Golden Football Magazine
AAFC Championship Games
1947: Cleveland Browns @ New York Yankees
This series covers the history of the AAFC through the prism of its yearly championship games.
Note: The gray boxes contain asides that provide interesting material but could be skipped without losing the continuity of the article.

Yankees Coach Ray Flaherty
Ray Flaherty

Yankees TB Spec Sanders


Yankees RB Buddy Young

Yankees owner Dan Topping
Dan Topping

Browns E Dante Lavelli
Dante Lavelli

Yankees E Bruce Alford

Browns T Chet Adams
Chet Adams in uniform of his former team, the Cleveland Rams

When the All-American Football Conference ended its successful first season in 1946, football fans began clamoring for an NFL-AAFC championship game.
  • AAFC commisioner Jim Crowley challenged the NFL champion Chicago Bears to face the Cleveland Browns, kings of the AAFC.
  • Of course, Bears owner-coach George Halas wasted no time in denying the request. The NFL had everything to lose and nothing to gain from the matchup.
All eight AAFC franchises returned for the '47 season. However, the two 1946 division winners dominated play again.

The New York Yankees, coached by NFL veteran Ray Flaherty, won the battle of New York City over the Giants of the NFL not only on the field but also at the box office.

  • Spec Sanders, the TB in Flaherty's single wing who had been one of the new league's best players in its inaugural season, put together one of the finest seasons in pro football history.
    • Spec doubled his rushing yardage from 709 to 1432 and tripled his TDs from 6 to 18.
    • He more than doubled his passing yards from 79 to 171 and more than tripled TDs passing (4 to 14).
  • A 5'5" rookie scat back by the name of Buddy Young added 712y rushing, 303 receiving, and 459 more returning kicks.
  • A team with no weaknesses, the Yanks deployed solid lines on both sides of the ball. Writer Bob Considine opined that they could very well be the best professional football team New York ever had.
  • The Yankees finished second in the league in both points scored and points allowed on their way to an 11-2-1 record.
  • The pecking order of the two New York teams - Giants and Yankees - was vividly demonstrated on November 23 when the Yankees-Browns game drew 70,600 to Yankee Stadium while just across the East River only 27,939 showed up to watch the Giants host the Green Bay Packers.
    Dan Topping, the owner of the football Yankees, bought the Brooklyn Dodgers of the NFL in 1934. In January 1945, he joined with Del Webb and baseball executive Larry MacPhail to purchase the baseball Yankees and Yankee Stadium. Later that year, Dan announced that his Dodgers were joining the new AAFC, an action that caused the NFL to strip his team of its players.
    Topping burned the crosstown football Giants with a ticket promotion called the Stadium Club, a precursor of today's luxury suites. MacPhail, as GM of the Bronx Bombers, required patrons wishing to buy box seats to watch Joe DiMaggio & Company to also buy season football tickets as well. This ploy allowed the football Yankees to lure over 2300 season ticket holders away from the football Giants. As a result, the '47 gridiron Yankees broke even while Tim Mara's Giants lost money a year after appearing in the NFL Championship Game.
    Altogether, the AFFC drew an impressive 1.7 million customers, an increase over 1946 and a number comparable to the NFL's attendance. NFL owners who had assiduously ignored the AAFC were forced to admit that the rival league was hitting them where it hurt - in the pocket book.

You can guess which AAFC team topped the Yankees in both points scored and allowed.

  • With no significant new players on the roster, Paul Brown's Cleveland Browns were a well-oiled machine that topped its '46 record of 12-2 slightly by losing only once in '47 and tying the Yankees in that November 23 game in which the Browns roared back from a 28-0 deficit with 28 straight points of their own.
  • Five of the six top rushers averaged more than 6ypc, led by FB Marion Motley, his weight up to 235 pounds, who pounded defenses for 889y.
  • QB Otto Graham led the league in completion % (60.6), yards passing (2,753), and TDs (25).
  • His two favorite receivers, Mac Speedie and Dante Lavelli, ranked 1-2 in receptions and receiving yards.

