50 Years Ago, the Chiefs Found a Home in Kansas City

autographed 1964 topps chiefs team

Fifty years ago, the Lamar Hunt and the leadership of the Texans decided to forgo the fight for Dallas, and move their team to Kansas City.  The move came as a shock to many in and around the organization, as it appeared that the Texans were becoming a better team that their NFL counterparts, the Dallas Cowboys.

A great article was recently written by Vahe Gregorian titled, Fifty years ago, the Chiefs found a home in Kansas City.

The thing that I thought about after reading this article was not the Chiefs impact on Kansas City or their eventual championships, but rather, what would have happened if the Texans had moved to New Orleans instead of Kansas City?  Dave Dixon, the man discussed in the article, was the promoter that arranged the failed 1965 AFL All-Star Game in New Orleans.  What would have happened if the Chiefs had move to NO, nearly two years before the Civil Rights Act?  If the All-Stars were treated as poorly as they were in 1965, how would a team made of black and white players maintained any type of cohesion in the South in 1963?  I have not found any information about Lamar Hunt and Jack Steadman taking that into consideration when they decided to move, but I would be interested in learning their thoughts on the situation back then.

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.

One Response to 50 Years Ago, the Chiefs Found a Home in Kansas City

  1. Howard says:

    Very interesting article. With the Chiefs appearing to rise from recent mediocrity, it is interesting how small scale pro football was in the early 1960’s. The Chiefs are probably worth more than $500 million, yet Hunt had to move to KC due to accumulated losses.

    The Royals name if adopted for the football team would have been interesting. The baseball team would be the Chiefs?

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