Author Archives: Todd Tobias
I am in the midst of scanning more than 1,000 vintage Chargers images from the 1960s. Tons of game action from the entire decade. I very much enjoy looking at the details of each photo, identifying the players, checking out the backgrounds, stadium backdrops and the like. I came across this image from the August 27, 1966 preseason game between the Chargers and Patriots at Balboa Stadium. The image shows the Patriots’ Jim Lee Hunt hitting John Hadl on a pass rush,a move that would likely get him a 15-yard penalty today, but was perfectly legal in the 1960s. Jim “Earthquake” Hunt was a four-time AFL All-Star and one of just 20 10-year AFL players.
After four seasons of AFL play at New York’s Polo Grounds, the New York Jets began play in Shea Stadium in 1964, with a 30-6 victory over the Denver Broncos. The club commemorated the evening with a page in the 1964 team yearbook.
The site, Today in Pro Football History, published detailed article of the game on September 12, 2010, which can be found below:
I have long had an interest in the handful of players who passed away as members of AFL teams. There were a surprising number of them – Howard Glenn, Ralph Anderson, Bob Laraba, Stone Johnson, Mack Lee Hill, Bob Kalsu and Frank Buncom. As players they made various contributions to their teams, yet none had the opportunity to reach their full potential, as their lives were cut short in one fashion or another.
It has been a week since the Chargers announced their move to Los Angeles. San Diego has been very anti-Chargers since, and understandably so. But while I can easily write off the current ownership, I cannot cast away the organization in its entirety. Nor would I want to. The (first) Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers were the flagship organization in the early years of the American Football League, and while they won fewer games later in the decade, they were no less entertaining. Hadl to Alworth, Hubbard and Post, hard-hitting Kenny Graham, and the acrobatics of Paul Fisher.
January 15, 1967. The day of the first AFL-NFL Championship game, later to be referred to as Super Bowl I. An historic day for sure, although the Packers victory might still stick in the craw of AFL fans. Original images from that game are relatively easy to come by now, especially with the dismantling of newspaper photo archives across the country. Still, they are a treat to own, and a bit of history that a fan can hold in his hands. I’ve been fortunate to acquire four shots taken by a fan, from his family’s seats that day, as well as a handful or original slides and prints. They, and images of many other AFL topics, are always available for viewing in the Photo Galleries on this site.
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