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    Sunday November 4, 1951
    San Diego Chargers @ New York Giants
    Location: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York
    Attendance: 44,521
    Weather: Cloudy and 68 degrees, Wind: 2 mph from the NE
    Game MVP: Joe Scott

    “Giants blank Chargers 17-0” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    Giants offensive backs Joe Scott and Eddie Price combined for 161 yards of total offense and the defense registered 4 turnovers ‘en-route’ to 17-0 victory over the visiting San Diego Chargers. The win, though hard fought, improved the Giants to 5-1 on the season. The Loss dropped the winless Chargers to 0-5-1 as the season hit the half way mark. Chargers Lead man Bob Williams and his corps of receivers had a difficult time getting anything going all afternoon. New York’s all world defensive tackles Arnie Weinmeister and John Baker and linebacker John Cannady terrorized Williams all afternoon, sacking him 3 times for 14 yards. San Diego’s total passing offense output for the afternoon was a mere 102 total yards. The worst recorded passing yards this season for Jimmy Phelan’s crew. Williams finished the game with 10 completions for 116 yards and 2 interceptions. “Williams spent more time picking himself up off the ground today than he did last week. He has had a rough two weeks. Our offensive line has to get better at protecting him,” stated Coach Jimmy at the conclusion of the game. Coach Phelan also noted that his punter Tom Williams had a spectacular game once again. His well aimed kicks kept the Giants offense pinned on their side of the field for the majority of the afternoon.

    Plays from scrimmage: San Diego 56 (10 First Downs); New York 53 (13 First Downs)
    Rushing: San Diego 28 for 75 yards (2.7 avg); New York 31 for 77 yards (2.5 avg)
    Pass plays: San Diego 10 for 25 (40%), 2 INT; New York 15 for 21 (71%) 1 TD
    Passing: San Diego 102 yards (4.1 per play); New York 201 yards (9.6 per play)
    Turnovers: San Diego 4; New York 1
    Punts: San Diego 7 punts for 302 yards (43.1 avg); New York 7 punts for 296 yards (42.3 avg)
    Third Down: San Diego 5 for 14 (36%); New York 3 for 13 (23%)
    Red Zone: San Diego 0 for 2 (0 FG, 0 TD); New York 1 for 2 (1 FG, 0 TD)
    Time of Possession: San Diego 26:39; New York 33:21

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    NY – TD John Baker 25 yard interception (Galen Ruffle kick) 7-0 NY
    Second Quarter
    NY – TD Joe Scott 40 yard reception from Charlie Conerly (Galen Ruffle kick) 14-0 NY
    Third Quarter
    NY – FG Galen Ruffle 17 yards; 17-0 NY

    Top Performers
    SAN DIEGO
    QB Bob Williams 10-25-2, 116 yards, 1 carry, 7 yards
    HB Buddy Young 16 carries, 49 yards; 3 receptions, 36 yards
    End Dan Garza 3 receptions, 45 yards
    DT Art Donovan 8 tackles
    LB Duke Iverson 10 tackles
    LB Al Carapella 7 tackles
    S Marvin Johnson 6 tackles
    NEW YORK
    QB Charlie Conerly 15-21, 193 yards, 1 TD
    HB Joe Scott 4 carries, 7 yards; 7 receptions, 96 yards, 1 TD
    FB Eddie Price 18 carries, 49 yards
    End Sean McCormick 3 receptions, 43 yards
    DT Arnie Weinmeister 9 tackles, 1 sack
    DT John Baker 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 defensive TD
    LB John Cannady 7 tackles
    S Tom Landry 6 tackles
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    League round up

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Otto Graham threw for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns as he guided his team to a 21-7 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. “He had a great game led our offense on two fantastic drives,” remarked Head Coach Paul Bown.

    Head Coach Wayne Millner and his Philadelphia Eagles were shut down in Western Pennsylvania Sunday afternoon. Johnny Michelosen’s Pittsburgh Steelers rolled to a 17-2 victory. 3rd year Halfback Joe Geri racked up 92 yards on the ground including touchdown scampers of 5 and 11 yards. “There is a reason he is our number one back. The kid has got talent,” remarked Steelers Head Coach Johnny Michelosen.

    The Green Bay Packers grabbed their second victory of the ’51 campaign with a dominating victory over the Detroit Lions 27-7. Veteran running back Tony Canadeo piled up 188 total yards and 2 touchdowns. “He played a great game…….Tony is, my humble opinion, is one of the best backs in the league,” remarked Coach Gene Ronzani after the game.

    San Francisco 17 @ Los Angeles 23; GAME MVP: End Tom Fears 4 receptions, 120 yards
    Chicago 21 @ Washington 10; GAME MVP: HB Billy Stone 260 total yards, 2 TD

    HISTORICAL RESULTS

    The San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, California) Monday November 5, 1951; Page 14

    LOS ANGELES – Elroy (crazy legs) Hirsch made a circus catch on a 76-yard pass play in the fourth quarter yesterday to give the Los Angeles Rams a 23 to 16 “revenge” win over their arch rival San Francisco before 55,569 partisans.

