Ray Flaherty, a Hall of Fame end who played on the New York Giants' 1934 National Football League championship team and who coached the Washington Redskins to titles in 1937 and 1942, died on Tuesday. He was 89.
He died of natural causes, said his son, Ray.
Flaherty was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976. He began his professional career with the Los Angeles Wildcats of the original American Football League in 1926. He played for the New York Yankees in the N.F.L. in 1927 and joined the Giants in 1928. Four years later, he led the N.F.L. in pass receptions, with 21 catches for 350 yards.
After several years as a player and assistant coach with the Giants, he took over the Boston Redskins as head coach in 1936 and remained with the team in Washington through the 1942 season, winning four division titles and two league titles.
In his first season as the Redskins' coach, the team lost to Green Bay, by 21-6, in the title game. The following season, with the rookie Sammy Baugh as quarterback, Washington beat the Chicago Bears, 21-6, for the title. Three seasons after that, in 1940, Flaherty was the losing coach in the Bears' 73-0 title game victory, still pro football's most one-sided game.
In 1942, Washington avenged that loss with a 14-6 upset of the Bears in Flaherty's last season as coach. His winning percentage of .735 (47-16-3) is the best among Redskins coaches.
He is survived by his son.