HOF Spotlight: Sammy Baugh

Name:“Slingin'” Sammy Baugh
Position: Quarterback
Pro Career: 1937 – 1952
Team Affiliation(s): Washington Redskins
College: Texas Christian
Induction Class: 1963 – Charter Member

Brief Bio: In a time when football players were versatile athletes, Sammy Baugh was a prolific quarterback, punter, and defensive back. In 1943, Baugh led the league in passing, pass interceptions, and punting to become the first player to win a triple crown. Slingin’ Sammy changed the face of professional football from a grind-it-out ground game to one that embraced and flourished via aerial passing. To this day, Baugh is considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

Career Stats: 165 games played, 21,886 passing yards; 187 passing TDs; 56.5% completion percentage; 31 interceptions (11 in 1943); 45.1 punting average.

Featured Card: 1948 Leaf #34. Baugh had already been playing for several years, but many consider this to be one of his rookie cards (along with the 1948 Bowman). Trivial Beckett Value is $600. You can find one on eBay for much less, but as with any vintage card, condition is a huge factor. Use caution when looking to purchase an old card like this one. Look for one that is graded by a reputable company, such as PSA.

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