1938 NFL Draft

The 1938 National Football League Draft was held on December 12, 1937, at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago, Illinois.[1][2] The draft consisted of 12 rounds and 110 player selections. It began with the Cleveland Rams, taking Corbett Davis.

1938 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s)December 12, 1937
LocationHotel Sherman,
in Chicago, IL
Overview
110 total selections in 12 rounds
LeagueNFL
First selectionCorbett Davis, FB
Cleveland Rams
Mr. IrrelevantFred Dreher, End
Chicago Bears
Most selections (12)Brooklyn Dodgers,
Chicago Cardinals,
Cleveland Rams,
Philadelphia Eagles,
Pittsburgh Pirates
Fewest selections (10)Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
Washington Redskins
Hall of Famers2

Player selections

= Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1 Cleveland Rams Corbett Davis Back Indiana University
2 Philadelphia Eagles Jim McDonald Back Ohio State
3 Brooklyn Dodgers Boyd Brumbaugh Back Duquesne
4 Pittsburgh Pirates Byron "Whizzer" White Back Colorado
5 Chicago Cardinals Jack Robbins Back Arkansas
6 Detroit Lions Alex Wojciechowicz Center Fordham
7 Green Bay Packers Cecil Isbell Back Purdue
8 New York Giants George Karamatic Back Gonzaga
9 Washington Redskins Andy Farkas Back Detroit
10 Chicago Bears Joe Gray Back Oregon State

Round two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
11 Cleveland Rams Jim Benton End Arkansas
12 Philadelphia Eagles Dick Riffle Back Albright
13 Brooklyn Dodgers Joe Kilgrow Back Alabama
14 Pittsburgh Pirates Frank Filchock Back Indiana
15 Chicago Cardinals Milt Popovich Back Montana

Round three

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
16 Cleveland Rams Joe Routt Guard Texas A&M
17 Philadelphia Eagles Joe Bukant Back Washington (St. Louis)
18 Brooklyn Dodgers Frank Kinard Tackle Mississippi
19 Pittsburgh Pirates Hugh Wolfe Back Texas
20 Chicago Cardinals Frank Patrick Back Pittsburgh
21 Detroit Lions Pete Smith End Oklahoma
22 Green Bay Packers Marty Schreyer Tackle Purdue
23 New York Giants Fred Vanzo Back Northwestern
24 Washington Redskins Sam Chapman Back California
25 Chicago Bears Gary Famiglietti Back Boston

Round four

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
26 Cleveland Rams Vic Markov Tackle Washington
27 Philadelphia Eagles John Meek Back California
28 Brooklyn Dodgers Gene Moore Center Colorado
29 Pittsburgh Pirates Tony Matisi Tackle Pittsburgh
30 Chicago Cardinals Bob Herwig Center California

Round five

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
31 Cleveland Rams Ed Franco Guard Fordham
32 Philadelphia Eagles Fred Shirey Tackle Nebraska
33 Brooklyn Dodgers Ed Merlin Guard Vanderbilt
34 Pittsburgh Pirates Lou Midler Tackle Minnesota
35 Chicago Cardinals Al Babartsky Tackle Fordham
36 Detroit Lions Andy Bershak End North Carolina
37 Green Bay Packers Chuck Sweeney End Notre Dame
38 New York Giants Marion Konemann Back Georgia Tech
39 Washington Redskins Dave Price Center Mississippi State
40 Chicago Bears Gustave "Gust" Zarnas Guard Ohio State

Round six

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
41 Cleveland Rams Ray Hamilton Guard Arkansas
42 Philadelphia Eagles Herschel Ramsey End Texas Tech
43 Brooklyn Dodgers Perry Schwartz End California
44 Pittsburgh Pirates George Platukis End Duquesne
45 Chicago Cardinals Joe Brunansky Tackle Duke
46 Detroit Lions Karl Schleckman Tackle Utah
47 Green Bay Packers Andy Uram Back Minnesota
48 New York Giants Frank Souchak End Pittsburgh
49 Washington Redskins Elmer Dohrmann End Nebraska
50 Chicago Bears Bob Masterson End Miami (FL)