So it was inevitable - and fitting - that the Browns return to Yankee Stadium three weeks after the 28-28 tie to determine the AAFC championship.

  Cleveland Plain Dealer Cartoon
Cleveland Plain-Dealer cartoon day of championship game

Some pegged the clash as pitting the team with the superior aerial attack (Cleveland) against the foe with the better running game (Yankees).

  • Over the two years of the AAFC, the Browns and Yanks had met five times with the Browns winning four and tying one.
  • Because of the excellence of the supporting casts, it was impolite to say the tussle would be a personal duel between Graham and Sanders, but that was likely to happen, in which case the Yankees were in trouble since Spec had nursed a sprained ankle all week.
  • The Browns appeared to have the more balanced attack with FB Motley and HB Edgar "Special Delivery" Jones keeping the defense from sagging too much to protect against aerials.
  • Which wily coach, Brown or Flaherty, could come up with a fresh strategy to surprise an opponent he was facing for the third time?
  • For example, would Red have Spec pass more than usual? RE Bruce Alford, second on the club with 20 receptions, had cast aside the brace he had been wearing for several weeks.
  • Cleveland T Ernie Blandin from Tulane was expected to miss the game because of an ankle sprain suffered the previous Sunday. His replacement, Chet Adams, was also doubtful after being carried from the field in Los Angeles with a back and neck injury believed serious enough to keep him idle the rest of the season.
  • The Browns reigned as 7.5-point favorites.

The weather forecast called for a high temperature of 40 with cloudy skies.

