Here is a nice bit of information that is available on the Tennessee Titans website. Thanks to reader Todd Kurlan for bringing it to my attention.
- August 3-K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr., announces Houston’s entry into the American Football League.
- August 15-AFL formally organized with six cities: Los Angeles, New York, Denver, Dallas, Houston and Minneapolis-St Paul.
- October 31-Adams names the team “Oilers” – “for sentimental and social reasons.”
- November 22-AFL conducts first player draft. Oilers select Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon of LSU.
- December 8-Oilers sign first players, Don Hitt and Tony Banfield, both of Oklahoma State.
- January 1-Oilers sign their first draft choice in LSU’s Billy Cannon.
- January 3-Oilers name former Cleveland great Lou Rymkus as first head coach.
- February 20-Oilers sign veteran pro quarterback George Blanda.
- March 8-Houston School Board approves lease of Jeppesen Stadium to K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr., and gives permission to increase seating capacity from 22,000 to 36,000.
- June 21-Court rules that Billy Cannon will play with the Houston Oilers.
- July 15-Houston opens first training camp at the University of Houston with daily practices to be held at Busch Field during season.
- August 6-Oilers lose 27-10 to Dallas Texans in first preseason game at Tulsa.
- August 20-Oilers defeat Denver 42-3 before 18,500 in home debut at Jeppesen.
- September 11-Oilers win first regular season contest 37-22 over Oakland at San Francisco. Charles Hennigan scores first Oiler TD on a 43-yard pass from George Blanda. Dave Smith scores first Oiler rushing TD on eight-yard run.
- December 11-Oilers clinch AFL Eastern Division title with 31-23 win over Buffalo at Houston.
- December 29-Lou Rymkus named AFL’s first Coach of the Year.
- January 1-Oilers win first AFL Championship by defeating Los Angeles Chargers 24-16 before 32,000 fans at Jeppesen Stadium. Billy Cannon is named game’s MVP; Blanda completes 16 of 32 passes for 301 yards and three TDs. Winning players share: $1,016.42.
- September 9-Oilers open regular season with a 55-0 rout of Oakland at Jeppesen despite threats from Hurricane Carla.
- October 16-Wally Lemm replaces Lou Rymkus as head coach after Oilers open with 1-3-1 record.
- October 22-Oilers defeat Dallas Texans 38-7 in first outing under Wally Lemm. George Blanda comes off the bench to throw three TD passes, make a 53-yard field goal, and kick three PAT’s.
- October 29-George Blanda sets AFL passing record with 464 yards on 18-of-32 passing for four TDs as Oilers win 28-16 at Buffalo.
- November 19-George Blanda throws seven touchdown passes against New York in 49-13 win to set AFL record and the all-time pro record.
- December 3-Oilers defeat previously unbeaten San Diego 33-13 before Houston’s largest crowd, 37,845. Charles Hennigan catches 10 passes for 214 yards and three TDs. George Blanda hits on 20 of 34 attempts for 351 yards and four TDs and kicks AFL-record 55-yard field goal.
- December 17-Oilers win second consecutive Eastern Division crown by beating Oakland 47-16 in Oakland. Oilers become first pro team in history to score over 500 points in one season with 513 points in 14 games.
- December 20-Wally Lemm is named AFL Coach of the Year.
- December 23-George Blanda is named AFL Player of the Year.
- December 24-Oilers win second consecutive AFL title, defeating Chargers 10-3 at San Diego. Billy Cannon wins MVP award for second consecutive year. Winning players share: $1,724.00.
- February 23-Wally Lemm resigns to become the head coach of St. Louis Cardinals.
- March 5-Oilers name Frank “Pop” Ivy as head coach.
- September 16-Oilers lose to Boston 34-21 in first pro game in historic Harvard Stadium.
- October 14-Oilers set AFL scoring record with 56-17 win over New York as George Blanda throws six TD passes.
- December 15-Oilers win third consecutive Eastern Division title with 44-10 victory over New York. Charlie Tolar gets 107 yards on 18 carries to become the first Oiler back to gain over 1,000 yards in a season. Oilers compile best regular season record in club’s history with 11-3 mark.
- December 23-Oilers lose AFL title to Dallas Texans 20-17 in historic six-quarter game.
- December 22-Oilers lose 52-49 at Oakland in “Pop” Ivy’s final game as head coach.
- March 1-Oilers announce building of a new training site at Fannin and Braeswood.
- June 2-Frank “Pop” Ivy relieved of head coach-general manager duties. “Bud” Adams names Sammy Baugh as head coach and Carroll Martin as general manager.
- July 15-Oilers open training camp at new site-Fannin and Braeswood.
- September 8-Oilers trade Billy Cannon to Oakland for Bob Jackson, Sonny Bishop and Dobie Craig.
- September 13-Rookie Sid Blanks sets AFL record with 91-yard TD run against New York at Houston.
- December 18-Sammy Baugh resigns as Oiler head coach.
- December 20-Oilers play final game in Jeppesen Stadium, defeating Denver 34-15 to end season with 4-10 record. Charles Hennigan catches 101st pass of season to set new all-time pro record.
- December 22-Hugh “Bones” Taylor named Oiler head coach as Sammy Baugh stays on staff as assistant.
- June 5-Oilers announce they will not play in Harris County Dome Stadium because of “unrealistic lease agreement.” Sign five-year lease with Rice University for use of Rice Stadium.
- January 13-K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr., names Don Klosterman as Oilers’ Executive Vice-President and General Manager.
- January 29-Wally Lemm is named Oiler Head Coach by Dan Klosterman.
- June 8-Oilers sign Ernie Ladd; Commissioner awards Willie Frazier and Pete Jaquess to San Diego in compensation.
- June 9-The AFL and NFL announce plans to merge into one league by 1970. Common draft and championship game are scheduled immediately.
- September 3-Oilers open regular season play with 45-7 home victory over the Denver Broncos. Denver was held to no first downs, an AFL record.
- March 14-First common draft between AFL and NFL; Oilers take Michigan State All-America George Webster as their No. 1 choice.
- April 2-Oilers announce they will hold 1967 training camp at Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Texas. Only third time in history Oilers will have trained outside Houston.
- December 17-Oilers clinch Eastern Division title with 24-17 win over San Diego at Rice Stadium and become first team to go from cellar to division title in one season, a feat accomplished with 15 rookies on the squad.
- December 20-Four Oilers are named to All-AFL team. DE Pat Holmes, CB Miller Farr, G Bob Talamini and rookie LB George Webster named to AFL elite unit.
- December 23-Oiler LB George Webster is unanimous choice as AFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.
- December 31-Oakland Raiders break open close game in second quarter and wallop Oilers 40-7 in AFL Championship Game. Only Oiler TD comes in fourth quarter on pass from Pete Beathard to Charles Frazier.
- February 10-Oiler owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr., announces that Oilers will move to the Harris County Dome Stadium for the 1968 season. Contract with Rice will be settled.
- January 25-Oiler LB George Webster is one of four AFL players named to Pro Football Writers Association’s first combined All-Pro team.
- April 15-Jim Norton, last of the original Houston Oilers, announces his retirement after nine years and Oiler owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr., retires his #43 jersey.
- December 14-Oilers need victory over Boston in Astrodome to assure playoff spot as runner-up team in Eastern Division despite 5-6-2 record. Oilers come from behind to take 27-23 triumph.
- December 21-Oilers lose bid for championship in 56-7 loss to Oakland in playoff game. Daryle Lamonica hurls six TD passes for Raiders.