Eddie LeBaron

Edward Wayne LeBaron Jr. (January 7, 1930 – April 1, 2015) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the College of the Pacific. He also was an executive vice president of the Atlanta Falcons.

Eddie LeBaron
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1953 Bowman Gum football card
No. 14
Personal information
Born:January 7, 1930
San Rafael, California
Died:April 1, 2015 (aged 85)
Stockton, California
Height:5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight:168 lb (76 kg)
Career information
High school:Oakdale (CA)
NFL Draft:1950 / Round: 10 / Pick: 123
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:134
Pass attempts:1,796
Pass completions:898
Passing Yards:13,399
Passer rating:61.4
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Born in San Rafael, California,[1] LeBaron graduated from Oakdale High School in Oakdale, northeast of Modesto.

College career

LeBaron enrolled at the College of the Pacific in Stockton as a 16-year-old.[2] He played college football for the Tigers under Amos Alonzo Stagg and Larry Siemering from 1946 to 1949, lettering all four years and achieving All-American honors as a senior. The Tigers registered an undefeated season (11–0) in 1949, led the nation in total offense (502.9 yards a game), and set an NCAA single-season record of 575 points. LeBaron was a two-way, 60-minute player, as a quarterback on offense, safety on defense, and punter on special teams. He also played one year of baseball for the Tigers as a catcher.

He left the school after re-writing many of the football records: career touchdowns (59), touchdowns in a season (23), longest punt (74 yards), most yardage off interception returns in a game (119), most times leading the team in total offense (3).

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980,[3] into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2004[4] and was a charter inductee into the Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame in October 2010.[5]

Military service

LeBaron was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves while in college and served as a lieutenant in the Korean War after graduation. He was wounded twice and was decorated with the Purple Heart. For his heroic actions on the front lines, he was awarded the Bronze Star. Due to his diminutive size, 5 feet, 7 inches, and leadership skills from his military service, he was sometimes known as the "Littlest General".[6]

In 2008, he was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Washington Redskins (first stint)

LeBaron was selected by the Washington Redskins in the tenth round (123rd overall) of the 1950 NFL draft, but had to leave training camp to perform military service during the Korean War. At 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m), he was one of the shortest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.

He returned to the NFL in 1952 after a two-year commitment to the United States Marine Corps as a lieutenant, when he was discharged after being wounded in combat. He replaced future hall of famer Sammy Baugh in the starting lineup after the fourth game and received All-Rookie honors at the end of the season.[7] The next year, he was limited with a knee injury and also shared the starting position with Jack Scarbath.

Calgary Stampeders (WIFU)

In 1954, the Western Interprovincial Football Union (a predecessor of the Canadian Football League) raided the NFL talent to improve its level of play. LeBaron signed with the Calgary Stampeders along with his Redskins teammate Gene Brito, because his college coach Larry Siemering was named the team's head coach.[8] He registered 1,815 passing yards, 8 touchdowns and 24 interceptions during the season. He also played defensive back and punter. He decided to return to the NFL at the end of the year, after the team fired Siemering.

Washington Redskins (second stint)

On December 9, 1954, he re-signed with the Washington Redskins.[9] In 1958, he was the league's top-rated quarterback, after completing 79 out of 149 passes for 1,365 yards and 11 touchdowns. He announced his retirement to focus on his law practice at the end of the 1959 season.[10]

In his seven seasons with the Redskins he started 55 of a possible 72 games at quarterback (he played in 70 of those 72 games).[11] He was also the primary punter for his first three seasons with Washington (punting 171 times for a total of 6,995 yards in five seasons).[11]

Dallas Cowboys

After not being able to participate in the 1960 NFL draft during their inaugural year of existence, the Dallas Cowboys traded their first round (#2-Norm Snead) and sixth round (#72-Joe Krakoski) draft choices in the 1961 NFL Draft to the Washington Redskins in exchange for LeBaron,[12] convincing him to come out of retirement to become the franchise's first starting quarterback. He started 10 of 12 games in 1960, with rookie Don Meredith and Don Heinrich starting the other two.[13] He also scored the Cowboys' first-ever touchdown in their first exhibition game against the San Francisco 49ers, on August 6 in Seattle. He set a record for the shortest touchdown pass in league history, with his throw to receiver Dick Bielski from the 2-inch line against the Redskins on October 9, 1960.[14]

