1964 Cleveland Browns season

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1964 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Blanton Collier
Home field Cleveland Stadium
Local radio WERE (1300 AM)
Results
Record 10–3–1
Division place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship (4)
Timeline
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< 1963 1965 >

The 1964 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 19th season, and 15th season with the National Football League. The Browns won the NFL Championship, despite having not made the playoffs in six seasons.[1]

The Browns' championship is the most recent championship by a professional sports team in the Cleveland area.

Regular season[edit]

The regular season was a success with The Browns finishing with a regular season record of 10–3–1.They were coached by Blanton Collier who had replaced the historic Paul Brown the previous season. The team had a tremendous amount of heart, which was demonstrated by the fact that they had key commanding wins throughout the season. For instance, they swept their arch rival New York Giants, who the previous year had edged them out as the eastern conference champion. Not only did they win both times that they played against the Giants but both wins were very convincing, the first being a 42–20 home victory and the second being a 52–20 away victory. The Second Victory over the Giants was a clutch, season ending game that clinched the eastern conference title. Many of the Browns' wins during the regular season were in a very commanding manner, with a 37–21 win over the Detroit Lions being a prime example. The win over the Lions carried extra significance due to the fact that the lions had been the team that knocked them out of the conference champion hunt the previous season by beating them 38–10 in the second to last regular season game. The Browns were led by legendary running back Jim Brown who had a stellar regular season, rushing for 1,446 yards with a 5.2 yards/carry average. Although they had a great rushing game, the Browns had a very balanced offense, choosing not to just hand the ball to Brown on every play. The quarterback of the team was Frank Ryan who had a decent season throwing for 2,404 yards and 25 touchdowns while throwing 19 interceptions. The top receivers of the team were Paul Warfield and Gary Collins, the second of whom would become a legend by catching three touchdowns in the championship game against the heavily favored Baltimore Colts.[2][3]

Championship Game[edit]

Leading into the game, the Browns were huge underdogs. Most experts had them losing by double digits. Baltimore was so heavily favored that after the Browns won the game, Sports Illustrated had to scramble to find a picture of a Browns player to put on its cover. Baltimore had the league's best offense and had a league best record of 12–2. They were stacked with future Hall of Famers such as Johnny Unitas, Lenny Moore, and John Mackey. The Browns though, were unfazed by the apparent talent disparity and Jim Brown was reported stating before the game, "we're going to kick their [butt] today." The game-time temperature that day was 34 degrees and felt much colder in 15- to 25-mph winds whipping under gray December sky. The Municipal Stadium crowd of 79,544 was the second largest in NFL title-game history at the time. The Browns knew that if they wanted to be in the game they had to make a statement early on, and they did just that. Galen Fiss, the Browns team captain, broke up a screen pass from Unitas to Moore, sending Moore airborne for a loss. The Browns tenacity on defense is what got them to the half time score of 0–0. Brown's running back Ernie Green reported after the game about half time, "We cleaned ourselves and sat down, and it seemed like something came over all of us. I think we all kind of looked at each other and concluded, 'Hey, we can beat these guys.'" Not only did the Browns "beat" the Colts in the second half, They destroyed them, scoring 27 unanswered points. Gary Collins became a Cleveland Browns legend by catching three touch down passes, the third one being a 51-yarder with Colts defender Bobby Boyd all over him. The biggest story of the game was how well Cleveland's defense played against Baltimore's heralded offense. Cleveland was able to hold Unitas to just 95 yards while intercepting him twice.[4]

Lasting value[edit]

This is the last major sports championship that Cleveland has won, so it has a special place in most Clevelanders' hearts. The players who played in the game went on to become living legends in the town of Cleveland and are still remembered to this day. Not only is it remembered in Cleveland but ESPN ranks the '64 title game as the second-greatest NFL postseason upset, behind only Joe Namath's guaranteed win over the Colts in Super Bowl III four seasons later.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Overall Player Position School/Club Team
1 11 Paul Warfield Wide Receiver Ohio State
2 26 Billy Truax Defensive End LSU
4 54 Don Shackelford Tackle Pacific
5 67 Dick Klein Tackle Wichita State
7 95 Sammy Odom Linebacker Northwestern (LA) State
8 110 Leroy Kelly Running Back Morgan State
9 123 John Briscoe Linebacker Arizona
10 135 Bobby Robinson Guard Mississippi
10 138 Dick Van Raaphorst Kicker Ohio State
11 151 Eddie Versprille Fullback Alabama
12 166 Ed Mitchell Tackle Southern
13 179 Bob Meehan Guard Syracuse
14 194 Terry Sieg Running Back Virginia
15 207 John Houtman Tackle Michigan
16 222 Sid Williams End Southern
17 235 Larry Bartolameolli Tackle Western Michigan
18 250 Sherman Lewis Defensive Back Michigan State
19 263 Jim Higgins Guard Xavier
20 278 Dave Archer Tackle Syracuse

