1952 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1952 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's third season in the NFL and seventh season overall; they were coming off a 7–4–1 record in 1951.

The 49ers started the season by winning each of their first five games by at least 2 touchdowns, and had visions of playing in their first ever NFL Championship game. However, the 49ers lost five of their final 7 games to finish the year at 7–5–0, and in 3rd place in the NFC.

Y. A. Tittle emerged as the starting quarterback, as he havda completion rate of 51.0% along with 11 TDs and 1,407 yards. Frankie Albert also had some action, completing 55.0% of his passes, along with 8 TDs and 964 yards.

Joe Perry rushed for a team high 725 yards and 8 TDs, while Hugh McElhenny had 684 yards on 98 attempts (7.0 yards/carry), along with 6 rushing TDs, while he caught 26 passes for 367 yards and earned another three touchdowns. Gordie Soltau led the club with 55 receptions for 774 yards, and 7 TDs.

1952 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coachBuck Shaw
Home fieldKezar Stadium
Results
Record7–5–0
Division place3rd NFL National
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Uniform
49ers50 54

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position College
1 9 Hugh McElhenny[1] Halfback Washington
2 22 Bob Toneff Tackle Notre Dame
3 27 Gene Shannon Halfback Houston
3 33 Billy Tidwell Halfback Texas A&M
4 46 Marion Campbell Tackle Georgia
5 57 Pat O'Donahue End Wisconsin
6 70 Jim Beasley Center Tulsa
7 81 Don Robison Halfback California
8 94 Jerry Smith Tackle Wisconsin
9 105 Glen Christian Halfback Idaho
10 118 Carl West Fullback Mississippi
11 129 J. D. Kimmel Tackle Houston/Army
12 142 Fred Snyder End Loyola
13 153 Rudy Yeager Tackle LSU
14 166 Frank Simons End Nebraska
Round Pick Player Position College
15 177 Haldo Norman End Gustavus Adolphus
16 190 Bob Meyers Halfback Stanford
17 201 Al Baldock End USC
18 214 Bill Carey End Michigan State
20 238 Jess Yates End LSU
21 249 Gene Offield End Hardin–Simmons
22 262 Jim Cozad Tackle Santa Clara
23 273 Bill Glazier End Arizona
24 286 Ralph Kreuger Tackle California
25 297 Henry (Bud) Laughlin Fullback Kansas
26 310 Dick Kane Guard Cincinnati
27 321 Waldo Schaaf Tackle Oklahoma A&M
28 334 Joe Palumbo Guard Virginia
29 345 Chuck Mosher End Colorado
30 358 Dick Patrick Center Oregon

Regular season

Schedule

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Attendance
1 September 28 Detroit Lions 3–17 San Francisco 49ers 1–0–0 52,750
2 October 4 San Francisco 49ers 37–14 Dallas Texans 2–0–0 12,566
3 October 12 San Francisco 49ers 28–0 Detroit Lions 3–0–0 42,842
4 October 19 San Francisco 49ers 40–16 Chicago Bears 4–0–0 46,338
5 October 26 Dallas Texans 21–48 San Francisco 49ers 5–0–0 26,887
6 November 2 Chicago Bears 20–17 San Francisco 49ers 5–1–0 58,255
7 November 9 San Francisco 49ers 14–23 New York Giants 5–2–0 54,230
8 November 16 San Francisco 49ers 23–17 Washington Redskins 6–2–0 30,863
9 November 23 San Francisco 49ers 9–35 Los Angeles Rams 6–3–0 64,450
10 November 30 Los Angeles Rams 34–21 San Francisco 49ers 6–4–0 49,420
11 December 7 Pittsburgh Steelers 24–7 San Francisco 49ers 6–5–0 13,886
12 December 14 Green Bay Packers 14–24 San Francisco 49ers 7–5–0 17,579

Standings

NFL National Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Detroit Lions 9 3 0 .750 7–3 354 192 W3
Los Angeles Rams 9 3 0 .750 8–2 349 234 W8
San Francisco 49ers 7 5 0 .583 6–3 285 221 W1
Green Bay Packers 6 6 0 .500 3–6 295 312 L3
Chicago Bears 5 7 0 .417 4–6 245 326 W1
Dallas Texans 1 11 0 .083 1–9 182 427 L2

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Pro Bowl

San Francisco's players selected for the Pro Bowl:

Player Position
Hardy Brown Linebacker
Ed Henke Defensive Line
Bill Johnson Offensive Line
Hugh McElhenny Running Back
Leo Nomellini Defensive Line
Joe Perry Running Back
Gordie Soltau Wide Receiver

References

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 398
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