  • Both teams staged enthusiastic workouts at The House That Ruth Built Saturday. Trying to add an AAFC title to the NFL crown he won with the Redskins, Flaherty held his breath as first Young and then Sanders went skidding over the semi-frozen turf.
  • The league ruled that the teams would be co-champions if the game ended in a tie - no overtime. With Sunday events in New York state not allowed to start before 2:05, the lights might have to be turned on in the Stadium before the final gun.
  • A crowd of upwards of 70,000 was expected, possibly the largest in pro football history. Ticket prices ranged from $2 to $6. Every reserved seat in the park had been sold, but 9,000 bleacher and standing-room seats went on sale at 11 AM when the gates opened.
  • Pregame and halftime entertainment would be provided by the Quantico Marines, Seventh Regiment, and Baldwin High School bands.
  • The game was both broadcast and televised, with Mel Allen, the announcer of the baseball Yankees, and Russ Hodges of the baseball Giants doing the play-by-play.
1947 New York Yankees1947 AAFC Championship Program
1947 New York Yankees
1947 Cleveland Browns
# Player Pos. Hgt. Wgt. College Exp.
20 Mike Scarry C-T 6-0 214 Waynesburg 4
22 Frank Gatski C 6-3 233 Marshall 2
24 Mel Maceau C 6-0 205 Marquette 2
30 Bill Willis G 6-2 213 Ohio State 2
32 Lin Houston G 6-0 213 Ohio State 2
34 Bob Gaudio G 5-10 219 Ohio State 1
36 Ed Ulinski G 5-11 203 Marshall 2
38 Weldon Humble G 6-1 221 Rice 1
39 Alex Kapter G 6-0 205 Northwestern 2
42 Chet Adams T 6-3 233 Ohio 7
44 Lou Rymkus T 6-4 231 Notre Dame 3
45 Roman Piskor G-T 6-0 245 Niagara 2
46 Lou Groza T 6-3 240 Ohio State 2
48 Ernie Blandin T 6-4 248 Tulane 2
49 Lenny Simonetti T 5-11 225 Tennessee 1
50 John Yonaker E 6-5 222 Notre Dame 2
52 George Young E 6-3 214 Baldwin-Wallace 2
53 Marshall Shurnas E 6-1 205 MIssouri 1
56 Dante Lavelli E 6-0 191 Ohio State 2
58 Mac Speedie E 6-3 203 Utah 2
59 Horace Gillom E 6-1 221 Ohio State 1
60 Otto Graham QB 6-1 196 Northwestern 2
62 Cliff Lewis DB 5-11 170 Duke 2
66 Ermal Allen DB 5-11 165 Kentucky 1
70 Spiro Dellerba FB 5-11 200 Ohio State 2
72 Lou Saban B 6-0 200 Indiana 2
74 Tony Adamle FB 6-0 215 Ohio State 1
76 Marion Motley FB 6-1 232 South Carolina St. 2
82 Bill Lund B 5-10 180 Case Western Reserve 2
83 Bob Cowan B 5-11 185 Indiana 1
84 Ray Terrell HB 6-0 185 Ole Miss 2
85 Don Greenwood B 6-0 190 Missouri 3
86 Lewis Mayne HB 6-1 190 Texas 2
90 Edgar Jones HB 5-10 192 Pittsburgh 3
92 Tom Colella HB 6-0 187 Canisius 4
94 Jim Dewar B 6-1 190 Indiana 1
99 Bill Boedeker HB 5-11 192 DePaul 2
1947 New York Yankees
# Player Pos. Hgt. Wgt. College Exp.
  Ben Raimondi TB 5-10 175 William & Mary 1
  Derrell Palmer T 6-2 240 TCU 2
20 Paul Duke C 6-1 210 Georgia Tech 1
21 Jack Baldwin G 6-3 225 Centenary 2
25 Lou Sossamon C 6-1 207 South Carolina 2
30 Ed Sharkey G-T 6-3 229 Duke 1
31 Dick Barwegan C 6-1 227 Purdue 1
32 Joe Yackanich G 5-10 205 Fordham 2
34 Nate Johnson T 5-11 244 Illinois 2
35 Charley Riffle G 6-0 215 Notre Dame 3
41 Jack Durishan T-G 6-2 230 Pittsburgh 1
43 Ted Ossowski T 6-0 218 USC 1
44 Frank Kinard T 6-1 218 Ole Miss 9
45 Roman Bentz G-T 6-2 230 Tulane 2
47 Charlie Elliott T 6-2 240 Oregon 1
50 Roy Ruskusky E 6-3 200 St. Mary's (CA) 1
51 Bruce Alford E-DB 6-0 190 TCU 2
52 Oliver Poole E 6-3 220 North Carolina 1
53 Jack Russell E 6-1 215 Baylor 2
55 Van Davis E 6-2 211 Auburn 1
56 Henry Stanton E 6-2 200 Arizona 2
57 Roy Kurrasch E 6-2 195 UCLA 1
60 Lloyd Cheatham DB 6-2 211 Auburn 3
61 Harvey Johnson T-B 5-11 210 William & Mary 2
68 Ralph Stewart C 6-0 205 Notre Dame 1
70 Bob Kennedy B 5-11 195 Washington State 2
72 Vic Schleich T 6-3 240 Nebraska 1
72 Eddie Prokop FB 5-11 200 Georgia Tech 2
73 Dewey Proctor FB 5-11 215 Furman 2
74 Harmon Rowe DB 6-0 182 Baylor 1
75 John Sylvester DB 6-0 183 Temple 1
76 Buddy Young HB 5-4 175 Illinois 1
77 Harry Burrus E-B 6-1 195 Hardin-Simmons 2
80 Bob Sweiger B 6-0 209 Minnesota 2
81 Spec Sanders HB 6-1 195 Texas 2
87 Lowell Wagner HB 6-0 193 USC 2
Pregame
  • The weather turned up about as expected with the high in the low 40s.
  • When the tarpaulin was removed, the field looked sleek and perfect. But the infield portion, in shadow throughout the winter, was frozen solid.
  • The field, flecked with ice and snow, remained slippery, a condition that probably hurt the Yankees more than the Browns since the home team relied more on the running game. The end of the field in the shadow of the grandstand was frozen on top while the outfield end was wet on top from frozen ice.
  • Louis Efrat of the New York Times described the field conditions like this: Time and again a man slipped at a vital instant. It was next to impossible for anyone to cut sharply, nullifying much of the effectiveness of the players. As a result, most of the pass-catching was by stationary receviers. Furthermore, the defense was as heavily taxed as the offense.
  • Writers in the pressbox wondered why the teams didn't wear sneakers. The Browns had brought their supply with them. Later, it was learned that the two coaches had agreed before the game that the players would wear only regulation cleats. Flaherty said, Sneakers would not have done much good - the field was that bad.
  • The attendance didn't reach the anticipated 70,000, but the 61,879 figure still qualified as the largest ever for a pro football playoff contest.
  • 4,000 of the assemblage came from Cleveland, including a delegation led by Mayor Thomas A. Burke. Bill Veeck, president of the baseball Indians, also was present.
  • Other notable onlookers were baseball Commissioner "Happy" Chandler and tennis champion Jack Kramer.
    On the field before the kickoff, Brown called over Motley. Marion, you see all those people out there? Guess what they're here for. The big FB gave the obvious answer - to see a football game. No, Marion, Brown replied, the thing they want to know is whether you or Buddy Young is a better man.
    Ever the master motivator, Paul knew that his best chance to win against a tough defense on a treacherous field was to emphasize Motley's running interspersed with short, quick passes.

