Bobby Mitchell

Robert Cornelius Mitchell (born June 6, 1935) is a former American football halfback and flanker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983. He currently runs the Cleveland Browns UK supporters society along with co-founder Samuel Bould.[1]

Bobby Mitchell
No. 49
Position:Halfback, flanker
Personal information
Born:June 6, 1935 (age 83)
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Career information
High school:Hot Springs (AR) Langston
NFL Draft:1958 / Round: 7 / Pick: 84
Career history
As player:
As executive:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:7,954
Receiving touchdowns:65
Rushing yards:2,735
Rushing touchdowns:18
Return touchdowns:8
Player stats at

Early life

Mitchell was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas and attended Langston High School.[2] There, he played football, basketball, and track, and was good enough at baseball to be offered a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.[2]

College career

Instead of playing professional baseball, Mitchell chose to attend the University of Illinois, which he picked from a host of schools that offered him scholarships.[2] He played college football for the Illinois Fighting Illini and had a particularly good sophomore year. At the beginning of the season, he was behind junior Harry Jefferson on the depth chart. Seven games into the season, Jefferson went down with an injury, and Mitchell took over at one of the halfback spots.[3] The first time he handled the football, he ran 64 yards for a touchdown.[2] Though he entered in the third quarter, Mitchell gained 173 yards in 10 carries, and the Illini upset third-ranked Michigan, 25-6.[3] He went on to gain more than 100 yards in each of the two games that remained in the 1955 season, during which he also saw some playing time as a defensive back.[3] That year, he averaged a record 8.6 yards per rush.[2]

As a junior, Mitchell did not see the field much due to a knee injury.[3]

After his senior season, Mitchell was invited to play in the College All-Star Game, where he got behind defensive back, James David on an 84-yard touchdown reception, and then scored again on an 18-yard pass from Jim Ninowski.[2] The All-Stars' upset the Detroit Lions, 35-19, and Mitchell and Ninowski shared game MVP honors.[2] He was named first-team All-Big Ten football in 1955 and second-team status in 1957.[3]

Mitchell is a member of The Pigskin Club Of Washington, D.C. National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll.

Mitchell was even more successful in track. In February 1958, He set an indoor world record (one that lasted only six days) with a 7.7 mark in the 70-yard low hurdles.[2][3] In the Big Ten championships, he scored 13 points and helped Illinois win the title.[2] Mitchell was unsure whether he wanted to pursue a career in football or track. Even though the 1960 Summer Olympics were still two years away, he had his sights set on competing on the American team.[2] However, Browns head coach Paul Brown offered to pay him $7,000 during his rookie season and was able to convince Mitchell to play football instead of participating in the Olympics.[4]

NFL playing career

Cleveland Browns (1958–1961)

Mitchell was drafted in the seventh round of the 1958 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, where he played as a halfback.[5] He was teamed with Jim Brown to give the Browns one of the most successful running back combinations from 1958 through 1961.[5]

As a rookie, Mitchell had a 98-yard kickoff return. A year later against Washington, he rushed for 232 yards, including a 90-yard scoring scamper. The same year, he returned a punt 78 yards against the New York Giants.[2]

As a Brown, Mitchell accumulated 2297 yards rushing, 1463 yards receiving, 607 yards on punt returns, 1550 yards on kickoff returns, and scored 38 touchdowns.[2] He once held the Browns' career record for kickoff returns for touchdowns, and he also currently holds the team's best rookie rushing average (13.36 in 1958).[6]

Washington Redskins (1962–1968)

Under pressure to integrate the team by the Washington Post and the federal government of the United States, the Washington Redskins drafted Ernie Davis with the first overall pick of the 1962 NFL Draft.[7] But in mid-December, Redskins owner George Preston Marshall announced that on the day of the draft he had clandestinely traded the rights to Davis to the Cleveland Browns for Bobby Mitchell and first-round draft pick Leroy Jackson.[7][8] Unbeknownst to anyone at the time of the draft, Davis had leukemia, and died without ever playing a down in professional football.[7] Mitchell and Jackson were joined on the 1962 Redskins by John Nisby, a Pro Bowl guard from the Pittsburgh Steelers.[7] The Redskins ended the 1962 season with their best record in five years: 5–7–2.

