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Charles Francis "Chile" Walsh (February 4, 1903 – September 4, 1971) was an American football player, coach, and executive. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame from 1925 to 1927 and served as the head football coach at Saint Louis University from 1930 to 1933, compiling record of 22–9–2. Walsh was a head coach in the National Football League for the St. Louis Gunners in 1934, tallying a mark of 1–2. He was also an assistant coach for the Cleveland Rams in 1942 and was named the team's head coach in 1943, however the team suspended operations that season due to manning shortages brought on by World War II.

Chile Walsh
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Walsh pictured in The Archive 1929, Saint Louis yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1903-02-04)February 4, 1903
Des Moines, Iowa
DiedSeptember 4, 1971(1971-09-04) (aged 68)
Los Angeles, California
Playing career
1925–1927Notre Dame
Position(s)End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1928–1929Saint Louis (assistant)
1930–1933Saint Louis
1934St. Louis Gunners
1942Cleveland Rams (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1944–1945Cleveland Rams (GM)
1946–1956Los Angeles Rams (GM)
Head coaching record
Overall22–9–2 (college)
1–2 (NFL)

In 1944, Walsh became the team's general manager and named Aldo Donelli as head coach. However, by 1945 Donelli had joined the military, and Walsh replaced him with his older brother, Adam, as the team's new head coach. The Rams won the NFL Championship in 1945. Just before the 1945 NFL Championship Game against the Washington Redskins, Walsh paid $7,200 for 9,000 bales of hay to prevent the field at Cleveland Stadium from freezing over. A year later the team relocated to Los Angeles, California. Walsh signed Kenny Washington, one of the first African-Americans to play in the National Football League after World War II.

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Head coaching recordEdit

CollegeEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Saint Louis Billikens (Independent) (1930–1933)
1930 Saint Louis 3–3–2
1931 Saint Louis 8–1
1932 Saint Louis 5–2
1933 Saint Louis 6–3
Saint Louis: 22–9–2
Total: 22–9–2

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Additional sourcesEdit

  • MacCambridge, Michael (2005). America's Game. Random House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-375-72506-7.
  • "Washington, Kenny". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved February 6, 2006.
  • Carroll, Bob (1983). "The St. Louis Gunners" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 4 (Annual): 1–14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-27.