January 7, 1963 - The Houston Oilers representatives to the 1963 AFL All-Star Game. Back Row - Rich Michael, Ed Husmann, Bob Talamini, Charlie Hennigan, Don Floyd, George Blanda. Front Row - Freddy Glick, Jim Norton, Tony Banfield, Bob Schmidt, Charlie Tolar, Al Jamison.

January 13, 1963 - Austin Gonsoulin of the Denver Broncos makes a leaping interception in front of the Houston Oilers Charlie Hennigan, in the second annual AFL All-Star Game.

November 11, 1962 - The San Diego Chargers Ernie Ladd prepares to tackle Cookie Gilchrist, the Buffalo Bills star running back and 1962 AFL Most Valuable Player.

November 15, 1964 - The Chargers defense swarms over Chiefs running back, Curtis McClinton.

November 6, 1964 - George Blanda drops back against the Patriots defense in Fenway Park.

November 23, 1967 - Daryle Lamonica and the Raiders facing the tough Chiefs defense in Kansas City Municipal Stadium.

 

Opening Night at Shea Stadium

After four seasons of AFL play at New York’s Polo Grounds, the New York Jets began play in Shea Stadium in 1964, with a 30-6 victory over the Denver Broncos.  The club commemorated the evening with a page in the 1964 team yearbook.

The site, Today in Pro Football History, published detailed article of the game on September 12, 2010, which can be found below:

Today in Pro Football History – September 12, 1964

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Remembering the Chiefs’ Mack Lee Hill

I have long had an interest in the handful of players who passed away as members of AFL teams.  There were a surprising number of them – Howard Glenn, Ralph Anderson, Bob Laraba, Stone Johnson, Mack Lee Hill, Bob Kalsu and Frank Buncom.  As players they made various contributions to their teams, yet none had the opportunity to reach their full potential, as their lives were cut short in one fashion or another.

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Swapping Stories with Charlie Charger, an American Football League Mascot

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George Gross, Scott Appleton, Ron Billingsley, Houston Ridge and Steve DeLong clown around with Paul Fisher (Charlie Charger).

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1968 Chargers ticket with Charlie Charger character.

It has been a week since the Chargers announced their move to Los Angeles.  San Diego has been very anti-Chargers since, and understandably so.  But while I can easily write off the current ownership, I cannot cast away the organization in its entirety.  Nor would I want to.  The (first) Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers were the flagship organization in the early years of the American Football League, and while they won fewer games later in the decade, they were no less entertaining.  Hadl to Alworth, Hubbard and Post, hard-hitting Kenny Graham, and the acrobatics of Paul Fisher.

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Super Bowl I – 50th Anniverary

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January 15, 1967.  The day of the first AFL-NFL Championship game, later to be referred to as Super Bowl I.  An historic day for sure, although the Packers victory might still stick in the craw of AFL fans.  Original images from that game are relatively easy to come by now, especially with the dismantling of newspaper photo archives across the country.  Still, they are a treat to own, and a bit of history that a fan can hold in his hands.  I’ve been fortunate to acquire four shots taken by a fan, from his family’s seats that day, as well as a handful or original slides and prints.  They, and images of many other AFL topics, are always available for viewing in the Photo Galleries on this site.

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The Chargers Have Left the Building…

I was born in San Diego.  I grew up with Dan Fouts throwing to John Jefferson, Chuck Muncie diving over piles into the end zone, and Louie Kelcher eating quarterbacks for lunch.  In later years I watched some very good, and also some very bad Chargers football.  I have written books about the team, collected their memorabilia, reorganized the team photo archive (twice), redecorated the team offices, interviewed more than 100 former players, authenticated their game used memorabilia for NFL Auctions, answered questions about team history for their own PR office, contributed to their 50th Anniversary DVD, and more that I have likely forgotten.  Needless to say, the Chargers leaving my hometown has made an impression on me today.

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