Sammy Baugh, Class of 1963
Sammy Baugh arrived on the pro football scene following in 1937 after an All-America careeer at Texas-Christian.
Baugh won a record-setting six NFL passing titles and earned first-team All-NFL honors seven times in his career.
Baugh remains the NFL's record holder for highest punting average.
Baugh was extremely popular with the fans.
Baugh was so popular, he tried his hand in acting. Here he is (right) with Duncan Renaldo in the film "Cowboy and Indian."
Here Sammy pals around with stage, screen, and radio star Bob Hope on the set where Hope was filming "The Lemon Drop Kid."
Baugh retired after the 1952 season with 21,886 yards passing and 187 TDs, a 45.1-yard punting average, and 31 interceptions.
In 1963 Baugh was a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Baugh's Hall of Fame Mural.
Baugh's Hall of Fame bust.
Extremely versatile, Baugh led the NFL in passing, pass interceptions, and punting in 1943.
Baugh started his pro career as a single wing tailback and didn't make the switch to the T-formation until 1944.
Over the next 16 seasons “Slingin’ Sammy” was a major influence in the offensive revolution that occurred in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
Sammy Baugh wore this helmet during his career with the Redskins.
A prized memento in the Hall's colelction is Sammy Baugh's 1940 contract in whcih he was paid $1 for his services that season. Baugh's income in 1940 would come from endorsements and public engagements.
Slingin' Sammy's career in photos pulled from the Hall's collection.