Some readers of your DATELINE piece about the Cleveland Browns' 35-10 destruction of the Philadelphia Eagles on the opening day of the 1950 NFL season, may not be aware of the happy postscript to the Browns' debut in the league: They won the NFL championship that year by defeating the Los Angeles Rams 30-28 in the title game. To my knowledge, no other rookie franchise in any established pro league has ever won a championship.
TED R. BAUMGARDNER
Winter Park, Fla.
Bennie's Big Day
As a Boy Scout usher at the 1925 Michigan- Illinois game in Champaign, I watched in awe as Red Grange was stopped. As I remember, his longest gain was seven yards. The main reason he gained so little yardage was the defensive play of a first-year end named Bennie Oosterbaan (left). Oosterbaan went on to become a three-time All-America in football and a two-time All-America in basketball. He earned nine letters in three sports in all, and coached the Wolverines from 1948 to 1958. He and Grange passed away within a few months of each other about a year ago.
Palm Bay, Fla.