It was one of those late August evenings in San Francisco where the first hint of autumn chill reminded everyone that summer doesn’t last forever. A stiff breeze off the water was present as usual, but there was a thick fog filling the bowl of Kezar Stadium that refused to budge. It was hard to know if it was the weather that kept people away, or if it was simple disinterest, but just 6,521 curiosity-seekers came out to watch the Chargers play the Raiders in the first meeting of these California rivals.
The Raiders finished preparations for tomorrow night’s game against the Chargers. The team began to work new quarterback Babe Parilli into the system, but he was not likely to be up to speed enough to play against Los Angeles. As in the previous two contests, Tom Flores was expected to carry the load for most of the game, if not the whole thing.
The Raiders added another quarterback to the roster, signing 5’11”, 185 pound Sandy Lederman just prior to the opening of training camp. Lederman played his college ball at the University of Washington and had a somewhat rocky tenure there. A passer of significant physical gifts, he suffered a broken leg in 1954 that put a premature end to his junior season and the following year he was temporarily booted from the team by head coach John Cherburg because of “attitude” troubles. He went unselected in the 1956 draft but did participate in Chicago Bears training camp before washing out with an injury. Upon recovery, he spent time with the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian leagues, but disappeared entirely from the pro ranks shortly thereafter. Before showing up in Oakland he had competed for a job with the Chargers, but was eventually cut by head coach Sid Gillman.
Long Beach Press Democrat