    CHICAGO– Cleveland’s Browns recovered four Chicago Cardinals fumbles , intercepted one pass and scored after each break yesterday to ramble to a 34-17 triumph before 19,742 fans shivering in 21-degree temperature in Comiskey park.

    PITTSBURGH - The Philadelphia Eagles, paced by Adrian Burk’s three touchdown passes, ran roughshod over the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 34 to 13 victory yesterday before 19,649 fans at Forbes field.

    WASHINGTON – Chicago’s bruising Bears brought the Washington Redskins and their modest two-game winning streak rudely down to earth yesterday with a business like 27-0 whitewash job.

    NEW YORK – Emlen Tunnell’s 100-yard dash with a kickoff and Ray Poole’s three field goals led the New York Giants to a 37 to 31 victory over the New York Yanks yesterday and kept Coach Steve Owen’s team in the thick of the National League’s American Conference race.

    GREEN BAY – Green Bay quarterback Bobby Thompson completed 13 consecutive passes in the second half yesterday but it wasn’t enough as the Detroit Lions rolled to a 24-17 victory over the Packers

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    Tuesday, November 6, 1951

    “Injury report – Golding and Wingate sidelined” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    Dan Edwards, Joe Golding, Paul Crowe, Barney Poole and Elmer Wingate all departed Sunday’s game with apparent injuries. This afternoon the medical staff reported to Coach Phelan that two of defensive players will not be returning to practice right away. Defensive end Elmer Wingate, who is in his first season with the Chargers, suffered a strained neck. The injury will keep the 6’3”, 230 lb defensive end on the sidelines for next week’s match up against San Francisco. Wingate entered the game when starting defensive end Barney Poole hobbled off the field late in the second quarter with an apparent ankle injury. “Poole should be ready for next week’s game….we will see how he holds up in practice this week,” commented Coach Phelan Tuesday evening. Coach also addressed his depleted defensive back situation. Starting back Joe Golding, who went down in the third quarter, was diagnosed with strained chest. Golding will be sidelined for the next two weeks. Backup cornerback Paul Crowe also suffered a setback. Crowe will miss next week game against the 49ers with a strained ankle. Rookie defensive back David Filmer, who has been cleared to practice this week, will get his fourth NFL start. “We are going be really thin at the cornerback position for next week’s game. We got Filmer starting…..and no backup,” mentioned Defensive Coordinator Ernie Steele Tuesday evening. “I have heard talk of signing free agent back Darrell Meisenheimer….but I think it’s only talk at this time,” added Steele. Good news for San Diego fans is that Dan Edwards suffered only a minor injuries and should be available for next week’s contest. “He has not been released for practice…but it is only Tuesday. I suspect he will be ready to go by Wednesday,” stated Coach Phelan when pushed about the condition of his starting offensive end.

    Thursday, November 8, 1951

    “Williams suits up for practice” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    Bob Williams had a rough afternoon last Sunday against a bull rushing Giants defense that planted him into the ground three times. Though a little battered, he has still found a way to participate in practice this week. “We have been watching him closely and limited his time on the field, which gave him more time to study this week’s game plan,” commented Associate Head Coach Glenn Dobbs Thursday evening. Dobbs also noted that Barney Poole and Dan Edwards participated in practice and looked good, “both will be ready for Sunday’s game.”

    Free Agent report

    General Manager John Harland announced Thursday morning that the Chargers organization has come to term with undrafted free agent cornerback Darrell Meisenheimer. At 5’10”, 195 lbs Meisenheimer has great size and has descent pass coverage skills. Scouting report: Darrell needs time to work out the kinks. But in a few years, he could be an important asset.

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    San Diego Chargers @ San Francisco 49ers pre-game report
    Location/time: Kezar Stadium; San Francisco, California; 1 PM start time PST
    Point spread: -7 (SF)
    Over/Under: 45.5
    Power Rank: SAN DIEGO 12; SAN FRANCISCO 5

    “Phelan’s crew to take on 49ers” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    SAN DIEGO (0-5-1) enters the contest with the 2nd ranked offense (2nd passing, 10th rushing) and the 11th ranked defense (8th passing, 12th rushing) in the league. Bob Williams has thrown for 1,308 yards and 5 touchdowns. His leading targets are Dan Garza and Buddy Young. On the ground the Chargers will be looking to their standout Halfback Buddy ‘The Bronze Bullet’ Young to hit the century mark for the first time this season. Young enters the game with 342 yards on the ground and 386 yards receiving. “We are hoping to rebound from last week’s beating in New York,” stated Coach Jimmy Friday morning. “Coach Shaw has got himself a solid team on both sides of the ball.”