Bill McPeak, in his first year as head coach, immediately announced Mitchell would become a flanker. In his first game in Washington, he ran back a 92-yard kickoff return against the Dallas Cowboys.[2] Mitchell led the league with eleven touchdowns, 72 catches, and 1384 yards, and was selected to the Pro Bowl.[5]

In 1963, Mitchell recorded 69 catches for 1436 yards and seven more touchdowns. During this season, he also became the second player in league and franchise history to record a 99-yard pass play. The pass from George Izo was the first 99-yard pass in over 23 years, when the Redskins' Frank Filchock and Andy Farkas set the original record October 15, 1939.[2] During the next four years, Mitchell's reception totals were 60, 60, 58 and 60.[2] In 1967, new head coach Otto Graham chose to move Mitchell back to halfback because of Graham's decision a year earlier to move the team's best running back, Charley Taylor, to wide receiver. Mitchell enjoyed only moderate success running the ball but he did catch 60 passes for 866 yards and six touchdowns.[2]

In 1969, Vince Lombardi became head coach and promised Mitchell that he would return him to flanker.[2] But as training camp progressed, Mitchell realized that he was not in the same shape he once was and chose to retire.[2]

During his first six seasons with the Redskins, Mitchell never caught fewer than 58 passes.[5] When he retired, his 14,078 combined net yards was the second highest total in NFL history.[5] He had also scored 91 touchdowns (18 by rushing, 65 on receptions, 3 on punt returns, and 5 on kickoff returns). He amassed 7,954 yards on receptions and 2,735 yards on rushes.[5] He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

Front-office career (1969–2003)

After retiring from football in 1968, Mitchell remained with the Redskins, at the request of then head coach Vince Lombardi, as a pro scout.[9] He would later gradually move up in the ranks to assistant general manager in the organization. Then in 2003 Mitchell retired, stating that he was "deeply hurt" by the manner in which late owner Jack Kent Cooke passed him over as the team's general manager in 1998 and by then-coach Steve Spurrier's decision to issue his uniform number to Leonard Stephens that season.[9] Mitchell was also passed over for the Redskins GM job in 1978 in favor of Bobby Beathard.[9]

As a player and a front office executive, Mitchell spent 40 years with the Redskins.[9]

Personal life

Mitchell still lives in Washington D.C. with his wife, Gwen who is an attorney. They have two children, Robert, Jr and Terri.[3]

Since 1980, Mitchell has hosted the Bobby Mitchell Hall of Fame Classic, an annual golf fundraiser that benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.[10]

Mitchell has also worked in many efforts and organizations, including the United Negro College Fund, the Howard University Cancer Research Advisory Committee, the American Lung Association of D.C., the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission, the Boys Club of Washington, the National Urban League, the NAACP, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the University of Illinois Presidents Council and the University of Illinois Foundation.[3]


  1. ^ Bobby, Mitchell. "Net Worth". Net Worth.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Bobby Mitchell, Class of 1983". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Catching Up With Bobby Mitchell". University of Illinois Athletics. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
  4. ^ "Fame Catches Up With Ex-Redskins Mitchell, Jurgensen". Washington Post. July 23, 1998. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Bobby Mitchell's Pro Football HOF profile". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
  6. ^ "Bobby Mitchell's Cleveland Browns profile". Cleveland Browns. Archived from the original on May 29, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
  7. ^ a b c d "Civil Rights on the Gridiron". ESPN. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
  8. ^ "August 1962 Scoreboard". Time Magazine. August 10, 1962. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
  9. ^ a b c d "Mitchell leaves Redskins". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
  10. ^ Gabriel, Walter. "'Happy Because He Has Hope'". Washington Post. Retrieved June 27, 2008.

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1955 FA Cup Final

The 1955 FA Cup Final was the 74th final of the FA Cup. It took place on 7 May 1955 at Wembley Stadium and was contested between Newcastle United and Manchester City.

Newcastle won the match 3–1, thus winning the FA Cup for the third time in five years and the sixth time in all. Jackie Milburn scored Newcastle's first goal after 45 seconds (a record for a Wembley final that would stand until 1997), before Bobby Johnstone equalised for City just before half-time. Bobby Mitchell restored Newcastle's lead in the 52nd minute, and George Hannah extended it seven minutes later.

The match was virtually decided in the 17th minute when City fullback Jimmy Meadows attempted a tackle on Mitchell, only to sustain a serious leg injury which forced him to be stretchered off five minutes later (and also forced him to retire from playing). As substitutes were not allowed in English football at the time, City had to play the rest of the match with ten players.

As of 2018, this remains Newcastle's last FA Cup win, though they have appeared in three finals since.

Bobby Mitchell (1970s outfielder)

Robert Vance Mitchell (born October 22, 1943) is an American former professional baseball player. The Norristown, Pennsylvania, native was an outfielder and designated hitter who appeared in 273 Major League Baseball games played between 1970 and 1975 for the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers. He also played for the Nippon Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball from 1976 through 1979.

Mitchell threw and batted right-handed; he stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg). He was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1965 and selected by the Yankees in the 1968 Rule 5 Draft. He had 143 career MLB hits in 609 at bats, with 29 doubles, six triples and 14 stolen bases.

