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Sports Illustrated: Redskins in the 1930s & 1940s

EXCERPT: Before the 1932 season, D.C. businessman George Preston Marshall was laying the groundwork for what would become one of the NFL's most storied franchises. After first purchasing the rights to the franchise and locating it in Boston, he signed a lease to play at Braves Field, home of a National League baseball team with the same nickname, and named his football team the Braves. In those days, NFL owners often copied the name of the city's baseball team to maintain fan identity. He then tapped Lud Wray, a former coach at the University of Pennsylvania, as his head coach. The owner also signed two rookies -- tackle Albert "Turk" Edwards, considered enormous at 265 pounds, and halfback Clifford "Gip" Battles -- both of whom eventually entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame.