We have the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans, but long ago we also had the Dallas Texans. Sibling millionaires Giles and Connell Miller led a Dallas-based group that bought the New York Yanks NFL franchise and moved the team to Dallas for the 1952 season. Unfortunately this woeful organization ran up a 1-11 record and ended the year as a traveling team as expenses on the home front could not be met. This first NFL venture deep in the heart of Texas, failed miserably and its 1952 fold was the last suffered by the NFL to date.
Recall this short-lived team with this pair of original cartoon artwork panels created by artist Bill McClanahan for the Dallas News daily paper. These distinctive works remain abundantly appealing with dynamic drawings making for powerful display. One measures 14-1/2 x 11” and shows only minor wear at the corners without affecting the image area; the other panel measures 20x12 and shows moderate wear mostly at the right end in the form of some creasing and a few small and fairly unobtrusive holes. Both pieces have official “Dallas News Art and Engraving Order” work order slips affixed to the reverse and cite McClanahan’s name. The order on the larger panel is dated 1/25/52 and the order on the smaller panel is dated 9/10/52.
Colts fans should note that following the Texans fold, Carroll Rosenbloom was granted the Baltimore Colts franchise and was awarded the Texans' remaining assets, including the players many of whom found spots on the Colts 1953 squad.