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This Day In Redskins History: Cliff Battle Was Born

Posted by Stephen Czarda on May 1, 2014 – 10:54 am

[Battle on the left, celebrating the '37 Championship victory (AP Image)]

[Battle on the left, celebrating the ’37 Championship victory (AP Image)]

104 years ago today a future Washington Redskins star and NFL Hall of Famer was born in Akron, OH.

Running back Cliff Battle out of West Virginia Wesleyan was not only on the roster for the franchise’s first game vs. the Brooklyn Dodgers, but he soon became the centerpiece of an offense that would add Slingin’ Sammy Baugh in 1937.

While Battle didn’t have the flair for the dramatic like Clinton Portis or the gritty attitude of John Riggins, his contributions during the franchise’s inaugural season in the Nation’s Capital should never go unnoticed.

Capping off an 800-yard plus season, Battle and Co. squeezed out a 28-21 victory over the Chicago Bears to capture the Redskins’ first of five championships.

The difference in that game? A Battle touchdown.

Below, you’ll see real footage from the 1937 championship game set to a peppy marching tune:

The 1937 season actually marked the end of his historic playing career and what a fitting way to go out.

On August 3, 1968, Battle headlined a seven-man Hall of Fame class.

Also, here’s a picture of Battle and the rest of his teammates in the first-ever team photo:

Jack Potter, Reggie Rust, Bill Wilkerson, Turk Edwards,  Jim McMurdo, Dale Waters, Mike Erickson, Paul Collins, Lud Wray, John Hagen, John Spellman, Joe Kresky, Hank Hughes, George Hurley, Tony Siano, Jim Musick, Jack Roberts, Paul Schuette, Orrin Pape, Cl


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