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First NFL Doubleheader in History Big Success in Cleveland

Aug. 18, 1962 - The first doubleheader in NFL history was a success today for the promoters and for the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions on the field. The exhibition games drew 77,683 fans to Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. They saw the Browns whip the Steelers, 33-10, as Jim Ninowski passed for three touchdowns. This followed the Lions’ 35-24 victory over the Cowboys. The crowd was the largest to watch the Browns in a preseason contest since the Cleveland team entered the league in 1950. Fans paid from $3 to $5 to see the 5-hour show. NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle was on hand. “It is wonderful to see this many fans so interested in professional football here in August,” he said. “However, doubleheaders will never be staged during the regular season.”


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