Category Archives: New York Titans

Did You Know…

…  that former NBA coach, Pat Riley, has a tie to the American Football League?  His brother, Lee Riley, played defensive back for the New York Titans, and led the AFL with 11 interceptions in 1962.  The following link shows a page from William Ryczek’s fantastic book, Crash of the Titans, in which he discusses Riley.  If you have never read  Crash, do yourself a favor and find a copy.  It is a fantastic, in-depth look at perhaps the worst-managed, yet most colorful of AFL teams. read more

Jack Klotz Entered Pennsylvanie HoF

Jack Klotz was a relatively large (for the time – 6’4″, and 260 lbs.) offensive tackle who played in the American Football League from 1960-1964.  During that time Klotz played for the New York Titans, San Diego Chargers (three games), New York Jets and ultimately, Houston Oilers.

In 2010, Jack Klotz was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.  His old team, the Jets, put out the following piece on their website. read more

New York Titans become Jets

Fifty-one years ago this week saw the death of one of the AFL’s most storied teams, and the birth of another.  Harry Wismer had been the head man of the New York Titans from the franchise’s inception in 1960 through 1962 when the team was taken from him due, ultimately, to his lack of finances.

Famed talent agent, Sonny Werblin,bought the Titans for $1 million.  He changed their name to “Jets,” and after installing Weeb Ewbank as his head coach and Joe Namath at quarterback, had the team playing for a world championship within five seasons. read more

Bulldog Turner is New Titans’ Coach

On December 19, 1961, Clyde “Bulldog” Turner took over the reigns of the New York Titans from the club’s inaugural head coach, Sammy Baugh.  Baugh handled the Titans and more importantly, their mercurial owner, Harry Wismer, for nearly two full seasons.  By the end of his tenure, the relationship between the two was greatly strained.  Though the Titans had some talent on their squad, Turner was no more successful that Baugh.  By 1963 the Titans had been pulled from Wismer and sold to Sonny Werblin who renamed them the Jets, and started down the path towards Super Bowl III. read more

Who was Dick Jamieson?

This is the final article in my three-piece, mini-series pertaining to the autographed cards that I recently added to my collections.  As with Gene Grabosky and Billy Lott, picking up two signed Dick Jamieson cards sent me to Google to learn a little bit more about this former New York Titans quarterback.

Coming out of college at Bradley, Dick Jamieson was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 25th round of the 1959 NFL Draft.  He was cut by the Eagles, but picked up by the Colts, and spent the 1959 season in Baltimore.  In 1960, he was signed by the Dallas Texans of the new American Football League, but was soon traded to the New York Titans, with whom he spent the 1960 & 1961 season as a back-up to Al Dorow. read more