September 25, 1960

Final statistics

  

The result was in doubt until the second-to-last play, but the Raiders got their first regular season win in franchise history by beating the Oilers 14-13. The day started when forecasted rain showers never arrived, but protesters outside the stadium did. Picketers stood outside Houston’s Jeppesen Stadium gates protesting racially-segregated seating arrangements. The actions may have had some effect as only 16,421 people took their seats, far less than the 25,000 expected or hoped for by the teams and the league.

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September 24, 1960

While concern for the recuperating assistant coach Ernie Jorge ruled the day, the Raiders held a light workout in advance of tomorrow’s game against the Oilers. Light for everyone, that is, except Eddie Erdelatz. While demonstrating technique in a tackling dummy drill, the Raider head coach broke the big toe on his right foot. The injury wasn’t expected to keep his off the sideline during the game, but it did promise to be uncomfortable for a while.

And in equally exciting news, the team announced a contest to find a water boy. The winner of the contest would be the one who found the most anagrams within the word “Raiders” and would see his first action on October 16 at Kezar Stadium against the Patriots.

Hayward Daily Review
Oakland Tribune
San Mateo Times

September 22, 1960

The Raiders were heading to Houston tomorrow and Eddie Erdelatz had something to get off his chest before they did. “It’s unfortunate a team in our position was scheduled against the two best teams in four of the first five games,” meaning Dallas and Houston.

“Because of our late start, we are still trying to place our personnel while almost every other team in the league has been set for weeks. Sometimes you have to experiment quite a lot before you find the right man for the right spot, and it is even more difficult with us because we are still trying to help ourselves with cuts from other teams.

“We’ve had quite a turnover in personnel and it isn’t finished yet, so you can see that we have problems in addition to the routine work involved in preparing for a football game each week. Take Dallas and Houston, for instance. They were two of the first teams in the league and they have top personnel. They knew pretty well what their players could do before training opened, and they have gone pretty much with the same units since early in the exhibition season.

“Most of our players were complete strangers, so it was a matter of slowly grading them to find out just who could do what. Now, it is almost like going back into training camp when we pick up new players. We have to first find out if they can play football then teach them to play our way. It puts an added burden on the coaches and the squad because you can’t concentrate on simply preparing for next week’s opponent.”

The roster experimentation continued today with another move. The team signed 5’10”, 185-pound halfback Bob Keyes. Keyes, who played his college ball for Antelope Junior College and the University of San Diego, had previously been in camp with the 49ers, but had been cut by them a little over a week ago. To make room for Keyes, the Raiders released defensive back LC Joyner. On the team since April, Joyner had looked pretty good in the preseason and had started the opener against Houston, but became expendable in the interim.

There was also a report in the Hayward Daily Review that Babe Parilli would start at quarterback in place of Tom Flores, but the piece didn’t identify a team source for the information and no mention of the switch was found in the other area papers.

While last minute preparations for travel were underway, the team was hit hard by the sobering news that offensive line coach Ernie Jorge had suffered a heart attack sometime during the evening. Erdelatz reported that his long-time assistant was expected to make a full recovery but would likely be bedridden for more than a month in the meantime.

Billings Gazette
Farmington Daily Times
Hayward Daily Review
Oakland Tribune

September 15, 1960

Talk about the Raiders continued to center around their financial health. Specifically, whether they could draw enough fans to stay solvent and stay in the Bay Area, or even the league. Chet Soda gave voice to the issue. “I’m a bit concerned over our attendance and income,” he said, “We hoped to do better. Maybe things will improve. All we can do is hope.”

The coaching staff believed things had improved on the field with the recent roster additions, most notably, Al Hoisington and Paul Oglesby. Eddie Erdelatz said Oglesby, a tackle replacing Don Churchwell, “has fine moves and I’m sure he will help us.”

Hoisington, a flanker, noted for his speed and size, had performed well in Texans camp, showing a knack for losing defenders in coverage, and had looked good in his first Raider practice as well.

Assistant coach Ernie Jorge was encouraged by what he’d seen from the whole team during their short week of practice following their disappointing loss to the Oilers. “We think we have things patched up,” he said, “and while we realize that Dallas is as tough as anybody in the league, we’ll make a lot better showing this week than last.”

Those same Texans had arrived in town for Friday night’s game looking to avenge a loss of their own, a discouraging 21-20 loss to the Chargers. They had led at the half, 20-7, but much like the Raiders, second half mistakes and missed opportunities had doomed their efforts.

Hayward Daily Review
Oakland Tribune
San Mateo Times

June 6, 1960

The Raiders announced the signing of ex-Pacific signal-caller Tom Flores. Flores, who spent time in training camp with the Washington Redskins in 1958 before being cut, played a few games with the CFLs Calgary Stampeders before a recurring shoulder injury finally sent him packing for good.

While at Pacific he had finished fourth in the country in total offense as a junior in 1956 and sixth in passing his senior year with the Tigers and Erdelatz called him early in 1960 to see if he wanted to give pro football one more go. According to Erdelatz, Flores was reluctant to try again, but the Raider coach suggested some exercises to try. Persuaded, he worked hard to rebuild his strength and when backfield coach Ernie Jorge saw him at a Pacific alumni game in the spring, he was impressed and Jorge convinced Erdelatz to sign him. His shoulder was reportedly now in great shape and Flores, at 6’1” and 190 lbs., was immediately the biggest quarterback on the Raider roster in both size and esteem.

The team released updated season ticket information, saying the total sold was now 7,900, but the estimate for the total season sales was now revised downward to 10,000 to 12,000.

Oakland Tribune

 

February 9, 1960

A day after he was hired as head coach, Eddie Erdelatz made a hire of his own. He picked Ernie Jorge, one of his former assistants at Navy, to join the team as his line coach. Jorge, 45, had followed Erdelatz as a player at St Mary’s, and was a team captain in 1937. Following his college career he played a season with the independent professional Los Angeles Bulldogs before taking a position as head coach at Modesto High School for six years. Moving to the college coaching ranks he spent 1947 through 1950 as an assistant at the College of the Pacific in Stockton before moving up to the head coaching spot there for two years. He took the Tigers to the Sun Bowl in both season. He next worked on Joe Stydahar’s with the Chicago Cardinals before joining Erdelatz at Navy for the 1955-58 seasons, and remained there under Wayne Hardin staff after Erdelatz resigned.

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