5 1955-58 Detroit Lions Programs vs. the Rams, Bears and Forty Niners.
Lot 440. 5 1955-58 Detroit Lions Programs vs. the Rams, Bears and Forty Niners. The Los Angeles Rams were the Lions’ opponent in three of the games these programs represent. There also is one program each for a game with the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers. Detroit - LA Rams Games: 1. Oct. 9, 1955 vs. the Rams at Briggs Stadium. The Rams were 17-0 winners. They would go on to win the NFL’s Western Conference; the Lions would finish last. With the upper right corner of its cover clipped, the 56-page program is technically g. Otherwise, it is vg-ex. Five pages have photos of Lions players, and three feature Rams. 2. Oct. 13, 1957 vs. the Rams. At Briggs Stadium, Detroit defeated Los Angeles, 10-7. With George Wilson as head coach and Bobby Layne at quarterback, these Lions became Champions of the NFL. They overwhelmed the Cleveland Browns, 59-14, in the Championship Game. Besides Layne, the program has photos of Joe Schmidt, Yale Lary, John Henry Johnson, Jack Christiansen and Lou Creekmur and other players for the Lions. Among the Rams shown are Norm Van Brocklin, Elroy Hirsch and Les Richter. The program’s center spread is loose; otherwise the program is ex. 3. Oct. 26, 1958 vs. the Rams. At the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Lions were 41-24 victors. Ex 30-page program. Detroit vs. Bears and Forty Niners: 4. Nov. 20, 1955 Lions vs. Chicago Bears at Briggs Stadium. Chicago 24, Detroit 14. The Bears won 8 games, the same as 1955 Western Conference Champion Los Angeles, but a tie game gave the Rams an 8-3-1 record, while the Bears finished the regular season at 8-4. Lions’ photos are essentially the same as in the 1955 program for their game with the Rams. Bears pictured include George Blanda, Bill George, Ed Brown, Rick Casares, Stan Jones and Bill George. Ex 56-page program with the center folio detached. 5. Oct. 30, 1955 Lions vs. San Francisco. The 49ers won at Kezar Stadium, 38-21. Y. A. Tittle and Bobby Layne were the opposing quarterbacks. One San Francisco touchdown came on a pass from Tittle to Carroll Hardy, who holds the distinction of being the only baseball player to pinch hit for Ted Williams and for Carl Yastrzemski. He pinch hit also for Roger Maris. Hardy gave up football after 1955, his lone season in the NFL, to play baseball. He had an eight-season career with the Indians, Red Sox, Colt .45s and Twins. The program is vg-ex. Winning Bid $35.