Lance Alworth’s Archive – 1964 AFL All-Star Jersey

Lance AlworthLiving in San Diego and researching the American Football League, I have been fortunate to develop a relationship with Chargers hall of fame wide receiver, Lance Alworth.  Lance played an integral role in my first book, Charging Through the AFL, and in the years since it was published, we have worked together on several occasions.  One ongoing project that I have been able to help him out with is the management of the memorabilia that he accumulated during his years of involvement with professional football.  Despite his many successes and accolades, Lance does not care to have a display room to show off his trophies and memorabilia.  Instead, he asked me to catalog and archive it all, to ensure that it was all kept neat and in one place.  As a fan/researcher/memorabilia collector, this was one of the most enjoyable projects that I have been involved with.  There are jerseys, trophies, photos, game balls, cleats and all manner of photographs and publications in Lance’s football “accumulation.”

One piece that I particularly enjoyed is Alworth’s game jersey from the American Football League All-Star Game in January, 1964.  Lance shared the title of AFL Most Valuable Player in 1963.  In his first full season in the league, he caught 61 passes for 1,205 yards and 11 touchdowns, helped the Chargers to a 51-10 victory over the Boston Patriots in the 1963 AFL Championship Game, and generally wreaked havoc on secondaries throughout the AFL.  When all-star rosters were announced, it came as a surprise to no one that Lance Alworth would be playing for the western division squad.  Lance’s fantastic season continued on through the all-star game, and he caught six passes for 102 yards, though his western division squad lost the game by a score of 27-24.

Lance Alworth All Star Jersey

Lance still has his jersey from the game.  His classic #19 is displayed proudly on the red jersey with white shoulders, as opposed to the more familiar Chargers powder blue.  The jersey is still in wonderful condition, showing slight examples of use from a contest that occurred nearly 50 years ago.

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Todd Tobias (790 Posts)

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.


6 Responses to Lance Alworth’s Archive – 1964 AFL All-Star Jersey

  1. Thanks for posting that, Todd. There were no color action shots of that game that I know of, and most fans din’t know what colors the teams wore.

  2. Todd Tobias says:

    No problem, Ange. Glad I could help!

  3. Greg says:

    This is great. Finally a color image and nice specs on these jerseys.

  4. Me & Bambi says:

    […] the great and wondrous Lance Alworth, rising above the Boston Patriots’ defensive back Bob Suci (OK, I had to look up his first name) […]

  5. […] working in Lance Alworth’s football archive a few weeks back, I posted an article featuring Lance’s 1964 AFL All-Star Game jersey, which he still owns.  It is a beautiful jersey, and the photos that I took of the jersey gave […]

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