July 31, 1960

Seven months, almost to the day, following the awarding of a franchise to Oakland, the Raiders assembled to play their first game, against the Dallas Texans at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.

The day dawned chilly and windy, with a drizzling rain that fell all morning. As game time approached, the rain stopped and the temperature climbed into the mid-60s, but the weather was still raw for the Bay Area in July, and as the stands filled, it was clear the team was not going to reach their attendance goals. By the 1:30pm kickoff, just 12,000 or so showed up to watch (later corrected to 10,882).

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June 19, 1960

Chet Soda announced that the Raiders had hired noted swing bandleader and Oakland native Del Courtney to be the team’s musical director. Courtney was “thrilled” to be hired by the Raiders and said he was “looking forward to providing the Raiders and their fans with one of the most colorful and exciting football bands in the country.”

Oakland Tribune