1938 Philadelphia Eagles season
|1938 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Bert Bell|
|Home field||Philadelphia Municipal Stadium|
|Division place||4th NFL Eastern|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1938 Philadelphia Eagles season was their sixth in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 2–8–1, winning five games. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.
The 1938 NFL Draft was held on December 12, 1937. The draft consisted of 12 rounds. The Eagles got the second pick in each round, as the expansion Cleveland Rams got the first pick. With the pick they chose Corbett Davis, a back from Indiana University.
The table shows the Eagles' selections, 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 ||= Hall of Famer|
|1||2||Jim McDonald||Back||Ohio State|
|3||17||Joe Bukant||Back||Washington (St. Louis)|
|6||42||Herschel Ramsey||End||Texas Tech|
|9||72||Elmer Kolberg||Back||Oregon State|
|1||September 11, 1938||Washington Redskins||L 26–23||
|2||September 16, 1938||at Pittsburgh Pirates||W 27–7||
|3||September 25, 1938||New York Giants||W 14–10||
|4||October 2, 1938||Chicago Bears||L 28–6||
|5||October 16, 1938||at New York Giants||L 17–7||
|6||October 23, 1938||at Washington Redskins||L 20–14||
|7||October 26, 1938||Chicago Cardinals||W 7–0||
|8||November 6, 1938||Brooklyn Dodgers||L 10–7||
|9||November 13, 1938||at Brooklyn Dodgers||L 32–14||
|10||November 20, 1938||Pittsburgh Pirates||W 14–7||
|11||December 4, 1938||at Detroit Lions||W 21–7||
|NFL Eastern Division|
|New York Giants||8||2||1||.800||5–2–1||194||79||W1|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
The Eagles had a 5–6–0 record and failed to make it to the 1938 NFL Championship Game. The game was on December 11, 1938, at Polo Grounds in New York City. The game attendance was 48,120, a record crowd for a title game.
The game matched the champions of the Eastern Division, New York Giants (8–2–1) against the Western Division champion Green Bay Packers (8–3–0). The Giants won 23–17.
(All time List of Philadelphia Eagles players in franchise history)
|= 1938 Pro All Star |
As in the 1937 roster, this year's team is mostly rookies and players with one or two years' NFL experience.
|Bert Bell||42||Coach||1938 record
|Joe Bukant||23||Back||11||1||216||6–0||Rookie||Washington (MO)|
|Tom Burnette||23||BB||8||0||194||6–1||Rookie||North Carolina|
|Joe Carter*||28||E||11||11||201||6–1||5||Austin College and
|John Cole||0||FB||11||0||197||5–9||Rookie||St. Joseph's (PA)|
|Woody Dow||22||BB-FB||10||10||195||6–0||Rookie||West Texas A&M|
|Fritz Ferko||26||T||2||0||242||6–1||1||Mount State Mary's and
|Wimpy Giddens||24||T||9||0||220||6–2||Rookie||Louisiana Tech|
|Emmett Mortell||22||B||11||7||181||6–1||1||Notre Dame and
|Bob Pylman||25||T||11||1||214||6–4||Rookie||South Dakota State|
|Red Ramsey||27||E||11||0||196||6–0||Rookie||Texas Tech|
|Dave Smukler||24||FB-LB||11||10||226||6–1||2||Missouri and
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Awards and honors
- Dave Smukler finished 2nd in TD passes with 7.
- Joe Carter finished 2nd in receiving TDs with 7.
- Dave Smukler returned the only kickoff for a TD this year in the NFL.
- Jay Arnold was one of 10 players to return an interception for a TD.
- Joe Carter was named to Pro All-Star team.
- Bill Hewitt was named to Pro All-Star team as a starter.
- "Philadelphia Eagles Results and Statistics (1930s)" (PDF). Philadelphia Eagles. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 19, 2009. Retrieved February 4, 2009.
- 1938 Philadelphia Eagles on pro-football-reference.com
- Pro Football Hall of Fame. "1938 NFL Draft sorted by team.". Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
- Players are identified as a 1938 Pro All Star.