July 15, 1960

Most of the news out of Raider camp was about injuries. While the team had revised its estimate of the time Jim Woodard would be out downward to about a week, end Ron Beagle was facing the possibility of calling it quits due to a knee injury of his own. Beagle had hurt the knee a year earlier while playing for his service team at Camp Lejeune and had had surgery, but the old injury had flared up in camp and was not responding to treatment. Beagle worried that his time was up. “A pro club doesn’t carry an injured player too long,” he said, “It just isn’t financially sound.”

Head coach Eddie Erdelatz, who had coached Beagle during his days at the Naval Academy said he would “give him every opportunity, because when he’s right he’s tops.”

While Beagle considered his future, two more players left camp voluntarily. Brothers Clark and Dave Holden left together without giving a reason, but it was generally thought they were going to be in the next batch of cuts anyway.

On the practice field the coaches made a minor adjustment in the offensive lineup moving Billy Lott from halfback to Dean Philpott‘s fullback spot and installing Ray Peterson in the vacant halfback slot. Meanwhile, tryouts for the placekicking and punting duties continued and had come down to a competition between linebacker Larry Barnes and defensive back Bob Fails, both of whom were showing well in practice.

Oakland Tribune

June 15, 1960

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

Joe Barbee, T Kent State, named to first team All-Mid American Conference end in his senior year, 1954, but had no NFL experience since.

Cloyd Boyette, T Texas Southern, who had had his rights assigned to Oakland following his selection by Minneapolis/St Paul in the first AFL draft.

Dave Holden, T Cal State-Los Angeles, originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 18th round in 1959.

Billy Ray Locklin, T New Mexico State, was named to the All-Border Conference team in 1958, then recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the 1959 Sun Bowl as part of a 28-8 victory over North Texas State.

Irv Nikolai, E Stanford, most noted for his role in the 1958 Big Game when he was ruled out of bounds while attempting to catch a two-point conversion pass, thereby giving Cal a 16-15 win.

Ron Sabal, G Purdue, drafted in 1958 in the 19th round by the Philadelphia Eagles, but did not play during the regular season.

Mac Starnes, C Abilene Christian, drafted in 1958 by the Chicago Cardinals in the 17th round.

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