LeBaron started 10 of 14 games in 1961, with Meredith starting the other four.[15] He only started five games in 1962, splitting time with Meredith.[16] He started the first game of the 1963 season, but was replaced permanently by Meredith for the rest of the season.[17]

He retired at the end of 1963, after playing 12 seasons, throwing for 13,399 yards and 104 touchdowns and being selected for the Pro Bowl four times.[11] He is the shortest quarterback to ever be selected to the Pro Bowl.[18] He was also known as an elusive scrambler and great ball-handler.

Personal life

LeBaron became a football announcer for CBS Sports after his NFL career, and worked as an announcer from 1966 to 1971.[19] He had obtained an LL.B. degree from George Washington University during his off-seasons from football, and practiced law after his football career. He was also the general manager of the Atlanta Falcons from 1977 to 1982 and executive vice president from 1983 through 1985.[20] LeBaron was an avid golfer and continued to play golf in his retirement. He died of natural causes on April 1, 2015.[21]


  1. ^ "Eddie LeBaron". National Football Foundation. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "Whatever happened to... Eddie LeBaron". Washington Redskins. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  3. ^ "Greatest Redskins". NFL.com. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame Inductees". Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "Sac-Joaquin Section announces inaugural Hall of Fame class". The Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  6. ^ "FOOTBALL AND AMERICA: The Korean War". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  7. ^ "Sammy Baugh, Pigskin Immortal, Set To Retire After One More Game". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Eddie Lebaron To Play No More For Redskins". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "LeBaron Signs As Expected". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Le Baron Calls It Quits". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  11. ^ a b c Eddie LaBaron. - Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  12. ^ "Redskins Trade LeBaron To Dallas". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  13. ^ 1960 Dallas Cowboys: Passing. - Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  14. ^ "Redskins Finally Win One, 26-14". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  15. ^ 1961 Dallas Cowboys: Passing. - Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  16. ^ 1962 Dallas Cowboys: Passing. - Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  17. ^ 1963 Dallas Cowboys: Passing. - Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  18. ^ "Top 10 Moments in the Giants-Cowboys Rivalry". The New York Times. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  19. ^ "THE NFL ON CBS ALL-TIME ANNOUNCERS LIST (Year-By-Year)". CBS Express. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  20. ^ "Whatever happened to... Eddie LeBaron". Washington Times. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  21. ^ "Obituary: Eddie LeBaron, 85, starred at UOP and in NFL". Retrieved February 19, 2016.

Further reading

External links

1949 All-Pacific Coast football team

The 1949 All-Pacific Coast football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pacific Coast teams for the 1949 college football season.

1949 Pacific Tigers football team

The 1949 Pacific Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the College of the Pacific during the 1949 college football season. In their third season under head coach Larry Siemering, the Tigers compiled an undefeated 11–0 record, were ranked #10 in the final AP Poll, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 575 to 66. The Tigers' victories included a 34–7 besting of Cincinnati, a 62–14 victory over San Diego State, and a 45–6 victory over Utah.Quarterback Eddie LeBaron was selected by both the Associated Press and International News Service as a first-team player on the 1949 All-Pacific Coast football team.

1959 Washington Redskins season

The 1959 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 28th season in the National Football League The team failed to improve on their 4–7–1 record from 1958 and finshed 3-9.

1961 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1961 Dallas Cowboys season was their second in the National Football League. The team finished with 4 wins, 9 losses, and 1 tie, placing them 6th in the Eastern Conference.

1962 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1962 Dallas Cowboys season was their third in the league. The team finished with a record of 5 wins, 8 losses, and 1 tie, placing them 5th in the NFL's Eastern Conference.

