The Cleveland Indians have certainly downplayed Chief Wahoo in recent years for well-known reasons. The Cleveland Brownie, on the other hand, has made a comeback of sorts.
In the old days, you used to be able to count on seeing a clever cartoon or illustration (especially in the pages of the Plain Dealer, where Dick Dugan’s art was featured) depicting an upcoming matchup between the hometown favorites and the visiting team.
|The Chicago Rockets |
I’d never heard of the Chicago Rockets (I’m not a big sports fan). The Rockets’ Wiki page explained that the All-American Football Conference football team did not join the National Football League, unlike the Browns.
Anyway, it’s a cute newspaper ad, cleverly incorporating the names of several Chicago Rockers team members, including Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Billy Hillenbrand, Bob “Hunchy” Hoernschemeyer and Ralph Heywood.
The ticket prices are pretty amazing. $3.60 is the price of the most expensive reserved seat.
The Browns ended up winning the game, beating the Rockets 51-14 before a hometown crowd of 60,457. You can review the Browns’ whole 12-2-0 1946 season right here.