    INJURY REPORT
    CB Joe Golding is out; David Filmer will get the start
    CB Paul Crowe is out
    DE Elmer Wingate is out
    Note: George Taliaferro, Sherman Howard, and Tommy Thompson are available for Sunday’s matchup

    TEAM LEADERS
    Passing leader: Bob Williams 83-151-6, 1,308 yards, 5 TD, 55.0 PCT, 8.66 yds/att, QBR 78.3
    Rushing leader: Buddy Young 105 carries, 342 yards, 2 TD
    Receiving leader: Dan Garza 36 receptions, 690 yards, 2 TD
    Tackle leader: Marvin Johnson 38 tackles (29 solo/9 assists)
    Sack leader: Barney Poole 2.5 sacks
    Passes Defended: Bobbie Griffin 4 PD; Marvin Johnson 4 PD
    Interception leader: Bobbie Griffin 1 INT; Bennie Aldridge 1 INT

    SAN FRANCISCO (3-3) enters the game with the 4th ranked offense (3rd passing, 6th rushing) and the 9th ranked defense (11th passing, 5th rushing) in the league. Quarterbacks Frankie Albert and Y.A. Tittle have combined for 1,304 yards and 6 touchdowns. Their leading targets are Alyn Beals and Gordie Soltau. On the ground the Joe Perry and Johnny Strzykalski have combined for 586 yards on the season. “Our offense is firing on all cylinders. Now we just got to play some defense,” said Head Coach Buck Shaw.

    INJURY REPORT
    G Dave Sparks is out

    TEAM LEADERS
    Passing leader: Y.A. Tittle 55-121-6, 812 yards, 5 TD, 45.5 PCT, 6.71 yds/att, QBR 60.8
    Rushing leader: Joe Perry 87 carries, 387 yards, 5 TD
    Receiving leader: Alyn Beals 30 receptions, 523 yards, 2 TD
    Tackle leader: Leo Nomellini 40 tackles (23 solo/17 assists)
    Sack leader: Leo Nomellini 4 sacks
    Passes Defended: Rex Berry 7 PD; Jim Cason 7 PD
    Interception leader: Rex Berry 4 INT

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    you should be a sportswriter. good stuff

    Chuck Bednarik, aka 'Concrete Charlie', put some hurt on people in his day.

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    Sunday November 11, 1951
    San Diego Chargers @ San Francisco 49ers
    Location: Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California
    Attendance: 41,311
    Weather: Sunny and 76 degrees, Wind: calm
    Game MVP: Joe Perry

    “Battle in Golden State: 49ers down Chargers 21-14” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    Jimmy Phelan’s San Diego Chargers ’51 campaign still has yet to see a victory notched in the win column. Phelan’s crew dropped another heart breaker to the San Francisco 49ers 21-14 Sunday afternoon in the Bay Area. San Francisco received a Tom Williams punt with 9:40 left on the clock and the score evened up at 14 apiece. 49ers quarterback of the day, Frankie Albert, only needed 6 plays to find the end zone. The drive, which only ate up 3:56 of the game clock, ended on a 1 yard plunged by Fullback Joe Perry. Hoping to repeat his counterparts success, Bolts Lead man Bob Williams stepped up to the challenge and engineered a 11 play drive into the heart of 49ers of territory. Williams’ march to glory, however, was halted by 49ers safety Jim Powers. With 1:09 left on the game clock, Powers stepped in front of a pass intended for Dan Edwards and ended any hopes for a Chargers victory. “I just didn’t see Powers. It was a great play and Dan seemed to open on a post route. I put it up….it should have been six,” commented a dejected Bob Williams after the game. On a good note perhaps the best play of football Sunday occurred with 10:22 left in the first quarter. Chargers versatile back Buddy Young hauled in a quick strike from Bob Williams, spun out of a Paul Wismann tackle, skirted around a blocking Dan Edwards and raced 72 yards down the sidelines to the end zone. “It happened so fast,” stated Coach Jimmy after the game. “He broke free and out ran their entire defense. I have never seen anyone faster. I am still trying to figure out how he managed to get away from Wismann.” Coach Jimmy also mentioned that his team needs to protect the ball more and start converting third downs. San Diego has turned the ball over 8 times and is 16 for 42 (38%) on third downs in their last three games….”That is not going to win many ball games in the NFL”

