By T.J. Troup
Los Angeles Rams vs. New York Yanks, November 19th, 1950.
|Elroy Hirsch in 1951 action. Colorization by John Turney|
BACKGROUND: The defending division champion Rams enter the game with a 7-2 record, with an opportunistic defense, and an offense that is setting production records. The 6-2 Bears are at home in Wrigley Field to take on San Francisco and have beaten the new boys on the block: The New York Yanks who also are 6-2 the week before. So if the Yanks are going to stay in the race they are going to have to limit the
1st QUARTER: Captains Jack Russell & George Ratterman have won the coin toss, and want the ball. Quick Sherman Howard returns Woodley Lewis kickoff to his own 40 yard line. Zollie "Tugboat" Toth attempts to dent the Ram defensive forward wall and helps the Yanks get to the Ram forty-five yard line before the Spec Sanders punts. Bob Waterfield starts today at quarterback and has completed two in a row, but league leading interceptor Sanders pilfers a Waterfield toss and returns 20 yards to the Los Angeles forty-five. On first down right defensive end Jack Zilly drops Ratterman for a 14 yard loss attempting to pass.
Nowhere in the final stat sheet are "sacks" listed, thus the total yards for the game SHOULD be changed. On second down, Ratterman is again rushed hard, and his poor throw is pilfered by rookie right corner Woodley Lewis
2nd QUARTER: Tom Keane intercepted Ratterman late in the first quarter, but the Rams cannot capita
|Norm Van Brocklin in 1951 action. Colorization by John Turney|
3rd QUARTER: Rams punt after three plays, and Ratterman
4th QUARTER: Ratterman attempting to get the Yanks back in the game throws long, but Lewis again intercept
SUMMATION: The Rams will go on to win the conference title in a
Finally; the Rams had the whammy on the Yanks as Los Angeles gained over 2500 yards in the four wins over New York during 1950 & 51. Dick Hoerner gained 313 rushing