The year was 1950 and Philadelphia was the epicenter of all that was good in the world of sports. The Phillies “Whiz Kids” were the pride of Major League Baseball and well on their way to the World Series, the Syracuse Nationals (pre-Philadelphia 76ers) were in the finals again and the Eagles were two-time defending NFL Champions, three-time division Champions.
De Benneville “Bert” Bell had served as NFL Commissioner from 1945 until his death in 1959. He had successfully transformed the pro sport of football into a competitive parity and a commercial success while transforming pro football into the most prominent sports league in America. In addition, Mr. Bell was also co-founder and co-owner of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles were the powerhouse of the NFL, fielding a staunch defense that had held opponents to seven points or less in fourteen of twenty-six games from 1948 through 1949, including eight…
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