The flags were at half-staff outside Redskins Park today, to commemorate the passing of Sammy Baugh, which got me poking around to see what other Baugh memorabilia I could find.
Some of it was obvious — the Hall of Fame picture that I posted earlier, for example, or the picture of the 1937 championship team that sits just inside the entryway.
But there were other things better hidden, including some that I never turned up. Colt Brennan, for example, has the 2006 Sammy Baugh Trophy tucked away somewhere. (Brennan, actually, is a bit of a fan of the slingin’ QB with the funky delivery — I had all but forgotten him watching the Baugh footage at the Hall of Fame this summer.)
And Director of Sports Medicine Bubba Tyer noted, “I have a ball he signed, but it’s in storage.”
What wasn’t in storage was the signed replica helmet that sits on Tyer’s desk.
Tyer is something of a Sammy Baugh buff, passing along stories he’s heard of Baugh throwing footballs to the crowds that would gather outside the team hotel during his heyday. “People thought they were just giving balls away, but they would actually put Redskins players in the crowd and Sammy would throw the ball to them so they could bring them back,” Tyer says.
Tyer was also the one who told me about Robert Duvall modeling his character in Lonesome Dove on Baugh, and explained that in the 38 years he’s been here, Baugh had never made the trip to D.C.
“I never met him,” Tyer says, and shakes his head. “Me and the team doctors used to talk about it – ‘We’re gonna go, we’re gonna drive’ – but even after the flight to Dallas, it’s was an eight hour drive out to Rotan where he lived, and we never made it.”