This Day In Redskins History: Cliff Battle Was Born

104 years ago today a future Washington Redskins star and NFL Hall of Famer was born in Akron, OH.

Running back Cliff Battle out of West Virginia Wesleyan was not only on the roster for the franchise’s first game vs. the Brooklyn Dodgers, but he soon became the centerpiece of an offense that would add Slingin’ Sammy Baugh in 1937.

While Battle didn’t have the flair for the dramatic like Clinton Portis or the gritty attitude of John Riggins, his contributions during the franchise’s inaugural season in the Nation’s Capital should never go unnoticed.

Capping off an 800-yard plus season, Battle and Co. squeezed out a 28-21 victory over the Chicago Bears to capture the Redskins’ first of five championships.

The difference in that game? A Battle touchdown.

Below, you’ll see real footage from the 1937 championship game set to a peppy marching tune:

The 1937 season actually marked the end of his historic playing career and what a fitting way to go out.

On August 3, 1968, Battle headlined a seven-man Hall of Fame class.

Also, here’s a picture of Battle and the rest of his teammates in the first-ever team photo.


ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snydersince 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.