Like the '46 championship game, the defenses prevailed from the beginning.

  • Quarter 1
    The Yankees received the kickoff, and it was obvious right away that the Browns D was determined to play better than they did in the 28-28 tie. They deployed their tackles head-on the offensive ends. The system closed the gaps that were so open in the previous game. Another surprise for the Yanks was little-used sub QB Cliff Lewis starting in the defensive secondary.
    After gaining only 3y on three plays even with an offside penalty against the Browns, including two errant Spec Sanders' passes, the home team punted.
    Graham kept warm during the game by tossing to a teammate on the sidelines when the Yankees had the ball.

The Browns T-formation vs the Yankees single wing
For the Yanks, TB Spec Sanders has his elbows on his knees with Buddy Young to his right.
Starting from their 28 after the punt, the Browns quickly revealed their game plan - Motley straightahead runs interspersed with short passes to the flanks. They quickly moved to a first down at the 40. Graham fired a quickie to Lavelli who ran forward to the 48. Graham took the next snap and pitched out to Lewis Mayne. But LB Lou Sossaman broke through and dropped the ball carrier back at the 40. When Graham threw too high to Edgar Jones on 3rd down, the Browns had to punt. Gillom boomed a high one to the slippery area at the 8, from where Eddie Prokop ran the ball back gingerly to the 18. Deep in their territory, the Yanks kept it simple. Prokop once and Young twice ran up the middle and just made 10y. After another short run, Eddie tried a pass that was deflected. On 3rd down, he slipped as he took the direct step and stumbled down. So Lewis took Bob Kennedy's second punt of the day and returned it 7y to the Cleveland 33.
On first down, Graham straightened up and hit Speedie for only 3y. Then Otto flipped a long lateral to Motley. The giant FB sped through RT, cut toward the middle of the field, then headed for the sidelines again. He got past everyone except DB Harmon Rowe who closed in and nicked Marion's feet, causing the ball carrier to stumble out of bounds at the NY 13 to complete the 51y jaunt.


Motley's 51y run from freeze frame images from the video of the game

Graham hits Speedie.

