Charlie Powell, San Diego High and Partleton Sports

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Prior to becoming a three-sport professional athlete (minor league baseball, football and boxing), Charlie Powell was a four-sport high school terror.  Powell, who went straight from his high school squad to the San Francisco 49ers defensive line and later the Oakland Raiders, is still referred to reverentially by those who watched the man-child on the prep fields for San Diego High School.

Rick Smith, one-time PR Director for the San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams, is arguably the single-most knowledgeable person in the world when it comes to the history of San Diego-area high school athletics.  Along that line, Smith and Henrik Jonson have developed a website dedicated to documenting San Diego prep sports history, with a special nod to football.  One of Smith’s latest articles focuses on Charlie Powell, and his time spent on Duane Maley’s gridiron squads.  You can find the article HERE.


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Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

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7 Responses to Charlie Powell, San Diego High and Partleton Sports

  1. John Spoulos says:

    Was that number 87 jersey Charlie was wearing the first Raider uniform jersey? I remember as a kid thinking I saw the raiders wearing black helmets…

    • 0tt060-74 says:

      Charlie Powell played for the Oakland Raiders in 1960 and 1961. This being a 1962 football card, I assume this is his uniform from 1961, which was the same as their 1960 uniforms. The Raiders helmet was solid black in 1960-61, and had a single white stripe in 1962 only.

  2. Tom says:

    It’s great to know stories of mid 20th century SoCal prep football history were not all lost to time and indifference, an article like this is a marvelous testamount to Mr Smith and others, ability to reclaim the not so distant past and write of those involved in days that may seem different enough to capture ones imagination.
    The stars of the 1950 Fullerton Indians team were Don Hudson and Jewel Owens, Covina HS Jim Hannifan was the other to make All CIF at end in 1950. The All LA City end in 1950 was Monte Clark, Clark attended USC and Hannifan to Cal.

    Charley Powell at the age of 20 became the youngest player to record a safety in an NFL game.

  3. Todd Tobias says:

    I thought you’d like this one, Tom.

  4. Tom says:

    Thanks Todd for your continued development of Tales and if I can speak for the others, you have our upmost appreciation for the time and effort you take in bringing this to us.
    The interviews you’ve done are a treasure, when you realize, some were before never once interviewed or had their story made public. Some were cursed by injury, circumstance and opportunity and when their playings days ended, their real lives began, some did well others not so well. Pro Football and football in general for players begins a lifetime actuarial that truly is a testament to a life and death of which we can all be reminded.
    In 1950 Charley Powell and LA Jefferson HS Rommie Loudd were the best ends in the state, Rommie saw a meteoric rise in fame and fortune vanish in an instant in the WFL.

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