November 15, 1964 - The Chargers defense swarms over Chiefs running back, Curtis McClinton.
November 6, 1964 - George Blanda drops back against the Patriots defense in Fenway Park.
November 23, 1967 - Daryle Lamonica and the Raiders facing the tough Chiefs defense in Kansas City Municipal Stadium.
I was born in San Diego. I grew up with Dan Fouts throwing to John Jefferson, Chuck Muncie diving over piles into the end zone, and Louie Kelcher eating quarterbacks for lunch. In later years I watched some very good, and also some very bad Chargers football. I have written books about the team, collected their memorabilia, reorganized the team photo archive (twice), redecorated the team offices, interviewed more than 100 former players, authenticated their game used memorabilia for NFL Auctions, answered questions about team history for their own PR office, contributed to their 50th Anniversary DVD, and more that I have likely forgotten. Needless to say, the Chargers leaving my hometown has made an impression on me today.
Here is a neat piece in which Patriot greats Larry Garron and Gino Cappelletti, recall the organization’s earliest days. They share a collective 20 years in a Patriots uniform (19 of which were spent in the AFL), 80 touchdowns and nine AFL All-Star Games. It could be said that no two players better represent the early Patriots than Garron and Cappelletti.
Sports cards and memorabilia have played a large role in my life, and I consider myself fortunate to make a living working in and around my hobby. This past year has been spent writing a lot about trading card sets and athletes of all sports, though my favorite subjects remain AFL-related.
Last month I wrote a piece about collecting cards and memorabilia of Chargers great, Lance Alworth. The article ran in our company magazine, The Sports Market Report.
Last month AFL author, Dave Steidel, sent me a couple of new stories that he had written for Tales. Here is the first, a look back at Abner Haynes’s flub (or not flub?) in the 1962 AFL Championship Game. ~Todd Tobias
Dear Abner, The Ref Goofed! by Dave Steidel
Left or right, vanilla or chocolate, drive or walk, small or large? Decisions, decisions, decisions! Something that we are faced with on a daily basis. But as we all know, they are not always black or white. Instead of left or right, sometimes we can go straight. Vanilla or chocolate? Ever hear of a ‘black cow’? Drive or walk, how about peddling! Small or large? What about medium? Forced choices are part of narrow band of decisions that gives us only limited options and at times we have to bite the bullet, so to speak, and choose either one or the other base on the information we have available to us at the time. And you will see in this article, in pro-football, at least in AFL in 1962, the choices when winning a coin toss ARE NOT simply to kick or receive!
This has been a difficult year in many respects, but certainly in the area of cultural icons that have left us. It was no different among the AFL members. Please take a moment to remember the following men, read the obituary linked to each, and if you have a story about one-or-more of them, please share it in the comments section below.
January 16 – Joe Hergert – Linebacker/Kicker – Buffalo Bills – 1960-61