Graham sneaks over.
Mac Speedie catches a pass.
Mac Speedie catches a pass as Rowe hits him.
Graham tried another first down pass, but Alford intercepted. However, the Yanks were penalized for defensive holding. Jones made a yard, but Mayne was held without gain. So on third down, Graham passed to LE Speedie cutting across the middle. Mac made a leaping catch amid three defenders, who wrestled him down at the 1. Graham pushed into the snow-covered EZ on a QB sneak. Lou "The Toe" Groza converted. Browns 7 Yankees 0
After the kickoff, the Yanks made their best offensive showing of the game. Following a nice return to the 32, Young tried to go wide around LE but the Browns strung him out until they tackled him at the sideline for just a 1y gain. Two plunges by Sanders produced a first down on the 42 as the period ended.
Browns 7 Yankees 0

  • Quarter 2
    Sanders hit Bob Sweiger for a 7y gain. Then Young broke loose up the middle for 13 more and a first down at the Cleveland 38. The onslaught continued as Spec rambled over RT to the 22. Then he tried to surprise the Browns with a quick pass, but it was deflected at the line of scrimmage. Spec then threw a swing pass to Young who sprinted to the left sideline, then skittered on the icy turf to the 9. On 1st-and-goal, Young plunged to the 6. Motley came in as a LB in the goal-line D. Spec, fortified by a trio of blockers, skirted wide to his right as Motley chased him. It looked like a certain TD if he could cut in. But it was too icy to do so, and LB Tony Adamle brought Spec down for no gain. Next, Young took a handoff wide left but was tackled for a 1y loss. So Harvey Johnson booted a FG from the 12. Browns 7 Yankees 3
    Cleveland controlled the ball most of the rest of the quarter but couldn't cash in.
    Ermal Allen returned the kickoff to the 26. Graham tried Motley wide right, then wide left to the 33. Graham fired to Speedie for a first down at the 44. Next, Otto went to his other end, Lavelli, on an out and up. Once Dante shook off the nearest defender, he had clear sailing to the NY 25 for what would turn out to be the longest play of the day. Motley took a handoff on the patented draw play that Brown designed for him and gained 5. At that point, the Yankee defense stepped up. First, Prokop knocked down Graham's pass intended for Lavelli. Then a heavy rush forced Graham to throw hurriedly and badly. So Groza tried a 28y FG that missed.
    Two plays later, the Browns were back in business when Young fumbled the ball away on the 27.
    Motley rambled to the 18 before Jones plunged for 2 more and a 1st down. Graham tried Speedie in the EZ, but Rowe had him tightly covered. Another incompletion followed but a penalty gave the Browns 1st-and-goal at the 8. Motley pushed to the 5, but he and Otto ran together on the next handoff for a loss of 4. Jones took the ball around RE and cut back into the EZ. However, the Browns were offside. A short pass to Lavelli went nowhere. Then Graham was sacked all the way back on the 37, from which point Groza's FG try sailed wide.
    With the period coming to a close, Sanders let loose an aerial barrage. After an incompletion, he hit LE Jack Russell, who ran like a terrier to the 34. But the next pass attempt resulted in a sack at the 24. A completion to Sweiger made up 5 of the lost yardage, and a reverse to Young added 7. On 4th-and-8 with less than a minute remaining, Spec threw a long one to Sweiger, who was triple-covered. Officials stepped in to stop an altercation back where the pass was delivered.
    Graham wanted to throw a long one to the EZ, but a fierce rush forced him to take off. He ran out of bounds on the 20 as time expired.
    Browns 7 Yankees 3
Browns' sidelineJones sweeps.
L: Shivering Otto Graham (far right), Coach Brown (lower right), Lou Groza (46), and other Clevelanders watch the action
R: Edgar "Special Delivery" Jones sweeps behind Gs Ed Ulinski and Bill Willis

