On this date in 1937, the Boston Braves left the friendly confines of Fenway Park and headed south to the Nation’s Capital, their new permanent home. Henceforth, they would always be known as your Washington Redskins.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the move, the Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) tweeted out a trivia question to its followers this afternoon:
That “game-changing” rookie, of course, was Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, one of the initial inductees into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1963.
At the time of his retirement, he held 13 NFL records across three different positions (quarterback, punter and defensive back), and is widely regarded as one of the best to ever play the game.
During his time in the NFL, he won the NFL passing record six times and led the league in lowest percentage of interceptions five times. He is also the only player to ever lead the league in passing, punting and interceptions in the same season.
In confirmation of the correct answer, the Pro Football Hall Of Fame then tweeted the picture of Baugh’s bronzed cleats, located in a display case in Canton:
In other obscure Canton news, the leading home state for Pro Football Hall Of Fame inductees is Pennsylvania with 29. Ironically, the leading home state for Redskins players is Texas (four), although the 19 Redskins Hall Of Famers have hailed from 12 total states.
Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.