Jun 062016

The Raiders announced they had expanded their roster to 67 players with the signing of seven new members:

Joe Barbee, a 6’3″, 250-pound tackle from Kent State. He was named first-team All-Mid American Conference in 1954 and signed with the Colts as a free agent in 1955. He failed to make the team out of camp, however, and spent most of the rest of the decade playing on service teams with the Air Force in Texas and Ohio.

Claude Boyette, tackle, had had his signing rights assigned to Oakland in March by the league, but only now was signed to a contract by the team.

Dave Holden, a 6’6″, 248-pound tackle from Los Angeles State. A junior college transfer from Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys, he was an All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honorable mention player with the Diablos his senior year and an 18th round draft choice of the Lions in 1959.

Billy Ray Locklin, a 6’2″, 225-pound tackle from New Mexico State. He played both end and guard for the Aggies before switching to tackle and made 1st team All-Border Conference his junior year. He spent much of his senior season nursing an ankle injury, but capped off the year with a fumble recovery in the end zone in his team’s 28-8 win over North Texas State in the Sun Bowl. The Chargers drafted him, but let him go, giving Oakland the chance to pick him up.

Irv Nikolai, a 6’2″, 205-pound end from Stanford. An Alameda High School product and junior college transfer, he was a prolific, but injury-prone, pass catcher for the Indians. He was originally a Boston Patriots draft choice before coming back home to the Raiders.

Ron Sabal, a 6’3″, 250-pound guard from Purdue. He made 3rd team All-Big Ten as a senior and was picked in the 19th round of the 1958 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Sabal impressed coaches in camp and started a pre-season game, but was ultimately cut before the regular season and moved on to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian leagues in 1959.

Mac Starnes, a 6’3″, 215-pound center from Abilene Christian. In 1956, he made 1st-team All-Gulf Coast Conference as a junior and 2nd-team All-Lone Star Conference the following year. He was drafted in 1958 by the Chicago Cardinals in the 17th round, but didn’t make the regular season roster.

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May 302016

The Raiders added a new member to the team’s ruling partnership. Forty-seven-year-old Wallace Marsh, president and chief executive officer of Cupertino’s Permanente Cement Company, part of the Kaiser industrial empire, joined the other seven owners as a full voting partner. Marsh replaced Harvey Binns, who had relinquished his share of the team in late April.

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May 252016

The Raiders announced the signing of a pair of speedy halfbacks to bolster their squad. Ray Peterson, out of West Virginia, had been a top sprinter for the Mountaineers. Wayne Schneider, a graduate of Oakland High School, had been named All-Skyline Conference for Colorado State in 1958 and held the school’s career rushing record at the time of his graduation. Both teams had originally been picked in the AFL draft by Buffalo, while Peterson had also been chosen in the 14th round by the Eagles in the NFL draft. However, both players were free agents at the time of their signing by the Raiders.

The team also announced that Commissioner Foss had approved the squad’s colors of black, gold, and white.

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May 242016

The Raiders announced the signing of ex-College of the Pacific signal-caller Tom Flores. The 6’1”, 190-pound Flores was one of the country’s top passers during his junior and senior years with the Tigers and, after college, spent time with the Washington Redskins in training camp. After being cut by the Redskins, he moved north to play with the CFLs Calgary Stampeders, then joined the Bakersfield Spoilers of the Pacific Football Conference, where he played mostly on defense. A recurring shoulder injury eventually forced him out of the game.

Despite Flores’s shoulder problems, Eddie Erdelatz called him early in 1960 to see if he wanted to give pro football one more go. According to the Raider head coach, Flores was reluctant to return to the game, but Erdelatz was persistent and suggested some exercises that he thought would help. Persuaded, Flores worked hard to rebuild his strength and when Raider backfield coach Ernie Jorge saw him at a Pacific alumni game in the spring, Jorge was impressed and convinced Erdelatz to sign him. By all account, his shoulder was in great shape and Flores was now the biggest quarterback on the Raider roster in both size and the esteem of Raider management.

Meanwhile, the team’s business office released updated season ticket information, saying the total sold was now 7,900. However, the team also revised the season’s expected sale downward from 18,000 to a figure between 10,000 and 12,000.

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May 172016

In a conversation with Oakland Tribune columnist, Ray Haywood, Chet Soda discussed expenses. The Raider general manager said the team would spend an estimated $925,000 for the 1960 season, as partially itemized below:

  • $285,000 player salaries
  • $45,000 equipment
  • $31,600 training camp expenses
  • $13,000 training camp transportation
  • $60,000 air travel during the season
  • $10,000 telephone calls
  • $35,000 scouting
  • $140,000 administrative expenses and salaries

Soda estimated the team would need home attendance to average between 30,000 and 32,000 per game just to break even.

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May 112016

The Raiders announced they had sold 6,000 season tickets for the 1960 campaign and expected to increase that number to 18,000 by the opener. The team also announced a revised exhibition schedule:

July 31, vs Dallas Texans at Kezar Stadium
August 12, vs New York Titans at California site to be determined
August 19, vs Los Angeles Chargers at Kezar Stadium
August 24, at Buffalo
September 4, at Boston

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May 092016

The Raiders announced the signing of two new players, 5’9″, 240-pound guard Don Manoukian and 6’1″, 225-pound fullback Larry Barnes. Manoukian, who last had played organized football as a senior at Stanford in 1957, spent the next two years in pro wrestling before joining the Raiders. Barnes, a Colorado State grad, played in ten games for the 49ers in 1957, gaining 78 yards on 20 carries. Released by San Francisco after the season, he was teaching school in Nebraska when the AFL came calling. The team indicated Barnes would likely play at linebacker or on the defensive line rather than on offense.

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Apr 052016

Raiders owner and general manager Chet Soda announced the team would play its 1960 regular season home games in Kezar Stadium. The team came to the decision by a vote of ownership and was currently negotiating with the San Francisco Park and Recreation Commission to set terms. While the regular season was now set, the team was looking into regional sites for their preseason contests. Though the exhibition opener was to be in Kezar, the team thought they might schedule a game in Sacramento or another city in the area.

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Apr 052016

The Raiders announced a trade with the Dallas Texans. Quarterback Fran Curci was sent to Dallas in exchange for tackle Dalton Truax. Truax, a Tulane graduate and a third-round pick of the Packers in 1957, but had no regular season experience. Curci, meanwhile, was happy about the opportunity to play for Texans head coach Hank Stram, Curci’s backfield coach at the University of Miami.

A Raiders representative cited a surplus of quarterbacks as the reason for the trade suggested that Truax could play on either the offensive or defensive line for Oakland.

Oakland Tribune

Apr 052016

Even as the Raiders were finalizing their preseason roster, there will still large logistical problems to solve, such as finding a place to play. Some small measure of progress was finally made when the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission announced they had granted permission to the team to play the exhibition opener on July 31 against the Dallas Texans at Kezar Stadium.

While the team was certain to play its games across the bay, there was still hope they would have some kind of presence in the East Bay. To that end, Alameda County offered the county fairgrounds in Pleasanton to the team as the site for their training camp. County Supervisor Chester Stanley explained, “This is an Alameda County team and we should keep it here to train.”

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