1965 Houston Oilers Yearbook & Insert Poster

1965 oilers yearbook

In terms of team-issued memorabilia, I have to say that I think the Houston Oilers distributed the nicest material.  I have posted before about the 1965 Oilers team issued photos, and another recent acquisition has me equally impressed.

I purchased this 1965 Oilers team yearbook the other day.  The cover features a stunning image of a band of Oilers attempting to drag down the Chargers Paul Lowe.  In fact, the photo seems more a tribute to Lowe’s strength than the Oilers defense, but the full color photography is impressive regardless of whom you root for.  The interior features an absolute ton of photographs (all black and white), and aside from the ubiquitous Coke advertisement on the centerfold, and some stuff on the covers, the book is pleasantly ad-free.  Have you seen any recent team yearbooks?  The players get lost in among all of the ads.

Anyway, the real reason that I purchased this book was that it still contained the insert poster that it was distributed with back in 1965.  The image is the same as the front cover, but at 2’x3′, the poster is really stunning.

There is no publishing information inside the book other than a statement that the front cover was done by WECO Studios of New York.  The team issued photos are equally lacking of printer info.  Whatever companies produced these pieces should be congratulated, as I think they are the team-issued items of the entire AFL.

1965 oilers yearbook poster

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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.


12 Responses to 1965 Houston Oilers Yearbook & Insert Poster

  1. Pete Lowry says:

    I agree completely. This is one of my 2 all-time favorite photos of the Chargers. It’s a big reason it hangs on my wall today, signed by Paul Lowe. The colors are sharp and you can’t help but be drawn to it. It was taken on October 25, 1964 at Jeppesen Stadium in Houston. Lance Alworth actually scored a rushing touchdown in this one, a 35 yarder in a 20-17 Chargers win.

    • Excellent picture ! ! ! I agree with Todd. It does seem to point to Lowe’s abilities as a running back. I’d never really thought about that aspect of his game: i.e., some strength to go along with that amazing speed.

      So you have this picture, and it’s signed by Lowe ? ? ? That is super cool ! ! !

  2. Michael Spisak says:

    Thank you…..kept then coming

  3. bigmck says:

    I was at that game. I don’t remember it specifically, but my Dad and I made all of the Oilers AFL games except for four. Jeppesen Stadium was on the campus of University of Houston. There was no parking so the crowd had to park on the streets that ran though canpus. It was a nightmare to get in and out. We would always have a lenghty walk from the car to the stadium. It would give us a chance to discuss our “game plan”.

  4. Tom says:

    The photo reflects the Oilers 1964 season, they struggled as a team especially on defense, often in disarray as their record and the photo would indicate. The Oilers did have one of the all time greats, he’s pictured all the way to the left in high tops #64 Bud McFadin.
    Bud had a unique career beginning with the Rams then giving up football for three years and returning in 1960 with Broncos, I believe he is the only player to have played in both the NFL and AFL Pro Bowls and only he and Johnny Sample were named to All Pro teams in both leagues.

  5. Erik says:

    Very cool picture.

    Not to hijack this post but does anyone think Paul Lowe should be in the Hall of Fame?

    He played eight seasons, though six full seasons with the Chargers. In his six prime years, only once was his rushing average under 4 yards per carry. Three times it was over 5 including his rookie season when he averaged 6.3! Twice he ran for over 1,000 yards in an era where 1,000 was something very special.

    Compare his career stats with Hall of Famer Floyd Little. Little played nine seasons, had a career 3.9 yards per carry, ran for 1,000 once, over 6,300 yards career rushing yards compared to Lowe’s 4,995 and 43 TD’s to Lowe’s 38.

    Nothing against Floyd Little but I never thought he was a great player. Lowe was great, granted for a shorter period of time, but always a threat to break a long gainer every time he carried the ball.

    And, I think it is unfair for us or anyone for that matter to compare Lowe’s stats in the 1960’s to the running backs of the last few decades who have put up some higher career rushing stats as the game has changed so much since Lowe’s era.

    Any thoughts?

    • billd says:

      When looking at the all time AFL Team of the 1960’s, Lowe, Gilchrist, Haynes and Daniels are all worthy of HOF consideration. Interesting that Buck Buchanon made the HOF but was no better than 2nd team All AFL.