Q2 actionMotley tries to sweep.
L: Marion Motley runs behind Jones as Charlie Riffle and Harmon Rowe move in.
R: Motley tries to sweep as Lloyd Cheatham (60), Eddie Prokop (72), and Ted Ossowski (43) pursue.
  • Quarter 3
    A short pass and two runs gave the Browns a first down at their 32. Motley then bounced off tacklers to the 42 to move the chains again. The crowd roared when Graham, back to pass, was hit and fumbled on his 35 and Bruce Alford recovered. But the referee ruled the whistle had blown, and the Browns retained possession. The slippery conditions were illustrated on the next few plays. First, the halfback going in motion lost his footing and ended up on his backside as Motley was stuffed. After a holding penalty set Cleveland back, Jones gained most of the yardage back on a gingerly run around RE to the 29. But on 3rd down Graham fell not once but twice as he tried to pass. So Gillom punted, and the Browns illustrated their soundness in all phases of the game. Young took the ball on one big hop, tried to go right, then ran left, slipping away from several tacklers until he gained 1y to the 28.
    After two runs and a long pass gained nothing, Cleveland gained 34y on the punt exchange when Kennedy's boot sailed out of bounds on the NY 43.
    But the visitors didn't take advantage of the break immediately. On the first play, Jones fumbled after catching a pass, and Lloyd Cheatham recovered for the Yanks on their 37.
    But NY gave the ball right back on the next play when DB Tommy Colella made a shoestring INT of Sanders' jump pass and returned it 14y to the NY 41.

Tommy Colella intercepts Spec Sanders' overthrown jump pass.
Motley broke away on a trap play for 16y to the 25. Graham hit Jones for 11 before Mayne took a pass to the 6. Jones halved the distance to the goal line on successive runs, then scored the TD from the 3 on a play that had the Yankees baffled. Reaching into the Browns' seemingly inexhaustible bag of tricks, Graham faked a handoff to Motley heading up the middle, faked a pitchout to the man-in motion, Mayne, then spun back and handed the leather to Jones as a big hole opened at RT. Graham waved his fist aloft, danced a joyful jig, and shook hands with himself.
Afterwards, Brown said it was the first time his team had tried the play, which they borrowed from San Francisco's Frankie Albert.
Coach Brown rewarded his captain, Lou Saban, for his stalwart work at LB by allowing him to boot the PAT. Browns 14 Yankees 3
Young finally got a good kickoff return to the 41. Confident their DBs could cover the receivers, the Browns put eight men in the box, five down linemen and three LBs. The move paid dividends immediately as Sanders lost the good field position when he tried to pass but was swarmed under by a gang of Browns led by Chet Adams for a 13y loss. A Young run and a failed pass led to a punt, and Cleveland started from their 31.
But three plays gained only 3y. So Gillom punted out of bounds on the NY 30.
Sanders connected with E Van Davis running open down the middle to the 46. Young found running room at LT to the Cleveland 43. Next, Buddy took a direct snap but stumbled back to the line of scrimmage as the clock ran out.
Browns 14 Yankees 3
 Browns-Yankees Action
  • Quarter 4
    The field lights illuminated the final 15 minutes.
    The Yankee drive continued with Sanders hitting Russell running across the field. Jack ran untouched until he slipped down at the 23. Then an offside penalty against the Browns put the ball on the 18. But on the next snap, disaster struck. Young dropped a long lateral pass, fell on the ball but lost control of it, and Saban ended up with it on the 30.
    Two runs and a pass to Speedie gained only 8y. So Gillom continued his good punting (45.0 average for the day), Young returning 5y to the 26.
    The respite hadn't cooled off the Yanks offense. On 3rd-and-2, Sanders got off his best run of the day to the Browns 44. After two short runs, Young got away for 13 more, but the officials spotted Rowe swinging a left hook at Colella. That cost NY not only the gain but also 15y for unnecessary roughness back to their 43. Colella demonstrated remarkable coolness in the situation, not giving in to the temptation to strike back. After an incompletion, Sanders lost 7, and Kennedy punted to the 23.
    With the defense massed to stop the run, Graham started with a quick pass to Speedie for 5. After Motley gained 0, Otto hit Colella just short of the first down marker. After a delay of game penalty, Gillom barely got his boot off, the pigskin going out on the NY 25.
    With the sun and their hopes setting, the Yankees started promisingly with a quick pass out left to the man in motion, Young, who ran to the 37. Spec tried the same play to the other side, and it worked there also. Buddy slipped and slid to midfield. But as happened all afternoon, the home team couldn't sustain the momentum, and Kennedy punted to the 9 - a strange decision since only a few minutes remained.
    Sticking to the ground to run out the clock, Graham handed to Jones twice to the 24 and Mayne once to seal Cleveland's second straight championship.
    BROWNS 14 Yankees 3 .
Both teams hurried to the warmth of the locker rooms.
  • Thousands of rooters from Harlem swarmed on the field after the game, surrounding Motley, Gillom, and Bill Willis, the Browns' three African-American players and delaying their exit from the field. Some hoised Motley on their shoulders - quite a feat - and carried him halfway to the locker room.
  • The game marked the first time in 19 contests that Sanders was kept out of the EZ and only the second time in the two years of the AAFC that the Yankees failed to score a TD, the Browns turning the trick both times.
Final statistics:
  • First downs: Browns 15 Yankees 13
  • Yards rushing: Browns 33-172 , Yankees 33-123
  • Passing: Browns 21-14-0/112, Yankees 18-7-1/89
  • Fumbles-Lost: Browns 2-1, Yankees 3-2
  • Penalties: Browns 7-45,Yankees 3-21
New York Times cartoon
New York Times cartoon the day after the game
Postgame
  • There was little excitement in the Browns' dressing quarters. Only a few cheers, mostly from scrubs with nice clean suit, marked the occasion. It seemed as if this championshipo stuff was already old hat to them.
  • Coach Brown climbed onto a trunk and shouted: Great, great, great! Well, we beat them because we played together. Did you ever see any team pull together like ours out there? No fussing no agruments. We played football like we knew we'd win. Congratulations. And listen, just as a special memento, keep your jackets.
  • Brown to reporters: It was tough, a real narrow squeak. Conditions were bad; that field made it like ice skating, and we couldn't run very well. Our passing got us by; it did the trick.
    Neither team could play its best on that field. ... However, we tried to take advantage of the conditions by creating one-against-one situations on our pass patterns, and this worked pretty well on Otto Graham's flat tosses.

