The time has come to put an end to a rumor spread by Washington Redskins fans. This rumor is part of an aggressive campaign to discredit the Dallas Cowboys, America’s Team.
The rumor, which is heavily discussed and mongered here, is that somehow the Dallas Cowboys stole the Redskins fight song. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Redskins first owner, George Marshall, hired local band-man and Shoreham Hotel orchestra leader Barnee Breeskin to compose the team’s fight song and lead the team band. His song was intertwined with “Hail to the Red(dead)skins” lyrics written by silent-movie actress Corinne Griffith. Of course, the racial undertones of the song had to be taken out after the Redskins became the last team in the NFL to integrate, so it is not exactly the same song.
The Redskins were in financial ruins and the team was playing poorly in the 1950s. Marshall even considered selling the team. Clint Murchison, who would eventually become the first owner of the Dallas NFL franchise, was a prospective buyer. After the deal fell through, Murchison went to the NFL to try to get an agreement for an expansion team in Dallas. Sounds harmless, right?
Marshall wanted none of this and he put up roadblocks to Dallas getting a franchise. He feared his Southern Dixie team would be under challenge from a Dallas team. We can equate Marshall’s anti-expansion stance with the modern day dissenter, Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos, who fought hard to keep Major League Baseball from allowing another team in the Washington region. Angelos failed. So did Marshall.
Marshall not only failed to prevent Murchison from starting a new franchise, but he also failed basic business economics because he did not get ownership rights of his own fight song. Doh!
Right around this time when Marshall was throwing up roadblocks, Breeskin got mad at him. Whatever Marshall did to him was so bad that Breeskin called his attorney and told him to sell the “Hail to the Red(dead)skins” to Murchison.
Buy another team’s fight song? Murchison saw this as an opening to negotiations with the crotchety Marshall. He bought the fight song, a price unknown to the world of tubes, and held onto it until Marshall came to his senses and voted in favor of a franchise in Dallas. Murchison then sold the fight song back to the Red(dead)skins.
The Dallas Cowboys never used the fight song. They certainly did not STEAL the fight song.
The truth to the story is a fan and friend of the Redskins stabbed his own brothers in the back and sold it. There was no theft involved. The transaction was legal.
And the moral of the story is never, ever, ever trust a Redskins fan.
Let the rivalry continue!!!!!!!!!!!!!