1963 All-Star Game Press Release – SUDDEN DEATH SET FOR ALL-STAR GAME


Here is a original press release for the second annual AFL All-Star Game, that was played in San Diego’s Balboa Stadium.  I enjoy items like this, as I always learn something new in reading them.  I found this particular release interesting as the main subject is how a “sudden death” format will be worked into the upcoming game in the event of a tie at the end of regulation play.  It is an interesting note, but it seems like a strange bit of information to be released under a splashy headline.  Perhaps San Diego’s Junior Chamber of Commerce was looking to promote the game by all means, and at this late date was issuing releases continually to help keep the game at the forefront of people’s minds?

Another bit of info that caught my eye was the line that said, “All other proceeds are earmarked for the AFL Player Fund and local charities.”  What was the AFL Player Fund?  For what did it raise funds?  I would like to think that the AFL had earmarked funds for current or former players going through difficult times, perhaps a precursor to the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund or the NFL Dire Need Fund, though I have my doubts that this was the case.  Still, it would be nice to learn that the AFL was ahead of the curve in recognizing and assisting it’s players  going through challenges in their lives.

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.

4 Responses to 1963 All-Star Game Press Release – SUDDEN DEATH SET FOR ALL-STAR GAME

  1. Tim T says:

    it sez that an accurate field goal kicker like Buffalo’s Cookie Gilchrist could end any OT…Was there much that Cookie couldn’t do ? STUD

  2. 1967 says:

    Marketing; had to be.

    A noble All Star Game effort attempt to build upon the excitement heels the Texans thrilling double overtime victory over the ‘defending AFL Champion’ Oilers in the 1962 AFL Championship Game, the longest game in pro football history to that point in time. Too, that game ended only 9 hours – check that – only seemed like it – 9 days before; strike while the iron is hot.

    Hindsight, the referenced 1963 All Star game drew less than 28000, which was 10000 less than the DAL vs HOU Championship game drew a few days earlier.

    This reminds me somewhat of a tack some 4 years later @Superbowl I, the NFL employing an aft the fact strategy of their own (or was it to save face?), asking fans at the LA Coliseum move nearer the center of the stadium so that it might ‘appear’ (on television at least ) as if the game were more heavily attended than by the 63000+ plus actually there (which was more than the stadium’s regular tenant the Rams were routinely drawing the just ended 1966 NFL season; twas was all relative, one supposes.

  3. holste42 says:

    I love the prices! and the fact the main ticket office was in a hotel and open until midnight (to accommodate bar time?). Now that’s service!
    On unrelated note: I thought of Gene Mingo when the name Barkevious Mingo was drafted by Cleveland last night.

    • billd says:

      The box office hours also caught my eye, along with the ticket prices. Also thought of Gene Mingo when Barkevious was drafted ( although my wife spent an hour googling Barkevious. She was intrigued by that name).

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