Round seven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
51 Cleveland Rams Marcel Chesbro Guard Colgate
52 Philadelphia Eagles Bob Lannon End Iowa
53 Brooklyn Dodgers Leroy Monsky Guard Alabama
54 Pittsburgh Pirates Ray King End Minnesota
55 Chicago Cardinals Ed Cherry Back Hardin–Simmons
56 Detroit Lions Paul Szakash End Montana
57 Green Bay Packers Johnny Kovatch End Northwestern
58 New York Giants Kelly Moan Halfback West Virginia
59 Washington Redskins Roy Young Guard Texas A&M
60 Chicago Bears Frank Ramsey Tackle Oregon State

Round eight

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
61 Cleveland Rams Walter Mayberry Back Florida
62 Philadelphia Eagles Clem Woltman Guard Purdue
63 Brooklyn Dodgers Len Noyes Guard Montana
64 Pittsburgh Pirates Tom Burnette Halfback North Carolina
65 Chicago Cardinals Leon Lavington End Colorado
66 Detroit Lions Dick Nardi Halfback Ohio State
67 Green Bay Packers Phil Ragazzo Guard Case Western Reserve
68 New York Giants Ted Doyle Back Nebraska
69 Washington Redskins Bill Hartman Fullback Georgia
70 Chicago Bears Fletcher Sims Back Georgia Tech

Round nine

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
71 Cleveland Rams Charles Ream End Ohio State
72 Philadelphia Eagles Elmer Kolberg Back Oregon State
73 Brooklyn Dodgers John Stringham Back Brigham Young
74 Pittsburgh Pirates Paul McDonough End Utah
75 Chicago Cardinals Phil Dougherty Center Santa Clara
76 Detroit Lions Jim Sirtosky Guard Indiana
77 Green Bay Packers John Howell Halfback Nebraska
78 New York Giants John Mellus Tackle Villanova
79 Washington Redskins Ed Parks Center Oklahoma
80 Chicago Bears Alex Schwarz Tackle San Francisco

Round ten

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
81 Cleveland Rams Joe Maras Center Duquesne
82 Philadelphia Eagles Emmett Kriel Guard Baylor
83 Brooklyn Dodgers Jim Sivell Guard Auburn
84 Pittsburgh Pirates Pat McCarty Center Notre Dame
85 Chicago Cardinals Dwight Sloan Fullback Arkansas
86 Detroit Lions Ralph Wolf Center Ohio State
87 Green Bay Packers Frank Barnhart Guard Northern Colorado
88 New York Giants Bob Grimstead Tackle Washington State
89 Washington Redskins Jack Abbott Back Elon
90 Chicago Bears John Weger Tackle Butler

Round eleven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
91 Cleveland Rams Al Hoptowit Guard Washington State
92 Philadelphia Eagles Carl Hinkle Center Vanderbilt
93 Brooklyn Dodgers Johnny Druze End Fordham
94 Pittsburgh Pirates Bill Krause Guard Baldwin–Wallace
95 Chicago Cardinals Bob Kenderdine End Indiana
96 Detroit Lions Clarence Douglass Back Kansas
97 Green Bay Packers Pete Tinsley Back Georgia
98 New York Giants Doug Oldershaw End California-Santa Barbara
99 Washington Redskins Dick Johnston End Washington
100 Chicago Bears Ray Mickovsky Back Case Western Reserve

Round twelve

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
101 Cleveland Rams Vic Spadaccini Halfback Minnesota
102 Philadelphia Eagles John Michelosen Back Pittsburgh
103 Brooklyn Dodgers Lou Mark Back North Carolina State
104 Pittsburgh Pirates Joe Kuharich Guard Notre Dame
105 Chicago Cardinals Bob Mautner Center Holy Cross
106 Detroit Lions Clint Frank [3] Back Yale
107 Green Bay Packers Tony Falkenstein Back St. Mary's (CA)
108 New York Giants Elmore Hackney Fullback Duke
109 Washington Redskins Henry "Hank" Bartos Guard North Carolina
110 [4] Chicago Bears Fred Dreher End Denver
= Hall of Famer

Hall of Famers

  • Alex Wojciechowicz, center from Fordham taken 1st round 6th overall by the Detroit Lions.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1968.[5]
  • Frank Kinard, offensive tackle from Ole Miss taken 3rd round 18th overall by the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1971.[6]

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler [7]
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Green Bay Packers Carl Mulleneaux  E Utah State RMAC
Green Bay Packers Baby Ray  T Vanderbilt SEC
New York Giants Enio Conti  G Fordham Ind.
New York Giants Frank Cope  T Santa Clara Ind.
Washington Redskins Willie Wilkin  OT Saint Mary Ind.

