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 11, 1960

The Raiders announced the signing of a pair of speedy halfbacks to bolster their squad. Ray Peterson, out of West Virginia, had been a top sprinter for the Mountaineers. Wayne Schneider, a graduate of Oakland High School, had been named All-Skyline Conference for Colorado State in 1958 and held the school’s career rushing record at the time of his graduation. Both teams had originally been picked in the AFL draft by Buffalo, while Peterson had been chosen in the 14th round by the Eagles in the NFL draft. However, both players were free agents at the time of their signing by the Raiders.

The team also announced that Commissioner Foss had approved the squad colors of black, gold, and white.

Oakland Tribune