Yearbook, Dec. 22: Browns win first title

Dec. 22, 1946: It's common practice to mock the Cleveland Browns these days. But once upon six decades ago, this team was almost unstoppable.

Take this date 66 years back, when the Browns -- a charter franchise in the All-America Football Conference -- won the team's -- and the league's -- first title with a 14-9 win over the New York (football) Yankees.

The Paul-Brown-owned-and-coached squad went on to win all four AAFC championships, then entered the NFL with similar success (three titles and three runner-up finishes in its first six years).