References

  1. ^ "NFL Draft Locations". www.footballgeography.com. 2014-10-02. Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  2. ^ Salomone, Dan (October 2, 2014). "NFL Draft headed to Chicago in 2015". Giants.com. New York Giants. Archived from the original on 2015-09-30. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  3. ^ Clinton Frank, 1937 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
  4. ^ This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  5. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  6. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  7. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.

External links

1937 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1937 Big Ten Conference football season was the 42nd season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference (also known as the Western Conference) and was a part of the 1937 college football season.

The 1937 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team, under head coach Bernie Bierman, won the Big Ten championship, led the conference in scoring offense (23.0 points per game), compiled a 6–2 record, and was ranked No. 5 in the final AP poll. End Ray King was named a first-team All-American by two selectors, and fullback Andy Uram was received first-team honors from the Associated Press. Halfback Rudy Gmitro was awarded the team's most valuable player award.

The 1937 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach Francis Schmidt finished in second place with a 6–2 record, shut out six of eight opponents, led the Big Ten in scoring defense (2.9 points allowed per game), and was ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll. Guard Gust Zarnas was selected as a first-team All-American by three selectors. Back Jim McDonald was the second player selected in the 1938 NFL Draft.

Corbett Davis of Indiana won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the Big Ten's most valuable player. He was also the first player selected in the 1938 NFL Draft.

1937 California Golden Bears football team

The 1937 California Golden Bears football team, nicknamed the "Thunder Team", represented the University of California, Berkeley in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) intercollegiate competition. They were led by third-year head coach Stub Allison. The Bears compiled a 10–0–1 record, outscored their opponents 214–33, and recorded seven defensive shutouts. The Bears received a berth in the 1938 Rose Bowl where they defeated Alabama.

1937 Utah Utes football team

The 1937 Utah Utes football team represented the University of Utah during the 1937 college football season.

1938 Pittsburgh Pirates (NFL) season

The 1938 Pittsburgh Pirates season was their sixth as a professional football club in the National Football League (NFL). The '38 Pirates welcomed back John McNally as head coach after finishing with a 4-10 record the previous year. McNally coached the team's second 2-win season in 3 years, as they placed last in the NFL Eastern Division.

The '38 team welcomed one of the Steelers' best players during their tenure as "the Pirates" (1933-1940). Art Rooney signed college phenom Byron "Whizzer" White for one season and was given a huge contract. White led the league in rushing that year, and became the first player to do so whilst playing for a losing team. He left the team the next year to pursue his studies overseas, he did however return as a Lion in 1940.

Al Hoptowit

Alphonse "Al" William Hoptowit (September 7, 1915 – April 6, 1981) was an American football tackle who played four seasons with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cleveland Rams in the eleventh round of the 1938 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washington State University and attended Wapato High School in Wapato, Washington. Hoptowit was also a member of the Newark Bears of the American Association. He was nicknamed "Hoppy" and "Tonto".

Alex Wojciechowicz

Alexander Francis "Wojie" Wojciechowicz (; August 12, 1915 – July 13, 1992) was an American football player from 1935 to 1950. He was a two-way player who played at center on offense and at linebacker on defense. He has been inducted into both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, was a founder and the first president of the NFL Alumni Association, and was the third player to receive the Order of the Leather Helmet.

Wojciechowicz played college football for the Fordham Rams from 1935 to 1937 and was a member of the line that became known as the Seven Blocks of Granite. He was selected as the consensus first-team All-American center in both 1936 and 1937.

Wojciechowicz was selected by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 1938 NFL Draft and played for the Lions from 1938 to 1946. He was selected as a first-team All-NFL player in 1939 and 1944. In 1946, he was released by the Lions and then sold to the Philadelphia Eagles, for whom he played from 1946 to 1950. He won two NFL championships with the Eagles, in 1948 and 1949.

Andy Uram

Andrew "Andy" Uram Jr. (March 21, 1915 – December 9, 1984) was a running back and defensive back in the National Football League who played for the Green Bay Packers. Uram played collegiate ball for the University of Minnesota before being drafted by the Packers in the 6th round of the 1938 NFL Draft. He played professionally for six seasons from 1938 to 1943. After the 1943 NFL season, Uram served in the United States Navy during World War II. In 1973, Uram was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. He died in 1984, at the age of 69.

