Mar 072016
 

The Raiders announced the signing of 6’0″, 185-pound halfback Ron Drzewiecki. He was a first-round draft choice of the Bears in 1955 after starring at Marquette. Drzewiecki spent 1955 and 1957 with the Bears, mostly as a kick returner, while getting the occasional carry out of the backfield. He had been out of pro ball since getting cut in camp in 1958.

Hayward Daily Review

Mar 072016
 

The Raiders had yet to publish a regular season schedule for the 1960 campaign but a handful of other AFL teams were starting to release information and four dates were now tentatively set:

  • September 11, vs Houston
  • September 18, at Denver
  • October 2, at Houston
  • November 4, at Boston

Oakland Tribune

Mar 072016
 

The Raiders finalized their exhibition season schedule by arranging a game against the Dallas Texans on July 31 at Kezar Stadium. The game was to be sponsored by the Children’s Hospital of the East Bay, with the proceeds from the gate going to the hospital.

The complete exhibition schedule was now set:

  • July 31, vs Dallas
  • August 14, vs New York
  • August 21, at Los Angeles
  • August 28, at Buffalo
  • September 4, at Boston

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Mar 072016
 

The Raiders announced the signing of 5’11”, 187-pound halfback Eddie Macon. A star footballer and track-and-field sprinter at College of the Pacific, he was selected by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 1952 draft. Macon spent two seasons with the Bears, playing mostly on offense, gaining 324 yards rushing as part of the team’s backfield committee. He also played extensively in the return game, scoring on an 89-yard kickoff return his rookie season. Following his NFL work, he went to Canada where he played parts of several seasons with Calgary and Hamilton, appearing on both offense and defense.

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Mar 062016
 

The Raiders signed former Navy end, Ron Beagle. At 6’0″, 195 pounds, Beagle was a standout at the Academy, leading the Midshipmen in receiving for three straight years and winning the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top football player in 1954. Raider head coach Eddie Erdelatz called him the best end he had ever coached at Navy. After graduation, Beagle spent four years as a United States Marine and had, as yet, no pro playing experience.

In other news, the team hired Everett Nevin as operations and ticket manager. Nevin, like Erdelatz, a St Mary’s graduate, had served in a similar capacity at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton and had a long history of facility management at Bay Area fairgrounds and racetracks.

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Mar 032016
 

With notable fanfare, the Raiders announced the signing of free agent quarterback, Paul Larson. Larson, a 5’11”, 185-pounder out of the University of California, completed a remarkable 64 percent of his passes in 1954, his senior year with the Bears. As an all-around standout player on offense, defense, and in the return game, he made several first-team All-America squads while in Berkeley. He was an 8th-round pick of the Cardinals in 1954, but didn’t see action until 1957, when he appeared in five games for Chicago, completing 6 of 14 passes. Released the following offseason, he kicked around in semi-pro ball, including a stint with the Salinas Packers of the Pacific Football Conference, before inking a deal with Oakland. Head coach Eddie Erdelatz expected Larson to be the centerpiece of the Raider offense in 1960.

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Mar 022016
 

The team’s new nickname met with general approval in the early going. The first contest winner, Helen Davis, said, “Raiders is a nice name. I don’t care that they discarded my name. I want everybody to be happy. I’m just sorry ‘Señors’ caused so much dissatisfaction. I’ve been kidded so much since the contest I’m actually relieved that they changed the name. When I get back from Mexico I plan to attend all the Raiders home games.”

In actual football matters the Raiders announced the addition of five additional players:

Don Churchwell, a 6’1, 255-pound guard/linebacker from Mississippi, Nicknamed “Bull”, he was drafted in the fifth round of the 1959 draft by the Baltimore Colts, but went to the Redskins prior to the start of the season and played ten games for Washington. He had eventually made his way to the Houston Oilers before being selected by Oakland.

Bob Dougherty, a 6’1″, 235-pound linebacker from Kentucky. A two-way back for the Wildcats who led his team in rushing his senior season, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 20th round of the 1957 draft. He played 22 games for the Rams and Steelers over the next two seasons before ending up on the Broncos roster where the Raiders found and drafted him.

Wayne Hawkins, a 5’11”, 235-pound guard from Pacific. Originally drafted by the Broncos, he was dealt to the Chargers before being drafted by Oakland.

Larry Lancaster, a 6’3″, 235-pound tackle from Georgia. Like Hawkins, he was also chosen off the Chargers roster.

Dean Philpott, a 6’0, 205-pound halfback from Fresno State. A three-year All-Coast Conference performer, he was the Bulldogs all-time leader in rushing yards and points scored. Drafted by the Cardinals in 1958, he appeared in nine games for the Chicago club in 1959. He, too, was picked from the Los Angeles squad.

With the selection of these five, head coach Eddie Erdelatz announced the end of the allocation draft. “We have all the players we want from the league’s seven other clubs,” he explained.

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Mar 022016
 

The nine days wonder that was the Oakland Señors was no more. Faced with increasingly noisy objection to the team’s nickname from Easy Bay residents and potential fans, the Oakland leadership decided to go with Raiders instead. A duplicate set of prizes was awarded with the winning entry going to Kendrick Martin of Hayward. He chose Raiders “because our team and its supporters must be fired and inspired by a fighting name. ‘Raiders’ implies early, sustained offense, carrying the fight to the opponents.”

General manager Chet Soda approved. “(Raiders) was all we and the people of the Bay Area could wish for,” he said, “We certainly appreciate our fans’ interest in our club. Public sentiment disapproved of ‘Señors’. We hope everyone will like ‘Raiders’ as much as we do.”

Oakland Tribune

Mar 022016
 

After an extensive search, the Señors hired George Anderson, the current president of the Pacific Coast Athletic Trainers Association, to head up the team’s training staff. An eleven-year veteran in the field, he had spent the previous two years as an assistant trainer at the University of California.

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