    Plays from scrimmage: San Diego 59 (13 First Downs); San Francisco 63 (23 First Downs)
    Rushing: San Diego 33 for 105 yards (3.2 avg); San Francisco 29 for 118 yards (4.1 avg)
    Pass plays: San Diego 14 for 26 (54%), 2 TD, 2 INT; San Francisco 22 for 32 (69%) 1 TD, 2 INT
    Passing: San Diego 203 yards (7.8 per play); San Francisco 277 yards (8.7 per play)
    Turnovers: San Diego 2; San Francisco 2
    Punts: San Diego 4 punts for 182 yards (45.5 avg); San Francisco 3 punts for 120 yards (40.0 avg)
    Third Down: San Diego 5 for 12 (42%); San Francisco 6 for 10 (60%)
    Red Zone: San Diego 1 for 1 (0 FG, 1 TD); San Francisco 3 for 5 (0 FG, 3 TD)
    Time of Possession: San Diego 29:34; San Francisco 30:26

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    SF – TD Joe Perry 12 yard run (Mike Young kick) 7-0 SF
    SD – TD Buddy Young 72 yard pass from Bob Williams (Harvey Johnson kick) 7-7
    Second Quarter
    SF– TD Johnny Strzykaiski 7 yard reception from Frankie Albert (Mike Young kick) 14-7 SF
    Third Quarter
    SD – TD Dan Edwards 5 yard pass from Bob Williams (Harvey Johnson kick) 14-14
    Fourth Quarter
    SF – Joe Perry 1 yard run (Mike Young kick) 21-14 SF

    Top Performers
    SAN DIEGO
    QB Bob Williams 14-26-2, 198 yards, 2 TD; 1 carry, 1 yard
    HB Buddy Young 20 carries, 63 yards; 2 receptions, 92 yards, 1 TD
    HB Alfred Pollard 5 carries, 30 yards
    End Dan Edwards 3 receptions, 32 yards, 1 TD
    DE Barney Poole 5 tackles
    DT Thurman McGraw 7 tackles
    LB Al Carapella 8 tackles
    CB Bobbie Griffin 9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PD, 1 INT
    S Marvin Johnson 7 tackles
    SAN FRANCISCO
    QB Frankie Albert 22-32-2, 288 yards, 1 TD; 1 carry, 3 yards
    FB Joe Perry 19 carries, 82 yards, 2 TD; 4 receptions, 72 yards
    End Alyn Beals 6 receptions, 61 yards
    End Gordie Soltau 6 receptions, 96 yards
    DE Ed Henke 5 tackles, 1 INT
    LB Pete Wismann 8 tackles
    LB Hardy Brown 8 tackles
    S Jim Powers 6 tackles, 1 INT

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    League Round up – Monday November 12, 1951

    “Graham and the Browns improve to 6-1” – Cleveland Plain Dealer

    Marion Motley, Ken Carpenter, and Dub Jones combined for 170 yards on the ground and Otto Graham added another 253 through the air as the Browns downed the Philadelphia Eagles 35-28. “We played and great game, on both side of the ball, against a solid team,” stated Coach Brown when the press caught up with him after the game. “We still have five games to go…..no sense talking about a championship season just yet.” Cleveland has a tough match up next weekend against division rival the New York Giants, who are coming off a 27-14 beating by the Washington Redskins. Both teams are a combined 11-3 through the first 7 weeks of the 51’ campaign.

    “Their calling ‘em ‘The Monsters of the Midway’ once again– Chicago Tribune

    The Chicago Bears improved to 5-1-1 on the season with a 31-17 victory over the Detroit Lions. The defense was the star of the show holding the high octane Lions out of the end zone for most of the afternoon. Detroit’s only offense touchdown came late in the fourth quarter. Defensive end Ed Sprinkle registered 11 tackles and linebacker Frank Dempsey added 10 more. “Both men were all over the field today. Sprinkle’s performance was outstanding,” added Coach George Halas.

    “Jim Finks and the Steelers dominate Green Bay” – Pittsburgh Post - Gazette

    Jim Finks put on a dominating performance Sunday afternoon throwing for 242 yards and 3 touchdowns “en route’ to a 27-7 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Offensive back Howard Hartley combined for 136 yards through the air on and on the ground. Pittsburgh pounded a usually stout Packers defense for 358 total yards. “We put it all together today. I think we sent a message to the rest of the NFL….watch out here we come,” stated Finks after the game. The win improved the Steelers to 3-4 on the season.

    Washington 27 @ New York 14; GAME MVP: HB Bill Dudley 167 total yards, 1 TD
    St. Louis 10 @ Los Angeles 14; GAME MVP: End Tom Fears 4 receptions, 69 yards

    HISTORICAL RESULTS

    November 11, 1951 (Pro Football reference.com)

    Washington Redskins 14 @ New York Giants 28
    Passing yards: #33 Sammy Baugh (WAS) 247 yards
    Rushing yards: #30 Joe Scott (NYG) 73 yards
    Receiving yards: #28 Hugh Taylor (WAS) 76 yards

    Philadelphia Eagles 17 @ Cleveland Browns 20
    Passing yards: #60 Otto Graham (CLE) 192 yards
    Rushing yards: #15 Steve Van Buren (PHI) 75 yards
    Receiving yards: #56 Danti Lavelli (CLE) 85 yards

