On This Day

Los Angeles Rams History

Events in Sport

  • 1937-02-12 Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams granted an NFL franchise
  • 1937-09-10 Cleveland (Los Angeles) Rams plays their 1st NFL game, lose 28-0
  • 1937-12-12 1938 NFL Draft: Corbett Davis from University of Indiana first pick by Cleveland Rams
  • 1945-12-16 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Rams beat Washington Redskins, 15-14; last game before Rams move west to Los Angeles
  • 1946-01-12 NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to LA
  • 1949-07-12 LA Rams sign Norm Van Brocklin
  • 1949-12-18 National Football League Championship, Philadelphia Eagles beat Los Angeles Rams, 14-0; played in driving rain that caused field to become a mud pit
  • 1950-10-22 LA Rams beat Baltimore Colts 70-27
  • 1950-10-29 Detroit Lions Wally Triplett achieves a kickoff return yardage of 294 yards against the LA Rams, the second highest in a single-game in NFL history
  • 1950-12-24 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Browns beat LA Rams, 30-28; Cleveland has 5 interceptions, Rams 1
  • 1951-10-14 Det Lion Jack Christiansen returns 2 punts for touchdowns vs LA Rams
  • 1951-12-23 National Football League Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Los Angeles Rams beat Cleveland Browns, 24-17; first coast-to-coast televised NFL title game
  • 1952-01-12 2nd NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: National Conference beats American Conference, 30-13; MVP: Dan Towler, LA Rams, FB
  • 1952-01-17 1952 NFL Draft: Bill Wade from University of Vanderbilt first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • 1955-12-26 National Football League Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Cleveland Browns beat Los Angeles Rams, 38-14; Browns defend title and win their 3rd NFL Championship of the 1950s in a second straight rout
  • 1958-11-02 Los Angeles Rams beat Chicago Bears, 41-35 before 90,833 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum; NFL single-game attendance record
  • 1959-02-27 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • 1959-02-28 NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959-11-30 1960 NFL Draft: Billy Cannon from LSU first pick by Los Angeles Rams

NFL Running Back Billy Cannon
NFL Running Back
Billy Cannon
  • 1962-12-03 1963 NFL Draft: Terry Baker from Oregon State first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • 1967-08-02 New Orleans Saints play 1st ever pre-season game, lose to LA Rams 16-7 at Anaheim Stadium
  • 1967-09-17 New Orleans Saints 1st NFL game, they lose to LA Rams 27-13
  • 1969-01-19 19th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 10-7; MVPs: Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams, QB; Merlin Olsen, Los Angeles Rams, DT
  • 1970-12-05 LA Rams Willie Ellison sets NFL record of 247 yards rushing
  • 1972-07-13 LA Rams (Irsay) & Baltimore Colts (Rosenbloom) swap owners
  • 1973-10-21 Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
  • 1974-12-29 NFC Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams, 14-10
  • 1975-01-20 25th NFL Pro Bowl, Miami Orange Bowl: NFC beats AFC, 17-10; MVP: James Harris, LA Rams, QB
  • 1976-01-04 NFC Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams, 37-7
  • 1976-12-26 NFC Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams, 24-13
  • 1979-01-07 NFC Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams, 28-0
  • 1980-01-06 NFC Championship, Tampa Stadium: Los Angeles Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9-0
  • 1980-01-20 Super Bowl XIV, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19; MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • 1980-09-21 LA Ram Johnnie Johnson scores a 99 yard interception
  • 1984-12-09 LA Ram Eric Dickerson rushes 215 yards for season record 2,105 yards

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985-12-09 SF 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 274 consecutive games with a reception in a 27-20 loss to LA Rams at Candlestick Park

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • 1986-01-04 Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson scores twice as he rushes for an NFL postseason record 248 yards in 20-0 victory over Dallas Cowboys in NFC divisional playoff in Anaheim, California
  • 1986-01-12 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat Los Angeles Rams, 24-0
  • 1987-08-09 LA Rams beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • 1990-01-14 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Los Angeles Rams, 30-3
  • 1990-02-04 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 27-21; MVP: Jerry Gray, LA Rams, DB
  • 1991-11-17 Detroit Lion Mike Utley is paralized in a game vs LA Rams
  • 1995-01-17 LA Rams announce that they are moving to St Louis
  • 1997-04-19 NFL Draft: Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace first pick by St. Louis Rams
  • 2000-01-23 NFC Championship, Trans World Dome, St. Louis: St. Louis Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 11-6
  • 2000-01-30 Super Bowl XXXIV, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA: St. Louis Rams beat Tennessee Titans, 23-16; MVP: Kurt Warner, St. Louis, QB
  • 2002-01-27 NFC Championship, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis: St. Louis Rams beat Philadelphia Eagles, 29-24