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Exhibition schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance Time Local TV Radio
1 August 9, 1964 at San Francisco 49ers L 26–7
27,404
4:30 PM EDT WJMO (1490 AM)
2 August 15, 1964 at Los Angeles Rams W 56–31
43,183
11:00 PM EDT WEWS 5 WERE (1300 AM)
3 August 22, 1964 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers at Akron W 42–7
27,255
8:00 PM EDT WERE (1300 AM)
4 August 28, 1964 at Detroit Lions W 35–14
36,946
8:00 PM EDT WEWS 5 WJMO (1490 AM)
5 September 5, 1964 Green Bay Packers W 20–17
83,736
9:00 PM EDT WJMO (1490 AM)

Regular season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance Time Network Radio
1 September 13, 1964 at Washington Redskins W 27–13
47,577
1:30 PM EDT CBS WJMO (1490 AM)
2 September 20, 1964 St. Louis Cardinals T 33–33
76,954
1:30 PM EDT CBS WJMO (1490 AM)
3 September 27, 1964 at Philadelphia Eagles W 28–20
60,671
1:30 PM EDT CBS WJMO (1490 AM)
4 October 4, 1964 Dallas Cowboys W 27–6
72,062
1:30 PM EDT CBS WJMO (1490 AM)
5 October 10, 1964 Pittsburgh Steelers L 7–23
80,530
8:00 PM EDT Sports Network Incorporated (SNI) WERE (1300 AM)
6 October 18, 1964 at Dallas Cowboys W 20–16
37,456
2:30 PM EDT CBS WERE (1300 AM)
7 October 25, 1964 New York Giants W 42–20
81,050
1:30 PM EST CBS WERE (1300 AM)
8 November 1, 1964 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–17
49,568
1:30 PM EST CBS WERE (1300 AM)
9 November 8, 1964 Washington Redskins W 34–24
76,385
1:30 PM EST CBS WERE (1300 AM)
10 November 15, 1964 Detroit Lions W 37–21
83,064
1:30 PM EST CBS WERE (1300 AM)
11 November 22, 1964 at Green Bay Packers L 21–28
48,065
2:00 PM EST CBS WERE (1300 AM)
12 November 29, 1964 Philadelphia Eagles W 38–24
79,289
1:30 PM EST CBS WERE (1300 AM)
13 December 6, 1964 at St. Louis Cardinals L 19–28
31,585
2:00 PM EST CBS WERE (1300 AM)
14 December 12, 1964 at New York Giants W 52–20
63,007
2:00 PM EST CBS WERE (1300 AM)

Game Summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Cleveland Browns 27, Washington Redskins 13
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 13 7 7 27
Redskins 0 10 0 3 13

at District of Columbia Stadium, Washington, DC

  • Date: September 13
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 58°F, relative humidity 73%, wind 11 mph
  • Game attendance: 47,577
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ken Coleman (CLE) (second half) and Jim Gibbons (WSH) (first half) (play-by-play), Warren Lahr (CLE) (second half) and Eddie Gallaher (WSH) (first half) (color commentators)
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Browns
Redskins

Week 2: vs. St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

St. Louis Cardinals 33, Cleveland Browns 33
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 10 3 10 10 33
Browns 6 10 7 10 33

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Cardinals
Browns

Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Cleveland Browns 28, Philadelphia Eagles 20
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 0 14 7 28
Eagles 7 6 0 7 20

at Franklin Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • PHI - Sam Baker 12 yard field goal - Eagles 10-7
  • PHI - Sam Baker 42 yard field goal - Eagles 13-7
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Browns
Eagles

Week 4: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Cleveland Browns 27, Dallas Cowboys 6
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 6 0 0 6
Browns 7 6 7 7 27

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Cowboys
Browns

Week 5: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers 23, Cleveland Browns 7
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 10 6 7 0 23
Browns 0 7 0 0 7