    Detroit Lions 41 @ Chicago Bears 28
    Passing yards: #22 Bobby Layne (DET) 259 yards
    Rushing yards: #14 Bob Hoernschemeyer (DET) 59 yards
    Receiving yards: #84 Dorne Dibble (DET) and #82 Leon Hart (DET) 88 yards

    New York Yanks 14 @ San Francisco 19
    Passing yards: #17 Bob Celeri (NYY) 168 yards
    Rushing yards: #35 Bishop Strickland (SF) 78 yards
    Receiving yards: #20 George Taliaferro (NYY) 101 yards

    Chicago Cardinals 21 @ Los Angeles Rams 45
    Passing yards: #25 Norm Van Brocklin (LA) 165 yards
    Rushing yards: #32 Dan Towler (LA) 109 yards
    Receiving yards: #40 Elroy Hirsch (LA) 195 yards

    Green Bay Packers 7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 28
    Passing yards: #35 Joe Geri (PIT) 113 yards
    Rushing yards: #35 Joe Geru (PIT) 73 yards
    Receiving yards: #37 Henry Minarik (PIT) 91 yards

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    Wednesday November 14, 1951

    “Trade alert” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    The President of Football Operations, Edwin Altizer and General Manager John Harland met up with Malcolm McKenzie, Director of Scouting, and Gene Roberts, Assistant Director-Pro Scouting, Wednesday morning to discuss a couple of interesting trade options. “We have a depleted secondary and need to get something done if we want to compete down the stretch. With the trade deadline fast approaching we have got to act fast, “mentioned GM Harland. “This has become a bit of challenge for our front office as there are limited trade options on the table.” Harland mentioned that San Francisco and New York presented some interesting options….”But we did not want to give up any of our picks next season….so talks with both front offices broke down quickly,” added Harland. Shortly after 1:30 PM Coach Jimmy and Associate Head Coach Glenn Dobbs Jr. joined the meeting. “Forty-seven minutes later we struck a surprising deal with the Philadelphia Eagles,” announced an elated Coach Jimmy. San Diego will send the 3rd pick in the 1953 NFL and the 7th pick in the 1954 draft to the Eagles in exchange for defensive back Ebert Van Buren.* Steve Van Buren’s younger brother has appeared in seven games for the Eags’, starting 1. The Rookie back, out of LSU, has 20 tackles on the season and should make an immediate impact in the Chargers defensive backfield. Ebert Van Buren will join the team on Friday. “I think Ebert is looking forward to his new role in a Chargers uniform and understands at the end of the day we have a business to run,” added Coach Jimmy. Coach also mentioned that some moves will have to be made to fit Van Buren in the Bolts defensive scheme. Ebert will join Marvin Johnson on the top end of the defense. Defensive back Bennie Aldridge will move to left cornerback. Ebert Van Buren was not immediately available for any comment concerning the move.

    Within two hour of the move, Harland and Altizer also announced that receiver Dan Garza has signed a contract extension keeping him in a Chargers uniform through the 1955 season. Details concerning Garza’s extension were not immediately available. “I love San Diego and this coaching staff. I am glad I get an opportunity to continue my career here. The fans are awesome,” mentioned Garza when Herbert caught up with him Wednesday evening. Coach Jimmy was not available for comment due to scheduled meetings.

    *(Note: Honestly I was surprised the trade with Philly was granted – almost every time I tried with other teams I received some comment about a poor trade option. In addition, the hint offered in return was too crazy to even consider. San Francisco and New York gave me some options.......I needed something – my defensive back situation is absolutely horrible. We will see if giving up two future draft picks was worth it. Especially when I am trying to build a winner out of nothing)

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    Friday, November 16, 1951
    (0-6-1) San Diego Chargers @ (6-1) Los Angeles pre-game report
    Location/time: Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, 1:15 pm PST
    Last meeting: September 28, 1951; San Diego 3 @ Los Angeles 30
    All time record: 0-1
    Point spread: -14 (SLA)
    Power Rank: San Diego 12; Los Angeles 2

    “Chargers head north this Sunday to battle rival Los Angeles” – John Herbert, San Diego Union.