    Asked to name the standouts for the game, Brown replied, Gee whiz. Motley was superb. And Young can really go with that football. He just squirts through there.
    Are you excited at winning? Gosh now. But say, what was the final score?
  • Browns T coach Bill Edwards praised the courageous performance of Chet Adams. He turned in the finest exhibition of defensive play I have witnessed by him this year. He had a lot to do with stopping those rushes by Spec Sanders and Buddy Young. The guy deserves a lot of credit for the courage he demonstrated by coming back after injuring his neck again. Kudos also went to Blandin, who took a defensive turn with his bad ankle to give Adams a chance to recuperate.
  • Flaherty: We thought about covering the field this week with hay to keep it from freezing. We didn't, and so our ground attack bogged down. I can't overemphasize how much that slick footing cost us. ... We'll keep after 'em, and we'll get 'em yet. However, I do wish the field had not been so bad for Spec and Buddy.
  • Young, who fumbled twice, was asked what he would do now that the season was over. Keep in shape, and learn to hold on to a football.

The players split $209,820, which was the second largest in pro history to only the 1946 NFL title game between the Bears and Giants at the Polo Grounds ($282,955).

  • The Browns took home $1,191.99 each for their afternoon's work.
  • Each Yankee earned $794.66, a hefty addition to each man's salary.
 1947 AAFC Champion Cleveland Browns
References: History of the All-America Football Conference, David A. Bene (2005)
When All the World Was Browns Town, Terry Pluto (1997)
Paul Brown: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Football's Most Innovative Coach, Andrew O'Toole (2008)
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