Post by TennesseeCarl on Jan 14, 2020 8:50:00 GMT -5
I know most of you know this story, but I thought I'd share it once more. Heck, it's off season for us:
My Washington Redskins fight song, Hail To The Redskins, was composed musically by Bernard Breeskin (the Redskins Marching Bandleader) and the lyrics were written by Corinne Marshall, owner George Preston Marshall's wife.
The story goes like this... George Preston Marshall adamantly opposed expansion and particularly into the South. He loved the Redskins' monopoly on the South. But Clint Murchison, Dallas millionaire wanted a team. He was shut out for years by Marshall, who had a veto on league expansion. Marshall eventually divorced Corinne. And as part of the divorce, Corinne got the rights to the fight song she'd written. Didn't seem like a big deal.
Murchison approached Corinne (then Corinne Griffith) and purchased the rights to Hail To The Redskins. He immediately forbid Marshall from using it. Marshall exploded, saying 'no sonuva***** was gonna keep him from using the song', but the legal realities set in. Marshall caved, agreed to vote for expansion and, in return, Murchison gave him back the rights.
So, sadly enough, The Washington Redskins are in some ways responsible for creating the team that eventually became the Dallas Cowboys. Personally, I'd give the damn song back to get rid of 'em.