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Redskins vs Cultural Communism

By Staff | Jan 13, 2016

To the editor:

Cultural Communism is really the forerunner of political correctness. In the case of the hullabaloo over the word “Redskins” there has been a consistent theme to omit facts from general publication that will throw light onto the truth about the term “Redskins.” As a biographer and historian born and raised in Rice Lake, Wisconsin I know first-hand through my early life about the term “Redskins.” A little true history for everyone.

George Preston Marshall purchased the Boston Braves football team in 1932. William Henry (Lone Star) Dietz became the first coach of his team during the 1933-1934 season. The name was changed from the Boston Braves football team to the Boston Redskins in honor of its first coach William Henry (Lone Star) Dietz. In 1937 the Boston Redskins football team moved to Washington, D.C. and became known as the Washington Redskins football team.

Another honor for Lone Star Dietz was that renowned band leader Barnee Breeskin wrote the fight song, “Hail to the Redskins” with lyrics by Corinne Griffith, wife of owner George Preston Marshall. That fervent song, “Hail to the Redskins” was only the second song written for a National Football League team. The first was “Go! You Packers! Go!” composed in 1931.

William Henry (Lone Star) Dietz was born and raised in my hometown of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. One of his memorable coaching feats was in 1916 when he coached the Washington Cougars 2-1 underdogs to Brown University and won the game 14-0 exactly 100 years ago. Rube Samuelsen, Rose Bowl historian, wrote, “That game provided the stimulus which turned the holiday from the day after the night before (of celebrating) into a day of football in many parts of the United States – yeah, even the world– as bowl games sprung up without number.”

The impact of that college football game, the second Rose Bowl in 1916, was comparable to quarterback Joe Namath’s New York Jets 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in 1969. That game led to the present alignment of the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference in today’s National Football League. In both instances there was a paradigm shift in the way the sport of football was accepted.

Jon Larsen Shudlick

Fort Myers