1960 Boston Patriots vs. Dallas Texans Radio Broadcast

I’ve always thought that baseball made for a better radio broadcast than football.  However, when you are talking about 50-year-old broadcasts, it’s all great.  I stumbled across this 17-minute radio clip on YouTube, and really enjoyed listening.  There is something special about closing your eyes and envisioning this game and the players involved.  Speaking of the players, several Tales from the American Football League subscribers are mentioned in just the first few minutes, including Chris Burford, Abner Haynes, Bill Krisher and Smokey Stover.  Enjoy!



Todd Tobias (790 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

7 Responses to 1960 Boston Patriots vs. Dallas Texans Radio Broadcast

  1. Erik says:

    Very cool Todd!

  2. Joe Prather says:

    Cool find. I hear Johnny Robinson’s name being called as a flanker. I didn’t know he ever played offense.

    • billd says:

      Yes he did. Along with his 57 career interceptions, Johnny had 77 career receptions in his first couple of years playing offense for the Texans. This compares favorably to Deion Sanders 53 career interceptions and 60 career receptions. Sanders was also noted for his punt and kickoff returns. Yet Robinson also had 150 rushing attempts for 658 yards. Sanders is in the HOF yet Robinson isn’t. Something is wrong about this.

  3. Bob says:

    Thanks Todd. Did you ever get the audio I sent of the Charger vs. Bills ’64 Championship Game?

  4. Charlie MacNeill says:

    This radio tape is Great Stuff! We used to listen to Patriots games on Friday nights sitting in my friends car which was in his driveway because we were all too young to drive. Great names from my early years. Jim Coclough – we used to call him Jim COLDCLAWS. Jim “Earthquake” Hunt, Songin was the Pats first QB and Ron Burton was their star half-back. Burton passed away some years ago but his son is a TV sportscaster in Boston. Even the commercial for Carlings Black Label beer which was what my parents drank is fun to hear.

  5. Tom says:

    In 1959 when there were only 12 NFL teams games were televised on nearly 200 TV stations, the Colts had two stations in Maryland and one in Harrisburg PA. The Bears and Cardinals from Chicago were carried by 80 stations In 20 States including Arizona, Tenn and Utah. the Browns were shown on 8 stations from Buffalo, WBEN to WTAP in Parkersburg W. Va. The Lions were on 6 including one in Toledo Ohio WTOL. The Packers were on 12 from KBMB in Bismarck ND to WCCO in Minneapolis. The LA Rams were on 23 stations from Seattle on KIRO to San Diego on KFMB including KOLO Reno, KLAS Las Vegas and Yuma Arizona on KIVA and from Lewiston Idaho on KLEW and Kalispell, Mont on KULR. The Giants were on 14 stations from Boston on WNAC to Presque Isle on WGAN. The Eagles were viewed on 3 station WGAL in Lancaster Pa, WCAU in Philadelphia and WDAU in Scranton.
    The Steelers were on 6 from Steubenville OH WSTV to Clarksburg W Va on WBOY. The 49ers were televised on the same 23 stations as there rival the LA Rams. The Redskins were televised on 37 stations in the South including WTVJ in Miami and WCBI in Jackson Miss.

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