Category Archives: Miami Dolphins
There may be other trades that were as bad, but Sid Gillman once dealt Larry Little to the Miami Dolphins for defensive back, Mack Lamb. At the time it may not have seemed such a mistake; Little had not produced much after being signed by the Chargers as a free-agent guard out of Bethune-Cookman in 1967. Looking back now, some 47 years later, one wonders how Gillman made such a blunder.
Little went on to a Hall of Fame career with the Miami Dolphins. Lamb went nowhere. He never appeared in a game with the Chargers, or anyone else. His final professional statistics come as a defensive back of the Miami Dolphins in 1968.
Back before Bob Griese was leading the Miami Dolphins to an undefeated season, the AFL expansion team had its share of quarterback woes. This old Sports Illustrated article talks about some of the trials and tribulations that the Dolphins had to endure before finding their premier signal caller.
HOUSTON, Tex., Sept. 15 — TALKS ABOUT NEW FRANCHISE — Joe Robbie, left, as he talked with newsmen about the American Football League club going into Miami, Florida. He told newsmen that the first thing on the docket was to hire a scout or someone that could start looking for football players to stock the new club. At right is John Breen, Houston Oiler director of player personnel, who attended the news conference. (AP Wirephoto) 1965
I really enjoy old game programs because of the bucketloads of information that they contain. Some of the info is important in nature, some is trivial, but it is nearly all interesting.
This AFL Potpourri article is found in the August 6, 1966, program from a preseason game between the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins. In fact, this was the first game in Dolphins history.
Though much better known as a hardnosed fullback for the Chicago Bears of the 1950s and 1960s, Rick Casares’s last six games were played for the 1966 Miami Dolphins. Casares died in his sleep on Friday, September 13. A full obituary can be found HERE.