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The 1930s

Oct. 15, 1939

Record Pass: From kick formation, standing deep in his own end zone, Frank Filchock flips a pass to Andy Farkas, who breaks loose for what would become a 99-yard touchdown. It remains the longest pass completion in NFL history.

Aug. 2, 1939

Go West: Redskins set forth on first coast-to-coast training trip. The team holds training camp at Eastern State Normal School in Cheney, Washington.

Dec. 12, 1937

World Champs: Freezing weather, frozen field and icy-nerved Chicago Bears can't stop Baugh. He completes 17-of-33 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Redskins to a 28-21 victory in championship game. Wayne Millner had nine catches for 160 yards, including 77-yard and 55-yard touchdown catches from Baugh.

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Dec. 5, 1937

First Title: Redskins rout Giants 49-14 in New York for Eastern Championship, as Sammy Baugh completes 11-of-15 passes and Cliff Battles runs 75 and 76 yards for touchdowns. An estimated 10,000 Redskins fans stomp up Broadway behind a brass band.

Sept. 16, 1937

First Victory: In the Redskins' first game, a Thursday night opener that drew nearly 25,000 fans to Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., Riley Smith scored on a 60-yard interception return, two field goals and an extra point. Final score: Redskins 13, Giants 3.


Aug. 9, 1937

The Band: The famed Redskins Band is founded—first of its kind. The all-volunteer ensemble was formed with the goal of entertaining fans from the moment they walked into the stadium until the time they left to go home. Their trademark song: "Hail to the Redskins."

Feb. 13, 1937

The Franchise: The Washington Redskins are officially born. The National Football League approves transfer of Boston Redskins franchise to Washington, D.C.—and a new history begins.


July 8, 1933

The Name: The team moves to Fenway Park, home of the American League's Boston Red Sox, and "The Braves" become "The Redskins."

July 9, 1932

The Beginning: George Preston Marshall heads a syndicate (with Vincent Bendix, Jay O'Brien and Dorland Doyle) that buys a NFL franchise for Boston. They contract to play at Braves Field, home of the National League baseball team, and are called "The Braves."