    Coach Phelan, 0-6-1 as the head man, will lead his battered troops on a short trip north this weekend. His Chargers to take on division rival the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum. “This is tough league to compete in….it makes it more challenging when you have to play at the storied Memorial Coliseum. I can say that I am not a big fan of those folks up there,” mentioned Coach Phelan during a Friday morning press conference. The Chargers enter the game still trying to locate their first victory of the 51’ campaign. Bob Williams, who has thrown for 1,511 yards, will lead the charge. This year he has the ever versatile Dan Garza as a new and dangerous target. “He and Buddy Young have are having a great year. Both are in the top six in the receiving yards category for the season,” continued Jimmy Phelan. In their way this weekend is Norm Van Brocklin and his aerial circus. The Rams are coming off a bruising 14-10 victory over the Cardinals of St. Louis. Coach Stydahar’s Rams worst offensive performance of the season.
    Sunday’s starting lineups
    OFFENSE
    SAN DIEGO
    QB Bob Williams; LH (RB) Buddy Young; FB Zollie Toth; RH (TE) Sherman Howard; RE (WR) Dan Garza; LE (WR) Dan Edwards; LT Paul Mitchell; LG Floyd Jaszewski; C Brad Ecklund; RG Bill Albright; RT Mike McCormack
    LOS ANGELES
    QB Norm Van Brocklin; LH (RB) Glenn Davis; FB Tommy Kalmanir*; RH (TE) Dan Towler; RE (WR) Tom Fears; LE (WR) Elroy Hirsch; LT Don Simensen; LG Harry Thompson; C Leon McLaughlin; RG Jack Finlay; RT Tom Dahms
    *FB Tommy Kalmanir is starting in place of an injured Dick Hoerner

    DEFENSE
    SAN DIEGO
    DE Barney Poole; DT Art Donovan; DT Thurman McGraw; DE Carl Elliott; LB Jim Champion; LB Al Carapella; LB Duke Iverson; CB Bobbie Griffin; CB Bennie Aldridge; S Ebert Van Buren; S Marvin Johnson
    LOS ANGELES
    DE Andy Robustelli; DT Stan West; MG Adam Hilliard*; DT Charlie Toogood; DE Larry Brink; LB Walter Sheppard; LB Joe Reid*; CB Tom Keane; CB Woodley Lewis; S Jerry Williams; S Herb Rich*
    *MG Adam Hilliard playing for an injured Jim winkler
    *LB Joe Reid playing for an injured Don Paul
    *S Herb Rich playing for an injured Norb Hecker

    TEAM LEADERS
    SAN DIEGO
    Passing leader: Bob Williams 97-177-8, 1,511 yards, 7 TD, 54.8 PCT, 8.54 yds/att, QBR 77.9
    Rushing leader: Buddy Young 125 carries, 404 yards, 2 TD
    Receiving leader: Dan Garza 39 receptions, 714 yards, 2 TD
    Tackle leader: Marvin Johnson 45 tackles (36 solo/9 assists); Al Carapella 45 tackles (32 solo/13 assists)
    Sack leader: Barney Poole 2.5 sacks
    Passes Defended: Bobbie Griffin 5 PD
    Interception leader: Bobbie Griffin 2 INT; Bennie Aldridge 2 INT
    LOS ANGELES
    Passing leader: Norm Van Brocklin 68-179-11, 1,517 yards, 9 TD, 38 PCT, 8.47 yds/att, QBR 60.3
    Rushing leader: Glenn Davis 85 carries, 296 yards, 5 TD
    Receiving leader: Tom Fears 33 receptions, 755 yards, 2 TD
    Tackle Leader: Don Paul 35 tackles (23 solo/12 assists)
    Sack leader: Stan West 3 sacks
    Passes Defended: Jerry Williams 3 PD
    Interception leader: Woodley Lewis 6 INT

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    Sunday November 18, 1951
    San Diego Chargers @ Los Angeles Rams
    Location: Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
    Attendance: 64,733
    Weather: Sunny and 78 degrees, Wind: 12 mph from the SW
    Game MVP: Tom Fears

    “A tale of two halves – Chargers woes continue” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    Coach Jimmy Phelan and the San Diego Chargers will spend another week of the 51’ campaign with a big goose egg in the win column. San Diego could not keep up with the high flying Rams for a full 60 minutes and were downed 27-10. “We played a brilliant first thirty minutes and went into the locker room down 6-0. I mean we played some solid defense and chased Van Brocklin all over the field….and then the third quarter happened,” commented a dejected Coach Jimmy after the loss. Within a span of 14 minutes Van Brocklin tossed three touchdowns passes. “It was perhaps the longest 14 minutes of the season. We turned the ball over three times, gave up three touchdown passes, and lost two key defensive players. What else do you want me to say about it,” continued a frustrated Coach Jimmy. With 12:27 left in third defensive tackle Art Donovan left field with an unknown injury and did not return. At the 7:13 mark in the third defensive leader Al Carapella went down with a apparent knee injury. “And before you ask, I really have no update on ‘em just yet……I am assured, however, that both men will miss some time…..We will know more tomorrow morning,” San Diego’s only bright spot happened at the tail end of the game when Sherman Howard caught his first touchdown reception of the season. “I was happy for Howard. It was nice to see him put some points on the board. He spends most of his time blocking for one person or another….so for him to get in on the scoring was great to see,” added Coach Jimmy during the same post game conference. Coach also touched on the fact that his crew only converted one first down and, once again, had a hard time keeping possession of the ball.

