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1953 Baltimore Colts season

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Head coach  Keith Molesworth
Division place  5th NFL Western
Start date  1953
Home field  Memorial Stadium
Record  3–9
Playoff finish  did not qualify
Owner  Carroll Rosenbloom
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The 1953 Baltimore Colts season was the first season for the team in the National Football League. The Colts had a record of 3 wins and 9 losses and finished fifth in the Western Conference.

In January 1953, a Baltimore-based group led by Carroll Rosenbloom won the rights to a new Baltimore franchise. Rosenbloom was granted an NFL team, and awarded the holdings of the defunct Dallas Texans organization, which lasted only one season. The new team was named the Colts after the previous team that folded after the 1950 season; Baltimore was without a team in 1951 and 1952.

The 1953 Colts have the unusual distinction of having a losing record, despite having a league-leading 56 defensive takeaways. Baltimore had a winning record after five games, defeating neighbor Washington before a capacity crowd of over 34,000 at Memorial Stadium, then lost seven straight to finish the season.


Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.


1953 Baltimore Colts season Wikipedia

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