The Democratic Coalition 1928 to 1960

Earlier I mentioned the compromise between Governor DeWitt Clinton of New York and President Jefferson.  This led to the Eire Canal and, as an outgrowth, the coalition between Northern Liberal and Conservative Southern Democrats.  Those from the South were less friendly to social legislation and always tried to block Civil Rights bills.  These Senators were in no sense racist; doing otherwise would be a certain loss an election day.

In 1948, the coalition  began to crumble. Governor Strom Thurmond of South Carolina walked out of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia when Hubert Humphrey wanted to insert a strong civil rights plank.  Thurmond formed a Dixiecrat Party and carried South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas on election day.  Deep South Georgia and all Border South States voted for President Harry Truman.

Under President Eisenhower Republicans made inroads into the Border South against Adlai Stevenson.  In 1952, Eisenhower carried Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Virginia.  Four years later Eisenhower added Kentucky and  the Deep South state of  Louisiana.  Missouri, bucking the national trend, went for Stevenson the second time but not the first.

In 1960,  Richard Nixon had some success in the Border South though not as much as Eisenhower.  He carried Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia.  By 1964, only the five states of the Deep South went for Barry Goldwater since he voted against that year’s Civil Right Bill.

This North South Democratic Coalition no longer relevant  but here is what happened from 1928 to 1960.

1928-Governor Al Smith chose Senator Joseph Robinson of ALABAMA as his running mate.  Smith carried Arkansas and the five states of the Deep South.  States from the Border South went for Herbert Hoover fearing Smith, a Catholic would become President.   The newspapers dubbed these voters  Hoovercrats.

1932 and 1936-Franklin D. Roosevelt had Speaker of the  House  John Nance Garner, from TEXAS, as his running mate.

1940-In an aberration,  FDR chose Henry Wallace from Iowa as his Vice Presidential Nominee.  There had been friction between Roosevelt and Garner.

1944-There was a reaction to Henry Wallace since many Democrats felt he was too far to the left.  FDR picked Senator Harry Truman of MISSOURI for Vice President.

1948-President Truman had Senator Alben Barkley of KENTUCKY for Vice President.

1952-Adlai Stevenson chose Senator John Sparkman from ALABAMA for Vice President.

1956-Adlai Stevenson chose Senator Estes Kefavuer from TENNESSEE  for Vice President.

1960-John Kennedy chose Senate Majority leader Lyndon Johnson from TEXAS for Vice President.

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On the Move to Franklin Field from Connie Mack Stadium

Older fans remember that the Eagles signed Buck Shaw as head coach for 1958.  This was what Hugh Brown from the Philadelphia Bulletin said on the move to Franklin Field which occurred the same year.

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“Besides the coaching switch, the  Eagles should benefit from a switch in locale from the skinned surface of Connie Mack Stadium stadium to the springy turf of the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field. At least they should benefit financially if not artistically.

From a spectator’s viewpoint, Franklin Field is one of the best stadiums in the country.  Almost every one of the 70,000 seats affords a clear unobstructed view of the playing field. Even the seats behind the goal posts are superb. The Eagles will also be able to practice in the University’s River Field, which adjoins the big stadium.

Mack was a typical baseball layout with a maximum of poles to obstruct the view.  Turf had to be planted in the infield, and by mid-season, it looked as if a cattle stampede had hit it.

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The Eagles took a step backward  in 1958.  Their record was 2-9-1 matched with  4-8 in 1957.  There were the two bright spots, both at home .  Philadelphia defeated the New York Giants 27 to 24 in week two.  This was the biggest upset of the season for the NFL.  Then came the rousing 49 to 21 victory over the Chicago Cardinals.  However, 1958 was the basis for the 7-5 record in 1959 and the NFL Title in 1960.

Versatile Herb Adderley

Previous mentioned was Hall of Famer Herb Adderley and his play as a defensive back.   He played in two Super Bowls each with the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys.  Adderly was also a great special teams player.  He ran back 120 kickoffs in his time for 3,080 yards and two touchdowns.  In addition, Adderley blocked two field goals, both in 1963, which basically won the game for the Packers.

At Minnesota-Late in the game the Packers were trailing the Vikings 30 to 28.  Fred Cox was lining up for a chip shot 10 yard field.  This, fans thought, would be the Vikings first victory ever over the Packers.  Herb Adderley cleanly blocked the ball.  Hank Gremminger, also a defensive back , picked up the ball and ran 80 yards for a touchdown.  This was an 10  point play.  Instead of trailing by one, Green Bay won by nine.  Green Bay 37 Minnesota 28.

At Home vs. Pittsburgh.  Green Bay was leading 9 to 7 as the Steelers attempted a 40 yard field goal.  This was on the last play of the first half.  Adderley deflected both the ball and any momentum Pittsburgh had.  Green bay 33 Pittsburgh 14.

Super Bowl Losers-The Next Year

The Super Bowl losers don’t seem to do well the following year.

1998-Super Bowl-Denver Broncos defeated Green Bay Packers (13-3) 31 to 24.  1999-Packers (11-5) lost in the first round to San Francisco 49ers 30 to 27.

