Baugh, Sammy 1998-08-16

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Sammy Baugh talks about his football career beginning with college football through pro-football with some reminiscence of football as a child.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Sammy Baugh

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Date: August 16, 1998

Location: Double Mountain Ranch near Jayton, Texas

Interviewer: David Marshall with Jerry Johnson

Length: 2 hours


Tape 1: (Difficult at times to understand) Baugh, Sammy, Born on March 17, 1914 on farm 6 miles outside Temple, Texas, Has a brother and sister, Parents, Father, Cotton farmer before he went to work for Santa Fe Railroad, Remembrances of father’s unusual family names, James Valentine Baugh, Mother, Kathryn Lucinda, High School football team – Temple, Texas, Number of schools in Temple, Texas, Move to Sweetwater, Texas, City league games as a child – Temple, Texas, Childhood exposure to football, Football role models, Female football coach, Junior high school football, Cisco top rival, State junior high championship, Uniforms, Pro-football uniforms, Junior high school football (again), Coaches, Family support for playing sports, Temple High School football, Parents move to Summerville, Stayed with Grandmother in Temple to finish school, Temple High School football (again), Quarterback position, Sweetwater High School football, Coach Hennigg, Team mates, Team standings, Passing strategy, TCU Football (Texas Christian University), First team meeting – freshman year, Passing strategy – short, safe and sure, Game strategy, Personal off-season practice, Football records held, Punting, TCU Football (again), Short pass patterns, Other teams response to short passes, Sweetwater High School football (again), Pass strategy, Compare high school football then and now, TCU Recruitment – 1933, Scholarship vs. work, Southwest Conference football in the 1930’s, Top rivals, Santa Clare, California football team, National view of Southwest Conference, First Cotton Bowl – 1936, Sweetwater community presented ring, Reaction to Southwest Conference ending

Tape 2: Pro-football, Team mates who also went Pro-ball, Qualities in players for which pro-teams were looking, TCU Football (again), Dutch Meyers’ training program, Difference in training today, Weight Training in pro-football- 1937, Compare older style football to today’s football, Played both offense & defense, Played entire game, TCU Football (again), First Cotton Bowl game (again), TCU Passing Technique (again), Newspaper coverage of practice, Personal strategy, "Slingin’ Sammy Baugh" nick name, Longest Pass, TCU Football (again), Play strategy, Personal strategy taken from TCU into pro-ball, Quality of other pro-football teams, Compare college football awards then and now, First round draft pick to – Washington Redskins, 16 years pro-ball: 1937 – 1952, Compare pro-ball to college football, Personal strategy taken from TCU into pro-ball (again), 1937 Chicago-Washington championship game, Wriggley field – description playing on icy field, Remembering other players, Game passing records, Salaries for 16 year career, Team mate’s salaries, Land prices in 1937, Salaries for 16 year career (again), Early contract negotiations, Team mate Harry Gilbert contract negotiations, Personal recollection of Harry Gilbert, Set records in passing, punting & interceptions - early 1940’s, Second championship game – 1942, Injuries, Playing with injuries, Not letting sports writers know about injuries, Shoulder injuries, Knee injuries, Face injuries – no face masks, "Bootsie Play", Investments, Land around lake near Sweetwater, 750 acres, Early years on ranch near Jayton, Texas – 1941, Water

Range Dates: 1914-1952

Bulk Dates: 1933-1941

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