Bob Masterson

Robert "Bob" Patrick Masterson (July 23, 1915 – June 29, 1994) was an American football End in the National Football League (NFL). He played six seasons for the Washington Redskins (1938–1943). He played college football at the University of Miami and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1938 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Masterson was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1969.

Clem Woltman

Clement "Clem" J. Woltman (December 4, 1914 – January 16, 1988) was an American football tackle who played for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons from 1938–1940. He played college football for Purdue and he was drafted by the Eagles in the eighth round of the 1938 NFL Draft.

Corbett Davis

Richard Corbett "Corby" Davis (December 8, 1914 – May 28, 1968) was an American football fullback. He was the first overall pick in the 1938 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Rams.

He spent four seasons with the Cleveland Rams, leaving pro football to enlist in the service in 1942. Corbett served as a rifleman with the Second Infantry Division in France during World War II. He was wounded in action in 1944, and continued his service in England after recovering from his injuries.

After returning to the States, Corbett worked as an official for games in the Big Ten Conference. From 1952 until his death, he worked for the Scott Foresman publishing company. He died while on a fishing trip in Maine in May 1968. He lost his footing while stepping out of a boat, fell on a tree branch, and ruptured his spleen.

Emmett Kriel

Emmett Karl Kriel (May 12, 1916 — November 26, 1984) was an American football guard who played for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) for one season in 1939. He played college football for Baylor and he was drafted by the Eagles in the tenth round of the 1938 NFL Draft.

Frank Patrick (running back)

Frank W. Patrick (October 3, 1915 – September 26, 1992) was an American football player who played two seasons with the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cardinals in the third round of the 1938 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh and attended Roosevelt High School in East Chicago, Indiana. Patrick was head coach of the Puget Sound Loggers from 1946 to 1948. He was also an assistant coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1949 to 1973.

Fred Shirey

Charles Frederick "Fred" Shirey (January 12, 1916 - November 1, 1961) was a professional American football player for the Cleveland Rams and the Green Bay Packers. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles 32nd overall in the 1938 NFL Draft. He attended Washington & Jefferson College and University of Nebraska. He was a native of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Gary Famiglietti

Gary J. Famiglietti (November 28, 1913 – July 13, 1986) was a professional American football player who played running back for nine seasons for the Chicago Bears and Boston Yanks. He was born in Medford, Massachusetts and attended college at Boston University. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1938 NFL Draft.

Famiglietti's most productive year occurred in 1942. He finished third in the National Football League in rushing yards with a total of 503 and first in rushing touchdowns with a total of 8.

George Karamatic

George Goyoslav Karamatic, Jr. (February 22, 1917 – December 5, 2008) was an American football running back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Gonzaga University and was drafted in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1938 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. Karamatic died in Santa Maria, California, and is survived by his daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Hugh Wolfe

Hugh Othello Wolfe (June 13, 1912 – May 20, 2010) was an American football fullback who played one season with the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 1938 NFL Draft. Wolfe first enrolled at John Tarleton Agricultural College before transferring to the University of Texas. He attended Stephenville High School in Stephenville, Texas. He was a member of the New York Giants team that won the 1938 NFL Championship. Nicknames attributed to him include "Big Bad" and "Red", although he may have never been called "Red".

Joe Bukant

Joseph N. Bukant (October 31, 1915 – February 9, 2007) was an American football fullback who played for five seasons in the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for Washington University in St. Louis, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 1938 NFL Draft. He played for the Eagles from 1938 to 1940, and for the Chicago Cardinals from 1942 to 1943.

Red Ramsey

Herschel Randolph "Red" Ramsey (April 9, 1911 – April 19, 1984) was a professional American football player who played end for four seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles. Ramsey was the first football player drafted from Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) in the 1938 NFL Draft.

Roy Young (American football)

Roy O. Young (September 11, 1917 – May 5, 1987) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Texas A&M University and was drafted in the seventh round of the 1938 NFL Draft. While playing with the Texas A&M Aggies, Young was named to the All-Southwest Conference team in 1936 and 1937. After playing for the Redskins for 1938, he retired from football and became a professional boxer.After retiring from sports, Young became a doctor and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. He died on May 5, 1987.

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