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1950 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Buck Shaw
Home Field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 3-9-0
Place T-5th National Conference
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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The 1950 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's first season in the NFL, after playing the previous four years in the All-America Football Conference, which folded after the 1949 season. The 49ers, Baltimore Colts, and Cleveland Browns all joined the NFL from the AAFC.

San Francisco's first ever NFL game was at Kezar Stadium on September 17 against the New York Yanks, as the 49ers fell short, losing by a score of 21-17. They would start the season 0-5 before recording their first NFL victory in a close 28-27 victory over the Detroit Lions at home. The Niners would play better after the 0-5-0 start, going 3-4-0 in their remaining 7 games to finish the season 3-9-0, and fail to qualify for the playoffs.

Top Players[]

Quarterback Frank Albert would complete 50.7% of his passes, while throwing for 14 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. Running back Joe Perry would rush for a team high 647 yards and 5 touchdowns, while wide receiver Alyn Beals caught 22 passes for 315 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Receiver/kicker Gordy Soltau led the team in scoring with 44 points.

Off season[]

NFL draft[]

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1950 San Francisco 49ers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 11 Leo Nomellini *  Defensive tackle Minnesota
2 23 Don Campora Tackle Pacific
3 37 Ray Collins * Tackle LSU
4 49 Morris Bailey End TCU
5 63 Harry Kane Center Pacific
6 75 Don Van Pool End Oklahoma A&M
7 89 Lindy Berry Back TCU
8 101 Ellery Williams End Santa Clara
9 115 Pete Zinach Back West Virginia
10 127 Bob Celeri Quarterback California
11 141 Harley Dow Guard San Jose State
12 153 Don Burke Linebacker USC
13 167 Lou Cecconi Back Pittsburgh
14 179 Tom Payne End Santa Clara
15 193 Leo Crampsey End St. Bonaventure
16 205 Charley Shaw Guard Oklahoma A&M
17 219 Cliff Van Meter Back Tulane
18 231 Ralph Genito Back Kentucky
19 245 Forest Klein Guard California
20 257 Jack Nix Quarterback USC
21 271 Guerin Alker Center Loyola (CA)
22 283 Billy Wilson * End San Jose State
23 297 Jimmy "Froggy" Williams End Rice
24 309 Bill Wyman Tackle Rice
25 323 Bob Dunn Guard Dayton
26 335 Jim Powers Quarterback USC
27 349 Ken Johnson Guard Pacific
28 361 Charley Hall Back Arizona
29 375 Bob Whelan Back Boston College
30 387 Bob Stillwell End USC
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Source:[1][2]

Preseason[]

Date Opponent Result Score Record Location Att.
August 20 Washington L 31-12 0-1 Kezar Stadium 51,201
August 27 Philadelphia L 28-10 0-2 Kezar Stadium 17,000
August 30 at Baltimore W 27-14 1-2 Municipal Stadium 6,000
September 1 at Chi. Cardinals L 28-21 1-3 Comiskey Park 29,207
September 10 at Pittsburgh L 13-10 1-4 Forbes Field 19,733

Regular Season[]

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Location Att.
1 September 17 NY Yanks L 21-17 0-1 Kezar Stadium 29,600
2 September 24 Chi. Bears L 32-20 0-2 Kezar Stadium 35,558
3 October 1 Los Angeles L 35-14 0-3 Kezar Stadium 27,262
4 October 8 at Detroit L 24-7 0-4 Briggs Stadium 17,337
5 October 12 (Thu) at NY Yanks L 29-24 0-5 Yankee Stadium 5,740
6 October 22 Detroit W 28-27 1-5 Kezar Stadium 27,350
7 October 29 Baltimore W 17-14 2-5 Kezar Stadium 14,800
8 November 5 at Los Angeles L 28-21 2-6 LA Coliseum 15,952
9 November 12 at Cleveland L 34-14 2-7 Cleveland Stadium 28,786
10 November 19 at Chi. Bears L 17-0 2-8 Wrigley Field 35,105
11 November 26 at Green Bay L 25-21 2-9 City Stadium 13,186
12 Bye week
13 December 10 Green Bay W 30-14 3-9 Kezar Stadium 19,204

Standings[]

National Conference W L T PCT PF PA
Chicago Bears 9 3 0 .750 279 207
Los Angeles Rams 9 3 0 .750 466 309
New York Yanks 7 5 0 .583 366 367
Detroit Lions 6 6 0 .500 321 285
Green Bay Packers 3 9 0 .250 244 406
San Francisco 49ers 3 9 0 .250 213 300
Baltimore Colts 1 11 0 .083 213 462

Game Summaries[]

Week 1: vs New York Yanks[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Yanks 14 0 7 0 21
49ers 0 10 0 7 17



Sunday, September 17 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
  • NYY - Zollie Toth 2 yard rush (Chet Adams kick)
  • NYY - Joe Golding 32 yard fumble return (Chet Adams kick)
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 2: vs Chicago Bears[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 9 17 3 32
49ers 7 7 0 6 20



Sunday, September 24 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
  • Chi - Julie Rykovich 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
  • Chi - George Blanda 28 yard field goal
  • Chi - Bones Weatherly 23 yard interception return (Johnny Lujack kick)
Fourth Quarter



Week 3: vs Los Angeles[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 14 0 14 7 35
49ers 0 7 7 0 14



Sunday, October 1 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 4: at Detroit[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 0 7 0 7
Lions 3 7 7 7 24



Sunday, October 8 at Briggs Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 5: at New York Yanks[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 10 0 7 7 24
Yanks 0 15 0 14 29



Thursday, October 12 at Polo Grounds

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 6: vs Detroit[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 7 14 6 27
49ers 14 7 7 0 28



Sunday, October 22 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • Det - Dick Rifenburg 19 pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (kick failed)



Week 7: vs Baltimore[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 7 0 7 14
49ers 0 7 0 10 17



Sunday, October 29 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 8: at Los Angeles[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 7 7 7 21
Rams 0 7 21 0 28



Sunday, November 5 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 9: at Cleveland[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 7 0 0 14
Browns 7 7 3 17 34



Sunday, November 12 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 10: at Chicago Bears[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 0 0 0 0
Bears 10 7 0 0 17



Sunday, November 19 at Wrigley Field

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
  • Chi - George Blanda 32 yard field goal
  • Chi - John Hoffman 39 yard interception return (Johnny Lujack kick)
Second Quarter
  • Chi - Ken Kavanaugh 39 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)



Week 11: at Green Bay[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 0 14 0 21
Packers 7 6 0 12 25



Sunday, November 26 at City Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • GB - Tony Canadeo 2 yard rush (kick failed)
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • GB - Jack Cloud 2 yard rush (kick failed)
  • GB - Breezy Reid 44 yard pass from Paul Christman (kick failed)



Week 13: vs Green Bay[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 0 7 0 14
49ers 10 14 0 6 30



Sunday, December 10 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
  • GB - Steve Pritko 3 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Clayton Tonnemaker kick)
Fourth Quarter



Pro Bowl[]

San Francisco's players selected for the Pro Bowl:

Player Position
Frank Albert Quarterback
Visco Grgich Offensive Line
Leo Nomellini Defensive Line
Norm Standlee Running Back
Johnny Strzykalski Running Back

References[]

  1. 1950 San Francisco 49ers Draftees. Pro Football Reference.
  2. San Francisco 49ers. ""2008 Media Guide". p. 367.
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