On This Day (1946) Rams Played First Game in Los Angeles

By JonathanMcCorkell
Sep. 29, 2016

On Sept. 29, 1946 the former Cleveland Rams played their first game as the Los Angeles Rams. They played the Philadelphia Eagles at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in front of 30,500 fans- just about a third of the 90,000+ fans that watched the Rams vs. Cowboys game during this pre-season's return from St. Louis. 

The Rams lost 25-14. Rams  fullback Pat West scored on a two-yard run to open the game. In the second quarter another Rams fullback, Mike Holovak scored on an eight-yard rush. For the game the Rams had 116 rushing yards and 117 passing yards. 

That year the Rams would go 6-4-1. Then owner Dan Reeves moved the team from Cleveland immediately following the 1945 season. He owned the Rams franchise from 1941 to his death in 1971.

Reeves is remembered for his pioneering move of the Rams from Cleveland to Los Angeles 70 years ago in 1946, where it became the first American major league sports franchise on the Pacific Coast. He was also the first NFL owner to sign an African-American player in the post World War II era, inking deals with halfback Kenny Washington and end Woody Strode in 1946, as well as being the first to employ a full-time scouting staff.

Dan Reeves

Reeves was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.