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One upside-down Ram

One upside-down Ram

July 18, 1950: Los Angeles Rams halfbacks Vitamin Smith, left, and Tommy Kalmanir hold 260-pound left tackle Dick Huffman upside down for a publicity photo taken in preseason camp.

This photo by Art Rogers later appeared in the Nov. 4, 1950, Los Angeles Times promoting a game against the San Francisco 49ers. Writer Frank Finch reported in the game preview article:

Mast Frankie Albert and his San Francisco 49ers buzz into town today for tomorrow’s long-awaited local skirmish with the Los Angeles Rams.

The 33-man Bay squad is due to land at Burbank at 4 p.m. and then immediately repair to the Green Hotel in Pasadena, there to cook up a fiendish plot to spring on the Rams tomorrow in the Coliseum.

Higher mentally than the Himalayas, the 49ers no doubt will receive some added supercharging when they learn that the odds on the NFL encounter favor the Rams by some 17 to 20 points. …

The Rams needed a second-half rally to beat the 49ers 28-21 before 33,234 fans at the Coliseum.

The 1950 Los Angeles Rams went 9-3, losing the NFL Championship game 30-28 to the Cleveland Browns.

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