January 27, 1960

Developments in the Oakland ownership derby became more muddled. One of the potential bidders, Bill Jackson, had flown to Dallas to make a presentation, but after witnessing Chet Soda’s pitch, Jackson withdrew from the process, saying Soda had done a great job. However, back in the Bay Area, a fourth group emerged. This one was led by George McKeon, son of a local construction firm owner, and Kezar Stadium concessionaire Bernard Hagen. McKeon and Hagen had sent a telegram to the league asking for consideration of their bid for a team representing San Francisco.

In Dallas, the AFL continued to weigh their options. Observers thought Oakland now had the inside track and that the San Francisco bid seemed unlikely to get much support. These sources pointed out that the AFL had already invaded two NFL cities, New York and Los Angeles, and even a third, if Dallas counted. But the league was still clearly undecided. Bud Adams of Houston and Ralph Wilson of Buffalo were said to favor Atlanta, while Dallas’s Lamar Hunt and Barron Hilton in Los Angeles were Oakland backers. Aiding the Oakland position was confirmation by the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Commission that Kezar Stadium and Candlestick Park would be available as long as a team’s needs didn’t conflict with those of the Giants and 49ers.

Oakland Tribune

January 22, 1960

The University of California regents met and formally denied permission for the use of their stadium by the pros. Meanwhile, the Bill Jackson and Ted Harrer prospective ownership groups finally met for discussions, but no merger agreement came from it. The negotiators couldn’t agree about who would have ultimate authority. To complicate matters further, a third group of investors appeared on the scene, this one headed by local real estate developer Chet Soda. The new group also included Oakland city councilman Robert Osborne and Candlestick Park contractor Charles Harney.

Oakland Tribune

January 21, 1960

Oakland city councilman Frank Youell came out in support of placing a stadium bond on the June ballot. Ideally, he hoped to see approval of a plan to build a 50-60,000 seat facility with up to 10,000 parking spaces, located alongside the Nimitz freeway, bounded by Fifth, Eighth, and Fallon streets.

In ownership news, a report clarified that Bill Jackson and Ted Harrer’s teams had not yet met. The Jackson group announced they had sent a formal application along with the $25,000 entry fee to the league and had been in preliminary talks with Candlestick Park authorities.

Oakland Tribune

January 20, 1960

Ownership group machinations continued. Yet another potential set of investors emerged, this one headed by a pair of Oakland auto dealers: Bill Jackson and Ed Goldie. The Jackson/Goldie group also included Stanford graduate and NFL great, Ernie Nevers, who was thought to be a general manager candidate. A plan developed to merge the Jackson/Goldie group with Ted Harrer’s group. The Jackson/Goldie team claimed to have raised $500,000 among ten investors while Harrer said his group had come up with $350,000 so far. Barron Hilton thought the team would need a minimum of $250,000 ready cash to survive the first year.

Oakland Tribune