BOSTON'S NFL EAST CHAMPS
Britt to Cliff Battles edge the Cardinals
NOVEMBER 1, 1936 ... The Chicago Cardinals and the Redskins staged one of the best Wild West shows ever staged at Fenway Park. Spectacular enough was the scoring, with the Skins counting on pass plays of 28 and 64 yards, and the Cardinals getting a 25 yard scoring
pass, added to a 36 yard field goal. But these plays became distant memories, forgotten during the Cardinal’s frenzied air attacks and near riots in the murk of the final quarter.
In the first quarter with Boston deep in its own territory, Frank Bausch uncorked a bad snap to punter Riley Smith on fourth down, which he recovered at his own 25 yard line. Three Chicago plays lost ground and
they had to settle for a field goal. The Redskins were forced to punt after going three and out, following the kickoff, and Riley Smith booted to the Chicago 20. Mule Dowell fumbled on the first Chicago play from scrimmage and Ernie Pickert recovered for the Redskins. Cliff Battles
faked a reverse to Riley Smith, faded back to the 40 and found Smith on the 18, who had a clear path to the end zone. In the second quarter, Pug Vaughn intercepted a pass from Cliff Battles and ran it back to the Boston 20. On the next play Vaughn found Versil Deskin standing alone in
the end zone. After the next kickoff, Eddie Britt found Cliff Battles, in spite of being covered by Vaughn and Doug Russell, at the Chicago 35. Battles stole the ball away from the defenders and outraced everyone to the goal line. Again the Skins got the ball when Pug Rentner picked up
a fumble at the Chicago 39 and raced down to the Cardinal four yard line, only to have Chicago regain possession when Cliff Battles fumbled. Chicago staged a 50 yard aerial campaign at the end of the half only to have Rentner intercept at the 16 and stop them. The half ended with the
Redskins leading 13-10. Most of the third quarter was spent in Boston territory. George Grosvenor returned a 41 yard punt to the Boston nine, only to see it turned over by a fumble, recovered by Wayne Milner for the Redskins. With darkness descending in the fourth quarter Pug Vaughn
connected with to Hal Pringle to the sideline at the Redskin 25, but the catch was ruled to have been made out-of-bounds. One of the nearby Chicago players objected and got into it with the Field Judge, J.W. Mooney. Two more Cardinal passes went incomplete as the game ended, the score
still 13-10 in favor of Boston.