Bobby Mitchell (1980s outfielder)

Robert Van Mitchell (born April 7, 1955) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1980 to 1983 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins.

After his playing days, he was a minor league coach from 1992 to 2005 for minor league affiliates of the Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, and Anaheim Angels and a roving outfield and baserunning instructor in the farm system of the Boston Red Sox.

In 2006, he became the manager of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in the Angels system, and in 2008 he was promoted to skipper of the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees of the Pacific Coast League. In 2015, he was named roving minor league outfield and baserunning coach for the Atlanta Braves. In 2016 he joined the New York Yankees' system as manager of the Double-A Trenton Thunder, and was rehired for 2017 after leading his 2016 club to 87 wins and the Eastern League playoffs. On January 31, 2018, Bobby Mitchell was named the new manager of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. In nine years as a minor league pilot, Mitchell has compiled a 517–460 (.529) win-loss record.

Mitchell played in the 1967 Little League World Series for Northridge, California, Little League.

Bobby Mitchell (disambiguation)

Bobby Mitchell is a retired NFL Hall of Fame running back.

Bobby Mitchell may also refer to:

Bobby Mitchell (1970s outfielder) (born 1943), baseball OF/DH

Bobby Mitchell (1980s outfielder) (born 1955), baseball outfielder

Bobby Mitchell (footballer, born 1924) (1924–1993), Scottish football player and manager

Bobby Mitchell (footballer, born 1955), English football player

Bobby Mitchell (golfer) (1943–2018), American PGA Tour golfer

Bobby Mitchell (pitcher) (1856–1933), baseball pitcher

Bobby Mitchell (singer) (1935–1986), New Orleans R&B singer

Bobby Mitchell (died 1968), KYA disc jockey who co-produced with Tom Donahue the last Beatles concert

Bobby Mitchell (footballer, born 1924)

Robert Carmichael Mitchell (16 August 1924 – 4 January 1993) was a Scottish footballer. His position was outside left.

Mitchell started his career with Third Lanark in 1942, spending seven years with the Hi-Hi before joining Newcastle United for £16,000 in February 1949. He played for the Magpies from 1949 to 1961, becoming something of a cult hero amongst supporters who nicknamed him 'Dazzler'. He was an instrumental part of the team that experienced much success in the 1950s, winning three FA Cups in a five-year period, which included scoring a goal in the 1955 FA Cup Final. He made a total of 410 appearances for the club, scoring 113 goals.

After leaving Newcastle, Mitchell spent one season with Berwick Rangers before returning to Tyneside as player-manager of Gateshead. He left this role in 1966 and became a publican in Newcastle.Mitchell won two caps for the Scotland national team, and scored on his debut against Denmark in 1951. He also played twice for the Scottish League representative team.

Bobby Mitchell (footballer, born 1955)

Bobby Mitchell (born 4 January 1955 in South Shields, England) is an English footballer who played as a central midfielder.

A product of the Sunderland youth system, he had only a few first-team outings for Sunderland before joining Blackburn Rovers in 1976. After two years at Rovers, Mitchell joined Grimsby Town in 1978 where he made his name as a left-footed midfielder, playing a key role in Grimsby's promotion in 1980.

He left Grimsby in 1982 to join Carlisle United before moving to Rotherham United where he spent three years. Mitchell moved to Malta to play for Ħamrun Spartans for a year, before finishing his league career at Lincoln City. He moved on to Boston United.

Bobby Mitchell (golfer)

Bobby Wayne Mitchell (February 23, 1943 – March 20, 2018) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

Mitchell was born in Chatham, Virginia and was raised in nearby Danville, Virginia. He dropped out of high school and turned pro at 15. He won the Virginia State Golf Association Open, the Virginia State PGA Open and the Carolinas PGA Championship before joining the PGA Tour.Mitchell won two PGA Tour events during his career: the 1971 Cleveland Open and the 1972 Tournament of Champions. He had more than two dozen top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events including more than a half-dozen 2nd or 3rd-place finishes. His best finish in a major was T2 at the 1972 Masters Tournament.Since 1991, Mitchell has traveled to Finland in the summer to teach golf to young people in association with Averett University. Mitchell joined the Champions Tour in 1995; his best finish in a Champions Tour event is a T-12 at The Transamerica in 1995.Mitchell died on March 20, 2018 from a presumed heart attack at Lynchburg General Hospital.

Bobby Mitchell (pitcher)

Robert McKasha "Bobby" Mitchell (born February 6, 1856 in Cincinnati, Ohio – died May 1, 1933 in Springfield, Ohio) was a professional baseball pitcher during the 19th century. Mitchell played for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Blues, and St. Louis Brown Stockings. He started 44 games during the four seasons of his career, completing 40 of his starts and winning 20 games.

