Category Archives: Frank Buncom

An Interview with Buzz Ponce – Author of Finding Frank; Full Circle in a Life Cut Short

finding frankIn recent weeks we have been treated to excerpts from an upcoming book on former San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker, Frank Buncom.  Author Buzz Ponce has been working diligently this past year to put Buncom’s story together.  This week the eBook version of Finding Frank; Full circle in a Life Cut Short, went online, and became available for purchase (just click the link in the title to be taken directly to the sales page).  read more

Finding Frank – A Fantastic Book About the Chargers’ Frank Buncom – Coming Soon!!!

In weeks past we have previewed select chapters from a new book being written by Buzz Ponce, about former Chargers linebacker, Frank Buncom.  Buzz recently sent me a scan of the front cover of the book, along with a note saying that the book will be available as an eBook download, very probably by the end of this month.  The print version will be available on Amazon soon after!  I was able to read an advance copy, and this is definitely one for the football library.  Not a hardcore football book, but rather a look at an exceptional individual, who also happened to be an outstanding football player.  But don’t worry, there was enough good AFL history in there to keep me going, as well! read more

The Best of Times

Buzz Ponce, author of the book-in-progress, Finding Frank; Full Circle in a Life Cut Short, gives us another brief look into the life of linebacker, Frank Buncom, and another chapter of his upcoming book!

autographed 1965 topps frank buncom

#156 – Frank Buncom

Frank Buncom’s career with the San Diego Chargers mirrors the team’s overall best of times in its entire 52 year history. His tenure with San Diego – 1962 to 1967 — reflected not just his best years as a football player but also the Chargers’ best, all-time seasons. The fact that the team’s lone championship came in 1963, Buncom’s second year, helps to bolster that hypothesis. read more

A Tactical Move That Backfired

Guest blogger, Buzz Ponce, is in the process of writing what will certainly be a book of great interest for fans of the American Football League.  Finding Frank: Full Circle in a Life Cut Short is about the too-short life of Chargers and Bengals linebacker, Frank Buncom.  Ponce graciously provides excerpts of his upcoming work for our enjoyment.

frank buncom

Frank Buncom

In circumstances mostly beyond his control, Frank Buncom’s life jumped and swerved in a dramatically different direction in early 1968. read more

Finding Frank; Full Circle in a Life Cut Short – A Preview Chapter

A book is currently being written about former Chargers linebacker, Frank Buncom.  Lee “Buzz” Ponce, a one-time ballboy for the AFL Chargers is authoring the work.  Ponce has kindly offered up a chapter of the book for our enjoyment on Tales from the American Football League.  The Sports Illustrated article to which Ponce refers can be found HERE.

A remarkable insight into the American Football League and professional sports can be found in a primordial Sports Illustrated article from September, 1968. It’s noteworthy on several levels:  how it still resonates even today in portraying the delicate balance between player salaries and team chemistry, and how it captures the mood of professional sports long before the advent of free agency and multi-million dollar player contracts. read more