Establishing themselves with the first of all four championship game triumphs in the short-lived AAFC, the Cleveland Browns bested the New York Yankees by a 14-9 count behind the heroics of Otto Graham. Issued on the shores of Lake Erie at the cavernous Municipal Stadium that day, this 1946 championship program is a rare survivor from an ill-fated circuit from which the Browns emerged and enjoyed a rich history in the NFL. The 56-page guide features photos and text detailing the combatants. Covers and pages remain complete and intact.
Of note is the “local” flavor, as Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck took out a full page to wish the “Brownies” well. The back cover, meanwhile, features an ad for “Yellow Cab” and its experienced drivers. Yellow Cab was owned by Browns president Arthur McBride. While a vertical compacting fold is present (and common for stadium-issued programs of this era), the contents are crisp in this rare gridiron survivor.