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On this day in Washington history – September 23rd, 1962 – Washington edged the Browns 17-16 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

It was 16-10 Browns late in the fourth, until Bobby Mitchell hauled in a 50-yard pass from Norm Snead. Mitchell took it to the house and gave Washington the lead for good. Snead only completed eight passes in the game, and was sacked four times.

1962 was Mitchell’s second best season stats-wise. He caught 72 balls for 1384 yards, and caught a career high eleven touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the second time, and was named First Team All pro.

Mitchell’s Career

Mitchell played from 1958 to 1968 and was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 1983. His number 49 is one of only two Washington jersey numbers to be retired.

Sammy Baugh is the other.

Two pretty good football players.

Throwback Thursday September 23rd

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The win moved Washington to 1-0-1 on the season, but they finished the 1962 season at 5-7-2. Cleveland finished 7-6-1.

Game Boxscore

Mitchell’s Career Stats