When the AAFC disbanded after 1949 and three teams moved into the NFL the schedule maker (probably Bert Bell) had to adjust who had the bye each week during the season. Since the New York Bulldogs were now christened the New York Yanks; the league had a very different look for the 1950 season.
The Yanks had offensive talent and were actually contenders though they had lost in the Coliseum earlier in the year. The Rams opened the year with a home loss to a nasty bunch of grizzlies from Chicago, but Hampton Pool and Joe Stydahar had taken the Clark Shaughnessy offense to a new level.
We are at Yankee Stadium on this November afternoon, and a record will be set that still stands. The two teams combined for 1,133 yards in a thrilling 43-35 Los Angeles victory. There is a flawed box score at Pro Football Reference (PFR) if you want to look at the individual offensive stats. This site has chosen to not list the interceptions, and kick returns though they are available from a respected researcher.
So, let's start with the interceptions since like the game last night they are significant to the outcome. The Ram corners of Tom Keane (left) & Woodley Lewis (right) both intercept three times in the game. PFR lists Bruce Alford of the Yanks with a fumble recovery for a touchdown; again similar to last night, but this is an error (the correction was given to the site years ago, but has never been updated). Alford recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a New York touchdown.
The Rams lose to that nasty bunch of grizzlies the next week, yet the two teams tie with 9-3 records for first place.
The Rams of 2019 travel to Chicago in three weeks. Is it possible that these teams will also meet in the playoffs this year? Oh yeah, the Rams in 1950 won the playoff bout in the Coliseum against the Bears to advance to the title clash. Possibly November 19th will always be remembered as Ram day on offense?
This coming Thursday the 22nd is family, friends, and football on Turkey day. So will take all of you back to the game of that day in 1962. After the pheasant hunt with my dad and uncles on that frosty Illinois early morning; got settled in to watch the Green Bay juggernaut travel to Tiger Stadium to see if they could remain undefeated.