Bobby Mitchell (singer)

Bobby Mitchell (16 August 1935 – March 17, 1989) was an American, New Orleans-based, rhythm & blues singer and songwriter.

Mitchell was born in the Algiers section of New Orleans. He was a popular recording artist in the 1950s and early 1960s, making records for Imperial Records, Show Biz Records and Rip Records. He first recorded in his teens with the do-wop group "The Toppers", which was broken up as most of the members were drafted. Mitchell's single "Try Rock 'n Roll," hit the top 20 of the US Billboard R&B chart in 1956. Many of his sessions were arranged by Dave Bartholomew. His single "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday" was a hit, pre dating the more famous cover of the tune by Fats Domino and got Mitchell an appearance on American Bandstand.

In the early 1980s he did radio shows at WWOZ.

Cesar Sanudo

Cesar Sanudo (October 26, 1943 – August 28, 2011) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour.

Sanudo played in 250 events in 14 years on the PGA Tour. His sole PGA Tour win came at the 1970 Azalea Open Invitational that was held at Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, North Carolina; he earned $12,000 for his efforts by defeating Bobby Mitchell by one stroke with a 15-under-par 269. His best finish in a major was T9 at the 1972 U.S. Open, which he led after 36 holes.After his PGA Tour playing days were over, Sanudo became a long-time, career club professional in El Cajon, California, and later at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course.Sanudo died in La Mesa, California.

Gene Hickerson

Robert Gene Hickerson (February 15, 1935 – October 20, 2008) was an American Football offensive guard who played for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) in a fifteen-year career from 1958 to 1960 and 1962 to 1973. Hickerson was a six-time Pro Bowler from 1965 to 1970. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 4, 2007.

I Can Do Bad All by Myself (play)

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List of Washington Redskins receiving leaders

The list of Washington Redskins receiving leaders includes single-season and career records for each of three statistics: yardage, number of receptions, and receiving touchdowns, as well as single-game records for receptions and receiving yards. The Redskins compete in the East Division of the National Football Conference. The franchise was founded as the Boston Braves, named after the local baseball franchise. The team changed their name to the Redskins in 1933 and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1937.The Redskins have played over one thousand games. In those games, the club won five professional American football championships including two NFL Championships and three Super Bowls. The franchise captured ten NFL divisional titles and six NFL conference championships.The Redskins won the 1937 and 1942 Championship games, as well as Super Bowl XVII, XXII and XXVI. They also played in and lost the 1936, 1940, 1943 and 1945 Championship games, as well as Super Bowl VII and XVIII. They have made 22 postseason appearances, and have an overall postseason record of 23 wins and 17 losses. Only five teams have appeared in more Super Bowls than the Redskins: the Pittsburgh Steelers (eight), Dallas Cowboys (eight), Denver Broncos (eight), New England Patriots (eight) and San Francisco 49ers (six); the Redskins' five appearances are tied with the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins.

Ron Staniforth

Ronald Staniforth (13 April 1924 – 5 October 1988) was an English footballer, described as a tall, cultured full-back. His attacking excursions down the right wing sometimes caused concern to his team's supporters but probably more to his opponents.

After service in the Royal Navy during the war he became a milkman and played in local league football, signing professional for Stockport County at the relatively late age of 22. When the Stockport manager Andy Beattie moved to Huddersfield Town in the 1952 close season, Staniforth followed. Huddersfield had just been relegated. Staniforth, together with all the remainder of the defence, played in every game in the following season in which Huddersfield finished in second place and so were promoted back to the First Division.

In their first season back, Huddersfield maintained their momentum and were challenging for the championship. This led to Staniforth playing three times for England 'B' and then gaining eight England caps, all in 1954, including three in the final stages of the World Cup. He was also in the England side which notoriously lost 7–1 to Hungary although this did not lead to his losing his place.

In 1955 Huddersfield were becoming concerned about the ageing profile of their team and Staniforth was dropped after being given the run-around by Bobby Mitchell in a quarter-final of the F.A. Cup. In July 1955 he moved to Sheffield Wednesday, along with Roy Shiner, in an exchange deal which brought Tony Conwell and Jackie Marriott to Huddersfield (they were respectively eight and four years younger).

At the age of 31, however, Staniforth's career was far from over. It must have seemed like déjà vu. Like his arrival at Huddersfield, Wednesday had just been relegated from the First Division and were promoted in his first season. Also he teamed up again with former Huddersfield defender Don McEvoy. He went on to make 102 appearances for Wednesday over four seasons, during which they were promoted twice and relegated once.

In October 1959 he moved to Barrow as player-manager, later to be joined by McEvoy as a player. He retired from playing after 38 games and resigned as manager in 1964. Later he had two spells on the coaching staff at Hillsborough.

He died in Barrow on 5 October 1988, aged 64.

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Virginia Open

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