Owner Homer Marshman and his general manager, Damon “Buzz” Wetzel picked the Rams name because Wetzel had said his favorite football team had always been the Fordham Rams and Marshman liked the sound of the name.
First Game Played September 10, 1937
Final Game Played December 16, 1945*
Moved to Los Angeles in 1946
*-NFL Championship Game
Hugo Bezdek 1937-1938
Art Lewis 1938
Dutch Clark 1939-1942
Buff Donelli 1944
Adam Walsh 1945
Cleveland Stadium 1937
Shaw Stadium 1938
Cleveland Stadium 1939-1941
League Park 1942
Cleveland Stadium 1944-1945
NFL Champions: (1)
NFL Championship Games: (1)
Division Champions: (1)
Playoff Appearences: (1)
Record in Playoff Games:
1937: On Februay13th, the National Football League grants a Cleveland franchise to Homer Marshman and Associates, a prominent group of local businessmen. It was Cleveland fourth NFL franchise. There had been two teams called the Indians, one at the NFL's founding and another in 1931. Cleveland was also home to the Cleveland Bulldogs, 1924 NFL Champions. The group had owned a team in the rival American Football League in 1936. That team was also known as the Rams and finished with a 5-2-2 record, second best in the league. This new NFL franchise was separate entity since none of the personal joined the new NFL team. The NFL Rams first coach was Hugo Bezdek and he led the Rams on to the field at Cleveland Municipal Stadium for their first game in on September 10th. Unfortunately, the Detroit Lions would shut down the Rams 28-0. The Rams would get their first win 11 days later when they beat the Eagles in Philadelphia 21-3. However the Rams would not score more then ten points in any more games that first season finishing with a 1-10 record.
1938: The Rams now playing their home games at Shaw Stadium, a high school stadium on Shaw Avenue in Cleveland lose their first three games of the season before Coach Hugo Bezdek is fired. The move pays off right away as new coach as the Rams win their first three games under new coach Art Lewis. However the Rams would win only one of their final five games and would finish their second season with a 4-7 record.
1939: The Rams return to Municipal Stadium as rookie halfback Parker Hall makes a big splash earning MVP honors as the Rams finish with a .500 record for the first time at 5-5-1 under new coach Earl "Dutch" Clark.
1940: The Rams would stumble in Dutch Clark's second season as coach falling back below the .500 mark at 4-6-1.
1941: Daniel F. Reeves and Fred Levy, Jr. purchase the Rams. The Rams get the new ownership group off on the right foot by winning their first two games. However they would not win again and closed the season with a 2-9 record.
1942: With new owners Daniel F. Reeves and Fred Levy, Jr. enlisting in the Armed Forces, Bob Kelley is named club secretary. After three seasons in Municipal Stadium the Rams decide to play their home games at League Park. The Rams would finish the season with a 5-6 record, in Dutch Clark's final season as head coach.
1943: Daniel F. Reeves buys out partner Fred Levy Jr., as the Rams are forced to suspend operations for due to wartime travel restrictions, and lack of manpower.
1944: The Rams resume operations with an expansion style roster full of free agents and castoffs. However under coach Buff Donelli the rag tag Rams get off to a great start winning their first three games. However, their inexperience would catch up to them as they won just one of their next seven games to finish with a 4-6 record.
1945: After coach Buff Donelli joins the military General Manager Charlie Walsh names his brother Adam as the team's new coach. Bob Waterfield a Quaerterback drafted in 1944 joins the team and leads the Rams to their first Division Championship with a 9-1 record Waterfield would become the first player ever to win the NFL MVP by a unanimous vote. The highlight of the season came on Thanksgiving in Detroit when Jim Benton caught ten passes for NFL record 303 yards in 28-21 win at Detroit over the Lions. On December on a frozen field at Cleveland Municipal Stadium the Rams defeated the Washington Redskins 15-14 to win their first NFL Championship. However, the joy for Cleveland fans would be short lived as the Rams got approval to move to Los Angles less the a month later. As the Rams headed for the coast, a new league called the All-American Football Conference would begin play. The league was dominated by the Cleveland Browns who would eventually join the NFL in 1950.
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Dan Reeves Owner 1941-1945
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1939 Parker Hall HB
1945 Bob Waterfield QB
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