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.

Oakland Tribune

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.”

Oakland Tribune

Apr 052016
 

The Raiders announced the hiring of 37-year-old Ed Cody as backfield coach. Cody, a fifth-round draft choice of the Packers in 1946, spent four years in the NFL as a two-way fullback, playing for Green Bay and the Bears. Following his playing days, he eventually ended up on the coaching staff at UC Santa Barbara, where he worked until Oakland came calling.

Oakland Tribune

Apr 042016
 

The Raiders announced their full regular season schedule, though they still had yet to settle on a site to play their home games. The schedule included three Friday night games, a Saturday afternoon closer against the Broncos and a bye the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

All games Sunday afternoon unless otherwise noted:

  • September 11, vs Houston
  • September 16, vs Dallas (Fri)
  • September 25, at Houston
  • October 2, at Denver
  • October 9, at Dallas
  • October 16, vs Boston
  • October 23, at Buffalo
  • October 28, at New York (Fri)
  • November 4, at Boston (Fri)
  • November 13, vs Buffalo
  • November 20, bye
  • November 27, at Los Angeles
  • December 4, vs Los Angeles
  • December 11, vs New York
  • December 17, vs Denver (Sat)

Oakland Tribune

Apr 042016
 

The Raiders continued to be enthusiastic about the signing of Cal halfback Wayne Crow. Head coach Eddie Erdelatz said that Crow, who had been the Bears’ starting quarterback, would return to his halfback spot with the Raiders. However, Erdelatz also said he planned to install an offense that used plenty of halfback passes, so Crow would still get to air it out on occasion.

In other news, there was more about the departure of former owner Harvey Binns. Oakland Tribune columnist Alan Ward suggested that Binns’ displeasure with his fellow owners was something of an open secret and his selling out was no surprise. Binns was said to be unhappy with the “slide rule” approach to putting together a team and thought more attention should have been paid to assembling a team with more entertainment value.

Oakland Tribune

Apr 042016
 

The team announced that co-owner and restaurateur Harvey Binns was getting out of the football business by selling his interest in the Raiders back to the remaining seven owners. Binns said he was not happy with the way Chet Soda was dominating football operations. “When we named Soda general manager it was to be a temporary thing until we hired a man with professional football experience,” he explained, “but now he doesn’t want to step down. The club needs someone with a pro background in that spot.”

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Mar 072016
 

The Raiders announced the signing of 6’0″, 185-pound halfback Ron Drzewiecki. He was a first-round draft choice of the Bears in 1955 after starring at Marquette. Drzewiecki spent 1955 and 1957 with the Bears, mostly as a kick returner, while getting the occasional carry out of the backfield. He had been out of pro ball since getting cut in camp in 1958.

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Mar 072016
 

The Raiders had yet to publish a regular season schedule for the 1960 campaign but a handful of other AFL teams were starting to release information and four dates were now tentatively set:

  • September 11, vs Houston
  • September 18, at Denver
  • October 2, at Houston
  • November 4, at Boston

Oakland Tribune

Mar 072016
 

The Raiders finalized their exhibition season schedule by arranging a game against the Dallas Texans on July 31 at Kezar Stadium. The game was to be sponsored by the Children’s Hospital of the East Bay, with the proceeds from the gate going to the hospital.

The complete exhibition schedule was now set:

  • July 31, vs Dallas
  • August 14, vs New York
  • August 21, at Los Angeles
  • August 28, at Buffalo
  • September 4, at Boston

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