Lot # 12: 1940 Massillon vs Alliance Program - Paul Brown!

Starting Bid: $10.00

Bids: 10 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
Lot / Auction Closed

This lot is closed. Bidding is not allowed.

Item was in Auction "National Champs Auction",
which ran from 8/15/2022 11:00 AM to
8/27/2022 8:00 PM

Game program from Paul Brown's last season as the Massillon High School head coach in 1940.  The Tigers defeated Alliance that day, 40-0, and would go on to finish 10-0 and be selected State and National Champions.  They only allowed one touchdown all season as they trailed Canton McKinley in the season finale before pouring it on to the tune of 34-6. It gave Coach Brown his sixth straight state championship before he accepted the Ohio State job in Columbus.

He spent just three seasons at Ohio State, but led the Buckeyes to their first National Championship in his second season in 1942. He would go down as one of the biggest innovators that football has ever seen. He was credited with being the first to use game film to scout opponents, used signals to relay play calls into his players, and was the first to use a playbook.

Brown was both the co-founder and first coach of the Cleveland Browns, a team named after him, and later played a role in founding the Cincinnati Bengals. He won titles at every level including NFL Championships in 1950, 1954, and 1955. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 and into Ohio State's Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1991.  He passed away on August 5, 1991, at the age of 82.

Massillon programs from this time period are extremely tough to find and very collectible. Cover has a big crease in the lower right, but has been flattened for a long time.

Views: 81