The Rams at 80: Which Era Was the Team’s Greatest?

Adam Walsh, Les Horvath, Charles "Chile" Walsh
The Brothers Walsh—head coach Adam Walsh (left) and general manager Charles “Chile” Walsh (right)—kicked off the Rams’ greatest era with a championship in Cleveland in 1945. Here they’ve just signed Heisman Trophy winner Les Horvath, who ultimately would play for the Rams in Los Angeles before returning to Cleveland as a member of the Browns.

We’ve just passed the 80th anniversary of the Rams’ entry into the National Football League, when on February 12, 1937, at the Sherman Hotel in Chicago the league’s owners voted to award Cleveland a franchise.

Franchise founders Homer H. Marshman and Damon “Buzz” Wetzel, along with a handful of players from the team’s sole season in the rival American Football League, picked up stakes and moved to the NFL, just to endure years of hardship on and off the field before breaking through with a championship in 1945.

What was the Rams franchise’s greatest era now that we have the perspective gained from 80 years of operation?

In a piece for the fan website RamsTalk.net, I assert the Rams’ final year in Cleveland before moving to Los Angeles was the springboard for the most glorious decade in the team’s long history.

Read the full story at RamsTalk.

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