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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Yearbook, Dec. 22: Browns win first title

By Patrick Dorsey

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).

The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Browns in the 1946 AAFC title game
Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns in 1946