1944 Philadelphia Eagles season

1944 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Greasy Neale
Home field Shibe Park
Record 7–1–2
Division place 2nd NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1944 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 12th in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 5–4–1, winning seven games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the 12th consecutive season.

Off Season

NFL Draft

The 1944 NFL Draft was held on April 19, 1944. The draft would be for 32 rounds. Again in round 2 and 4 only the 5 lowest wins teams from the 1943 season would pick. The Eagles would alternate with the Pittsburg Steelers in picking either 4th or 9th in each round.

Player Selections

The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had that were traded away and the team that ended up with that pick. It is possible the Eagles' pick ended up with this team via another team that the Eagles made a trade with. Not shown are acquired picks that the Eagles traded away.

= Pro Bowler [2] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick Player Position School Rd Pick Player Position School
15Steve Van BurenHalfbackLSU 215 No Pick
320Loren LaPradeGuardStanford 431 No Pick
536Joe ParkerEndTexas 652Hillary HorneTackleMississippi State
758Vic KulbitskiBackMinnesota 874George PhillipsBackUCLA
980Paul SarringhausBackOhio State 1096John PerkoGuardMinnesota
11102Elliott OrmsbeeBackBradley 12118Earle ParsonsBackUSC
13124Bob HanzlikEndWisconsin 14140Jim TalleyCenterLouisiana State
15146Dom FusciTackleSouth Carolina 16162Johnny GreenEndTulsa
17168Jackie FreemanBackWilliam & Mary 18184Joe KaneBackPennsylvania
19190Tony SchiroGuardSanta Clara 20206Norm MichaelBackSyracuse
21212Eddie KulakowskiTackleWest Virginia 22228Al PostusBackVillanova
23234Milt SmithEndUCLA 24250Earl KlapsteinTacklePacific
25256Bob FrisbeeBackStanford 26272Ed EidenBackScranton
27278Barney BurdickEndCreighton 28294Nick DaukasTackleDartmouth
29300Pasquale DaroneGuardBoston College 30316Bill ClarkTackleColorado College
31322Pete PaskoEndEast Stroudsburg 32328Myron MajewskiTackleAmerican International


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 26, 1944 at Boston Yanks W 28–7
2 October 8, 1944 Washington Redskins T 31–31
3 October 22, 1944 Boston Yanks W 38–0
4 October 29, 1944 at New York Giants W 24–17
5 November 5, 1944 at Brooklyn Dodgers W 21–7
6 November 12, 1944 New York Giants T 21–21
7 November 19, 1944 at Washington Redskins W 37–7
8 November 26, 1944 Chicago Bears L 28–7
9 December 3, 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers W 34–0
10 December 10, 1944 Cleveland Rams W 26–13


NFL Eastern Division
New York Giants 8 1 1 .889 6–1–1 206 75 W4
Philadelphia Eagles 7 1 2 .875 6–0–2 267 131 W2
Washington Redskins 6 3 1 .667 4–3–1 169 180 L2
Boston Yanks 2 8 0 .200 2–6 82 233 L2
Brooklyn Tigers 0 10 0 .000 0-8 69 166 L0

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

1944 Roster

(All time List of Philadelphia Eagles players in franchise history)

= 1944 Pro All-Star[3]
  • + = 1st team All-Star
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Greasy Neale53Coach1944


4thWest Virginia Wesleyan
Bruno Banducci24G1092165–11RookieStanford
Jack Banta27HB721915–113USC
Mel Bleeker24HB931895–11RookieUSC
Larry Cabrelli27E-DB991945–113Colgate
Rocco Canale27T-G912405–111Boston College
Enio Conti31G852045–113Arkansas,
John Durko30E602356–4RookieAlbright
Carl Fagiolo27G202006–0Rookienone
Jack Ferrante28E-DE1041976–13none
Bob Friedman23T1082156–2RookieWashington
Charlie Gauer23FB-E742136–21Colgate
Jack Hinkle27B1071956–04Syracuse
Toimi Jarvi24HB502006–0RookieNorthern Illinois
Bucko Kilroy23G-MG-T-DT1042436–21Notre Dame,
Ben Kish27B10102076–04Pittsburgh
Ted Laux26HB-DB101855–101St. Joseph's (PA)
Vic Lindskog30C742036–1RookieStanford
Art Macioszczyk24FB1002086–0RookieWestern Michigan
Mike Mandarino23T-C-G802405–11RookieLa Salle
Bap Manzini24C1061955–11RookieSt. Vincent
Duke Maronic23G902095–9Rookienone
Flip McDonald23E502006–2RookieOklahoma
Eddie Michaels30G1062055–118Villanova
Tom Miller26DE-E1032026–21Hampden-Sydney
Walt Nowak29E201855–11RookieVillanova
Allie Sherman21QB1001705–111Brooklyn
Ernie Steele27HB-DB921876–02Washington
Steve Van Buren+24HB962006–0RookieLSU
Al Wistert+24T-G-DT872146–11Michigan
John Yovicsin26DE101956–3RookieGettysburg
Roy Zimmerman26QB-WB-K10102016–24San Jose State
31 Players
Team Average


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  2. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  3. Players are identified as a 1940 Pro All-Star.
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