Cleveland-Philadelphia Connection

There is an historic connection between the two subject cities which partly involved football.

[1] The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s mission was in part to connect the Delaware Bay with the Great Lakes.  Lake Eire here was the obvious place.

[2] Schimdt’s of Philadelphia had a branch in Cleveland. This was a big seller in the industrial areas in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.  Most taverns had it on draft.

[3] The Cleveland Browns came into the National Football League in 1950.  They ruled the All American Conference during its brief existence.   The Philadelphia Eagles from 1947 to 1949 had two NFL titles and one conference championship.  When Cleveland came into Connie Mack Stadium in 1950,  the odds were heavy in the Eagles favor. Most fans dismissed the All American Conference as a Mickey Mouse hole.  Cleveland, with Otto Graham at quarterback, easily defeated the Eagles 35 to 10.  The Browns dominated the series between the two teams until they left for the American Football Conference in 1970.

[4} In four of six seasons, from 1957 to 1962, each teams got its biggest win against the other.

1957.  The Eagles defeated the Browns 17 to 7 at Connie Mack Stadium.  Philadelphia was the only Eastern Conference team to defeat the Browns that season.

1960.  The Browns defeated the Eagles at Franklin Field 41 to 24.   At Cleveland,  the Eagles won a thriller 29 to 27.

1961.  The Eagles defeated the Browns 27 to 20 at Franklin Field.  At Cleveland, the Browns won over the weak defensed Eagles 45 to 24.

1962.  The Eagles defeated the Browns 35 to 7 at Franklin Field.  This was the only bright spot in that 3-10-1 season.


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