    Plays from scrimmage: San Diego 58 (17 First Downs); Los Angeles 78 (25 First Downs)
    Rushing: San Diego 30 for 103 yards (3.4 avg); Los Angeles 25 for 94 yards (3.8 avg)
    Pass plays: San Diego 14 for 25 (56%) 1 TD, 2 INT; Los Angeles 24 for 48 (50%) 3 TD, 1 INT
    Passing: San Diego 182 yards (7.3 per play); Los Angeles 359 yards (7.5 per play)
    Turnovers: San Diego 3; Los Angeles 1
    Punts: San Diego 6 punts for 239 yards (39.8 avg); Los Angeles 4 punts for 131 yards (32.8 avg)
    Third Down: San Diego 1 for 9 (11%); Los Angeles 7 for 15 (47%)
    Red Zone: San Diego 1 for 2 (0 FG, 1 TD); Los Angeles 3 for 3 (1 FG, 2 TD)
    Time of Possession: San Diego 25:21; Los Angeles 34:39

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    LA – FG Marc Whipple 34 yards; 3-0 LA
    Second Quarter
    LA – FG Marc Whipple 11 yards; 6-0 LA
    Third Quarter
    LA – TD Glenn Davis 6 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Marc Whipple kick) 13-0 LA
    LA – TD Tommy Kalmanir 8 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Marc Whipple kick) 20-0 LA
    LA – TD Glenn Davis 41 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Marc Whipple kick) 27-0 LA
    Fourth Quarter
    SD – FG Harvey Johnson 28 yards; 27-3 LA
    SD – TD Sherman Howard 14 yard pass from Bob Williams (Harvey Johnson kick) 27-10 LA

    Top Performers
    SAN DIEGO
    QB Bob Williams 14-25-2, 194 yards, 1 TD; 2 carries, 10 yards
    HB Buddy Young 17 carries, 59 yards; 4 receptions 77 yards
    End Dan Garza 4 receptions, 54 yards
    DE Barney Poole 5 tackles, 1 sack
    DE Carl Elliott 8 tackles, 2 sacks
    LB Jim Champion 8 tackles
    LB Al Carapella 6 tackles, 1 sack, 2 PD
    CB Bobbie Grffin 9 tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT
    LOS ANGELES
    QB Norm Van Brocklin 24-48-1, 381 yards, 3 TD; 2 carries, 2 yards
    HB Glenn Davis 13 carries, 53 yards; 4 receptions, 81 yards, 2 TD
    FB Tommy Kalmanir 10 carries, 43 yards; 5 receptions, 41 yards, 1 TD
    End Tom Fears 9 receptions, 175 yards
    DT Stan West 10 tackles
    DT Charlie Toogood 8 tackles, 1 sack
    CB Tom Keane 9 tackles, 1 PD
    S Herb Rich 6 tackles

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    League round up - November 19, 1951

    “Steelers improve to 4-4” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Johnny Michelosen’s Pittsburgh Steelers dismantled the Washington Redskins 45-7 Sunday afternoon at Forbes Field. Steelers signal caller Jim Finks threw for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns. Starting halfback Joe Geri added 147 yards on the ground and 2 scores. On the defensive side of the ball, safety Jack Butler picked off two Sammy Baugh passes. “We had a game plan and executed it to perfection. It was a heck of a performance,” commented Michelosen after the game.

    “Lujack guides Bears to another victory” – Chicago Tribune

    Johnny Lujack threw for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns en route to a 31-14 win over division rival the Green Bay Packers. Chicago’s linebacker duo of Stu Clarkson and Frank Dempsey prevented Green Bay from establishing any kind of tempo all afternoon.

    Other scores from around the league

    Cleveland 20 @ New York 10; GAME MVP: End Mac Speedie 7 receptions, 131 yards
    Detroit 17 @ Philadelphia 13; GAME MVP: End Dorne Dibble 5 receptions, 103 yards
    St. Louis 7 @ San Francisco 28; GAME MVP: QB Frankie Albert 16/22, 261 yards, 2 TD

    Top performances from Week 8
    AMERICAN CONFERENCE
    QB Adrian Burk, Philadelphia Eagles, 220 passing yards
    RB Joe Geri, Pittsburgh Steelers, 147 rushing yards
    End Mac Speedie, Cleveland Browns 131 receiving yards
    LB Chuck Bednarik, Philadelphia Eagles, 8 tackles
    NATIONAL CONFERENCE
    QB Norm Van Brocklin, Los Angeles Rams, 381 passing yards
    FB Billy Stone, Chicago Bears, 72 rushing yards
    End Tom Fears, Los Angeles Rams, 175 receiving yards
    LB Jack Lininger, Detroit Lions, 11 tackles

