According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Los Angeles Rams played their inaugural regular season games as “The Los Angeles Rams” on this date, Sept. 29, 1946.
Their matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles was a tough 25-14 loss at the L.A. Coliseum, marking the first defeat in the franchise’s history, as it is known today.
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Check out the short video commemorating the occasion that was put together by the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
#OTD in 1946, @RamsNFL played their first regular-season game as the LA Rams, against @Eagles at the LA Coliseum.
The game also was the start of the NFL careers of Woody Strode & Kenny Washington, two of the “Forgotten Four,” who were responsible for reintegrating pro football. pic.twitter.com/0adbSdcM9L
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) September 29, 2022
This game’s historical significance cannot be understated. As mentioned in the clip posted to Twitter, two pioneers of modern football were included in the starting lineup for Los Angeles. Woody Strode and Kenny Washington were key figures in the re-integration of professional football, which had been racially segregated from 1933 until the 1946 season.
Both players were born in Los Angeles, California, and attended UCLA where they were teammates in a defensive secondary that also featured MLB trailblazer Jackie Robinson. The unit came to be known as the “Gold Dust Gang,” and helped the Bruins to a Rose Bowl tie with the USC…