1999-Super Bowl-St Louis Rams defeated Tennessee Titans (13-3) 23 to 16.  2000-Titans (13-3) lost in the first round to the Baltimore Ravens 24 to 10.

2000-Super Bowl-Baltimore Ravens defeated New York Giants (12-4) 34 to 7.  2001 New York Giants fell to 7-9.

2001-Super Bowl-New England Patriots defeated St. Louis Rams (14-2) 20 to 17. 2002 St. Louis Rams fell to 7-9.

2002-Super Bowl-Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated Oakland  Raiders (11-5) 48 to 21. 2003 Oakland Raiders fell to 4-12.

2003-Super Bowl-New England Patriots defeated Carolina Panthers (11-5)  32 to 29. 2004 Carolina Panthers fell to 7-9.

2004-Super Bowl-New England Patriots defeated Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)  24 to 21. 2005 Philadelphia Eagles fell to 6-10.

2005-Super Bowl-Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Seattle Seahawks (13-3) 21 to 10. 2006 Seattle Seahawks (9-7) lost in the second round to the Chicago Bears 27 to 24.

2006-Super Bowl-Indianapolis Colts defeated Chicago Bears (13-3) 29 to 17. 2007 Chicago Bears fell to 7-9.

2007-Super Bowl-New York Giants defeated New England Patriots (14-0) 17 to 14.  2008 New England Patriots fell to 11-5

2008-Super Bowl-Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Arizona Cardinals (9-7) 27 to 23.  2009 Arizona Cardinals were better during the season with a 10-6  record.   They lost the second round to the New Orleans Saints 45 to 14.

2009-Super Bowl-New Orleans Saints defeated Indianapolis Colts (14-2) 31 to 17.  2010 Indianapolis Colts (10-6) lost in the first round to the New York Jets 17 to 6.

2010-Super Bowl-Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) 2011 Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) lost in the Wild Card game to the Denver Broncos 29 to 23.

Lost Hopes for Ryan Moats

One of the few bright spots in the Eagles season in  2005 was the running of Ryan Moats.  With injuries to Brian Westbrook, Moats had two good games. I hoped he might be another Wilbert Montgomery but that was not to be.

At Lincoln Financial Field vs the New York Giants.  Ryan Moats ran for 114 yards and scored touchdowns on runs of 40 and 18 yards.  Philadelphia lost in overtime to the Giants 26 to 23.

At the St. Louis Rams. Moats had a 58 yard touchdown run as the Eagles overcame turnovers and won 17 to 16.

After a 4-2 start,  the Eagles lost eight of the last ten.  Moats got injured in 2006 and the Eagles cut him the following year.  Just a sudden flash

Philadelphia Athletics-Great Years, The Decline, The Move

Since they were contemporary with Murders’ Row with the Yankees, the Philadelphia Athletics of the late 20s and early 30’s don’t get the attention they deserve.  These teams were great and I will mention players such as Jimmy Foxx, Al Simmons, Lefty Grove, and Mickey Cochran later.

The A’s won the American League Pennant three consecutive years from 1929 to 1931.  The results:

1929 defeated the Chicago Cubs four games to one;

1930 defeated the St. Louis  Cardinals four games to two;

1932 lost to the St. Louis Cardinals four games to three.

Connie Mack, in a depression era move, broke up the team in 1935.  In the last 20 years in Philadelphia, 1935 to 1954, the Athletics were the worst team in the American League. Consider the following:

–lost over 100 games six times;

–finished in last place 11 times;

–finished last in four consecutive years from 1940 to 1943;

–had a better than .500 record four times;

–had a better than .500 record three consecutive years from 1947 to 1949;

–the highest the A’s finished was fourth place twice, in 1948 and 1952.

The team moved  to Kansas City without fanfare in 1955.  Interesting is that  the St. Louis Browns’ first year as the Baltimore Orioles was in 1954.  Missouri lost a team on the extreme East Side in 1954 but gained one on the Western Side a year later.  St Louis  and Kansas City are 300 miles apart.  The Philadelphia to Baltimore Corridor gained a team in 1954 and lost one the following year.  Baltimore and Philadelphia are 92 miles apart.  I do not know if MLB coordinated the moves with fan base as a factor.

Frankie Albert-First Southpaw QB

We have been used to seeing left hand quarterbacks such as Ken Stabler, Steve Young, and Micheal Vick.  The first was Frankie Albert.  At Stanford, Albert played for Clark Shaughnessy, who originated the T formation and forward pass.  Albert played for the San Francisco Forty Niners for seven years, four in the All America Conference (1946-1949)  and three in the NFL (1950-1952).

He led the AAFC in touchdown passes with 29 in 1948 and 27 in 1949.  Albert made it to the Pro Bowl in 1950, his team’s first year in the NFL.  For his career, Albert completed 831 passes for a 53.1% rate; 10,975 yards; 115 touchdowns; and 98 interceptions.  These were the days before specialization and Frankie Albert was also the 49ers punter.  Albert punted 299 times for 12,866 yards and a 43 yard average.

Later the 49ers Head Coach, Frankie Albert has a place in NFL history.