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1957 - 58 Los Angeles RAMS highlights

1952 and 1953


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In 1952 the Giants finished second to the Eastern Champion Cleveland Browns. Safetyman Emlen Tunnell gave the New York defense some explosive offensive. Very fast and shifty, Tunnell returned interceptions, punts and kickoffs with such electric flair that he outgained the NFL's rushing leader (Dan Towler of the Rams) in yards gained, 924 to 894, even though he never lined up on offense all season! Tom Landry and Arnie Weinmeister were other defensive standouts, while Eddie Price sparked the offense with Charley Conerly at quarterback. Perhaps most significant of all, joining Kyle Rote in the backfield was a versatile rookie from USC named Frank Gifford, yet to come into his own, but just beginning a future Hall-of-Fame career with the New York club. In the '52 film, nice close-ups show Tunnell, Conerly, coach Steve Owen, Kelley Mote, Johnny Cannady, Bob Hudson, Bob Wilkinson, Tex Coulter, Ray Poole, Jon Baker, Bob Patton and Harmon Rowe. In addition to those mentioned, other Giants shown throughout include Joe Scott, Bob McChesney, Bill Albright, Jim Duncan, Bill Stribling, Johnny Amberg, Dick Yelvington, John Rapacz, Joe Sulaitis, Al DeRogatis, Don Menasco, George Kennard, Ray Beck and backup QB Fred Benners.

Won 7, Lost 5 - 8 Games Shown
Sept. 28 - Giants 24, Texans 6 at The Cotton Bowl (First Pro Game in Dallas)
Oct. 4 - Giants 17, Browns 9 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
Oct. 19 - Giants 23, Cardinals 24 at The Polo Grounds, New York
Nov. 9 - Giants 23, 49'ers 14 at The Polo Grounds, New York
Nov. 23 - Giants 14, Redskins 10 at Griffith Stadium, Washington
Nov. 30 - Giants 7. Steelers 63 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
Dec. 7 - Giants 17, Redskins 27 at The Polo Grounds, New York
Dec. 14 - Giants 37, Browns 34 at The Polo Grounds, New York

Despite more rookies in 1953 which would become stars in the future (Rosey Brown, Jack Stroud and Ray Wietecha), the Giants dropped in the standings to next-to-last in the East. Injuries again played a major role with Eddie Price hurt and QB Conerly sidelined at times. Young Gifford was used both ways and by the end of the year injuries and exhaustion had limited him, also. One week from the end came a final humiliation at Cleveland when the Browns swamped the Gothamites 62-14! After 31 years as head coach of the Giants, the famed Steve Owen was fired and Jim Lee Howell and a new staff of assistant coaches, including a young Vince Lombardi, would lead the club for 1954. In the '53 film you'll also see Ray Pelfrey, Clarence Avinger, Randy Clay, Dick Woodward, Leo Miles, backup QB Arnie Galiffa and rookies Cutter Long and Sonny Grandelius.

Won 3, Lost 9 - 11 Games Shown:
Sept. 17 - Giants 28, 49'ers 21 at The Polo Grounds (Pre-season Night Game)
Oct. 3 - Giants 14, Steelers 24 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
Oct. 18 - Giants 21, Cardinals 7 at The Polo Grounds, New York
Oct. 11 - Giants 9. Redskins13 at Griffith Stadium, Washington
Oct. 25 - Giants 0, Browns 7 at The Polo Grounds, New York (Mud Bowl!)
Dec. 16 - Giants 27, Yanks 17 at Yankee Stadium, 1951 Flashback (Ice game!)
Nov. 1 - Giants 23, Cardinals 20 at Comiskey Park, Chicago
Nov. 8 - Giants 7, Eagles 30 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia
Nov. 29 - Giants 37, Eagles 28 at The Polo Grounds, New York
Dec. 6 - Giants 14, Browns 62 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
Dec. 13 - Giants 16, Lions 27 at The Polo Grounds, New York


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