Sport: Brown of the Browns

At midseason 1958, a big (6 ft. 2 in., 228 Ibs.) Negro fullback named James Nathaniel Brown of the Cleveland Browns is the most spectacular professional football player in the U.S. With the twelve-game season only half gone, Jimmy Brown, 22, is already within a whisker of topping the all-time pro records for touchdowns (18) and total rushing yardage (1.146) set by Philadelphia's Steve Van Buren in the 19403. In six games Brown has piled up 15 touchdowns, gained 928 yards, been the prime mover in the Cleveland Browns' try for their eighth division...

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