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2002-02-03 Super Bowl XXXVI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: New England Patriots beat St. Louis Rams, 20-17; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2004-02-08 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 55-52; MVP: Mark Bulger, St. Louis Rams, QB, HI
  • 2010-04-22 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford first pick by St. Louis Rams
  • 2016-04-28 NFL Draft: Cal quarterback Jared Goff first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • 2019-01-20 NFC Championship, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans: Los Angeles Rams beat New Orleans Saints, 26-23 OT
  • 2019-02-03 Super Bowl LIII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots beat Los Angeles Rams, 13-3; MVP: Julian Edelman, NE Patriots, WR; Patriots' 6th SB victory
  • 2019-11-25 Baltimore's 2nd-year quarterback Lamar Jackson becomes first QB in NFL history to throw for 3,000 passing yards and rush for 1,500 yards in his first 2 NFL seasons as the Ravens beat LA Rams, 45-6

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1907-03-05 Carroll Rosenbloom, American businessman and NFL team owner (Baltimore Colts, LA Rams), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1979)
  • 1911-10-26 Sid Gillman, Pro & College Football Hall of Fame end (Ohio State U) and coach (U of Cincinnati, LA Rams, Houston Oilers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • 1912-06-30 Dan Reeves, American NFL team owner (Cleveland/LA Rams), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)

Person of interestTom Harmon

1919-09-28 Tom Harmon, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1940, Michigan; LA Rams) and broadcaster (CBS 1950-62), born in Rennselaer, Indiana (d. 1990)

American Football Player and Broadcaster Tom Harmon
American Football Player and Broadcaster
Tom Harmon
  • 1922-04-29 George Allen, American NFL football coach (LA Rams, Washington Redskins), born in Nelson County, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1923-06-17 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, American NFL halfback and end (LA Rams), born in Wausau, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • 1923-12-03 Tom Fears, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and coach (NFL champion 1951; First-team All-Pro, NFL receiving yards leader 1950; LA Rams), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 2000)
  • 1924-12-26 Glenn Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1946; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army; NFL: LA Rams), born in Claremont, California (d. 2005)
  • 1925-12-06 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • 1926-03-15 Norm Van Brocklin, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL MVP 1960; First-team All-Pro 1960; 9 × Pro Bowl; LA Rams, Philadelphia Eagles) and coach (Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons), born in Parade, South Dakota (d. 1983)
  • 1927-11-21 Georgia Frontiere, American businesswoman and co-owner of the Cleveland/Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • 1930-10-04 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1958, 63; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1930-10-27 Bill George, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, LA Rams), born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1982)
  • 1936-04-19 Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A&M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), born in Exira, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • 1937-03-15 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), born in Georgetown, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • 1937-05-01 Roger Brown, College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Maryland Eastern Shore; 6 x Pro-Bowl; Detroit Lions, LA Rams), born in Surry County, Virginia
  • 1938-12-09 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Eatonville, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1940-01-01 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • 1940-09-15 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor (Father Murphy), born in Logan, Utah (d. 2010)
  • 1941-08-20 Rich Brooks, American football player and coach (University of Oregon 1977-94; St. Louis Rams 1995-96), born in Forest, California
  • 1942-07-29 Les Josephson, American football running back (NFL Pro Bowl 1967; Los Angeles Rams), born in Minneota, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • 1943-11-01 Tom Mack, American Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman (11 x Pro Bowl; LA Rams), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1945-11-01 Willie Ellison, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1971; LA Rams, KC Chiefs), born in Lockhart, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1946-07-06 Fred Dryer, American NFL defensive end (Pro Bowl 1975; First-team All-Pro 1974; NY Giants, LA Rams) and actor (Hunter), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1952-08-09 John Cappelletti, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1973, Penn State; NFL: LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-01-23 Pat Haden, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams), born in Westbury, New York
  • 1954-04-24 Vince Ferragamo, American football quarterback (LA Rams, Montreal Alouettes), born in Torrance, California
  • 1958-01-22 Charles White, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1979, USC; Pro Bowl 1987, Cleveland Browns, LA Rams), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959-02-01 Mike Horan, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1988; All-Pro 1988, Denver Broncos; Super Bowl 1999, St. Louis Rams), born in Orange, California
  • 1960-09-02 Eric Dickerson, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (NFL single-season rushing record 2,105 yards, 1984; Pro Bowl 1983, 84, 86–89; LA Rams), born in Sealy, Texas
  • 1963-01-03 Jim Everett, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1990; NFL passing TD leader 1988, 89; LA Rams, New Orleans Saints), born in Emporia, Kansas
  • 1963-01-21 Jessie Hester, NFL wide receiver (Raiders, Falcons, Colts, Rams), born in Belle Glade, Florida
  • 1964-05-07 Leslie O'Neal, NFL defensive end and 6x Pro-Bowl selection (San Diego Chargers, St Louis Rams), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1965-10-24 Vernice Smith, American NFL guard (Phoenix Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, St Louis Rams), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1966-02-11 Anthony Parker, American NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Sylacauga, Alabama
  • 1966-02-20 Britt Hager, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams), born in Odessa, Texas
  • 1967-12-09 Ray Agnew, NFL nose tackle, 1990-2000 (New England Patriots; New York Giants; St. Louis Rams), and executive (Los Angeles Rams; Detroit Lions), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1968-03-05 Roman Phifer, linebacker (Los Angeles/St Louis Rams), born in Plattsburgh, New York
  • 1968-11-04 Domingo Cedeno, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in La Ramona, Dominican Republic
  • 1968-12-08 Bill Johnson, American football defensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Minnesota
  • 1969-01-07 Todd Kinchen, American NFL wide receiver (St Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969-01-29 Robert Young, American football player (St Louis Rams), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1969-02-09 Todd Lyght, US football quarterback (St Louis Rams)
  • 1969-04-15 Michael Jones, American NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders, St Louis Rams), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1970-01-06 John Gerak, NFL tight end/guide (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1970-01-26 Ronald Moore, American NFL running back (NY Jets, St Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals), born in Chowchilla, California
  • 1970-02-20 Bryan Robinson, defensive end (St Louis Rams)
  • 1970-02-20 Jeff Robinson, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams)
  • 1970-11-18 Toby Wright, safety (St Louis Rams)
  • 1970-11-21 Keith Crawford, wide receiver (St Louis Rams)
  • 1971-02-10 Wayne Gandy, American football offensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Haines City, Florida
  • 1971-06-09 D'Marco Farr, American defensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in San Pablo, California
  • 1971-06-22 Kurt Warner, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Super Bowl 1999 [MVP], St. Louis Rams; Pro Bowl (1999–2001, 08), born in Burlington, Iowa
  • 1971-10-13 Jay Williams, American defensive end (St Louis Rams), born in Washington, D. C.
  • 1972-04-17 Keith Lyle, American football safety (St Louis Rams), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972-04-19 Jeff Wilkins, American NFL kicker (SF 49ers, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1972-08-16 Zach Wiegert, American college and professional football player (St Louis Rams), born in Fremont, Nebraska
  • 1972-08-18 Derrick Harris, American football running back (St Louis Rams), born in Angleton, Texas
  • 1972-11-10 Isaac Bruce, American NFL wide receiver (St Louis Rams), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1972-12-06 Mike Gruttadauri, American football center (St Louis Rams), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1973-01-20 Eddie Kennison, American football wide receiver (St Louis Rams), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1973-02-06 Fred Miller, American football offensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1973-04-05 Tony Banks, quarterback (St Louis Rams)
  • 1973-10-07 Gerald McBurrows, American safety (St Louis Rams), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973-10-09 Dexter McCleon, American football cornerback (St Louis Rams), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1973-11-06 Taje Allen, American football player (St Louis Rams), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1973-12-08 Mitch Jacoby, American football tight end (St Louis Rams), born in Port Washington, Wisconsin
  • 1973-12-20 Muadianvita Kazadi, American football linebacker (St Louis Rams), born in Zaire
  • 1974-11-20 Jerald Moore, American football running back (St Louis Rams), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1975-05-12 Lawrence Phillips, running back (St Louis Rams), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1975-06-12 Ryan Tucker, American NFL center (St Louis Rams), born in Midland, Texas
  • 1975-11-04 Orlando Pace, tackle (St Louis Rams)
  • 1987-11-08 Sam Bradford, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2008, U of Oklahoma; NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year 2010, St. Louis Rams), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1991-05-23 Aaron Donald, American NFL football defensive end, Defensive Rookie of the Year, 7x Pro Bowls, 3x Defensive Player of the Year (St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Deaths in Sport

