Category Archives: San Diego Chargers

So Long, George…

George Pernicano, minority owner of the San Diego Chargers, and personality extraordinaire, passed away last week at age 98, after a long illness.  For those that knew him, George Pernicano was larger than life – all five-foot nothing of him.  But what he lacked in stature, he more than made up with in personality, fun, stories and food.  George Pernicano was a legend in these parts, and his shoes must just be put away forever, as they could never possibly be filled. read more

A Frank Buncom Discovery – 1969 Topps

frank buncom

1965 Topps

I posted recently after learning a bit about the 1967 Milton Bradley football cards.  Since then I’ve picked up more information about another AFL trading card, one which I thought that I already knew all about – the 1969 Topps Frank Buncom.

Those that have been visiting this site for a while know that I have a particular fondness for Frank Buncom.  While living, Buncom was a great linebacker, and by all accounts an even better person.  I have come to know his grandson, Frank Buncom IV, who now plays for Stanford, and I can say without hesitation that he is an equally special individual.  My interest in Buncom the ballplayer naturally (for me, anyway) translated into an interest in Buncom the collectible, and while he is pictured on five 1960s Topps cards, I needed one of each for my autographed sets. read more

The Big Cat at the Big Eat

Golden West Eating Classic

Golden West Eating Classic

In a fun reminiscence for The San Diego Union-Tribune, columnist Logan Jenkins detailed a great story about the Golden West Eating Classic which was held to raise money for Children’s Hospital in 1963.  Famed Charger eater and defensive lineman Ernie Ladd faced Nick Cordileone, “a genial 48-year-old, 270-pound fisherman known up and down the Pacific as the most prodigious eater of the tuna fleet.” read more

A Few Notes on Earl Faison

Chargers’ great, Earl Faison, passed away on June 12.  Regretfully, my website was down and I wasn’t able to post about it.

Earl was the first AFL personality that I met, way back in 1997.  I was a new employee at The San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum, and he had been inducted into our hall of fame in February 1996, so we saw a lot of each other at museum events.  When I decided to write my master’s thesis on Sid Gillman, Earl was the first interview that I scheduled. read more

Back Into the Light… and Some New AFL Talk

Wow…  Let me tell you, it is a challenge to try and keep a website maintained and running well when you have no formal web experience!  Despite my efforts, viruses hit hard, and it takes me a bit of time to figure things out.  But I think we are back on track, and long overdue for some new AFL posts.  A lot has happened in the past few months in our little corner of pro football history – some good, some sad. read more