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Mel Hein

American Football Player Mel Hein

Profession: American Football Player

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Played 15 seasons for the NY Giants and incredibly never missed a down due to injury.

He is the only offensive lineman to win the NFL MVP award (1938) and he helped the Giants win the championship that season.

Born: August 22, 1909
Birthplace: Redding, California, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo

Died: January 31, 1992 (aged 82)
Cause of Death: Stomach cancer

Historical Events

  • 1933-10-01 New York Giants make no 1st downs, but still beat the Green Bay Packers, 10-7 in a week 3 NFL matchup at Borchert Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1933-12-17 National Football League Championship - 1st title game, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 23-21; "Bronko Nagurski Rule" - forward pass is legal anywhere behind line of scrimmage
  • 1934-12-09 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: New York Giants defeat Chicago Bears, 30-13
  • 1935-12-15 National Football League Championship, University of Detroit Stadium: Detroit Lions beat New York Giants, 26-7; Lions first title
  • 1937-09-16 Redskins NFL franchise play first game in Washington at Griffith Stadium; defeat the New York Giants in season opener, 13–3
  • 1938-12-11 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: New York Giants beat Green Bay Packers, 23-17; record title game attendance 48,120
  • 1939-01-15 1st NFL All Star Game, Wrigley Field, Chicago: New York Giants beat All America All-Stars, 13-10
  • 1939-12-10 National Football League Championship, Dairy Bowl, West Allis, Wisconsin: Green Bay Packers beat New York Giants, 27-0; Packers 5th title
  • 1941-12-21 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 37-9; first team in NFL championship game era (since 1933) to win consecutive titles; Bears 5th title overall
  • 1944-12-17 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat New York Giants, 14-7 for 6th and final league title under long-time coach Curly Lambeau

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