The Pat & Elaine Blackmore Photo Collection


Pat & Elaine Blackmore

Pat and Elaine Blackmore were original members of the Chargers Backers fan club from when the team first moved to San Diego in 1961.  As active members, Pat and Elaine got to know many of the Chargers players and front office personnel, and travelled with the team to many away games.

Fortunately, the Blackmores seemed to always be armed with their camera, and snapped hundreds of photos over the years, all of which were gifted so that they could be shared with fans on Tales from the American Football League.

In the following gallery you will find photos not only of Pat, Elaine and their Chargers friends, but also from their travels with the team, and life in the 1960s.  This collection also helps to illustrate the American Football League’s humble beginnings, and how professional football players were once regular members of the community, and not just heroes placed upon pedestals, and kept far away from their adoring fans.  You will see photos of several parties, including one with the 1964 AFL All-Stars, held at the Blackmore home.

I hope that you enjoy this stroll through the 1960s.  If you do, say a quiet note of thanks for Pat and Elaine, and the good fortune we all share because of their willingness, intentional or not, to document another side of early AFL history and their generosity in sharing it with us all.

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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 The Pat & Elaine Blackmore Photo Collection

  1. Mako says:

    What a great collection! Thanks for sharing, Todd!

  2. 1967 says:

    Streisand’s ‘The Way We Were’ come to mind, view & ear: still life in pictures, snapshots of yesterday. If you were born or lived during the era these pictures date to, can almost see yourself therein. Not Currier & Ives or AFL Pictorial, but close enough living if not breathing color, photo albums as store catalogs evidence the flavor what once was; how much moreso for those pictured than the extrinsic, we.

    Waxing poetic, they say the ‘good old days’ were never quite as good as we wish remember them, do not deserve placement the pedestal they reside. Context youth & football the parlance, I say wistfully: horse puckey.

    Perspective, mine – not a matter errant imagination much as sober resignation – reminiscence exceeding reality, perhaps because comparison the present fails to measure up variously, football at minimum, my screaming & kicking take.

    Vintage ‘Twilight Zone’ episode ‘Walking Distance’ suggesting otherwise, that “there is but one summer to a customer”, my rebuttal: you ‘can’ go home again if only visit… yesterday lives forever in unadulterated memory.


    My favorite picture: Ladd & Medina, i.e., a flipsided ‘David & Goliath’

    At first glance, the presence of former Charger Dick Westmoreland is curious, as he went to the Dolphins in the expansion draft before the 1966 season.

    As San Diego hosted Miami October 2, 1966 however, Westmoreland’s presence in the picture is understood, former teammates/old friends getting together (was it before or after the game?)

    San Diego’s 44-10 victory considered, their 4-0 start intact, my guess is it was before the 5 bombs away td passes occurred. Of note, was Steve Tensi who threw 4 of the 5 (all in the second half), after Miami had taken a 10-0 lead second quarter; was Hadl pulled early that day?

  3. Bob Hood says:

    Great story on how you received these photos. Pat and Elaine Blackmore were super fans as were many of the other Charger Backers. Recognized Walt Lowe he and his wife Jenny were also great fans. Great to see pictures of many of the players I worked with during my Charger career. I had forgotten what Rough Acres actually looked like. You can see the terrible football field we used. I specifically remember Pat making about 3 passes before he landed on the dirt air strip. Thanks for posting these it brings back lots of memories. The players were all a great bunch of guys who adored the fans.
    Bob Hood

  4. Mike Garrigan says:

    Great Photo collection. It speaks of a different time when fans & players gathered & it looks like they had good times together. I also enjoyed seeing the stadium shots. The only one that is still standing is sadly enough the one I spend 8 Sundays a year, The Oakland Alameda County Coliseum.

  5. Charles Oakey says:

    The 1966 photo of the “new” Oakland Coliseum, I was at that game as I was a 1966 Oakland Raider season ticket holder, and my seat wasn’t far from the people who took the picture.

  6. Tom says:

    Todd, you struck gold with these. A brand spanking new Shea Stadium. Awesome!

  7. Bob says:

    Wow! Thanks Todd! Growing up, these guys were bigger than life! On a few occasions, Dave Kocourek would come over from his home across from Kate Sessions Park and throw the football with us. Jacque MacKinnon was on our church basketball team. Love the pics! Also terrific to see players from the other teams, Otto, Flores, Hawkins, Gonsoulin, Robinson, etc.

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