“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”


 

 

DON CURRIVAN

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
The Yanks surprise the Redskins
before 22,685 rain soaked fans

October 7, 1945 ... Boston jumped into the pro football spotlight when the Yanks outhustled and outscored the Washington Redskins 28 to 20 before an electrified crowd of 22,685 at a rainy and soggy Fenway Park.  The rivals put on an incredible display of offensive football.  Sammy Baugh, the brilliant Washington QB and a host of Yank backs took turns pitching the slippery pigskin with satisfactory results.

The Yanks spotted the Boston alumni Redskins a 6-0 lead on Sammy Baugh's dripping pass to Steve Bagarus who made a swan-dive catch in a pool of water directly in front of the Red Sox dugout on the third play of the second period.  From there it was a constant display of fireworks.  The Redskins beat the clock for the final tally of the day.  Sammy Baugh crowning a 97-yard march when his rifle meandered through the mist, hitting Bob Seymour with a circus style catch, rolling over the Yanks' goal line in a spray of water.

In the second period the Yanks drove 60 yards for a 7-6 lead, with Pug Manders diving over for the score.  Before the period had run its course, the Yanks were up 14-6 with Don Currivan snaring a low twirling pass from Scotty Gudmunson and out-footing Steve Bagarus in a 25 yard sprint to the promised land.  A Yank fumble at their own 37 put the Redskins into contention midway through the third period  A Baugh pitch to Joe Aguirre for 17 yards set up the score, by Frank Atkins.  Bob Davis' runback of the subsequent kickoff left the Yanks 52 yards from pay dirt.  They got there swiftly.  Johnny Grigas winged a 29-yard pass down the gulley to Keith Ranspot.  Then a payoff pitch by Davis, faking to Manders and firing down the right sideline to Ned Mathews who caught it falling into the end zone.

 

SAMMY BAUGH

With the margin still tight at 21-13, Augie Lio intercepted a Baugh pass on the last play of the third period and lumbered 32 yards to the Washington 20, setting up the winning margin.  Two plays into the fourth period, the Yanks were home.  Pug Manders bulled through the mud for 9 yards over left tackle.  And then to the delight of Chelsea, hometown boy Johnny Grigas ran the last 11 yards on an in and out sprint.  The Redskins, down now 28-13, mounted a 97 yard march to beat the clock in a photo finish touchdown at the end.  In the march, the instincts of Sammy Baugh were manifest. He successfully passed from his end zone on a fourth down and nine.  He gambled again on his 35 under similar circumstances and got away with it again.  Baugh gave an exhibition of hurling a soggy wet football on the mark.  But alert defenders and unsteady receivers foiled many perfect throws.

 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

0

6

7

7

 

 

20

 

 
 

BOSTON YANKS

0

14

7

7

 

 

28

 

 

 

 2nd Qtr

6 yd Pass – Sammy Baugh to Steve Bagarus (Wash)
PAT failed

Washington (6)
Boston (0)

 2nd Qtr

2 yd Rush – Pug Manders (Bost)
Augie Lio (PAT)

Washington (6)
Boston (7)

 2nd Qtr

43 yd Pass – Scott Gudmunson to Don Currivan (Bost)
Augie Lio (PAT)

Washington (6)
Boston (14)

 3rd Qtr

7 yd Rush – Frank Akins (Wash)
Joe Aguirre (PAT)

Washington (13)
Boston (14)

 3rd Qtr

23 yd Pass – Bob Davis to Ned Mathews (Bost)
Augie Lio (PAT)

Washington (13)
Boston (21)

 4th Qtr

11 yd Rush – John Grigas (Bost)
Augie Lio (PAT)

Washington (13)
Boston (28)

 4th Qtr

27 yd Pass – Sammy Baugh to Bob Seymour (Wash)
Joe Aguirre (PAT)

Washington (20)
Boston (28)

 

 Attendance – 22,685