1939 Philadelphia Eagles season
|1939 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Bert Bell|
|Home field||Philadelphia Municipal Stadium|
|Division place||5th NFL Eastern|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1939 Philadelphia Eagles season was their seventh in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous output of 5–6, winning only one game. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. The October 22 game against Brooklyn was the first NFL game to be televised.
The Eagle moved their training camp to St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The 1939 NFL Draft had 22 rounds and was held on December 9, 1938.
The Eagles drafted in the 4th spot in the 20 rounds they had picks. They chose a total 20 players, of which 9 made the team for the 1939 season.
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 ||= Hall of Famer|
|1||4||Davey O'Brien ||Back||Texas Christian|
|4||29||Billy Dewell||Offensive End||Southern Methodist|
|5||34||Fred Costen||Guard||Texas A&M|
|8||64||George Somers||Tackle||La Salle|
|9||74||Rankin Britt||End||Texas A&M|
|12||104||Jack Kraynick||Back||North Carolina|
|13||114||Thomas "Allie" White||Tackle||Texas Christian|
|14||124||Joe Aleskus||Tackle||Ohio State|
|15||134||Foster Watkins||Back||West Texas State Teachers|
|17||154||Bob Riddell||End||South Dakota State|
|18||164||Charley Gainor||End||North Dakota|
|20||184||Dick Gormley||Center||Louisiana State|
|21||No Pick in this Round||.|
|22||No Pick in this Round||.|
|1||September 17, 1939||Washington Redskins||L 7–0||
|2||September 24, 1939||New York Giants||L 13–3||
|3||October 1, 1939||Brooklyn Dodgers||T 0–0||
|4||October 15, 1939||at New York Giants||L 27–10||
|5||October 22, 1939||at Brooklyn Dodgers||L 23–14||
|6||November 5, 1939||at Washington Redskins||L 7–6||
|7||November 12, 1939||Green Bay Packers||L 23–16||
|8||November 19, 1939||at Chicago Bears||L 27–14||
|9||November 23, 1939||Pittsburgh Pirates||W 17–14||
|10||November 26, 1939||at Pittsburgh Pirates||L 24–12||
|11||December 3, 1939||at Cleveland Rams||L 35–13||
|NFL Eastern Division|
|New York Giants||9||1||1||.900||7–0–1||168||85||W4|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
The Eagles had a 1–9–1 record and failed to make it to the 1939 NFL Championship Game. The game was on December 10, 1939 at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was the seventh NFL championship game played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants to win their fifth title. The game attendance was 32,379.
The game matched the champions of the Eastern Division, New York Giants (9–1–1) against the Western Division champion Green Bay Packers (9–2–0). The Packers won 27–0 in a rematch of the 1938 NFL Championship Game that was won by the Giants.
(All time List of Philadelphia Eagles players in franchise history)
|= 1939 Pro All Star ||= Hall of Famer|
|Bert Bell||44||Coach||1939 record
|Rankin Britt||26||End||1||0||205||6–2||Rookie||Texas A & M|
|Joe Bukant||23||Back||11||1||216||6–0||1||Washington (MO)|
|Tom Burnette||24||BB||11||3||194||6–1||Rookie||North Carolina|
|Joe Carter*||29||E||11||11||201||6–1||6||Austin College and
|Zed Coston||24||C||1||0||222||6–2||Rookie||Texas A & M|
|Woody Dow||23||BB-FB||9||2||195||6–0||1||West Texas A&M|
|Elmer Kolberg||23||HB-E||8||3||201||6–4||Rookie||Oregon State|
|Emmett Mortell||23||B||8||2||181||6–1||2||Notre Dame and
|Bob Pylman||26||T||10||2||214||6–4||1||South Dakota State|
|Red Ramsey||28||E||11||6||196||6–0||1||Texas Tech|
|Dave Smukler||25||FB-LB||4||4||226||6–1||2||Missouri and
|Allie White||24||G-T||7||0||212||5–11||Rookie||Texas Christian|
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Awards and Honors
- Davey O'Brien finishes 2nd in Pass Attempts with 210
- Davey O'Brien finishes 2nd with Pass Completes with 99
- Davey O'Brien leads NFL in Passing Yards with 1324
- Joe Carter named to Pro All_Star team.
- Davey O'Brien named to Pro All-Star team.
- 1939 Philadelphia Eagles
- Pro Football Hall of Fame. "1938 NFL Draft sorted by team.".
- Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
- Davey O'Brien, 1938 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on February 2, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
- Players are identified as a 1939 Pro All Star.