Tag Archives: Flashback 50 years

Flashback 50: 23 turns 23

On this date in the championship year of 1964, Larry Benz celebrated his 23rd birthday. Well before Joe Haden, it was Benz who wore jersey 23 in the Cleveland secondary, the first Brown ever to don that number. The undrafted safety had just finished a rookie year in which he intercepted seven passes while starting […]

Flashback 50: writing on wall for home title game

Fifty years ago today, Sports Illustrated published a brief item in its Scorecard column lamenting that NFL championship games may inevitably be moved to warm-weather neutral sites. This, of course, brings to mind some of the legendary aspects of the Browns’ 1964 championship, which seem almost other-worldly to those raised in the Super Bowl era. […]

Flashback 50: rookies Warfield, Kelly in the fold

By this date in 1964, the NFL draft was already old news, having been held on December 2, 1963. By January 14, two of the Browns’ key selections had already reportedly signed their rookie contracts. Both Paul Warfield, the 11th overall pick, and Leroy Kelly, chosen in the eighth round (110th overall) would enjoy fantastic […]

Flashback 50: the January 12, 1964 Pro Bowl

2014 marks the semicentennial anniversary of Cleveland’s last championship season in any major pro sport. Throughout the year I’ll be revisiting the exploits of the 1964 Browns and their extraordinary journey to the NFL title. I hope this provides readers with some reminders of fond memories, or (if you’re like me and too young to […]