Category Archives: Lamar Hunt

Super Bowl IV Post Game Interviews

I was looking around YouTube for some new AFL videos, and stumbled across this fantastic bit of coverage from the Chiefs locker room immediatley after they defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.  I had never seen this clip before, and was excited to watch the interviews with Hank Stram, Lamar Hunt and especially Jerry Mays.  Mays was a dominant defensive end, and member of the AFL’s All-Time Team, but despite that recognition is largely unknown by younger generations of football fans.  Jerry Mays died of cancer in 1994, but this glimpse into the past brings him right back with us. read more

Ten-Gallon War – A Book Review

ten-gallon warMuch has been written about the early battles between the fresh-faced American Football League, and their rivals, the long-established National Football League.  Readers with an interest can find texts dedicated to the founding of the AFL, the AFL in the early years, the AFL/NFL merger, and all of the various subcategories that pertain to both leagues.  However, it wasn’t until just recently that fans could easily find the story of one of the greatest battles within the AFL/NFL war, the fight between the Cowboys and Texans for the love and support of the Dallas football fan. read more

Important Moments in AFL History Gallery

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Joe Foss (center) is congratulated by Lamar Hunt (left) and Harry Wismer (right) after being named as the first commissioner of the AFL.

For the past few years I have been putting together a collection of wire service photos that represent some of the more important moments in AFL history.  I recently opened a new photo gallery for this collection, which can be found on the home page.  The gallery is titled, “Important Moments in AFL History.”

The gallery opens with a photo that was distributed by the Associated Press on August 1, 1959.  This image, which is the earliest piece of AFL memorabilia that I have found, shows a young Lamar Hunt, and carries the following caption: DALLAS, TEXAS – AUG 1 – SEEKS NEW FOOTBALL LEAGUE – Lamar Hunt, 26, son of oil billionaire H.L. Hunt of Dallas is seeking to organize a new pro football league which will try to start play in 1960. read more

Why is Johnny Robinson not in the Hall of Fame?

1961 Topps Johnny RobinsonThere is a feeling amongst fans of the American Football League that players from the AFL get overlooked by the voting committees of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Everyone has their own favorite player that they feel has been shorted in the voting process.  Typically fans argue the hardest for a player from their home team.  But when the hall of fame becomes a topic of conversation amongst the more unbiased of AFL fans, one name is generally agreed upon by all as the one man most deserving.  That player is Johnny Robinson of the Dallas Texans & Kansas City Chiefs. read more

>AFL Commissioners through Wire Service Photos


During it’s 10-year history, three men held the post of Commissioner in the American Football League.  Joe Foss, World War II fighter pilot and former South Dakota Governor, was the AFL’s initial commissioner and  helped get the league off the ground.  Legendary Oakland Raiders head man, Al Davis, held a brief three-month stint in the AFL’s top office.  During that time, in response to the NFL’s New York Giants signing kicker Pete Gogolak away from the AFL’s Buffalo Bills, Davis led a frontal attack on the NFL, and helped lead to the eventual merger of the leagues.  Milt Woodard guided the AFL through it’s final four seasons and into the merger with the NFL.  in the years post-merger, Pete Rozelle maintained his position as Commissioner of the NFL, and therefore watched over the National Football Conference (former NFL teams) and American Football Conference (former AFL teams, with the addition of the Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers). Wire service photos are an interesting collectible in that they represent a particular point in time and were a useful tool for use by the media.  Recently a handful of large wire service photo collections have come up for sale on ebay.  Literally hundreds of thousands of these photos, which cover every imaginable subject, have become available to collectors of all sorts.  The following photos mark the changes in AFL Commissioners through the 1960s.  The text below each image is the caption that the wire service used to describe each photo. November 30, 1959 – Joe Foss, center, World War II flying ace, gets a handshake after he was named commissioner of the new American Football League today.  Greeting the former South Dakota governor is Lamar Hunt, left, of Dallas, Texas, and Harry Wismer, right, founders of the new league. April 7, 1966 – Joe Foss resigned his job as commissioner of the American Football League 4/7.  He had held the post for 6-years.  President of the AFL, Ralph Wilson (R) looks on as Foss reads a statement to members of the press.  AFL owners are meeting in Houston to select a new commissioner. April 8, 1966 – NEW AFL COMMISSIONER – Al Davis, above,was named commissioner of the American Football League today.  Davis will replace Joe Foss who resigned yesterday.  Davis has been the Oakland Raiders coach and general manager. July 25, 1966 – QUITS AS AFL COMMISSIONER – Al Davis, above, resigned as commissioner of the American Football League, it was announced by the League in New York today.  Davis succeeded Joe Foss in the job last April 16.  He, in turn, will be succeeded by Milt Woodard, a former assistant commissioner. July 25, 1966 – NEW AFL COMMISSIONER – Milt Woodard, a former assistant commissioner of the American Football League, has been named full commissioner to succeed Al Davis, who resigned today.  Woodard is shown at the League office in New York after the announcement today.