Washington Redskins 14
December 27, 1942
Philadelphia (UP)- The Washington Redskins still reigned as champions of the National Professional Football League today but their record was somewhat tarnished by a 17-14 loss to the league All- Stars in the post-season Pro Bowl game.
Coach Heartley (Hunk) Anderson, co-pilot of the Chicago Bears, and Lee Artoe, Bears' tackle, were the happiest men on the squad for both derived some measure of revenge for the 14-6 defeat their team suffered at the hands of the Redskins in the league's title playoff.
It was Anderson who coached the professional All-Stars to their triumph over the Redskins yesterday before 18,671 fans at Shibe Park and it was Artoe's artistic toe which provided the winning margin early in the fourth quarter with a 43 yard field goal that sailed squarely between the uprights.
At the start of the game, it looked as though the Redskins- playing without Sammy Baugh who failed to make plane connections from his home at Rotan, Tex. would have things pretty much their own way as the All-Stars were unable to click with any combination of players.
The hard-charging Redskins' line broke through frequently to throw the Stars for losses. Midway in the first, period, Harry Hopp of the Detroit Lions, kicked from his own 11. Ki Aldrich, Washington center, grabbed the ball off the ground on the 40 and raced unmolested for the score. Bob Masterson converted.
The other Redskin score came in the third. Roy Zimmerman who made a valiant bid to fill the Baugh's shoes, filled the air with passes. With the ball on the Stars' 45, he tossed to Masterson who carried to the 16. Two plays later, Zimmerman passed to Bob Seymour, who ran over from the five. Again, Masterson converted.
Anderson sent in nine Bears' players early in the second and although 226-pound Bary Famiglietti repeatedly smashed through the line and Sid Luckman was accurate with his passes, the half ended with Washington stopping the Stars on their own 3.
The Stars got their first break in the third when Bill Dudley, Pittsburgh Steelers' back, snatched Zimmerman's short pass out of the air on his own 3 and raced 97 yards for the score.
The Stars went to work in earnest after that and, with Luckman clicking repeatedly with passes to John Siegal and George Wilson, moved the ball to the Washington 3 from which point John Petty plunged over.
The game was tied at 14-14 when Artoe connected for his winning field goal. Although Zimmerman desperately tried to find receivers for his passes, he had little luck. With two minutes to go, Masterson attempted a field goal from the 27 but it was wide and play ended with the Stars in possession on their 25.
Receipts, all of which went to the United Seaman's Service Fund were announced as $75,000.
Layden Promises Probe Of Sammy Baugh’s Action
Philadelphia- National Football Commissioner Elmer F. Layden today promised a "full investigation” into the failure of Sammy Baugh, Washington Redskins backfield star, to appear yesterday in the Redskin tilt with the All-Stars at Shibe Park.
Layden did not arrive in Philadelphia until yesterday, complicating last minute efforts to bring Baugh here. Until I.ayden's arrival, George Strickler, league publicity director, was the only league representative formally to Philadelphia for the benefit game for the United Seamen's Fund.
Baugh, it was learned, was due to arrive Dec. 23. A plane travel priority had been secured Dec. 18 for Sammy and Mrs. Baugh. It was reported later that Baugh was advised the reservation was made for him, but that he declined it.
Philadelphia Eagles officials handled most of the pregame detail on a voluntary basis, and when Baugh did not appear Saturday morning, Jack Espey, Eagles' general manager telephoned the player's home.
It was learned that an hour-and-20-minute conversation followed, during which Espey, then Mr. Dorland Doyle, Redskins vice-president and the Redskin back Ray Flaherty took turns in urging Baugh to rush here.
Versions of the conversation seem to agree on three points. Baugh definitely did not want to play here; he insisted that his presence was not vital either to the Redskins' prospects or to the fans' expectations; he said he had not been feeling well and that he thought he had had a touch of grip.
He finally agreed to come, it was learned, Harry Thayer, secretary-treasurer of the Eagles then tried to arrange last-minute accommodations through the office of Vice Admiral Emory E.S. Lan, a new plane priority was secured out of Dallas. The chief of police al Sweetwater, Tex., promised a police escort lo rush Baugh that far. Even officials agreed to hold the plane briefly, because the trip from Sweetwater to Dallas involved 32 miles.
Another call advised Baugh of the plans and their completion. The Sweetwater chief of police, however, later notified that Baugh had arrived in Sweetwater too late to make the plane connection. Thayer then announced that Baugh would not be here.
Baugh got in trouble for this one.