Michael Olesker: Remembering ’59 Colts And The Camelot Of Pro Football

Don’t look now, but it’s the 60th anniversary of the only National Football League championship game that was ever played — or ever will be — in Baltimore, no matter how many Super Bowls the Ravens might win.

They don’t play any Super Bowls in outdoor stadiums in cold weather climates.

But six decades ago — on Dec. 27, 1959 — a team called the Baltimore Colts, at a 33rd Street ballpark called Memorial Stadium, defeated the New York Giants, 31-16, for their second straight pro football championship.

History vividly recalls the previous year’s game — the one many still call “the greatest game ever played” — when the Colts defeated the Giants in Sudden Death overtime, 23-17.

For a generation alive so long ago, the ’58 game lingers in memory — national memory, not just Baltimore’s — so compellingly that it’s tended to blot out recollection of the following year’s victory.

But the ’59 game had cachet of its own.

For one brief, shining moment, Baltimore itself was the Camelot of pro football. The Colts were America’s Team, and Baltimore was the raucous municipal model for all NFL cities.

For more from Olesker, read the full article at Jmore.

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