Cleveland-Baltimore 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 Chesapeake  Bay with the Great Lakes.  Lake Eire here was the obvious place.

[2] The Carling Brewing Company of Cleveland had a branch in Baltimore. This was a big seller in the industrial areas in Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and Maryland.   Most taverns had it on draft.  Carling also brewed Red Cap Ale.  Neither was a big seller in Philadelphia.

[3] The Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Colts came into the National Football League from the All America Conference in 1950.

[4}  In three seasons, 1959, 1964, and  1968, each team had big wins against the other.   The Cleveland wins in the regular season at Baltimore in 1959 and and 1968 are in my opinion the biggest  the Browns ever had.

1959.  The Browns defeated the Colts  38 to 31 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.  Baltimore went on to win the NFL Title

1964   NFL Title.  The Browns shut out the Colts 27 to 0 at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.

1968. The Browns defeated the Colts  30 to 20 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.  Baltimore went on to win the NFL Title

1968  NFL Title.  The Colts shut out the Browns  34 to 0 at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.

1970.  Both Cleveland and Baltimore moved to the AFC.

1996.  The Cleveland Browns became the Baltimore Ravens.


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