Browns to Honor 1964 Team

The Browns plan to present a special evening early in September to herald the 1964 champion Cleveland Browns, a squad which included such Browns greats as Frank Ryan (pictured).

The Cleveland Browns will honor their 1964 NFL Championship team with a special gala on Friday, September 10, 8 p.m. at Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. The 40th anniversary extravaganza will highlight the Browns 27-0 victory over the Baltimore Colts in the 1964 NFL Championship Game and take fans on a behind-the-scenes tour of the memorable season.

Every member of the '64 team – from Pro Football Hall of Fame stars RB Jim Brown and WR Paul Warfield to QB Frank Ryan and WR Gary Collins – will be present for this spectacular event.

Players will start arriving at 7 p.m. and walk down a red carpet into Severance Hall.  Fans are encouraged to show up early for photos and autographs. The event will be broadcast live in Cleveland on Channel 19, WOIO.

"That day in 1964 was the day that all the world was Browns Town," said George Veras, a Cleveland resident from 1961-69, longtime producer at CBS Sports and producer of Browns Town 1964 Championship. "This night will let fans re-live the memories of that season and that title day."

Highlights of the championship game will be shown on a 30-foot screen on the back of the stage and Gib Shanley's radio call from the game will also be broadcast.

"Never before seen photos and films will take fans behind the scenes of that great team and of that great day," Veras said. "It is sports history in the making, and fans can be part of it."

The Cleveland Pops Orchestra will play music from NFL Films and Steve Sabol of NFL Films will host the event. The night also will feature surprise guests and the culmination of the search for the 1964 Championship Trophy.  

Ticket information will be made available at a later date.


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