
3 19 Bill Mackrides Back Nevada-Reno 4 No PICK
5 30 George Savitsky Tackle Pennsylvania 6 42 Traded Pick to the Chicago Bears
7 51 Tony Yovicsin End Miami (FL) 8 68 Al Satterfield Tackle Vanderbilt
9 71 Bob Leonetti Guard Wake Forest 10 80 Ulysses Cornogg Tackle Wake Forest
11 91 Alex Sarkisian Center Northwestern 12 102 Jerry D'Arcy Center Tulsa
13 110 John Hamberger Tackle Southern Methodist 14 121 Alvin Johnson Back Hardin-Simmons
15 132 Joe Cook Back Hardin-Simmons 16 140 Jeff Durkota Back Penn State
17 152 Hubert Shurtz Tackle Louisiana State 18 161 Hal Bell Back Muhlenberg
19 170 Tom Campion Tackle Southeastern Louisiana 20 182 Fred Hall Guard Louisiana State
21 191 Jim Clayton Tackle Wyoming 22 200 George Blomquist End North Carolina State
23 212 Joe Haynes Guard Tulsa 24 221 Stanton Hense End Xavier
25 230 Johnny Kelly Back Rice 26 242 H. J. Roberts Guard Rice
27 251 Phil Cutchin Back Kentucky 28 261 Charley Wakefield Tackle Stanford
29 272 Dick Langenbeck Tackle Cincinnati 30 281 Bernie Winkler Tackle Texas Tech
31 288 Bill Stephens Tackle Baylor 32 298 Mike Kalosh End Wisconsin–La Crosse

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 28, 1947 Washington Redskins W 45–42
35,406
2 October 5, 1947 New York Giants W 23–0
29,823
3 October 12, 1947 at Chicago Bears L 40–7
34,338
4 October 19, 1947 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 35–24
33,538
5 October 26, 1947 Los Angeles Rams W 14–7
36,364
6 November 2, 1947 at Washington Redskins W 38–14
36,591
7 November 9, 1947 at New York Giants W 41–24
29,016
8 November 16, 1947 Boston Yanks W 32–0
26,498
9 November 23, 1947 at Boston Yanks L 21–14
15,628
10 November 30, 1947 Pittsburgh Steelers W 21–0
37,218
11 December 7, 1947 Chicago Cardinals L 45–21
32,322
12 December 14, 1947 Green Bay Packers W 28–14
24,216

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 21, 1947 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 21–0
35,729
Championship December 28, 1947 at Chicago Cardinals L 28–21
30,759

1947 Roster[edit]

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

= 1947 Pro All-Star[2]
  • + = 1st team All-Star
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Greasy Neale 56 Coach 1947
record

8–4–0
NFL-Eagles
Lifetime

37–34–4
7th West Virginia Wesleyan
Neill Armstrong 21 E-DB 12 1 189 6–2 Rookie Oklahoma State
Al Baisi 30 G 2 0 217 6–0 7 West Virginia
Alf Bauman 27 DT-T 2 0 228 6–2 Rookie Northwestern
Larry Cabrelli 30 E-DB 6 0 194 5–11 6 Colgate
T.J. Campion 29 T 5 0 235 6–2 Rookie Southeastern Louisiana
Russ Craft 26 DB-HB 10 4 178 5–9 1 Alabama
Noble Doss 27 HB 9 0 186 6–0 Rookie Texas
Otis Douglas 36 T 12 3 224 6–1 1 William & Mary
Jack Ferrante 31 E-DE 11 6 197 6–1 6 none
John Green 26 DE-E 12 1 192 6–1 Rookie Tulsa
Roger Harding 24 C-LB 6 0 217 6–2 2 California
Jack Hinkle 30 B 3 0 195 6–0 7 Syracuse
Dick Humbert 29 E-DE 11 1 179 6–1 5 Richmond
Jim Kekeris 24 T 10 2 257 6–1 Rookie Missouri
Bucko Kilroy 26 G-MG-T-DT 12 9 243 6–2 4 Notre Dame, and
Temple
Ben Kish 30 B 12 8 207 6–0 7 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 33 C 10 1 203 6–1 3 Stanford
Jay MacDowell 28 T-DE 12 3 217 6–2 1 Washington
Art Macioszczyk 27 FB 11 2 208 6–0 3 Western Michigan
Bill Mackrides 22 QB 8 0 182 5–11 Rookie Nevada-Reno
Duke Maronic 26 G 4 0 209 5–9 3 none
Pat McHugh 28 DB-HB 9 1 166 5–11 Rookie Georgia Tech
Joe Muha 26 FB-LB 12 12 205 6–1 1 Virginia Military Institute
Cliff Patton 24 G-LB 12 12 243 6–2 1 TCU
Pete Pihos 24 E-DE 12 12 210 6–1 Rookie Indiana
Hal Prescott 27 E 11 2 199 6–1 1 Hardin-Simmons
Bosh Pritchard 28 HB 11 5 164 5–11 5 Georgia Tech, and
VMI
Vic Sears 29 T-DT 7 5 223 6–3 6 Oregon State
Allie Sherman 24 QB 11 0 170 5–11 4 Brooklyn
Ernie Steele 30 HB-DB 12 5 187 6–0 5 Washington
Gil Steinke 28 HB 6 3 175 6–0 2 Texas A&M-Kingsville
Dan Talcott 26 T 8 0 235 6–3 Rookie UNLV
Tommy Thompson 31 QB 12 1 192 6–1 7 Tulsa
Steve Van Buren+ 27 HB 12 7 200 6–0 3 LSU
Don Weedon 28 G 12 0 220 5–11 Rookie Texas
Boyd Williams 25 C 6 0 218 6–3 Rookie Syracuse
Al Wistert+ 27 T-G-DT 12 12 214 6–1 4 Michigan
Alex Wojciechowicz 32 C-LB-E 12 11 217 5–11 9 Fordham
John Wyhonic 28 G 12 2 213 6–0 1 Alabama
41 Players
Team Average
27.6 11 205 6–0.5 2,7

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Philadelphia Eagles 8 4 0 .667 308 242 W-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 4 0 .667 240 259 W-1
Boston Yanks 4 7 1 .364 168 256 L-2
Washington Redskins 4 8 0 .333 295 367 W-1
New York Giants 2 8 2 .200 190 309 L-1

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1947 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.