    • Tom says:

      Both Lowe and Little lost three years to their careers, Lowe out of football after being cut by the 49ers and one to injury and Little did not begin his pro career until he was 25. Add to that Lowe shared carries with Keith Lincoln which may have made it harder for defenses to key on him and the Chargers OL may have been superior to that of Denver.

      The thing that attracted me to the Chagers and away from the Rams in 1960 was Paul Lowe, he was electric and a joy to watch, and the Rams had Ollie Matson and Jon Arnett at the time.

      Little was not inducted until 2010, so for years he was not considered HOF caliber but if you add up his total numbers 12200 APYD in 9 seasons and compare those numbers with other inductees, Doak Walker, Frank Gifford, Paul Hornung, Gale Sayers and Earl Campbell, and others, the voters had no choice other than to induct him, plus he owned multiple car dealerships in three states and had a law degree from Denver U.

      I would disagree with you on Little’s greatness, in my opinion any player that has an 80 yd run from scrimmage, catches td passes for 72 and 74 yds, returns punts 72 and 67 yds for tds and has and 89 Yd kick off return and averages nearly 1400 APYD in 9 NFL seasons under their belt, is a great player.

      If Paul Lowe had not missed those three season, all during the start and shortly after and he’d stayed healthy, who knows?he quite reasonably would have 4500 more APYD and 30 more touchdowns and a bust in Canton.

    • ABSOLUTELY ! ! ! Paul Lowe gets my vote for The Pro Football Hall of Fame. After Otis Taylor and Cookie Gilchrist, Lowe is the AFL player I want to go to The Hall.

      As a kid in the late ’70’s, Lowe was one of the first AFL players I read about. In March of this year, I saw him on You Tube, and the man had some moves ! ! ! The players who come to mind today (when I see Lowe run) are Chris “Lightning” Johnson and Michael Vick.

      If you want more comments about Lowe, then read two articles on this very site: “A Hall of Fame Comparison–Paul Lowe” (January 18, 2013) and “Dueling Backfields–1960’s Chargers vs. 1960’s Packers” (March 18, 2013).

    • Tom says:

      Erik,
      I didn’t think Little was an explosive back and the threat Lowe was although I only watched him a few times.

      From what I saw of him I never thought he was in the same class as Paul Lowe, until I looked at his numbers, which by any measure are most impressive and Hall of Fame worthy. Little’s desire, toughness and durability were second to none.

      On one of Todds blogs, months ago I wrote “To me Paul Lowe was as fine a back who I ever saw play.” He may not have the jump out at you career numbers of some enough to sway HOF voters, although he did have yard td run from scrimmage and gaudy per carry averages. The one thing he did have, was jump out at you ability, that if not for the AFL his talent would have been lost and as a youth becoming aware of football for the first time football for me would have never been the same then or as exciting.

  6. A few thoughts on Bud McFadin.

    He had a couple of great years with Denver from 1961 (?) to 1963.He was involved with the weirdest (and one of the more infamous) trades in AFL history. McFadin was sent to Houston and also a draft choice for borrowing Oiler backup quarterback Jacky Lee. They called it “lend lease.” Lee was sent to Denver for two years. If the Broncos decided to keep him, if I recall correctly, they would pony up an extra draft choice for the 1966 season.

    In Lee’s first year with the Broncos they finished 2-11-1.Which was the same record as the year before. He only played maybe 5 games in 1965. Denver finished 4-10 that year.

    He finished his career with Kansas City and was the third qb on that club behind Mike Livingston and Len Dawson. He retired after the 1969 season. Yep, he would have gotten a super bowl ring that season!

  7. Tom says:

    That did spawn player movement between the three teams, Lee went back to Houston followed by Lionel Taylor, Pete Beathard went from KC to Houston, then Lee and Ernie Ladd to KC and Abner Haynes from KC to Denver and Wendell Hayes from Denver to KC. All the while Houston’s heir apparent to Blanda, Don Trull stayed put nursing and cursing a bum shoulder ( torn rotator)
    years before the scope.

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