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bruce642


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:17 pm    Post subject: My dad was drafted by the Rams in 1947 Reply with quote

I have on my wall in a large frame the following: My dads draft letter date June 26th 1947 to report to the Los Angeles Rams training camp signed by Daniel F.Reeves. With that I have the "The Los Angeles Rams Football Club 1947 Schedule". I also have the original mailing envelope with the Rams return stamp on it dated 1947.I have a picture of him suited up training. I had my brother in law who owns a frame shop put these together for me.
Here is why dad didn't play for the Rams and I understand.

Dad was in the Navy and he made some good friends, three of them very close. These 3 buddies would take dad up flying to log flight time. One morning dad wasn't feeling very well and stayed behind. That day the plane went down and he lost 3 of his best friends. He vowed that day he would NEVER get on another airplane again! This is where the Rams come in, During training they told dad he would be "flying" to the games! He said NO!
I don't fly! Dad kept his word to his 3 buddies and that's why I understand why he didn't play for the Los Angeles Rams.
Maybe some one out there could help me? Does anyone know where I can buy a 1947 Rams helmet? I'd like to buy one in my dads honor and put it next to his framed artwork. Or put me in touch with someone.

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Bruce
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fascinating story. Unfortunate what happened to your fathers friends.

I'm going to move the thread to the Rams Forum on this site, they might be able to provide you better information on where to find some 1947 Rams gear.

Good Luck!
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bruce642


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank You very much!
Didn't know if it was in the right spot or not.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great story. Someone help this man out!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmmm Let me see what I can do. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for sharing your story. Wish I could help

This is all I could find, a mini replica, but its something:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001OOSMCE/ref=asc_df_B001OOSMCE2375885?smid=A219Z2ZOZLCSS3&tag=dealtmp333239-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B001OOSMCE
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum. Interesting story and a great tribute!

http://www.uniformdatabases.com/rams.html

http://blog.heritagesportsart.com/2010/08/st-louis-rams-uniform-and-team-history.html

In 1947, the Rams used a plain blue helmet. One year later, HB Fred Gehrke pained the famous horns on the helmet. Just something to keep in mind.
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bruce642


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank You for the good information. If anybody else has comes up with more information I'll take all I can get. Maybe I should focus more on buying a Jersey and framing that? Might be easier to find than a helmet. You guys are the best! Thanks
Bruce
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