Billy Howton

William Harris Howton (born July 5, 1930) is a former American football player, an end in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, and expansion Dallas Cowboys.Howton caught a total 503 career passes for a total of 8,459 yards. In doing so, he surpassed then leader Don Hutson to become the all-time leader in receptions and yardage. (Since then his ranking has fallen to below 50.) Despite this, he has yet to be named a finalist in Pro Football Hall of Fame balloting. He retired after the 1963 season, after four years with Dallas. In 2004, he was named to the Professional Football Researchers Association Hall of Very Good in the association's second HOVG class

Dick Bielski

Richard Adam Bielski (born September 7, 1932) is a former American football player and coach. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and Baltimore Colts. Bielski played college football at the University of Maryland.

Don Heinrich

Donald Alan Heinrich (September 19, 1930 – February 29, 1992) was an American football player, coach, and announcer. He played professionally as a quarterback in National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, and in the American Football League (AFL) for the Oakland Raiders. Heinrich played college football at the University of Washington.

Glenn Carano

Glenn Thomas Carano (born November 18, 1955) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys for seven seasons. He also was a member of the Pittsburgh Maulers in the United States Football League. He played college football at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Grape Bowl

The Grape Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game played in 1947 and 1948. It was held at the Grape Bowl stadium, in Lodi, California.Both games featured the College of the Pacific (now University of the Pacific), who defeated Utah State in 1947, and played Hardin–Simmons to a tie in 1948. Like some other postseason match-ups of the era, such as the Glass Bowl and the Optimist Bowl, results are listed in NCAA records, but the games were not considered NCAA-sanctioned bowls.

Le Baron

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William Le Baron Jenney (1832–1907), an American architect and engineer

William LeBaron Putnam (1835–1918), an American jurist

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The Phantom Baron (Le baron fantôme), French drama film

LeBaron Incorporated, a car design and body builder established in 1920

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Anne LeBaron, harpist

List of Dallas Cowboys starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Cowboys.

List of NFL on CBS commentator pairings

CBS Sports began televising National Football League games in 1956. The network inherited the rights to games of most of the teams from the defunct DuMont Television Network; back then, each NFL team negotiated its own television deal. From 1956 to 1967, CBS assigned their commentating crews to one team each for the entire season. Beginning in 1968, CBS instituted a semi-merit system for their commentating crews. Following the 1993 season, there was no NFL on CBS after the network lost its half of the Sunday afternoon TV package (the National Football Conference) to the Fox Broadcasting Company. However, CBS gained the American Football Conference package from NBC beginning in 1998. The names of the play-by-play men are listed first while the color commentators are listed second; sideline reporters, when used, are listed last.

List of Washington Redskins starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League, and its predecessors the Boston Braves (1932) and Boston Redskins (1933–1936). The Washington Redskins franchise was founded in Boston, Massachusetts as the Boston Braves, named after the local baseball franchise. The name was changed the following year to the Redskins. For the 1937 NFL season, the franchise moved to Washington, D.C., where it remains based.Of the 50 Redskins starting quarterbacks, two have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Sammy Baugh and Sonny Jurgensen.

Oakdale, California

Oakdale is a city in the San Joaquin Valley and Stanislaus County, California. It is part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Oakdale goes by the slogan "Cowboy Capital of the World." The population was 20,675 at the 2010 census, up from 15,503 at the 2000 census.

Oakdale High School (California)

Oakdale High School is a high school located in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District in Oakdale, California, United States. The mascot is the Mustang. The school serves students in grades nine through twelve.

Pacific Tigers football

The Pacific Tigers football team represented the University of the Pacific in NCAA Division I-A (now FBS) college football. The team competed in the Big West Conference during their last season in 1995. They played their home games at Stagg Memorial Stadium in Stockton, California. On December 19, 1995, the Board of Regents voted to disband the team in order to save money for the athletic program, which was reported to have gone over $400,000 in debt. All scholarships were honored for current players of the team.

Paul Dickson (American football)

Paul Serafin Dickson (February 26, 1937 – June 7, 2011) was a defensive tackle in the National Football League. Over his 12-year career, Dickson played for the Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, and St. Louis Cardinals. He played college football for Baylor University.

Eddie LeBaron—awards and honors

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