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1955 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Red Strader
Home Field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 4-8-0
Place 5th NFL Western
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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The 1955 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's sixth season in the NFL and 10th overall, and were coming off a 7-4-1 record in 1954, finishing in 3rd place in the Western Conference.

San Francisco would replace head coach Buck Shaw, who had been the only head coach of the club. The new coach would be Red Strader, who had previously been the head coach of the New York Yanks from 1950-1951, where he had a record of 8-14-2 in his 2 seasons there.

The 49ers started the year with 2 losses at home, but would rebound with 2 road victories and sat with a .500 record after 4 games. San Francisco would split their next 2 games at home and have a 3-3 record. The team would then fall into a slump, and lose their next 5 games, before winning their final game of the season, and finish the season with a 4-8-0 record, their worst season since the team's first season in the NFL in 1950, when they finished 3-9-0.

Top Players[]

Offensively, Y.A. Tittle threw for 2,185 yards, completing 51.2% of his passes, and had a league high 17 TD passes. However, Tittle would have 28 passes intercepted, and his passer rating was only 56.6. Billy Wilson was Tittle's favorite target, as he would have a team high 53 receptions for 831 yards and 7 TD's. Joe Perry led the club in rushing with 701 yards, while rookie Dicky Moegle rushed for a team high 5 TD's.

Offseason[]

NFL Draft[]

  • Main article: 1955 NFL draft
1955 San Francisco 49ers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 10 Dicky Moegle * Defensive back Rice
2 21 Frank Morze Center Boston College began play with 49ers in 1957.
3 34 Carroll Hardy Halfback Colorado
4 45 Matt Hazeltine * Linebacker California
5 58 Eldred Kraemer Guard Pittsburgh
6 69 Bobby Luna Defensive back Alabama
7 82 Johnny Dean Back VPI
8 93 Freddie Meyers Back Oklahoma A&M
9 106 Fred Preziosio Tackle Purdue
10 117 Ron Ashbacker End Oregon State
11 130 Rudy Rotella End Omaha
12 141 Lou Palatella Guard Pittsburgh
13 154 Richie Gaskell End George Washington
14 165 Nick McKeithan Back Duke
15 178 Burdette Hess Guard Idaho signed with Calgary Stampeders (WIFU)
16 189 Jim Hall End Auburn
17 202 Bob Newton Guard San Diego State
18 213 Ron Pheister Center Oregon
19 226 John Garzoli Tackle California
20 237 Glen Dyer Back Texas
21 250 George Maderos Defensive back Chico State
22 261 Pete Vann Quarterback Army
23 274 Tom Gunnari End Washington State
24 285 Bob Heaston Guard Cal Poly
25 298 Dewey Wade End Kansas State
26 309 Johnny Kerr End Purdue
27 322 Dick Shockey Back Marquette
28 333 Don Sanders Back Stanford
29 346 Otto Kneidinger Tackle Penn State
30 356 Bob Gongola Back Illinois
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career
Source:[1]

Preseason[]

Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
August 7 Washington W 7-6 1-0 27,237 Kezar Stadium
August 13 Pittsburgh W 60-14 2-0 23,496 Sacramento CA
August 20 New York L 28-17 2-1 49,000 Seattle WA
August 28 Cleveland W 17-14 3-1 41,604 Kezar Stadium
September 4 Chi. Cardinals W 43-7 4-1 33,579 Kezar Stadium
September 9 at Los Angeles W 31-10 5-1 65,633 LA Coliseum

Regular Season[]

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
1 September 25 Los Angeles L 23-14 0-1 58,772 Kezar Stadium
2 October 2 Cleveland L 38-3 0-2 43,595 Kezar Stadium
3 October 9 at Chi. Bears W 20-19 1-2 41,651 Wrigley Field
4 October 16 at Detroit W 27-24 2-2 50,179 Briggs Stadium
5 October 23 Chi. Bears L 34-23 2-3 56,350 Kezar Stadium
6 October 30 Detroit W 38-21 3-3 44,831 Kezar Stadium
7 November 6 at Los Angeles L 27-14 3-4 71,832 LA Coliseum
8 November 13 at Washington L 7-0 3-5 25,112 Griffith Stadium
9 November 20 at Green Bay L 27-21 3-6 19,099 Milwaukee Cty. Stad.
10 November 27 at Baltimore L 26-14 3-7 33,485 Memorial Stadium
11 December 4 Green Bay L 28-7 3-8 32,897 Kezar Stadium
12 December 11 Baltimore W 35-24 4-8 33,471 Kezar Stadium

Standings[]

Western Conference W L T PCT PF PA
Los Angeles Rams 8 3 1 .708 260 231
Chicago Bears 8 4 0 .667 294 251
Green Bay Packers 6 6 0 .500 258 276
Baltimore Colts 5 6 1 .458 214 239
San Francisco 49ers 4 8 0 .333 216 298
Detroit Lions 3 9 0 .250 230 275

References[]

  1. 1955 San Francisco 49ers Draftees. Pro Football Reference.
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