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.

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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.

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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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