July 13, 1960

Faced with an overwhelming number of hopefuls, the Raider coaching staff ran the players through a number of tests and drills, such as a timed 50-yard dash, and used the grades to make a first round of cuts. Sixteen players got the axe (counting three who left camp voluntarily), including the supremely confident Sandy Lederman, and George Washington’s Ed Hino, who was thought to be a leading contender for the quarterback position early on. The complete list is below.

Among the players who rated highest in the speed category were backs Buddy Allen, Alex Bravo, John Brown, LC Joyner, and Wayne Schneider, and end Dan Edgington.

At the quarterback spot, Tom Flores and Paul Larson appeared to be leading the field. Head coach Eddie Erdelatz said Tony Teresa, a fine two-way quarterback with San Jose State, would be playing halfback. Also garnering early praise from the coaches were halfback Billy Lott, defensive back Eddie Macon, linemen Chris Plain, Don Manoukian, and Don Churchwell, and ends Gene Prebola and Charlie Hardy.

The first crack at a possible starting lineup on offense was:

E Charlie Hardy
E Dan Edgington
T Chris Plain
T Don Churchwell
G Charlie Kaaihue
G Don Manoukian
C Jim Otto
QB Tom Flores
HB Buddy Allen
HB Billy Lott
FB Dean Philpott

Over in the trainer’s corner, Wayne Crow, the first training camp casuality, appeared to have recovered from his ankle injury and was expected to return to camp almost immediately. However, five other players were sent to sick bay with ailments of their own, including end Walt Denny (hamstring pull), halfback Jack Larscheid (hamstring pull), tackle Fred Fehn (unidentified muscle pull), defensive end Charley Powell (strained Achilles tendon), and tackle Jim Woodard (strained right knee). Fehn was expected to be out the longest, at two weeks. The other four were expected to miss no more than a few days.

Roster Cuts:

T Charles Bates
LB Tom Davis (voluntary)
HB Al Feola
HB Max Fields
HB James Hall
QB Ed Hino
HB Vin Hogan (voluntary)
T Curt Iaukea (voluntary)
HB Stan Jones
E Joe Kominski
QB Sandy Lederman
E Mose Mastelotto
QB Ron Newhouse
HB Andrew Pierce
E Gordon Tovani
E Willis Towne

Oakland Tribune

March 9, 1960

Reportedly, the team had 18 players under contract, but only Ed Hino had been named so far. The team did announce that the exhibition schedule was nearly complete. The four confirmed dates were:

August 14, vs the New York Titans, at a California site yet to be determined
August 21, at the Los Angeles Chargers
August 28, at the Buffalo Bills
September 4, at the Boston Patriots

The fifth game was thought likely to be against the Dallas Texans at a West Coast site, but the negotiations weren’t complete.

Oakland Tribune

Quarterback Ed Hino, out of George Washington University, got the honor for first confirmed player signing. In his senior year of 1959, Hino led the Southern Conference in passing with a 43% completion rate, netting 997 yards and three touchdowns while leading a dismal Colonials team to a 1-8 record. Oakland general manager Chet Soda was enthusiastic about the signing but acknowledged that Hino came from a small school and his projected performance in the big leagues was still an open question.

In administrative matters, Soda announced the team would play five preseason games, but none in Oakland. The team already had plans to play the Chargers in Los Angeles and hoped to play games in Sacramento and Seattle as well. The remaining two exhibitions were expected to be on the road against Eastern clubs.

Oakland Tribune
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