1953 Cleveland Browns Signed AUTO album page /w Don Steinbrunner & Warren Lahr

Offered is an album page that measures approximately 4” x 6” in size and was removed from an autograph album.  Signed by 9 members of the  NFL Title game team (they lost to the Lions in the NFL championship), Cleveland Browns football team (signed on both sides)

 

Highlighted by Vietnam War Casualty, Don Steinbrunner

 

Don Steinbrunner – (D. 1967 at age 35) was an American football offensive tackle who was one of only two American professional football players to die in the Vietnam War. He was an offensive tackle with the 1953 Cleveland Browns, but a knee injury ended his professional football career after only eight games. He joined the United States Air Force, serving as a navigator. He was also an assistant football coach at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Steinbrunner was sent to Vietnam in 1966, and after an injury was offered a safer assignment, which he refused. Major Steinbrunner's plane, a C-123, was shot down on July 20, 1967 during a defoliation mission, killing all five crewmen aboard. He was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

Warren Lahr (D. 1969) was a professional American football defensive back who played for the Cleveland Browns for 11 seasons, mainly in the 1950s. He has the second-most career interceptions in Browns team history, with 44. He was a 3 x NFL champ, first team All-Pro in 1951, 4 X 2nd team All-Pro, and selected to the 1953 Pro Bowl. He died of a heart attack at age 45.

 

Horace Gillom (D. 1985 at age 64) was an American football punter and end in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL). He played ten seasons for the Cleveland Browns between 1947 and 1956. Cleveland head coach Paul Brown, who coached Gillom in high school, college and professionally, called him his best all-around high school player and once said there "has never been a better punter than Horace". He was a 3 time NFL Champ, 3 Time AAFC champ and a 1952 Pro Bowl selection.

 

Also signed by: Ken Carpenter (D. 2011), Don Colo (D.2019) 3 x Pro Bowler, Lin Houston (D. 1995), Tommy James (D. 2007), Marion Motley (D. 1999)Pro Football Hall of Fame, and John Sandusky (D. 2006)



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1953 Cleveland Browns Signed AUTO album page /w Don Steinbrunner & Warren Lahr