    HISTORICAL RESULTS

    “Browns Blank Giants in NFL Feature” – The Troy Record (Troy, New York) Monday November 19, 1951; Page 14

    New York (AP) – The Cleveland Browns took a long step toward a chance to defend their National League Football Championship yesterday as they shut out their most serious rivals in the American Conference, New York’s Giants, 10-0, at the Polo grounds…..The battle for right to represent the National Conference in the leagues Dec. 23 playoff became a three-way contest as the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions each won. The Bears and Rams have won six of their last eight games while the Lions have a 5-2-1 record….The Bears trampled over the Green Bay Packers, 24-13. The Rams went on a scoring spree for a 48-21 decision over the winless New York Yanks, while the Lions defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 28-10. San Francisco’s 49ers lost a chance to stay in the National Conference race by bowing to the Chicago Cardinals, 27-21….Sammy Baugh and the Washington Redskins handled the Pittsburgh Steelers 22-7.

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    Wednesday November 21, 1951

    “Donovan, Carapella to miss multiple games” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    Practice took place this afternoon at Balboa Park without two key defensive players. Rookie defensive tackle Art Donovan has been sidelined with a strained neck and will miss the next 2 games. Joining Donovan on the disabled list is starting linebacker Al Carapella. Carapella, the Bolts leading tackler, will be out of action for the next three weeks. Coach Phelan stated that Al suffered a strained knee in last Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. “We will not get Al back until that last game of the season,” mentioned a dejected Coach Jimmy Phelan. Coach also mentioned that linebacker Jim Champion will move into the position vacated by Carapella. Champion will be supported by Duke Iverson and Tommy Thompson on his left and right side. He also pointed out that Elmer Wingate will fill the hole in the defense line until Art Donovan is healthy enough to return.

    Friday, November 23, 1951
    (5-3) San Francisco 49ers @ (0-7-1) San Diego Chargers
    Location/time: Balboa Park, San Diego, California, 1:15 pm PST
    Last meeting: September 11, 1951; San Diego 14 @ San Francisco 21
    All time record: 0-1
    Point spread: -8.5 (SF)
    Over/Under 46.5
    Power Rank: San Francisco 4; San Diego 12

    “San Diego welcomes 49ers to Southern California this weekend” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    First Year NFL Coach Jimmy Phelan will be looking for a lot of firsts this weekend, included his first NFL victory, as he takes on the 49ers in a west coast showdown. Coach Jimmy will be relying on Rookie quarterback Bob Williams to get the Chargers their first win of the 51’ campaign. Williams has thrown for 1,709 yards and 8 touchdowns. San Francisco will arrive in San Diego with the 2nd ranked offense and the 5th ranked defense in the league.

    INJURY REPORT
    SAN DIEGO
    DT Art Donovan is out; Elmer Wingate will get the start
    LB Al Carapella is out; Tommy Thompson will get the start
    SAN FRANCISCO
    G Visco Grgich is out; Bob Downs will get the start
    G Dave Parks is out

    TEAM LEADERS
    SAN DIEGO
    Passing leader: Bob Williams 111-202-10, 1,709 yards, 8 TD, 55.0 PCT, 8.46 yds/att, QBR 75.6
    Rushing leader: Buddy Young 142 carries, 463 yards, 2 TD
    Receiving leader: Dan Garza 43 receptions, 768 yards, 2 TD
    Tackle leader: Al Carapella 51 tackles (38 solo/13 assists)
    Sack leader: Barney Poole 4 sacks
    Passes Defended: Bobbie Griffin 6 PD
    Interception leader: Bobbie Griffin 3 INT
    SAN FRANCISCO
    Passing leader: Frankie Albert 81-138-9, 1.054 yards, 4 TD, 58.7 PCT, 7.64 yds/att, OBR 65.4
    Rushing leader: Joe Perry 122 carries, 527 yards, 8 TD
    Receiving leader: Alyn Beals 39 receptions, 671 yards, 3 TD
    Tackle Leader: Leo Nomellini 47 tackles (25 solo/22 assists)
    Sack leader: Leo Nomellini 4.5 sacks
    Passes Defended: Rex Berry 8 PD; Jim Cason 8 PD
    Interception leader: Rex Berry 6 INT
    Last edited by CATLEW2002; 05-25-2020 at 04:42 PM.

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    Re: 1951 "An Experiment in Expansion"

    can you imagine how many free agents were around with only 10-12 teams?

    I suspect lots of smaller schools never got scouted.
    and a lot of teams back then didn't scout colleges at all, they just went by media accounts. the NFL is full of 'All American' and 'All Conference' players that did nothing in the pros.

    I read somewhere, the Rams had a scouting staff and they'd list the top 100 or so college players, and half of them wouldn't be drafted. one reason they did so well in that decade.

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