American Football League commissioner Joe Foss was in town today to visit the Raiders’ training camp in Santa Cruz. Upon inspection, he said the facilities were on par with what he had seen during his visits to other teams. He was also satisfied with the team’s season ticket sales, saying the reported sale of 8,500 was in line with other teams: well behind the Chargers at 18,000, but far ahead of the tail-enders like the Texans.
In player news, further examination of third-string quarterback Bob Webb’s knee revealed that the injury was not as severe as originally thought. Initial reports suggested he had torn cartilage and would need surgery, but now the team thought he could be back at practice in a week.
Meanwhile, head coach Eddie Erdelatz was still moving pieces around on the depth chart. With Marv Lasater gone, Erdelatz moved LC Joyner up to take his place. Newly-signed Tom Louderback was shifted into the starting middle linebacker spot formerly occupied by Larry Barnes. Barnes would now put in his work at left defensive end. On offense, Erdelatz moved second-teamer Brad Myers from halfback to fullback.
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.
The Raiders announced they had sold 6,000 season tickets for the 1960 campaign and expected to increase that number to 18,000 by the opener. The team also announced a revised exhibition schedule:
July 31, vs Dallas at Kezar Stadium
August 12, vs New York at California site to be determined
August 19, vs Los Angeles at Kezar Stadium
August 24, at Buffalo
September 4, at Boston