Category Archives: Ernie Barnes

On My Parents’ Wall…

ernie barnes and paul lowe

Ernie Barnes (61) leads the blocking for Paul Lowe (23).

Guest blogger, John Freeman, has a unique perspective on the AFL and in particular, the 1960s Chargers.  His father, Don Freeman, has covered many subjects (including sports) for the San Diego Union and Tribune newspapers for several decades.  John also has a sports-writing background, and at one time was a ball boy for the early Chargers.

ernie barnes paintingErnie Barnes lives in my parents’ home.

He’s been there, up on the wall, since about 1963 when my father, Don Freeman, agreed to buy one of his first paintings for the discounted price of $100. read more