Sammy Baugh Biography
Samuel Adrian Baugh, popularly known by his nickname "Slingin' Sammy" was an American football player and coach. He celebrated his birthday every year on March 17 and was born in the year 1914. He started his football career with college football for the Horned Frogs at Texas Christian University, where he was a two-time All-American. Then from 1937 to 1952, he played for the Washington Redskins in the National Football League. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the 17-member charter class of 1963. He passed away on December 17, 2008, of several health issues.
Baugh is a native of Temple, Texas, United States of America as he was born on a farm there as the second son of Lucy Baugh and James, a worker on the Santa Fe Railroad. Later, his parents divorced and he and his two siblings were raised by his mother. His family moved to Sweetwater, Texas, when he was 16 and there he attended Sweetwater High School. He was his high school football team’s (Sweetwater Mustangs) quarterback. Baugh almost received a scholarship to play at Washington State University, however, he hurt his knee about a month before he started, and the scholarship fell through. Baugh eventually went to Texas Christian University and was named an All-America in 1935 and 1936. He also led TCU to two bowl game wins, after which he was named MVP. Baugh also played baseball at Texas Christian, where he played third base and it was then he earned the nickname "Slingin' Sammy". In the spring of his senior year, George Preston Marshall, Redskins owner offered Baugh $4,000 to play with the franchise. Baugh agreed to the contract only after the College All-Star Game, where the team beat the Green Bay Packers 6–0. After finishing college, he signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and played with the American Association Columbus Red Birds. Then he was sent to the International League's Rochester, New York Red Wings, St. Louis's other top farm club.
His professional career started as he was drafted in the first round (sixth overall) of the 1937 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. During his rookie season in 1937, he played quarterback, defensive back, and punter. He led the Redskins to the NFL Championship game. In 1942, Baugh and the Redskins won the East Conference with a 10–1 record. The following year was even more successful for Baugh as he led the league in passing, punting (45.9-yard average) and interceptions (11). Baugh played for nine more years and retired after the 1952 season. Baugh won a record-setting six NFL passing titles and earned first-team All-NFL honors seven times in his career. After his playing career, he became head coach at Hardin-Simmons University and was the first coach of the New York Titans of the American Football League in 1960 and 1961. He was an assistant at the University of Tulsa in 1963 under head coach Glenn Dobbs and in 1964, he coached the AFL's Houston Oilers. Besides playing and coaching, he was also interested in acting. In 1941, he starred in a 12-week serial called King of the Texas Rangers, released by Republic Studios, as Tom King, a dark-haired Texas Ranger.
Baugh married his high school sweetheart Edmonia Smith in the year 1948. On retiring from football altogether, Baugh and his wife, moved to the Double Mountain Ranch and had five children, four boys and a girl. Edmonia died in 1990, after 52 successful years of marriage. After the death of his wife, his health began to decline. During his last years, he lived in a nursing home in a little West Texas town. On December 17, 2008, he was announced dead after battling with numerous health issues. He died at Fisher County Hospital in Rotan, Texas and is interred at Belvieu Cemetery in Rotan. More on him can be found on his bio on Wikipedia.