  • 1979-04-02 Carroll Rosenbloom, American businessman and NFL team owner (Baltimore Colts, LA Rams), dies of a heart attack at 72

Person of interestTom Harmon

1990-03-15 Tom Harmon, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1940, Michigan; LA Rams) and broadcaster (CBS 1950-62), dies of a heart attack at 70

American Football Player and Broadcaster Tom Harmon
American Football Player and Broadcaster
Tom Harmon
  • 1990-12-31 George Allen, American NFL football coach (LA Rams, Wash Redskins), dies at 72
  • 2000-01-04 Tom Fears, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and coach (NFL champion 1951; First-team All-Pro, NFL receiving yards leader 1950; LA Rams), dies at 77
  • 2003-01-03 Sid Gillman, Pro & College Football Hall of Fame end (Ohio State U) and coach (U of Cincinnati, LA Rams, Houston Oilers), dies at 91
  • 2005-03-09 Glenn Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1946; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army; NFL: LA Rams), dies of prostate cancer at 80
  • 2006-02-01 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), dies at 68
  • 2006-10-27 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), dies from injuries suffered in a fall at 66
  • 2008-01-18 Georgia Frontiere, American businesswoman and co-owner of the St. Louis Rams, dies at 80
  • 2010-03-11 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor (Father Murphy), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2011-05-31 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), dies at 85
  • 2013-04-01 Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A&M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), dies at gallbladder cancer at 76
  • 2013-06-03 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), dies from natural causes at 73
  • 2016-03-09 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1958, 63; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), dies at 85
  • 2019-03-11 Willie Ellison, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1971; LA Rams, KC Chiefs), dies at 73
  • 2020-01-01 Les Josephson, American football running back (NFL Pro Bowl 1967; Los Angeles Rams), dies at 77