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.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the boycott of the 1965 AFL All-Star Game in New Orleans. Several articles were written about the event, and while I did not see any of the boycotters interviewed, it was heartening to know that their efforts were not forgotten.
One of the men who participated in that boycott is former Chargers and Dolphins defensive back, Dick Westmoreland. “West,” as his friends call him, lives in San Diego, and still looks like he could run onto the grass and give Hell to modern receivers. But regardless of how good he looks, West is a link to times past, to an important part of our history.
I came across this broadside recently and picked it up. I haven’t yet been able to find any details about the game, but I’ve only just started digging. Any of our Boston-area readers remember this game? Any former Patriots care to chime in?
This has been a fun decade, as seemingly everyday during the season we are coming up on a 50th anniversary of something to do with the AFL. This year I have seen remembrances of the All-Star Game Boycott, Joe Namath signing his rookie contract, and others. For Bills fans, December 26th marked not only the anniversary of Buffalo’s first AFL championship, but also of “The Hit Heard “Round the World.”
There was a lot of talk in December about the San Diego Chargers possibly moving to Los Angeles for the 2015 season. As to be expected, several references were made to the 1960 Chargers, who in fact did play their home games in Los Angeles.
The Mile High Report took a look back at that 1960 season, and why the Chargers moved to San Diego.