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Steelers
Browns

Week 6: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Cleveland Browns 20, Dallas Cowboys 16
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 6 0 7 20
Cowboys 0 6 10 0 16

at Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas

Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Browns
Cowboys

Week 7: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Cleveland Browns 42, New York Giants 20
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 6 0 7 7 20
Browns 0 7 7 28 42

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
First Quarter
  • NY - Dick James 1 yard rush - (kick failed) Giants 6-0
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Giants
Browns

Week 8: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Cleveland Browns 30, Pittsburgh Steelers 17
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 10 10 10 30
Steelers 0 10 0 7 17

at Pitt Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Browns
Steelers

Week 9: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Cleveland Browns 34, Washington Redskins 24
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 3 7 14 24
Browns 0 13 14 7 34

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: November 8
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 45°F, relative humidity 94%, wind 6 mph
  • Game attendance: 76,385
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Gibbons (WSH) (second half) and Ken Coleman (CLE) (first half) (play-by-play), Eddie Gallaher (WSH) (second half) and Warren Lahr (CLE) (first half) (color commentators)
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Redskins
Browns

Week 10: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Cleveland Browns 37, Detroit Lions 21
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 14 7 0 0 21
Browns 7 13 7 10 37

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: November 15
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 51°F, relative humidity 60%, wind 9 mph
  • Game attendance: 83,064
  • TV announcers (CBS): Van Patrick (DET) (second half) and Ken Coleman (CLE) (first half) (play-by-play), Jim Morse (DET) (second half) and Warren Lahr (CLE) (first half) (color commentators)
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Lions
Browns

Week 11: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Green Bay Packers 28, Cleveland Browns 21
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 14 0 0 7 21
Packers 7 0 14 7 28

at Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Game information
First Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Browns
Packers

Week 12: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Cleveland Browns 38, Philadelphia Eagles 24
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 3 0 7 14 24
Browns 7 14 10 7 38

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Eagles
Browns

Week 13: at St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

St. Louis Cardinals 28, Cleveland Browns 19
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 3 3 10 19
Cardinals 0 21 7 0 28

at Busch Stadium I, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information
First Quarter
  • CLE - Lou Groza 22 yard field goal - Browns 3-0
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Browns
Cardinals

Week 14: at New York Giants[edit]

Cleveland Browns 52, New York Giants 20
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 21 21 7 52
Giants 0 7 0 13 20

at Yankee Stadium (I), Bronx, New York

Game information
First Quarter
  • CLE - Lou Groza 39 yard field goal - Browns 3-0
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Browns
Giants

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance Time Network Local Radio National Radio
Championship December 27, 1964 Baltimore Colts W 27–0
79,544
1:30 PM EST CBS WERE (1300 AM) CBS

Postseason[edit]

1964 NFL Championship Game: vs. Baltimore Colts[edit]

1964 NFL Championship Game: Cleveland Browns 27, Baltimore Colts 0
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 0 0 0 0
Browns 0 0 17 10 27

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Colts
Browns

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 10 3 1 .769 415 293 W-1
St. Louis Cardinals 9 3 2 .750 357 331 W-4
Philadelphia Eagles 6 8 0 .429 312 313 L-1
Washington Redskins 6 8 0 .429 307 305 L-2
Dallas Cowboys 5 8 1 .385 250 289 W-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 9 0 .357 253 315 L-1
New York Giants 2 10 2 .167 241 399 L-4

Roster[edit]

1964 Cleveland Browns roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Rookies in italics

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1964 Cleveland Browns staff
Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches

Media[edit]

Radio[edit]

Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator
WERE (1300 AM) Gib Shanley Jim Graner

Pre season TV[edit]

Local TV Play-by-play Color commentator
WEWS 5 Ken Coleman Warren Lahr

Awards and records[edit]

  • Jim Brown, NFL Rushing Leader, (1,446 yards)
  • Frank Ryan, NFL Leader, Touchdown Passes, (25)

Milestones[edit]

  • Jim Brown, Seventh NFL Rushing Title

1965 NFL Pro Bowl (1964 NFL Season), January 10, 1965[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Last playoff appearance, 1958
  2. ^ King, Steve. "History: 1964". The Official Website of the Cleveland Browns. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Team History". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ Lubinger, Ben. "Cleveland Browns fans still cherish 1964 NFL championship season, more than two generations later". The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "1964 NFL Draft Listing – Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on July 22, 2009. Retrieved July 19, 2009. 
  6. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/cle/1964_roster.htm