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1938 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head Coach Bert Bell
Home Field Philadelphia Municipal Stadium
Results
Record 5–6
Place 4th NFL Eastern
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1937 1939

The 1938 Philadelphia Eagles season was their sixth in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 2–8–1, winning five games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

Off SeasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

The 1938 NFL Draft was held on December 12, 1937. The draft consisting of 12 rounds. The Eagles got the 2nd pick in each round as the expansion Cleveland Rams got the 1st pick. With the pick they chose Corbett Davis a Back from Indiana University.

Player SelectionsEdit

The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had that were traded away and the team that ended up with that pick.[2] It is possible the Eagles' pick ended up with this team via another team that the Eagles made a trade with. Not shown are acquired picks that the Eagles traded away.

= Pro Bowler [3] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick # Player Position College
1 2 Jim McDonaldBackOhio State
2 12 Dick RiffleBackAlbright
3 17 Joe BukantBackWashington (St. Louis)
4 27 John MeekBackCalifornia
5 32 Fred ShireyTackleNebraska
6 42 Herschel RamseyEndTexas Tech
7 52 Bob Lannon End Iowa
8 62 Clem Woltman Guard Purdue
9 72 Elmer Kolberg Back Oregon State
10 82 Emmett Kriel Guard Baylor
11 92 Carl Hinkle Center Vanderbilt
12 102 John Michelosen Back Pittsburgh

Regular SeasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 11, 1938 Washington Redskins L 26–23
2 September 16, 1938 at Pittsburgh Pirates W 27–7
3 September 25, 1938 New York Giants W 14–10
4 October 2, 1938 Chicago Bears L 28–6
5 October 16, 1938 at New York Giants L 17–7
6 October 23, 1938 at Washington Redskins L 20–14
7 October 26, 1938 Chicago Cardinals W 7–0
8 November 6, 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers L 10–7
9 November 13, 1938 at Brooklyn Dodgers L 32–14
10 November 20, 1938 Pittsburgh Pirates W 14–7
11 December 4, 1938 at Detroit Lions W 21–7

StandingsEdit

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Giants 8 2 1 .800 194 79 W-1
Washington Redskins 6 3 2 .667 148 154 L-1
Brooklyn Dodgers 4 4 3 .500 131 161 T-1
Philadelphia Eagles 5 6 0 .455 154 164 W-2
Pittsburgh Pirates 2 9 0 .182 79 169 L-6

PlayoffsEdit

The Eagles had a 5–6–0 record and failed to make it to the 1938 NFL Championship Game. The game was on December 11, 1938, at Polo Grounds in New York City. The game attendance was 48,120 a record crowd for a title game.

The game matched the champions of the Eastern Division, New York Giants (8–2–1) against the Western Division champion Green Bay Packers (8–3–0). The Giants won 23–17

1938 RosterEdit

(All time List of Philadelphia Eagles players in franchise history)

= 1938 Pro All Star [3]

As in the 1937 roster was, the this year team is mostly rookies and players with 1 or 2 years NFL experience.

NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Bert Bell 42 Coach 1938 record
5–6
NFL-Eagles Lifetime
8–25
3rd Pennsylvania
Jay Arnold26HB-WB-DB-BB11112106–1 1 Texas
Joe Bukant 23 Back 11 1 2166–0Rookie Washington (MO)
Tom Burnette 23 BB 8 0 1946–1Rookie North Carolina
Joe Carter* 28 E 11 11 201 6–1 5 Austin College and
SMU
John Cole 0 FB 11 0 197 5–9 Rookie St. Joseph's (PA)
Woody Dow 22 BB-FB 10 10 195 6–0 Rookie West Texas A&M
Drew Ellis 24 T 11 10 215 6–1 Rookie TCU
Fritz Ferko26T202426–11 Mount State Mary's and
West Chester
Bill Fiedler 24 G 1 0 200 5–9 Rookie Pennsylvania
Wimpy Giddens 24 T 9 0 220 6–2 Rookie Louisiana Tech
Maurice Harper 28 Cen 11 9 227 6–41 Austin
Bill Hewitt+ 29 E-DE 11 11 190 5–9 6 Michigan
Bill Hughes 23 G-C 11 6 226 6–1 1 Texas
Ray Keeling 23 T-G 9 3 242 6–3 Rookie Texas
Rabbit Keen 24 QB 1 0 170 5–9 1 Arkansas
John Kusko 24 B 1 0 194 5–11 2 Temple
Bernie Lee 26 QB 1 0 190 5–11 Rookie Villanova
Bob Masters 27 HB 1 1 200 5–11 1 Baylor
Emmett Mortell 22 B 11 7 181 6–1 1 Notre Dame and
Wisconsin
Bob Pylman 25 T 11 1 214 6–4 Rookie South Dakota State
George Rado 26 G-DE 10 6194 5–9 3 Duquesne
Red Ramsey 27 E 11 01966–0Rookie Texas Tech
Hank Reese 29 C-G 11 2 214 5–11 5 Temple
Dick Riffle 23 B 11 4 200 6–1 Rookie Albright
Theodore Schmitt 22 G 11 2 219 5–11 Rookie Pittsburgh
Dave Smukler 24 FB-LB 11 10 226 6–1 2 Missouri and
Temple
Mule Stockton 25 G 11 8 214 6–1 1 McMurry
Billy Wilson 27 E 1 0 184 5–10 3 Gonzaga
Clem Woltman 24 T 10 8 214 6–1 Rookie Purdue
29 Players
Team Average
24.1 11 206.4 6–0.1 1.2

Post SeasonEdit

Awards and HonorsEdit

  • Dave Smukler finished 2nd in TD Passes with 7
  • Joe Carter finished 2nd in Receiving TD with 7
  • Dave Smukler returned the only Kick off for a TD this years in the NFL [4]
  • Jay Arnold is one of 10 players to return an Interception for a TD
  • Joe Carter named to Pro All-Star team
  • Bill Hewitt named to Pro All-Star team as an starter

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1938 Philadelphia Eagles on pro-football-reference.com
  2. Pro Football Hall of Fame. "1938 NFL Draft sorted by team.". http://www.profootballhof.com/history/release.aspx?release_id=1425.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  4. www.databasefootball.com
Eastern Division Western Division
Brooklyn Chicago Bears
New York Chicago Cardinals
Philadelphia Cleveland
Pittsburgh Detroit
Washington Green Bay
1938 NFL DraftNFL Championship

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