Daily Archives: May 24, 2012

Channel 10 News talks to about Tales from the American Football League

A few weeks back, Steve Smith, sports anchor at Channel 10 News in San Diego came out to view my AFL collection and talk about Tales from the American Football League.  He put together the video clip above that ran on a 6:00 news broadcast.  Enjoy!

San Diego’s Balboa Stadium

Balboa Stadium

The stadium as it looked in November, 1961.

Balboa Stadium, on the campus of San Diego High School, was built as part of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which was held in nearby Balboa Park.  The stadium officially opened on May 31, 1915, and was originally called City Stadium, a name that stuck through 1939.  Fans had wanted a flashier name for the stadium, and “Balboa” stuck after ’39.  In addition to the sporting events that were tied to the high school, Balboa Stadium hosted civic events, concerts, midget auto racing, barnstorming baseball tours, semi-professional football games and countless other public displays.  Some of the highlights included a speech by President Woodrow Wilson, a celebratory event honoring Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig visiting during their famed 1927 barnstorming tour, and concerts by The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. read more