Excellent 1961 Chargers vs. Texans video!

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I was reading through my Twitter feed the other day when I came across a link to the film above.  I thought that I had seen most of the early Chargers stuff out there, but this piece from the Chargers vs. Texans preseason game of 1961 was new to me.  This 4.5-minute clip contains a lot of interesting stuff, including sideline interviews, unique camera angles, and some great visuals of Balboa Stadium prior to its complete renovation for the Chargers arrival in ’61.

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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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4 Responses to Excellent 1961 Chargers vs. Texans video!

  1. Howard says:

    Outstanding broadcasting work! Very up close to the action and the players/coaches!

    I watched a lot of NFL games in 1963+ and the CBS coverage was nowhere as interesting to watch. The CBS cameras were fixed at the 50 yard line. No interaction with players or coaches until post game.

    It is a shame the video/film from those days is rare to behold. This was a real gem!

  2. Eddie Arminio says:

    Real gem is right.The video really shows that NBC is trying to attract a new kind of viewer, trying at the time, revolutionary things.The old guard NFL was very set and complacent in their ways.

  3. afl says:

    Great Vintage memories… too, thou within exhaled breath of one another (if not lined up directly vs), what a treat to watch two (then) 1961 AFL rookies, both wearing #77: Texans LOT Jim Tyrer & Chargers RDT Ernie Ladd.

    Tyrer was 6’6 1/4 & listed 232 lbs. at Ohio State his freshman year. Eventually he tipped the scales a reported 316, though usually listed a mere 292. Yet, Ladd is clearly wider & even more ample. Don’t know Ernie’s actual top weight, but him listed at 6’9 324 (suspect that was not ‘generous enough’ a measure.)

    Have never forgotten what Patriots C Jon Morris said about the ‘Big Cat’: “It was dark. I couldn’t see the linebackers. I couldn’t see the goalposts. It was like being locked in a closet. Ladd was so big, he blocked out the sun.”

  4. ekrisher says:

    Great clip! My father, Bill Krisher, is number 65 on the Dallas Texans team.

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