Category Archives: Boston Patriots
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.
Here is a neat piece in which Patriot greats Larry Garron and Gino Cappelletti, recall the organization’s earliest days. They share a collective 20 years in a Patriots uniform (19 of which were spent in the AFL), 80 touchdowns and nine AFL All-Star Games. It could be said that no two players better represent the early Patriots than Garron and Cappelletti.
The Boston Globe recently ran an article in which Gino Cappelletti and Larry Garron reminisced about the early days in Patriots history. Both gentlemen are, of course, AFL legends, and members of the Patriots All-Decade Team for the 1960s. Garron, now 79, and Cappelletti, aged 82, have been around the Patriots since the team’s initial training camp in 1960. They played through some rough patches, enjoyed an Eastern Division title, and experienced much individual success. Cappelletti is the AFL’s all-time leading scorer, and Garron was selected to play in four AFL All-Star Games.
Last week I was contacted by the Talk of Fame Sports Network, and asked to be part of a radio show about the American Football League. This show is hosted by Ron Borges, Clarke Judge, and Rick Gosselin; three selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, two-of-which sit on the senior committee. Gino Cappelletti and Lance Alworth were also guests for different segments of the show.
In speaking with the hosts prior to the show, I was pleased to learn that all three feel that the AFL has been given short-shrift in the voting process, and that they would like to see that changed.